Chamber’s annual membership meeting, a standout

PUTNAM COUNTY – A celebration of all that makes Tennessee great was the perfect backdrop at the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce’s 10th annual membership meeting held March 19 at the Leslie Town Centre.

The theme of the evening was “Standout Tennessee.” Attendees from state, regional and local levels joined the chamber to celebrate victories of all sizes. From east to west, Tennessee is a stand out in industry and business, athletics, service and more.

Serving as keynote speaker, Sen. Bob Corker addressed the audience of nearly 500 people on the state of affairs on both the national and state level, before breaking out in a town-hall style question and answer session, where Corker fielded questions from attendees.

After questions ended, a gift was presented to Corker by local artist Brad Sells, a world renowned woodworker. The token of appreciation was a wooden vessel, sculpted by Sells.

The ceremonial passing of the gavel also took place, as outgoing chairman Ottis Phillips welcomed Chuck Sparks of BB&T Legge Insurance as the 2014 chairman of the board. Sparks commented on the success and accomplishments he envisions in the coming year for the Chamber and its programs, and recognized the 2014 board members.

Plaques were presented to retiring members of the chamber’s board of directors. Kevin Bowling, Jean Davis, Kent Furcron, Jeanie Lee, Thomas Lynn and John D. Stites II were recognized for their time of service with the chamber.

Premier sponsors for the evening were Cookeville Regional Medical Center, First Tennessee Bank, Research Electronics International and Twin Lakes. Reception sponsor was Stonecom Communications.

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