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1992 NATIONAL TEXTILE CITIZEN OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED

 1992 NATIONAL TEXTILE CITIZEN OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert Henry of Fayette, Ala.,


was named the 1992 National Textile Citizen of the Year today at a ceremony at the Capitol Hill Club here.
 Henry, 32, a machine operator for Oneita Industries, was selected for the honor by a panel of judges from a field of finalists from 10 states. He devotes much of his spare time as a community youth leader who promotes drug abuse prevention and counseling.
 The American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI) sponsors the annual Textile Citizen of the Year program, which was established in 1987. The program identifies an hourly textile worker each year whose outstanding community volunteerism and work record best represent the spirit of the U.S. textile industry and its 670,000 employees.
 ATMI President M.L. Cates Jr. introduced the finalists and winner today, presenting Henry with a check for $1,000. U.S. Rep. Elizabeth J. Patterson (D-S.C.), chairman of the Congressional Textile Caucus, spoke to the group.
 "Without a doubt, the primary menace facing our youth today is drug abuse," Cates said. "Most of us wring our hands and lament the anguish of lives touched by drug abuse. But it takes special strength and courage to do something about it. That is what our Textile Citizen of the Year has done."
 After serving in the U.S. Army and receiving the Army's "Special Achievement Medal," Henry returned to Fayette and established a reputation as an innovative and aggressive youth leader in the area of drug abuse, preventative and counseling programs.
 He serves as a volunteer anti-drug awareness education coordinator for Fayette and surrounding counties and as a member of the Community College Advisory Board and Volunteer Varsity Basketball Coach. Henry has appeared on television stations in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Columbus, Miss., promoting drug awareness. He serves on the executive board of the Fayette Cooperative Extension office and as "Teen to Teen" Juvenile Counseling Program Adult Advisor.
 His other community activities include organizing drug awareness musical festivals, dances and live entertainment as well as youth talent contests, basketball tournaments and problem-solving workshops.
 Linda Hollis, cutting department supervisor at Oneita, who nominated him for the national honor, said: "Robert is a very deserving young man who has contributed unselfishly to the betterment of the youth in his community and to the success of Oneita's Fayette Operation through his exemplary work ethics. He will represent our company and this industry well."
 The 10 finalists in the Citizen of the Year program are touring Washington during their visit. In addition to Henry, the 1992 Textile Citizen of the Year finalists are:
 California: Danny Webb, Dixie Yarns, Inc. (in Lemoore)
 Florida: Toni Jo Brahier, Russell Corporation (in Milton)
 Georgia: Nita Clary, Milliken & Company (in LaGrange)
 New Hampshire: Jose Pinto (of Lowell, Mass.), Malden Mills (in
 Hudson)
 North Carolina: Mildred Wray (of Lawndale), Doran Textiles (in
 Shelby)
 Pennsylvania: Steven Stroup, Sunbury Textile Mills, Inc. (in
 Sunbury)
 South Carolina: George Marshall (of Joanna), Clinton Mills, Inc. (in
 Clinton)
 Tennessee: Talmadge O. Hairston (of Valley Head, Ala.), Dixie
 Yarns, Inc. (in Chattanooga)
 Virginia: Crecie W. Mabry (of Max Meadows), Cross Creek
 (Russell Corporation) (in Hillsville)
 -0- 9/24/92
 /CONTACT: Deborah E. Anderson of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute, 202-862-0513 or, home, 703-476-6436/ CO: American Textile Manufacturers Institute ST: Alabama IN: TEX SU:


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