Past Hometown Heroes

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STEPHEN HUFF

 
 
Stephen Huff spent his life as an athlete. He played baseball in college and then played in the pros. He never smoked. He took care of himself. All of these are just some of the reasons it was so shocking that at the age of 29 he was diagnosed with stage IV inoperable lung cancer. As Stephen goes through treatment he his wife Emily have decided to put this horrific experience to work with the creation of The Huff Project.
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GAIL POWELL

 
 
​For over a decade Gail Powell has served as the Executive Director of High Hopes Development Center. During this time she has played a key role in helping High Hopes expand and grow to serve the high demand for the inclusive preschool education and physical, occupational, speech and feeding therapies which they offer.
 
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CHRIS & ELAINE WHITNEY

 
 
​Six years ago husband and wife team Chris and Elaine Whitney created One Generation Away, a nonprofit organization that grew from their dream that we can eliminate poverty in our lifetime. OGA provides emergency food service to those in need via mobile pantries, as well as through partnerships with hospitals, social workers, schools, law enforcement, churches, civic groups, and many others who want to wipe hunger off the face of America.
 
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MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION

 
 
The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) has made it their mission to create hope and answers for families living with muscular dystrophy and related diseases that take away physical strength and mobility. These families are at the heart of everything MDA offers- from clinics to prepare and train them to care for their loved ones to assistance getting them the equipment they may need in their home.
 
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MARY ANN PARKS

 
 
When Mary Ann Parks moved to middle Tennessee nine years ago to be close to her children she immediately began to look for a place where she could be of service in her new community. She found just that place at The Well Outreach in Spring Hill, Tennessee, serving on their prayer team, in the pantry and working at their events. ​ The Well Outreach began as a food pantry in a local church in 2006, with the goal of showing God's love by giving food to those in need. 
 
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AGAPE ANIMAL RESCUE

 
 
Agape Animal Rescue is dedicated to finding forever homes for abandoned and displaced dogs while educating the public to be more responsible pet owners. From the moment dogs enter their foster program, Agape is dedicated to making a positive difference in these dogs' lives, emotionally, socially, physically, in order to aid in a smooth transition into their forever homes. While in foster care they work to teach their foster dogs basic obedience skills, including proper leash manners and friendly house manners through their Foster Care Training Program.
 
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DAVID AND ANDREA GILLESPIE

 
 
​After watching their nephew battle cancer, Andrea and David Gillespie wanted to do something to not only thank St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for everything they did for their family but in hopes that they can help other families in the same position. David ran the Memphis marathon in 2015 as a St. Jude Hero and raised an incredible $14,000 in 2 weeks. In the Spring of 2017 Andrea joined David and "Team Garrett" raised $12,770 for St. Jude.
 
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TOMMY RHODES

 
 
When Tommy Rhodes was a PhD student at Vanderbilt he had a vision to start a camp that brought together kids from all socioeconomic levels, races and backgrounds. Not long after he had that vision Tommy and his wife sold all of their possessions and began Barefoot Republic. Seventeen years later they welcomed their 10,000th camper and now have camps in three states. Barefoot Republic's overnight campground is located in Kentucky and campers stay in "Swiss family Robinson meets MacGyver" style treehouses.
 
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SURVIVOR LEADERS

 
 
​Many Nashville locals are familiar with the Thistle Farms brand. We see it in our grocery stores and enjoy their lavender hand soaps, lotions and candles. What many may not know is how the Survivor-Leaders, graduates of the Thistle Farms program, are paying it forward mentoring other women who have also survived abuse, prostitution and addiction. The Survivor-Leaders are actively involved in not only mentoring newer residents of the program, but also in sharing this work through speaking, and events, with the wider community.
 
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DR. DONNIE HEADRICK

 
 
"Donnie has gone out of his way time and time again not just for us but for people all in the community," said Darrell Waltrip about Dr. Headrick, his personal vet of 20+ years. "I could tell you stories about things he has done. He's a special man and this was a big honor for me to have him here and present him with this trophy." ​ In honor of the countless lives he has impacted during his 40+ years as a practicing vet, Doctor Donnie Headrick was named a Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group Hometown Hero…
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CARY RALPH

 
 
Cary Ralph, RN, spends her days, and often her nights and weekends, helping women who are battling breast cancer learn to navigate their way through the disease. As soon as they are diagnosed, Cary is there with them. She doesn't keep any set hours. She is at the hospital, on the phone, or in her office with a patient whenever they need her. She almost never says no to them. She answers questions, holds their hand during a biopsy, goes into surgery with them, and on and on.
 
