Rector Chamber Banquet to Feature Thompson, Jett

Thursday, April 11, 2013
State Senator Robert Thompson

Tickets are selling quickly for the Rector Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet, set for Thursday, April 25 at the Rector Community Center. The event will begin with a seated and served dinner at 7 p.m.

Two very special guest speakers have been announced for the evening's program.

Sen. Robert Thompson, a native of Paragould, will provide an update of activities at the state and local level. Thompson has served in the Arkansas Senate since 2007, and is currently the Senate Majority Leader. In 2004, he began the first of two terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives.

State Rep. Joe Jett

Sen. Thompson is a 1989 graduate of Paragould High School. He also completed studies at Hendrix College, University of St. Andrews in Scotland and graduate first in his class from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1997.

In addition to his duties in the Senate, Sen. Thompson is a partner in the Paragould law firm of Branch, Thompson, Warmath and Dale.

He and wife Tori have three children.

Also speaking at the banquet will be Joe Jett, a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Success. Rep. Jett was elected to serve District 56, which encompasses the entirety Clay County and portions of Greene, Randolph and Lawrence Counties, in 2013.

Since taking office, Rep. Jett has become an active participant in the General Assembly, serving as Vice-Chairperson on the Revenue and Taxation Committee and as a member of the Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development and Arkansas Lottery Commission Legislative Oversight Committees.

Rep. Jett is a 1978 graduate of Corning High School. He attended Phillips University in Enid, Okla., and is proud to have served in the United States Air Force.

Rep. Jett and his wife Lisa have continued a tradition of farming which goes back three generations. In addition, Jett is a certified instrument and multi-engine instrument flight instructor. He holds and airline transport pilot license and an air traffic control license. Rep. Jett is currently studying Professional Aeronautics at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and is a graduate of the Air Force Air Traffic Control Academy.

He has chaired the Arkansas State Aeronautical Commission, is a founding member of the Corning Economic Development Corporation, founding member and co-chair of the Aerospace Legislative Caucus and is a former member of the Corning Airport Commission.

The Jetts have two children and two grandchildren.

"We're honored to have these gentlemen as our guest speakers," Rector Community Development Director Janet Manchester said. "We'll be able to receive an update on current legislative action and how it affects us here."

In addition to the special guests, this year's banquet will also feature a delicious meal prepared by Genny's Kitchen of Rector. Those in attendance will be served at their seats by youth members of Life Change Community Church. This marks the first time the event has featured servers.

"We want our guests to be able to enjoy a seated dining experience without waiting in line and carrying their meals and drinks back to their seats," Manchester said.

Tickets for the banquet are available at the Northeast Arkansas Innovative Training Center, located at 324 South Main Street in downtown Rector. Tickets may be ordered in person at the site from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or by contacting Manchester at (870) 595-2300. Tickets are $20 each or $15 for non-member senior citizens. Tables for eight may be reserved in advance.

Also, the Chamber will give away five lovely table centerpieces during the evening's events.

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