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2017 ROHO Fishing Tournament

Join us on May 6-7, 2017 for our annual fishing tournament at Beach Island Resort & Marina on Norris Lake. Tickets are only $5.


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Christmas For Kids

Shopping Spree 2016


Several area children had their Christmas wishes come true on Tuesday when members of RoHo teamed up with volunteers for the annual Christmas Shopping Spree. For the 46th annual event, more than 370 children participated from the Tri-State area.

The event started in 1970 with only five children and has grown to one of the largest Christmas events in the community.

“This is all for the kids and it’s the best community organization I’ve been involved with. There’s so many volunteers and helpers that help to make sure these kids get a good Christmas because they’re not going to get one at home,” said Kevin Barnett, RoHo President.

Bus loads of children filled the Middlesboro Walmart to fulfill their Christmas wish lists, speak with Santa and get a hot meal thanks to donations.

“This is our biggest event of the year and having so many people involved that look forward to helping, it basically runs itself. It’s great to see this all happening,” said Barnett.

Children, such as Powell Valley Elementary School kindergartner Kaitlin Brooks, teamed up with a volunteer to pick out clothing, toys and necessities.

“These kids are not selfish at all. Many of them try to get things for brothers or sisters or their mom or dad,” said Barnett.

Brooks chose a few dolls along with some winter clothing, socks and a new pair of shoes. Many of the toys she picked out were from the Disney hit movie, Frozen. She explained that Frozen is her favorite because she watches that movie with her sister.

Sandy Hensley volunteered with the group for her second year with PVES. She was in charge of the shopping cart as Brooks led her around the store, checking things off her wish list.

“It’s so much fun getting to watch them pick out what they want. It’s great to see this around Christmas,” said Hensley.

2016 ROHO Fishing Tournament Ranks As Great Success

Sharps Chapel, TN – Over the weekend, the annual ROHO Fishing Tournament was held at Beach Island Marina on nearby Norris Lake.  The tournament, which became a yearly event more than four and a half decades ago is designed to raise money to buy the needy grade school children of Bell, Lee, Claiborne, and Union counties clothes and toys each December they would not otherwise receive if not for the organizations efforts.

According to ROHO member Lawrence Tuck, “through the support of local businesses, church groups, other organizations, area residents, and club members, this year the ROHO’S were able to sell more than 8,000 tickets for the yearly cause, which will allow more than 320 area children to be taken on a shopping spree this December at the Middlesboro Walmart, with hopes of giving them the opportunity for a merry Christmas.” 

Prior to this weekend’s tournament, ROHO members had set a goal of generating enough support through their “Sponsor a Child” program to sponsor 260 children.  As of the end of the tournament Sunday, that goal was easily surpassed with an official number of 294 children receiving sponsorship prior to the event, and thousands of single tickets still to be tallied.

Hundreds of area residents participated in this year’s fishing tournament which began Saturday at 7:00 a.m. and ended Sunday afternoon at two o’clock.  Scott Heftinstall took top honors in the Largemouth Bass category with a catch of five pounds, two ounces, while Brian Cochran took second place a four pounds even.  Local angler Matt Johnson captured first place in the Smallmouth Bass category with a four pound bronze back, while Middlesboro resident Jessie Hoskins took second at three pounds 12 ounces.

The Rock Fish or Striper category produced a more sizeable catch this year, with Colby Clifton winning first place with a 22 pound 14 ounce catch, while Brian Cochran who took second in the Largemouth category doubled up to win second with a 21 pound four ounce Striper.

Austin Cunningham took home top honors and some good eatin’ in the Walleye category with a four pound two ounce catch, while fisherman Linzo Cornett finished second with a catch of three pounds six ounces. 

A surprise to many involved with the tournament, this year the Crappie category was limited to average size catches, but that was good enough for Jay Beeler and Kamryn Johnson to finish in a three way tie at one pound six ounces.  Beeler caught two fish of the same weight, while Johnson’s catch pushed the category into a three-way tie, forcing a split of the money in first and second place.

In the Bream/Sunfish/Shellcracker category, Jordan Kitts took first place with one pound 10 ounces, while Larry Bargo came in second at one pound four ounces.  It was the Catfish category however that took the title of biggest overall fish of the tournament.  Karlie Johnson boated a 31 pound 10 ounce whiskered fish to take first place, while Jessie Hoskins also doubled in the tournament with a Catfish weighing 30 pounds 14 ounces.

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All money for the various fishing categories of the tournament, as well as the cash prizes, and door prizes that were given out in the ticket drawing following the tournament were donated by area businesses and residents, with all proceeds from ticket sales going to benefit the area’s needy children this December.

ROHO Charitable Trust is a 501 © (3) organization and is comprised of men throughout the tri-state area who’s only purpose is to help the needy children of the area.  If you would like more information about ROHO Charitable Trust, visit the organization’s website at, or visit them on Facebook at ROHO Charitable Trust.

Meeting Place and Time

Middlesboro Country Club

The Roho Club is very grateful to the Middlesboro Country Club. They allow the Roho's to have a place to meet year round.  

We meet the 1st Monday of each month at 7:00PM.  If you are interested in becoming a member, make plans to attend a meeting for more details!

Donate to ROHO

Donate an amount of your choice to ROHO Charitable Trust.

All donations go to help our children!

ROHO Fishing Tourney

ROHO Fishing Tournament 

ROHO Fishing Club sponsors a fishing tournament each year to raise funds for our Kids' Christmas Shopping Spree.

Get more information on the fishing tournament by Clicking here.

Sponsor a Child

For a donation of $150, you can sponsor a child in our Annual Christmas Shopping Spree!