The Meridian Star recognized Meridian Division Manager Eddie Kelly as its Citizen of the Year for 2018 this weekend.
The paper attributed the honor to Kelly’s community involvement, his leadership and his determination to make Meridian a better place to live and work.
“I am humbled. I never thought I would be nominated for something such as Citizen of the Year and I thank the person who nominated me,” Kelly told the newspaper. “I’m proud of the honor, but that’s not why I’ve done what I have since I’ve been here. Still, it’s good to be recognized — especially unexpectedly.”
Earlier this year, the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation recognized Kelly for his leadership with the Navy League.
Kelly, who served as the Meridian Navy League’s Board President for the last two years, was honored for his community service efforts in east Mississippi.
Kelly enlisted in the Marine Corps after his high school graduation and served four years on active duty. He returned to his home state and enrolled at William Carey College, where he earned a degree in accounting.
He then spent 17 years on active reserve while working in various roles at Mississippi Power and Georgia Power.
Kelly returned to Mississippi Power as the Meridian Division Manager in 2013.
In Meridian, Kelly serves on the EMBDC’s Board of Directors, the Mississippi Children’s Museum’s Advisory Committee, the United Way of East Mississippi’s Board and is involved with several other community development organizations.
In December, Kelly delivered the commencement address to the 2017 fall graduates of Mississippi State University-Meridian.
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