PHOTO: Mayor Ken Moore received the Mayor of the Year award at Tuesday’s Tennessee Municipal League convention in Knoxville.// City of Franklin
By BROOKE WANSER
On Tuesday at the Tennessee Municipal League’s annual conference in Knoxville, Franklin leaders were recognized with awards for their service.
Franklin’s Dr. Ken Moore was awarded Mayor of the Year, while the Tennessee City Management Association presented Franklin leaders with the 2018 Award for Excellence for Envision Franklin, the city’s comprehensive land-use plan.
Moore said he was chosen out of a membership of nearly 300 mayors.
“I was totally shocked,” he said.
He jokingly reckoned he received the award because, “they had to pick somebody, and I guess they went down through the alphabet and said, “here’s Moore!”
Formerly an orthopedic surgeon, Moore was appointed to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in 2007 before being elected as mayor in 2008.
He recognized other city leaders and employees for their contribution to the award-winning Envision Franklin plan, a hefty document which took two years to complete.
Moore was also chosen as the third vice president of the Municipal League, which means he will assume the presidency in four years.
Franklin leaders on hand in Knoxville included City Administrator Eric Stuckey, Communications Manager Milissa Reierson, Assistant City Recorder Lanaii Benne, and Vice Mayor and Alderman Margaret Martin.
Martin said the conference was a good reinforcer of cities’ rights.
“We have to work diligently to be sure that cities are the number-one focus for us, and it all has to do with what is good for the cities and our citizens,” she said.
The Tennessee Municipal League is a voluntary organization established by Tennessee cities and towns for mutual assistance and improvement.
According to their website, the League primarily works with the Tennessee General Assembly on behalf of city governments, promoting legislation helpful to cities and opposing legislation harmful to cities.