A new street inside the city Town of Greeneville has been named in honor of Tusculum College Life Trustee Jim Emory.
Emory Road was officially opened Thursday morning and was dedicated in a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Greene County Partnership.
The new road connects the Tusculum View extension road with East Andrew Johnson Highway near Sonic Drive-In and O’Reilly Auto Parts. It is part of the overall project to connect Snapps Ferry Road with the Andrew Johnson Highway.
It was named in honor of Emory to recognize the significant contribution he has made in the efforts to make the connector road a reality. His efforts were praised by representatives from the Greene County Partnership and State Rep. David Hawk (R-5).
The connector road will be an important addition to the community. “The road will open up land for development and bring new businesses to the city,” Emory said. He noted the current construction of a medical office along the new Emory Road and that there has been business interest in other undeveloped lots along the roadway.
Emory, a successful businessman, has been an active member of the community and a respected public servant. He served as an alderman for the Town of Greeneville for several years, was a member of the Greeneville Light and Power Board, a member of the Greene County Bank Board and the Laughlin Hospital Foundation Board.
A native of Skyland, N.C., Emory came to East Tennessee as student, graduating from East Tennessee State University in 1955. He came to Greeneville in the 1960s when he established the Burger Chef franchise in the town.
A long-time supporter of Tusculum College, Emory has been a member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees since 1988 and was named a Life Member in 2001. He was recognized by the College in 1996 with the Distinguished Service Award, recognizing his exemplary service to the both the College and the community.