The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce honored some of the county’s finest during the 35th annual Membership Banquet Monday night at the Civic Center.
“Our purpose this evening is simple,” said Chamber President Brad Hurley at the beginning of the banquet. “It is to honor businesses and individuals who have made and continue to make a positive difference in the lives of the citizens of Carroll County."
He added that clearly, Carroll County’s greatest asset is the people and the strong business community.
“As you listen to the story of each honoree tonight, you will realize the many ways they have contributed,” he said.
Honored during the course of the night were: Lance Rider as Carroll Countian of the Year, Dale Nelson as Business Person of he Year, and Williams Farms of Clarksburg as Agri-Business/Farmer of the Year.
Carol Nanney was given special recognition as West Tennessee’s Teacher of the Year. The Carroll County Businesses of the Year were the county’s five funeral homes, which included: Bruceton Funeral Home, Brummitt-McKenzie Funeral Home, Brummitt Funeral Home at Trezevant, Chase Funeral Home and Dilday-Carter Funeral Home.
Carroll Countian of the Year
The 32nd individual to be recognized as Carroll Countian of the Year by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is Lance Rider.
Bob Rutledge who announced the award noted that throughout his career, Rider has wanted to be in the background, but that his dedication, commitment, and hard work will be recognized.
Lance Edwin Rider was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Clifford and Patricia Rider. He graduated from McGavock High School in Nashville and Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.
Lance has worked for the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency for 33 years, beginning his career as lake manager at Carroll Lake in 1984. Currently he serves as the wildlife information specialist for Region 1 (West Tennessee). He also currently serves as a McKenzie School Board member, state board
member of the McKenzie Shooting Sports Scholastic Clay Target Program, and Scholastic Action Shooting Program State Board member.
“No person has had a greater impact on shooting sports in Carroll County, than Lance Rider,” said Rutledge. “He has been a coach, organizer, administrator and the man behind the scenes that gets things done.”
Lance’s wife is Hollye, and they have four sons, Dr. Carson Rider (wife Jesse), Alex, third-year medical student at UT Heath Sciences Center, Braxton, a junior at Union University where he is on the golf team, and Anders, a senior at McKenzie High school.
Business Person of the Year
In 1986, the Chamber Board began the tradition of recognizing successful business people in the county.
Don Reed presented Dale Nelson as the Business Person of the Year.
The backbone of any community is local business owners and their commitment to making a community grow and prosper.
“Tonight, we honor Mr. Dale Nelson,” said Reed. “You can find his footprints all across Carroll County: In McKenzie, Trezevant and Atwood, and he also has a recycling center in Milan. Dale has 48 employees throughout his businesses; Dale has 36 years in the recycling business.”
He graduated from Atwood High School and attended night classes in General Metals at the Carroll County Vocational School. He has spent his entire working career in residential and metal recycling, Auto and Big Truck Parts Salvage, Cades Grocery and Mack's Camo Connection.
“Today, downtown Atwood is a vibrant business area, in large part due to the efforts of Dale Nelson,” said Reed. “Atwood is home to the largest indoor archery range in West Tennessee.”
Dale is the son of Roy and Marie Nelson. He has seven brothers and seven sisters. His wife is Lori and two sons, Dale Jr. and Cody, and 3 grandchildren, Hunter, Mason, Alayna. Dale feels his greatest honor is his two sons who are both part of the Nelson operation.
Dale is an active member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Union City.
of the Year Award
In 2007, the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors elected to create an award to recognize the importance of agricultural business /farming in our county.
“Agriculture has played and continues to play a vital role in Carroll County's economy; thus, the creation of the Agri-Business/Farmer of the Year award was established to recognize this fact,” said Johnny
Clement who presented the award.
Williams Farms is a farming operation run by Anthony Williams and his two sons, Guy and Chris. All three graduated from Clarksburg High School and have lived in Carroll County their entire lives. Anthony grew up on a family farm and wanted to continue with that lifestyle.
Anthony married Patty Hester from Yuma. Guy married Kimberly Noles from Huntingdon and they have two children, Kaylee and Logan, with a baby boy on the way in November. Chris married April Walker from Clarksburg and they have three children, Molly Kate, Maddie, and Griffin.
Williams Farms is based out of Clarksburg. They farm approximately 4,000 acres in Carroll County and Henderson County. Their row crop consists of wheat, corn, cotton, and soybeans. They have three employees, Matthew Crownover, Jeff Autry, and Steve Rosser. Williams Farms also lay drainage tile and does dozer and dirt work in the off-season, which keeps them busy all year long.
“Anthony has been involved in agriculture for many years, including his service of 11 years on the FSA committee and seven years on the Henderson County Co-Op Board of Directors,” said Clement. “Guy is currently serving as president of First Farmers Co-Op and has been on the Board of directors for seven years.”
The biggest change Williams Farms has experienced throughout the years is the advancements in equipment and use of technology. Both have helped increase productivity and efficiency in a timelier manner.
“Education has been and will continue to be a strong pillar of Carroll County,” said Chamber president Brad Hurley. “We are proud of our schools and recognize the important role they play in making Carroll County a better place to live and raise a family.”
The Carroll County Chamber honored nine high school seniors from the county for their academic excellence, by scoring a 29 or better on the National A.C.T. test, placing them in the top 10 percent of students, in the nation taking the A.C.T.
Grace Angelos, Erika Blaine, Grant Hilliard, Cody Maness, Emma Pate, Elysia Rhodes, Colin Simmons, Chloe Sumrok, and Mason Wallace are the fifth class to be selected for the Chamber’s A.C.T. Wall of Honor.
Carol Nanney is an excellent ambassador of the great educators we have in our school systems. She is a graduate of McKenzie High School and Bethel University, she has a masters degree from Cumberland University, and a Librarian certificate from Union University.
Also, Carol stayed in Carroll County and is making a difference in the lives of our children every day.
Earlier this month, Carol, a librarian at McKenzie Elementary School, was recognized as the Teacher of the Year, grand division for West Tennessee, an impressive accomplishment.
Carol is a great example of the outstanding educators we have in our Carroll County schools. She and her husband, Tim Nanney, have 2 children, Braden a student at Bethel University, and Nathan a student at McKenzie High School.
Carroll County Businesses
of the Year
John Sanders recognized the Carroll County Businesses of the Year which were the county’s five funeral homes.
The Bruceton Funeral Home award was accepted by Larry Spencer. Accepting the Brummitt- Funeral Home – Trezevant and Brummitt-McKenzie Funeral Home award was employee Ruby Allen. Bob Chase was presented the Chase Funeral Home award and Steve Carter accepted the Dilday-Carter Funeral Home award.