A man who has encouraged and inspired adults to expand their education received special recognition on Thursday. Home Federal Bank presented Gregory Walters with its final Hometown Hero award. He was also named the program's overall honoree for this year.
He's spent more than 1,000 hours volunteering with the Knox County Friends of Literacy and Knox County Schools' Adult Education programs over the past six years.
As part of the award, Home Federal Bank donated $5,000 to Friends of Literacy in Walters' name. He is happy the donation will help more adults learn to read.
"They've got to have basic education. They've got to have a high school diploma or GED so they can move forth. They have so many roadblocks without that," said Walters.
This is the third year of the Hometown Hero program. It honors 10 volunteers who work to make a difference in the community.