KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — For 18 yeas the Beta Theta Boule’ Foundation has been honoring fathers for their contributions to youth, particularly from inner-city neighborhoods. Good Morning Tennessee anchor Tearsa Smith is speaking with each of the fatherhood excellence honorees all week.
Tim Romero is a the regional vice president of Enterprise Holdings in Knoxville. The business man strives to make sure ever child has a fresh start for school.
Romero is being honored by the Beta Theta Boule’ for his partnership with the Knoxville Area Urban League’s Shoes for School event that gives new tennis shoes to students and school supplies.
He also expanded the program to other cities. More than 25,000 students have received shoes and/or supplies from the program.
Rev. Derrick Hammond
Rev. Derrick Hammond has made Oak Ridge his home. After moving from Alabama to the Secret City, he joined the City Council and is pastor of Oak Valley Baptist Church.
He is being honored for his excellence in improving community conversations on race and equality. His church started a youth branch of the NAACP and has been instrumental in bringing the community together during times of racial unrest.
He has held multiple forums with police talking about race, and turned talk into action. The community held talks with Oak Ridge officers, made more objective guidelines for suspensions for Black students in Oak Ridge Schools, and created additional support for disadvantaged students.
Clarence Vaughn is the director of the Office of Diversity and Community Relations at the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee. Vaughn is tasked with recruiting the best students, retaining them until they receive a degree, educate them and place them in the right internships and employment settings.
Vaughn said it takes a wholistic approach to create an inviting college community and support a wide variety of students at UT.
For Brian Hartsell, the role of coach, principal and mentor has carved a path of shaping the lives of many youths in our community. He shared his thoughts on working with the mentor program, 100 Black Men of Greater Knoxville and about raising his two biological kids; and how teaching young people the value of serving their communities and applying themselves to take opportunities for growth.