East Tennessee Preservation Awards

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The East Tennessee Preservation Awards program recognizes outstanding individuals, organizations, and projects contributing to the protection of East Tennessee’s heritage.

→ Download the 2017 East Tennessee Preservation Award Nomination Form.
Nominations are due by August 30, 2017.

2016 East Tennessee Preservation Award Winners

  • Johnson Architecture for renovations to Anderson Hall at Maryville College
  • Bettina Cox-Diggs for renovations to the Cox-Diggs home in Oliver Springs
  • American Legion Post 149 for building renovations and community organizing in Wartburg
  • Frank March and Bob Lochbaum for historic cemetery mapping in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Ken and Rowena Smith for preservation leadership in Hamblen County
  • Tanner Preservation Alliance for securing funding for preserving the Tanner School in Newport
  • Mossy Creek Foundation for downtown revitalization leadership in Jefferson City
  • Sevierville Commons Association for Tennessee Main Street certification
  • Tennessee Valley Authority for the Norris Dam National Register designation
  • Crossroads Downtown Partnership and City of Morristown  forthe downtown Morristown National Register designation

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2015 East Tennessee Preservation Award Winners

  • Coca-Cola Consolidated for the Coca-Cola ghost sign restoration in Morristown
  • Bush Brothers for the restoration of the A.J. Bush General Merchandise Store and Visitor’s Center in Chestnut Hill
  • Duay O’Neil for history reporting in Cocke County
  • Lee Aslinger for renovations to the historic Morgan County Jail
  • Bonnie Peters for her leadership in preservation in Union County
  • Lyric Theater Company for their dedication to the historic Lyric Theater and downtown Loudon
  • Carol and Vijay Randive for the restoration of 802 Mayes Avenue in Sweetwater
  • The Department of Energy for the development of the K-25 Virtual Museum
  • Rick Murphy and George Zepp for the reconstruction of Walton Court in Historic Rugby
  • John and Aldris Kerr for renovations to 3305 Bunker Hill in Knoxville 

2014 East Tennessee Preservation Award Winners

  • Wheatlands – Sevier County | Richard Parker and John Burns
  • Monroe County Courthouse – Madisonville, Monroe County
  • Lily Pad Boutique Buildings – Sweetwater, Monroe County | Brenda and David Bryan
  • Albert Miller Lea Day – Blaine, Grainger County | Albert Miller Lea Foundation
  • Union County Jail – Maynardville, Union County | Dennis Patterson
  • 52 Pine Road – Norris, Anderson County | Regina and Jeff Merritt
  • Rick Dover, Family Pride Corporation – Alexander Inn Project | Oak Ridge, Anderson County
  • Ethiel Garlington – Alexander Inn Project | Oak Ridge, Anderson County 
  • Barbara Stagg – Rugby, Morgan County | Special recognition for service to Historic Rugby and ETPA

2013 East Tennessee Preservation Award Winners

  • Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria—Blount County | Randy Burleson
  • Dean Stone, Lifetime Achievement Award—Blount County
  • Shepard Inn of Dandridge—Jefferson County | Karen and Jim Everett
  • Butler-Blanc Gymnasium—Jefferson County | Carson Newman University | Vice-President Ross Brummett
  • Greenback Depot—Loudon County | Ron Edmondson
  • Fowler’s Mill—Monroe County | Earl Alexander
  • Sweetwater—Monroe County | Mary Chappell Crabtree
  • Wartburg Presbyterian Church—Morgan County | Sharon Kreis
  • Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church—Sevier County | Helen Harwood
  • Plan East Tennessee—Maryville Mayor Tom Taylor
  • The Hemlocks – Anderson County | Susan and Marianne Fowler
  • 101 W. Norris Road – Norris | Regina and Jeff Merritt

2012 East Tennessee Preservation Award Winners

  • Alcoa City Center in Blount County
  • Crawford House at Maryville College in Blount County
  • Gertrude Janeway Cabin in Grainger County
  • Sally Baker in Hamblen County
  • The Residences at Eastport in Knox County
  • West View Cemetery Project in Knox County
  • The Grove Building in Loudon County
  • Susan Kries and The Deer Lodge Historical Society in Morgan County
  • Hamilton-Tolliver Complex in Union County
  • Capital Mark Bank and Trust in Anderson County
  • Jon Overton Log House in Anderson County

2011 East Tennessee Preservation Award Winners

  • Daugherty Furniture Building in Anderson County
  • “The Birth of the City” Monument Project in Anderson County
  • The Weeks House in Blount County
  • Glen Oaks in Campbell County
  • Lincoln Memorial University in Campbell County
  • Old Jail in Claiborne County
  • Rhea Mims Hotel in Cocke County
  • Old Rutledge High School in Grainger County
  • Richland Mill in Grainger County
  • Gen. Longstreet Headquarters Museum in Hamblen County
  • Jefferson County High School Service Learning Project
  • Greenback Museum in Loudon County
  • Magnolia Manor in Loudon County
  • Stephen Morris for 109 & 111 N. Main Street in Sweetwater, Monroe County
  • The Princess Theatre in Roane County
  • Charit Creek Lodge in Scott County
  • Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Sevier County
  • Old State Bank in Union County

2010 East Tennessee Preservation Award Winners

  • Norris Houses – Jeff andcRegina Merritt
  • Green McAdoo Cultural Center – James Cain, Chair of the Green McAdoo Cultural Center Board of Directors
  • William J. Wilcox, Jr., in Oak Ridge
  • Wilders Chapel A.M.E Zion Church at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend – Robert Patterson, Executive Director
  • Preservation Plaza in Downtown Maryville – Doug and Teresa Horn
  • Hwy 25E Scenic Byway – Linda Lewanski, Ken Coffey, David Ridenour, Lila Wilson
  • Façade Improvement Grant Program in Morristown – Mayor Barbara C. “Sami” Barile
  • Jefferson County Courthouse – Mayor Alan Palmieri and David Longmire
  • McBee House and Farm in New Market – John and Beverly Kramer
  • Murphy Springs Farm in Knox County – Kevin Murphy
  • McCollum Farm in Greenback – Timothy Grindstaff
  • Downtown Loudon – Rick Dover, Family Pride Corporation
  • Beacon Hill in Rugby – Jane Logan, President of Historic Rugby, Inc.
  • Wheat Community and African Burial Grounds – Steve Goodpasture, Bonita Irwin and Will Minter
  • Scott High School Museum Project – Gary Sexton, Teacher at Scott High School
  • Union County Cemetery Association – Ellen Perry, President of UCCA
  • Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr. – Lifetime Achievement Award