Bob Mitchell is a “Good Scout.”

The long-time Crossville businessman and pharmacist was recognized by the Great Smoky Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America with the special award during the April 16 dinner at the Fairfield Glade Community and Conference Center. 

“Dr. Mitchell is a sustaining member of the Cumberland County, Friends of Scouting Campaign, and was one of the first to donate in the campaign’s history,” said Jim Petty, chairman of the Cumberland County Friends of Scouting. “The Catoosa District, Great Smoky Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America is proud to bestow the 2019 Cumberland County ‘Good Scout Award.’”

Mitchell was educated in Cumberland County and attended the Tennessee Military school for two years. He attended pre-pharmacy school at Tennessee Wesleyan and went to University of Tennessee-Memphis for Pharmacy School. Then, in 1929 he opened Mitchell’s Drugs in Crossville and has been in business for more than 50 years. Mitchell’s Drugs is the only original business still in operation on Main Street. 

The dinner raised $24,500 to assist the Cumberland County Scouting program. Funds help Scouts of all ages take part in Scouting activities, such as summer camp, and provides funds for leader training. 

This year’s goal is $30,000. Individuals wishing to support local Scouts may contact T.J. Williams at

The Great Smoky Mountain Council and Boy Scouts of America have provided youth guidance in character development, citizenship training and personal fitness for more than 100 years. The community’s support is essential in assisting the mission of helping young people reach their full potential. 

Petty believes that Mitchell is “a true Good Scout of Cumberland County.”