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Awards presented at annual Chamber of Commerce banquet

By Linda Waggener

"Thank a tourist," speaker Kristen Branscum, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism, said at the Chamber of Commerce annual Awards Banquet May 16, 2017, "because their visits to Adair County and the money they contribute to the economy put $237 a year into each of your households." This was one of three statistics featured in a game she played prompting the audience with questions about benefits and impact of the tourism industry in the state and specifically in Adair County.

The tourism industry in Kentucky is the third largest revenue producer, behind automotive and healthcare.


She said that really good things are happening in Kentucky because of strong growth in the tourism industry which results in 193,000 jobs, ten percent of state jobs.

Adair County's tourism economic impact in 2016 grew to $15.9 million, a 9.5% increase over 2015, showing how much growth there was from year to year.

The Columbia-Adair Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet celebrates award winners elected by members with the winner of each category being presented a placque, and citation of achievement from both Rep. Bam Carney and Sen. Max Wise.

The following awards were presented with special introductions:
- J.D.Zornes was honored as the outstanding professional/business man of 2017, introduced by Adam Zornes.

- Lisa Smith Loy was honored as the outstanding professional/business woman of 2017, introduced by Ben Arnold.

- Susan PeckSusan Peck was honored as the outstanding educator, introduced by Sheila Willis.

- Dr. Charles Giles was honored as the outstanding health advocate, introduced by Easton Bryant.

- Farmers Market on the Square was selected as outstanding business/industry, introduced by Henrietta Scott.

- JOY MinistriesJOY Ministries was selected as outstanding volunteer of 2017, introduced by Ashley Curry.

- Nick FudgeNick Fudge was honored as the outstanding employee, introduced by Matt Loy.

- Mark Dykes was honored as outstanding agriculturist, introduced by Ben Loy.
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Chamber annual banquet: speaker Kristen Branscum



2017-05-17 - Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
"Thank a tourist," speaker Kristen Branscum, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism, said at the Columbia-Adair Chamber of Commerce annual Awards Banquet Tuesday, May 16, 2017, "because their visits to Adair County and the money they contribute to the economy put $237 a year into each of your households." This was one of three statistics in a game she played prompting the audience with questions about benefits and impact of the tourism industry in the state and specifically in Adair County. From left are: Rep. Bam Carney, CJE Michael Stephens, past Chamber president Brenda Mann, current president Ellen Zornes, speaker Branscum, and Sue Stivers, Executive Director of the Columbia/Adair Tourism Commission, who did the introductions.

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At the Chamber of Commerce banquet



2017-05-17 - Cranmer Dining Center, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Good friends, Victoria Pike, at left, and Cynthia Rowe, at right, enjoyed sharing an evening with friends at the Columbia-Adair Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

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Mark Dykes: voted Outstanding Agriculturist



2017-05-18 - Cranmer Dining Center, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Mark Dykes was voted the Outstanding Agriculturist of 2017 by members of the Chamber of Commerce. He was introduced by Ben Loy who said, "I've had the opportunity of knowing Mark all my life, growing up in Glens Fork with him as one of my role models. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and is now Executive Vice President of the Bank of Columbia and Chair of Columbia Adair County Economic Development Board. He and his brothers have a trucking company and work about a thousand head of cattle." From left are Ellen Zornes, president; Ben Loy, Mark Dykes and Rep. Bam Carney. See also: Awards presented at annual Chamber of Commerce banquet

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JOY Ministries: Outstanding Volunteer 2017



2017-05-18 - Cranmer Dining Center, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Voted the volunteer of the year for 2017 was the organization that works hard to help others, JOY Ministries. Volunteer Ashley Curry introduced the work of the Ministry. "JOY Ministries goes above and beyond for people who are in need. They show the love of Jesus every day in service to others. Their name JOY stands for Jesus, Others, and You." From left are: Ellen Zornes, Lee Ann Jessie, Maggie Coleman, Ashley Curry, Krystal Cundiff, Traci Sharpe, Rep. Bam Carney in back, and Sarah Dean.See also: Awards presented at annual Chamber of Commerce banquet

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Nick Fudge: Outstanding Employee of the year



2017-05-18 - Cranmer Dining Center, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Nick Fudge was voted Outstanding Employee of 2017 by members of the Chamber of Commerce. Matt Loy said in his introduction, "Nick Fudge, even in his earliest sports efforts, showed leadership, competitiveness and always kept his composure. And now that we work together at the bank I see many of those same qualities. He is very hard working, trustworthy and reliable. His very best quality is how he treats everyone. He makes everybody feel important. I'm proud to present this award to him." From left are: Ellen Zornes, Matt Loy, Nick Fudge and Rep. Bam Carney. See also: Awards presented at annual Chamber of Commerce banquet

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Farmers Market on the Square: Outstanding Business/Industry 2017



2017-05-18 - Cranmer Dining Center, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Farmers Market on the Square was introduced by Henrietta Scott, widow of Jeff Scott who was very instrumental in starting the group of folks with a vision shared of something the whole community could share that could grow larger in its service. He believed it should be something that included the mind and the spirit. He grew apples as his part of the Farmers Market as well as acted as leader. I know Jeff would be very, very proud. She asked Barbara Armitage to come and explain the FM2 service. Barbara said FM2 could not have been done without Jeff as one of the founding members. One of the members who sat with us and said, "what if..." In the photo, from left, are: Ellen Zornes, Veronica Klinglesmith, Donna Jones, Wayne Armitage, Maula Meier, Caitlyn Helm, Sandy, Scott, Jimmy Helm and Darrell Bunnell (in back), Barbara Armitage, Henrietta Scott, Tim Blackaby (in back), Darrell Andrews and Rep. Bam Carney. See also: Awards presented at annual Chamber of Commerce banquet

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