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Chamber presents awards at annual banquet

Friday, February 18, 2011

Outgoing Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce president Scott Johnson passes the gavel to incoming president Ben Craig.
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The Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards meeting and banquet Thursday at the Blue Ribbon Circle.

Donna Stone recieves a standing ovation from many in the crowd, honoring her 40-plus years of experience in the banking industry.
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The annual ceremony recognizes community members through four awards given out while new Chamber officers are welcomed on board during the luncheon.

"The Franklin Yates Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a person whose life's work has made a significant positive influence on our community," said Kay Rose, City Council member, former Times-Gazette editor and presenter of the awards. "Described as an 'exceptional leader and coworker that cares about the staff and customers, a person of intelligence and one who treats all people with respect,' this year's award winner has worked in the banking industry in Bedford County since 1967."

First Community Bank representatives gave their leader, Donna Stone, a standing ovation as she accepted the award. Stone is a Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow and is also involved with numerous civic groups and local organizations.

Kimberly Warren, president of the Middle Tennessee Spay-Neuter Clinic, receives the Special Services Award for her years of dedication to the welfare of animals. Ben Craig and Scott Johnson present the award.
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Kimberly Warren received the Special Service Award for her contribution toward shelter and stray animals in need. Jim and Margaret Eakin presented Red Cross and Meals On Wheels volunteer Gene Williams with the Deery Eakin Volunteer of the Year award. Chamber-sponsored program Leadership Bedford was recognized with the annual Leadership Award.

"Since 1994, (Leadership Bedford) has met and surpassed its goal of developing leaders who stimulated participation and commitment to community affairs and actions," Rose said.

Award winners are nominated by members of the Shelbyville-Bedford County community and are not announced prior to the ceremony.

Leadership Bedford was honored with the Leadership Award. Cindi Loso, Leadership Bedford Board member, accepts the award from Ben Craig and Scott Johnson.
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Following the awards, outgoing Chamber president Scott Johnson made a few remarks before handing the gavel to the new president. Johnson said 300 new jobs have come to Bedford County in the last year with $38 million in new capital investments. Johnson highlighted new industries and businesses, including SMW, Gold River, Roses, and Hibbett Sports and also spoke about the significance of the MTSU satellite campus, the bypass, as well as commitments from more new businesses on their way to Bedford County.

Johnson thanked his family, employer and co-workers for their support in what has been a busy year for him.

"It has been a rewarding experience," he said. "I don't like sitting in the sidelines. I like to get in the game."

Ben Craig, incoming president, also spoke to the crowd of local businessmen and women, encouraging people to get more involved.

Jim and Margaret Eakin present Gene Williams with the Volunteer of the Year Award. Williams is a Red Cross volunteer, Meals On Wheels volunteer and also dedicates himself to the Bedford County Historical Society and the Shelbyville-Bedford County Historical Museum.
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"I hope when you leave here today you will have a better sense of the importance to give back," Craig said. "We can all give back a little more."

Chris Fann, representing Calsonic Kansei, delivered the keynote address, speaking about the importance of passion and leadership. Look for a related story in Sunday's Times-Gazette.

Susannah Thompson, granddaughter of Franklin Yates, presents Donna Stone with the Franklin Yates Lifetime Achievement Award.
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