Citizen of the Year

Retired Motlow State Community College professor Rosie Graham was honored with the Tullahoma Area Chamber of Commerce 2015 Citizen of the Year Award. As a full-time mathematics and computer science professor at Motlow (1983-2007), Graham “had the opportunity to impact the community by sharing technology expertise and training” with multiple Tullahoma companies over the years." Additionally, Graham’s volunteer efforts over the course of more than 40 years have included serving on the Tullahoma School Board, as well as on the boards of the Tullahoma Swim Club, the THS AristoCats show choir program, the Delta Kappa Gamma organization for professional educators and area woman’s clubs. Graham, a longtime representative of the Community Playhouse, has also been an instrumental part of the Tullahoma Arts Council since its October 2013 inception.

“Rosie Graham’s individual talents are endless, her demeanor humble and her impact on her community dynamic. She and her husband Ralph chose to call Tullahoma their home years ago and they have contributed to this community and its betterment ever since."

“Thank you so much. This is a great honor for me,” said Graham, accepting the award. “I appreciate this very much.” “I am a servant,” she said. “I am not a business leader; I am not a business owner; I represent those people in this town who serve this community and believe that Tullahoma is a better place because we can serve. Thank you for that and for those of you who also serve.”

The Citizen of the Year Award is the most prestigious achievement award that recognizes a well-known community leader with great business accomplishments, generous contributions to the economic well-being of Tullahoma and its quality of life. Chamber members are encouraged to nominate individuals for Citizen of the Year. The recipient of this award will be presented at the Annual Membership Celebration.

To nominate an individual for Citizen of the Year, email

Citizen of the Year Nomination Form
Citizen of the Year Criteria  

Citizen of the Year Award Recipients:
Rosie Graham (2015)                                                         
Joe Lester (2014)
Sande Hayes (2013)
Mike Norris (2012)
Steve Cope (2011)
Jim Woodard (2010)
John F. Miller (2009)
Lane Curlee (2008)
Eugene London (2007)
Kitty Shukla (2006)
Not Awarded (2005)
Mike Thompson (2004)
Sharon Johnson (2003)
Bill Boss (2002)
Max Christopher (2001)
Anna Johnson (2000)