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Realtors honor local agents, present check to mental illness group

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The Greater Rome Board of Realtors honored its outgoing president Melody Harrison as Realtor of the Year on Wednesday.

The board also used their annual holiday luncheon to present a check for more than $11,400 to the Jim and Bonnie Moore of the local National Alliance on Mental Illness, the organization’s community service project for the year.

John Ryan, Georgia Multiple Listing Service membership and marketing director was also in the giving frame of mind, presenting the Rome realtors group with a check for $4,000.

Harrison said the money would be used both for general budget support and whatever 2018 community service project they decide to fund.

Several annual awards were handed out during the luncheon at the Coosa Country Club.

Steve Graves was honored as the organizations Humanitarian of the Year for his contributions to the community during the past year. President Della Gore said Graves served on the Citizens SPLOST committee which put together the package overwhelmingly approved by voters in November.

Jimmy Byars, CEO/broker at Hardy Realty was honored with selection to the local Greater Rome Board of Realtors Hall of Fame. Byars has been a licensed realtor since 1994.

Ruth Terry was honored by Harrison with the President’s Award for her many years of service to the local group.

Lynn Dempsey returned to Rome Wednesday to install the group’s leadership for 2018 including President Kevin Ayers, President-elect Soraya Collins and Treasurer David Tillery as well as board members Bill Temple, Derinda Stephens and Della Gore.