• Chamber awards two community leaders for volunteerism
By Linda Green

Don Powers, center, is congratulated by Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry after receiving the Darrell M. Johnson Award. Bob Flanders, right, presented the award during the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber Banquet. Photo by Wayne Parham.

Shock and awe were the reactions of two men who were recently recognized for their work in public service and volunteerism.
The Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce bestowed prestigious awards on John Seay and Don Powers for their efforts to promote the city and county.
Seay, the police chief, received the Mike Carrington Volunteer of the Year Award and Powers, Thomson city manager, received the Darrell M. Johnson Award during the chamber’s 42nd annual membership banquet Jan. 21.
“I was surprised when my name was called,” said Don Powers, who has managed the city since 2007. “You do your work and try to make things happen and if you stay with it long enough you can make a joyful noise,” he said.
Powers is honored to be added to the list of 27 people who have helped shaped the community. “I am proud to be included as an award recipient.”
The award, given annually by the chamber since 1986, honors the late Johnson who sold cars and trucks under the name Johnson Chevrolet in Thomson for numerous years. He was a business, community, civic-minded person and active member of First Baptist Church.

To read more on this story, see the Thurs., Jan. 30, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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