Home Federal Bank honors hometown heroes

4:50 PM, May 2, 2012   |    comments
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  • Dr. Gene Caldwell
  • Laura Beth Barry
  • Dr. Richard Dew
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Over 200 people were nominated for Home Federal Bank's Hometown Heroes award.

Eight total were chosen to receive the honor by a panel of judges to represent different part of the bank's service area.

The bank presented a $2,500 donation for each hero, and a $5,000 donation for the overall winner.

Dr. William Broome III, who is known for helping the homeless was awarded the honor of Hometown Hero on Wednesday, May 2.

He was also named the overall program winner.

Dr. Broome has served as a family physician for 31 years, but he's known for helping the homeless. Home Federal says Broome gives medical care to the homeless come rain or shine.

He's worked along-side the Lost Sheep Ministry to serve the homeless on their own turf.

"That's a real honor. I know there are a lot of other heroes out there and I am not sure I deserved it," said Broome.

Home Federal gave the Lost Sheet $5,000 because Broome was a Hometown Hero, and also the program's overall winner.

10-year-old Andrew Bingham was awarded the honor of Hometown Hero on Tuesday, May 1. He is representing North Knoxville.

"It feels amazing... If I keep this up then more people will be happier," said Bingham.

He is proving you can make a difference at any age. For his tenth birthday, Bingham collected over 300 pounds of food for Second Harvest Food Bank.

And last Christmas, the 10-year-old collected $1,000 in donations and $400 in toys for Catholic charities.

At its North Broadway branch, Home Federal Bank presented a $2,500 check to the Cerebral Palsy Center in Bingham's honor.





Carol Smith was named the Hometown Hero who represents South Knox County on Monday, April 30.

Smith, who has cerebral palsy, is being honored because of her efforts to help others with disabilities. She works with state and local government to protect the rights of the disabled.

She also volunteers with the East Tennessee Technology Access Center, which is a non-profit organization focused on helping people with disabilities gain knowledge about access to assistive technology devices.

Home Federal Bank has presented the center with a $2,500 donation in Smith's name.

Dr. Richard Dew was also honored Monday, April 30.

He is a family practice physician who volunteers at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. The clinic is the only health care ministry in Sevier County that exclusively treats patients without medical insurance.

Dr. Dew serves on the board of directors and is medical director for the clinic.

He volunteers one full day each week and the clinic, and he volunteers one morning each week to teach medical students with ETSU's school of medicine.

Joan Regester is a 19-year volunteer with Mobile Meals. She was honored on Wednesday, April 25.

She brings meals to Knox County's elderly two days a week. She has logged more than 10,000 hours of service.

Home Federal Bank made a donation to Mobile Meals in her name.

"I just think there are so many people who do more than I do, and to me this is representing all the volunteers for Mobile Meals; we've got about 400-500 people," Regester said.

Home Federal also recognized Alicia Moore as a Hometown Hero Wednesday.

She serves as a mentor at Austin-East High School.

Each Thursday morning, she meets with a group of high school girls as part of a Sister Circle organization.

Moore says they're able to talk and share life issues in a safe, confidential environment.

Retired pediatrician, Dr. Gene Caldwell received the award Monday, April 23 for his work helping others.

The bank says Caldwell cared for thousands of children in Anderson County during his 27-year career. He helped kids through the Emory Valley Center, a non-profit center that serves mentally and physically disabled adults.

"It provides a real good life for those citizens and employment... makes their life worthwhile for them. To be able to be part of that is just absolutely great," he said.

Home Federal donated $2,500 to the Emory Valley Center in Caldwell's name.

Laura Beth Barry serves as president of STAND, a club at her school dedicated to stopping genocide, specifically in Darfur, Sudan. She was also honored on Monday, April 23.

She has raised money by organizing activities like coin drives, rummage sales and bake sales. The bank says Barry also created flyers and posters to raise awareness.

"It's amazing. It's awesome that we have a place here that will really reward people who are trying to make a difference in the world," said Barry.

Home Federal donated $2,500 to Haven House in her name. It's a non-profit that helps victims of domestic violence.

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