Thursday, January 17, 2008

15 Residents Nominated for “Citizen of the Year”

Coweta residents have nominated 15 local community and business leaders to vie for the Citizen of the Year award, presented by the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce. This year’s nominees are recognized for their contributions in a wide variety of areas, including economic development, governmental and civic affairs, nonprofit programs, education, religion, and overall leadership. The nominees are: Don Chapman, Dee Crouch, Eleanor Goode, Dr. Joe Harless, Norma Haynes, Bette Hickman, David LaGuardia, Willie F. Pritchett, Jr., Derenda Rowe, Mayo Royal, Francis Smith, Sarah Thomas, Robin G. Tornow, Rev. Gary Vaughn, and Michael Yeager.

“The Citizen of the Year selection committee has a tough task in choosing a single winner from this very impressive group of nominees,” said Willie Boyd, community volunteer, Chamber board member and Citizen of the Year in 2006. “But the good news for everyone is that Coweta County has so many outstanding leaders and role models from which to choose. Our community is truly blessed to have people like these at work, whether behind the scenes or in the public eye, to make life better in Coweta for everyone.”

The winner will be announced at the Citizen of the Year award ceremony and dinner hosted by the Kiwanis Club, on January 17, 2008, at the Fairgrounds at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available through the Chamber until January 11, 2008 and are $ 25.

The Citizen of the Year Award was created by the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce in 1992 to recognize and thank those in the Coweta community who go out of their way to serve others and improve quality of life in our community. To learn more about the Citizen of the Year Award or to purchase tickets, contact the Chamber at 770-253-2270 or

With more than 700 members throughout Coweta County, the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing economic prosperity for all Coweta’s citizens. As the county’s largest business organization, the Chamber works to provide business leadership to foster an economic and cultural climate favorable to all business, in order to create a higher quality of life for all residents.

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