J’ville announces 2018 Business Man, Woman of the Year

by By Josie Fox herald@mediactr.com

Jacksonville business owners, chamber members and volunteers gathered together for the Fall Membership Luncheon at the Norman Activity Center on Friday, Nov. 2 to recognize outstanding volunteers and business owners. Britian McKinney, chairwoman of the board was the mistress of ceremonies. 2017 Outstanding Business Man/Woman recipients Jorge Aragon and Crystal Batemen was in attendance to present and announce the 2018 winners.

Distinguished guests were Senator Robert Nichols, Judy Clardy, Representataive Travis Clardy’s wife, and Mayor Dick Stone.

Bobby Bateman, owner of Bobby’s Tire and Auto Service, was named 2018 Outstanding Business Man of the Year. Mr. Bateman established Bobby’s Tire and Auto Service in Jacksonville over 30 years ago and has been offering excellent services to the residents of Jacksonville and surrounding areas since then.

Betty Lou Smith, co-owner of Joe Smith Plant Farm, was named as this year’s Outstanding Business Woman of the Year. Joe Smith Plant Farm is a family-owned and managed greenhouse operation that was established in 1975, when Joe took the operation over from his father, Elton Smith.

Volunteers recognized for their service were Danny Morris for Community Development; Kelly Traylor and Crystal Bateman for Economic Development; Byron Underwood for Education Development; Kim Felt for Membership Development; and Dr. Michael Banks for Tourism Development.

Award presenters were Judy Batton, Nathan Jones, Pam Anderson, Merry Caroline Curry and Patty Rivers.