Governor Bill Lee and First Lady Maria Lee recognized 28 state employees for providing outstanding service to the state and their fellow Tennesseans. Jackie Rains, I-26 Unicoi County Welcome Center Manager, was among the celebrated employees.
The Governor’s Excellence in Service Awards was launched in 2016 to honor outstanding state employees who are helping Tennessee lead by providing efficient and effective state services every day.
Jackie Rains has worked for the Department of Tourist Development for 35 years. She began with a position at the rest areas in Jefferson County then went on to Hartford Welcome Center in 1991, which won the Welcome Center of the Year Award in 2009, and then to Unicoi County Welcome Center in 2010 where she became the manager. The I-26 Unicoi County Welcome Center won the Welcome Center of the Year Award in 2012.
TDTD congratulates Rains and thanks her for consistently providing excellent service to Tennessee travelers at the I-26 Unicoi County Welcome Center.