A donation from William “Ed” Harmon, class at Maryville High School of 1963, will fund improvements to the seating, flooring, sound and aesthetics of his alma mater’s conference room.
Previously named the Ruby Tuesday Boardroom based on the initial community investment in the space, the room will now be called the “Ed Harmon Boardroom”.
“This room has been one of our most used spaces in the building since it opened in 2001,” said manager Greg Roach. “Wear and tear from constant use was starting to show and a full update was long overdue. Mr. Harmon’s gift will benefit students, faculty and our community for many years to come.
The public is invited to attend a reception to officially name the hall and honor Harmon after the Maryville School Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the soon-to-be named Ed Harmon boardroom.
Harmon received an associate’s degree from Martin Methodist College, as well as a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. In 2008, he received an honorary doctorate from Hiwassee College and the President’s Medallion from Martin Methodist College.
A native of Maryville, Harmon lived in Pigeon Forge for 35 years and was the owner of Country Oaks Cottages. He is an active member of several boards and organizations including Maryville Kiwanis, Hiwassee College, Blount County Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Blount County, Martin Methodist College, Holston Home for Children, Tennessee Wesleyan College, Blount County Library Foundation, Maryville College Board and UT Chancellor’s Associates. He is also a member of the United Methodist Church on Broadway.
Harmon’s philanthropy includes large donations to Blount County charities. At the Blount County Public Library, the Children’s Room is named after her late parents. He is also one of the founding donors of the recently established Blount County Affiliate Fund at the East Tennessee Foundation.