New Year’s Day program set for Jan. 2

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Jackson County Tax Commissioner Don Elrod will introduce the featured speaker at the 85th annual Jackson County New Year’s Day program set for 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.

Church at Southside Pastor Jeff Williams will be the speaker with “God Bless America” being sung by Mary Burley at the occasion being hosted by TeenPact, a Christian non-profit leadership institute youth organization, which will provide refreshments..

“All are invited to attend the program with the purpose of thanking God for the blessings of the past year and seeking divine guidance and blessings for the upcoming year,” said Solicitor Don Moore, who is coordinating the event which was first held in 1927 with Judge W.W. Dickson presiding.

Magistrate Judge Billy Chandler will introduce county officials and special guests.

Since New Year’s falls on Sunday, the program will be held on Monday, a county holiday. The auditorium of the County Administration Building auditorium will be the location of the program as renovations of the Jackson County Historic Courthouse will be next phase of that structure’s revitalization. Barber, Cunningham and Barrington PC will be providing professional design services for the inside renovations. That firm also worked with the committee working toward the complete restoration of that courthouse.

Elrod said, “I feel starting any New Year one should stop and thank the Lord for the entire past blessings however small they may have been. We then should ask Him to continue to bless us throughout the New Year. Without Him we would be nothing.

“We are all citizens of this great county and United States… Those that are officials chose to run for office or applied for a job to serve the citizens. I can only tell the citizens they will have missed a blessing to have not attended,” said Elrod, who promises the program is always over in time to watch the first bowl game.