Obion County Chamber of Commerce

                                                                                           January 2014 Newsletter

Mission Statement:

The Obion County Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to providing education and support to strengthen and enhance

economic success for its members, business, and the region.


Krietman Towing

4044 Killion Rd.

 Troy, TN 38260

P: 731-886-0454 F: 731-886-8406

Representative: Jack Krietman


Tencom Digital Marketing

426 Troy Avenue Suite B

Dyersburg, TN 38024

P: 731-288-8000

Representative: Chris Donaldson


State Farm Agent Phyllis Edwards

1705 W Reelfoot Ave. Suite B

Union City, TN 38261

P: 731-885-2971

Representative: Phyllis Edwards


State Farm Agent Chris Williams

602 S. First St.

Union City, TN 38261

P: 731-885-4433 F: 866-944-9861

Representative: Chris Williams


Touching Hearts at Home

1110 S. Main St.

Milan, TN 38358

P: 731-613-2526 F: 731-613-2502

Representatives: Steve & Donna Smith

State Farm Ribbon Cutting! 
State Farm Agent Phyllis Edwards recently held a ribbon cutting and is now open for business. Employees include: Teresa Dragg, Mike Edwards and Phillip Dunlap.


State Farm offers auto, home, lite, RV and ATV insurance as well as auto loans, mutual funds and retirement plans. State Farm is located at 1705 W. Reelfoot Ave., Suite B. in Union City. Business Hours include: Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm and Saturdays from 10:00am-2:00pm. 

Board Member Name: Danny Patterson


Company Name: Cox Oil


Position: Director of Marketing


Work Phone: 731-885-6444


Email: [email protected]


Areas of Expertise: Marketing and merchandising


Other Interests: Golf, fishing and water sports


Why did you join the Chamber? "I wanted to be a part of things that continue to help our community grow and prosper so that we all grow together and are able to leave something in place for the next generation."


Why do you serve on the Board of Directors? "Serving on the board allows me to see what is going on in our community and it also gives me a chance to give input into decisions that may help our community grow."


What is the Chamber's role in the business community? "To assist old and new business in growth by keeping them informed on what is happening in our community."

The 2013 Readers Rigs Grand Champion:

 Buddy's Wrecker

December 03, 2013

By Sean Kilcarr


Congratulations to Buddy's Wrecker Service Inc. Union City, Tennessee!


While flamboyance might work in Hollywood, it's certainly not a trait that will help a tow truck operator gain much traction with customers.


 Yet Steve Sedberry feels that while hard work, determination, and a willingness to venture out into the dead of night or in bad weather remain the stock in trade for tow truck companies, standing out from the crowd doesn't hurt.


"Very few companies out here operate Navistar International trucks," he says. "So right there I found a way to look different from everyone else."


Sedberry is also partial to International models for another, more heartfelt reason-his father, John Morgan "Buddy" Sedberry Jr., loved them dearly. In December 2001, shortly after his dad passed away, Steve Sedberry dedicated a 1997 International model equipped with a Century bed in his father's honor.


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For more information, contact:

Ayoka Pond                                                     Valerie Burrow

Public Relations Director                                 Senior Public Relations Coordinator

Phone: 901-227-3503                                      Phone: 901-227-3525

Mobile: 901-581-5637                                     Mobile: 901-828-2243

E-mail: [email protected]                     E-mail: [email protected]    



  Baptist Memorial president and CEO announces retirement


Organization's COO to succeed Reynolds


MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec. 11, 2013 -Stephen Reynolds, Baptist Memorial Health Care's fourth president and CEO and a 42-year Baptist colleague, announced today he will retire next May. Jason Little, Baptist's executive vice president and chief operating officer, will be the organization's next president and CEO.

            Reynolds began his Baptist career as an administrative resident in 1971 after serving as an officer in the United States Army. After holding a number of leadership positions for 24 years, he was promoted to Baptist's president and CEO in 1994.


Under his leadership, Baptist opened two metro-Memphis hospitals - Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville - as well as the area's first residential hospice facility and the Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief. Reynolds also oversaw the construction of the NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro, Ark., and the creation of the Baptist Medical Group, one of the Mid-South's largest physician management organizations. Today, Stern Cardiovascular, Family Physicians Group, Memphis Internal Medicine, the Light Clinic and the Boston Baskin Cancer Foundation are among the groups that are part of BMG.


A number of national and local organizations, including U.S. News and World Report, HealthGrades and the Joint Commission, have recognized Baptist hospitals for delivering high-quality care.

"I have had the distinct pleasure of serving on Baptist boards for the past 16 years, and during that time, I have observed how much Steve's leadership has benefited Baptist," said Jim Glasgow, chair of Baptist's corporate board of directors. "Baptist's growth and accomplishments during his tenure as president and CEO have been extraordinary."


Reynolds has held a number of leadership positions in regional and national health care organizations, including the Tennessee Hospital Association, CEOs Against Cancer, the American College of Health Care Executives, the Healthcare Institute, the National Quality Forum's National Patient Safety Task Force, and the National Committee for Quality Health Care. Locally, Reynolds is a past chairman of the board of the Memphis-area Better Business Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, Memphis chapter of the American Heart Association, Dixon Gallery and Gardens and Memphis Tomorrow. Currently, he is board secretary of Ducks Unlimited Inc., and serves on the University of Memphis Board of Visitors and the boards of Trezevant Manor, Memphis Tomorrow and Dixon Gallery and Gardens.


