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Bright outlook by Chamber at awards fest

By DAWN HANKINS - dhankins@t-g.com
Posted 3/26/22

Lacey Deeds organized and hosted her first awards ceremony for Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce as executive director on Thursday evening.  

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Bright outlook by Chamber at awards fest


Lacey Deeds organized and hosted her first awards ceremony for Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce as executive director on Thursday evening.  

Greeting a room full of Chamber members and guests at the Fly Cultural Arts Center, she wore a bright, yellow, blazer, which was completely in sync with the evening’s decorations. Those decorations of bright yellow were arranged by Shelbyville Garden Club members.  

Those in attendance were treated to a Mexican meal and a variety of drinks. Bright, energetic and giving to one’s community in time and service are descriptives which can certainly be used when describing the 2021 recipients of their respective Chamber awards.

This was the Chamber’s 74th awards celebration. New Chamber President, Josh Lynch, opened the program.  

“Your presence tonight reflects an interest and involvement in your community,” said Lynch. “We are glad you are here, because this is your Chamber of Commerce.” 

 Scott Cocanougher of First Community Bank presented the awards to recipients.  

Emcee for the evening was Shelbyville’s own Kay Rose. In jest, Lynch described Rose as “an avid tennis player, lousy golfer” and someone who is “passionate about supporting her community.”  

Rose, a retired Times-Gazette news editor, has emceed this ceremony for several years. Rose said during the program, “Each year, the Chamber is blessed to have a group of individuals, whose primary mission is to serve the business and civic community of Bedford County, as professionals with integrity, honesty and enthusiasm.”  

When describing Chamber ambassadors Rose said, “This energetic group helps maintain contact with Chamber members, while promoting the Chamber of Commerce and its mission. Ambassadors help with the onboarding of new members and play a vital role in the member experience.”  

Linda Nichols, an employee of First Community Bank, was announced as the 2021 “Ambassador of the Year.” She was described as someone who “positively represents the Chamber at community events.”  

Rose shared of Nichols, “This ambassador is the friendly face and warm reception you receive when attending a Chamber event. Her tireless dedication is invaluable to the Chamber and its members.”  

The Franklin Yates Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Bedford County native Brent Pewitt. He was described as having “championed” the local Optimist Club’s involvement in Bedford County Coat Closet — a group which works to make sure each student in need has a warm coat for winter. Rose also told the audience how he built coat racks and storage at the distribution center.  

“The winner of this year’s award,” said Rose, “comes from a long line of community servants and is an asset to all in BedfordCounty through his volunteer work and commitment to his community.”  

  • See additional award winners inside the Saturday, March 26, 2022 Issue. 


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