Eagle project a thank you to Bethel Presbyterian Church

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Daniel Palmer recently enhanced the landscape around Kingston’s Bethel Presbyterian Church as his Eagle Scout project.

Palmer focused on Bethel because of the long-standing relationship between the church and Kingston’s Boy Scout Troop 101, which has met at Bethel for the past 64 years.

The project was his way of thanking the church because of all he learned and the many years of good experiences during troop meetings at the church. Palmer’s love of plants prompted the landscaping theme.

Palmer and about 25 members of Troop 101 worked with several adults for about seven hours on April 5 on the church grounds. The work included weeding, putting down mulch and placing plant markers.

He made the wooden portion of the plant markers, attached name plates and made a wooden map showing the location of plants.

Family members who helped with the project were his father, Grant Palmer; his grandfather, Raymond Palmer; and his uncle, Aaron Palmer, also an Eagle Scout. Grandmother Tonia Brock donated a concrete bench.

Palmer began his career in scouting in 2002 at the age of 6 as a Tiger Cub in Oak Ridge. He joined Troop 101 in Kingston as a Boy Scout in 2008 at age 11.

Troop 101 was initially chartered by American Legion Post 110 on Oct. 14, 1940, with Phillip N. Albright as scout master and Thomas Wesley Pickel as troop committee chairman.

The original 14 scouts met at Roane County High School. The troop was inactive for several years, partly because of World War II. The troop was rechartered on July 1, 1951, and will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2015.

Members of the community may stop by Bethel at 203 S. Kentucky St. to view the landscape enhancement.