TOP PHOTO: Regina Blankenship with Community Trust Bank accepted the “Business of the Year” award on Thursday evening. Market President Rhonda Longmire was unable to attend.
By Derrick Lee Anderson
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Every year, the Ball Farm Event Center plays host to the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet, an event that celebrates the impact businesses have made through the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce. The event features a great dinner, great fellowship and a featured keynote speaker to cap off the event. See Charlie Hutson’s photo gallery HERE.
This year’s event, the 36th, was extra special, because it featured an expanded awards presentation as well as a keynote address by Dr. Monica Lebron, Deputy Athletics Director for Championship Resources at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
From political candidates to business leaders, a full house was on hand to witness this great event. Before the food and festivities rolled on, Campbell County Mayor E. L. Morton gave the invocation and the Roberts Sisters sang the National Anthem. Along the way, Josh McDowell, Gene Stevens and Kevin Craft provided some great music and singing. Catering for this event was provided by Rickard Ridge BBQ located at Cove Lake State Park. There were also a number of door prizes being given away during the event which featured gift cards from restaurants such as Charley’s Pizza.
The keynote address, given by Dr. Monica Lebron of the University of Tennessee, focused on her love for University of Tennessee athletics, and she even shared her love for the Chamber of Commerce. During the keynote address, Dr. Lebron mentioned that “It’s not only different in the SEC, it’s different in Tennessee.” She also mentioned that back in 2004, Tennessee had the best facilities, and after some decline, the University is making its way back to being the best. After the keynote address, awards were given out to cap off this year’s chamber banquet.
The following awards were given out during the banquet:
All in all, it was a night to remember as businesses from across this community were celebrated, and for everyone at WLAF radio, it was a great night worth remembering. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/10/2022-6AM)