Grayson featured as guest speaker for Chamber banquet

ABERDEEN – For years, Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s “Mississippi Roads” host Walt Grayson has taken viewers on a visual trip through the state’s little hidden treasures.
Grayson will take guests on an interesting journey of thought at the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce banquet March 4 when he serves as the guest speaker.
“We had several members ask us how we picked our speakers each year and expressed interest in bringing him here. Since he’s featured Amory and Aberdeen on his show, it will be a perfect fit,” said Kathy Lusby, commerce director of chamber affairs of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce.
Grayson was born and raised in Greenville, where his broadcasting career began with a radio announcer job at WJPR while he was in high school. He began working in television broadcasting as a weekend weather fill-in while occasionally contributing travel feature stories.
He joined Jackson’s WLBT as a weatherman in 1984 and contributes a “Look Around Mississippi” segment to the station weekly. He was inducted into the Associated Press’ Mississippi Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Grayson has inked three books and also writes a monthly newsletter article for the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi.
Mr. Charlie’s will cater the banquet with smoked pork loin, grilled pork chops, grilled chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, salad and assorted desserts.
Entertainment will be provided by Artwork until the program starts. Awards for the evening will be presented to Industry of the Year; Business of the Year; Volunteer of the Year; Community Leadership Award; and the Community Focus Award.
The South Monroe County Community Fund will also host a silent auction during the evening as well.
During the past 48 months, the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce has helped seven industries create 920 new jobs and secured grant funding of just shy of $6 million. Along with those efforts, nine job projects have yielded capital investments totaling $211 million, 1,068 jobs retained and six once vacant industrial buildings are now occupied.
This year’s banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 26. Adult tickets are $25 and student tickets are $10. Advanced tickets are required since no tickets will be sold at the door. For tickets and more information, please call 369-6488 or 256-7194.

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