Claudine Pinckley, Cris Brooks Named Governor’s Volunteer Star Award Honorees


Vol-Star-AwardFirst Lady Crissy Haslam joined Miss Tennessee 2013, Shelby Thompson, to honor volunteers from 39 counties at the Sixth Annual Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards ceremony in Franklin on March 10, 2014.

The awards celebrated the efforts of 74 volunteers statewide who strive to improve their communities through service.  “I am thrilled to recognize Tennesseans who give of their time and resources to improve the community,” Mrs. Haslam said. “Setting an example for service can be one of the very best ways to be a leader.”

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 Clayton Homes. The Community Anti-Drug Coalition of Rutherford County was also sponsor of the event.

Claudine Pinckley – Fentress County Adult Honoree — Education for people is at the heart of both Claudine Pinckley and her husband, the late Guy Pinckley. Because of their generosity, Fentress County has a Dual Credit Program for local high schools. Claudine was also instrumental in getting the Imagination Library in place for the county.

Not only did she put countless hours into this project, she spent countless dollars making sure each child in the county would have books to read.   Claudine fits right in and is always ready to get involved in volunteer activities in the county. Apart from her commitment to education, she is also an active member of the Municipal Solid Waste Board and the Jamestown Garden Club.

Cris Brooks – Fentress County Youth Honoree — Cris Brooks is a senior at York Institute and has been very active from the beginning of his high school years.  Chris received the 4-H State Award 2013, YAI JROTC Command Sergeant Major 2012-2013, Tennessee 4-H Honor Club member, and Eastern Region 4-H All Star member. He has also been a Fentress County Fair Youth Board member for three years, and the scholarship winner to Tennessee 4-H Round Up (Forestry, Wildlife & Fishers) for three years.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.