Profile: Morristown Marine Team Trail Invitational

Year founded: 2007

Mission statement: To operate the most professional team trail for weekend anglers with rewarding payouts far exceeding entry fees while promoting honesty, integrity and sportsmanship to all anglers.

Geographic region covered: East Tennessee lakes, drawing anglers from all over the Southeast

Average turnout per tournament: 135 to 160 boats

Contact: Sam Phillips, owner/tournament director, 2905 Cherokee Park Road, Morristown, TN 37814, phone 423-587-5555 (business) or 423-677-3004 (cell), email

Also: The Morristown Marine Team Trail Invitational has seen a 586 percent growth in memberships in six years, from 88 members in 2007 to 604 members in 2013. The trail has also grown from a Douglas Lake/Cherokee Lake trail to a regional trail, to include Cherokee Lake, Douglas Lake, Norris Lake, South Holston Lake and Fort Loudon Lake/Tellico Lake.