Each year, the Office of Neighborhoods accepts nominations for the Diana Conn Good Neighbor of the Year Award, which is presented annually to a City of Knoxville resident who -- in the spirit of cooperation and with commitment to inclusive community -- has devoted time and talent in service to his or her neighbors and neighborhood.
The winner of the 2017 Award was Vicki Forester, founding member and first president of the West Haven Community Neighborhood Association. Eight Knoxville neighborhood residents were nominated for this year's Award, and they were honored at the Neighborhood Conference on March 11. The eight were nominated by their neighbors in response to a call from the Office of Neighborhoods.
Here are the nominees, their neighborhoods or neighborhood groups, and the person(s) who made the nomination:
** Gerry Moll, Fourth & Gill Neighborhood Organization, nominated by Jenny Wright.
** Grant Barton of downtown Knoxville, nominated by Lynne Miller.
** Janice Tocher, South Woodlawn Neighborhood Association, nominated by Marcia O’Neal.
** Jenny Wright, Fourth & Gill Neighborhood Organization, nominated by Gerry Moll.
** Kaye Bultemeier, RiverHill Gateway Neighborhood Association, nominated by Helen Bachrach.
** Linda Rust, South Haven Neighborhood Association, nominated by Janice Tocher.
** Terry Caruthers, Colonial Village Neighborhood Association, nominated by Carol Blair.
** Vicki Forester of West Haven Village Neighborhood Community, nominated by Steven Disney and Stuart Hall.
Learn more about the nominees.
This award was named for the late Diana Conn and was presented to her posthumously at the 2013 Neighborhood Conference. Diana's son Jim made these remarks
when he accepted the award on behalf of the family. Other details of Diana's life of service can be found in this article
from the weekly newsletter published by the Office of Neighborhoods.
Previous Winners of the Award
2016 - David Gillette
2015 - Rita Schwartz
2014 - Betty Jo Mahan
2013 - Diana Conn