Mr. Lawson served as an independent insurance agent in Maryville for over 30 years and last as owner of Lawson Insurors. He served as a board member of the Insurors of Tennessee. Throughout his career and even today he provides his time and talents to many community groups and organizations, and notably to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He is on the Board of the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains Park Commission. Through the years he has served as an ardent volunteer for both the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Adopt-a-Trail program and the Backcountry Permit Office. His many years as an experienced hiker served him as his favorite pastime and love of the National Park. He was also a Board Member and Chair at one time for the Great Smoky Mountains Association, a key partner of the Park. His civic involvement and community activities span Leadership Blount, United Way of Blount County, American Red Cross and Maryville Kiwanis just to name a few. Mr. Lawson has a degree from Maryville College in Business Administration. He and his wife, Gaynell, live in Maryville and have three grown daughters. Mrs. Lawson is the CEO/President of CBBC Bank, based in Maryville.