Former WWTA director receives posthumous award

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Cleveland T. Grimes won the Golden Manhole Award by the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association Tuesday July 19.

The presentation was made during the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Professional’s Conference in Knoxville, Tenn.

Authorities say the Golden Manhole Award is an award given to those who have dedicated their careers to the wastewater collection field and have made outstanding contributions in the area of wastewater collection systems.

One person each from the states of Kentucky and Tennessee was given the award.

Grimes was this year’s award winner for the state of Tennessee.

A committee reviewed nominations and selected a winner based on education, years of experience in the wastewater industry, achievements, accomplishments and contributions to the wastewater industry.

Grimes graduated from Brainerd High School in Chattanooga and received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Memphis State University in Memphis.

Grimes began working for Hamilton County in 1981 and worked for 35 years until his passing in 2016.

He served as the Executive Director for the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority (WWTA) for nine years.

Upon his passing in 2016, Cleveland was recognized by the Tennessee State Legislature with Resolution 965 for his time and service to Hamilton County.

Accepting the award on behalf of Cleveland was Cleveland’s widow, Mary Knaff, and WWTA Project Designer, Charles Webb.

Also present at the award ceremony were WWTA Executive Director Mark Harrison, WWTA Chairman Mike Moon, and the mother of Mary Knaff, Bobby Hyman.

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