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People across East Tennessee will have the opportunity to gather and honor Claiborne County’s Judge John McAfee for his outstanding leadership and kindness, both locally and statewide.

The Claiborne County Good Scout Award Dinner to benefit Scouting programs in the county will take place April 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Woodlake Golf Club. McAfee also will be honored with retirement awards for his service in the USAR. Gen. Carl Stiner and Commander, Col. Robert Rigsby, will speak at the event.

McAfee is the Circuit Court Judge of Tennessee’s 8th Judicial District.

McAfee is the son of the late Jay and JoAnn McAfee and was born and raised in Claiborne County. He attended Claiborne County High School, then attended Lincoln Memorial University on an Army ROTC scholarship earning his Bachelor of Business Administration degree and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1988. He attended the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., and shortly after his graduation in 1991, he married the former Leigh Anne Stone.

Upon entering active duty in January 1992, the couple was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., where McAfee began his stint as a Judge Advocate General officer for the XVIII Airborne Corps, and while on active duty, he served a combat tour in Mogadishu, Somalia in the fall of 1993.

In 1994, McAfee and his family returned home to Claiborne County where he began his civilian law practice, worked part-time with the Public Defender’s Office, and continued his military service as a JAG officer with the Tennessee National Guard.

In 1998, he was elected to serve Claiborne County as General Sessions Judge and Juvenile Court Judge, a position he held for six years until being elected Circuit Court Judge in 2004. In addition to his civilian judicial duties, Judge McAfee, now a Lieutenant Colonel, has served as a Military Trial Judge in the 150th Legal Support Organization and as an instructor at the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Va. During his military career, he has earned numerous awards and decorations including Airborne and Air Assault wings.

Claiborne County is part of the Great Smoky Mountain Council which serves more than 11,000 youth with year-round Scouting programs. These programs develop character, leadership, citizenship and physical fitness in young people. The April 8 dinner will serve as the kickoff for the 2014 Friends of Scouting Campaign in Claiborne County.

Marty Cosby, Forge Ridge Elementary principal and dinner chairman, said “The Boy Scouts depend on investments from the community to provide 40 percent of the annual budget.” He went on to detail that every dollar donated to Scouting increases exponentially because of all the adult volunteer leaders who give their time to work with the youth.

Reservations are required by April 4 to attend the dinner. Persons desiring more information about attending or joining the Boy Scouts of America may contact Zach Ross at 865-963-9898 or by e-mail at zachary.ross@scouting.org.

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