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Paul Estes Being Honored During Cumberland Graduation

Cumberland College is proud to announce that local businessman and Cumberland alumnus Paul Estes will be honored during the graduation ceremony being held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 7, in the O. Wayne Rollins Center. The public is invited to attend.

A 1950 graduate of Pleasant View High School, Estes joined the Air Force serving his country during the Korean Conflict from 1950 through 1954, spending much of that time at Alaskan outposts. After leaving the Air Force in 1954, Paul attended Cumberland College in 1954 and 1955 and the University of Kentucky in 1956. In 1957, Paul began a 15-year career at United Air Lines.

Estes moved his family to Whitley County in 1972 and, along with his wife Theresa, purchased a local Montgomery Ward catalog store. Soon thereafter they added Estes Furniture Sales.

In 1977, Estes was appointed mayor of Williamsburg. He was later twice elected mayor. During his tenure, he helped the city improve its financial condition and helped lead the city out of the worst flood of record. Other accomplishments included the construction of a new water plant, new recreation facilities, and greater quality of life for all Williamsburg citizens.

He has since served six terms as a Williamsburg city councilman, and in 2004 after the resignation of Williamsburg's mayor, he was asked to again assume the duties of mayor for several months until a new mayor could be elected. When his current council term expires in 2006, he will have served the City of Williamsburg for over 21 years.

In 1980, the Estes family purchased radio station WEZJ-AM. At the time, it was Williamsburg's only radio station. In 1990, the FCC granted them their second radio station, WEZJ-FM. In 1997, they purchased WEKX-FM. They also owned and operated local television cable channel 3 for nine years before it was acquired by Cumberland College. The channel is what we now know as TV 19.

Estes served as a member and chairman of the board of directors of the Bank of Williamsburg for 20 years. He currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Directors for Community Trust Bank. He has served as chair of the Cumberland College Board of Trustees and currently is a member of the Board having served since 1980. He is a deacon and trustee of the First Baptist Church of Williamsburg, past president of the Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce, a past president of the Williamsburg Rotary Club, a founding member of the Williamsburg Old Fashion Trading Days, past chairman of the Williamsburg Whitley Industrial Foundation, a past member of the Cumberland Valley Development Board, and a past member of the Bell Whitley Community Action Agency.

Paul and Theresa Estes have two children, Paula Jean Trickett and husband Denny, and David Paul Estes and wife Stacey, along with four grandchildren: Allison Marie Adair, Abigale Madden Estes, Jackson Paul Estes, and Grayson Taylor Estes.