January 6, 2010 Edition

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Whitmire to lead Chamber Board

New Chamber Board Chair Lorra Whitmire (right) looks over a finance report with Kathy Bradley, the Chamber's administrative assistant, at Tuesday Chamber of Commerce meeting.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Gretchen Hunt

Lorra Whitmire of Clover Bend is the new chair of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Board. She led her first meeting on Tuesday, during which other officers for 2010 were elected.

The new officers are: Mike Montgomery, chair-elect; Adam Staples, vice chair; and Kari Shanks, executive committee member-at-large.

Whitmire also made committee appointments for the new year. They are as follows:

Membership Committee: chair, Mike Montgomery; co-chair, Bill Wilcoxson.

Quarterly Meetings Committee: chair, Kari Shanks; co-chair, Sherry Moore.

Marketing Committee: chair, Vickie Mitchell; co-chair, Gretchen Hunt.

Tourism Committee: chair, Brett Cooper; co-chair, Vickie Mitchell.

Economic Development Committee: chair, Milton Smith; co-chair, Adam Staples.

Transportation Committee: chair, Clay Sloan; co-chair, Button Wallin.

Banquet Committee: chair, Gretchen Hunt; co-chair, Sherry Moore.

Events Committee: chair, Lorra Whitmire; co-chair, Gretchen Hunt.

Other appointed representatives include: Debbie Spangler, chaplain; Debbie Smith, financial adviser; Junior Briner, adviser to the Chamber; and Terry Lambert, representative to the Intermodal Authority.

In addition, a new committee is the Walnut Ridge Merchant's Committee. The group will work in conjunction with the Downtown Walnut Ridge Organization and will be led by Debbie Smith.

Whitmire said other communities can notify her if they would like to have a committee formed under the Chamber of Commerce to help with local projects.

"We want to work with the individual cities to help them reach their goals and hopefully have them become more involved in the Chamber," Whitmire said.

She said she is looking forward to working with the board, elected officials and community members in 2010.

"We are looking forward to working with our existing industries and businesses to maintain jobs in Lawrence County," she said. "As always, we will be looking for opportunities to add new industries and businesses."

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