Bell County Schools will soon have its own Hall of Fame to celebrate and commemorate athletic and professional accomplishments.

A committee has been meeting over the past several months to work out the details of the hall of fame. That committee is made up of Brian Yankey, Brooke Sanders, April Brock, Sheb Stewart, Kenny Gann, BCHS principal Brian Crawford and school board member Wayne Mason.

“When I was coaching and now refereeing, I see all of these school doing Hall of Fames and introducing their people. Bell County just needed one so I talked to Mrs. Gilliam and she was just gung-ho about it,” said Yankey.

He reached out to several people in the Bell County community to guage interest and that’s where the other committee members got on board.

The Hall of Fame will recognize alumni from Bell County High School as well as Lone Jack, Henderson Settlement and Old Bell High. The physical Hall of Fame will be located in the high school cafetria, along the wall that extends out toward the lobby.

Original plans were to have everything in place to induct the first Hall of Fame class this fall, but that has been pushed back to the fall of 2020.

“We’d love to have it this fall, but we’ve  run into a few snags and we want to make sure it’s done right and everything is in order,” Yankey added.

The inaugaral class has been selected and will be announced this fall, with the first induction ceremony and dinner in the fall of 2020.

“The school board pretty much did the nominating for the inaugural class, but starting next year we’re going to let the public send in nominations,” Mason said.

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