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Judy Smith Appreciation Day

The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners declared Sept. 4 to be Judy Smith Appreciation Day, in honor of the long-time organizer and founder of the Clothes Closet who operated the nonprofit for more than three decades. Smith was not on hand for the resolution, but Rockdale Emergency Relief Executive Director Ashley Roessler and Growing Discoveries Ministries head Tracy Lewis (not pictured) accepted the award on her behalf, along with board members Diane Adoma, Maury Wilson, Gary Bridgewater, Mike Sellars and Art Crutcher. RER and Growing Discoveries are partnering, with help from Judy Smith, to reopen the Clothes Closet at 1018 Green Street. A ribbon cutting is scheduled Sept. 26. Donations of clothes hangers and household items are especially needed and can be brought to RER at 350 Tall Oaks Drive SE. To donate or volunteer, contact RER Executive Director Ashley Roessler at (770) 922-0165 or or Tracy Lewis at (770) 927-5197.