The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce presented awards and celebrated its successes of 2008 at its annual Awards Banquet last Friday night at the Jefferson Civic Center.
Keith Ariail of McDonald Hardware, Commerce, was presented the William H. Booth Award for Lifetime Achievement.
One of the chamber’s most active volunteers, Ariail serves on the chamber board, is active in the Commerce Kiwanis Club, First Baptist Church of Jefferson, American Cancer Society, Tumbling Waters Society, the Art in the Park Festival and is a member of the Commerce Downtown Development Authority.
Scott Martin, Commerce, won the Citizen of the Year Award.
Martin is a senior commercial/industrial marketing representative for Jackson EMC. He serves on the chamber board and chairs the Industrial Development Authority.
Martin is a member and past president of the Commerce Kiwanis Club, a member of the Commerce Booster Club and the First United Methodist Church of Commerce and is a past chairman of the chamber.
Dee Lavender won the Volunteer of the Year Award.
Jackson EMC was awarded the Large Business of the Year Award and the Small Business of the Year Award went to Beef O’Brady’s, Jefferson, for its support of the chamber’s golf tournament, Small Business Lunch and Learns, Taste of Jackson and its work on various committees.