The “Stars of Our Community” shone brightly Wednesday, July 30, as part of the eighth annual Franklin Tomorrow Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards and Volunteer Spirit Awards at the Franklin Theatre.

Pinnacle Financial Partners was the presenting sponsor for the event, which saw the top award — the Anne T. Rutherford Exemplary Community Volunteer Award — going to Ernie Bacon for his dedication to the Downtown Neighborhood Association, Franklin’s Charge, Heritage Foundation, and numerous other civic endeavors.

Named to receive the inaugural Franklin Tomorrow Business Legacy Awards were Caroline Cross and Walter “Joey” Davis.  Davis, retiring Aug. 31 after 20 years as Williamson County trustee, was honored for that role, but also for his tireless work for a variety of community organizations, ranging from the Franklin Lions Club, My Friend’s House, United Way of Williamson County, the Williamson County Fair, and Mercy Community Healthcare.