Mary Lane Timpany knew she had to nominate her fourth child, 39-year-old Jon Peri Coppinger, for the Jefferson Award last month. There wasn’t a doubt in her mind.

At 69, Judith Ragon decided to travel to Nicaragua to provide food, medical care and shelter for children who have nothing. “They are so poor. Anything you do for them will make a difference,” said Ragon, now 72, a grandmother and a retired teacher.

Bobby Dunn is usually the first one at the fields of the Harrison Recreation Association, and he'll be the one to turn out the lights after dozens of local children and teens have finished playing baseball.

Every morning Robert Richelson makes a smoothie for his wife. “Sweetie?” he asks while she gets ready for work. “Do you want blueberries? Blueberries and banana? Strawberries and blueberries?”

About three years ago, Dorothy Williamson’s support and assistance allowed an elderly man to stay out of a nursing home before he died, she said.

When Eva Jo Johnson moved back to Chattanooga after nearly 50 years, she was prepared to make a difference. "I came to Chattanooga ready and willing to contribute my experiences here," she said.

Before the neighborhoods and stores in Bradley and McMinn counties needed rebuilding, before insurance companies were on speed dial and chain saws buzzed sunrise to sunset, Connie Wright's life was fairly quiet.

Tomasz Voychehovski considers the waiting room in his East Brainerd pediatrics office his “pride and joy.”

In the middle of the Little League basketball championship last year, the 6-year-olds on the Southside Hawks were crying. The game was close, and parents were hollering, recalled Takeisha Yancey, a player's mom.

As a volunteer driver for the Disabled American Veterans, Lester Wilker was dedicated to his passengers.

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