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2020 First Citizen Billy Hasty Jr. addresses the audience at last year’s Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting.

Anyone wishing to nominate a local resident for the annual Chamber of Commerce’s First Citizen of Cherokee County Award has until noon Wednesday to get the nomination in.

The title of First Citizen of Cherokee County is awarded to a man or woman who has lived in the county for a minimum of five years and has shown “significant meritorious service to his or her community through family, civic and/or religious involvement,” Chamber President Pam Carnes said in a statement. A panel of out-of-town judges reviews the accomplishments of each applicant and the winner is chosen based upon merit. Sponsored by the Chamber, the 46th Annual First Citizen will be announced during the organization’s annual meeting scheduled for Jan. 21 at First Baptist Church Woodstock.

The 2021 honoree will join a list of Cherokee Countians that includes former Canton physician Dr. Grady Coker, who was the initial recipient in 1971 along with William G. Hasty, Jr. who was chosen as the 2020 First Citizen.

First Citizen Applications are available at the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton, or via the web at CherokeeChamber.com. All applications must be submitted by noon Jan. 6. For further details, please contact the Chamber at 770-345-0400.

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