Dr Riser Receives Prestigious Award from Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce
Dr. James Riser received the Citizen of the Year award presented at last night's Chamber Banquet at Magnolia Columns.
Mayor Greg Mitchell gave a brief background of Riser's life and how he came to settle in Picayune. Mitchell then read
a list of the many services that Dr. Riser has contributed in providing various avenues of health care for the people of
Picayune and also Riser's overall community involvement. Longtime friend of "Doc", Carey Meitzler, described Riser
by using three "Cs": Community, Commitment, Children. Meitzler told the crowd that in spite of all the awards and
accomplishment Riser had in his life, his most cherished came in the form of a signed baseball given to Riser by the
2002 Picayune State Baseball Championship team. Following Meitzler to the podium were Maroon Tide coaches
Dodd Lee (football) and Kent Kirkland (baseball) who both spoke to the crowd about the support that Riser has given
to their respective programs and the impact that he has made on many young people at Picayune Memorial High School.
As he accepted the award, Riser thanked his father, a veteran, and all other veterans for their sacrifices in allowing us to be
able to enjoy the freedoms we have including the banquet. Riser stated that he felt the group gather at the banquet could
be "citizens of the year" and what an honor it was to be chosen by the Chamber as the recipient of the award.
Other recipients included Linda Hanberry, chosen Volunteer of the Year award, and the Rotary Club, Civic Club of the Year.