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Morrison Ruritan holds annual banquet
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Linda Black receives the 2019 Ruritan Citizen of the Year Award from Mike Holland, left, and Wes Williams.

Morrison Ruritan bestowed three honors during its annual banquet for 2019. 

Tanarra Grissom was named Ruritan of the Year. A member since 2017, she currently serves as treasurer in the organization. 

“This is a super great organization,” said Grissom. “It’s a team effort. Ruritan members work so hard to give back to the community. All the members are outstanding. You could not ask for a better group of people.”

Grissom received the Arry Youngblood Memorial Award. Selection was by secret ballot of club members. 

“I knew something was up when all my friends from work were at the banquet,” said Grissom. “It was a Saturday night. I knew something was up, but I didn’t know what.”

Volunteer of the Year was presented to Cathy Cagle, a distinction given to an individual who is not a Ruritan member but offers assistance during events.

“I enjoy being a volunteer,” said Cagle. “I don’t want to be a member, but I’m at all Ruritan’s events helping out. I was in the back helping out during the banquet and they said ‘Cathy, can you come out here a minute?’ That’s when they told me that I was named Volunteer of the Year. I was shocked, to say the least. I don’t feel like I deserve it, but I sincerely appreciate it.” 

The banquet was in honor of 2019 Morrison Ruritan Citizen of the Year Linda Black. She has lived in Morrison for 52 years.

Black is a member of Morrison United Methodist Church and is the widow of John F. Black Sr., who was a retired police lieutenant with McMinnville Police Department. The couple had three children.

“When my children grew up and left the nest, I decided to go back to school,” she said. “I worked at Kmart, Calsonic, Carrier, and cleaned houses. I have devoted my life to raising my children in a warm and loving Christian environment. I have a passion for sewing and flower arranging. I also enjoy working outdoors in warm weather.”