Stephen and Jessica Callahan Named 2022 E&H Alumni Award Honorees

by Monica Hoel
Stephen and Jessica Curtis Callahan, members of the E&H Class of 2011, have been named the 2022 recipients of the A.L. Mitchell Young Alumni of the Year Award, given annually by the Emory & Henry Alumni Association.

Stephen and Jessica are well-known throughout East Tennessee and beyond for their establishment of Tennessee Hills Distillery located in the old Salt House in Jonesborough, Tennessee. They’ve been wildly successful at producing quality spirits and their work recently garnered attention from a new business partner. Together they have just expanded into a new Johnson City facility called the Brewstillery, offering craft liquors, beers, and cocktails along with food and live music. 

Additionally, these industrious young alumni have plans in the works for a museum that will highlight the history of moonshining in our region. And they are part of an exciting new area of study offered  at East Tennessee State University: Brewing and Distillation Studies.

Stephen and Jessica have also been loyal to their alma mater. Both alums have volunteered for career networking events with current students, they’ve supported E&H alumni programming like More Than A Vacation and our online E&H in the City held in 2021, and they supplied the E&H campus with hand sanitizer at the beginning of the pandemic when the distillery switched from making liquor to making potent sanitizer in little airplane bottles. 

Supportive members of the community that they are, they also supplied sanitizer to local law enforcement officials and they’ve been part of community leadership and local government aimed at making Jonesborough a better community.

The Young Alumni Award is given annually to recognize outstanding achievement within the first 15 years after graduation. See other honorees here.

Watch for a video presentation about this year’s honorees to be launched on YouTube on March 24, 2022.

The full list of 2022 Outstanding Alumni Award honorees includes:
Carl and Ruth Looney Humanitarian Award:
Charlie Phillips, E&H Class of 1960
Retired attorney, proponent of pro bono assistance for his community

Distinguished Achievement:
Mike Young, E&H Class of 1986
Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Virginia Tech

A.L. Mitchell Young Alumni of the Year:
Stephen and Jessica Curtis Callahan, E&H Class of 2011
Owners and proprietors of Tennessee Hills Distillery

Fred Selfe Service to Emory & Henry:
Cyndi Jennings, E&H Class of 1991

James A. Davis Faculty Award:
Dr. Eric Coley, E&H Class of 2004
Emory & Henry School of Health Sciences, Physical Therapy Department Chair

Please consider making an alumni award nomination! 
Read more about the awards.
Use this form to make a nomination by Jan. 31 in any given year.

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2127-lisa-dingus-bratton-teacher-of-the-yearagain"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,7,317,323/10588_Lisa_Bratton_2.rev.1639524292.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,7,317,323/10588_Lisa_Bratton_2.rev.1639524292.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,7,317,323/10588_Lisa_Bratton_2.rev.1639524292.jpg" alt="Lisa Dingus Bratton Emory & Henry Class of 1988" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="317" data-max-h="316" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2127-lisa-dingus-bratton-teacher-of-the-yearagain">Lisa Dingus Bratton: Teacher of the Year...Again!</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lisa Dingus Bratton has taught math at Ross N. Robinson Middle School in Kingsport for 34 years….except for that one year she was an assistant principal.</span> <a href="/live/news/2127-lisa-dingus-bratton-teacher-of-the-yearagain" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1999-lanisha-howze"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,640/10117_Lanisha_Howze.rev.1630011117.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,640/10117_Lanisha_Howze.rev.1630011117.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,640/10117_Lanisha_Howze.rev.1630011117.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,640/10117_Lanisha_Howze.rev.1630011117.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,640/10117_Lanisha_Howze.rev.1630011117.jpg" alt="Lanisha Howze Emory & Henry Class of 2004" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,640/10117_Lanisha_Howze.rev.1630011117.jpg 2x" data-max-w="960" data-max-h="640" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1999-lanisha-howze">Lanisha Howze</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><span style="font-weight: 400;">It’s a good thing Lanisha Howze enjoys staying busy.</span> <a href="/live/news/1999-lanisha-howze" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2191-ashlee-griggs-rector-loves-being-a-nurse"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/191,145,985,939/10796_269308837_689528192461925_5141171863114002798_n.rev.1644160607.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/191,145,985,939/10796_269308837_689528192461925_5141171863114002798_n.rev.1644160607.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/191,145,985,939/10796_269308837_689528192461925_5141171863114002798_n.rev.1644160607.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/191,145,985,939/10796_269308837_689528192461925_5141171863114002798_n.rev.1644160607.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/191,145,985,939/10796_269308837_689528192461925_5141171863114002798_n.rev.1644160607.jpg" alt="Ashlee Griggs Rector E&H Class of 2013" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/191,145,985,939/10796_269308837_689528192461925_5141171863114002798_n.rev.1644160607.jpg 2x" data-max-w="794" data-max-h="794" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2191-ashlee-griggs-rector-loves-being-a-nurse">Ashlee Griggs Rector Loves Being a Nurse</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Ashlee Griggs never imagined herself in the field of nursing, but now she’s a registered and nurse and says, “I can’t imagine doing anything else.” <a href="/live/news/2191-ashlee-griggs-rector-loves-being-a-nurse" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1855-gabbie-rhodes-is-teaching-in-a-forest-pre-school"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.jpg" alt="Gabbie Rhodes, Emory & Henry Class of 2016" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2400" data-max-h="3200" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1855-gabbie-rhodes-is-teaching-in-a-forest-pre-school">Gabbie Rhodes Is Teaching in a Forest Pre-School</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Parents of a certain vintage are famous for the line, “Go outside and play.” But these days a lot of parents are saying, “Go outside and LEARN.” <a href="/live/news/1855-gabbie-rhodes-is-teaching-in-a-forest-pre-school" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>