JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – La Follette native Jim Robinson returned to his home after retiring and left a lasting impression. Robinson was very active in the community especially at Valley View. 

He established the first recycling center in Campbell County at Valley View.  Robinson taught recycling to students and staff at Valley View School beginning in the 1990s.  A recycling and nature area was even constructed behind the school.  Every spring, Robinson led a day long Earth Day celebration on the Valley View School campus.

For his work in recycling and nature related projects, he was named the Tennessee Environmentalist of the Year.

In May of this year, Earth Day (TOP PHOTO) was celebrated at Valley View Elementary School like it has for nearly 30-years.  However, it was the first Earth Day Robinson had missed in the history of the program at the valley school.  VVES Principal Jason Doton said, “The beloved Robinson was injured in a motorcycle accident last week (late April) and could not make the Earth Day Celebration.  However, we carried on in his honor just like he wanted.”

Robinson, who was an accomplished sky diver and underwater diver, passed away last Thursday.  Along with his wife, Joy, they enjoyed camping together, but Jim’s main enjoyment came from riding his motorcycle and being a member of the Southern Cruisers Motorcycle Club.

A memorial service will be held on Sat., Oct. 12, 2019, 2 P.M. at Jacksboro United Methodist Church with Rev. Perry Duncan and Bro. Kevin Walden officiating. The family will receive friends from 12 P.M. to 2 P.M. before the services.

James A. “Jim” Robinson was 82-years- old.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 09/16/2019-6AM)