2011 Miss Chattanooga, Chandler Lawson, presents awards at the 2011 Best of the Best awards.
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – The top businesses in Chattanooga gathered Thursday night for the Best of the Best awards gala.
The event was hosted by the Chattanooga Times Free Press at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
Reigning Miss Chattanooga, Chandler Lawson, served as Mistress of Ceremonies, presenting 163 first place awards in categories ranging from best place to throw darts to best TV newscast.
Former Hamilton County Mayor and current Tennessee Deputy Governor Claude Ramsey received the night's highest honor, Best Chattanoogan, a title previously held by Congressman Zach Wamp and legendary Chattanooga radio personality Luther Masingill.
Channel 3 walked away with three awards Thursday, including Best TV Newscast, Best TV Personality, and Best Weather Forecast. WRCB swept the Best TV Personality category with Cindy Sexton winning 1st place followed by WRCB's Jed Mescon, and WRCB's David Carroll.
Channel 3 radio partner, US-101, was named Best Local Radio Station. Another Channel 3 radio partner, J-103, finished third behind Sunny 92.3.
Readers of the newspaper selected the winners in the write-in ballot. In all, Chattanooga Times Free Press president Jason Taylor said more than 26,000 print and online ballots were submitted.
For the complete list of Best of the Best winners, see the awards website.