Annual Arbor Day and Tree City USA Celebrations May 12
The annual City of Sevierville Arbor Day and Tree City Celebrations are scheduled for Friday, May 12. The event will begin at 12:00 p.m. at Sevierville Middle School, 520 High Street.
This will be the 38th consecutive year that Sevierville has been recognized as a Tree City USA. Diane Warwick with the Tennessee Division of Forestry will present the City of Sevierville Tree City USA award. Sevierville has been a Tree City since 1984, marking the third longest consecutive award in Tennessee. The Sevier County Electric System will receive a Tree Line USA Award.
Students from the Sevierville Middle School will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Sevierville Mayor Robbie Fox will present a proclamation and remarks. Also, a brief history and future plans of Sevierville Middle School will be provided. A Tree donated by the Sevier County Electric System will be planted to honor students and faculty that have ever worked at or attended the Sevierville Middle School, which will become the Sevierville Intermediate School in August 2023.
The highlight of the event will be reading the names of individuals who received a memorial or honorary tree since Arbor Day 2022. This reading is a longstanding tradition of Sevierville's annual event. Since the tree planting program began in 1985, over five-hundred trees have been planted and funded through private donations honoring an individual or memorializing someone that has passed on.
The City of Sevierville Trees Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (which also acts as the Tree Board) continues to make efforts to improve urban tree care and benefits to the citizens of Sevierville. For additional information on the board and the tree program, please visit www.seviervilleparksandrec.com.