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State program recognizes county volunteers

Two Jonesborough residents will be honored in Nashville for their service to the local community.
The Seventh Annual Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards is Tennessee’s statewide volunteer recognition program, and Adult Honoree Elmer Gillespie and Youth Honoree John Thomas Miles will receive awards for their display of tremendous dedication to service in Washington County.
According to GVSA County Coordinator Adam Dickson, their service epitomizes community.
“Individuals such as Mr. Gillespie and Mr. Miles remind us all of our commitment to serve our neighbors. Their recognition is much deserved,” Dickson said.
Gillespie has served as the Volunteer Director of the Jonesborough Area Ministerial Association’s food pantry since 2002. He has numerous responsibilities that include food procurement, financial recordkeeping, fundraising, and volunteer recruitment and training.
Miles is a senior at David Crockett High School as well as the “4-H Healthy Living Ambassador for Washington County.”
His responsibilities included encouraging teens to get fit and stay active using the Kinect for X-Box 360. He has led workshops at area schools as well as the Appalachian Fair, illustrating that video games can be utilized for fitness, along with the role that technology has in making a positive impact in the community.
Both individuals will be recognized at the GVSA ceremony in Nashville on Monday, March 9. Volunteer Tennessee is coordinating the GVSA; it is the 25 member bipartisan citizen board appointed by the Governor to oversee AmeriCorps and service-learning programs and to advance volunteerism and citizen service to solve community problems in the Volunteer State.
For more information about Volunteer Tennessee and the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards, visit