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LARISSA FEATHERSTONE

 
 
In 2008 Larisa Featherstone's daughter Lily was diagnosed with leukemia and received 2 years of chemotherapy before going into remission. In 2016 they received the devastating news that the cancer was back. Throughout Lily's fight Larisa and her family have diligently worked to raise funds and awareness for Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and children's cancer surpassing their original $1 million goal. They also created the Lily's Garden Endowment which is committed to make a significant contribution to learning more about childhood cancer.
 
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SHAWN ASWAD

 
 
​Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue, based in Thompson's Station, TN, began over 10 years ago as a grass roots organization when founder Shawn South-Aswad and her husband began taking in a few dogs here and there who found themselves in need of a place to lay their head until they could find their own home. As time passed they developed a love and special touch with seniors and medical needs dogs that needed more one on one attention and were being overlooked by the general rescue population.
 
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WILSON FAMILY

 
 
​"I can't think of anyone who embodies the qualities of a hero more than Jennifer," shared Gail Horton, a dear friend of Jennifer's and her inspiration for exploring foster parenting. "She is a champion for the least of these, the children who are medically fragile and in foster care. Jennifer advocates for these children as if her life depends on it! She is a champion for the children that are in her care. There are some weeks where she spends more time talking to doctors, taking kids to therapy than she is at home…
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MICHAEL FLETCHER

 
 
Michael Fletcher is a well known public servant in Williamson County. A decorated US Army Veteran, Michael has served as a Lieutenant with the Williamson County Sheriff's Department, a paramedic for Williamson Medical Center EMS and currently serves as the Director of Safety and Security for Williamson County Schools. ​ "'Fletch' has an extremely rare combination of subject matter knowledge, wisdom and empathy," said Jason Golden, Deputy Superintendent, Williamson County Schools.
 
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MICHAEL FLETCHER

 
 
Michael Fletcher is a well known public servant in Williamson County. A decorated US Army Veteran, Michael has served as a Lieutenant with the Williamson County Sheriff's Department, a paramedic for Williamson Medical Center EMS and currently serves as the Director of Safety and Security for Williamson County Schools. ​ "'Fletch' has an extremely rare combination of subject matter knowledge, wisdom and empathy," said Jason Golden, Deputy Superintendent, Williamson County Schools.
 
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LUKE JENKINS

 
 
What started in Kindergarten as a desire to win a class pizza party has turned into a true passion for high school freshman Luke Jenkins. In nine years Luke collected over $3,800, 75% in pennies, for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as a part of their Pennies for Patients program. ​ "Our next door neighbors, the Riveras, lost their teenage daughter, Dariana, to cancer when Luke was in the 3rd grade," shared Luke's mother Michelle Jenkins. 
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JON BOYE

 
 
​Jonathan Boye grew up struggling with dyslexia and ADHD and with the "faith of a mustard seed" he found himself helping thousands of people with similar struggles. Jon has been a visionary for providing mental health services first to our children in Williamson county but now to all ages in all of middle Tennessee," shared Margaret Owens, Chief Operations Officer at Mercy, in her nomination of Boye. "He came to work at Mercy in June of 2006."
 
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JESS WRIGHT

 
 
A huge part of what keeps St. Jude Children's Hospital going is the efforts of people like Jess Wright. Several years ago Jess committed to walking a local 5K in her hometown of Frederick, Maryland which benefited St. Jude. At the time she wanted to encourage people who never thought they could do an endurance race to join her and walk rather than run and most importantly she wanted to raise funds for St. Jude. What better way to do this than to start her own team.
 
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ROGER MCDANIEL

 
 
Roger McDaniel is a wonderful example of what it looks like to serve your community well. When not spending time at the office or with his family Roger McDaniel fills up his time mentoring and helping veterans in need get back on their feet, managing and tending a local giving garden and preserving local historical landmarks. ​ Tim Gregath, Executive Director of the Building Lives Foundation, a local non-profit committed to assisting veterans in the process of rebuilding their lives, sung Roger's praises in his DWAG Hometown Hero Nomination.
 
