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Last Updated: Feb 16th, 2018 - 08:15:31

Crossett native, author to speak at Chamber banquet
Feb 14, 2018, 08:13

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The Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce will honor local businesses and volunteers at its annual banquet in the multi-ministry center at First Baptist Church March 15.

This year’s featured speaker at the banquet will be Steve Smart, a Crossett native and oral surgeon who has recently published a crime thriller, “Fixation.”

In addition to serving as the speaker for the evening, Smart will have a book signing beforehand.

“I actually had someone from the community message me about possibly talking to him about selling his books at the chamber, and at that time we were looking for a speaker, so I thought it would be a good idea for us to help him get out his book — a lot of people from Crossett know him,” Chamber Director Randee Jo Langley said.

In the book, a pathologist performing an autopsy of a cosmetic surgery patient who unexpectedly died of an apparent complication from surgery discovers clues “which stir the Army hospital medical staff, the Korean populace and the local legal community,” the book’s blurb reads.

“Questions swirl, allegations are made, a trial ensues and a second death results.”

The book’s publisher says the book is based on true happenings, but that the author has filled in unknown portions with possible alternatives to move the story forward.

During the banquet, the Chamber will also recognize the director of the year, the volunteer of the year, the business of the year and will give out the Spirit Award.

The Chamber also aims to look back at 115 years of Crossett business, and is asking members to send in photos from the past for the event.

“We are trying to get old pictures of businesses and where they started at, and where they are now,” Langley said. “We are celebrating 115 years of this community and all the businesses in our community.”

Langley said the photos will be used in centerpieces in the tables and in a slideshow if enough are sent in.

Table sponsorship at the dinner, which comes with six seats, are $300. Individual tickets are $25.

The dinner will include pork loin, green beans, scalloped potatoes, roll, a drink and dessert.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Chamber of Commerce by phone at 870-364-6591 or 870-500-1216, or by email at