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Boy Scout Troop 235 recently held a Court of Honor and an appreciation banquet to honor Scoutmaster Ray Ramano for his many years of service and dedication. “Mr. Ray,” as he is called by the young men in his Troop started volunteering with Boy Scouts in 2000 when his grandson joined Troop 202 in Franklin.

In 2007, Mr. Ray saw a need to start a Troop that would serve boys and young men with special needs.

Mr. Ray said he wanted to give every young man the chance to be part of Scouting. Mr. Ray and many other volunteers take the time to help the boys and young men work through the Boy Scout advancement levels.


Give the gift of a lifesaving blood donation

The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to give something that means something this holiday season – a lifesaving blood donation.

Blood donations often decline this time of year when donors get busy with holiday festivities and travel. Severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can also have a serious impact on blood donations, but the need for blood remains steady. On average, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood products every day for patients across the country.


On Friday, Nov. 14, area pastors and community leaders came together entering into a long term agreement to positively impact and strengthen marriages in this region. Pastors met downtown ceremoniously signing the Marriage and Family Agreement and publically committed to this great work they feel God has called them to. This group envisions a day 10 years from now when they can look back and see that the divorce rate in the county has dropped by one third and the marriage rate has increased. It is their hope that there will be many who in 2024 will say that what began in 2014 prepared, strengthened and rescued marriages and spared many children from the trauma of divorce. The heart of this effort is not to condemn anyone, rather to work together to unleash existing resources, share new resources and empower the broader body of Christ to bring this to pass.


On Saturday, Nov. 15, the community turned out to help the Toys for Tots program gather donations.

The event took place at Smoky Mountain Chevrolet where attendees were treated to an antique car show, fun and games, and fellowship.  Every year volunteers disperse toy donations to area children during the holidays.




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