Grayson Area Chamber of Commerce Community Service Awards Banquet 2019 (28 photos)

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2019 Business Person of the Year Tom Casto

Nearly every seat was occupied during the 42nd Annual Community Service Awards Banquet at Carter Caves State Resort Park Thursday, December 12, 2019 as the Grayson Area Chamber of Commerce recognized and honored local business and civic leaders, as well as individuals lost in the past year.

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Ashland Alliance President Tim Gibbs served as guest speaker for Thursday’s awards dinner, often focusing on potential developments with Braidy Industries as he looked to Carter County’s economic prospects in the immediate future.
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Business wner Dustin Howard, as well as Carter Caves’ Chris Perry, were among those who shared emcee duties. 
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The evening’s meal, which included carved roast beef as well as herb-roasted chicken stuffed with cornbread dressing, was expertly prepared and served by the Carter Caves Resort Park staff. Several Grayson Area Chamber of Commerce members also chose to enjoy the evening in on of the park’s lodge rooms.
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Sheila Binion accepted the S.U. Pratt Community Service Award on behalf of Carter County Quilts for Veterans.
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2019Rodney T. Gross Youth Leadership Award – McClain Dyer
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2019Rodney T. Gross Youth Leadership Award – Christopher Prince
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2019 Keystone of Grayson Award – Camila Haney
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2019 Medical Professional of the Year – Dr. Henry Adkins
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2019 Deanna McDavid Educator of the Year – Charles Baker
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2019 Agriculture Leadership/Farm Family of the Year – Cavel & Elaine Bush
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2019 First Responder of the Year – Sheriff Jeff May
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2019 Community Spark Plugs – Shadow & Bekah Skaggs

R.E. Applegate Memorial Awards were presented to family members of Don Malone, Mike Suttles, Francis Callihan, Janie Hill, Betty Everman, Jimmy Woods, D.C. Baldwin, Todd Hardy, Col. Ralph Newman and Joseph Burbrink.

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Bob Caummisar commandeered the microphone for only a few minutes before handing auctioneer duties over to Cavel Cavel Bush, who helped the evening’s audience generate about $3,000 for Project Merry Christmas.

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Story and Photos by TIM PRESTON

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