Chamber Board Member Ginger Estes named WKDZ-WHVO General Manager Beth Mann the Chamber’s Citizen of the Year. The award was presented to Mann last Tuesday because she was already scheduled to be on vacation.
“(Mann) learned the day before the Trigg County Relay for Life broadcast that she would need a biopsy, and more than likely the abnormality would be cancer,” said Estes. “No one knew until weeks after the Relay was a success.”
In a pre-recorded message, Mann said that she is “so proud of Trigg County” with regard to the success of this year’s Relay for Life, and she also noted that when the year began, the county had one of the highest unemployment rates in the state and now is fifth in the region. “That tells me that Trigg County wants to work,” said Mann.
Brenda Southwick, community education director for Trigg County Schools, presented the Educator of the Year award to middle school teacher Theresa Wilson, who was nominated by Trigg County Middle School Principal Kristi Miller.
“Mrs. Wilson greets her students every morning with a smile and a hug,” Southwick said. “She embraces them whether they are crying, sleepy, happy or sad. She shows them she cares, and she teaches them.”
Wilson, who has taught for 27 years, said she was “just so delighted” to win the award, and added that she is seriously considering retiring after this school year.
Sharon Butts, director of the Cadiz/Trigg County Economic Development Commission, presented the Small Business of the Year Award to Smith and Katie Broadbent of Broadbent Foods and Gifts, which was established in 1988. “Our community is very fortunate to have such a wonderful business in our community,” said Butts.
The keynote speaker for the annual dinner was Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham, who talked about what he loves about Trigg County. He also joked that he was “made in Lyon County and born in Trigg County.”
“To endure change, wars, civil insurrections, the Civil War, the taking of our land … giving up half of our land to the federal government, this ability of Trigg Countians to pull together to persevere is the heart of the county, to not only survive but to thrive,” said Cunningham.
The justice talked for a while about the history of Trigg County and shared some interesting historical anecdotes before stating that the people of Trigg County mean a lot to him, and said they are a valuable asset. “Nothing sells your community like your people,” said Cunningham.
Additionally, Chamber President Ricky Turner presented the President’s Awards to Butts and Cadiz/Trigg County Tourism Director Bill Stevens and handed over the gavel to 2011 Chamber President Mallory Lawrence of Hancock’s Neighborhood Market.
“This is your chamber, I’m just going to be leading the charge,” said Lawrence.
Turner also noted that the chamber has had ribbon cuttings for small businesses in Trigg County this year, with four more scheduled before the end of the year.