Hank Boerner, who died last month.
Twenty Healthiest Hometown signs will be placed around town, including one at Ballard Park, where the unveiling took place with members of the Healthy Tupelo Task Force, the Boerner family and city officials on Thursday morning.
Mayor Jack Reed Jr. praised the work of the work of the task force, particularly the unquenchable enthusiasm of Boerner, who served as task force co-chairman.
The city received the Healthiest Hometown Award from BlueCrossBlue Shield of Mississippi Foundation for its efforts to create a more active, healthy culture in Tupelo. Winning the annual competition also came with a $50,000 grant to allow the city to keep moving its efforts forward.
Boerner, the director of the NMMC Wellness Center, died unexpectedly Dec. 6.
Read more in Wednesday's NEMS Daily Journal.