Citizens of Year: 3 honored for contributions in Acworth, Kennesaw, west Cobb
by Noreen Cochran
December 08, 2012 12:49 AM | 4711 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Honored as Citizens of the Year on Friday during ceremonies at the Marietta Country Club are, from left: Sen. Lindsey Tippins, west Cobb; Andy Duncan, Acworth; and Bill Thrash, Kennesaw.
Honored as Citizens of the Year on Friday during ceremonies at the Marietta Country Club are, from left: Sen. Lindsey Tippins, west Cobb; Andy Duncan, Acworth; and Bill Thrash, Kennesaw.
MARIETTA — Three people were honored this week as Citizens of the Year for Acworth, Kennesaw and west Cobb.

Chick-fil-A restaurateur Andy Duncan, Kennesaw City Councilman Bill Thrash, and state Sen. Lindsey Tippins were feted at the Dec. 5 luncheon of the Northwest Cobb Area Council of the Cobb Chamber, held at the Marietta Country Club.

Duncan, 46, was named the 2012 Acworth Citizen of the Year. He was nominated by Acworth Mayor Tommy


For 12 years, he has owned and operated two Chick-fil-A restaurants in Acworth, one on North Cobb Parkway and another on Mars Hill Road.

“I am certainly blessed to work with an organization that not only encourages you to be involved in your community, but it’s an expectation that you’re entrenched,” Duncan said.

His volunteer work often takes the form of food donations and deliveries to high schools like Kennesaw Mountain, North Cobb and Allatoona. Last night, he provided sandwiches for North Cobb’s football team before the playoff game in Lovejoy.

Duncan also donates his time to the Kennesaw Mountain High School booster club and mentor program, MUST Ministries and as a member of NorthStar Church.

“Our church body gives of itself daily. They are truly an example for our community,” he said about the 900 weekly attendees. “There are so many giving of themselves, they’re an example to me.

“The reality is there are so many folks in our community that give of their resources, time and talent. How you narrow that down to one person, I don’t know,” Duncan said. “I’m certainly honored by it, but I want to accept it on behalf of the community. It’s such a giving community.”

City Councilman Bill Thrash was named Kennesaw’s Citizen of the Year. In January, he’ll begin his 12th year on council.

Thrash, 58, volunteers at the Kennesaw Teen Center, which bears his name.

“Plant the seed and make the difference and take care of our youth. That’s my big push. They’re our future,” Thrash said. “We’ve got to do something to make sure they get the foundation and education they need to carry this country forward.”

Thrash, an Army veteran, said he was “overwhelmed” by the honor.

“I’m just kind of an idea guy,” he said. “I just planted seeds over the last 20 years and tried to watch them grow.”

It was also a surprise to Thrash, who is battling cancer.

“I knew about it the day before only because I’m sick and had trouble getting out,” he said.

Tippins was named West Cobb Citizen of the Year.

“It’s a very humbling experience to receive that kind of recognition,” said Tippins, 63. “There are 50 people who could receive it and be equally deserving. Cobb County has so many people who do so much to make it what it is. We’re blessed with a great community. It’s hard to pick someone out. I’m grateful that they did it, but I’m no more deserving than 50 other people.”

His volunteer work includes such nonprofits as the Calvary Children’s Home, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Midway Presbyterian Church and the North Georgia State Fair board.

He previously served 12 years on the Cobb school board, including three as chairman.

Each of the honorees received a glass sculpture created by Lillie Glassblowers of Marietta. Nearly 100 people attended the luncheon.
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December 08, 2012
How refreshing it is to see some one other than another career politican receive this award.

Thank you Andy
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