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JACQUIE GLOVER

 
 
Jacquie Glover could teach lessons about how to turn lemons into lemonade. After receiving the a diagnosis of breast cancer in 2007 during a routine mammogram, Jacquie went through several surgeries and chemo and in her words "came out a stronger person."
"During my diagnosis and recovery having a strong support group and focusing on nutrition and exercise helped me maintain a positive attitude and a healthy mind, body and spirit.
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PAPA JOE

 
 
​Joe Bradford, or Papa Joe as he's known to many, grew up in poverty and after facing time in prison for computer hacking and fighting kidney disease he and his wife Denise were forced to move into one of Nashville's project communities. After seeing needs of the children within this community they were inspired to create Elijah's Heart, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to show love to underprivileged children and assist them with practical needs. One of the many ways they show love is through their Walks of Love.
 
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NANCY & TY OSMAN

 
 
​In March of 2012 Ty and Nancy Osman faced the unthinkable when they lost their son Ty. Ty Osman II had a heart for helping others and was a light to everyone around him. Even in his passing he was a gift to many as an organ donor. "After he passed we heard so many stories about how just his regular kindness effected people," shared Ty Jr.'s mother Nancy. "How his smiling and everyday manor made people feel special, and feel loved and seen.
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EARL HENSEL

 
 
​Since DWAG's Hometown Heroes started, Earl Hensel has been a part of awarding five different heroes. Earl's heroes have included local veteran Mike Reeder, special needs teacher Jan Lincoln, MADD advocate and survivor Millie Webb, Lu Sipos creator of the Chemo Duck and Paul Fleenor, a local veteran who led the charge to bring the Honor Flight Program to Middle Tennessee. Because of Earl's initiative to nominate these locals, each of his heroes has been celebrated for their accomplishment.
 
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ED SILVA

 
 
It's a known fact around town that Franklin's Downtown area hasn't always been so picturesque. The historic area had fallen into much disrepair and businesses were not thriving, that is until the early 1980's when locals like Ed Silva saw the potential and started to change all of that. "Ed Silva provided extraordinary leadership in our journey to establish Franklin's Main Street as the heart of our community", said Mary Pearce, the Heritage Foundation's Executive Director.
 
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SISTER SANDRA

 
 
n 1992, Sister Sandra founded Project Reflect, a nonprofit organization in Nashville whose mission is "transforming urban America through education and policy reform." As Executive Director, in 2002 she strongly influenced passage of the first charter school legislation for the State of Tennessee. Under the new law, in August 2003 Project Reflect opened Middle Tennessee's first free, public charter school, Smithson Craighead Academy (SCA) elementary school, which serves 240 children from low-income families who reside in the Davidson County area.
 
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AMANDA GRIEVES

 
 
​Each year the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program gives individuals and partnering corporations an opportunity to adopt less fortunate children and seniors who would otherwise receive very little or nothing during the holiday season and provides them with personalized gifts and necessities. Behind the scenes of the Angel Tree program is an army of volunteers, and alongside them is Amanda Grieves, who coordinates the program each year.
 
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SAMANTHA PONDER

 
 
​Snowball Express brings together children of the Fallen right before Christmas to have fun, be together, and just heal. The organization provides an opportunity for children to be with others "like them ", to be "normal " because they often are the only ones in their schools and communities who have lost a parent at war, they just feel different. A feeling Samantha Ponder understands all too well, being the daughter of one of our nation's Fallen.
 
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BRENDA HAUK

 
 
​After years of teaching special education and serving as a JOBS coordinator, which involved a "school to work " transition classroom for young adults with special needs, Brenda Hauk felt led to open a Christian-based job training center for adults who live with developmental disabilities. She visited several facilities, established relationships with mentors, and in 1999, BrightStone opened with 4 students, a volunteer staff of two, and donated space in a local church.
 
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JIMMY GENTRY

 
 
​There are few in Williamson County who haven't been impacted by Jimmy Gentry in one way or another. Whether it's been through a simple visit to his family farm to pick pumpkins, in the classroom, on the football field, or by listening to him speak about his experience serving our country in World War II, Gentry's story is an extraordinary one.
 
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LU SIPOS

 
 
One week before his first birthday, on Christmas Day 2002, Lu Sipos' son Gabe was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma. He learned how to walk and talk while enduring 30 days of 9 months of Chemotherapy treatments and numerous surgeries. Like many parents, Lu found herself feeling lost during this time, unsure of what her role on her son's medical team looked like. That is until she created the first Chemo Duck.
 
