Thursday, January 25, 2007
Dickerson, Wagg reap top chamber awards
By SUE WATSON
Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson was named leader of the year and Janice Wagg board member of the year at the ninth annual Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Celebration Thursday.
Dickerson, who appeared deeply moved at receiving the nomination, thanked the chamber membership.
He said he wasn’t expecting the award.
“I’m sure there are a lot of other individuals who have worked hard and are deserving of this recognition, too,” he said.
Law enforcement is a tough job which cannot be successful without broad support for law officers, law enforcement and public safety from the community, Dickerson said.
“I thank all the citizens of Marshall County for supporting me in my 35 years in law enforcement in the county,” he said. “I couldn’t have been as successful as I’ve been without them.
“No law enforcement executive is any better than the good people who work for him. I have loyal employees and I’ve been successful in keeping some key people working for me as jailers, deputies and investigators.”
Sheriff Dickerson received a standing ovation.
The person who nominated Dickerson for the award cited his handling of the investigation last year into the kidnapping of Morgan Shaw. Sen. Ralph Doxey and Rep. Kelvin Buck spearheaded resolutions in both the House and Senate commending Dickerson for organizing the 24-hour investigation leading to the recovery of Shaw following her kidnapping in the Laws Hill community.
“It is with great pride that we recognize the dedication and special accomplishments of Sheriff Dickerson, whose personal courage has brought credit to this community and to the state of Mississippi,” said Sarah Sawyer, executive director of the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce.
Dickerson joins past winners of the leadership of the year award, Dudley Moore, Jr., Byhalia Mayor Scooter Dempsey, Terry Rodgers and Rev. Don Wilson.
Wagg, who has worked with the Byhalia Sports Association 13 years and who has served as treasurer, president and board member of the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce was praised for her “unselfish interest in the chamber.”
Wagg was described as a person who participates, cares, serves, volunteers, is dedicated and who works very hard.
“Wagg has the ability to inspire others and to respond to initiatives sponsored by the chamber and to motivate others to resolve community problems,” her nominator said.
“We have lost count of how many years, days and hours she has dedicated herself to the chamber, to Byhalia and to Marshall County,” Sawyer said.
This is Wagg’s second time to be named board member of the year. She, along with Bill Kinkade and Bill Welch, have so far received the honor.
The awards ceremony was held in the showroom of Barden Cut Stone in Byhalia, a family owned and operated business located in Byhalia Industrial Park. Owners Bob and Brenda Barden and their family welcomed guests.
CenturyTel was recognized for a $5,000 marketing grant to be applied to Byhalia’s Main Street Program. The Mississippi Development Authority was also thanked for a $2,000 marketing grant to help develop a Marshall County brochure. The Byhalia and Holly Springs chambers of commerce and the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority are matching the grant funds.
New Byhalia Chamber officers for the year are Bill Kinkade, president; Pam Thomas, first vice president; Jim Robinson, second vice president; Jacob Norton, financial officer; Mika Joyner, outgoing president; and Amy Burrow, secretary.
January - 2007 Marshall County Leadership Class 2-day retreat at Kirkwood National, Thursday, January 25 and Friday, January 26.
February - Thursday, February 1 - Free “Small Business Workshop” sponsored by Solomon Strategic Advisors and the Byhalia Area Chamber. Registration starts at 4:45 p.m. and workshop at 5:15 p.m. at the chamber office. The same workshop will be held again February 13. For more information contact the Byhalia Chamber at 662-838-8127.
February 24 - Mardi Gras Party, a fundraiser for Byhalia Beautiful. Call 838-8127 for tickets and information.
Tuesday, February 27 - Marshall County Awards Banquet, Oak Palace in Holly Springs, at 6:30 p.m.
March - Thursday, March 1 - The Third Annual Marshall-Benton Area Job Fair opens at 9 a.m. at the Eddie Lee Smith Jr. Multi-Purpose Building in Holly Springs. Free to the public.
Thursday, March 15 - Byhalia Area Membership luncheon, hosted by Merchants and Farmers Bank, will be held at the fellowship hall of Byhalia United Methodist Church. Lunch is free to members.
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