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Volunteer Stars Awards looking for nominees

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A local selection committee met Thursday, Nov. 20 to review applicants for the seventh Tennessee Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards.

The Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards is an initiative from Volunteer Tennessee that seeks to recognize outstanding volunteers from each of Tennessee's 95 counties.

Wilson County must submit one youth and one adult representative to the state by Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Committee chairman John McMillin, president of Wilson County United Way, said they had around 15 applicants by their Thursday, Nov. 18 application submission deadline.

"We should have award recipients named by early next week," he said.

Last year's local recipients were Kate Dickson in the youth division and Greg Armstrong in the adult division.

"When we review applicants we use scoring sheets regulated from the state," McMillin said.

"Each person is evaluated on the community need, their action, their innovation and what the impact was."

Those named a 2014 Governor's Volunteer Stars Awardee will gather in Franklin on March 9, 2015 to be honored and celebrate volunteerism in Tennessee.

Although representing Wilson County at the Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards banquet is an honor, McMillin said the local focus is to recognize people and honor them all for their work. "I don't want people to think of it as a competition. We have folks in Wilson County who have done outstanding things. Recognizing people here is our first priority."

McMillin said it is his third year to be on the selection committee. He is joined by past chairman Ken Sweeney, Jared Felkins, Lisa Dickson and Dakota Weatherford.

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