Ascend's "Hometown Heroes" program honors Middle Tennesseans who played key roles and went the extra mile in supporting our communities over the last 18 months through tornado relief, the pandemic and more. Each honoree receives four tickets to the Concerts on the Farm series at the Bonnaroo Farm in Manchester and recognition before each show on the video board.
Gloria DamronTullahoma, Tenn.
Gloria is the owner of Damron’s Restaurant and a founder of Come to the Table – a volunteer-based organization in Tullahoma that helps feed the hungry each Tuesday night. Even during the pandemic, the organization was able to continue to feed the community by providing to-go meals when the restaurant’s dining area was closed.
Nella FriersonNashville, Tenn.
Nella Frierson has a big heart for her local community of Brooklyn Heights in Nashville. When the pandemic hit hard last year, she stepped up and helped provide for those in need. As the leader of the Brooklyn Heights community garden, she was able to help distribute vegetables to her fellow Nashvillians and even compensated some of her struggling neighbors to work in the garden enabling them get through the tough times
Deidra GoinsManchester, Tenn.
Manchester’s Deidra Goins has a huge heart for the community and those less fortunate. As a teacher at Westwood Elementary, she realized that many of the students in her school were going without food when school was not in session. That compelled her to convince her church to begin the “All God’s Children” that provides breakfast and lunch for any children in need in the summer months.
JT JordanManchester, Tenn.
J.T has worked countless hours serving those in need in Manchester and the surrounding area. During the pandemic he led efforts to provide thousands of meals for the hungry and helped the community with clothing needs as well.
Bryan WilliamsCookeville, Tenn.
Bryan is a small business owner in Cookeville that saw his business destroyed by the tornado that devastated the community in March 2020. With his own business reduced to rubble, Bryan immediately went into search mode to render aid in the worst-hit areas. He continued to donate his time over the next weeks to clean up efforts, generously donated to relief efforts and paid his employees so they would not have to go without during the hardship.
Janelle ZehrMurfreesboro, Tenn.
Janelle has served our community for 14 years as a flight nurse with the Vanderbilt Life Flight team. Over the last year she was diagnosed with MS and has faced it head-on with positivity and still working full force with the Life Flight team.