Chamber hands out awards at 87th annual banquet

University Medical Center won in the Best New Professional or Commercial Building category for The Surgery Center. In the category of Best Improvement of land usage to enhance the area’s aesthetic or quality of life, Five Bravo Construction won the award for their South Park-Phase I.

Special awards were also presented to Mike Jones, former Tennessee Titan who resides in Lebanon with his family, and Cumberland University head baseball coach Woody Hunt.

Dr. Harvill Eaton, president of Cumberland and vice chair of the Chamber’s Economic Development panel, presented the Industrialist of the Year Award to Nelson Steed of Steed Brothers Contractors.Established in 1991, the award recognizes an individual from a Wilson County industry who not only had been an outstanding employee or officer of their industry, but who had been active in the community and Chamber.

Eaton also presented the Business Person of the Year Award to Greg Dugdale of Greg Dugdale Properties. The award was established in 1999 by the Chamber to recognize an individual who had contributed significantly to the business environment in Lebanon and Wilson County.

The Award recipient must be a person who encourages company involvement in the community and have been in business, a community supporter and active member of the Chamber for at least three years.

In 2000, the Membership Committee voted to present an annual Volunteer of the Year Award, which last night was presented to Maggie Julian, who works with Home Instead Senior Care.

The award is given to an individual who has given their time and talents for the betterment of Lebanon and Wilson County. The recipient must be an active member of the Chamber and in the community of Wilson County.

Mark Lee, attorney with Lee & Lee Attorneys, P.C., was presented with the 2010 Lifetime Member award by Dusty Davis. Yvonne Hunter was the recipient of the 2010 Ambassador of the Year Award, presented by Cathy Rhodes.

Connie Bullington presented the Retailer of the Year Award to Edwards Feeds for distinguishing itself for long time fair and honest business practices, civic involvement and special services to the community. The award was established in 1979 by the Retail Division of the Chamber.

The James E. Ward Agricultural Center was honored with the Tapped By Tourism Award. The Ag Center was bestowed the honor for holding events that have attracted numerous visitors to Wilson County, promoting tourism and for impacting the community and economy in a positive manner.

Former District 46 State Rep. Stratton Bone received the 2010 Friend of Education Award, established in 2000 by the Education Division of the Chamber to recognize an individual or business that has led the effort in making a difference in Wilson County education.

The 2010 Corporate Friend of Education Award was presented to Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for donating money, time and energy to further the education system in Wilson County. Ligon & Bobo was recognized for its support of the Chamber’s Education Grant Program as well as school projects and programs.

Also, Peggy Simpson of Wilson County Books from Birth received the Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes an individual for attending and graduating from a Wilson County high school and having achieved outstanding accomplishments such as public and charitable service, a leader in education and a spirit of volunteerism unique to her profession.

Stewart also presented plaques to members on the Board of Directors whose terms expired in 2010. Plaques were presented to Bullington, Mary Beard, John Lancaster, Bruce Hallums, Tammy Flanagan and Becky Jennings.

Stewart was also to introduce Jewell as the new 2011 chairman of the Board, and Jewell then, in turn, was to present an award to Stewart for his service in the Chamber and on the Board of Directors.