Awards Winners Named for 73rd Annual Chamber Banquet
The Panola County Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 73rd year with a banquet held on Thursday, February 14th, 2019 at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame/Tex Ritter Museum. Awards presented were:
Citizen of the Year - Tommie Ritter Smith
Employee of the Year - Cindy Deloney
Main Street Shining Star Award - Kerri Vance
Main Street Rising Star Award - Peyton Jones
Arthur Johnson Ambassador of the Year Award - Jean Thomas
Chairman's Award - Tonya Cooke
Employee of the Year award was sponsored by KGAS Radio, and Citizen of the Year award was sponsored by the Panola Watchman.
Entertainment was provided by special guest Rudy Gatlin of the Grammy Award winning trio The Gatlin Brothers. Rudy, along with his brothers Larry and Steve, were inducted in to the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006. The trio have recorded many hits including “Broken Lady,” which earned them a Grammy for Best Country Song, and “All the Gold in California,” which earned them an Academy of Country Music Award for Single of the Year. In addition to singing and touring with The Gatlin Brothers, Rudy has starred in the Broadway musicals “Oklahoma” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” Rudy is an avid golfer and enjoys being involved in several charity golf events around the country.