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June 02, 2024 | Tom Ballard

Namesake of new Carson-Newman Entrepreneur Center dies

"J" Moser, a long-time entrepreneur, businessman, and community leader in Jefferson County, died two months after the program was named to honor him.

We learned late last week from John Morris, Director of the new new Moser Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at Carson-Newman University, that the individual for whom the program was named has died.

According to the obituary posted on the Farrar Funeral Home website, Hugh Jarnigan “J” Moser died May 24, and his memorial service was May 28. He was a long-time entrepreneur, businessman, and community leader in Jefferson County who owned Mossy Creek Mining and operated a 2,000-acre farming operation in the county. In 2012, Moser was named Jefferson Countian of the Year and has received many other recognitions over his decades-long career.

It was just two months earlier that Carson-Newman named the new Center for Moser (see article here). Honor the sixth generation Jefferson Countian, the Center is designed to develop expanded opportunities in various areas. Curriculum benefits students wanting to enter the business arena as well as regional organizations to grow opportunities in their respective fields.

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