Department Structure, Facts and Facilities
The Brownsville-Haywood County Parks and Recreation Department was formed by a group of individuals in 1979 to serve all the citizens of Brownsville and Haywood County. The board has five members, and they meet monthly, every third Monday at 4:45 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation building. All meetings are open to the public. Conservation Board members are Chairman: Gem Bell, Vice Chair – Joe Barden, Leon King, Edith Giles Williams, and Greg Vanstory.
Undrae Johnson, a native of Haywood County. Undrae grew up in the small town of Stanton TN.
He was taught his moral principles and work ethics by his parents, Armstad and Dorothy Johnson.
He was educated in the public school system. He graduated from Haywood High School 1988. He continued his education and attended Jackson State Community College.
After the returning home from college, in 1994 he married Rena Wilson Johnson and they are the proud parents of three beautiful and blessed children. Undrae is well known in the Brownsville and Haywood County community.
In 1996 he started his career at the Procter and Gamble Company. For 22 years he had several roles and assignments in leadership across the site. The most passionate role was serving as Site Safety Coordinator/Trainer. My role consists of coaching hundreds of employees on personal safety, environmental and leadership.
In 2005, he founded the Family Life Fellowship Ministries. The ministry assignment has an outreach focus, to empower and restore, by ministering to the total man. Family Life Fellowship Ministries also provides free community seminars targeting various issues including; finance, marriage, children, teens and health. Pastor Johnson phrased this quote to the ministry: “It’s all about love”
In 2014, Undrae partnered with the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and UT Extension to help resolve an obesity problem in our city and county. Undrae led the faith-based community by providing informative classes and exercise during his morning services. He was also awarded exercise equipment to help facilitate outdoor activities for the community. Undrae has spoken on numerous occasions to community groups and area wide group promoting healthy lifestyles in rural areas. In an effort to help with unhealthy lifestyles he implemented contests to encourage others to join in the efforts.
In 2017 he was chosen to be the key note speaker for the UT extension regional meeting in Murfreesboro TN and to represents the State of Tennessee as a member of the State Advisory Council for the 2018-2020 terms.
Undrae started his career as director of Brownsville/Haywood County Parks and Recreation on May 29, 2018. His goal for Parks & Recreation is to rebuild programs that will promote healthy lifestyles for families in our community. Provide fun filled activities to bring cohesiveness to the fabric of our community. Continue to build a closer working relationship with other departments that serves our community. Engage and collaborate with our Schools, Civic Organizations, Non-profits and communities to help make Brownsville and Haywood County a great place to live, work and play.
The Parks and Recreation Department has eight full-time and two part-time employees. Melba Mitchell is Officer Manager/Administrative Assistant. Tommy Waddell is turf manager, and Lonnell Rogers is in maintenance. Groundskeepers are Tim Roten, Tim McCottrell, and Pete Padilla. Housekeepers are Betty Delaney and James Chapman. Anthony Rankin and Emma Hodge are part-time.
The Parks and Recreation Department runs a summer camp and serves more than 100 children each summer. Next to the WOW building across from the Parks and Recreation Office, we have outdoor exercise equipment in cooperation with the UT Extension Service.
The Parks and Recreation Department also co-sponsors several charitable and community events, such as the American Cancer Relay for Life event, throughout the year with local groups and organizations.
Anyone interested in using the Brownsville-Haywood County Parks and Recreation facilities may call 731-772-6693 for more information.