Knoxville News Sentinel: Gov. Haslam named ETHS’s 1st East Tennessean of the Year

Posted by on December 19, 2011 in SRW Clients in the News, SRW in the News

Gov. Bill Haslam, left, talks with Susan Richardson Williams, president of the East Tennessee Historical Society, center, and Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade before he Haslam is honored as the first-ever East Tennessean of the Year during a ceremony at Cherokee Country Club on Thursday night. (Photo by Wade Payne, Special to the News Sentinel)

The East Tennessee Historical Society honored Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday night with its first annual East Tennessean of the Year Award at a celebration dinner held at the Cherokee Country Club.

“If there is an award for most blessed East Tennessean, that would be me,” Haslam said after accepting the award.

The board of directors of the Historical Society established the award to honor an East Tennessee history maker who is not only an ambassador for the region but who also represents integrity, dignity, leadership qualities and the volunteer spirit, according to Tennessee Supreme Court Judge Gary Wade, who is from Sevier County.

In this inaugural year of the award, the board of directors unanimously selected Haslam, the only native Knoxvillian to be elected governor in Tennessee’s history and the second East Tennessean elected in the past 50 years, Wade said.

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