With the goal of spreading the celebration throughout the year, the committee planned the annual basketball tournament for March. According to event coordinator Walter Harris, the day was fun for the whole family.
The men’s basketball game resulted in an overtime win for the Dalton players, 78-74. The game was played in honor of the Stephens High School Green Hornets basketball team and about eight Stephens High School alumni showed up for the event.
“They met and talked about old times,” said Harris.
He wanted to thank the coaches and all who helped out with the basketball event, including: Specer Harris, Edwin Higginbotham, Marcus Henderson, Reginal McDonald, Derrick Parker, Derrell Scott and Whitney Scott.
Harris also wanted to congratulate local barber Derrick Parker for receiving the “Humanitarian Award” for his “undying love of helping others.” The award was presented to the owner of Tight Kuts and More on Jan. 16 by the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Committee.
Parker has lived in Gordon County for five years after moving to the area from Louisiana. “Parker is a person who really deserved that award,” said Harris. “Kids love him as well as older people.”
Harris wanted to thank the following sponsors for help with the basketball celebration: IHOP, Willis Funeral Home, Ink Tank, Coast to Coast, Al Edwards, Yellow Jacket Inc., First Corinth Christian Church, All Serv Team Marketing, Eddie Peterson, John Leggett, Rickie Parker, the HAC writing guild and House Office Supply.