Pine Mountain State Resort Park played host to the annual Bell County Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner on Friday. Members of the chamber and community filled the room as they were served food, drinks and dessert.
Chamber Director Candice Evans and board president Janet Jackson presented several awards on Friday. Those included the community appearance and beautification, community development, industry/business appreciation, leadership, lifetime chamber member, outstanding contribution, volunteer of the year, most involved chamber member and leading ambassador.
The winners of those awards are as follows:
* Community Appearance: Main Street Pineville;
* Community Development: Leadership Bell County;
* Industry/Business Appreciation: Tim Short Chrysler;
* Leadership: Albey Brock;
* Lifetime Chamber Member: Ray Long;
* Outstanding Contribution: Jimmy Rose and Bell County Tourism;
* Volunteer of the Year: Doug Bayless and Mike Marcum;
* Most Involved Chamber Member: Middlesboro Mall;
* Leading Ambassador: Sheila Durham.
Past chamber president Charles Burchfield and other retiring board members were also recognized during the awards dinner.
Several door prizes were given out during the dinner, including a $1,000 door prize. Gift sponsors include the Bell County Chamber, Bell-Whitley, Commercial Bank, Community Trust Bank, Cracker Barrel, First State Financial, Friends of the Cumberland Gap National Park, Food City, Home Federal Bank, Kentucky Utilities, Middlesboro ARH, Middlesboro Mall, Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville Community Hospital, Pineville Garden Club, Shades Cafe, Smithfield Foods, State Farm - Justin Mays, The Combs Group, Tim Short Chrysler of Middlesboro and Vaughn and Melton.
Tim Short Chrysler, Long’s Pic Pac, the Middlesboro Mall and the chamber were responsible for the $1,000 door prize.
The entertainment for the night was ventriloquist Ken Karter. The sponsors for the entertainment were Home Federal Bank, KU, Middlesboro ARH and Pineville Community Hospital.