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Super Stars: Hawkins names two recipients of Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards

Jeff Bobo • Jan 31, 2015 at 9:10 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A food pantry helper and a high school NJROTC cadet will represent Hawkins County as being honored among the state's most selfless and giving volunteers of 2014.

Rolax Jones volunteers countless hours at the Of One Accord ministry's food pantry in Rogersville.

Cherokee High School NJROTC Cadet Commander Ashley Bowery has personally completed 944 hours of community service and led her battalion's accumulation of 6,221 volunteer hours.

Last week Jones and Bowery were announced as Hawkins County's two recipients of the 2014 Governor's Volunteer Stars Award.

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.

For the past seven years the program recognized Tennessee's most selfless and giving in both an adult category, and a youth under 25 category.

The recipients were honored at the Jan. 22 Rogersville Chamber of Commerce breakfast, and on March 9 they will attend a banquet in Franklin where statewide recognitions will be made.

* Jones can usually be found volunteering at events in Rogersville that have to do with faith — such as ministry opportunities, Lenten services, Expecting God's Help, prayer services or those sponsored by the National Day of Prayer.

He is a faithful attendee at the Rogersville Men's Prayer Breakfast which meets at 6 a.m. every Thursday morning.

Many people know Jones as the face of the Of One Accord ministry's emergency food pantry where he has served more than 15,000 clients and served more than 2,500 hours over the past 10 years.

He is also very active his church where he is a Sunday School teacher and a member of ABC "All Brothers in Christ" — a local community ministry that developed out of the Hasson Church Christian Church.

ABC was developed to promote Christian fellowship among men and give serving opportunities, focusing on the needs of widows. Jones has been a member of ABC for the last 3 years and has helped rake leaves, mow yards, and do home repairs.

* Bowery is an active member of Cherokee H.S.'s NJROTC, from which she was hand-picked from a pool of highly qualified cadets for the Battalion Commanding Officer position. In this capacity, she is directly responsible for leading, guiding, directing, mustering, and providing physical fitness training of more than 200 cadets each academic semester.

Currently, she is ranked 40th of 246 in Cherokee's class of 2014 with a 3.75 GPA.

She was very influential in the battalion's accumulation of 6,221 hours of people oriented, environmentally oriented, and community and school support activities this school year.

Just before Thanksgiving Bowery organized an NJROTC food drive that yielded 1,140 pounds of food for Hawkins County food bank which was greatly needed to keep food levels stable for low income families who need emergency help in Hawkins County.

She has personally completed 944 hours of community service while in NJROTC.

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