Prominent attorney and businessman B.F. "Jack" Lowery was named a Legend of Lebanon on Tuesday night.
The Legends of Lebanon Award is given by Lebanon City Council to businesses and elite individuals who have contributed to the community. Past recipients include Fakes & Hooker and Custom Packaging.
Mayor Bernie Ash and Ward 2 City Councilor Fred Burton presented Lowery with the honor.
Burton shared a brief biography about Lowery with those in attendance.
After earning his bachelor's degree in his native North Carolina, Lowery moved to Lebanon in 1960 to attend Cumberland University's School of Law.
While in law school, Lowery was employed by the City of Lebanon as a police officer and lived in the fire hall.
After graduation, he began a law practice in Lebanon - but his dreams didn't stop there. He was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1966.
He was elected mayor of Lebanon in 1974. Lowery also served as city attorney and city judge.
In 1983, with Don Chambers, Lowery founded LoJac Inc., which provides services and materials to the construction industry. Lowery was longtime CEO of LoJac before turning over the reins to his son J.D. Lowery, also an attorney.
"I'm proud to have my family here tonight," Lowery said, motioning to his children and grandchildren as he stepped to the podium. "This says something about legends, and I'm a little surprised tonight because the first thing that comes to mind is Jesse James. I'm sure that's not the same idea they had in mind."
"The city of Lebanon gave me a job and a place to live. Had it not been for that, I don't think I would have been a lawyer today. I'm forever indebted to the city of Lebanon and how it has helped me in this process," he said. "I appreciate this gesture tonight. It really means something to me."
When he was working as a young police officer, Lowery said he didn't get to go home for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
"I was working traffic on the square, and people would stop and say, 'I want you to come to my home for Christmas dinner,' or they would give me a gift. They knew I was a schoolboy going to Cumberland," he said.
"I knew I was in the right town at that point. I wasn't going anywhere else. That's why I stayed here - I love this city and this county. These are good people, and I thank you for this award."