The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance (ETPA) announced the first annual East Tennessee Preservation Awards on Friday, Oct. 8, in Rugby, Tenn., and two from Blount County were among the winners.
The awards presentation was part of the 2010 East Tennessee Preservation Conference held in the historic Victorian village. The awards presentation, reception, and the conference, focusing on heritage tourism, were enjoyed by about 100 people from across the East Tennessee region.
Winning from Blount County were Preservation Plaza and Doug and Teresa Horn, and the Wilders Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church now located at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Nancy Williams, marketing director of the Heritage Center, accepted the award for the organization.
Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr., was recognized for a lifetime achievement award for his steadfast support of America’s historic and natural beauty. Through his vivid photographs of historic events and wilderness, we have seen the world through his eyes. Baker’s perseverance ensured the protection of 125,000 acres on the Cumberland Plateau as the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.
The complete list of 2010 award winners are:
• 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
ETPA was founded in 2009 serve the 16-county East Tennessee region. ETPA is made up of representatives from all 16 counties and works to help further historic preservation in the region through educational events, technical assistance, and by assisting existing organizations.