On March 2, 2012, the Harrison area was struck by an EF-3 tornado. Carl was in this house and survived, but lost his home. He received some help from FEMA, but not enough to rebuild. Heman McDade, Jack Brassfield, Ed Miller, & Bob Brooks, (all Harrison Ruritan members) sought out volunteers, donations, and materials, and spent several hours building Carl's house. This is a great example of community service, and shows that people still help one another in times of need.
Pictured in the bottom photo (L to R): Heman McDade, Carl Evett, Bob Brooks, and Jack Brassfield. Not pictured: Ed Miller.
An article published December 24, 2012 in the Chattanooga Times Free Press can be found at this link:
The Claude Bud Knowles, Jr Memorial Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show held Memorial Day week end was a huge success. $2,000 of the proceeds was put aside to establish the Claude Bud Knowles, Jr. Scholarship to be granted by the Knowles family to a deserving recipient in 2012.
Anyone interested in making a donation to this fund can do so by sending it to the Harrison Ruritan Foundation, P. O. Box 762, Harrison, TN 37341, and designate it to go to the Claude Bud Knowles, Jr. Scholarship Fund. The donation is tax-exempt
The 3rd annual Chili Cook-off was held November 6, 2010. It was a sell out! Thanks to all who particapated.
Barbara Knowles recruited the following Judges:
David Tyler of Beef-O-Bradys
Mike Smith of Fat Mike's BBQ
Jesus Cobarrabias of Las Margaritas-Hwy 58
RESULTS JUDGES CHOICE PEOPLES CHOICE 1st place: Jack Brassfield 1st place: Jack Brassfield 2nd Place: Susan Holcomb 2nd Place: Susan Holcomb 3rd Place: Nicki Ramey 3rd Place: Gladys Chambers, Steve Thompson, Jim Holcomb
1st place: Jack Brassfield
1st place: Jack Brassfield
2nd Place: Susan Holcomb
2nd Place: Susan Holcomb
3rd Place: Nicki Ramey
3rd Place: Gladys Chambers, Steve Thompson,
posted October 25, 2010
Shown at the Oct. 12 dedication of the Jim McKinney Hall at the Harrison Ruritan Club are County Trustee Bill Hullander, County Mayor Claude Ramsey, Commissioner Warren Mackey, Honoree Jim McKinney and Commissioner Larry Henry. Also present but not pictured Commissioner Chester Bankston.
The Harrison Ruritan Club has named its building Jim McKinney Hall in honor of a longtime member.
The Harrison Ruritan Club is part of a national community service organization dedicated to making our communities a better place to live and work. The club was chartered in 1952. The club's original building was constructed from 1968-1973. The rear of the building was added ca 1989.
Earlier this year, the Harrison members, with the support and donations from Commissioner Mackey and then Commission Hullander, took on the renovation project to allow the rear of the building to be utilized for larger community events, including the monthly bluegrass jamboree which is held the third Saturday of each month.
The decision to honor Jim McKinney by naming the building after him was easy. Jim “J.R.” McKinney retired after teaching 39 years in the Hamilton County Schools - Tyner, Brown Middle, Harrison and Smith.
He has been a member of the Harrison Ruritan Club for 42 years. He served as president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, director and on all committees.
He has also been a member of the Cherokee Too Club for 14 years and has served as vice president and president. In the district, he has served as secretary, zone governor, lieutenant governor and district governor.
He was inducted into the Cherokee District Hall of Fame in 1998. Mr. McKinney was a Tennessee Ruritan Rally Commissioner for six years. On the national level, Jim has served on the Registration and Credentials Committee, Sergeant-at-Arms and Flag Ceremony, Distinguished Ruritan Member for three clubs, and a Delegate to 25 National Conventions.
He was made a Tom Downing Fellow, the highest award in Ruritan, in 2001. He has served as a director, secretary, vice president and president of Ruritan National.
After serving as national president, the Cherokee District presented Mr. McKinney and his wife, Judy, with Ruritan Forever Memberships.
He received his B.S. and MEd Degrees from the University of Chattanooga, and served as a teacher for 39 years, achieving the highest level of the Tennessee Career Ladder Program. He was the Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year, president of the Hamilton County Education Association and a delegate to 28 State and 16 National Education Association conventions, an Honorary Life Member of the PTA, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hamilton County Education Association.
Other community involvement includes being a delegate to the 1971 Tennessee Constitutional Convention; member of the Hamilton County Quarterly Court for six years; board of directors Highway 58 VFD for nine years; and chaired five St. Jude’s Hospital Bike-A-Thons.
Ms. McKinney has been his wife for 49 years. They have four children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
This event was held September 18, 2010 in the newly renovated Jim McKinney Hall. Thanks to all of the volunteers who gave their time and efforts to make this room a reality, and an impressive place for future events.
Many thanks to KEVIN MOORE & FRIENDS, SLAYTON DOOLEY, MOUNTAIN COVE, THE COX FAMILY, DISMEMBERED TENNESSEANS, BAREFOOT NELLIE, THE HILLTOPPERS, HIGHWAY 64, TWIN RIVERS, SOUTH WIND, and THE SLACKERS, all gave outstanding performances.