The 85th annual Jackson County New Year’s Day program will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 2, in the auditorium of the Administrative Building in Jefferson.
The first such New Year’s Day program was held in 1927, with Judge W.W. Dickson presiding.
This year, pastor Jeff Williams of the Church at Southside will be the featured speaker. Mary Burley will sing “God Bless America.” Magistrate Court Judge Billy Chandler will introduce county officials and guests. Tax commissioner Don Elrod will introduce the speaker.
TeenPact, a Jackson County organization dedicated to preparing students for business and political leadership, will again host the event and provide coffee and doughnuts.
While the historic Jackson County courthouse is being renovated, the event will be held in the county Administrative Building. Because New Year’s Day falls on Sunday this year, the meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 2, which is a county holiday.
“All are invited to attend the program, with the purpose of thanking God for the blessings of the past year and seeking divine guidance and blessings for the upcoming year,” said Don Moore, organizer.