CHURCH HILL, TN (WJHL) – A TSSAA referee was honored today after over 50 years of officiating.
James Cradic, Jr. is retiring after a long career as a referee and the State of Tennessee House of Representatives passed a joint resolution to recognize his devotion and enthusiasm through his years of public service.
After growing up in Church Hill and serving in the United States Marine Corps, Cradic officiated football, basketball and baseball on both the high school and collegiate levels.
State Rep. Gary Hicks presented the resolution to the House to honor Cradic.
“I think it’s important that we do go out into the community and just thank those that have spent their time and their blood, sweat, and tears to make their community better than what they found it,” Hicks said. “I think Mr. Cradic just epitomizes someone who has done that.”
Cradic was thankful to be honored and said that he did it for so long because it was in his blood.
“Of course when I was officiating there was several nights that you wanted to quit every night,” Cradic said, “But if it’s in your blood then you come right back.”
Cradic was inducted into the TSSAA Hall of Fame in 2002 and has also spent time on the Hawkins County School Board among other positions in the community.
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