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PEGGY SMITH

 
 
Peggy Smith or Ms. Peggy, as she is affectionately called by Club members, is also known as the PBJ lady. Ms. Peggy has been known to not only drop everything to make a child in need a hot meal, she spends up to 5 days a week at the Club preparing and serving snack. She has made it her mission to educate the general public about the challenges faced by the many children that may go hungry during the summer, on the weekends, or simply after the school day has ended.
 
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MARY MADER & CAROLE HORLACHER

 
 
In 2010, Mary Mader and Carole Horlacher became volunteers for Williamson County Animal Services in Franklin. Seeing a need to help the shelter staff, they set up a desk at the front door and implemented a meet and greet strategy for all potential adopters. Mary and Carole know the right questions to ask and daily they help "match " adopters and pets. This process helps insure a good, lasting adoption. They also help with off-site events, coming early and staying late, setting up, keeping up with adoption contracts and other paperwork.
 
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JERRY & SHARON CLEMENT

 
 
Jerry and Sharon Clement founded Take the Reins, a local equine assisted therapeutic riding ministry for children and youth with physical, emotional, intellectual, and medical challenges in 2011. Born from their passion for horses and interest in working with children, what started as a program with only 3 riders and has grown into a 501(c)3 Corporation serving over 25 riders, 40+ volunteers, and PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) Certified Instructors.
 
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JOE ZARCONE

 
 
For GraceWorks, Williamson County's largest food bank, the needs of local individuals and families is never ending. Over the years, local grocery store manager Joe Zarcone has been an indispensable tool in helping GraceWorks fulfill these needs for thousands of locals. Working behind the scenes to respond to needs within the community from GraceWorks and numerous other non-profits, Joe has not only utilized his position as store manager to meet those needs whenever possible, he has often worked hands on to help fulfill these needs personally.
 
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INGE MEYRING SMITH

 
 
Now in her 90's, it is easy to see why when asked about Franklin local, Inge Smith, locals use terms like mentor, treasure and inspiring. Born in Germany, Inge Meyring Smith moved to the States with her parents at the age of 15 to escape the Nazi regime. After marrying Paul Smith, a GI and native of West Tennessee, she moved from New York City to Franklin, Tennessee, where she raised a family, completed multiple degrees at Vanderbilt University and opened numerous schools, including Smith Preschool which has been in business for over 65 years..
 
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GARY BENNETT

 
 
Autumn Bennett was the light of her parents lives. At the age of one she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. "She was given a life expectancy of 15 years", said Autumn's Father, Gary. "We were determined to make every year we had with her as great as possible. She loved God, dancing, Disney World, her family and Rusty Wallace. We find comfort in knowing that she breathes and dances with Angels in Heaven." Out of the tragedy of losing their daughter, Gary Bennett and his wife Sharon have remained committed to finding a cure for and…
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LANE BRODY

 
 
As many who have worked with or for a non-profit know , sometimes exactly what you need is the breath of fresh air a new volunteer brings. Such is the case with Walden's Puddle, a professionally staffed wildlife rehabilitation and education facility in Middle Tennessee. "Lane Brody took Walden 's Puddle from a financially and emotionally barren organization to what it is at the moment which is spectacular", said Emily Magid, fellow animal lover and Walden's Puddle volunteer.
 
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CREELY WILSON

 
 
In October 1997, thanks to the work of Creely Wilson and many others, Christian Women's Job Corps opened its doors at Lockland Baptist Church in East Nashville. The ten women who made up the first class received invaluable help in achieving their GED diplomas and learning computer skills. They grew spiritually through Bible studies and faithful mentoring by volunteers. In the following fifteen years, CWJC moved to a larger location, expanded to three locations, and opened a program for men.
 
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DIANE CROSIER

 
 
Girls on the Run Nashville is an innovative after-school program that uses the power of running to inspire and prepare Middle Tennessee girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy active living. It's goals are to improve the social, physical, emotional and mental well-being of adolescent girls, empowering them with a strong sense of identity and achievement. It's easy to see why the recently retired Board Chair of GOTR, Diane Crosier, is passionate about this mission.
 
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BECKY HAYNES SHAFER

 
 
Best Buddies has made it their mission to create opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Behind the scenes is an army of volunteers hosting events, creating friendships with Buddies, providing job coaching, and finding socialization and leadership opportunities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities with the hope of them becoming more independent and included in the community. One of those volunteers is Becky Haynes Shafer.
 
