Wow! What a Chamber banquet! I am overwhelmed by the support of our leadership and members, and by the record-setting number of Chamber members and guests who attended the annual banquet on Tuesday, April 2. We even had dignitaries join us from Nashville to celebrate all of the good things happening in Benton County.
Congratulations to our 2019 winners! They included Pappy’s, named New Business of the Year; Competitive Design, named Business of the Year; Big Sandy Spring Festival, winner of the John Latham Tourism Award; and Dwayne Presson, winner of the Stanley Hooten Volunteer of the Year Award. Lifetime Achievement Awards went to Betty Jo Douglas and Clara Nell Morisette.
Thank you to Lakeshore for providing us with a great banquet venue and for all of their hard work to accommodate last minute additions. Thanks also to Doug Emerson for the wonderful magic show, which was a great addition to the event this year.
Last but certainly not least, thank you to every single person who supports the Chamber throughout the year. It is an absolute honor for me, Stephanie, and our hard-working board of directors to serve our community through the Benton County/Camden Chamber of Commerce. Each one of you is so encouraging, I am forever grateful and my heart is full.
On Friday, April 5, the Benton County Library will hold a book sale in the lower level of the library from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come out to support our local library and find some great bargains on books, craft magazines, newly donated puzzles, DVDs, gifts and more! For more information, call 731-584-4772.
There are a number of great events scheduled for April Saturdays at NBF State Park. On April 13 from 2-4 p.m., meet at the Pilot Knob Interpretive Center to talk history with Brent Cox. On April 20, meet the Easter Bunny from 1-3 p.m. and find some wonderful treats during the Eva Beach Easter Egg Hunt. On April 27 from 9-11 a.m., join the Park Rx Kayak Float. This ranger led program costs $5 and includes the use of a kayak. For more info on NBF park events, call 731-584-6356 or visit www.tnstateparks.com/parks/nathan-bedford-forrest.