November 26, 2020

Chamber of Commerce 51st Annual Dinner

Jimmy Adams, 2017 Heard County Chairman of Chamber of Commerce  with  2016 Business of the Year Coweta-Fayette EMC, CEO Chris Stephens and Sheriff Ross Henry (Photo: Times~Journal)

Jimmy Adams with 2016 Chamber Business of the Year Coweta-Fayette EMC CEO Chris Stephens and Heard County Sheriff Ross Henry

(Franklin/Times~Journal) — Heard County Chamber of Commerce held its 51st Annual Dinner on Friday January 27 at Heard County Middle School.

Noel Forrester welcomed everyone to the annual dinner. The evening began with the National Anthem performed by the Heard County Middle School Show Choir under the direction of Mrs. Jamie Barnard.

Chamber President Renai Brock spoke on the new direction for 2017 which the Chamber plans to work towards to better its’ members. She spoke on the value of being a member and the opportunity in 2017 to show members that value.

“It’s through vision that the Heard County Chamber continues to grow and think of new ideas, programs and services for our members. As leaders we are consistently offered, not given, opportunities to set examples each day,” stated Brock.

“Everyday we unlock the door for business, we all have the opportunity to do something that might make a big difference in someone’s life. The Heard County Chamber of Commerce plans to take that opportunity to set the example in 2017 of what a Chamber of Commerce can accomplish.”

On behalf of Kevin Hayes, 2016 Chairman who was unable to attend, Renai introduced the 2017 Chairman Jimmy Adams and performed the passing of the gavel.

Cutine Barber, Chamber Board Member gave a special recognition to Kathy Knowles, former Chamber President.

Community Updates were given by Centralhatchee Mayor Barbie Crockett, Ephesus Mayor Denney Rogers, Franklin Mayor Joel Rogers, Heard County Commission Chairman Lee Boone and Development Authority Chairman Terry Harper.

Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Jaxon Filtration’s James Kingston for his countless hours spent helping to promote and grow the Chamber and the community.

2016 Business of the Year was awarded to Coweta-Fayette EMC for their never-ending support of our region. Coweta-Fayette EMC regularly provides volunteers and equipment for community projects, providing funding and fund-raising for local businesses, events, and non-profits, not only in Heard County but all the areas they serve.

For over seventy years, Coweta-Fayette EMC has been a literal part of the fiber at our core; providing over 200 local jobs, paying more than $85 million dollars of ad valorem taxes into Heard, Coweta, and Fayette Counties and in fact, providing more than 6,000 miles of fiber that serves over 73,000 locations.

The Keynote speakers for the evening were Georgia House of Representative Randy Nix and Georgia State Senator Matt Brass.

Dinner was catered by Joshua D. Events and entertainment was provided by Heard County Middle School Show Choir.

The night ended with many great door prizes donated by Chamber members.

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