News Channel 11 and our parent company, Nexstar Media Group, love to spotlight the Remarkable Women in our area who go above and beyond for their communities. Remarkable Women is part of a nationwide initiative to honor women’s influence on public policy, social progress and quality of life.

Johnnie Mae Swagerty was named our local winner of the Remarkable Women initiative. Swagerty was selected out of four finalists after over 100 impactful were submitted. She was awarded $1,000 to donate to a charity of her choice, which she said would be New Vision Youth Group.

You can read about what makes Swagerty and the other finalists Remarkable below.

Remarkable Women 2023 Nominees

Frankie Bailey


Frankie Bailey is from Michigan, but in the last decade, she has immersed herself in the community and is shaping it for growth and success.Read More…

Pat Martin


After a successful career as a seamstress, Pat Martin needed a new challenge.Read More…

Johnnie Mae Swagerty


Johnnie Mae Swagerty was born a stone’s throw away from the building where she currently changes and shapes young lives. Read More…

Mary Beth Masters


Mary Beth Masters can often be found outside class hours at Wise Primary School hosting a family learning night, or getting ready to feed hundreds of kids through a program she took on and grew. Read More…

Remarkable Women 2022 Nominees

Caroline Hawthorne


Caroline Hawthorne has a degree in accounting, but she always felt a different calling, and eventually, she gave in.Read More…

Sherry Marion

Johnson City

Sherry Marion does not like the word “busy.” She prefers the term “fruitful.” And her days are filled with the fruit of her efforts both professionally and personally. Read More…

Isabel Hall


Isabel Hall volunteers for multiple organizations, helps with a home school co-op, opened her home to kids who need a stable place and teaching them to serve others. Read More…

Lindsay Nickels


Lindsay Nickels has carried on her family’s legacy of giving, starting with volunteering to work with kids with disabilities in high school.Read More…

Remarkable Women 2021 Nominees

Mary Edwards


Inspired by her mother’s spirit, Mary Edwards found healing in raising awareness about a disease that takes so much from its victims and their families.Read More…

Allison Lancaster


Allison Lancaster is a mother who used her life experiences to help other parents in need.Read More…

Margaret Eggers

Johnson City

Margaret Eggers balances a life of service to her country and her family.Read More…

Megan Long


Megan Long is a mother, nurse practitioner, kidney donor and so much more.Read More…

Remarkable Women 2020 Nominees

Kelly Wagner


Service, faith, and filling a need. Kelly Wagner has always seemed to land in a place where she has done all of these.Read More…

Mary Anne Sowers

Bristol/Johnson City

Mary Anne Sowers is the very first certified elementary teacher in Tennessee to obtain the state of Tennessee dance certification. Read More…

Faye Ward

Colonial Heights

Faye Ward is quick to provide support, and a room, for those who are in need.Read More…

April Barnes


April Barnes has had her career take many turns. Through it all, she has always stuck to her beliefs.Read More…