By Tony Jones
MEMPHIS, TN — Gov. Bill Lee and First Lady Maria Lee presented Stax Records early hit maker Carla Thomas with the Tennessee Governor’s Arts Award. Presented at the Executive Residence Conservation Hall Tuesday, Oct 17th, 2023, followed by a reception at the governor’s mansion, Thomas was among the dozen artists honored for their lifelong contribution to the arts. Officially announced in 2021, the ceremony was delayed due to COVID restrictions.