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Sonya & Drason Beasley

 
 
The couple who have three children- Olivia Drae, Bane Alton Drake and Bayo Shalom - found themselves struggling with the everyday tasks of life after loosing their son Bane. Out of this tremendous loss, they started Banebow, an organization which provides mental, physical, and spiritual assistance to families who have sustained the sudden loss of a child.
 
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Tracy Halloran

 
 
Often the most deserving heroes are also the most humble. So is the case with Tracy Halloran. Tracy, who grew up in the inner city of Chicago, has called Franklin, Tennessee home for the past seventeen years. For the past 14 years she has been a part of the local Meals on Wheels effort, first volunteering as a driver and in 2007 she took over as the Franklin coordinator for Monday, Wednesday and Friday MOW, originally founded by Janielle Westbrook.
 
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Melissa Wenger

 
 
GiGi's Playhouse, a national achievement center for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community has just opened a Nashville location. Offering more than 25 therapeutic and educational programs focused on advancing literacy, math skills, motor skills and more all free of charge. Local mother, Melissa Wenger, whose child has Down syndrome, along with her child's teacher, decided there were not enough resources in Nashville for people with Down Syndrome and lead the vision of bringing GiGi's Playhouse to Nashville.
 
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Laura Chavarria

 
 
As Director of Williamson County Animal Services, Laura Chavarria has improved the adoption experience with a remodel of the front office area, lobby TV monitors, skylights and an improvement in general shelter cleanliness. A firm believer in the power of marketing, Chavarria has implemented several successful monthly adoption campaigns like Summer of Love, the 31 Days of October, and Home for the Holidays hoping to capture the attention of the local community.
 
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Carl Carlson

 
 
After a childhood filled with neglect, abuse, abandonment, foster homes and trouble with the law, on the heels of serving time in Vietnam with the military, Carl Carlson made some bad choices and ended up in the state penitentiary on an armed robbery charge. It was during his time in prison that Carl found Christ and from that point on has dedicated his life to help the less fortunate and the ostracized in our society.
 
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Gayle Moyer Harris

 
 
For the past 30 plus years, Gayle Moyer Harris, has helped shaped Williamson County through her work serving as a county commissioner. Because of her leadership helping to form the Williamson County Economic Development effort and Franklin Tomorrow as well as her service on the Board of Directors for the Williamson County Public Library, YMCA of Middle Tennessee and the Board of Directors for the Community Housing Partnership of Williamson County and her efforts serving as the inaugural director of the 21st Judicial District Drug Court.
 
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Kennette Pyles

 
 
In 8 years Kennette Pyles taught survival skills in the Nashville area to more than 1,000 local infants and young children. After loosing her own son Ryan to a tragic drowning, she also helped to create the Ryan Pyles Aquatic Foundation to help prevent childhood drowning.
 
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Dorie Bolze

 
 
Dorie Bolze has spent her career committed to conservation. For over 15 years she led the Harpeth River Watershed Association based in Williamson County. Her commitment to the preservation and restoration of environmental resources, including the Harpeth River, has made a tremendous difference in communities across Middle Tennessee.
 
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Ellie Ambrose

 
 
Many locals already know the story- when Ellie Ambrose was only 10 years old, she had a dream of hosting a 5K Run and Family Fun Day to benefit kids in the slums of Africa. Over the past 11 years, thousands of middle Tennessee runners and Hero fund raisers have joined together to raise over $500,000 funding education for thousands of kids who now have hope of a future outside of the slums.
 
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Christian Kissinger

 
 
At the tender age of 7 Christian Kissinger convinced his mother to take on a position that led to her starting a statewide branch of VSA International, an organization dedicated to providing opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in and express themselves through the arts and arts education. And over the years he has helped VSA Tennessee in multiple ways, from meeting with the legislators in Washington, D.C. lobbying for the cause, to performing for children with disabilities to help inspire them to reach their goals.
 
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Tommy Heithcock

 
 
Retired Franklin police officer, Tommy Heithcock, spent 36 years serving as a police officer in Williamson County, 26 of those with the City of Franklin. He's also been a volunteer with Peytonsville's Volunteer Fire Department, currently serving as the President of their board. Throughout his work and his life he's approached it all in a show up and help however you can way and has been a longtime trusted source of assistance in his community.
 
