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Saluting success

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Jo Ann Fann accepts the Professional Woman of the Year Award from Rusty Reed as Mike Rittenberry, left, smilingly approves.
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Hundreds of local women packed the Blue Ribbon Circle Wednesday for the 19th annual Professional Woman's Luncheon.

The event, hosted by WLIJ and WZNG radio, serves as an opportunity to salute Bedford County women for their roles in service, volunteerism, administration and leadership.

"What's behind every great man is a better woman," said Rusty Reed, owner of the radio stations.

Keynote speaker Jennifer Johnson of WSMV-Channel 4 describes her road to success.
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Main speaker

Jennifer Johnson, a news anchor at WSMV in Nashville, served as keynote speaker.

Johnson shared with the audience her long and challenging road to finally landing a job in television that afforded her the balance to also be a mother.

"I love (my job)," she said. "It's a huge sacrifice ... I'll get back to the office (today) at 2 p.m. and probably go out on a story and I have to anchor a show at 4 ... It's very chaotic!"

'Fairy tale event'

Longtime event fixture Kay Rose, a city council member and former T-G editor, also spoke to the large crowd about the evolving role of women in society.

"Today is sure to be a fairy tale event for four special ladies of our community," Rose said.

"We're here to celebrate and acknowledge these four women who have contributed to the betterment of our homes, our businesses, our volunteer organizations."

Faithful Service

Steve Williams of Wal-Mart Distribution Center, which sponsors the Faithful Service Award, presented it to Susan Gray.

"She is one who puts the needs of others above her own," Williams said, reading from the letter of nomination for the retired school teacher.

Kay Adcock accepts the Volunteer of the Year award.
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Volunteer of Year

Heritage Medical Center sponsored the Volunteer of the Year Award. Chief Executive Officer Dan Buckner presented the award to Kay Adcock. He described the big-hearted recipient as giving 110 percent of herself to everything in which she's involved, which includes the Bedford County Cancer Foundation, the Community Clinic, and Bedford Builds Habitat for Humanity, among other organizations.

"I think Kay Adcock is who we all want to be," he said.

Secretary of Year

Christian Care Center of Bedford County sponsors the Secretary of the Year Award, and Mike Ralbuka presented the award on CCC's behalf to Connie Allen of The Celebration.

"Her contributions go far beyond the stereotypical role of a secretary," he said, further describing the recipient as knowing how to juggle a full plate and deal with a variety of situations and people, always with compassion.

Allen was unable to attend the luncheon due to a horse show.

Professional of Year

Mike Rittenberry of Peoples Bank of Bedford County presented the final award of the day.

The crowd at Wednesday's Professional Woman's Luncheon.
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The Professional Woman of the Year Award salutes a woman who has a leadership role that develops herself and others, exemplifies leadership qualities in and outside the business world and throughout the community, and has an impact that is beneficial to Bedford County.

Jo Ann Fann of Pinnacle Bank accepted the award to a standing ovation from the crowd.

"Not only is she an exceptional leader, but she's also respected by her colleagues and clients," Rittenberry said, adding the recipient is largely responsible for recent renovations to the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce through her role in Leadership Bedford.

"While she is a competitor, I also consider her a friend," he said.

Reed ended the ceremony by thanking his crew of assistants and event sponsors.