Hello readers! Thank you to the Johnston County Sentinel writers and publishers for inviting me to submit my column. Where the length of my weekly writings has included upcoming events, I received suggestions to do a Chamber Member Spotlight each week, which is great for the businesses and organizations, but also for me to get to know each a little better. Each week I will draw a name from an envelope that has our *current members inside and will write a few paragraphs about them (don’t worry, I will reach out and ask you what information you would like included). Each name is drawn randomly, there is no order, and each member will be featured one time until I have gone through every business or organization in the membership. I will announce the following week’s spotlighted member at the end of the column. Sounds fun right? Let’s jump right in.

This week’s Chamber Member Spotlight is on Butler-Maxey Insurance. Maxey Insurance was first opened in the 1970s by Keith and Polly Maxey, known and beloved by many in the community. When it was time to sell, Terry Rushing bought the business but decided to keep the Maxey name because of the wonderful legacy that the couple had created in Johnston County. Polly, in her eighties, now lives in Edmond, Oklahoma near her daughter.

The office at 311 W. Main is managed by Shelley Norris-Boyd, who has been with the company since 2005. Shelley has lived in Tishomingo her entire life, now with children in the Tishomingo school system. Shelley is assisted in the office by Christine Allmon, who was brought on board in 2014. Maxey Insurance stays involved in community efforts by being a sponsor of the spring little league baseball team and is known for giving and donating to many causes, including our county schools and several civic organizations. The office is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and sells all types of insurances except life and health. If you have any questions or are interested in a quote, please call 580-371-3238.

Now wasn’t that interesting? Read next week, for the Spotlight will focus on the Johnston County Museum of History and Chickasaw Bank Museum!

Just a few housekeeping things – the Tishomingo Development Team will meet for their February meeting next Tuesday, February 6th at noon at the MSC Aggie Dining Room. Please put a note on Saturday, March 31st as that will be the evening of the Chamber’s Annual Banquet and you won’t want to miss it! I would also like to encourage any business or organization that still has Christmas decorations up to work on getting those down, if you need a ladder or some help I’m sure we can round up a few people.

Blake Shelton is bringing his ‘Country Music Freaks Tour’ to Tishomingo February 9th and 10th, so Main Street businesses might consider staying open a little later if people are milling around looking for things to do. I hope you all have a great week – call me if you need me! 580-371-2175

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