SBA honors Smithville mayor

By The Associated Press

SMITHVILLE — Smithville Mayor Gregg Kennedy has been honored by the Small Business Administration for his work for his town’s recovery from a 2011 tornado.

The SBA says in a news release that Kennedy will be presented with the agency’s Phoenix Award.

The town was devastated by a tornado on April 27, 2011. Sixteen people were killed and 153 homes, four churches, the Town Hall, the police headquarters and 14 of the 15 businesses in the one-square-mile were destroyed.

The Phoenix Awards will be presented on May 21 during the SBA’s National Small Business Week celebration in Washington, D.C.