James H. (Jim) Hartline was recently recognized at the Tennessee Recreation & Parks Association State Conference in Gatlinburg, TN. with the Lifetime Member Award. This award honors and recognizes individuals who have made numerous and/or significant long-term contributions to the parks and recreation profession and have a minimum of 20 years work in the field and 10 years as a member of TRPA.
Candi Rawlins, Executive Director for TRPA stated, “Jim exemplifies the work of our lifetime members, working for recognition of our park professionals throughout his career. He was involved in development of the Northeast District Annual Maintenance Games, and TRPA Maintenance School, encouraging park professionals to improve their skills and the services they provide to the citizens they serve in their communities. He has served as a speaker, a supporter and a committee member for both of these programs. We are honored to recognize him with this prestigious award”.
In 1991, Hartline was also honored with the first annual Wayne Hansard Award, which was developed by the Municipal/County Section of TRPA to recognize the person who has demonstrated excellence in the maintenance of parks, facilities, and/or grounds in a cost effective and efficient manner for the safety of the citizen user. He retired from the Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks and Recreation Commission as Maintenance Superintendent with 32 years of service.