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Tyree honored at chamber awards dinner
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Staff Photo by Charles Boothe: Teresa Tyree and The Willard Companies Prudential Waterfront Properties were big winners at Thursday night’s annual Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce awards dinner. Above, from left, are Ron Willard II (vice president), Lee Willard (vice president, corporate holdings),Tyree and Chris Finley (director of marketing and communications).

Monday, January 28, 2013

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

Teresa Tyree of Hardy was honored with the Norma Jean Tess Award at the annual Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce awards dinner Thursday night.

The event, held at Waterfront Country Club, recognizes area residents and businesses that contribute to the chamber, community and region.

Mark Hudzik, master of ceremonies, said the Norma Jean Tess Award is given to an individual who has a high degree of community involvement and who is known for honesty, integrity and selfless service.

Tyree heads a long list of community service projects, from the Franklin County We Care program to working with the local probation and parole office, organizing community service projects for individuals with hours to serve, he said.

She also volunteers with Lake Christian Ministries, as well as the Smith Mountain Lake Chili and Wine festivals.

The Burnt Chimney and Scruggs fire departments, along with other organizations, also benefit from her efforts.

Tyree, a Floyd County native and 1976 graduate of Cave Spring High School, has four children, Jared Gray and Joseph Tyree, both of Rocky Mount, Billy Tyree of Burnt Chimney and Britteny Tyree, a recent graduate of Franklin County High School. Tyree also has three grandchildren.

She and her husband, Tracy, own two businesses -- Smith Mountain Lake Roofing and SML Wildlife Control, which humanely traps and removes unwanted beavers, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, muskrats, raccoons, squirrels, snakes and even deer.

Tyree urged everyone to get involved in the chamber and in performing community service projects.

"It (what you do) makes a world of difference," she said.

Other award winners included:

•The Landing Restaurant, Service Excellence Award. This award honors a business that performs the highest level of customer service.

•Capps Home Building Center, Enduring Enterprise Award. A business is recognized for "surviving the test of time," especially in a tough economy.

•Lake Beverage and Tobacco, Emerging Entrepreneur Award. This is given to a new business that not only contributes to the community but provides entrepreneurial leadership as well.

•Willard Companies - Prudential Waterfront Properties, Regional Advocate Award. Each year, a chamber member business is honored for marketing and promoting the region.

•Print-N-Paper, Business of the Year Award. This honor goes to a business that is at least three years old and has demonstrated inspirational and visionary leadership in the community, along with outstanding business practices.

The theme of this year's awards dinner was "Blur the Lines - One Community."

Vicki Gardner, chamber executive director, said that encapsulates the chamber's mission of serving the region and bringing attention to all of the attractions in the area, not just the lake.

"We are one community," she said.

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