Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
865-215-8824, eths@eastTNhistory.org
First Floor
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  • M-F: 9am - 4pm
  • Sat: 10am - 4pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
865-215-8830
Third Floor
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  • M-Tu: 9am - 8:30 pm
  • W-F: 9am - 5:30 pm
  • Sat: 9am - 5pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed Jan. 15
  • Closed Feb. 19
865-215-8801
Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am-4:30pm
  • Closed Jan. 15
  • Closed Feb. 19
865-215-8800

Joe Emert

President

Joe Emert is a 7th generation East Tennessean whose family settled Emert's Cove (now Pittman Center) in the 1790s and his 3rd great grandfather, Frederick Emert, moved to Tuckaleechee Cove (now Townsend) in 1826.  His family genealogy includes the Reagan, Dunn, and Ghormley families, all early settlers of East Tennessee.  He grew up in Maryville and was raised on family stories while spending time in Townsend and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, especially the Tremont and Cades Cove areas. He and Cindy, his wife, were early supporters of the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center and are currently fund raising for the young Sam Houston statue in Maryville to be dedicated in October 2015. 

Joe is a graduate of The University of Tennessee and currently serves on The Board of Advisors for the College of Nursing.  He is on The East Tennessee Historical Society Board of Directors serving as President and also the Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont Board of Directors.  He is a member of the First Families of Tennessee and Sons of the Republic of Texas.

A former University of Tennessee-Knoxville Chancellor’s Associate, he has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, College of Nursing and an Accomplished Alumni of The University of Tennessee.  Upon retirement from the medical device industry, he was awarded the Medtronic Life Time Achievement Award for his 28-year career. 

Joe and Cindy are the parents of 2 grown sons, Jason and Josh, and currently reside in West Knoxville at Stony Point.