The City of Jackson Recognizes Hunter Hawes as May Hub City Hero

June 2, 2023

Jackson-Madison County Schools’ Jackson-Central Merry Middle School teacher Hunter Hawes has been selected as May 2023 Hub City Hero.

Hawes’ nominator said that they have witnessed him for the past two years “pour his soul into teaching and loving his students” and that he “truly has a heart for the children.” His nominator also said that they’ve witnessed him “inspire his students with confidence and growth.”

Hawes believes that a lot of people underestimate the youth in our community. He says that he his moving into the midtown area coincided with the start of his teaching career.

“When I was first getting into teaching [my wife and I] lived in midtown and JCM just opened up and I wanted to be part of something exciting,” said Hawes. “So I thought what better way than to teach the [students] that are around me.”

Hawes, a native of Paducah, KY, made his home with his wife here in Jackson, TN after attending Union University. Hawes is a language arts teacher at JCM Middle School where he and his wife both teach. Hawes also joined his fellow educator Christina Warren with implementing “The Extraordinary Shake” program, which according to the programs website is a ‘high-stakes competition for Jackson Central-Merry Middle School students to showcase their poise, professionalism, and communication skills.’

“Our local educators have a vital role in the growth of our communities through their reach with students inside and outside the classroom,” said Mayor Scott Conger. “Hunter made Jackson his home and committed himself to seeing his students succeed. That is the mark of a hero.”

“Hub City Heroes” selflessly and steadily give of their time and talent to improve the lives of others in the community. Recognition as a hero is one small way to thank these public servants for their efforts and it gives honorees the opportunity to raise awareness for causes that are important to them.


  • Committed to improving the quality of life of others in Jackson
  • Contributes time to community activities in a volunteer capacity
  • Serves as a role model and inspiration to others
  • Focuses on growth and well-being of the community we serve
  • Empowers and engages others to give back
  • Demonstrates integrity, collaboration, innovation and respect

Recipients will be selected monthly and nominations are continuous. To nominate a hero, visit Candidates must be a resident of Jackson, Tennessee

After a year of heroes have been recognized, one hero will be selected and awarded $1,000 to donate to a non-profit of their choice. For more information, visit