MTAS attorney named ‘High Flyer’

Friday, December 13, 2019

For several years, Elisha Diane Hodge-de Osio has served as an attorney for the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS), which provides information and resources to cities and towns throughout the state, including the City of Shelbyville. It is a sister organization to the County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS), which does the same for county governments.

Recently, Elisha was moved to tears by a presentation from her co-workers.

At a recent MTAS team meeting, program managers Pat Hardy and Sharon Rollins presented the legal consultant with the High Flyer Award, one which honors her service to the University of Tennessee’s exempt staff council. The award was also given, according to her program managers, for her leadership on the Institute for Public Service’s (IPS) diversity committee and for her “amazing productivity” this year during the time when MTAS didn’t have a full complement of attorneys.

The High Flyer Award from MTAS included postcards to Elisha which were signed by two of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African-American military pilots (fighter and bomber) who fought in World War II. They formed the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army Air Force. Several movies have been made in the past in their honor and memory.
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The High Flyer Award features post cards addressed to Elisha and signed by the last two surviving Tuskegee Airmen, Col Charles McGee and Lt. Col. George Hardy-both considered some of the greatest African American heroes of World War II. In addition to being offered this honor by MTAS, the connection with the Airmen is what made Elisha recently weep, according to a recent Facebook post.

An MTAS Knoxville staffer since 2014, the attorney was formerly open records counsel with the state comptroller’s Office and has also worked with the Tennessee Department of Health as a prosecutor. Though she’s won various awards for her past legal counsel work, Elisha’s family noted recently how surprised and elated she was to have received the prestigious MTAS “High Flyer” recognition.

MTAS, started back in the late 1940s, has a mission of providing services for municipalities like Shelbyville, Wartrace, Bell Buckle and Normandy in regard to finance, human resources and legal assistance. The City of Shelbyville has called upon MTAS many times over the last several years for advice in many of these areas.

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