Charles Ridenour


-Sweetwater High School, 1968
-Tennessee Wesleyan College, 1972/B.S. Business Management
-Nashville Law School, 1978/Doctor of Jurisprudence


-Monroe County Bar Association since 1980, President 1984 and 2001
-Paralegal Advisory Council – Cleveland State Community College, 1987 to 2004
-Licensed to practice law – April 26, 1980, #3884
-Licensed to practice law in the State Appellant Courts and the Tennesseee Supreme Court, May 5, 1980
-Licensed to practice in the United States District Court 10/13/80
-Licensed to practice in the United States Court of Appeals on February 16, 1984
-Licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court on 9/10/84
-Rule 31 Civil and Family Mediation


-Member First Baptist Church, Sweetwater, Tennessee
-Chairman, Personnel Committee, 1984-85 and 2001/2002
-Member By-Laws Committee, 86- Present
-Member the Finance Committee, 91-93
-Trustee, 1995 to 2010


-Arrow of Light, 1959
-Eagle Scout, 1967
-Assistant Scoutmaster, Sweetwater Boy Scout Troop #98, 1971 to 2001
-Troop Committee Chairman, Boy Scout Troop #98, 2001 to Present
-Board Member-Great Smokey Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1984 to 2006, Chairman of the Camping Committee, 2003 to 2005
-Executive Board Member-Great Smokey Mountain Council, 1987 to 2006
-Advancement Chairman, Unaka District, Boy Scouts of America,1984 to 2012
-Chairman, Unaka District, Great Smokey Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1986-1989
-District Award of Merit, 1987
-The Silver Beaver Award, 1988
-Adult Religious Award, 1991
-Troop 98 Committee Chair 2005 to Present
-Monroe County Good Scout Award


-President, Sweetwater Kiwanis Club, 1982-83 & 2007-2008
-Distinguished Lieutenant Governor, Division Four, 1985-86
-Distinguished Lieutenant Governor, Division Four, 1987-88
-District Chairman-By-Laws and Resolution Committee, 1987-94 and 1996-1997
-Life Member of Kentucky/Tennessee District #22
-Perfect Attendance 1980 to present
-District Chairman Bi-Centennial Celebration of the Bill of Rights, 1990-91
-Distinguished District Governor, 1994-95
-Member of the K-T Foundation Board, 93-96
-Legal Advisor to the K-T Foundation, 1997 to Present
-Osborn Fellow #7
-Member of the K-T District Finance Committee, 1987 to present
-Life Member Kiwanis International #7789
-Hixon Fellow #1398
-Shafer Fellow # 3
-District Risk Manager, 1999 to Present
-Member of the International Citizenship Committee, 1996-97
-Chairman of the Credentials Committee for the Nashville International Convention, 1997-98
-Chairman of the International Presidents Special Advisory Group, 2000-2001
-International Constitution and Bylaws Committee for Kiwanis International, 2002-2003, 2008-2010, Chairman 2009/2010


-Member and Chairman of Sweetwater City Schools “Better Schools”Advisory Board, 1985-86
-Monroe County United Way, 1982 to 1995 and 1998 to present, Chairman 1984 to 1995
-Sweetwater Valley Citizens for the Arts, 1982 to 1986, Chairman 1984-86
-Member Sweetwater Odd Fellows Lodge #280, since 1980
-Member of Sweetwater Masonic Lodge #292, since 1975, Secretary 1979 to 1990
-Secretary, Monroe County Election Commission, 1980-84
-President, Knox County Chapter of the Tennessee State Employees Association, 1979-80
-Outstanding Young Man in America, 1986
-Monroe County Business Associate of the Year, 1986
-Job Partnership Training Act, Advisory Board Member, 1987-88
-Member of the Board of Overlook Center, Inc., 1988 to 1994, Chairman, 1992-93
-Member of the Board for the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce,1988
-Adjunct Faculty Member of Cleveland State Community College, 1988-89
-Member of the Monroe County Health Access Committee, 1990 to 2003, Chairman 02/03
-Adjunct Faculty Member of Tennessee Wesleyan College, 1995
-Vice President of the Citizens Industrial Committee, 1990 to 2004
Voted the Best Attorney in Monroe County for 2015 and 2016


Sweetwater Utility Board
Sweetwater Housing Authority
Kyker Funeral Homes
Woods Mobile Homes