Council Centennial, April 29, 2020

The Middle Tennessee Council

A funny thing happened in January 1949: the Middle Tennessee Council formed. Not the first MTC. That one had collapsed in 1930 as we discussed before. This was the new MTC, the one still with us today, born from the Nashville Council.

Ward Akers had come on as Scout Executive in September 1947 and spent his first year getting the lay of the land. Some things changed–Boxwell was still at the Narrows, but the program looked different–while others seemed very similar to how they had been under Anderson. Tillman Newsum was still active; Talmadge Miller was still the Assistant Executive.

But Akers and the Council were reading the tea leaves. The Council was serving approximately 5,500 boys, but 65,000 were of Scouting age. To reach these boys a reorganziation was needed. Indeed, understand that of the Council’s 36 county service area, fully 25 counties did not have a Scouting program. Begun in 1948, a reorganziation by districts began. Davidson County was organized into four districts; the area immediately outside of Davidson into another eight districts.

These changes culminated in January 1949. At the annual meeting held at the Maxwell House on Friday night, January 28, 1949, another new district was announced. The hiring of five new professionals was announced, bring the Council staff on par with others in the nation.

And following a vote of the Board, the Nashville area Council was re-christened the Middle Tennessee Council.


Nashville Banner photo by Walter Morgan, Jr. Here the Council preps for the annual meeting the following evening, Friday, January 27. 1949. Shown here are (l-r) are Dr. Walter Courtenay, Floyd E. Laney, L. B. Stevens (Council President), and Ward E Akers (Council Executive).

Wilbur Creighton, Jr. and Leland Johnson, Boys Will Be Men: Middle Tennessee Scouting Since 1910, Middle Tennessee Council: Nashville, 1983, pg. 119
“Nashville Area Boy Scout Workers To Hold Annual Council Here Friday,” Nashville Banner, January 27, 1949, pg. 4
“Area’s Scouts Number 5,500, Council Told,” Nashville Banner,¬†January 28, 1949, pg. 1
“Scout Recruitment Program Urged for Midstate Area,” Nashville Tennessean, January 29, 1949, pg. 2

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