Dr. James Cook has dealt with surprises before (ask him about the copperhead), but he was pleased by the one he received last month from the Chamber of Commerce during its annual awards dinner.
"I was going because I was told someone else was going to get an award," he said.
Instead, Cook was named the Chamber's 2008 Outstanding Business Person.
"It caught me completely off guard," he said. "I wish I'd been more prepared."