redstar2"We were very fortunate in the early years to have leadership that set us on the right path and gave us a strong foundation."

             -Chamber President
                  Tommie Ritter Smith

Panola County Chamber of Commerce
300 W. Panola Street
Carthage, TX 75633

FAX 903.693.8578
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Chamber News

  • starPreparations are now being made for a most extraordinary event – the 25th Annual “All that Glitters” Auction and “Taste of Carthage” – Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Carthage Civic Center – 6:00p.m.

    The event is fun, exciting, entertaining, and meets a very critical need.  Funds raised provide the financial support necessary for the Chamber to carry out its program of work, which includes the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and Tex Ritter Museum.  Activities funded by the auction help improve the economic vitality of the community and maintain the quality of life for all our citizens.

    The Chamber of Commerce is a 501 (c) (6) organization and your contribution may be tax deductible as a business expense.  The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame is a 501 (c) (3) organization.  A donation to the Hall of Fame may be tax deductible as a donation.  Receipts can be provided upon request.

    Please take time out of your busy schedule and use this form  to pledge a donation.  Use your imagination!!  If you need help, call the Chamber at 903-693-6634.  You may also reserve a table of 10 for $200.00.  Individual tickets are $20.00 each.

    With donations totaling $100 or more, you will receive 2 free tickets to this event!

    Want to be included in the Taste of Carthage Fill out this form.

  • roundup info 18 smKGAS Radio is hosting the "Tex Ritter Round-Up" with book signing featuring guest authors, live music by the Southern Impact Band, free museum tours, special guests, autographs. KGAS is sponsoring the County Music Showdown, a music competition with a top prize of $500. Rules and entry forms may be picked up at KGAS Radio, online at, or on the day of the event at the TCMHOF. 
  • Congratulations to all the contestants who tried out for the John Ritter Tribute Showcase. What a great day and what a hard job the judges had!  These 30 contestants will vie for the grand prize package on Friday, August 10, 2018.

    Finalists for the August show:

    Kaitlyn Anne
    Shelby Ballenger
    Keaton Bradbury
    Christina Brewer
    Robert Bumstead
    Kenslie Clark
    Mary Clare
    Zac Clifton
    Hollyn Cox
    Mark Crandall
    Chase Dawson
    Kyler Dean
    Melissa Evans
    Sadie Evans
    Adriannah Fine
    Victoria Ford
    Emily Greger
    Ross Tyler Hodgson
    Sarah Humphries
    Emma Jane
    McKenzie Jones
    Thomas Keith
    David Lewis
    Tiffany Martin
    Cindy Prince
    Bailey Rae
    Brittany Ridgeway
    Ahna Stacy
    Tori Vourganas
    Wyatt Windham
  • The 72nd Annual Chamber of Commerce Membership & Awards Banquet

    February 8, 2018

    Congratulations to Award Winners

    Citizen of the Year - Pat Smith
    Employees of the Year - Panola County Sheriff's Deputies-
    Chris Dickerson, Travis Curry, Calahan Malone

    Ambassador of the Year - Renee Nolan
    Chairman's Award - Kevin & Kristy Whitsett
    Main Street Shining Star - Tresa Joffrion

    Entertainment for the evening was provided by
    Tiff Taylor and Johnny Counterfeit

  • Carthage Christmas Parade winners - 1st Place - Still Waters Cowboy Church; 2nd Place - Panola Orchards ; 3rd Place - Hopewell Baptist Church

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  • kenny rogers2Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Awards Show

    The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame announced Kenny Rogers as the 2017 inductee, according to Tommie Ritter Smith, President of the TCMHOF. Also inducted was Bobbie Lee Nelson, sister and band member of Willie Nelson. The Pioneer Award receipient was Mo Jelaudarzadeh, owner of Mo's Place in Katy, Texas. Inducted into the Disc Jockey Hall of Fame was Tracy Pitcox, who has been employed by KNEL radio since 1986 and also owns Heart of Texas Records.  Emcee for the 20th anniversary Hall of Fame Awards Show was 2015 TCMHOF inductee Tracy Byrd. Guest performers were Linda Davis, TG Sheppard, Kelly Lang, Dallas Wayne and Johnny Counterfit. For more info, visit the TCMHOF website.

  • showcase logoAuditions for the John Ritter Tribute Showcase were held Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Thirty (30) contestants were chosen to compete at the finals on Friday, August 11, 2017, at the Carthage Civic Center in Carthage, Texas. The winner was Tiff Taylor from Melissa, Texas. She will represent the TCMHOF at various concerts and special events and also received a prize package which includes $1000. For details, click here    

    2017 Registration Form.

  • TCMHOF AdditionCome visit the new expansion of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and Tex Ritter Museum
  • nealGroundbreaking ceremonies were held March 19 for the new expansion project of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Special guest Neal McCoy attended the ceremonies.
  • Check out the latest Chamber events


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October 13, 2018

John Ritter Tribute Showcase