Johnson Receives Distinguished Service Award

Barbara Johnson, co-owner and operator of Big Meadow Family Campground in Townsend, received the Distinguished Service Award of the Tennessee Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (TNARVC) during Annual Meeting ceremonies in Nashville. The award recognizes individuals for outstanding leadership and service to the campground industry at the national and state levels.

“We are pleased to hear of this recognition of Barbara and the Big Meadows Campground. Both Barbara and her husband Malcolm have devoted many years to developing their business and unselfishly promoting Blount County as a destination,” said Herb Handly, executive vice president of tourism for the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau. “They continue to be recognized as one of the premier camping destinations in Townsend, and we are proud to have them, and so many distinguished partners in the community.”

Johnson has served as treasurer of the association for the past four years and chaired a committee that significantly upgraded the TNARVC website at In 2006 her campground, Big Meadow Family Campground, was named Tennessee Campground of the Year.

“I am very honored to have received this award. Chairing the web site committee was a wonderful learning experience and I am very fortunate to own a business in such a beautiful part of the world,” said Johnson. “I would also like to invite other RV park owners to participate in the Tennessee Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds since we are always looking for new talent. The association feels that all park owners should be striving to learn new and better ways to offer more value to our customers.”

TNARVC is composed of over 60 private campgrounds across the state. Its mission is “to serve the special needs of RV parks and campgrounds in Tennessee and provide the public with the highest quality camping experience.”

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