|Published: 9:16 AM, 09/11/2013
||Last updated: 9:17 AM, 09/11/2013
Author: Jessica Cross
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
TELLICO PLAINS-The little town with the
big backyard is one step closer to obtaining benchmark status.
"It's a huge task to be benchmarked," said Mayor Patrick Hawkins.
Towns try to obtain benchmarking status
to obtain recreation grants. There are several tiers of benchmarking.
Towns reach the tiers by showing a commitment to recreation and by
meeting state criteria and goals at each level.
The town's submitted application came
back recently with a few recommendations, including making recreation
its own department and naming a recreation director.
"We're not going to get benchmarked
if we don't have this," said Hawkins. "They want recreation to be
part of its own form of government so they see we're serious about
The board was quick to move on the
decision, voting to appoint Alderwoman Sherri Raby as the volunteer
recreation director. Raby abstained from the vote since she was
The Recreation Department is continuing
its fundraising campaign and has received a few more donations,
including from area banks. In addition, a proposal has been sent to a
donor who is willing to fund outdoor recreation equipment for the
town's walking trail.
"This equipment is made to be outside
so the elements won't affect it," said Hawkins. "People could
walk, stop for a little while, do some resistance training and walk
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