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Top, Franklin and Carol Dover receive the Citizen of the Year award from the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce. Making the presentation is 2018 Chamber President Bruce Woerner, right. Middle, Dale Hite, recipient of the Kathleen Walker Lifetime Achievement award, is shown with presenter Ann Pool Redd. Above, Clarksville’s Business of the Year is The Cottage Barn, owned by Devin Crisman, left. Presenting the award is Heather Hite Keeton. / December 13, 2017
The Clarksville business community honored several of its leading members at the annual Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce banquet held Thursday night at the Clarksville Community Center.

J.C. and Nancy Eldreth and Ann Pool Redd were recognized for their volunteer efforts, sharing the Evelyn Hurst Volunteer of the Year award for 2017.

Business of the Year honors went to Devin Crisman, owner of The Cottage Barn, a home furnishings-decor and crafts shop that also offers ice cream, hot dogs, coffee and other lunch counter favorites. The shop is located downtown at 307 Virginia Avenue.

Franklin and Carol Dover shared the honor of Clarksville Citizens of the Year. Both are active members of the community, volunteering with the Clarksville Ruritans, and they take part in the United Country Virginia Realty cooking crew that holds barbecue fundraisers for local charities and individuals. Mr. Dover is also renowned for helping at any event that needs a PA system.

The Kathleen Walker Lifetime Achievement Award went to Dale Hite, a longtime retailer at Hite’s Department Store on Virginia Avenue. For many years, Hite has quietly given his time for the benefit of the town he calls home — from his days coaching youth sports to this summer’s involvement as an organizer of the successful Lake Life Live summer concert series.

The Clarksville Chamber also installed officers and directors for 2018: Sheila Cuykendall, incoming president Bruce Woerner, secretary Linda Davenport-Morton, treasurer Karen Whitten, incoming vice president Carol Brown, Nathaniel Bellissimo, Priscilla Whirley, Harrison Bowlin, Leslie Wood, Ren Hite, Cindy Meadows, Jeff Jones and Jaye Newcomb.

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