The Rotary Club has been helping the young and elderly populations in Trigg County for decades and Tim McGinnis, superintendent of Trigg County Schools and this year’s auction chairman, said he hoped this year would even better than in the past. He said that half the auction proceeds go to student scholarships and that the other half goes to community service programs for students and senior citizens. Last year, the auction raised enough to award about $69,750 in scholarships to Trigg County students, he said.
The auction activities will begin at 6 a.m. Monday, April 11, at Lake Barkley State Resort Park’s convention center, where members and community leaders will meet for the annual auction kickoff breakfast. Each night, Monday through Friday, the bidding will begin at 5 p.m. at Lakeland Jamboree. This year’s breakfast speaker will be Trigg County High School graduate Tuwanda Coleman, who is on “Talk of the Town” on Channel 5, Nashville’s CBS affiliate. Tickets will be $25, and can be purchased from any Rotary member or at the Trigg County Board of Education’s central office.
“Tuwanda began her career at NewsChannel 5 in January 1982, just two weeks after graduating from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of?Arts degree in Broadcasting,” according to www.newschannel5.com. “Tuwanda says she knew she wanted to work in television, and particularly at NewsChannel 5 the first time she saw Oprah Winfrey deliver the news on the air.
“Tuwanda’s initial job with NewsChannel5 was that of a studio cameraperson. A native of Cadiz, Kentucky, Tuwanda is frequently recognized as NewsChannel5’s first female cameraperson. A position she held for ten years.”
The website also said that Coleman received a Mid-South regional Emmy nomination for a series of Black History Month tributes, and was also nominated in 2007 for a special highlighting the touring Broadway musical, “The Lion King.”
For the rest of this story, and the special Rotary Auction Pull-Out, see the April 2 Cadiz Record.