Coffee County to Honor Top Volunteer

Coffee County citizens are encouraged to attend the Coffee County Commission meeting on January 9 and celebrate this year’s top volunteer.

After soliciting public nominations for dedicated volunteers, citizens from various walks of life served on a selection committee to independently review and score all submissions. Those results were compiled by the County Coordinator and the top-scoring volunteer selected.

In conjunction with the Sixteenth Annual Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards, Volunteer Tennessee is pleased to recognize Pam Bussell, who has consistently demonstrated exceptional dedication to serving the people of Tullahoma and Coffee County.

Pam Bussell has volunteered for nearly 20 years with the Salvation Army, helping people financially and with food and in charge of the Angel Tree, ensuring over 600 kids in Coffee County have Christmas gifts. She also leads the Kettle Drive, recruiting/scheduling over 300 volunteers to ring bells and collect donations.

She has served on the board of the Tullahoma Housing Authority for nearly ten years, helping public housing residents. Pam helped organize a summer feeding program, worked on fundraising events for United Way and Blue Monarch, helped in a food pantry to ensure those in need had access to food at any hour of any day, and even taking calls for help from police in the middle of the night. She also helps with annual local toy drives.

Pam coordinated a food & clothing drive in response to the flooding in Waverly, Tennessee, and assisted victims and first responders after two tornadoes struck Tullahoma.

Working with Chik-fil-A, she raised $7,000 for United Way’s Stuff the Bus drive to provide school supplies for Tullahoma teachers. Pam helped collect food donations for Storehouse Food Pantry in Manchester (led by 2022 GVSA honoree Staria Davison) and formed Better Together, a resource group over nearly 100 churches, agencies, and businesses in Coffee County that meets monthly, developing ways to help people in need while preventing duplication of effort.

Coffee County Coordinator G. Lamar Wilkie notes: “One of our greatest expressions of love for the place we live is by giving back as a volunteer. Imagine the kind of community we would have if everyone in Coffee County gave just a couple of hours of their time and effort each month to make it a better place for everyone.”

This exceptional achievement will be honored at the Coffee County Commission meeting on January 9 and with recipients from other counties across Tennessee at the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards banquet in Franklin, Tennessee, on February 18.

Volunteer Tennessee coordinates the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards at the state level. Volunteer Tennessee is a 25-member bipartisan citizen board appointed by Governor Lee to oversee AmeriCorps and service-learning programs and to advance volunteerism and citizen service to solve community problems in the Volunteer State. For more information about Volunteer Tennessee and the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards, visit www.volunteertennessee.net.

Photo: Pam Bussell with Coffee County Coordinator G. Lamar Wilkie

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. News and Sports Director for Rooster 101.5 FM, 93.9 The Duck and Whiskey Country 105.1, and 95.9. He is currently the play-by-play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders (31 years) on The Rooster 101.5 and can be heard M-F broadcasting our local news. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,932 (and counting) sports events on Radio & TV. He also served four years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for six years at Grundy County High School.

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