East Tennessean of the Year

The 2021 East Tennessean of the Year Dinner will honor the Honorable Lamar Alexander

November 11, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Cherokee Country Club

5138 Lyons View Pike

Knoxville, Tennessee 37919

Black Tie

Alexander is a seventh-generation East Tennessean who served as a three-term U.S. senator, the U.S. secretary of education, the president of the University of Tennessee, and the two-term governor of Tennessee.


2021 Presenting Sponsors




2021 Table Sponsors

Kreis Beall

Cherokee Distributing Company

Donna and Bill Cobble

Kelly and Mike Conley

Denark Construction

Cindi and Pete DeBusk

DENSO TN Manufacturing Inc.

Cindy and Joe Emert

Becky and Joe Swann

Ann and Sam Furrow 

Gulf & Ohio Railways

Natalie and Jim Haslam

KaTom Restaurant Supply

Lawler Wood

Sherri P. Lee

Mollenhour Gross

Morning Pointe Senior Living

Moxley Carmichael

Raymond James Associates

The Tombras Group

The Trust Company

Kirstin and Mark Williams

Susan Richardson Williams


Honoring an East Tennessee History Maker

Established in 2011 by the East Tennessee Historical Society Board of Directors, the award periodically recognizes and honors an East Tennessee history maker who is an ambassador for the region and represents integrity, dignity, leadership, and the volunteer spirit. The award is given to an East Tennessean with either a recent accomplishment or a compilation of accomplishments in fields such as history, politics, entertainment, education, research, or humanitarian work that improves the lives of others.

2019 East Tennessean of the Year
2018 East Tennessean of the Year
2017 East Tennessean of the Year
2016 East Tennessean of the Year
2014 East Tennessean of the Year
2011 East Tennessean of the Year