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American Development Corp. (ADC), the annual Fabulous Fifties Show, and Mary Jane Porter were the big honorees during last week’s 47th Annual Fayetteville/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Membership Banquet.
“This year we decided to do something a little different when we were choosing our award winners,” said Laura Monks, outgoing Chamber president and director of the Motlow College Fayetteville Center, explaining that members nominated potential honorees and then voted for the winners from the top five nominees in each category, Business of the Year, Not-for-Profit Organization of the Year, and Individual Member of the Year.
Business of the Year
In the Business of the Year division, the top nominees included American Development Corp., Bagley and Bagley Insurance, First Class Printing, Gerald’s Foodland, and the Exchange. Earning the top spot was ADC, represented by Mike Wetherington, owner and president of the company, as well as several of the company’s employees.
“It’s an honor to be from Fayetteville and Lincoln County, Tenn.,” said Wetherington. We travel a lot … A lot of times, people call me Mr. Fayetteville or Mr. Lincoln County because I talk in such glowing terms about this place in which we live.
“Everybody that was nominated would have been a very good honoree,” he continued. “To the Bagleys, I’d gladly trade this award tonight for a clean bill of health for Harper.
“My wife and I moved here 27 years ago with Eagle Snacks, and the first newspaper I ever saw from Fayetteville was somewhere around this time in 1986, and Eagle Snacks had been awarded Industry of the Year.
“I really want to thank the people who made this happen, our employees, the folks I get to work with every day,” said Wetherington, going on to recognize the company’s employees.
ADC, which opened its doors here in 1996, provides chemicals necessary to meet strict government requirements to water and waste treatment plants at more than 500 locations in the United States and Canada.
Not-for-Profit of the Year
Nominated for the honor of Not-for-Profit of the Year were Carriage House Players, the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Humane Society, Goodwill Industries, Junior’s House Child Advocacy, and the Fabulous Fifties Show.
“I just want to thank all of you for voting for us and for supporting the Fabulous Fifties Show,” said Jane Wilcox, producer of the annual show, which is already gearing up for its 28th year of raising money for the benefit of cancer patients and their families.
“As you know, we help so many people from our area, and it’s because of you that we are able to do that. And I want to thank everyone who has a hand … It’s the whole community, because everyone gets the word out about the show, everyone comes to support us … We just want to thank everyone because it’s a really good cause.”
Individual of the Year
With one tie, there were six people nominated for the Chamber’s Individual of the Year honor. Those included Thomas Bailey, Lincoln County Mayor Peggy Bevels, Lincoln County Register of Deeds Randy Delap, State Rep. Pat Marsh, Lincoln County Trustee Mary Jane Porter, and Fayetteville Mayor John Ed Underwood.
“Wow, thank you, it’s an honor,” said Porter, the nominee receiving the greatest number of votes. “I agree, Mike, Lincoln County is wonderful.
“Where I get to represent the county so much is in other counties, and I always say, you don’t know how lucky you have it until you go different places … Our chamber is wonderful, and it takes people like that to help all of us do what we do.
“I’ll also say we’re blessed to be where we are and to work with the people we do. I love to go to work every day, and I love what I do … Thank you for giving me the privilege to do it.”
Porter, who has performed in the Fabulous Fifties Show annually since 1988, was recognized by Gov. Bill Haslam earlier this year as Lincoln County’s 2013 adult Volunteer of the Year. She is involved in several organizations, including Fayetteville Main Street, Fayetteville/Lincoln County Senior Citizens, and the Fayetteville Kiwanis Club and the Chamber of Commerce, both of which she is also a past president. Additionally, she is a graduate of Leadership Lincoln and active in her church.
“Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees,” said Monks. “We have a really great community here, lots of good businesses and individuals and organizations … Please never forget how important you are to our organization, the chamber, and the community we serve.”
Succeeding Monks as president of the chamber is Chuck Barnes of Fayetteville Public Utilities. Barnes presented Monks with recognition as the banquet got underway.