While many were glued to the television to watch the inaugural events in Washington Jan. 20, residents and business owners in the Spring River area were supporting their community by attending the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet.
The banquet was held at the Cherokee Village Baptist Life Center where Eddie Black, and the Cherokee Village Baptist Church catered a delicious dinner. The decor was inviting, with table decorations provided by the Grape Vine in Ash Flat.
Because the ice storm hit just days after the banquet, it didn't get the coverage it has in the past. But, now that things are getting back to normal, Chamber President Charlotte Goodwin said she would like to recognize not only the Chamber, but those who support the area and the recipients of the 2008 awards.
Official awards were presented to: Sharp County OES Coordinator Gene Moore, Sharp County Judge Larry Brown, Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton, Cherokee Village Mayor Lloyd Hefley, Highland Mayor Jerome Norwood and Ash Flat Mayor Danny Traw.
Nursing Home Administrator Recognition awards were received by April Spurlock of Ash Flat Healthcare and Rehab and Linda Hall of Eaglecrest Nursing and Rehab Center.
Pat Sasfi received the E. Wilson Green award for her outstanding service and volunteerism to the community.
Plaques were given to Judy Wooldrige, Ed Dwornick, Betty Waser and Greg Bess for their volunteer work during the Feb. 5, 2008, tornado.
The 2009 SRACC officers are: President, Charlotte Goodwin; First Vice President, Beth McEntire-Bess, who will also be the secretary; Second Vice President, Denise Gibbons; and Treasurer, Nancy Orr.
The 2009 Board of Directors is made up of eight people: Clint Wiles, Kathy Austin, W.R. (Fat) Murphy, Nimmi Desai, Larry McIntosh, Melissa Smith, Lillian Newburn and Donna Cruse.
Goodwin said the sense of community and combined efforts throughout the past years' disasters exemplifies the kind of community anyone would be proud to be a part of.