This week’s version of the Martin Minute features a bit of a different lineup. Our only news is the highlights of the Annual Business & Industry Appreciation Banquet which took place last Thursday, May 27th. Chase Conner opened the program and introduced the Chairperson of the Martin County Chamber of Commerce, Kasey Fletcher, who presented the Business Person of the Year award to Dr. Dean McCall. Ms. Princess Foster was awarded the Citizen of the Year plaque by Zack Dickerson of the Town of Williamston. President & CEO of the Martin County Economic Development organization, Jason Semple, spoke of some of the last year’s accomplishments and then introduced the NC Department of Commerce Secretary, Machelle Sanders. Secretary Sanders referred to her eastern Carolina roots and plans to grow industry and business in our area.