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Chamber recognizes SSS band, outstanding citizens at 44th Annual Meeting

SMITHFIELD - The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce held its 44th Annual Meeting on January 27, 2014. Highlights of the night included the naming of 2002 Board Chair Lee Jackson the area's Citizen of the Year, saluting the Smithfield-Selma High School Band with an award of achievement and having Congressman Mike McIntyre place comments in the Congressional Record honoring retiring Clerk of Court Will Crocker.

The Chamber presented a number of other awards, including:
• Citizen of the Year, sponsored by Triangle Insurance Group - Lee Jackson, a partner with the CPA firm Dees, Jackson, Jackson & Associates in Smithfield.
• Distinguished Citizen from Smithfield, sponsored by Woody's Computing Service - Gary Ridout, a retired educator and Rotary leader. Linda Ridout accepted for her husband who was on a Rotary service trip to the Dominican Republic.
• Distinguished Citizen from Selma, sponsored by Woody's Computing Service - Dr. Dicky Parrish, a dentist and local school supporter
• Chamber Athena Award, sponsored by CORESTAFF SERVICES - Sherry Harris, executive director of Reach Out Johnston County and the founder of the Chamber Women's Business Network
• Jimmy Creech Small Business Person of the Year - Warren Stancil, Interstate Outdoor, Inc., a successful Selma outdoor advertising company.
• Life Members - Jimmy Blow, Bobby Eason, Jimmy Flowers, Earl Marett and Vicki Shore.
• Howard Best Awards for Outstanding Members of the Board of Directors, sponsored by W. Landis Bullock Industrial Contractor Supply - Keith Dimsdale, Chick-fil-A and Kim McCullers, Mitchell Temporary Services.
• Chamber Ambassador of the Year, sponsored by Watson, Cooke & Jones, PA - Dwight Morris, Partnership for Children of Johnston County
• Past Board Chair Award - Earl Worley Jr., KS Bank

Approximately 200 people attended the banquet at the Johnston County Agricultural Center.

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