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Judy Suter

 
 
Twenty years ago Judy Suter was faced with the unthinkable when her then 27 year old brother took his own life. When she began looking into the community for bereavement assistance for herself and her young children she found resources were limited. She then took it upon herself to perform a needs analysis, and with a pocket full of determination and courage, voiced her concerns to the governing bodies and asked permission to take a group of children to camp.
 
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Paul Fleenor

 
 
It was a spot on the news that piqued retired Army Colonel Paul Fleenor's interest in Honor Flight and lead to him to spearhead the efforts to bring the program to Middle Tennessee. Founded as an attempt to insure that as many WWII Veterans as possible get the chance to travel to Washington D.C. to see the memorial dedicated to their heroic efforts, the Honor Flight Program provides the trip, free of charge, to as many veterans as possible. After seeing the spotlight on the Honor Flight Program Fleenor traveled to Washington D.C. to…
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Nicole Cochran

 
 
'Picture of humility', 'a generous heart', 'an inspiration', 'dedicated' are just a few of the words used to describe Nicole Cochran by those who know and love her. It is for her love of community, kind heart and inspiring story as a single foster mother that she was honored as a Darrell Waltrip Automotive Hometown Hero.
 
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Julian Bibb

 
 
Local attorney and philanthropist Julian Bibb has spent a lifetime supporting, founding and spearheading numerous nonprofits. From Leadership Franklin, which he co-founded, to Franklin's Charge, the Heritage Foundation and many, many more, Bibb's hard work has profoundly altered the landscape of Williamson County.
 
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Kim Milliken & Lori Woodard-Hoyt

 
 
For a parent there is nothing harder than having a sick child, or even worse losing that child. Kim Milliken learned this the hard way when one month before her son's fifth birthday he was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a form a brain cancer. And while her son Clinton lost his battle in January, Kim and close family friend Lori Woodard-Hoyt are making sure that his sweet spirit lives on with Clinton's Club, a local nonprofit that provides help to other families with sick children as well as raises awareness of the needs of these families…
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Mark Fry

 
 
When Mark Fry was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis back in 1998 he choose to become a advocate & fund raiser to help provide support and work towards a cure for MS. Since 2001 he has done everything he possibly can to support the local Mid South Chapter of the National MS Society. It is for this tireless work that he is being honored as the Darrell Waltrip Automotive Hometown Hero for the month of September.
 
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Deb Williams

 
 
As the Promotions and Special Projects Manager for Nashville's Fox 17, Deb Williams spends her days spotlighting local events, charities, people and businesses. Now the tables have turned and it's Deb who is being spotlighted. She has been named a Darrell Waltrip Automotive Hometown Hero for her courageous battle with breast cancer and her passion for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
 
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John Murphy

 
 
John Murphy has worn many hats in his lifetime- veteran, high school teacher, police officer, sheriff's deputy, mason, minister, Boy Scout leader, neighbor, friend, father, grandfather, great grandfather and community leader. Such service has made him a hero to many.
 
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Jennifer Krahenbill

 
 
As the Executive Director for Waves, Inc. Jennifer Krahenbill was responsible for leading her team as they work to enable individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through everything from cooking classes to volunteer work as well as early intervention for young children. "I am fortunate to have the opportunity to be associated with an organization that connects me to so many wonderful people. The individuals who receive services are genuine and give so much back through their warm qualities.
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Millie Webb

 
 
In honor of Mother's Day, Darrell Waltrip Automotive chose to award Millie Webb as Hometown Hero of May. Webb is being honored this month for her influence and dedication to the nationally recognized organization, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). The personal trauma in Millie's life has inspired her to work tirelessly and compassionately to end drunk driving. In 2000, with the help of Millie's leadership, the legal blood alcohol concentration level lowered from .10 to .08.
 
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Ermon Lature

 
 
In remembrance of a father, husband, successful businessman, and advocate to provide affordable housing for families in Williamson County, Darrell Waltrip Automotive named Ermon Lature a Hometown Hero. Lature made a tremendous impact on the non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County and his friends, family and Habitat staff gathered to honor his memory.
 
