VETERAN OF THE YEAR

Nominations accepted through Nov. 1

By RICK NORTON
Posted 10/9/19

Nominations are still being accepted for the 41st annual Raymond H. Miller Veteran of the Year Award, according to Mary Baier, longtime chair of the award selection committee.Deadline for entering …

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VETERAN OF THE YEAR

Nominations accepted through Nov. 1

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Nominations are still being accepted for the 41st annual Raymond H. Miller Veteran of the Year Award, according to Mary Baier, longtime chair of the award selection committee.

Deadline for entering nominations is the close of business on Friday, Nov. 1.

Nomination forms are available at the Veterans Service Office in the Bradley County Courthouse or the American Legion Post 81, located at 227 James Asbury Drive in Cleveland.

Once the blank forms have been obtained, they should be filled out completely, assuring that all requested information has been provided. Once the nomination forms have been finished, they should be returned to either the Veterans Service Office or to the American Legion Post 81.

Baier issued an important reminder: Anyone who has nominated a person in previous years for the "Veteran of the Year" award must submit another completed nomination form if they want the person to be considered by the selection committee again. 

The "Veteran of the Year" award will be presented during the coming Veterans Day Ceremony set for Monday, Nov. 11, on the Bradley County Courthouse Square, at 11 a.m.

Last year's recipient was Clarence D. "Cid" Heidel, who served for years as co-chairman of the Southeast Tennessee Veterans Home Council. Heidel's co-chair was Bradley County Commissioner Mark Hall who later gave up the seat after his election to the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Heidel passed away recently following lengthy battles with heart disease, and later with cancer.

Currently, local veteran Kim Dees serves as vice chair of the Veterans Home Council. Heidel had continued to serve in the chairman role up to his passing.

In his living years, one of Heidel's goals as Veterans Home Council co-chair was to secure a veterans home for the Cleveland and Bradley Council community. That dream took another step toward reality in August with groundbreaking ceremonies for the state-of-the-art, 108-bed facility.

It will become the fifth veterans home in Tennessee. The sixth is expected to be located in Arlington, a mid-sized community that neighbors the city of Memphis.

Construction is expected to begin soon on the Bradley County facility. The contractor and state estimate for construction ranges from 18 to 24 months, depending on a variety of uncontrollable factors like weather or other unforeseen influences.

As Heidel was the most recent recipient of the "Veteran of the Year" award in 2018, the first honoree was the late Morris W. Greene, a former State Farm Insurance agent who also served as director of the Bradley County Emergency Management Agency. 

Greene received the recognition in 1979.

The full slate of Raymond H. Miller Veteran of the Year Award recipients includes:

Clarence D. "Cid" Heidel, 2018; Glen Wallace Slaughter, 2017; Billy Gray, 2016; Terry Hollenback, 2015; Larry McDaris, 2014; Joe Davis, 2013; Terry Avery, 2012; George R. Allen, 2011; Tommy Townsend, 2010; Herb Stafford, 2009; Winston Varnell, 2008; Stan Evans, 2007; Tom Penden, 2006; Steve Stewart, 2005; Gary Benefield, 2004; Jim Armour, 2003; Robert Meeks, 2002; William “Bill” Norwood, 2001; Kenneth Tinsley, 2000; Joseph G. “Pinky” Blackburn, 1999; Larry Holcomb, 1998; John Simmons, 1997; Jack Wilson, 1996; James Corn, 1995; Ralph Riden, 1994; Ralph “Cuz” Owenby, 1993; Tom Rowland, 1992; Everett Parks, 1991; Bob Link, 1990; Frank Cummings, 1989; Henry Barkley, 1988; Wendell Childrey, 1987; Joe C. Stuart, 1986; Vergil Carmichael, 1985; Gerald Williams, 1984; Carl Goins, 1983; Charles Price, 1982; R.L. Murray, 1981; George R. “Bobby” Taylor, 1980; and Morris W. Greene, 1979.

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