As the ball season opens, I am sure many of you have noticed the improvements in the park. With that being said, we want to introduce you to three young men that we are proud and grateful for their work. This years Grand Marshals are:
Eli Hurt is 20 years old and a junior at Union University in Jackson, TN. He is the son of Christi and Danny Hurt and has three siblings, Ethan (18), Emelia (12), and Ellis (10) and has lived in Pegram since he was born. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, backpacking, sports, and spending time with family .
Eli’s Eagle Scout project included the building of the information kiosk and stone benches that are located near the entrance of the park beside left field of field 2. Small visual improvements were also made to the main park sign and around the old city hall building such as pulling weeds, re-mulching, planting flowers, and cutting overhanging limbs.
Among many other requirements, in order to attain the rank of Eagle in Boy Scouts, a service project must be completed that benefits the community in some fashion and entails at least 150 hours of service. The scout is required to plan the project, acquire the needed approval from city officials, raise funds to complete the project, and lead others who may assist in completing the project. Eli states, “Like many other kids in this community, I grew up playing little league at Pegram Park, from tee ball to kid pitch. Between the countless hours of baseball practice and games and attending the Fourth of July festivities every year, many of my most fond childhood memories occurred at the park. When trying to decide on a location for my Eagle project, the park was my first option because I felt that I had a lot to give back for all of the time that I had spent there over the years. ”
After graduating from Union next year, Eli plans to earn a Masters degree in Biology and begin working. He also hopes to hike the Appalachian Trail at some point in the next few years.
He also wants to add, “Pegram has played a large role in molding me in to the person I am today. I really love the small town atmosphere and the simplicity of living here. Along with the influence of my parents, Pegram has provided me with every possible opportunity to succeed and has shown me the benefits of hard work and how strong our communal bonds are throughout the town. There is no other place that I would have rather been raised and I take pride in saying that Pegram will always be my hometown. ”
Tony Jenkins is 19 years old and a 2013 graduate from Harpeth High School. He is the son of Tammy and Tony Jenkins and has four siblings, LeeAnne (15), Gracie (10), Sidney (5) and Kendall (2). Tony has lived in Pegram his entire life and did an Eagle Scout project in the Pegram Park. Tony said, “I had thought your years about adding concrete between the T-ball field and field 1, to help people with disabilities enjoy the games! So that’s what I did…” He also added concrete and blocked in both dugouts in field 2. Tony currently works with his dad, in their family business but also has thoughts of maybe working toward EMT certification or a x-ray tech but on weekends he spends his time doing his favorite thing, riding and competing in MX (motocross) racing. He is currently practicing for an upcoming race event in August at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Tony states, “Living in Pegram is great, a small town, and I’ve met many good people here.”
Ethan Hurt is 19 years old and currently attends Trevecca Nazarene University where is plays baseball and majors in Biology. He is the son of Christi and Danny Hurt and has three siblings, Eli, Emelia and Ellis. Ethan has lived in Pegram his entire life and did an Eagle Scout project that consisted of building a new storage/tool shed. He stated, “I wanted to make this building my Eagle Project because I wanted to contribute to a program that is providing a positive influence on the youth of our community. My goals are #1 give God the glory for all the successes that he has gifted me, #2 to graduate from college and get a job so that I can start a family later down the road and be able to provide for my children everything they need to grow into the best people they can be.” Ethan wanted to add that he loves Pegram and thankful that he grew up here.