Hill discusses future of KMHB

KMHB recently recognized recognized the best yards and gardens in the area. From left, Bill Hale, KMHB treasurer, honorees Smoky Colbach and Sandy Thomason, Joe Whiteside, a KMHB board member and KMHB member Terry Rust.

Keep Morristown Hamblen Beautiful Executive Director Shandi Hill addressed organization’s annual meeting at Rose Center recently for the first time since being named to the position in January.

She said the future for the 35-year-old nonprofit organization, and said the future is bright.

“We are excited about the many things ahead,” Hill said. “Most importantly, we all feel strongly about our environment, and as a team, we understand the push we need to make on public awareness through programs that inspire others to take action in beautifying the world we live in.

“I am honored to enlighten you today on our participation.”

KMBH uses a variety of programs that educate businesses, industries, school systems and residents on its goals for community improvement and beautification, focusing on litter prevention, beautification, community greening, waste minimization and recycling. Hill highlighted the events KMHB was partnered with during the previous year, including Downtown Music on the Green, HOLA Lakeway Food Festival, and a lake cleanup project with the Friends of Cherokee Lake Users Association twice a year, local sporting events, household hazardous waste events, and community barbecues.

Hill also exemplified her organization’s relationship with the local tree board.

“This partnership has been ongoing now for over 18 years,” she said. “Already, three trees have been planted (in the area) with 27 more to come.”

In addition, KMHB also participated in the College Square Mall Home Show, where its table was viewed by thousands guests in the three-day event. The organization also collected 25 tons of used tires for its annual Tire Recycling Day event, as well as holding a breakfast for local sanitation workers and recycling used batteries, oil, paint, antifreeze and electronics.

Hill and KMHB president Tom Strate said more volunteers are needed to continue the ongoing projects the organization will be hosting over the next year, thanking those who have already assisted in keeping the community trash-free.

“If it weren’t for the people of Morristown and Hamblen County, we wouldn’t exist,” Strate said.

Other business KMHB discussed during its meeting was the organization’s financial report. According to Treasurer Bill Hale, KMHB finished with a surplus for fiscal year 2019. Its 2017 and 2018 fiscal year budgets were audited and reviewed by local accountant David M. Ellis, and found to be in good standing. The audit for FY2019 is currently in review.

Hale also said 98% of the organization’s financial support over the fiscal year came from sponsors in Morristown and Hamblen County.