Hampton to be honored at Chamber Banquet

Local businessman and Cumberland Valley Electric CEO Ted Hampton will be honored as “Man of the Year” during the Knox County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet next Thursday, November 16.

Hampton was honored in 2016 as the longest serving distribution manager in Kentucky and the 10th in the nation, according to National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Hampton started his career as a physical education and history teacher at Knox Central High School before beginning his career with Cumberland Valley Electric in 1964.

“Ted Hampton is one of those people who does not bring attention to himself,” said Knox County Chamber of Commerce Director Claudia Greenwood. “Some people may live their entire life in Knox County and not recognize his name because he doesn’t want recognized for his work.  He is a very important person in the lives of many Knox County people as he serves behind the scenes of Cumberland Valley Electric or what many people call RECC.   He is the person who supervises more than fifty people to make sure that many customers in several local counties have electric service without interruption and as economical as possible.  Yes, to many he is priceless.  We are proud to honor him in this small way for his contributions to Knox County.”

Hampton has spent over 50 years on the job, and has no plans of retiring anytime soon. He told Kentucky Living Magazine in 2016 he plans to stay “as long as my health holds out, and I’m doing a good job for Cumberland Valley.”

The banquet will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception in the common area in the upper level of the Union College Student Center, with a catered dinner following at 6 p.m. in the ABC Conference Rooms on the same floor.

The keynote speaker for the Chamber Banquet will be Kevin Burton, Union College Basketball Coach for the NAIA Division II National Championship team.

To make reservations, contact Claudia Greenwood at 546-4300 or e-mail cgreenwo@barbourville.com. The cost for reservations is $50 for individuals, or $300 for a table seating seven.