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The 3rd Annual East Tennessee Volunteer Recognition Awards is a regional event that celebrates volunteers and their contributions to their communities. 

Volunteer East Tennessee acts as the coordinating agency for the Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards, an initiative that seeks to recognize outstanding volunteers from each of Tennessee's 95 counties.  At the state level, awards are given to one outstanding youth and one outstanding adult volunteer.

Not all nominees can afford to make the trip to Nashville and Volunteer East Tennessee felt that our star volunteers deserved to be applauded for their commitment to their community at home in East Tennessee. We created this event three years ago for all nominees from our surrounding 13 counties to be recognized and share that moment with loved ones, members of their community and the organizations they serve. 


2018 East Tennessee Youth Volunteer of the Year

Knox County - Morgan Steele - The Restoration House

2018 East Tennessee Adult Volunteer of the Year

Blount County - Pat Goan -SMiles

2018 East Tennessee Volunteer Manager of the Year

Brittany Ferrell - STAR

2018 East Tennessee Organization of the Year

Keep Knoxville Beautiful

2018 East Tennessee Corporation of the Year

Knoxville Utilities Board, KUB


Adult Nominees

Anderson County - Don Hudson - KARM Thrift Stores

Anderson County - Kaitlyn Smith - Junior Achievement (Anderson County) Multiple other schools and organizations such as JDRF1, Harmony Family Center

Anderson County - Thomas Proffen - Girls Inc. & Oak Ridge Computer Science Girls

Blount County - Becky Lee - Boogie on the River

Blount County - Natalie Craig -Harmony Family Center

Blount County - Pat Goan -SMiles

Claiborne County - Jane Miniard - TN Valley Coalition to End Homelessness

Cocke County - Newell 'Hop' Byrd - Newport Rescue Squad

Jefferson County - Chad Rogers - Mossy Creek Foundation

Jefferson County - Christine Wagar - KARM Stores

Jefferson County - Honey Miller - Humane Society of
Jefferson County

Knox County - Anita Lane - Introduction Knoxville - a Leadership Knoxville program

Knox County - Ashley Keiser - KARM Stores

Knox County - Biranhu Feleha - Hall of Fame Karm

Knox County - Bonny Naugher - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Knox County

Knox County - Brian Aylward - The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley

Knox County - Chante Hensley - Fostering Hope TN, TN DCS, Camelot, KAFCAM

Knox County - Dale Teague - Knoxville Habitat for Humanity

Knox County - Dorothy Kenison Lee - Farragut Public Library

Knox County - Gayle Bustin - Introduction Knoxville, a Leadership Knoxville program

Knox County - Helen Picou - Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) Volunteer Assisted Transportation

Knox County - Joan Register - CAC Office on Aging CAC Mobile Meals

Knox County - John Peach - Union Cumberland Presbyterian Chruch

Knox County - Mac Post - The Sierra Club

Knox County - Mike Collins - Knox County Schools with the Leaders for Readers program

Knox County - Nazzy Hashemian - North Ridge Crossing Boys and Girls Club, NEAT PROGRAM

Knox County - Nicole Finnegan - Young-Williams Animal Center

Knox County - Pat Ryan - Ladies of Charity Knoxville

Knox County - Patricia Carter - The Joy of Music School

Knox County - Patti Hall - Helen Ross McNabb Center

Knox County - Regis Ann Borsari - Knoxville Museum of Art

Knox County - Richard David "Dave" Swanson - DAV/VA Disabled American Veterans

Knox County - Sharon Lawson - Ijams Nature Center

Knox County - Sue Mathews - CASA of East Tennessee

Knox County - Susan Brackney - Joy of Music School

Knox County - Susie Cataldi - Visit Knoxville

Knox County - Tommy Ayres - Knox Area Rescue Ministries

Loudon County - Charles "Chuck" Gannaway - Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding

Loudon County - John Evans - Loudon County Education Foundation, Lenoir City Rotary, Loudon County Chamber of Commerce

Loudon County - Kim Reed - Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding

Loudon County - Robin Bowen - Special Olympics & STAR

Monroe County - Brandy Gentry - United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Leadership Monroe, East TN Regional Leadership, Most local non-profits when needed, Community needs, Neighboring county's when needed, and so much more!  

Monroe County - Carol Gramarossa - Monroe County Friends of Animals

Monroe County - Lillie Miller - God's Wonderful Blessings

Roane County - Joni Morgan - Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians

Roane County - Marilyn Calfee - Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition

Sevier County - Robert W. Blaesing - Sevier County Juvenile Facility


Youth Nominees

Anderson County - Sam McFarland - Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County

Blount County - Trevor McClannahan - Smoky Mountain Meals on Wheels

Cocke County - Josh Jarnigan - Cosby High School

Jefferson County - CALEB COLLINS - Dandridge Volunteer Fire Department

Jefferson County - Jayden Townsend - Cyclone Service Club

Knox County - Autumn Arsenault - The Joy of Music School

Knox County - Erin Moore - Caris Healthcare

Knox County - Morgan Steele - The Restoration House

Knox County - Natalie Supica - North Ridge Crossing Boys and Girls Club , NEAT PROGRAM

Knox County - Parker Moore - Young-Williams Animal Center

Loudon County - Camden Reed - Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding

Loudon County - Jeffrey Goodman -Ruritan

Loudon County - Seth Lenderman - Lenoir City First Church of the Nazarene

Monroe County - Alexis Stamey  - Team Lexi

Roane County - Anna Grace Meadows - Roane County Youth Leadership

Sevier County - Bryson Dykes - Seymour Volunteer Fire Department

Sevier County - Jessica Buntley - KARM Stores

Sevier County - Kestrel Troutman - Great Smoky Mountain National Park


Volunteer Managers

Brittany Ferrell - STAR

Patty McGrew - Caris Healthcare

Alanna Hunsaker - Girls Inc.



KARM and KARM Stores

Keep Knoxville Beautiful


Volunteer East Tennessee
P.O. Box 1229
Knoxville, TN 37901

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