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Hawkins businessman to receive highest degree in Freemasonry

STAFF REPORT • Sep 2, 2019 at 3:00 PM

SURGOINSVILLE — Hawkins County businessman Harvey H. LaFollette has been elected by the Supreme Council in Washington, D.C., to receive the 33rd degree — the highest degree in Freemasonry.

The honor is given in recognition of outstanding service to the fraternity and community, and the degree will be conferred in Nashville on Dec. 7.

Lafollette is a member and past master of Clay Lodge 386 and past patron of Fairview Chapter #80, OES.

He is a member of York Rite, where he has served as high priest, illustrious master and eminent commander and received the honor of KYCH.

He is a member of the York Rite College. At Scottish Rite Temple, he is senior warden lodge of perfection, and he has worked in and been the 4-degree master for 16 years.

He is president of the Hawkins County Scottish Rite Club and in 2015 reactivated the Hawkins County Scottish Rite Club shoe program.

In the last four years, Hawkins County Club has distributed more than 1,600 pairs of shoes to school age children, under Brother LaFollette’s guidance.

He receive his Knight Commander Court of Honour (KCCH) in 2009.

LaFollette, of Surgoinsville, owns and operates Lafollette Greenhouse and Farms, Inc. in the Stanley Valley community, and he has donated plants to the Scottish Rite Temple to help landscape the flower beds in front of the Temple.

He and his wife are members of LaFollette’s Chapel Church, where he serves as deacon.

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