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Evening Exchange bestows awards
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Pictured are, from left, Jennifer Roberts, Bobby Cox and Teresa Priestley after Cox received the Exchange Club’s Book of Golden Deeds on Tuesday night. Roberts commended Cox for his work as director of schools for Warren County. Cox retired in May. The banquet was held at Westwood Church of Christ.

Bobby Cox was awarded the Book of Golden Deeds on Tuesday night by McMinnville’s Evening Exchange Club for his time working in, and leading, our school system. 

Evening Exchange Club member Jennifer Roberts presented Cox with the club’s highest award recognizing some of his accomplishments and experience with the school system. 

“He has been a true leader during his time as director and continues to be,” Roberts said. “He has helped students, teachers, and principals of all of the schools in our county.”

Said Cox in accepting the award, “First, I’m honored. I appreciate all the work you all do and the support you give me.”

Cox thanked his wife for staying by his side during his journey as director of schools. He left that position in May. He also extended his gratitude to the Exchange Club.

Cox wasn’t the only one honored.

Slayden Rogers was awarded Fireman of the Year for the dedication he’s shown to Morrison Fire Department for over 10 years. Rogers has been a member of the department since 2010 when he was only 18 years old. 

Evening Exchange Club member Randy England praised Rogers for starting at the minimum age while presenting the award and said, “That in itself will tell you a lot about this man.” 

Rogers has been a teacher at Hickory Creek Elementary since 2016 after attending Tennessee Tech and receiving his B.S. in education.

Morrison Assistant Chief Jason Blalock said, “Slayden, with his enthusiasm for helping others, that is something that we all can use a dose of from time to time.” 

Morrison Fire Chief Aaron Roberts said, “I look up to Slayden in so many ways. There is not a better man I know.”

Jason Rowland was awarded Officer of the Year by Evening Exchange Club member Patricia Basham. Rowland is an investigator at the Warren County Sherriff’s Department. He has a long history of working as an officer with training in a multitude of fields, starting his career in 1986.

He is currently the designated representative on the statutorily mandated Child Protection Investigation Team and works on sexual assault cases. Rowland’s dedication to the safety of children and doing one of the hardest jobs in the county helped him receive this award.

McMinnville’s Evening Exchange Club held its ceremony at Westwood Church of Christ and enjoyed a meal before the awards.