Annual Chamber Awards
“ Ilene Jaubert
“ Paul Pittman Award ”
The first “In the Spirit of Paul Pittman” award was presented in 1984 after his death in September, 1983. He was best known as a newspaperman who was recognized statewide as a pioneer in upgrading the quality of the small weekly newspaper and for developing The Tylertown Times into a viable source of information; he also brought radio to Tylertown making it the first town of its size in the U. S. to have an AM and FM station. In local projects he was instrumental in accomplishing many things that are now taken for granted: city mail delivery, the airport, the public library and a comprehensive zoning ordinance for the Town of Tylertown. Through his presence in government meetings, editorials, news articles and personal involvement, he helped smooth the transition of this county into the last half of the 20th century. He was Walthall County’s unofficial ambassador, always bragging on Tylertown and Walthall County. He hobnobbed with presidents, senators, and governors and was known nationally for his writings. In spite of his accomplishments and dealings with national figures, he still related to students, businessmen and dairy farmers, taking time for each and making each feel important.
“ Wilmon McCaffrey Outstanding Educator Award ”
The education of our young people is the most important job that can be entrusted to a person. In recognition of this, the Walthall County Chamber of Commerce presents “ The Wilmon McCaffrey Outstanding Educator Award ”
to the teacher in this County who best exemplifies the qualities of competence, trust and care that are desired in someone who is given the responsibility for the future of our children. Donis Smith was the first recipient in 1984.
1. The nominee must be a resident of Walthall County.
2. The nominee must teach, or have taught and have five continuous years of service within the area (public or private school).
The nominee can be a classroom instructor or an administrator, either active