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Story published: 05-14-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Kennedy honored for preservation efforts

Jonesborough resident Dr. William Kennedy recently was honored at a membership breakfast for the Johnson City/Jonesborough/Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Larry Calhoun, Chamber chair, presented an “RX for Success” recognition to Kennedy, calling him one of the foremost preservationists in Jonesborough. Kennedy has led the town’s Historic Zoning Commission since 1983.

“Dr. Kennedy is to be commended for all of his work in assisting the town adhere to historic brand standards and preserving the integrity of Jonesborough,” Calhoun said.

Kennedy’s preservation efforts in town include adaptively restoring his 1869 residence, the 1926 Jonesborough High School for use as a residential condominium (Academy Hill), and the Historic Eureka Inn for use as a modern hotel.

“His unselfish leadership has been invaluable in establishing and guiding the quality standards for preservation and restoration,” Calhoun said.

His involvement includes serving on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Board of Advisors for the Southern Region and on the Tennessee Preservation Trust Advisory Council.

Ken Ross, president of Ken Ross Architects was also recognized for his efforts for Johnson City to host two major Jehovah’s Witness Conventions per year, and many circuit meetings for more than 25 years. The conventions have brought a combined economic impact of more than $58,000,000 and more than 200,500 visitors to the region.