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Covington's Guiding Lights
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The three women chosen to flip the switch on the holiday decorations at the Historic Courthouse, Carrie Freeman, Lula V. Smith-Rachels and Betty Bellairs, are Shining Lights in their own rights.

The honorees were selected for their longtime contributions to the city, according to Josephine Kelly of Main Street Covington. Here’s a profile of each, drawn from the nomination forms:

Carrie Freeman

Who she is: Owner, The Corner Shop on the square


Nominated by:


Why she was nominated:


Some accomplishments:

- Formed groups in the Jamestown Community to feed children in the summer, held Bible studies in her front yard

- Took care of her mother and several brothers and sisters until their deaths

- The last of seven siblings, she is the key that holds the many branches of the family tree together

- Still tries to cook and feed the family during holidays and church functions


What the nominator said:


Lula V. Smith Rachels

Who she is: Owned and operated Newton Finance Co., then Smith Insurance Agency; operates Lula Building on the Square




"We should be cooking for her, but that’s her personality, to take care of everybody and not worry about herself."
Devoted her life to taking care of other people


Ternesha Jackson