The Clay County Chamber of Commerce and Clay County Farm Bureau will co-sponsor a Cracker Barrel Meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cory Fire Station on Saturday, March 19.
State legislators including Sen. Richard Bray (R-37), Sen. John Waterman (R-39), Rep. Clyde Kersey (D-43), Rep. Andrew Thomas (R-44) and Rep. Vern Tincher (D-46) have been invited to share their thoughts on various bills and hear feedback from local constituents.
In addition to individual updates on their work at the Statehouse, legislators will field questions from the public and discuss bills that have been the subject of recent attention, including the certified food handler bill, property tax penalty bill and speed limit bill.
Chamber President Steve Kidwell explained that attendees will have the opportunity to write questions on a sign-in sheet and will later be called on to address the legislators as time permits. While it is unknown whether all five politicians will be able to attend, public turnout is expected to be about 100 people. Refreshments will be provided.
"The legislators will talk and give an update on their areas and open it up to the crowd," he said.
The Cracker Barrel Meeting is named after an old-time tradition of citizens gathering in general stores to discuss current issues. They would sit around the cracker barrel to exchange their views and share ideas and possible solutions.
From S.R. 59 South, those interested in attending Saturday's meeting should take S.R. 46 West and then turn left at the second road that leads into Cory. A house will be at the first crossroads, while a field is at the second crossroads. The Cory Fire Station is one-half mile down that road.