2010 YOUTH LEADERSHIP GRADUATES – Twenty students graduated from the 10th session of the First State Bank-sponsored and spear-headed through the Weakley County Chamber of Commerce, Youth Leadership of Weakley County. The graduates receiving their certificates at the Weakley County Chamber of Commerce President’s Banquet Tuesday evening were (front, from left) Alex Glisson, Abbey McDaniel, Taylor Hatcher, Andrea Smith, Allie Phillips, and Tiana Winstead, (middle, from left) Abby Butler, Katelyn Bowen, Juakerra Davis, Zoe Stringer, Rachel Samuel, and Monica Bell, (standing, from left) Conner Verdell, Dylan Davidson, Gabe Lowrance, Heath Crouse, Ty Roberts, Cole Verdell and Steven Byas.
2010 Youth Leadership Class
It was an evening of recognition and honors Tuesday as several hundreds of community leaders and students gathered for the annual Weakley County Chamber of Commerce President’s Banquet.
This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Leadership Class of Weakley County and the 10th anniversary of the Youth Leadership classes of Weakley County.
As is tradition during the annual event, the Weakley Countian of the Year, Business of the Year and recipient of the Youth Achievement Award were honored.
Claiming the distinction of Weakley Countian of the Year was Joe Brasher of Sharon. Among Brasher’s list of achievements includes a trip to Russia to serve as a consultant to agricultural financial cooperatives in 2002 and 2005.
Brasher is the community bank president of First State Bank and manages offices in Greenfield, Sharon and Kenton as well as the Ag Services Division in Kenton. Brasher has a long-time record in financial services having been in the industry for 37 years.
Earning the distinction of Business of the Year is considered a literal “driving force in our community.”
Road Runner Driving Academy, LLC, of Sharon is the recipient of this year’s Business of the Year award. Business owner, Richard Milam, has more than 23 years of truck driving experience.
Road Runner Driving Academy began in June 2007 with one truck and one student. Within three years, the school has doubled in size with six trucks and hundreds of graduates.
Road Runner Driving Academy, LLC is the only noted Christian truck driving school in the country.
The Youth Achievement Award was bestowed upon a Greenfield junior who has a growing list of accomplishments at such a young age.
Maggie Belew, daughter of Mitch and Becky Belew of Greenfield, was recently crowned the 2010 Miss Tennessee Outstanding Teen. She was recently selected to be a representative to this year’s Volunteer Girls’ State.
Belew’s passion is twirling, but her motivation is to help defeat hunger. She has been contacted by the Second Harvest Food Bank in Nashville to serve as a possible spokesperson for their organization.
As this year’s Youth Achievement recipient, Belew has distinguished herself on a local, regional and national levels.
Another highlight of the evening was the annual passing of the gavel while Chamber members wished farewell to former president Randy Huffstetler of Greenfield and welcomed Todd Hampton of Martin to head the board.
Hampton said he wanted to set basic goals for the Chambers this year and asked they join him in reaching those goals.
“This is a very basic thing, but I want you to think Weakley County first. The second thing I ask is that you try and say something nice about Weakley County,” Hampton shared. He also asked that people throughout the county share in a positive attitude that the county’s best days are yet to come.
The Youth Leadership and Leadership classes of Weakley County graduated its members Tuesday evening.