Paducah Chamber of Commerce celebrates 75th anniversary


Web Editor - Nick Miller

PADUCAH - More than 700 people attended the sold out Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce's 75th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting at the Julian Carroll Convention Center.

Outgoing board chair Lynn King officially passed the gavel to Deborah Edmonds as the board chair of 2014. Edmonds was recognized as the first African-American to lead the chamber. Past chairs of the board were also recognized with about 25 of the past chairs attending the event.

The Chamber also honored several notable community members with annual awards.

Rayla Bridges of the St. Nicholas Clinic was named Leadership Alumnus of the Year by the Leadership Paducah Foundation.

Meagan and Ed Musselman were selected as Entrepreneur of the Year. The Musselmans have purchased and renovated many properties and are in the process of renovating the historic Coca-Cola Plant.

The Paducah Ambassadors were named as the Chamber Volunteer of the Year.

Murray State University and West Kentucky Community and Technical College were named as co-Businesses of the Year.

Suzanne Farmer of Lourdes Hospital and Local 6's own Mike Mallory served as emcees for the evening. The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit private business organization with more than 900 member firms.