• Mossy Creek Foundation receives $2,450 Arts Build Communities grant from Tennessee Arts Commission for Hometown Christmas’ Light the Night 2019


  • Mossy Creek Foundation receives 2017 Non-Profit of the Year Award from Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce

  • Announcement of a $100,000 facade improvement grant from the State of Tennessee

  • Mossy Creek Foundation hosts the first MOSSY CREEK ARTS FESTIVAL made possible by a Rural Arts Project Support grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission; April 14-21

  • Little Free Library caboose created as an Eagle Scout project by Andrew R. Belcher dedicated April 14; playground chimes also constructed as part of the project

  • Mossy Creek Foundation receives the Award of Distinction from the East Tennessee Historical Society for leadership in the revitalization of downtown Jefferson City

  • Mossy Creek Foundation receives $3,000 Neighborhood Story Project grant from Humanities Tennessee.

  • Mossy Creek Foundation receives a $1,883 Arts Build Communities grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission to enhance Hometown Christmas.

  • First HOLIDAY MARKET and NIGHT PARADE held as part of the 7th Annual Hometown Christmas on December 8


  • Sixth Annual HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS (the first hosted by Mossy Creek Foundation) held December 9

  • First CELEBRATION OF VETERANS held on November 4; Colorado Blue Spruce planted in honor of community's veterans

  • Mossy Creek Express playground train funded by a Tennessee Arts Commission Creative Placemaking Grant and created by local artist, John Barnhill, dedicated September 8

  • First ROCKIN' THE CREEK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES opened with a performance by GRITS on June 9

  • First MOVIES ON MAIN event held May 19 with a showing of The Secret Life of Pets

  • Received a $3,350 Rural Arts Project Support grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission to bring an arts festival to the Historic Mossy Creek District

  • First MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE AND WREATH LAYING held at Veterans Plaza on May 27

  • Opened MOSSY CREEK STATION with a community-wide dedication ceremony and flag raising on April 25

  • Hosted a CO.STARTERS workshop to equip current and prospective small business owners

  • At the request of Mossy Creek Foundation, City Council voted to name the new festival park in the Historic Mossy Creek District MOSSY CREEK STATION


  • Community Engagement committee created to raise community awareness of downtown needs and opportunities

  • Nominated the Old City Hall for inclusion in the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance Endangered Eight list

  • Festival Park plan presented to City Council with request for partial funding; request approved

  • Property assessments and recruiting of potential investors (ongoing)

  • Jefferson City’s Old City Hall/Masonic Lodge named to the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance Endangered 8 list

  • Received $5,000 Creative Placemaking Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission



  • City Council approved historic district overlay

  • Facade grant applications requested; 5 historic district property owners accepted grants. Design committee assisted property owners with project design and applications for Certificates of Appropriateness (COA)

  • COAs issued by Historic Zoning Commission; facade improvements began

  • Jefferson City awarded Certified Local Government status by Tennessee Historical Commission

  • Assisted in forming a downtown owners group to support and encourage property and business owners in the Historic Mossy Creek District

  • Began conducting inventory of downtown properties (occupancy, condition, etc.) and attempting to pair available properties with potential investors



  • Mossy Creek Foundation applied for a $25,000 State of Tennessee Community Development Block Grant for commercial facade improvements

  • Design committee created to work with property owners and assist in writing design guidelines for Historic Mossy Creek District

  • Mossy Creek Foundation received facade grant

  • Historic Zoning Commission approved design guidelines


  • City Council established an Historic Zoning Commission

  • Mossy Creek Foundation received 501(c)(3) non-profit designation

  • City Council accepted donation of property from Frank & Elizabeth Brown and allocated $75,000 for a downtown festival park

  • City Council allowed funds allocated for the park to be used as leverage for a matching grant; grant was not received


  • Celebrated opening of The Creek Cafe

  • Mossy Creek Foundation applied for 501(c)(3) status

  • Sponsored a downtown Farmers Market


  • Mayoral Proclamation recognizing importance of Tennessee Downtowns Program

  • Town hall meeting and presentation of master plan for downtown; funded through Tennessee Downtowns grant

  • Website developed

  • Supported first Christmas in the City event


  • Jefferson City’s downtown chosen as one of only four locations in East Tennessee to participate in the state’s inaugural Tennessee Downtowns Program; grant awarded for revitalization efforts