SCOC McMahan wins ETHS award

Carroll McMahan of the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce is making history. Making history come alive. McMahan recently received recognition from the East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) for his varied efforts in promoting local history.

Carroll McMahan received the Community History award from ETHS on May 8, 2012 for his “impact on local history through a variety of endeavors, including a weekly newspaper column, DVD productions, coordination of genealogy and history events, and an upcoming book of historical images of Sevierville.” Submitted photo.

Sevier County’s Rebecca Byrd, an 8th grade teacher at New enter School, won the ETHS teaching excellence award. Classically trained artist Kathryn Rutherford of Sevier County won an award of distinction along with Blount County’s Allen Coggins. The Hazen Historical Museum Foundation, Nolichucky Pictures LLC, and Knoxville News Sentinel were also recognized by the ETHS.

“I have always loved history and never expected an award for what I do,” McMahan said. “I was overwhelmed that my colleagues and friends and people in the community felt that I deserved recognition.”

Projects submitted for the ETHS awards within the last two years were eligible for nomination. Categories included awards for teaching, history in the media, awards of distinction, and the Ramsey award for Lifetime Achievement. 

Fred Sauceman served as keynote speaker for the ETHS awards banquet, and spoke on “Soup Beans, Stack Cakes, and Sorghum Syrup: Notes from a Mountain Diner’s Diary.”

Carroll McMahan of the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce addresses guests at the 2012 Rose Glen Literary Festival held in February at the Sevier campus of Walters State Community College in Sevierville, Tennessee. Photo by

McMahan organizes the Rose Glen Literary Festival each year through his position as special projects coordinator with the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce. Now in its third year, the Rose Glen Literary Festival brings together various groups – writers, editors, publishers, readers, lecturers, the Sevier County Public Library System, Walters State Community College, history groups, and local business leaders and educators to celebrate history and literature.

"We are appreciative that Carroll's work was recognized by the East Tennessee Historical Society," said Brenda McCroskey, Chief Executive Officer for the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce. "His accounts of a by-gone era of Sevier County lend an understanding of our past that help us as we forge our future. The Sevierville Chamber of Commerce is very pleased that Carroll is a part of our fine team, and has represented us in such an outstanding manner."

Besides the recent ETHS award, additional honors are forthcoming for McMahan. 

On May 14, 2012, he will receive the Historic Preservation Recognition Award from the Spencer Clack Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at their annual banquet.

On June 25, 2012, at 7 p.m., a reception for McMahan’s book, “Sevierville: Images of America” will be held in the upstairs grand reading room at the King Family Library in Sevierville. The public is invited to attend.


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