Tifton Gazette


January 16, 2014

Chambliss inducted into Hall of Fame


 U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., was inducted into the Peanut Hall of Fame by the Georgia Peanut Commission Thursday. 

Chambliss was unanimously selected for this award by the Georgia Peanut Commission for his lifelong contributions to Georgia’s peanut industry and agriculture. Induction in the Peanut Hall of Fame is the highest recognition one can receive from the growers in the state of Georgia.

Chambliss is only the fifth person to be inducted into the prestigious Peanut Hall of Fame Hall. The other members include U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Georgia House Agriculture Committee Chairman Henry Reeves, U.S. Sen. Herman Talmadge and Professor J. Frank McGill. 

Upon receiving his award, Chambliss said, “I am truly humbled and honored to be inducted into the Peanut Hall of Fame. The peanut industry is critical to our state’s economy, and it has been my privilege to advocate for this industry during my 20 years in Congress. I commend the Georgia Peanut Commission for the outstanding work they have done for our state, and I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of the peanut industry to keep it vibrant and thriving.” 

Chambliss served as chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry during the 109th Congress and as ranking member during the 110th and 111th Congresses. 

Chambliss is the only senator since 1947 to have chaired a full standing Senate committee after serving in the chamber for only two years.  

During his time in both the Senate and House, Chambliss was instrumental in drafting three farm bills, and is currently working on his fourth and final one. Before his election to Congress, Chambliss specialized in representing farmers' legal interests in south Georgia.

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

    LEOs and first responders honored at banquet

    A room full of local law enforcement and first responders were honored Thursday night by the Tifton Elks Lodge at their annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet for their service in the community.
    Prior to the awards being given out, Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, welcomed everyone, and the invocation and pledge were led by the Tift County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

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