Corning security guard honored by Mercer chamber

October 23, 2003|ANN R. HARNEY

HARRODSBURG - Donald Barnett was honored twice at the Mercer Chamber of Commerce banquet Tuesday night for an act that may have saved many lives. Barnett was the security guard on duty at the Corning plant on the night of Aug. 29-30 when he noticed someone acting strangely in the plant's parking lot.

Barnett called the Harrodsburg Police Department and reported a man had parked his vehicle in the lot and was removing weapons from it. The man, Kevin Paul Crum, was arrested on weapons charges and later was charged with six counts of attempted murder.

Police said Crum had come to Harrodsburg from his home in Champaign, Ill., to kill the mother of his out-of-wedlock child, the child and all of the residents of the home where the child and mother live. Crum is currently an inmate at the Boyle County Detention Center.

Barnett was the recipient of the first Charles H. McGinnis Good Citizen Award and he was honored by Crime Stoppers. The Good Citizen award was given by the sons of the late judge-executive and Deputy Mercer County Judge-Executive Gayle Horn. The chamber plans to make the award an annual presentation.


In making the presentation, Horn said Barnett's efforts may have "avoided a huge tragedy." She said McGinnis, who lost his long battle with cancer last month, wanted to be remembered as a Christian judge and was called a good man by many after his death.

Earl Motzer, CEO of James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital, presented the Crime Stopper award. He said Corning does not allow employees to be awarded with cash, as is the custom with Crime Stopper winners, so Barnett was given a $500 gift certificate to be spent at businesses belonging to the Mercer Chamber.

Rosetta Johnson was the winner of the Jane Coomes Education Award. Chamber Executive Director Stephanie Rogers presented the award, saying Johnson, now retired from teaching, had been an outstanding teacher in the Harrodsburg school system. Rogers said she had been a fourth-grade pupil in Johnson's class.

Jokingly, Rogers said Johnson had accomplishments other than being Derrick and Dennis Johnson's mother. Both of her sons played football for the University of Kentucky and Dennis now plays professional football.

The Mercer County Fair Board was the recipient of the Harrods Company Award for contributions to the community. The award was accepted by board members Tony Robinson and Myron Ellis and board and fair secretary Brenda Musick.

The Industry Award was given to Trim Masters for its contribution to the community. The award was accepted by Dale Kehlman.

Bruce Wade was named the Outstanding Young Farmer but could not attend because he was working.

About 170 attended the annual banquet. The guest speaker was University of Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart and 10-year-old Emily Horn sang during the event. The dinner was catered by Cousins Cafe and Catering.

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