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Greenville Honors Its Own

Friday night I wore a tuxedo and emceed Greenville Honors Its OWN (GHIO Banquet), at the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center. I met many old friends and made new acquaintances. I heard many great Delta stories, and was also concerned about flooding and the Mississippi River. Julia Reed was one of the people I was most excited to meet. Julia Reed was an author I have loved for many years. It was a pleasant surprise to see her at the event. The evening also reminded me how talented Mississippians are. We had people who were successful on the national stage, and this was an opportunity to honor Greenville residents. These were the winners: Bruce Blackman, a Greenville native, was awarded the Georgie Fisher Lifetime Achievement Award. He wrote among other songs the mid-70s smash Moonlight Feels Right. Camp Looking Glass, which is a special place for special children, was awarded the Special Achievement Award. Judy Long, a strong volunteer, was awarded the Bert Miller Volunteer Award. The Artist Award was won by J.B. Hamilton, Luctrician singer. Mitchell Distributing won the Business Award. The Chuck Jordan Lifetime Contribution to the Arts Award was presented to the JA of Greenville. The Arts in Education Award was won by Renaissance Scholars. As I drove through the Delta, with a nearly full moon as an escort, I thought about the winners and how they had used their talents in making the community better. I love to talk about how all of us are artists. We start each day with a blank canvas, and we can make a difference in the lives of others through our attitude (colors) and brushstrokes. It was something I witnessed firsthand Friday night.