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CenturyLink taps hospital, newspaper for ‘Faith’ awards

Two of Unicoi County’s longest running businesses were tapped Wednesday to receive “Faith in the Future” Awards.
Unicoi County Memorial Hospital and The Erwin Record were honored at the inaugural launch for the awards given by CenturyLink and five local Chambers of Commerce.
Honored businesses were those who had a long and prosperous history with their communities which continue to make a difference in their communities by embracing the future.
Two awards were distributed to businesses from each participating Chamber of Commerce or business partnership group – Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce, Greene County Partnership, Johnson City-Jonesborough-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce and Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce.
The Erwin Record received its award in the category for 25 or fewer employees, while UCMH received the county’s award for a business with 26 or more employees.
In naming The Erwin Record an honoree, CenturyLink described the newspaper as “Unicoi County’s predominant news source with nearly 15,000 readers each week. The company is Unicoi County’s second oldest, continuously operating business and also operates the county’s only commercial print shop.”
In naming UCMH a winner, the awards program said the hospital has “provided high quality medical care since 1953 … and also has a nursing home and home health agency that serves Unicoi County and surrounding communities.”
A total of 10 awards were distributed at a luncheon attended by honorees and nominees.
Mark A. Stevens, publisher of The Erwin Record, accepted the award on the newspaper’s behalf.
The hospital’s award was accepted by Toni Buchanan, chief financial officer for UCMH, and Chris Peterson, the hospital’s marketing director.
In addition to the Record and UCMH, another business with ties to Unicoi County also received an award.
Freewill Baptist Family Ministries was one of the award winners from Greene County. The company is building Governor’s Bend, an assisted-living facility, in Erwin.
Other honorees at Wednesday’s luncheon included Mountain States Health Alliance, Bristol Regional Medical Center, Feeding America Southwest Virginia food bank, Edamar Inc., Fish Springs Marina, Milligan College and Greeneville Water Commission.