The Be More Awards are given to 12 leaders in our viewing area who contribute to the overall well-being of our community through education, the arts, health services or other forms of charitable giving or community involvement. The Be More Awards can be awarded to non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations or individuals that inspires us to Be More. Recipients of the Be More Awards are showcased during daily programming on East Tennessee PBS. To nominate a person or organization for a 2016 Be More Award, click here.

2015 Be More award recipients

  • East Tennessee Design Center: ETCDC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to make East Tennessee a better place to live and work by bringing professional design and planning assistance to community groups and nonprofit organizations

  • Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association: ORCBA   organization, provides  opportunities for dancers of all ages and abilities the opportunity to perform before a live audience in a clean, safe, professional environment.

  • Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound: Preserving the audio and video history of East Tennessee

  • Symphony of the Mountains: The tradition of excellence in musical entertainment and education, while enriching the cultural experience of audiences of all ages throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia and points beyond.

  • The Cerebral Palsy Center:   The Cerebral Palsy Center is committed to helping individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities have the chance at a fulfilling life with as much independence as possible.

  • African American Heritage Alliance: AAHA task force represent eight different counties in East Tennessee and twelve different organizations, most of which are African American. AAHA believes in preserving, restoring, and celebrating knowledge of the history of the African American community in East Tennessee.

  • Abbey Fields:  To grow healthy, fresh produce in a community effort between neighborhoods, volunteers, members and staff in order to beautify, restore, and bring life to vacant spaces in Knoxville

  • Price Public Schools in Rogersville: Price Public Community Center and Swift Museum, is a former African American school in Rogersville Tennessee. It currently serves as a community center.

  • Girls Inc. of Oak Ridge: To inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold! Girls Inc. goals are, To be recognized as the premier organization that helps all girls realize their potential and exercise their rights.

  • Ramsey House Historic Home: Ramsey House was built in 1797 by Knoxville’s first builder, Thomas Hope, for Francis Alexander Ramsey. The home is constructed of Tennessee pink marble and blue limestone. It was known at that time as the finest home in Tennessee.

  • Coalition on America’s Poor Health and Poverty: AHCK wants to work within this existing framework to build a stronger coalition of organizations working on its mission of ending inequity and inequality surrounding poverty and health illiteracy in at-risk communities.

  • Steps House: With its founding principals of integrity, love, compassion and a deep desire to help others, the Steps House has opened its doors to thousands of men who sought refuge from the devastation caused by the disease of addiction and the ravages of homelessness.


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