Joe Huff, executive director of the Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks and Recreation Department, received one o the highest awards from the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association (TRPA) at their state convention. Huff was awarded the Fellow Award for his significant influence and contributions to both TRPA and parks and recreation throughout his career. Huff has spent nearly 40 years with the joint parks and recreation department, including 22 as its director. Under his leadership, the department has received numerous awards for special events, facilities, athletics, and marketing as well as been lauded as a “benchmark” organization by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). A TRPA board and committee member and past president, Huff is also in the Tennessee USA Softball Hall of Fame and a member of the USA Softball National Council.