The Eleventh Annual Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards ceremony will honor volunteers from 61 counties, including Lincoln County’s own Jim Neale.
The ceremony, set for Feb. 10 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin, will celebrate the efforts of 108 volunteers statewide who have strived to improve their communities through service. Miss Tennessee 2018, Christine Williamson, will present the awards, and NewsChannel5 weekend anchor, Jennifer Kraus, will serve as emcee for the event.
One youth and one adult volunteer were selected from participating counties to receive this prestigious award. Nominees were judged based on the community’s need of the volunteer service performed, initiative taken to perform the service, creativity used to solve a community problem and impact of the volunteer service on the community. The individual awards are sponsored by Tennessee 4-H.
Lincoln County’s adult honoree is Jim Neale. An Army veteran and resident of Fayetteville, Neale has been a dedicated volunteer within Lincoln County, serving in many leadership positions within the Fayetteville Lions Club, the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. He is also a member of the Multi County Cancer Support Network, has served on the Industrial Development Board and the boards of Juniors House Child Advocacy Center, Keep Fayetteville-Lincoln County Beautiful, and the Health Council.
Neale has been a member of the Leadership Lincoln Board of Directors for 15 years and is now president. He has been an individual member of the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau for six years and is the first Individual Member to be elected to the Board of Directors.
The Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards also includes business and non-profit categories. One business and one non-profit were selected from each of Tennessee’s three Grand Regions for their outstanding community involvement and service.
The business honorees include Pilot Flying J, East Tennessee Business Honoree; Atmos Energy, Middle Tennessee Business Honoree; and Rockabilly Café, West Tennessee Business Honoree. The business awards are sponsored by Advance Financial.
The non-profit honorees include United Way of Washington County, East Tennessee Non-Profit Honoree; Touchstone Youth Resource Services, Middle Tennessee Non-Profit Honoree; and MyRide West Tennessee, West Tennessee Non-Profit Honoree.
The non-profit awards are sponsored by Friends of Volunteer Tennessee.