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Blackman Named Winner of Cary’s Annual Hometown Spirit Award

Post Date:11/22/2019 11:36 AM

CARY, NC – Anthony Blackman is the recipient of the Town of Cary’s annual Hometown Spirit Award, which is designed to recognize community-minded residents who enhance the quality of life in Cary by preserving, promoting and carrying out positive small-town community values and traits. The Town Council honored the nominees at a reception before last night’s regular Cary Town Council meeting for their unique contributions to the community. Blackman received an award, and the Town will recognize him on a plaque inside Town Hall.

Blackman is the founder and president of Atlantic Tire & Service, which has served the Triangle's automotive needs since 1988. He understands that homegrown businesses are the fabric of Cary's vibrant community and has been an advocate for local prosperity through his service on the Cary and Morrisville Chambers of Commerce and the NC Department of Commerce's Economic Investment Committee. His nominators said that Anthony is one of the warmest, kindest residents Cary has ever known. He is quick to greet everyone with a smile and handshake, and even if he just met you, he treats you like an old friend. His graciousness and hospitality make everyone feel welcome. Anthony's commitment to excellence is not confined to his business, but extends to every aspect of his life as a servant and resident of our great community.

Inspired by a suggestion from Cary resident Clifton Barnes, the Hometown Spirit Award is bestowed upon residents with demonstrated leadership and integrity. In addition, the recipient must exemplify at least one of the following criteria: Helps neighbors and fellow Cary residents; Demonstrates hospitality; promotes and preserves traditional American pastimes; shows a concern for preservation and works to preserve traditions and the small-town atmosphere in the community; promotes entrepreneurship through supporting locally owned businesses; promotes a sense of community in their neighborhood and all of Cary; demonstrates patriotism through promotion and preservation of the country’s symbols and dedication to the U.S. military, past and present; and serves the community through business.

Cary residents age 21 and older were eligible for the award. In addition to Blackman, this year’s nominees included Sharon Lake-Gargano and Frank Yarborough.

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Primary Contacts

Taylor Herring, Clerk Administrative Assistant, (919) 469-4011
Ginny Johnson, Town Clerk, (919) 460-4941


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