Awards & Charity Work


Lawn Tek recognized for lighting display

[Herald Ledger Article]




 holiday1 Brite Ideas Decorating, one of the nation's largest holiday lighting suppliers, presented its top award for its annual holiday lighting photo contest.  A western Kentucky company was selected as the best in the nation, out of hundreds of photos submitted from distributors throughout the United States.

   Lawn Tek Landscaping & Holiday Lighting of Kuttawa was recognized for the holiday lighting decorating it did on the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles strait of Smithland.  The award was presented on Aug. 8 at Brite Ideas’ eighth annual National Convention in Omaha, Neb.  “Lawn Tek provided an elegant and unique photograph that Brite Ideas will display in their 2009 Marketing Essentials Catalog” said Sara Pearson, national marketing director of Brite Ideas.  Company owner, Tara Stinnett said, “We knew we had a fantastic home to submit, but did not expect to win against major cities like Atlanta, Orlando and all the others throughout the United States.”

   The Straits’ home was decorated with LED lighting, which uses 1/10th the power of conventional incandescent Christmas lighting.  “Customers like the fact that they can do spectacular lighting displays on very few power outlets and also be easy on the environment” Stinnett said.

   Work crews have already begun taking customers lights out of the companies storage facility preparing them for the upcoming Christmas season.  “We’ve got hundreds of thousands of bulbs to check out, so when we get to the customer’s site, we know everything is already working properly,” she said.

   People often ask the company how they decorate numerous sites, often in bad weather?  The answer is installation and take down procedures are done in an assembly line fashion.  The thousands of light are boxed and labeled and stored in a secure warehouse, which the company owns, “Yea, it gets pretty stressful here at crunch time, but when the lights come on for the first time and you see a kid’s reaction, it’s all worth it,“ she said.

   A senior at Murray State University, Megan Carnill Jones, took the photo of the home. “Megan had two bid days in one,” said company President Kerry Stinnett. “I was in Omaha accepting the award at the very moment she was getting married in Kentucky.”





Homes for Our Troops


December 4, 2009

Lawn Tek Landscaping

Attn: Kerry & Tara stinnett


To Everyone at Lawn Tek Landscaping,


   It is with sincere thanks that we write this letter ion appreciation of your donation of landscaping at the home built by Homes for Our Troops for SGT Chase Matthews.

   We are grateful for the thousands of donors supporting out mission, but we are especially appreciative of people like you who are able and willing to donate home construction materials and labor talents to make the dream of home ownership possible for Chase and his family. Receiving this donation will allow us to stretch our monetary donations further so we can build even more homes across the country.

   The men and women of our military make sacrifices every day to keep America safe and together we can make sure they are not forgotten. Through the kindness and generosity of supporters such as you, we are able to pursue our mission of building specially-adapted homes for our soldiers who become disabled while serving our country.


Again, thank you for your generosity and support.


Thomas Benoit







Work begins on Eagle Scout trail to Monument



    Kuttawa Boy Scout Charlie Johnston’s handicap trail to the Cobb’s Battery monument project began in early October. At left, Kerry Stinnett, owner of Lawn Tek Landscaping, donated his time and equipment to do initial clearing. Right, Nicki Engler and Zack Galusha line up trail timbers while Richard P’Pool from Friends of Cobb’s Battery drills anchor holes. Other scouts and leaders helping in the project were: Charles Bagwell, Benny Cobb, Larry Walston, Dale Cartwright, Matt Cartwright, Andrew Slaton, Andrew Brazel, Randy Wright, Joe Terrell, Charlie Johnston and his mom, Tere Johnston. Several of the boys involved have joined the Lyon County History Club.


   The monument was erected in 1931 near the site of the formation of Cobb’s Battery at Mint Springs. It has been undergoing restoration by the Friends of Cobb’s Battery, a non-profit group of Civil War reenactors and supporters.





Email of appreciation

From: William Coscarelli

To: Lawn Tek Landscaping & Holiday Lighting

Date: Sun, December 13, 2009

Subject: Coscarelli House


Just wanted you to know we just won the Jefferson Street Area Historical Association First Prize for Christmas lighting!!


[Paducah, Kentucky]