The city of Dermott, Ark., was recently honored by Bayer CropScience and the National Cotton Women's Committee as one of the three Cotton Town USA selected nationally.

“Being named a Cotton Town USA is something the people of Dermott are really proud of,” says Betty Morse, who nominated her town for the award.

In recognition of its distinction, Dermott was presented with a plaque, and a $10,000 grant to assist with community improvement project funding. City officials say they will use the funding to create and furnish a community room for civic functions that will be open to all residents, and will display the city's Cotton Town USA plaque.

Morse says Dermott is furnishing a civic room to seat 150 with the $10,000 grant. “We're using the money to purchase tables, chairs, a screen for presentations, a podium, microphones, a credenza, and framed cotton prints.

“We're very excited to receive this award, and we truly appreciate the grant associated with the award,” Morse says. “We hope to be in the new community room by February.”

Presenting the award at the Dec. 5, 2001, town ceremony was Bayer CropScience sales representative Harold Comstock, Cotton Counts Arkansas chairman Tammy Tefteller, and members of the National Cotton Council.