Gemtraius Bell known to many as Gem Bell was born and raised in Haywood County as the only child to his mother and father. Gem is married to Crystal Bell and has two wonderful children Xavier and Gemiah. He attends the Willow Grove Missionary Baptist Church where he is an active member. Gem is very family oriented and they are the reason he strives to do his best.
Gem is a product of the Haywood County School System. He played several sports while in High School and lettered in three of them. After graduating High School, he attended what is now known as the Tennessee College of Applied Technology for a year in a half with an interest in Machine, Tool, and Dye. This course of study lead to much advancement with his current job. Gem currently works at Teknor Apex Tennessee Company. He has been an employee there for 17 years and currently holds the position of the Shipping/Logistics. During this time, he went through many types of training such as management, communication, development and resource, land development training, hazardous materials customer training, and JCAO/IATA standards. He has also attended several workshops such as Strengthening Your People Skills in the Workplace, Email and Business Writing, Public Speaking, and Human Resource and the Law.
Gem was a graduate of the Haywood County Leadership Class of 2009 and the WestStar Class of 2013. Gem is the current president of the Brownsville Haywood County Chamber of Commerce; president of the Haywood County Branch of the Boys and Girls Club; and president of the Conservation Board. He also serves on various other boards which include the First State Bank Board, Southwest WIA, Executive Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Jackson, Library Board, City Beautiful, Pep Committee, Hatchie Fall Fest Committee, and Relay for Life Committee.
When chosen for Mr. Haywood County, he felt it was an honor to even be nominated. Gem doesn’t look for credit or a pat on the back when he does something. He has devoted his life in helping make Haywood County a great place to live.