Individuals, Companies and Organizations Earn Professional Honors | Trade and industry

Commercial and professional honor and recognition were awarded to individuals and local businesses in 2021.


Employees of three local Food City stores were recognized in 2021 for outstanding volunteerism among associates through the Food City Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program. Cardiela Vickery, Shaun Lister and Zach Dyer were honored by the Virginia-based grocery chain.

Steven C. Smith, President and CEO of Food City, spearheaded the creation of Food City’s Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program years ago, in memory of the former President and Vice President of the company’s board of directors.

Vickery works at Food City at 905 Snapps Ferry Road, Lister at 509 Asheville Highway, and Dyer at 2755 E. Andrew Johnson Highway.

Store winners move on to district-level competition. Twelve district winners receive a prize and a $250 contribution to the charity of their choice.

Two divisional winners are then chosen and honored with a plaque and a charitable contribution of $750. An overall winner is selected to receive the Claude P. Varney Humanitarian Award and to have a charitable contribution of $1,250 made in the winner’s name.


JOHNSON CITY – Blackburn, Childers and Steagall, CPAs (BCS), which has an office in Greeneville, has been recognized by Forbes in a list of America’s Top Tax and Accounting Firms for 2021.

Forbes and Statista identified the top 250 companies for tax and the top 200 for accounting, and BCS was named among 172 companies on both lists, according to a press release.

The company, which was also on the Forbes ranking for 2020, was one of five Tennessee companies and six North Carolina companies ranked on the 2021 list, according to the release.

BCS has offices in Johnson City, Greeneville and Kingsport, Tennessee and Boone, North Carolina.

The firms were chosen based on recommendations from CPAs, clients, attorneys and other financial industry experts, according to the release.


Despite opening during the COVID-19 pandemic, Greeneville’s Workout Anytime gym has been so successful that it was named Best New Franchise of the Year at a company-wide conference. last summer.

The success, which owner Mike King said far exceeded his expectations, also made the Greeneville site the first to generate $1 million in revenue in one year, according to a press release issued at the time, and the franchise has also won awards for its staff. training program and social media engagement.

Workout Anytime’s Greeneville location, located at 1327 Tusculum Blvd., in the Greeneville Commons, opened in May 2020.

King said Workout Anytime has nearly 200 locations across the country, including locations much larger than Greeneville.

“Greeneville isn’t a very big city, and it’s not one of the big monster gyms like in big cities, but we’ve had nothing but positive feedback from the community,” he said. declared.


For the second year in a row, the historic General Morgan Inn & Conference Center in Greeneville has been named one of the “Best Meeting Sites in the South”.

The boutique hotel at 111 N. Main St. won the 2021 Readers’ Choice Award from national event planning magazine ConventionSouth. The General Morgan Inn was one of 30 Tennessee winners.

The hotel also won the magazine award in 2020 and received an honorable mention in 2019.

Throughout the year, meeting professionals nominate venues that they believe provide exceptional service for group events. The nominated sites – nearly 4,000 in 2021 – are compiled on an online ballot where meeting professionals and fans vote for the “Best of the Best”.


The Greene County Partnership and Main Street Greeneville were both honored at the 24th Annual Pinnacle Awards on June 3.

The Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association honored organizations at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center hosted by Visit Kingsport.

The Greene County partnership won three awards and Main Street Greeneville won one.

The Greene County partnership won Best New Fenders and Wheels Event awards on the GreenE; Best Marketing Campaign for the Greeneville Mural Trail; and Best Pamphlet or Guidebook for its Discover Greeneville pamphlet.

Main Street Greeneville won Best Publicity Card for the card advertising the annual Lyrics on the Lawn concert series.

A total of 71 entries were submitted across the region in the categories of Marketing, Advertising, Events, Virtual, Attractions, Individual Achievements and Business Support. A panel of judges associated with the Southeast Tourism Society chose the best entry in each category.


The Greeneville Sun in 2021 won eight statewide awards from the Tennessee Press Association recognizing excellence in print and online journalism, advertising and broadcasting.

In the Tennessee State Press Contest sponsored by the University of Tennessee and the Tennessee Press Association, The Sun won top honors in the digital presentation category. Greeneville Sun reporters Cicely Babb, Eugenia Estes and Ken Little, director of online operations Brian Cutshall, and editor Scott Jenkins contributed to the winning entry. Jenkins also won second place for editorial writing.

Former assistant sportswriter Tate Russell took home the second and third prizes for sports photography.

The Sun also won third place for coronavirus news coverage, a special category added for the 2020 competition. Estes, Babb, Little and Cameron Judd, the newspaper’s associate editor and columnist, contributed to the entry .

The Sun won 22 advertising and circulation awards in the 2021 Ideas Competition, the third-largest in the state among similarly-circulated newspapers.

At the Greenville Sun, these ads and promotions were created and hosted by the following current and former Sun employees: Taunya Blazer, Sandi Blalock, Brian Cutshall, Rebecca Garay-Leon, Tanya Hensley, Melanie Hilliard, Shirley Jones, Dale Long, Della Lowe, Wendy Peay, Kelly Pickering, Jayme Pressley, Tammy Waldroup, Hala Watson and Artie Wehenkel.

The Sun placed first in seven award categories: Best Black & White Advertising; Best carrier contest idea; Best Journals Promoting Education; Best NIE Sponsorship Recruitment; Best Reader Contest; Best Internet subscription promotion; and better marketing materials.

The Sun placed second in eight categories and third in seven categories.

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