Hamblen County Guidebook
The Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce has served local businesses since 1913.
In January of that year, the Morristown Board of Trade and the Young Men’s Commercial Club of Morristown adopted a resolution consolidating the two clubs under the name of the Board of Trade of Morristown, according to the Chamber’s historical data.
In 1920, the Morristown Board of Trade voted to change its name to the Morristown Chamber of Commerce and in 1924, a Charter of Incorporation was issued to the Morristown Chamber of Commerce.
In 1972, the board of directors changed the name of the Chamber to The Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc. to include not only Morristown, but also the surrounding trade area. Whether it is a tourist looking for information on what to do and see in the Lakeway Area; a business owner considering Morristown for a new facility or an expansion of an existing company; a local chamber member in search of information; or someone who is just curious about the area, the Chamber is the place to visit. Business owners have a common goal to see their businesses grow and prosper.
The chamber is committed to helping the Morristown and Hamblen County business community meet this goal.
To further the agenda of success, Chamber members are immediately connected with a professional group of advisers from the moment they join.
As the voice of the Morristown business community, the Chamber represents local businesses to all levels of government while providing valuable services to its members.
For more information, call the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce at 423-586-6382 or visit the ofﬁces at 825 West First North St. The Chamber’s web site can be found at www.morristownchamber.com.
There are several parks scattered around the city, with a dozen devoted mostly to sports. The largest of the sports complexes at 142 acres is Frank Lorino Park, which has 12 ﬁelds devoted to football, softball, baseball and soccer.
Fred Miller Park is the most popular non-sports park. It includes a paved walking trail one-third of a mile long, two picnic shelters, a small amphitheater, a large playground with a variety of equipment, huge trees and lots of grass, along with restrooms.
The park also has its Rotary Splash-Pad, open during the summer months. Two other parks boast of hiking trails, Wildwood and Wayne Hansard.
In addition, Wayne Hansard’s trail is used for biking. The Talley Ward Recreation Center is also operated by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. It includes facilities for basketball and volleyball.
The center also has three meeting rooms and hosts a square dance club and exercise classes.
The city has two disc golf courses with one at Wayne Hansard sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Morristown. The Rotary Club sponsored course at Frank Lorino Park is the largest in the county.
The butterﬂy garden at Martin Luther King Park allows residents to walk along the garden’s path. It is designed by a master gardener and tended by volunteers. Craig Price is the director of the Morristown Parks and Recreation Department.
The department coordinates several youth and adult sports leagues, including softball, baseball and basketball. The Parks and Recreation ofﬁce is located at 415 West Louise Avenue. For information on any Morristown city park or a schedule of activities, call 423-586-0260.
Panther Creek State Park in the western half of Hamblen County is part of Tennessee’s award-winning state park system, which consists of 54 state parks and state historic sites. Panther Creek is a 1,435-acre park located on the Cherokee Reservoir in the historic Holston River Valley.
The park has 30 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horse trails, with terrain ranging from easy to difﬁcult.
From the easy 0.8-mile Old Wagon Trail, which features a wide, relatively ﬂat path ideal for beginning hikers and bikers alike, to the 1.9-mile Point Lookout Trail, a moderately difﬁcult trail which ascends to the highest point in the park, Panther Creek’s trails offer something for just about everyone.
More than 15 miles of trails in the park have been designated for mountain bikes and another seven are equestrian trails, including the Hunt Knob and Maple Arch trails, two of the park’s longest and most scenic trails. All bike and horse trails are also open to hikers.
The park provides access to Cherokee Lake for anglers hoping to hook into bass, crappie, blue gill, catﬁsh, rock ﬁsh or bream. There is no park fee for ﬁshing, but a valid Tennessee ﬁshing license is required.
The park provides a boat ramp for visitors between mid-April and late September.
Nearby commercial marinas also provide boat launching and rental boats and motors, as well as bait shops selling ﬁshing supplies.
The swimming pool at Panther Creek is open between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays. The park has three picnic pavilions available for rental for events or gatherings.
The capacity ranges from 12 to 80 people. Shelters are equipped with picnic tables and some have grills and access to rest rooms. Full-day shelter reservations may be made online or by calling the park. Picnic shelters may be reserved online up to a year in advance.
The park recently completed a facelift, resulting in the complete renovation of the 50-site campground and an online reservation
Encore Theatrical Company is the Lakeway Area’s home for live theatrical performance.
Each year, Encore offers a wide lineup of musicals, plays, comedies, and dramas of all sizes and for all audiences.
Founded in 2006, Encore plays host to approximately 8,000 audience members each season. In the last decade, the company has produced sellout performances of shows such as “Cats,” “Les Miserables,” “Chicago,” “Hairspray,” “Into the Woods,” and much more.
A season typically includes five main stage shows, a youth show, a masterworks program with Broadway artists and several special events.
Encore also has extensive offerings for youth interested in the theatre.
These include classes, workshops, and seminars throughout the season.
The company’s largest youth program is its annual Young Stars production, a main stage musical produced by and starring actors ages 18 and under.
The Encore Young Stars have produced a variety of sold out shows, including “The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and the “Little Mermaid.”
Through a special partnership with Walters State Community College, Encore performs almost all its productions in the William H. Inman Humanities Theatre on the Walters State campus.
For more information, visit http://www.encoretheatricalcompany.com or call 423-318-8331.
Morristown Theatre Guild Inc. is the oldest, continually running community theatre in Tennessee. Its ﬁrst performance was in 1934 and the Guild is now celebrating 82 years of bringing Morristown together as a community.
Plans have been developed to create a new Guild performing space on the site of its dilapidated former theater, but for now, the Guild has returned to the ways of its early days and become somewhat of a vagabond theatre troupe.
The Guild holds its auditions, rehearsals and performances in various locations around Morristown, including Rose Center, Walters State Community College, schools and churches.
The Theatre Guild has made several partnerships over the years, including Rose Center, Walters State Community College, the Boys and Girls Club, Morristown-Hamblen Central Services and the Hamblen County School System.
The partnerships have allowed the Guild and its partners to create more entertainment and joint fundraising activities.
More information about the Theatre Guild Inc. of Morristown is available by calling 423-586-9260 or visiting www.theatreguildinc.org.
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