A former mayor and school superintendent was honored posthumously Thursday at the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting held at First Baptist Church in Hodgenville.
Outgoing president Stefanie Rock presented the President’s Award to the family of Roger L. Truitt, in honor of his many contributions to Hodgenville and LaRue County. Truitt died in April while vacationing with his family.
Truitt’s wife Ann, while accepting the award, said Hodgenville was important to her late husband.
Joanna Hinton, co-owner of Hinton’s Orchard and Farm Market and LaRue County School Board member, was named Outstanding Citizen of the Year.
Dr. Glen Catlett, longtime Hodgenville physician, was named Outstanding Business/Professional of the Year.
LaRue County Emergency Services was presented the Spirit Award. EMS Director Mike Cottrell and 911 Director Chris Jackson accepted the plaque.
The Leadership LaRue Scholarship was presented to LaRue County High School senior Michelle Benningfield. The $500 scholarship is sponsored by the Leadership class of 2006-07.
Benningfield is the daughter of James and Donna Benningfield of Hodgenville.
The current Leadership class was recognized. They are Deidre Brooks with Lincoln National Bank, Patti Donahue with Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, Marsha Duncan with LaRue County Schools, Adam Gordon with Magnolia Bank, Jeremy Hinton with LaRue County Farm Bureau, Nedra Jurcak, community member, Diana Leathers with LaRue County Health Department, Faith Miller with LaRue County Community Action, Allison Shepherd with The LaRue County Herald News, Beth Turner with Dow Corning and Clint Williams, LG&E.
New or returning members of the Chamber board were named: Pam Stephens, president; Kenny Rambo, president-elect; Rock, past president; Teleana Davis, secretary; Katie McDowell, treasurer; Nina Cundiff; Dr. Tom Davenport; Patrick Durham; Melissa Nalley; Maegan Pearman; Sam Sanders; Shepherd; and Kayla Skaggs.
Guest speakers were Kim Huston, author of Small Town Sexy, LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner, Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse and State Rep. Michael Lee Meredith.