Tri-City Chamber Of Commerce Awards Banquet

Kentucky's Secretary of Commerce was the keynote speaker at the Tri-City chamber of commerce annual awards banquet Thursday night in Harlan County.

George Ward says adventure tourism in the region could bring a great amount of money into the area.

He compared eastern Kentucky to an uncommercialized Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

The chamber also handed out several awards, including the Tony Turner award to WYMT news director Neil Middleton.

Other award recipients included:

Business-Ken's Custom Tees

Volunteer-Ms. Pauline White

Local Historian-Mr. Ron Collier

Community Development-Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College

Youth Development-Cumberland Head Start

Industry-Thrift Bit Service

Civic Organization-Harlan Chamber of Commerce

President's Award-Barbara Ayers

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