Some 75 people are expected to attend the Todd County Chamber of Commerce's upcoming annual dinner, the first for the organization since it was formed early last year to serve as an advocate for the Todd County community.

Anna Daniel, the chamber's executive director, noted that she's seen significant growth in the organization during the past several months, with more people who have stepped forward to become a part of the new chamber of commerce.

"It's grown in the past several months," observed Daniel, adding that she wants to continue to see growth in the chamber and would like to host more events.

The inaugural dinner is slated for 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Milliken Memorial Community House and will feature entertainment by Mark Comley, a Lexington magician who has been sharing his magic with audiences for more than 50 years.

Billed as "America's Favorite Magician," Comley is a full-time professional magician who performs at corporate events, schools, fairs, festivals, libraries, camps and other venues, according to his website at

Comley's magic will be paired with the culinary tastes of Boley's BBQ and Catering, an Elkton restaurant which will provide the meal for the dinner.

The event will also feature recognition for several of the chamber's supporters, including Anita Jo Powell, executive director of the Blount Rural Health Center and outgoing president of the new chamber's interim board of directors.

During her tenure as the chamber president, Powell has served as chairman of the organization's meetings and handled various other chamber duties.

Powell has been president since sometime after the group formed in April 2018.

Daniel noted that a new board of directors will be seated in January, with the group's next president, vice president, secretary and treasurer chosen from among 12 nominees who have been suggested to serve with the chamber.

Additionally, the chamber on Saturday will present Community Service and Service awards during its dinner and name a Volunteer of the Year. The latter award will recognize "the tireless enthusiasm" of a chamber board member.

The Community Service Award will recognize someone who has made a difference in the community through his time, actions and dedication. Daniel said the 2019 Service Awards are going to four individuals who have served as a part of the leadership of the inaugural board and who are resigning their posts.

In the future, the awards will be presented to board members as they retire.

Recipients for 2019 are Tammy Sisco, Carrie Joy Brookshire, Andy Miller and Denise Shivers.

Daniel noted that she is anticipating continued growth for her organization.

The chamber recently hosted the Todd County Bale Trail and is seeking participants for its 'Twas the Lights Before Christmas: A Todd County Tour.

That event is a tour of Christmas lights in the community. It begins Dec. 1, and those interested in participating in the tour may call Daniel at 270-604-1030.

The Todd County chamber is housed in the Todd County Welcome Center on the Public Square in Elkton.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or

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