Tickets on sale for Record of Service Awards

March 4, 2008 by


Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 5, for The Erwin Record’s second annual “Record of Service Awards” banquet.


Award winners will be announced at the gala event, which will be held Thursday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. at Unicoi United Methodist Church’s Community Life Center, 702 Virginia St., Unicoi. Award categories include Health Care, Education, Service to the Community (individual and group), Public Service, Emergency Services and Business.


Tickets, which are $10 each, will be available at The Erwin Record offices at 218 Gay St. in historic downtown Erwin. Tickets will not be available the night of the event and must be purchased by March 28.


Carrabba’s Italian Grill, often hailed as one of the region’s best restaurants, and much talked about for its delicious contribution to last year’s celebration, will again provide the meal for the event.


“We’re excited to be hosting our second annual awards dinner, and we invite the community to join us in celebrating those who offer their service to Unicoi County,” said Publisher Mark A. Stevens. “We hope to make it an even bigger night than last year.”


Last year’s honorees were Catherine Harrison, Dwight Ferguson, Terry Haynes, Don Wilson, Charles Miller, Ken Cawthorne and the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. U.S. Rep. David Davis received a special honor.


For more information about the awards, call The Erwin Record at 743-4112.


Seeking nominations

February 5, 2008 by

The Erwin Record will host the second annual Record of Service Awards April 3 and is once again asking the community to nominate groups and individuals who work hard to improve their community.

The public is encouraged to submit nominations in six categories: Public Service, Education, Service to the Community, Business, Emergency Services and Health Care.

The Record of Service Awards were first given last year as community-appreciation honors given to individuals or groups who make a difference in the lives of Unicoi Countians. Individuals must be a Unicoi County residents, a county native or employed at a business in Unicoi County.

“As the community’s newspaper for nearly 80 years, The Erwin Record often champions, through the printed word and photographs, the people and groups who work diligently to make the Valley Beautiful a better place,” said Mark A. Stevens, the newspaper’s publisher. “The purpose of the Record of Service Awards is to officially, through a ceremony and dinner, honor our community’s deserving employees, volunteers and philanthropists.

“Last year’s inaugural event was hugely successful, with nearly 300 residents attending the event. We feel that this year’s ceremony will be bigger and better.”

The 2007 recipients were: Catherine Harrison, Health Care; Ken Cawthorne, Emergency Services; Terry Haynes, Public Service; Unicoi County Hospital Auxiliary, Service to the Community (Group); Don Wilson, Service to the Community (Individual); Dwight Ferguson, Business; and Charles Miller, Education.

“The 2007 honorees were as diverse group of people who have worked over many years to make Unicoi County a better place to live and work,” Stevens said. “We are excited to see who the community puts forward to be honored in 2008.”

An advertisement on Page 9-A details the award nomination process. An independent panel of judges will select the eventual honorees.

Nominations, which must be received at The Erwin Record by Wednesday, Feb. 28, should include photographs and letters of support to make a well-rounded and thorough packet of information.

The following is a look at each of the categories:

Public Service. This award will be presented to someone who has served or serves in a public office or works as a public servant for a local, state or national government agency.

Education. This award will be presented to an individual or group serving in an exemplary fashion to better the education of children of Unicoi County. This can be for county schools, libraries, colleges, day-care centers or any institution dedicated to education and children.

Service to the Community. This award will be presented to both an individual and a group instrumental, through volunteerism, in improving the lives of Unicoi Countians. This can be through myriad ways, such as donating of time or money, establishment of a support group or raising funds for community projects.

Business. This award will be presented to a Unicoi County business that has served the community not only through exemplary business ethics but also through longevity, excellent community service, volunteerism and philanthropic endeavors.

Emergency Services. This award will be presented to an individual or group serving in an exemplary fashion in local law-enforcement and/or other emergency services such as fire departments, ambulance agencies or the public health department. An individual may be a paid staff member or a volunteer.

Health Care. This award will be presented to an individual who has served with distinction for local healthcare agencies such as hospitals, nursing homes, medical clinics and public health departments. This award can be given for the work ethic, volunteerism, or both.

“I encourage our readers to submit nominations for The Record of Service Awards,” Stevens said. “It’s a chance to honor those who truly embody the spirit and generosity of our community.”

More details on the awards ceremony, including a special guest speaker, will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information on submitting nominations, call The Erwin Record at 743-4112.

Nominations should be mailed to The Erwin Record, P.O. Box 700, Erwin, TN 37650; dropped by the newspaper’s office at 218 Gay St. in historic downtown Erwin; or e-mailed to

While honorees are nominated by the public, The Erwin Record presents will a special award to a person or group chosen by the newspaper’s staff.

This honor is called the “Distinguished Service Award.” The 2007 recipient was U.S. Rep. David Davis, a Unicoi native.