Byron Dobbs named Cherokee County 1st Citizen for 2017

FIRST CITIZEN OF CHEROKEE COUNTY NAMED CANTON, GA (January 19, 2017)

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Byron L. Dobbs has been named the 42nd recipient of the First Citizen of Cherokee County Award. He was honored during the Chamber's 46th Annual Meeting held Thursday, January 19, 2017. A native of Woodstock and a lifelong resident of Cherokee County for 82 years, Mr. Dobbs retired from radio station WCHK in 1998 after 40 years and today works at WLJA 101.1 FM which he and business associate Randy Gravley own their corporation, Tri-State Communications. Throughout the years Mr. Dobbs has been involved with a variety of local organizations including the Board of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, Cherokee County Historical Society, Sequoyah Regional Library, Emeritus Director of the Cherokee Sports Hall of Fame, Honorary Member of Ellijay Rotary Club, the A-Day for Reinhardt University Committee, the Cherokee Clean & Beautiful Commission and organizer of the Easter Community Sunrise Service at Cherokee Memorial Park which continues today.

Being recognized for his commitment to his community and profession is nothing new for Mr. Dobbs who has been honored by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters’ as Broadcaster of the Year, inducted into the University of Georgia’s Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Daughters of the American Revolution Excellence in Community Service, Cherokee County Proclamation for Byron Dobbs Day, Byron Dobbs Day in the City of Canton, Georgia House of Representatives Resolution for Distinguished Career, Georgia Senate Bill commending his community leadership, and the Georgia State School Board’s Beacon Award. “The Cherokee County Chamber is honored to name Byron Dobbs as the 42nd recipient of the prestigious First Citizen of Cherokee County Award. It is obvious, based upon his accomplishments, why he was selected,” remarked Bryan Reynolds, Director of the Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency, and 2017 Chairman of the Chamber. The title of First Citizen of Cherokee County is bestowed upon resident of Cherokee County who has resided in the county for a minimum of five years and has shown significant meritorious service to his/her community through family, civic and/or religious involvement. A panel of out-of-town judges reviews the accomplishments of each applicant then the winner is chosen based upon merit. The 2017 recipient joins a prestigious list of honorees including former Canton physician Dr. Grady Coker, who was the initial recipient in 1971, along with Norman Sosebee who was selected in 2016.

The title of First Citizen of Cherokee County is bestowed upon resident of Cherokee County who has resided in the county for a minimum of five years and has shown significant meritorious service to his/her community through family, civic and/or religious involvement. A panel of out-of-town judges reviews the accomplishments of each applicant then the winner is chosen based upon merit. The 2017 recipient joins a prestigious list of honorees including former Canton physician Dr. Grady Coker, who was the initial recipient in 1971, along with Norman Sosebee who was selected in 2016. ###

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