At January’s Hawkins County Chamber Breakfast, James Boehms was recognized for being the most outstanding adult volunteer, and Jonathan Newhouse was recognized as being the most outstanding youth volunteer.
The chamber receives nominations throughout the year. They are reviewed in December, and the recipients are announced at each January Chamber of Commerce meeting in Rogersville.
Boehms and Newhouse will be honored by Gov. Haslam during a ceremony in Nashville on March 11th in Nashville.
James Boehms, 57, of Rogersville has been chaplain with the Surgoinsville Fire Department for 20 years, volunteers extensively in downtown Rogersville events and organizations and was nominated by his wife, Mary.
Boehms is employed by a Rogersville real estate company and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Rogersville Main Street Committee’s board of directors, where he leads in the Design Committee.
In that position, he steers the group in events held through the year, especially the monthly Cruise-Ins during the spring and summer months that attract thousands of people to downtown Rogersville.
Boehms was a driving force in the creation of the mini-park on Main Street adjacent to Civis Bank.
He serves as chairman of the Hawkins Library Board, treasurer of the Surgoinsville Medical Board, and is very active in his church, where he was instrumental in designing and building a family life center where many community efforts take place.
Cadet Lt. Jonathan Newhouse, 17, of Rogersville is in his fourth year as a member of the Cherokee High School NJROTC and was nominated by his senior naval science instructor Clyde Shumate.
Newhouse is active as a volunteer in the community and in his church. He completed 560 hours of community service and 269 hours of community service within Cherokee NJROTC.
Shortly before Thanksgiving, he gathered more than 100 items to contribute to the Cherokee NJROTC food drive that yielded 1,235 pounds of food for the local food pantry.
He also participated in the 2017 Jared Box drive, which resulted in 101 Jared Boxes containing toys, games and other gifts being contributed to the Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City.
Newhouse’s efforts have garnered other awards including the Sons of the American Revolution Award, NJROTC Distinguished Cadet Award, and NJROTC Honor Cadet Award. He has enlisted in the Navy.
Other recent Governor’s Volunteer Stars Award recipients from Hawkins County:
2017: Retired MD and NJROTC cadet honored as Hawkins' top volunteers
2016: Two Hawkins nominees announced for Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards
2015: Super Stars: Hawkins names two recipients of Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards