Goates joins Reporter staff

A familiar face in the community is joining the Sweetwater Reporter, as Pam Goates is the newest advertising executive.Goates started her work at the Reporter on November 19. Her previous positions as secretary at two local churches have provided her with office experience which will be beneficial in this new venture.Goates said that she enjoys any opportunity that will allow her to meet and interact with people. Her new role will allow her to continue to build relationships with people through selling advertisements for the local newspaper. "Sweetwater is fortunate to have a local newspaper for their advertising needs," she said. "I want to encourage people to visit [the Reporter] for their needs and to get an understanding of the business that goes on here."Already, Goates has enjoyed getting to know her new co-workers and the unique atmosphere within the Reporter office. Zela Armstrong, the general manager/advertising director, is also excited with the addition of Goates to the staff."I'm so thankful to have Pam join our team," expressed Armstrong. "She has already proven to be a real asset to the Sweetwater Reporter. I look forward to working with Pam as we help our advertisers grow their business."Goates is a Sweetwater native and is the daughter of the late Archie Carr and Mary Carr. She and her husband Rusty have two children, Steven Goates and Cindy Hamlin; a son-in-law, Chris; and a grandson, James.She has been involved with the local Relay for Life campaign as well as the local Girl Scouts. The latter organization has allowed her to meet people not only throughout the country, but in Europe as well.And in her free time, Goates is a freelance artist. She has completed a number of oil paintings, although she is now working on acrylic projects as well.But as she begins this new professional path, which she is excited to embark on, Goates wants to let everyone know that she is available to assist them. "I look forward to helping everyone with their advertising needs," she concluded.