The Tifton Judicial Circuit Bar Association recently celebrated Law Day. Incoming State Bar of Georgia President Petrise Perkins-Hooker was the key note speaker. In keeping with the 2014 Law Day theme, “Why Every Vote Matters,” Perkins-Hooker gave a brief history of voting in America. The bar took a voting “test” that was actually used in Louisiana for potential black voters. The “test’’ only served to dissuade voters as there were no answers for many of the questions. Perkins-Hooker commented on the recent low voter turnout in Georgia and challenged everyone to do their duty and vote.
Amanda Chambless, a fourth grade student at Matt Wilson Elementary School, received the “First Impressions Essay Award.” The program is orchestrated by State Court Judge Larry Mims, who takes students on a tour of the court house where they participate in a mock trial. They then write their first impression of our justice system. Chambless also won a trip to state bar headquarters in Atlanta and a Wild Adventures Theme Park pass.
Dennis Reese, a captain with the Tift County Sheriff’s Office, received the 2014 Liberty Bell Award. This award goes to an individual who promotes a better understanding of our form of government and encourages a greater respect for the law and the courts, and who contributes to the effective functioning of our institutions of government and conveys an appreciation of the rule of law. Reese, a highly-trained officer serves the community in many areas including CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and as a coach.