Chamber award nominees announced

Published 3:52 pm Thursday, April 5, 2018

The annual Bell County Chamber of Commerce Awards dinner is coming up on April 13. Held at Pine Mountain State Park, the awards dinner is an event to honor the best in business that Bell County has to offer.

The chamber has recently released a list of the nominees for this year, and they are as follows:

For Businessman of the Year the nominees are Bo Hoe of J.R. Hoe and Sons, Brian Redmond of Tim Short, Mike Long of Long’s Pic Pac, Neil Barry of Middlesboro Coca-Cola and Richard Smith of Food City.

The Business Woman of the Year nominees are Elaine Smith of Beauty of 3, Katherine Reece of First State Bank and Kathy Lefevers.

The New Business of the Year nominees are Dominion Outdoors of Middlesboro, Ol’ Bootleggers of Pineville, Sauced of Pineville and Urgent Care/First Care of Middlesboro.

The Leadership nominees are Ed Harris of the Economic Development Group, Janet Jackson of Leadership Bell County and Rick Nelson, Kentucky State Legislature.

On the ballot for best Public Service/Government Employee are Ben Barnett of Bell County Emergency Management, Jay Steele, Bell County Coroner, and Petie Gilbert of the Middlesboro Police Department.

On the ballot for the nominees for Best Healthcare Professional are Dr. James Taylor of Taylor Family Chiropractic, Dr. Jason and Dr. Kim Taylor of Beacon of Light, Kathy Woolum of Woolum & Dixon and Ron Dubin of Kentucky Orthopedic Clinic.

The nominees for Outstanding Contribution are Vets Serving Vets, Mike Long of Long’s Pic Pac and Kevin Bisceglia, Coldwell Banker.

For Community Development, the nominees are Brian Good for Repair Affair, Dana Greene for the Levitt AMP Music Series, Main Street Pineville, Sauced and Vets Serving Vets.

For Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the nominees are Beacon of Light, Slusher Dental, Josh Howard of Howard Law and Bo Green of Green Construction.

The ballot for Community Service is full with Cooperative Christian Ministry, Melissa Ramsey of Middlesboro Appalachian Regional Hospital, New Heights Church, and Nina Shoemaker and Steven Temple with Community Care Outreach.

Volunteer of the Year nominees are Brian O’Brien of WRIL, John Day of Community Care Outreach, Debbie Knuckles of the Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia, Robin Shannon for assistance with Middlesboro Schools and Joanna Foley for assistance with Pineville Schools.

Last but not least, the nominees for Business of the Year are Beacon of Light, Coca-Cola, Food City, Middlesboro Appalachian Regional Hospital and Southeast Kentucky Technical and Community College.

A reception begins at 6 p.m. and a dinner at 7 p.m. For ticket pricing, to purchase tickets or for more information, visit the Bell County Chamber of Commerce office at 189 N. 20th Street in Middlesboro or see a board member. The office number is 606-248-1075.