Volunteers with the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) have returned to Johnson County again this year. They are making repairs on nine homes in the county during the summer months.
ASP is a Christian ministry that was founded in 1969. In the past 48 years since its beginnings, ASP has sent 393,486 volunteers to help 17,866 families in 26 counties in Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and West Virginia. This year, volunteers for Johnson County came from Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Oregon, along with four staffers who call Idaho, Delaware, Connecticut and Washington, DC home.
Republican Mae Beavers recently announced her bid for governor of the State of Tennessee on June 3rd. Governor Bill Haslam is restricted from running again due to term limits. Beavers served as a Wilson County Commissioner from 1990 until 1994. She was then elected to the legislative house from 1994 for eight years before she ran for senator. Johnson County has been awarded Federal Funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.
Johnson County has been chosen to receive $6,764.00 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
Since 1999, the Johnson County Community Foundation has been able to gift over $4.3 million to students, teachers, organizations and community partners. What began as one scholarship fund has grown into four that raise money throughout the year in the hopes of enhancing Johnson County and the lives of community members. Funds. Have been raised by The Johnson County Growth Fund, Johnson County Scholarship Fund and the Margaret M. Wachs Youth Leadership Fund.