Marianne Dunavant of Atoka and Peggy Barber Murdock of Covington were recently included among this year's 20 most influential women in West Tennessee.
The Sterling Award, a distinction given by the Jackson Sun and the Jackson Area Business and Professional Women, honors women who serve as role models to others in their business or profession, display creativity and innovation that contribute to the growth of her profession and contributes time and energy to community betterment.
Dunavant, who serves as the field representative for Congressman Stephen Fincher, was selected for her work as an advocate for victims' rights as well as for her service with numerous civic clubs and organizations.
Murdock, the former Covington High School principal now serving as the county's supervisor of instruction for grades 6-12, was selected as an honoree because of her extensive work in education, including making two-time SCORE prize winner CHS one of the most successful high schools in the state.
Both women are members of First Baptist Church in Covington.
In past years, Tipton County Sheriff's Office Deputy Chief Donna Turner and Munford High School Principal Courtney Fee have received the award.
The banquet was held on April 8 in Jackson.