“A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.” These words of Jesus Christ are from the gospel of Mark.
But so often they still ring true and apply to us today, right here in Knox County.
Usually we reserve the term “Expert” for someone from out-of-town who looks and sounds impressive. Yet, for folks we know and see frequently, as Christ said, we often take for granted their expertise, experience and tremendous capabilities.
Hopefully, a good example of trying to fix this flaw in our nature came from the Knox Chamber of Commerce. This week the Chamber honored two or Knox County’s own, Ray Blair Canady and Claudia Gibson Greenwood as man and woman of the year for 2015.
Mike Rush, President of the Kentucky Hospital Association, is definitely an expert. Mike knows every hospital administrator in the state. Yet when he came to a Knox County hospital board meeting last August, he went out of his way to praise our own Ray Canady. Mike says Ray is one of the very best hospital administrators in all of Kentucky. Wow!
Likewise, there are many Unite Chapters. But, Congressman Hal Rogers singled out the Knox County Unite, chaired by Claudia Greenwood, for recognition in front of National officials this past year. Wow!
Like many of you, I have known and worked with Claudia and Ray for years. There is no doubt in my mind our entire region is a better place today because of their hard work, personal sacrifice, and strong desire to serve.
So, I say “Congratulations!” to Ray and Claudia. I also congratulate the Chamber for understanding how important it is to recognize those who work hard to make our community better. I think lots of us need to come out to the Chamber banquet November 12th to honor two hometown folks who so richly deserve recognition.
What do you think?