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The Roane/Morgan County Salvation Army Unit recently honored Jim Young of Kingston for his years of public service in the organization.
Young is moving from the area and will be resigning from the board.
His attention to the plight of others started when he was a young man. He attended Emory and Henry University in Atlanta and participated in the early fight against segregation by organizing and participating in marches.
Then, about 40 years ago, Young, who worked for the U.S. Department of Energy in Oak Ridge, decided that he needed to devote more time to public service and helping others.
He started his public service by joining the Habitat for Humanity organization and worked with them for many years.
Young was also instrumental in starting Medic blood drives at DOE’s Oak Ridge plants. He then devoted his energies toward helping with the American Red Cross for several years.
About 20 years ago, Young turned his attention to The Salvation Army and has been a tireless worker for its cause until his retirement in February.
While serving on the board of directors during those years, he helped
organize the children’s summer camp program in this area and worked tirelessly through the Morgan County/Mossy Grove tornado disaster relief program.
Young said he is looking forward to moving into his new home in an assisted-living facility in Dayton.
His fellow board members said Young’s hard work and deep devotion to The Salvation Army will be sorely missed by them, the organization and the communities he served.