The Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet was Jan. 19 at the R.J. Corman Hangar in Nicholasville. Standouts for 2012 are pictured above, from left, Lu Young, Jessamine County Schools superintendent, board chair; Rob Amburgey, county extension agent, outgoing board chair; Donna Seaborn, Ambassador of the Year; Sam Lee, First Southern Bank, Civic Award; Kathy and Tony Daniel, Triple Crown Golf Cars, Small Business of the Year; Jim Ed Shearer, broadcaster, President's Award; Mike Torakis, McKechnie Vehicle Components, Industry Award; Nancy Stone, past Chamber director, Service Award; Lib Wilson, Aflac, Hall of Fame; John Branscum, retired police officer, Education Award; Chris Bowe, Saint Joseph Jessamine, Business of the Year; Ben Jones, Panera Bread, New Business of the Year; and Tommy Cobb, Towne Square Bank, Outstanding Business Leader of the Year.
East Jessamine middle students get firsts
Students from East Jessamine Middle School won first-place awards in a Junior American Citizens contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution Bryan Station Chapter. The student projects focused on the theme of "Preserving America's Past." Saydee Eagan, Valerie Bender, and Chancey Wallace won in the banner category. Jennifer Bourland won in the stamp category, and Matthew Becknell won in the essay category. All five students will advance to the state competition. Pictured, at right, are Junior American Citizens first place contest winners, back row, from left, Saydee Eagan, Valerie Bender, and Chancey Wallace. Front row, from left, Jennifer Bourland and Matthew Becknell.