Each year, ETEC honors members of the Oak Ridge community with the Muddy Boot Award and Postma Young Professional Medal, which serve as a tribute to individuals who make East Tennessee a stronger region through their hard work and community activities. The awards are given once a year at the ETEC Annual Meeting. This event is usually held in early December. More information about the Annual Meeting can be found on the Events page.
The Muddy Boot Award
In 1973, the founders of the East Tennessee Economic Council (then the Roane Anderson Economic Council) created this award to reflect the efforts of the Manhattan Project founders of Oak Ridge, who worked through adverse conditions – sometimes actual rivers of mud – to build this community. Each year thereafter, ETEC has honored those who have continued to help build and bolster the community’s economic base.
The award is given to those who go above the call of duty—like those who served the nation during the Manhattan Project—to make the community, the state of Tennessee, and the nation a better place to live and work. Over 75 people have received the award since that time. To view more information and to see all of the Muddy Boot award winners, click here.
In 2005, the ETEC Board of Directors created this award to honor young professionals who have made an impact and fostered a community culture in Oak Ridge and the region. Former ORNL Director Herman Postma epitomized this community spirit during his life; and his wife, Pat, continues the tradition of service today through her involvement in the Oak Ridge community. To view more information and see all of the Postma Young Professional Medal recipients, click here.
In the year of the City of Oak Ridge’s 50th Anniversary, it was fitting to celebrate those individuals who have worked to build the programs and community that make Oak Ridge special. Over the years, many of these people received Muddy Boot Awards and Postma Young Professional Medals. ETEC commissioned two special displays to honor these awardees. These impressive “awards walls” were unveiled in 2009 at a reception in the lobby of the American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE).
Today, the displays are located in the lobby of the UT Outreach Center where ETEC’s Friday morning breakfasts are held.
How to Nominate
ETEC accepts nominations for the Muddy Boot Award and the Postma Young Professional Medal once a year. Nominations are open until August 23, 2021. Click here for the Nominations page.