WHEREAS, Residents of Grayson County are gathering in
  Austin on February 15, 2011, to celebrate Grayson County Day at
  the State Capitol; and
         WHEREAS, Grayson County is named for Peter W. Grayson,
  attorney general of the Republic of Texas; it was formed on
  March 17, 1846, by the 1st Texas Legislature, which also
  specified that the county seat be named for Sidney Sherman, a
  leader at the Battle of San Jacinto; as a result, the town of
  Sherman holds the distinction of being one of the few Texas
  communities named by an act of the legislature; and
         WHEREAS, In 1872, the Houston and Texas Central Railroad
  built a rail line to Sherman, and the Missouri-Kansas-Texas
  Railroad reached Denison; these developments brought about a
  period of rapid growth and a dramatic expansion in the county's
  population; new settlements emerged, and today towns in the
  county include Whitesboro, Pottsboro, Bells, Whitewright, Tom
  Bean, Van Alstyne, Howe, Gunter, Dorchester, Tioga, Collinsville,
  Gordonville, Sadler, and Southmayd; the economic development
  that took place in the late 1800s transformed the county into a
  milling and market center for surrounding areas, and in 1891, the
  world's largest cottonseed oil mill was established in Sherman;
         WHEREAS, In more recent times, the local economy has
  diversified to include a wide range of industries and other
  businesses; the county is home to such commercial giants as
  Tyson, Ruiz Foods, Sunny Delight Beverage Company, MEMC, Emerson
  Process Management, Folgers Coffee Company, Terex, Cigna,
  Trailblazer Healthcare Services, Black and Decker Kwikset, Texas
  Instruments, and Progress Rail Services, a division of Caterpillar;
  agribusiness also continues to thrive, with wheat, corn, and hay
  as major crops; and
         WHEREAS, Sherman, once called the Athens of Texas, is home
  to Austin College, and the county also offers other first-rate
  educational facilities and resources through its public school
  system and Grayson County College; and
         WHEREAS, Outdoor sports enthusiasts come to Grayson County
  to participate in the many activities offered around Lake Texoma,
  one of the world's largest reservoirs; in Denison, the birthplace
  of Dwight D. Eisenhower, visitors and residents alike enjoy the
  Eisenhower Birthplace State Historical Site as well as Eisenhower
  State Park; and
         WHEREAS, Rich in heritage and bountiful in resources,
  Grayson County is a major contributor to the greatness of this
  state and a source of tremendous pride for its residents; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 82nd
  Legislature, hereby recognize February 15, 2011, as Grayson
  County Day at the State Capitol and extend best wishes to the
  members of the visiting delegation on this noteworthy occasion;
  and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for
  the citizens of Grayson County as an expression of esteem from
  the Texas Senate.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on January 26, 2011.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate