Members and distinguished guests of the Hohenwald Lewis County Chamber of Commerce joined in celebrating the 2019 annual awards Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Lomax Christian Life Center.
Following a welcome from Executive Director Debbie Landers, a meal was served, catered by Lewis & Clarke’s Restaurant.
Guest speaker Jody Sliger, State of Tennessee Economic & Community Development Coordinator shared statistics and details of the 3 Star Program’s impact on Tennessee.
Echoing opening remarks of Executive Director Landers, Sliger agreed, “You must have community development before you can have economic development.”
In award presentations, outgoing Chamber President Stan Smith announced State Senator Dr. Joey Hensley had been voted by the membership to receive the 2019 Legend Award. Senator Hensley expressed his appreciation to the chamber for the award.
Barbara Hinson introduced the 2019 Heritage Award winner, Janet Turner. Mrs. Turner, a member of the Hohenwald City Council, was accompanied by her husband, Landis, and their daughter, Leslie Schuster, in receiving the award.
Janet and Landis Turner are the only married couple to have each been presented with the Heritage Award, Mr. Turner was the 2007 recipient.
The 2019 Lifetime Service Award was presented to Stan Smith by fellow Workforce Development colleague, Stephen Webb. Webb spoke to Smith’s dedication to the community.
Sam Davis presented fellow Hohenwald Arts Council board member Scarlette Woodall with the 2019 Community Involvement Award. Woodall has long been active in the Hohenwald, Lewis County community, most recently as a court mediator and with the Strand Theatre.
Vice Chancellor Carol Puryear, Tennessee Board of Regents was a guest presenter, recognizing the Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Hohenwald as the 2019 Business of the Year. President Kelli Kea-Carroll accepted the award on behalf of the college and thanked the chamber.
Former UT Extension Agent Paula Spears expressed her high regard for the recipient of the 2019 Youth Service Award, Ronnie Cowan. Mr. Cowan was hired by Spears as Lewis County Extension Agent just prior to her retirement. Cowan was also recognized as the incoming vice president of the Chamber of Commerce.
Heart of the Community Award was presented to Buffalo River Services by Chad Ballentine.
John Goodwin of All Around Southern Mercantile was presented the 2019 Outstanding New Business Award by Chamber President Elect Blake Farr.
Chamber Treasurer Tyler Hinson announced the 2019 Breakout Award went to The Elephant Sanctuary. Todd Montgomery accepted the award.
Incoming Chamber President Dr. Mike Taylor presented a Service As President plaque to outgoing President Stan Smith.
Members of the 2019 Leadership Lewis Class were on hand for the class graduation. Members of the class were recognized and presented certificates by Senator Dr. Hensley and Vice Chancellor Puryear.
Class members included Clasha Tanner, Eric Anderson, Terese Anderson, Sioban Landers, Denny Keitzman, Kathy Tate, Blake Farr, Ronnie Cowan, Amanda Curtis, Eileen Keating, Sita Rayburn, Josh Landers and Andy Mamel.
Chamber President Stan Smith introduced newly elected officers and members of the board which, in addition to those previously mentioned, includes Chamber Secretary Celeste Blocker and Parliamentarian Rosie Depriest. The 2019 Board of Directors consists of Jason Graves of Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative, Brad Brown of WMLR Radio, Tracie Lomax of CB&S Bank, Melody Basinger of General Assembly Academy and Becky Jane Newbold of Lewis County Herald, Inc. Ex-Official members of the Board include Stan Smith, Lewis County Mayor Jonah Keltner, City of Hohenwald Mayor Danny McKnight and EC&D Coordinator Helen Ozier.