(MURFREESBORO) When the Murfreesboro City Council met on Thursday (9/19/2019) night, Mayor Shane McFarland awarded a local resident the key to the city, honoring him for over 30 years of volunteer service.
Mayor McFarland noted, "John Verge loves Murfreesboro and its people. He has been ringing Salvation Army' bells, calling sporting events for the Boys And Girls Club, and other areas of community service for over 30 years."
At that point the entire audience stood and gave an ovation for more than two minutes.
Mayor McFarland told the audience, "John epitomizes the spirit of Murfreesboro". He declared September 19th as John Verge Day.
WGNS' Nick Cohn spoke with John Verge:
WHEREAS, John Verge is a life-long resident of Rutherford County, graduating from Riverdale High School; and
WHEREAS, for over three decades John has volunteered his time at the Salvation Army and the Boys and Girls Club, where he gave of his time and service and also acted as sports announcer; and
WHEREAS, his service to our city and the people in it shows his love for Murfreesboro and its citizens; and
WHEREAS, throughout the years John has proven to be a loyal friend, humble servant, loyal citizen, and prayer warrior. He is a shining light in our community.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, SHANE MCFARLAND, MAYOR, of the City of MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE on behalf of the entire City Council do hereby proclaim September 19, 2019 as a day to honor
and urge all citizens to join us in honoring this remarkably benevolent man who has provided contributions to so many who have needed so much.