Ten receive Chamber awards
Ten individuals and organizations, that contribute to the life of Wesson through business, education and not-for-profit service have been recognized by the Wesson Chamber of Commerce.
Dump's BBQ, a local restaurant, the American Legion and its Ladies Auxiliary and Sonya Cowen received the Chamber's Business of the Year, Organization of the Year and Citizen of the Year awards in a special presentation ceremony last month. Also honored were:
Wendy Harrell as Wesson Attendance Center Educator of the Year
Dr. Reed Freeman as Co-Lin Educator of the Year
Wesson Garden Club, Community Spirit Award recipient
Wesson Ace Hardware, Best Customer Service Award recipient
Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Innovative Business Award recipient
Copiah Nutrition for Positive Social Media Presence
Park Place Ice Cream as Best New Business
The award recipients and their families attended the private ceremony held instead of the Chamber's annual public banquet -- the usual presentations venue -- because the resurgence of COVID-19.
Dwayne McLemore, who owns and manages Steel Outdoors, a custom metal products fabricator based in Wesson, talked about the ingredients of success as featured speaker. McLemore, who said a church pastor's question -- "why do you do what you do" -- set him on his life-changing journey to start his own business -- cited "postivity," "always getting up when you are down" and "goal" as keys to success.
Wesson Alderman Michael King and Co-Lin President Dr. Jane Hulon Sims also spoke to the honorees and their families, focusing on happenings in town and at the college.
At the event, the Chamber introduced its 2022 Board of Directors: Stephen Ashley, president; Stephanie Duguid, vice president; Deemie Letchworth, secretary; Brent Duguid, treasurer; and members Jessica Breazeale, Phillip Knight and Ken Sullivan. Outgoing board members Kayla Bereh, Marilyn Britt and Steve Liverman were also recognized.