This bridge is named in honor
of Frederick Emert who came here with his family in 1790 as the area's
In 1997, under the leadership of Mayor
Judy Perryman. The Mayor and Board of Aldermen provided local funds to
go with state and federal money. In the spring of 2000 the bridge
was constructed by the team of Steve McCarter and Garry Shultz for the
town of Pittman Center in its continuing effort to provide improvements
within the town that furthers its vision, which is:
"To create and perpetuate a
quality living environment and to encourage quality development that
supports that end. To encourage development that supports a
tourist-oriented economic base that relates to and magnifies our unique
relationship to and with the Great Smoky Mountains."
The bridge spans the waters of the
Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River which was designated "an
outstanding national resource water" in March 1998 by the State of
Tennessee. At the time, this was the only stream outside a
national park to receive this designation. Environmental
stewardship has played a prominent role in achieving this designation.
Special thanks goes to the "Save the Middle Prong"
organization whose members spent time and money and were ultimately
willing to go to court to maintain the integrity of this outstanding
natural treasure for future generations.