MOUNT VERNON — Leadership was the theme when the Knox County Safety Council was addressed by guest speaker Earle Bruce at its annual awards program this morning at the Glenn A. Gallagher Centre on the campus of Ohio Eastern Star Home.
The Safety Council recognized many community leaders during 2010 including more than 30 local businesses which were honored with the 100 Percent Award and the Achievement Award. Recipients of the 2010 Safety Grant were PACS Industries, $1,000, and the Knox County Building and Grounds Maintenance Department, $500.
The Safety Council also awards four scholarships annually to local high school students who plan a course of post-secondary study in one of several safety-related fields. Receiving this award were Brittany Jewell, Centerburg High School; Hannah Oliver, East Knox High School; Kinsey Crow, Mount Vernon High School; and Tessa Simmons, EKHS.
Chris Thornton gave a Safety Council member review, stating how the council is currently “on a teeter-totter” of being average. “We want to be above average,” said Thornton, explaining how membership is down, and that former Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce was brought in to stimulate growth.
“I challenge businesses who do not have members on the council to give up one hour per month. This will help manage your loss control.”