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Chamber of Commerce honors local citizens and businesses

The annual Johnson County Chamber of Commerce dinner was held this past Friday at RedTail Mountain Resort. The well-attended event began with a general welcome and recognition of all military veterans. The invocation was given by Pastor Ron Drake. Guests enjoyed a scrumptious dinner that included delicious glazed pork loins and creamed chicken, lightly cooked carrots, homemade mashed potatoes, and handmade rolls. The dessert was a wonderfully smooth chocolate mousse.
Karla Prudhomme gave an overview of the 2013-2014 Leadership Class activities followed by a presentation of graduation certificates. Amanda Mullins and Amy Lewis of the graduating class offered a wonderful slideshow of the many activities that the graduating class participated in throughout the nine-month leadership program.
Mary Sturdivant was presented the Mac Wright Citizen of the Year award by past Johnson County Chamber president, Jerry Whitener, for her many years of service and philanthropy to the community. The Johnson County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year was awarded to RedTail Mountain Resort’s managers, Lynn and Vernon Brady by Jeannie Countiss, who recognized their many contributions to the community. State Representative Timothy Hill then presented a proclamation to Lyle and Kendall Habermehl, the owners of RedTail, from Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey their contributions to the State of Tennessee and to Johnson County, specifically for their $10 million dollar investment in RedTail. The Johnson County Small Business of the Year award went to Watauga Lake Winery. Linda and Wayne Gay, owners of the winery, expressed their appreciation and gratitude to the people of Johnson County. Johnson County Chamber of Commerce President John Coolahan presented the Mary Nave Ahrends Presidents Award for Volunteer of the Yea” to Jamie Meade for his exemplary volunteer efforts and dedication to the Chamber of Commerce and the community at large.
The newly elected Johnson County Chambers of Commerce directors are as follows:
Vikki Woods of Iron Mountain Inn in Butler, Jeff Pardue of Teammates Pizza, Chastity Trivette Interim Administrator for Johnson County Community Hospital, and Linda Gay of Watauga Lake Winery in Butler.