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Mike & Missy Wilson

 
 
Since 2003, the Wilson's have been involved in connecting Americans with the people of Haiti, leading hundreds of people overseas by sharing their heart for the country. The Wilsons and their team have helped thousands of Haitian people in need by providing food, supporting churches and schools, building homes, and housing orphans, showing their compassion to many individuals along the way. Amidst the devastation of the 2010 earthquake, they adopted their second child from Haiti and became even more inspired to help children in that area. 
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Vanderbilt LifeFlight

 
 
In 2004, Wayne Baskett experienced a near fatal motorcycle accident, owing his only reason for survival to the Vanderbilt LifeFlight team. Since then he has shared his lifealtering story with many community members, acknowledging the imme nse skill and importance of emergent care transportation. Darrell Waltrip Automotive awards the Vanderbilt LifeFlight team as April's Hometown Hero for their continued commitment toward saving lives.
 
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Monty McInturff

 
 
Franklin local Dr. Monty McInturff was awarded for his leadership role in the conservation of his community and for his selflessness while serving. In April 2011, Franklin Tomorrow founded Friends of Franklin Parks, LLC in which Dr. McInturff served as the founding President of the Board of Governors. Friends of Franklin Parks was created for private donors to make tax-deductible contributions to fund improvements of area recreational facilities and preserve the cultural and natural resources for future generations.
 
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Jan Lincoln

 
 
Darrell Waltrip Automotive has awarded their second teacher in the Hometown Hero campaign, presenting Jan Lincoln from Centennial High School as February's hero. She was nominated by her neighbor, Earl Hensel, who praised her life-long passion and dedication to individuals with special needs.
 
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Mike Reeder

 
 
Loosing both of his legs fighting for our country in Vietnam never slowed Mike Reeder down. He lived a life full of supporting charities like Outward Bound, an organization that assists in returning disabled veterans in coping with life in America as well as the Challenged Athletes Foundation whose mission is to provide opportunities and support to people with physical challenges so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. 
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Jim Charron

 
 
As a retired engineer and contractor, Jim was awarded for spending his time and talents helping architecturally restore his church and the schools of Project Reflect, a non-profit organization determined to transform urban America through education and policy reform. Joan Anderson, an Executive Assistant at the non-profit, nominated Charron and has experienced first hand the benefits of Jim's service. She spoke of Jim's willingness and "offering his gifts and talents generously" in her nomination. 
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Richard Chapman

 
 
For years, Chapman has revealed his heart for service and his vast influence on others to do the same, directly influencing and encouraging his coworkers, friends, and family to serve their community. During his time serving on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County he helped build dozens of homes and was a leader in making the homes National Green Building certified and Energy Star certified.
 
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Dr. Richard Anderson

 
 
Anderson responded to seeing Katrina hurricane evacuees displaced from their homes, living in Franklin, and left without insurance from jobs they no longer had. He started Grace Medical Clinic by taking time off from his regular practice on Fridays to serve the uninsured population. As the clinic has grown, Anderson now serves both Wednesdays and Fridays, as a Family Doctor for the uninsured. For over 38 years he provided treatment for thousands of insured patients and his persistence has led to him serving a greater population.
 
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Kenny Lane

 
 
As the former Fire Chief of Brentwood, Kenny Lane served a vital role in the development of Brentwood's Fire Department. He served the Fire Department from the beginning of its inception in 1986 and for 18 years he led the department as the Fire Chief, retiring from the department on June 30th 2011.
 
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Evelyn Hickerson

 
 
Evelyn HIckerson has been teaching for over 30 years, currently teaching at Johnson Elementary School in Franklin. In the summer of 2010 she started Gentry's Educational Foundation in honor of her parents, James and Josephine Gentry. Using the money left to her upon their passing, she and her husband Rovert started the foundation to give children in Franklin the opportunity to enrich their live through education, support, and mentoring.
 
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Mary Beth Gates

 
 
After leaving HCA in 2006, Mary Beth becames HIgh Hopes' Volunteer Accountant, volunteering approximately 552 hours annually. "Mary Beth goes above and beyond the day to day accounting duties necessary for High Hopes to function," says Holly Beth Roach, the Fund Development Coordinator. What began with a complete reorganization and restructuring of their financial system has now become a full time position.
 
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Dr. David Vanderpool

 
 
Dr. Vanderpool was nominated by his son for his passion to improve the lives of others. "I have been profoundly influenced by my father and his selfless giving and am grateful that others see him as the hero that I know him to be". David Stalling Vanderpool. From Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, and Mozambique to the New Orleans, Alabama, and Nashville, Vanderpool has been an aid to global poverty and worldwide disaster relief for many years.
 
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