The Tennessee Hospital Association, the American College of Health Care Executives, Washington University School of Medicine, B'nai B'rith, Arkansas State University, the Arkansas State University School of Business, Arkansas State University's chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Rotary International and the Boy Scouts of America have recognized Reynolds for his leadership in the health care industry. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate from Union University.


Little has been with Baptist since 2002. Before being promoted to his current position, he served as vice president and metro market leader, overseeing Baptist's seven metro-Memphis hospitals and NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital. Before that, he served as administrator and CEO of three Baptist Memorial hospitals. Little received his bachelor's degree in health administration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he was elected student body president, and his master's degree in business administration and health care administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He completed a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic and then joined the team as an operations administrator for its Scottsdale, Ariz., location before coming to Baptist. Little serves on the boards of the Tennessee Hospital Association, Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Church Health Center and the American Heart Association. He also is a member of The University of Tennessee Alumni Board and is the incoming chairman of the New Memphis Institute board.


One of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the United States, Baptist Memorial Health Care offers a full continuum of care to communities throughout the Mid-South. In 2012, Baptist was ranked No. 2 among large employers and No. 23 overall nationally in Modern Healthcare magazine's top 100 "Best Places to Work in Healthcare." The Baptist system, which consistently ranks among the top integrated health care networks in the nation, has 14,000 employees and comprises 14 affiliate hospitals in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas; more than 4,000 affiliated physicians; Baptist Medical Group, a multispecialty physician group with about 500 doctors; home, hospice and psychiatric care; minor medical centers and clinics; a network of surgery, rehabilitation and other outpatient centers; and an education system highlighted by the Baptist College of Health Sciences.









Union City Electric highlighted in Transmission & Distribution World Magazine for implementing Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), which is to provide improved customer service and provide more payment options.


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In This Issue
New Chamber Members
State Farm Grand Opening!
Board Member Spotlight
Buddy's Wrecker Named Readers Rigs Grand Champion
Baptist President & CEO Announces Retirement
Union City Electric Highlighted in Magazine
Archived Obion County Chamber of Commerce Newsletters
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January 21, 2013



Obion County Public Library


Interested in sponsoring Business Matters or Business After Hours?

Contact Lindsay Frilling at

 731-885-0211 or [email protected]  

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Let us help you spread the word about your available commercial property by listing it at If you have commercial property you would like to list, please contact Lindsay Frilling, Economic Development Director.

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Searching for good employees?


Let Goodwill Career Solutions help. We not only help employees go to work; we also help employers find qualified, ready to work job applicants. We are a free service for the community.


For employers, we can host a job fair for your company. We will handle all the work whether you use online or paper applications.


We can also keep your applications on file.  You can have all your job application traffic flow through our office.


We are available to help in a number of ways.  Please call to set up a time to meet with our Career Counselor, Sandy Hickey at 731-884-4324.


1430 S. First Street, Union City, TN 38261 731-884-4324

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As one of the oldest members of the Obion County Chamber of Commerce, I am honored to have been asked by Katie Keathley to share my thoughts about the benefits of Chamber membership.


As I explained to Katie, it has been a long time since I have been active in the work of the Chamber, so I will reflect on the benefits I enjoy as an ordinary Chamber member who is no longer in leadership.


Forty-three years ago when I migrated here with my family, we were welcomed with open arms and I believe that the same reception is extended to others who choose to make their homes in Obion County. That supportive influence resulted in my being asked to serve on the Chamber board many years ago, when the Chamber executive was James L. Rippy Sr. At that time we met in the former Old National Bank building on First Street during an era in which we enjoyed a healthy, stable business community. While we competed with other counties in Northwest Tennessee, we did not face some of the dire circumstances that the present leadership has had to guide us through. In short, we had it good.


I have watched successive leadership teams bring us through much more trying times. Often it has seemed to them and much of the community that we were on the ropes, but thanks to their persistence and clear direction they have brought us through our most recent difficulties and have positioned us for even greater success in the years ahead. Most members, myself included, know little of the tireless efforts that were necessary to land MIA Seating as a new business citizen and employer for our community. The confidential nature of the negotiations lend to lack of appreciation at the least and downright suspicion at the worst, but the outcome speaks loudly of the thoughtful and effective work that so many have undertaken on our behalf. This positions us for more "wins" in 2014 and in the years to come.


One current Chamber activity that I can promote from personal experience is the monthly Business Matters gathering that occurs on Tuesday mornings at the Obion County Public Library. Over the past several months, the Chamber leaders have presented many informative programs that make persons attending more aware of local opportunities we have to enhance our business climate. If you haven't attended one of these meetings, I encourage you to do so. The time required is not long and the benefits received make the investment well worth your while.

In closing, I commend our present board and staff for their effective work in promoting our business community. I encourage you to take time to get to know them and the good work they are about.


John L. Warner Jr. ("Jack's Dad")

Warner Law Firm


 Last month, Suzie McWherter with Baptist Memorial Hospital was our guest speaker for Business Matters. She spoke about Hospice and all of the services Baptist provides concerning it. Baptist Memorial Hospital was our sponsor for the event. Join us this January 21st for this month's Business Matters.








December Business-After-Hours was held at the Everett Stewart Regional Airport. Sponsors included: Everett Stewart Regional Airport, Gibson Electric and Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon Inc. Dwight Phillips was the winner of our door prize which included an annual membership to Discovery Park of America.