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Friday, March 12, 2010

DIANE LYNCH GETS THE SURPRISE OF A LIFETIME!


TERESA SETTLE NORRIS
Tennessee Express News Writer
The rain may have dampened any attempt to enjoy the annual Irish Kickoff Breakfast outside in the newly-remodeled Court Square in Erin, but it didn't seem to dampen Irish spirits as residents gathered for all of the pomp and circumstance expected each year.
Erin City Hall was decorated in lovely greenery, flowers, balloons, shamrocks, and more. Many surprised recipients received Emerald awards, and the Houston County High School band thrilled everyone with their professional Irish sound.
But the big moment came at the end with the long-awaited announcement of this year's Lord High Mayor, which is kept “magically-secret” each year, like a Leprechaun's pot of gold, until the kick-off breakfast. This year's recipient couldn't have been more surprised... or speechless.
Diane Lynch was also teary-eyed, as she was given a certificate by members of the Houston County Rec Club, along with a lovely bouquet of flowers handed over by Ray Elliott.
In the prelude leading up to the announcement, Chamber President Lori Pendergrass made the suspence last even longer by referring to Lynch's given name “Priscilla.” Attendees learned that Lynch was born in Southport, North Carolina, and she is a descendant of Samuel Clemens (otherwise known by his pen name as Mark Twain).
Married to Jimmy Lynch, she has two daughters and three granddaughters. She was served the Houston County community for many years both with work (DHS, NTPIC, and Erin Housing Authority), as well as through her personal volunteering, as a foster parent, a member of the Houston County Chamber of Commerce, Toys for Toys, and the Houston County Rec Club, to name just a few!
One of her greatest talents has become the lining up and arranging of floats, vehicles, and other parade entries.
After being adorned with the coveted green blazer (that all former Lord High Mayors traditionally wear throughout this upcoming exciting week), Lynch, with tears in her eyes, stated, “For the first time, I'm at a loss for words. I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart.”
So... it's official... We have the 2010 Lord High Mayor.
Let the rest of the celebrations begin!
Stay tuned for more coverage. Also, turn to Channel 12 for a complete broadcast of the kickoff breakfast, thanks to your friends at the Wells Creek Basin network!

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