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Kemp to speak at Chamber meeting

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON — The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce went straight to the top when booking a speaker for its annual meeting. The keynote speaker for the event, scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 13, is Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

"We're real excited about that," Chamber President Hunter Hall said. "We've asked him to give a state of the state address and a little bit of the forecast as best he can see it."

Kemp is expected to speak on economic development, the budget, education funding and more. "We're excited to have somebody at that level speak on what they're seeing and how that will filter down to the local level," Hall said.

Tickets are on sale for the annual meeting, which is open to the general public. The event will be held at DeKalb Technical College, located at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m., and dinner begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $55 per person and include dinner and two drinks. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Chamber at 770-786-7510.

The event will also include the presentation of the R.O. Arnold Award. Considered to be the most prestigious honor a Newton County resident can receive, the award recognizes a lifetime of community involvement and achievement. The Dick James Small Business of the Year Award and the Spirit of Excellence Award, which recognizes a Chamber volunteer for outstanding contributions, will also be presented. Chamber Chairman Jerry Mays will pass the gavel on to Chair-Elect Scott Willis and the new slate of officers for 2011 will be approved.