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Hazlehurst Chamber banquet award winners

Public Service Award Recipient – Neil Honan served as the executive director for the Copiah County Economic Development District (CCEDD) from July 2004 to September 2011 when he retired. During his tenure at the CCEDD, Honan was instrumental in bring DG Foods to the county and CCI to the Hazlehurst Industrial Park. Honan was appointed to serve as a Board of Trustee for the CCEDD on October 19, 2011. His impact in the community is still being felt. Brenda Harper, Executive Assistant, joined the C

Design Builder Award Recipient – Scott King presented the Design Award to David Huntington and John Huntington owners of Huntington Lumber Company. Huntington is a long time staple of the business community in Hazlehurst. The company has just undergone an extensive expansion to become the place to go for do-it-yourself jobs at home to larger construction jobs. They are remodeling their old building into a home decor center. Their impact in the business community is invaluable.

Community Service Award Recipient – Kannuthurai Thiruvarasu, owner of Kannu’s Country Kitchen received the Community Service Award from Joe Buck Coates. According to Coates, Kannu is a hardworking member of the community. He is tireless in his effort to serve the community. He has been a part of the community since 1986. He serves over 500 dinners to the homeless and needy in the community. His restaurants are known for there truly southern cuisine and are a favorite the community. Kannu’s

Scholarship Award Recipient – In a first for the Chamber, Twylah Jefferson was awarded a scholarship for her exceptional serve to the Chamber. Randle Day, Chamber Executive Director, presented the award to Jefferson. “She has worked with the Chamber as the bugler playing taps for the Chamber’s Veterans Day Ceremony since she was in the 10th grade at Hazlehurst High School.” Day told the audience that Jefferson is now pursuing her nursing degree at Mississippi College.

The annual membership banquet of the Hazlehurst Area Chamber of Commerce was held on Tuesday, January 31 at the Copiah County Fairgrounds Banquet Facility in Gallman.  Around 160 attended the gala.

Four individuals were recognized for their stalwart efforts to improve the quality of life of the area after a half hour of entertainment by The Sojourners from Co-lin.  A meal was provided by Wendy Putt.

The Chamber announced its annual membership drive is doing well, with around 50 members at present time.  The goal each year is to have 100 members join the community organization.

For more information on joining the Chamber, visit or contact the office at 601-894-3752.

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