Jolley Park Recognized at East Tennessee Development District Awards Banquet
Last week, the East Tennessee Development District (ETDD) hosted their annual awards banquet. Each year, they select 10 projects throughout the 16-county region to honor at this event. In past years, ETDD focused their awards on projects they had assisted with, however, they had recently decided to waive that requirement for certain projects that simply stood out to them. After reading about the opening of Jolley Park in a local newspaper, the park caught the eye of the ETDD staff. The concept of the park, the Jolley family legacy, and the execution of the park’s mission made Jolley Park, in their words, “impossible for them not to honor”.
The award was presented to the City of Morristown and the Jolley Family as an award of distinction for the “Project of the Year” for Hamblen County. Jolley Park was specifically chosen for its contribution to the community and its positive use of both public and private funds. Vice-Mayor Tommy Pedigo attended the ETDD Awards Banquet with Joyce Jolley and Randall Jolley where the award was presented.
Mayor Gary Chesney said in response to the award, “We appreciate the East Tennessee Development District recognizing good things going on in Morristown. Gene Jolley’s legacy of sharing his heart and resources with children, especially those with special needs, is a wonderful testimony to the impact his life made on Morristown. Jolley Park is going to be enjoyed by many for years to come.”
The City of Morristown is proud of this honor and are thankful to the Jolley Family, Morristown Parks & Recreation, and everyone who made Jolley Park a reality for our community.