The 2017 Clay County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting was a huge success as almost 100 local business owners, citizens and associates enjoyed a delicious catered dinner, followed by some great entertainment.
Here is the 2017 Chamber Board, all in attendance, who played a part in the night’s events:
The Chamber Board: left to right: President Stephen Young, Secretary/Treasurer Kevin Moon, CEO Tiffany Young, Member- 2nd Vice President Doug Hallman, Member-Michele Robinson, 1st Vice-President, Tim Worthy, Member Debbie Whatley, Member Patsy Sullivan, Member Bobby Anderson, MemberJeff Hill.
The event was kicked off by President Stephen Young, followed by the invocation given by Vice-President Tim Worthy.
After a delicious dinner, which included rib-eye steak sandwiches by the Clay County Cattlemen’s Association, Chamber CEO Tiffany Young briefed everyone on the events they were currently working with through various organizations, and how delighted they were to have a new home on Hwy 9 ( former Cheaha Cabinets) , thanks to the Economic Development Council and AGL owner Irving Thompson. Some of the events listed were:
- AIDT Leadership Development Training Class ( Feb. 28-March 1st)
- Business Associate Luncheon ( rotating restaurants every third Thursday at 11 am, March 16 @ Court Square. Everyone invited)
- 2nd Annual SouthEast Tiny Home Festival ( Oct 21-22, 2017)
- Ashland Fun Days (March 11, 2017)
Ashland Mayor Larry Fetner commended the Chamber on the event and everything they were doing for the county. Fetner said their city had been blessed with a lot of ribbon cuttings lately, including the some of the newer businesses located on the square:
- Dream Bridal and Formal Wear
- Revive Home Decor Consignment
- Cheaha Music Company ( tbh March 1, 2017)
Fetner said people were interested in coming back to Clay County to settle and credited this to the boom of local economy within their city and increased workforce to their major industries, such as Wellborn Cabinets and Tru-Cabinetry. Hardees has also re-opened under new ownership on Hwy 9 next to the Hospital. Fetner introduced his new council, describing them as “energetic” who were in attendance.
Lineville Mayor Roy Adamson followed with his update on what was going on in his city. Adamson reported over 200 jobs were added in 2016 to the Lineville work force through the combined efforts of:
- Integrity Cabinets ( former 3D)
- New South Manufacturing ( former downtown Higgins)
- Hoods by Andre (old Robinson’s).
Adamson was also pleased to announce they were able to give Lineville Head Start a new home at the former Lineville Elementary Primary Building, which helped their program grow and also provided a few new jobs.
Adamson also invited everyone to come visit the new Lineville Museum, housed at the former Kimberly Clark building at the entrance of the park, now open on Saturdays. Adamson stated he was pleased to be working hand in hand with the Chamber for the betterment of the county.
After these updates, those in attendance were delightfully entertained by the dynamic duo of Ryan Robertson and Roger Hammett. Robertson and Hammett are long-time favorites at many local events for various reasons and this night was no exception. The crowd sang along with their songs and enjoyed many chuckles from the comedic tales.
Robertson, who is also the Cleburne County Probate Judge, as well as successful song writer and singer landing a #1 hit, “God Against The Law” (co-wrote) and another top ten hit, “Little Yellow Seeds” on the Country Christian Chart.
Hammett plays a wide variety of instruments, including the harmonica, guitar, banjo, drums and piano. Hammett also toured with the legendary Grandpa Jones from 1992-1997.
Robertson and Hammett have been playing and touring together for over 26 years, so one can only imagine the flawless synchronicity they have mastered over the years. Needless to say, a good time was had by all.
Capping off the event were the annual Chamber awards, where those were recognized for their efforts throughout the year through different avenues. These award recipients were nominated by Chamber members, and the following were presented with beautiful plaques, in honor of their service:
- Volunteer of the Year: Tammy Andrews
- Business Person of the Year: Stan Gaither
- Business of the Year: Anderson’s Bistro
CEO/President Tiffany Young closed the night’s events by thanking those who contributed to the night’s success:
- Central High School of Clay County for hosting the event
- Guest Entertainers-Ryan Robertson and Roger Hammett
- Clay County Cattlemen’s Association for the ribeye steak sandwiches
- Duke’s Jewelry for donating the award plaques
- Patsy Sullivan and Michelle Robinson for decorations