July 24, 2013 — “That day. Not next week or next year,” Collier said.
During Thursday’s meeting, group members said they have already gained valuable insight about the concerns of Carter County residents, including local drug-abuse problems as well as often-inaccurate perceptions of the community. Strother observed that people who found themselves on different sides of local issues, such as the recent vote approving the sale of alcohol in Grayson have been “energized” by those efforts.
“Even the jail thing got people wanting to do something,” he said.
Collier said the group has already met with practically every organization in Carter County, although they strategically saved local elected officials for last. Collier noted that Grayson Mayor George Steele was the first to suggest the summit, and others in the community organization said elected officials including state Sen. Robin Webb and state Rep. Jill York have already been involved with the effort.
The Carter County Community Partner’s Summit will feature Rockcastle County banker Corey Craig as the opening speaker, with Vaughn L. Grisham as the keynote speaker. Grisham serves as director emeritus of the McLean Institute for Community Development and professor emeritus of Sociology at the University of Mississippi, where he has been an instructor for more than 40 years. The summit will begin with registration from 8:30 to 9 a.m. at the Grayson Conference Center, 501 C.W. Stevens Blvd.
Sponsored by the Grayson Area Chamber of Commerce, admission is free and refreshments and lunch will be provided. For more information, call (606) 474-4401.