Thursday, January 10, 2013
Tourism hires office manager
By SUE WATSON
Shamecca Austin Fitts is the new office manager at the Holly Springs Tourism Bureau. She took over duties Friday, Jan. 4.
She is a 2001 graduate of Holly Springs High School and attended Blue Mountain College two years, majoring in general studies.
She is one of five children of Sherwin and Jennare Austin of Red Banks. Her brother, Jamond Austin, was the valedictorian of Holly Springs High School in 2012. Other siblings are Sherwin Austin Jr., who works as a supervisor at Henkel, Karesiah Austin, who sings in the school choir, and Randi Faulkner, a social worker at the Department of Human Services in Holly Springs.
She attends Landmark Temple in Holly Springs.
Fitts is married to Andre Fitts, and the couple live in Byhalia with their two children, Andre Jr. and A’Xireiah.
Fitts worked five years with Ingersoll Rand of Southaven, a heating and air company that specializes in heating/air condition. Her husband works for Fraenkel Furniture Company in Olive Branch.
Tourism executive director LaKisha Mitchell-Buffington said there were about 12 applicants for the position.
As office manager, Fitts will handle the day-to-day business at the bureau and work on tour group sales, Buffington said. Fitts will contact group tour operators to schedule tours of homes.
“She will be hitting the ground running,” Buffington said, “getting ready for the 2013 Pilgrimage and other projects this spring.”
The two will travel to Little Rock, Ark., in February to participate in a Travel South Showcase FAM Tour. The FAM Tour will visit Holly Springs February 20 after the meeting. The Bureau will also assist Holly Springs Main Street Chamber in a new event this spring – classic movies in the park.
On Jan. 10, Country Music TV will be in town to do a feature on Graceland Too. The event will be conducted at 11:30 in the morning.
Buffington said she looks forward to working with Fitts at the bureau.
“I’m excited to have her; she’s very bubbly, energetic and has a pleasant temperament,” Buffington said. “I think she will make a wonderful first face. All her references are very high on her.”
Fitts is also ready to be of service.
“I am excited and ready to go to work – ready to learn,” she said. “So, here I am.”
There is something new in the Holly Springs tour this year. The Magnolias mansion on Craft Street will be open for tours. It is the house where “Cookie’s Fortune,” was filmed.
Call the bureau at 662-252-2515 to book individual or group tours to the homes in Holly Springs or the Strawberry Plains Audubon Society properties.
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