Magical Music Provides Holiday Spirit

Tennessee Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton Brings informative Message

‘Twas the season, and the Collierville Chamber of Commerce saw the holiday spirit come alive with the soulful voice of Elizabeth King, accompanied by Will Sexton and Zach McGee at the Monthly Membership Meeting held December 13 at First Baptist Church of Collierville. Tables were adorned by beautiful poinsettias, made possible by the luncheon sponsor – Collierville Funeral Home. Once again, Simply Done Catering outdid itself with their marvelous food. King’s musical gifts enlivened the final meeting of the year with a spirit-filled, musically enhanced gathering, now becoming an annual tradition at the Chamber.

Speaking of traditions, Roger Jones, Principal of Collierville High School, and Charles Brasfield of Patriot Bank and Mortgage, took the podium to introduce the High School Student of the Month, Cameron Mitchell. Jones provided an overview of the young man’s remarkable high school journey. With a 4.4 GPA and in the top 11% of his graduating class, Mitchell has 3 dual courses, and 9 honors classes. He is a 30+ ACT Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society, as well as boasting several other academic honors. He has been involved with the student government for several years, serving as president of both his junior and senior classes. He also participates in Hands to Hearts, a support effort for the congestive heart team of LeBonheur. Mitchell plans a career in accounting or financial planning. Speaking of Mitchell, Principal Jones noted, “All students are better off because of Cameron’s presence.” Patriot Bank and Mortgage sponsors The Student of the Month Program.


Theran Haley, Managing Director of Collierville Funeral Home – the sponsor of the day’s event and luncheon – presented an overview of the funeral home’s beautiful new facility, complete with an event center that allows for celebration of life events as well as funeral services. He completed his presentation with a short humorous holiday poem that had the audience laughing.

State Representative Kevin Vaughn, last month’s featured speaker, had the honor of introducing Cameron Sexton, an accomplished banker and the Speaker of the House for Tennessee’s House of Representatives, as the day’s noted guest and speaker.  Vaughn mentioned that Sexton is considered a “thought leader,” someone who is both a leader and a visionary.

While Sexton provided a look at the state’s positive financial status, his talk focused primarily on the positive steps taken by Shelby County’s independent school districts and the need for reform in the criminal justice system, particularly as it relates to juvenile crime. Sexton suggested the need for continuing a strategic plan to address financial resource appropriation to areas most in need, as opposed to simply allocating by population, and he detailed the efforts for “blended sentencing,” an attempt to avoid the inherent difficulties presented by an either/or scenario when it comes to trying youthful offenders as juveniles or adults.

The meeting concluded with next year’s Board Chair Ken Cope,who announced the nominees for the upcoming Business Awards Dinner, to be held on March 5.