Harrison Ruritan Club

P. O. Box 762,
5709 Tyner Lane,
Harrison, TN 37341

Carl's House


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:
Neighbors Pull Together



Harrison Club Establishes Claude Bud Knowles, Jr. Scholarship

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.  

Bud Knowles was an active member of the Harrison Ruritan Club for many years, serving as Vice President, Board of Directors and many committees.  He also served as Promotion Chair of the Harrison Ruritan Foundation.  He was a recipient of the Ruritan National Foundation Tom Downing Fellow Award in appreication of his unselfish personal efforts.
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


For obvious reasons, last Saturday's Cherokee District Convention was one of the best ever, for me anyway.  Harrison had quite a few attendees. 
Steve, Nicki, Heman, Trace & Glen received required officer training.  Jim M will probably do his training online since he taught the presidents' class.
Sadly, the memorial ceremony, by Glen Jones, reminded us of our fellow Ruritans who have passed this year.  Johnny Wolfe, Ralph Dill, Bud Knowles & Mildred Jones.  There wasn't a dry eye in the place.
The good news is:
Jim McKinney, the Harrison's Ruritan of the Year, progressed to be the Cherokee District Ruritan of the Year.  He scored the maximum points possible.
Jim McKinney, Kay Pearson and the Harrison club were tops in the district in member recruitment.
The club earned the following awards:
Bronze: Business & Professions; Chairman-Betty Farr
Silver: Citizenship & Patriotism; Chairman-Jeannie Drennon
Silver: Environment; Chairman-Betty Rutherford
Gold: Social Development; Chairman-Glen Jones
Gold: Public Services; Chairman-Deanne Morgan
I was honored as being the recipient of the Tom Downing Fellow award by the Cherokee District.  Most of you may be familiar with this honor.  Tom Downing was one of the two founders of the Ruritan organization in 1928.  This award comes with a donation to the National Foundation of at least $500.  Fewer than 1% of Ruritans achieve this lofty position and I shall be forever grateful.  Our club boasts several Tom Downing Fellows: Jim McKinney, Barbara Knowles, Kay & Harold Pearson.  Susan and I were among the group which visited the late Bud Knowles at the hospital to present him with a Tom Downing Fellow award.  It brought tears to Bud's eyes (and ours as well).  Bud was so moved and proud that he asked the nurse to post it on the wall so everyone could see it.  I feel the same way.  When I look at all the Cherokee District members, I see many that were probably better deserving but I do remain honored to have received the award just as I am honored to be a Harrison Ruritan member and your friend.
Harrison Ruritans should feel proud.
Jim Holcomb

Chili Cook-off

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




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


Harrison Ruritan Club Names Building In Honor Of Longtime Member Jim McKinney

 the chattanoogan.com - chattanooga's source for breaking local news

        posted October 25, 2010

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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.

18th Annual BBQ & Bluegrass Jamboree


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.