Sweetwater Mayor Doyle Lowe honored two distinguished citizens on Monday who have more than 40 years of service to their business or organization and to their community.
Lowe presented Brenda Bryan, who has operated the Lily Pad Boutique for 41 years, and Scott Bowman, administrator of Sweetwater Hospital Association for 43 years, with the Distinguished Citizen of the Year Awards in front of a packed Sweetwater City Hall during the March regular Mayor and Board of Commissioners meeting.
Lowe began honoring citizens not long after he was first elected in 2009. He said he wanted people who have done a lot for Sweetwater to get recognition while they are still in good health to enjoy it.
Bryan, who has also been honored in the past as a Monroe County Chamber of Commerce Business Woman of the Year, has given much to Sweetwater, Lowe said. The mayor said when she moved her business downtown, it became a catalyst to the Main Street area’s growth and spurred other downtown businesses to improve their looks.
“She has been very instrumental to the revitalization of downtown,” Lowe said.
Bryan has been a leader with Sweetwater’s Main Street program and the Sweetwater Merchants and Property Owners Association (SMPOA). She has also contributed her time to causes, such as encouraging young business leaders and raising money for charity.
Lowe said Bowman and Sweetwater Hospital have been a “cornerstone” to Sweetwater. With about 500 employees, the mayor said the hospital has been key to the city’s growth and many people tell City Hall officials they move to Sweetwater for its medical care.
Lowe said Bowman and the hospital are always willing to help the community.
“He has been a blessing to Sweetwater,” Lowe said.
Bowman thanked his staff, Board of Directors and the city officials for the honor and all that they have done for the community.
In other business Monday, Richard Hill from the firm that audits city finances each year said the city had a good audit this year and praised the City Hall staff for their work. Hill said his firm’s report is also turned into the state, which then reviews it.