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Lebanon Wilson Chamber of Commerce celebrated 90 grand years on Thursday night with its annual Awards Banquet at the Capitol Theatre in Lebanon.

The chamber presented awards to distinguished members of the community, who they felt were the best of the best in each category.

Local attorney and former Lebanon Mayor B.F. "Jack" Lowery received the 37th annual Lifetime Member Award.

Chamber President and CEO Sue Vanatta explained that the membership committee takes nominations for the award and after voting, sends them to the Chamber Board of Directors for final approval.

“Majority of the people don’t know what all he does for Lebanon and Wilson County,” Vanatta said. “He has started three successful businesses here and does a lot behind the scenes.”

Other awards included: Volunteers of the Year Bishop Andrew & Beverly Valentine; Retailer of the Year Carlton Beall of Chick-fil-A; Industrialist of the Year Mike and Richard Moscardelli with PFP, Inc.; Businessperson of the Year Mike Manous of Manous Design; Corporate Friend of Education Bay’s Bread / Kevin Bay; Friend of Education Mt. Juliet High Principal Mel Brown; Distinguished Alumni Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto; Tapped by Tourism Gwen Scott; Ambassador of the Year  Derek Truelove; Public Servant Award fomer County Commissioner W.J. "Mac" McCluskey; and the Lebanon-Wilson Sports Council Award Lebanon Youth Baseball.

Four prestigious Cedar Tree Awards were given to Wilson County Chevrolet Buick GMC, for best new professional building completed this year; Custom Packaging, Inc., for best structure converted to a commercial use or significant structural addition of a commercial or professional building; CedarStone Bank, best improvement of land usage for the acquisition, clearing and development of adjacent property at 900 West Main Street; and the Capitol Theatre for best restoration or preservation of a historical site.

Retiring Chairman of the Board Rick Smith handed over the title to John Bryan who serve in that capacity for 2014. Bryan is a vice president of CedarStone Bank.

Board Members Mike Bolen, Maggie Lea, Alan Ricketts, Dr. Harvill Eaton and Cathy Rhodes also retired from their positions – allowing for new members to take the reins.

“Serving on the board has introduced me to great friends and helped me grow personally and professionally,” Lea, local owner of Home Instead Senior Care, said of her time on the board. “Home Instead Senior Care attributes our steady growth to the chamber and all the relationships I have built with its members. I have truly loved leading the membership committee for the past three years.”

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