Chamber hosts annual citizen, business award banquet


Blount County Citizen of the Year Gailya Sargent (left) and Blount County – Oneonta Chamber of Commerce executive director Aimee Wilson. Sargent, of Hayden, is known for years of service with United Way and the Blount County Children’s Center. This is Wilson’s 10th anniversary in staging the annual Chamber Banquet, recognizing outstanding achievements in the county for the past year.

Blount County Citizen of the Year Gailya Sargent (left) and Blount County – Oneonta Chamber of Commerce executive director Aimee Wilson. Sargent, of Hayden, is known for years of service with United Way and the Blount County Children’s Center. This is Wilson’s 10th anniversary in staging the annual Chamber Banquet, recognizing outstanding achievements in the county for the past year.

The Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce held its 35th annual awards banquet last week at Anchors Church. The event is held to celebrate individual, business, and community achievements for the past year, with awards given in nine different categories.

Following are the winners in each category.

Pat Bellew Citizen of the Year – Gailya Sargent

Charles Carr Volunteer of the Year – Kathy Bentley

Industry of the Year – Alabama Pediatric Therapy

Business of the Year – S&S Grocery

Emerging Business of the Year – SwampTails

Eldridge Bynum Award for Community Service – Blountsville Historical Society

Blount County Schools Teachers of the Year – Joanna McCay (Locust Fork elementary) and Peggy Harris (Locust Fork high school)

Oneonta City Schools Teachers of the Year – Mallory Lamb (elementary), Tanya Short (middle school), and Alexandra Strickland (high school)

Ambassadors of the Year – Avery Fuller, Appalachian; Hannah Aycock, Cleveland; Konner Register, Hayden; Gibson Gray, J.B. Pennington; Marissa Fletcher, Locust Fork; Bailey McCray, Oneonta; Elana Lambert, Southeastern; and Lindsey Stewart, Susan Moore.