Tennessee Town & City

Franklin becomes first Tennessee Smart Yards Community

By KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

The city of Franklin has become the first Tennessee Smart Yards Community as part of a pilot project to expand the University of Tennessee Extension Smart Yard’s program beyond individual backyards.


The Tennessee Smart Yards program involves homeowners and residents across the state to incorporate lawn and property management guidelines that yield healthier, more sustainable landscapes through tactics like planting native species, using organic mulches, and composting.

EPA, Corps to change WOTUS definition

By Denise Paige
TML Government RelationsML Government Relations

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced their intent to undertake a rulemaking to once again revise the definition of “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS). This proposal comes as a result of a determination by the agencies that the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) significantly reduced clean water protections. Additionally, an Arizona District Court recently ruled that the NWPR should be overturned nationwide.

Lehrman discusses how to turn points of conflict into productive conversation

By KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

In times where civic discussions seem to be more divisive than ever, many communities are looking for ways to bring citizens together and find common ground to move necessary conversations forward.

Gallatin’s Paige Brown named Mayor of the Year by Tennessee Municipal League

Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown was named the 2021 Mayor of the Year by the Tennessee Municipal League at their 81st Annual Conference in Chattanooga.

Franklin’s Margaret Martin receives Bob Kirk Local Government Leadership Award

Franklin alderwoman Margaret Martin was awarded the third annual Bob Kirk Local Government Leadership Award by the Tennessee Municipal League at their 81st Annual Conference in Chattanooga.

Morristown’s Tony Cox receives TCMA award

Dating back to the days of Davy Crockett, the city of Morristown has long held a reputation for economic development and growth with an eye on future progress.


One of the reasons Morristown continues to thrive is because of the leadership of City Manager Tony Cox over the past 11 years. Serving as a stabilizing force within the city, Cox is always the first to tackle new challenges and give credit to others for hard work.

Knoxville’s Harry Boss receives Murphy Snoderly award

The Tennessee Chapter of American Public Works Association (TCAPWA) honored Knoxville’s Harry Boss with the 2021 Murphy Snoderly Award. 

Boss started with the city of Knoxville 30 years ago in the Public Service Department as a public service worker. Since then, he has held various equipment operator positions and is currently serving as the master equipment operator.

Chattanooga recognized for Excellence in Green Leadership

Not content to rest on its laurels following the completion of the city’s first community solar installation and national recognition from the U.S. Department of Energy, the city of Chattanooga has continued to set the bar for green initiatives through ongoing energy-usage reduction projects, a new electric microgrid, and efforts to make city vehicles more energy efficient.

Dandridge honored with Small Town Progress award

Officials with the town of Dandridge have been hard at work balancing the challenges of preserving the town’s historic past with providing infrastructure improvements necessary for the town to grow, all while bettering Dandridge’s financial health.

In recognition of the efforts made by municipal officials to increase the city’s financial security while still providing improved and expanded infrastructure needed to position the town for the future, the Tennessee Municipal League is pleased to present Dandridge with an award for Excellence in Small Town Progress.

Rocky Top awarded Excellence in Finance

Facing considerable challenges concerning municipal audits and city finances, the city of Rocky Top’s staff decided the best way to tackle these issues was head-on and with hard work and determination.

In recognition of the concerted efforts made by city officials to improve its financial standing and address past issues with audits, the Tennessee Municipal League is pleased to present Rocky Top with an award for Excellence in Finance.

Hohenwald awarded Excellence in Fire Services

The Hohenwald Fire Department has made considerable efforts to improve its quality of service through encouraging continued professional development, acquiring new facilities for training, and bringing in outside partners to work with the department.

In recognition of the efforts made by the Hohenwald Fire Department to provide service above and beyond expectation for their community, the Tennessee Municipal League is pleased to present Hohenwald with an award for Excellence in Fire Services.

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