The Warren County Chamber of Commerce treated attendees to a Roaring ‘20s themed night of dinner, awards, and updates Jan. 27.

Among the awards presented was the annual Business of the Year, which was presented to Warrenton-based Smith Farm Supply.

Tyler Johnson, president of Smith Farm Supply, accepted the award and gave credit to the staff, which has helped him grow through the years from on location to now several other locations around this part of the state.

The chamber’s Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Erica Dawson and was presented by Jeffrey Fowler, president of the Warren County Chamber of Commerce.

The Warrenton Garden Club Community Service Award for 2020 was presented to Don and Lyn Pesek by Beth Bean. The award is presented annually to someone who has excelled at serving the community.

The chamber presented two tourism awards, one for agritourism and one for film tourism. The Tourism Award: Agritourism was presented to Six Acres Farm and received by Rick and Linda Phillips. The Tourism Award: Film Based was presented to Film Warren County, Ga. and was received by Tammy Carden.

Banquet attendees also were briefed about the accomplishments of the Warren County School System, by Superintendent Carole Jean Carey; the key highlights of the chamber, by chamber chair Paige Kelley; economic development achievements and outlook, by O.B. McCorkle; and tourism updates, by Jeffrey Fowler.

The keynote speaker for the evening was Jessica Hayes, deputy chief of staff for U.S. Congressman Jody Hice.

Hayes shared her experiences beginning with challenges by professors in college, a career as a television journalist, and then her transition to working for the congressman.

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