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Former governor to headline chamber dinner

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By Molly Haines

Former governor of Kentucky, senator and lawyer – these are just some of the many hats worn by this year’s special guest at the upcoming Owen County Chamber of Commerce Dinner.
The 12th annual dinner meeting will take place Nov. 27, with State Sen.Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, as the speaker.
Carroll, who served as lieutenant governor from 1972-1975, acting governor in 1975 and governor from 1976-1980, has a storied history in Kentucky politics and is one of its most recognizable figures.
Carroll first ran for public office and was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1961; he was speaker of the house from 1968 to 1971.
From 1972-1975, Carroll served as lieutenant governor to former governor Wendell Ford. In 1974, Ford was elected to the U.S. Senate, making Carroll Kentucky’s 54th governor.
Carroll ran for governor in 1975 and won.
Carroll currently serves as Kentucky’s Seventh District senator, covering Anderson, part of Fayette, Franklin and Woodford counties.
Carroll also continues to practice law.
Owen County Chamber of Commerce President Dallas Stafford said Carroll was chosen as this year’s speaker because of redistricting.
“The state legislature is working on redistricting now and it’s very possible (Carroll) could be our state senator down the road,” Stafford said. “Plus he’s a great speaker and well liked.”
An outstanding business and businessperson of the year award will also be presented during the dinner.
Nominations are received each year and the meeting committee takes applications from the membership to choose a winner.
Stafford said about 14 nominations were received this year.
The members of the Leadership Owen County Class of 2012 will also be recognized during the program.
Stafford said although those attending the dinner mainly consist of chamber members, any individual may come by contacting Stuart Bowling, Sarah Cobb or Stafford and purchasing a ticket. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased by Friday.