Congressman Elect Brian Babin and State Senator Robert Nichols Extend Greetings at DETCOG Christmas Luncheon


Brookland, Texas – U.S. Congressman-elect Brian Babin and Texas State Senator Robert Nichols both extended their warmest greetings to the board members, elected officials, Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) Staff and their families and friends in attendance at the DETCOG Christmas Luncheon. This year the annual meeting and awards presentation was held at Rayburn Country.

Dr. Babin spoke of his pride in representing DETCOG Counties in the 36th Congressional District. He also invited everyone to attend his Washington D.C. swearing-in.

Sen. Nichols expressed his appreciation for the support the organization and his members have given him during his work in Austin. Before he could sit back down, DETCOG Executive Director Walter Diggles and DETCOG President, Angelina County Judge, Wes Suiter talked Nichols into sharing one of his stories (jokes) that have become an annual tradition.

Service awards were presented to DETCOG Employees with 5, 10, 15 years of service. However, this year a 25-Year Plaque was awarded 9-1-1 Program Director Van Bush, a 30-Year Plaque was presented to Area Agency on Aging Program Director Holly Anderson, Dora Wilmore from Youth Services was recognized for 35-Years of service and DETCOG Regional Housing Authority Director Ethel Bluitt received a 40-Year Plaque.

After earlier receiving her 15 year service award, Scherita McCray was named “Employee of the Year” for the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG). Suiter started the presentation by saying the person receiving the recognition had started at DETCOG as a receptionist.   From there she later transferred to the HUD Housing Rental Assistance Program as a case worker where she served landlords and tenants with the same warm smile and commitment to provide “the best ever customer service”. Noting this past year has been full of challenges Suiter said that “where others might gripe and complain, McCray has continued to do her job, holding strong and continuing to work with a smile, dedication and confidence.

McCray expressed her thanks and appreciation for the award. She ended her comments with something her father always told her: “Quitters never Win, and Winners never Quit!”

The next DETCOG Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2015. It is scheduled to be held in San Augustine.


Lee Miller
Lee Miller was born in Denison, TX and grew up in East Texas with his family. He studied music education at Stephen F. Austin State University taking a job in television on his last day of student teaching. Lee also provides business authoritative expertise to the broadcast industry as a consultant. Presently he is CEO of MSG Resources LLC, which specializes in consulting within broadcast best practices, distribution technologies and media strategy mastery. - - - - - Lee Miller is a well-known veteran of the broadcast media industry with particular experience in leading for-profit and non-profit broadcasting organizations. His career began in Lufkin, Texas in the early 80’s where he progressed from studio operations to creative services and network management. Mr. Miller has since received various professional designations and memberships such as Society of Broadcast Engineers accredited frequency coordinator, The Energy Professionals Association Certified Energy Consultant, and National Religious Broadcasters Television Committee & past Chair. Lee also serves as the Executive Director of the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance, is a member of the Advanced Television Systems Committee and is proud to be part of Texas Association of Broadcasters Golden Mic Club, highlighting extraordinary careers in broadcasting. Continued engagement with his community is at the core of his business practices serving on the board of the Salvation Army and as keyboardist for the contemporary worship band at Harmony Hill Baptist Church. Lee lives near Lufkin Texas on one of his family’s tree farms located in the Texas Forest Country region north of Houston. He is married to Kenla and has two grown children, Joshua, COO of MSGPR Ltd Co and Morgan, a Critical Care ICU RN.

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