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Hawkins This & That: The county's top volunteers are honored in Nashville

Jeff Bobo • Feb 13, 2020 at 8:30 PM

Hawkins County's most outstanding adult and youth volunteers were honored Sunday in Nashville along with Tennessee's best from 85 counties during the 11th annual Governor's Volunteer Stars Recognitions.

Herb Davidson of Church Hill was honored as Hawkins County's top adult volunteer, and Laura Grace Jenkins of Rogersville was honored as the county's top youth volunteer.

Davidson was chosen for his tireless work over the last 12 years having given 10,400 volunteer hours to the Of One Accord ministry's Emergency Services Food Pantry in Church Hill. During that time Davidson kept food pantry shelves stocked and made daily runs to local grocery stores for food donations.

“He is always there with a smile to receive food donations from local groups,” said Of One Accord Director Rev. Sheldon Livesay. “(Davidson) is the 'go to' person at the food pantry able to keep everything running and spotless before pantry hours begin.”

Jenkins was chosen for her active role in the 4-H Honor Club, and for having chartered the 4-H Sewing Club. Under her direction, the club has sewn and donated baby blankets to the Hawkins County Pregnancy Crisis Center and the Ronald McDonald House..

Through 4-H, Jenkins has organized a Trunk-or-Treat for low-income families in Knoxville, packed bags for children coming in at DHS and collected and distributed needed items for local non-profits. She currently serves as Tennessee 4-H State Council Presidents and serves the Rogersville/Hawkins County Chamber of Commerce as the 2019-20 Miss Chamber.

As if that wasn't enough, Jenkins has participated in multiple community beautification events and is an active part of her church's youth group.

During Sunday's ceremony in Nashville, Gov. Bill Lee estimated that the value of the work donated by volunteers statewide contributes $3.3 billion dollars to Tennessee's economy annually.

Seeking art teachers for youths

Bring the joy of art to the heart of a child during an after school program at the Rogersville Boys and Girls Club.

An after school art program sponsored by the Rogersville Arts Council recently lost two instructors and is in need of replacements.

The RAC is seeking one or two artist instructors who can conduct a 5-day after school art session for children of varying ages immediately. A second class is beginning in the coming months. Class would be approximately from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Hawkins County Boys & Girls Club in Rogersville.

Hours can be flexible if necessary, and the class would last about an hour for the students, excluding set-up and clean-up. This is a paid, contract position with the artist providing any supplies needed for each student in the class.

For more information send a message on the Rogersville Arts Council Facebook page.

Mooresburg Community Association 2019 stats

The Mooresburg Community Association is a nonprofit organization located at 318 McNeil Circle, Mooresburg, which offers a variety of support services to seniors, individuals with disabilities, and others needing assistance.

MCA maintains a Community Center, where it offers classes, a lending library, an emergency food pantry, a community garden and serves lunch five days a week.

MCA's Program Service Numbers for 2019 include:

MCA Food Pantry: 12-15 food pantry boxes delivered each month, 162 boxes distributed.

Medical Transports: 167 Medical transports provided to local area, Knoxville, Greeneville, Kingsport.

Meals in the Hills: 21,683 Meals prepared and delivered

Community Center meals and classes: 516 congregate meals served, 119 Crafts classes including nutrition, healthy cooking.

USDA Commodities: 315 boxes picked up and delivered to 60-63 families.

Holiday Meal Distributions: 40 Thanksgiving boxes distributed, 55 Empty Stocking Fund Christmas Boxes home delivered

Miss Tennessee visits Surgoinsville Elementary

Brianna Mason of Nashville, who is the current Miss Tennessee, spoke to the students at Surgoinsville Elementary School on Jan. 27 about following their dreams and never giving up.

She also read to some of the students during her visit,and school officials said they are grateful to her for graciously taking time to visit our school.

Saturday bluegrass show in Surgoinsville

Shadow Ridge will be performing at Bellamy Hardware in Surgoinsville Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. during a special Valentines Day event.

Admission is $5 and concessions will be sold, including fresh baked cakes, pies and desserts, as well as pizza, hot dogs and other snacks. 

Bluegrass at  Bellamy’s is located at 1714 Main St., Surgoinsville. For more information visit the “Bluegrass at the Bellamy” facebook page

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