Hodge is replacing Linda Caldwell, founding director of the Tennessee Overhill since 1990.
Hodge is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and is originally from East Tennessee. He brings with him more than 25 years of experience in management. He is a published historian and is passionate about cultural preservation.
Hodge’s last assignment in the Army was as the strategy branch chief, Headquarters, Department of the Army, DAMO-SSP, G-3/5/7 at The Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
“My experience as a strategist gives me a unique perspective in looking at our three counties. I see the importance of the interaction and interdependence of the public, government, informational, economic, nonprofit and business communities. Their harmonious interaction allows a community to work in synchronization to achieve a common goal,” explains Hodge.
The TOHA mission is to promote and preserve the natural and cultural resources of McMinn, Monroe and Polk counties through cultural tourism, to increase visitation, to serve as an educational tool, and to increase economic development.
Current Overhill projects include the Old Line Railroad, Unicoi Turnpike Trail, Furs to Factories Heritage Trail, Niche Marketing and the Trail of Tears.