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Ridenour and Hatfield

Posted On 07 Dec 2017
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Ridenour and HatfieldThe firm consists of Charles E. Ridenour and Kathryn R. Hatfield. Charles has practiced law in Monroe County for 29 years. Katie joined the firm in 2008. Both are well known and respected in their community and represent a wide range of individuals and businesses.
The Firm provides representation and advice in a variety of legal matters before state and local courts, government agencies and alternative dispute resolution forums, such as mediation.
The firm is experienced, effective and will work diligently to ensure all claims are resolved through professional negotiation, mediation, or litigation in order to secure the financial compensation to which their clients are legally entitled.
Please contact us and allow our firm to assist you with your legal needs.

Charles Ridenour


-Sweetwater High School, 1968
-Tennessee Wesleyan College, 1972/B.S. Business Management
-Nashville Law School, 1978/Doctor of Jurisprudence


-Monroe County Bar Association since 1980, President 1984-2001
-Paralegal Advisory Council – Cleveland State Community College, 1987 to 2004
-Licensed to practice law – April 26, 1980, #3884
-Licensed to practice law in the state appealant courts and the TN Supreme Court, May 5, 1980
-Licensed to practice in the United States District Court 10/13/80
-Licensed to practice in the United States Court of Appeals on February 16, 1984
-Licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court on 9/10/84
-Rule 31 Civil and Family Mediation


-Member First Baptist Church, Sweetwater, Tennessee
-Chairman, Personnel Committee, 1984-85 and 2001/2002
-Member By-Laws Committee, 86- Present
-Member the Finance Committee, 91-93
-Trustee, 1995 to Present


-Arrow of Light, 1959
-Eagle Scout, 1967
-Assistant Scoutmaster, Sweetwater Boy Scout Troop #98, 1971 to 2001
-Troop Committee Chairman, Boy Scout Troop #98, 2001 to Present
-Board Member-Great Smokey Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1984 to 2006, Chairman of the Camping Committee, 2003 to 2005
-Executive Board Member-Great Smokey Mountain Council, 1987 to 2006
-Advancement Chairman, Unaka District, Boy Scouts of America,1984 to present
-Chairman, Unaka District, Great Smokey Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1986-1989
-District Award of Merit, 1987
-The Silver Beaver Award, 1988
-Adult Religious Award, 1991


-President, Sweetwater Kiwanis Club, 1982-83 & 2007-2008
-Distinguished Lieutenant Governor, Division Four, 1985-86
-Distinguished Lieutenant Governor, Division Four, 1987-88
-District Chairman-By-Laws and Resolution Committee, 1987-94 & 1996-present
-Life Member of Kentucky/Tennessee District #22
-Perfect Attendance 1980 to present
-District Chairman Bi-Centennial Celebration of the Bill of Rights, 1990-91
-Distinguished District Governor, 1994-95
-Member of the K-T Foundation Board, 93-96
-Legal Advisor to the K-T Foundation, 1997 to Present
-Osborn Fellow #7
-Member of the K-T District Finance Committee, 1987 to present
-Life Member Kiwanis International #7789
-Hixon Fellow #1398
-Shafer Fellow # 3
-District Risk Manager, 1999 to Present
-Member of the International Citizenship Committee, 1996-97
-Chairman of the Credentials Committee for the Nashville International Convention, 1997-98
-Chairman of the International Presidents Special Advisory Group, 2000-2001
-International Constitution and Bylaws Committee for Kiwanis International, 2002-2003, 2008-2010, Chairman 2009/2010


-Member and Chairman of Sweetwater City Schools “Better Schools”Advisory Board, 1985-86
-Monroe County United Way, 1982 to 1995 and 1998 to present, Chairman 1984 to1995
-Sweetwater Valley Citizens for the Arts, 1982 to 1986, Chairman 1984-86
-Member Sweetwater Odd Fellows Lodge #280, since 1980
-Member of Sweetwater Masonic Lodge #292, since 1975, Secretary 1979 to 1990
-Secretary, Monroe County Election Commission, 1980-84
-President, Knox County Chapter of the Tennessee State Employees Association, 1979-80
-Outstanding Young Man in America, 1986
-Monroe County Business Associate of the Year, 1986
-Job Partnership Training Act, Advisory Board Member, 1987-88
-Member of the Board of Overlook Center, Inc., 1988 to 1994, Chairman, 1992-93
-Member of the Board for the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce,1988
-Adjunct Faculty Member of Cleveland State Community College, 1988-89
-Member of the Monroe County Health Access Committee, 1990 to 2003, Chairman 02/03
-Adjunct Faculty Member of Tennessee Wesleyan College, 1995
-Vice President of the Citizens Industrial Committee, 1990 to 2004


Sweetwater Utility Board
Sweetwater Housing Authority
Vestal’s Employee’s Credit Union
Kyker Funeral Homes
FSG Bank
Farmers Burley Cooperative
Woods Mobile Homes

Kathryn Hatfield

Katie is a 2001 Graduate of Carson-Newman College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management; a 2002 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a Masters Degree in Business Administration, and received a Juris Doctor degree in 2008 from the Nashville School of Law.

Katie joined the law firm of Ridenour & Hatfield in October of 2008. Katie is licensed to practice law in the Tennessee State Courts and the United States District Courts. She is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association, the American Bar Association and West Park Baptist Church. Katie is also on the board of directors for Branches of Monroe County.


We provide our clients with professional and diverse representation. We represent clients in the Monroe, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs and Roane counties of Tennessee in a wide range of matters, including cases involving:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents/Personal Injury
  • Real Estate, Foreclosures, Deeds, etc.
  • Probate, Wills, Power of Attorneys, etc.
  • Domestic
  • Juvenile
  • Social Security Disability
  • Contract/Leases
  • Workers Compensation

When you experience a loss because of someone else’s negligence, you have a right to seek financial recovery. We are here to do everything we can to see that you get the money you need to meet the expenses related to your injury and to compensate you for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.


Charles Ridenour
Attorney at Law

Kathryn Hatfield
Attorney at Law

Debbie Devine

Crystal Bledsoe

Keri Silver

Contact Us

Ridenour & Hatfield
Attorneys At Law
401 Sweetwater-Vonore Road
P.O. Box 444
Sweetwater, TN 444
Office – (423) 337-6123
Fax – (423) 337-6124
Email: legal@ridenourandhatfield.com



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