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 March 2014 Newsletter

Mission Statement:

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

enhance economic success to its members, businesses and the region.




State Farm Agent Chris Williams

602 S. First St.

Union City, TN 38261

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

Representative: Chris Williams 

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Tencom Digital Marketing

426 Troy Avenue Suite B

Dyersburg, TN 38024

P: 731-288-8000

Representative: Chris Donaldson 


Board Member Name: Tommy Gurley


Company Name: Reelfoot Bank


Position: Vice President


Work Phone: 731-886-5725



Email: [email protected]


Areas of Expertise: Commercial, Residential and Consumer Lending


Other Interests: Church, golf, hunting, fishing, anything outdoors


Why did you join the Chamber? "I wanted to be a part of something that is involved in the small businesses of Obion County. I like that the Chamber offers several programs that are both helpful & informative."


Why do you serve on the Board of Directors? "Serving on the Board of Directors allows me to have a voice when decisions are made to hopefully help our community grow and prosper."


What is the Chamber's role in the business community? "The Chamber's role is to assist in helping local businesses grow and succeed."

I am Barry Keathley, owner and manager of 5 Seasons Mens Shop in Union City.  I consider it a privilege to serve the people of our area and region with the finest in men's clothing, sportswear, shoes, tuxedos, and more.  We recently celebrated our 41st year in business and have enjoyed all of the wonderful relationships that we have made through the years!


Let me say how important that I feel it has been to us here at 5 Seasons to have been a part of the Obion County Chamber of Commerce throughout these years, especially recently.  I know how hard that Lindsay Frilling and Katie Keathley work to create harmony and interest in our county.  This always translates into a positive vibe among our people while creating opportunities to do business.  I always enjoy the many Chamber Events, including our annual banquet, ribbion cuttings, and Business Matters.  I am also proud to be a part of an organization that works so hard to bring new businesses and industry to our area. I have never experienced a more positive moment in Obion County than when it was announced in late October, about the new "9-5" industry coming to our county, as well as the opening of Discovery Park....all in the same week.  Our Chamber of Commerce was very much a part of this special time in Obion County.  We all should be thankful for their positive involvement!


Let me now encourage you to be a part of the Obion County Chamber of Commerce. If you already are a member, let me encourage to be more actively involved.  Let Lindsay and Katie show you how they can be a big part of your business and its growth. You will not be disappointed. 



Barry Keathley

5 Seasons Mens Shop

627 E. Reelfoot Ave.

Union City, TN 38261



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 Darlene Adkins is a lecturer of Accounting at The University of Tennessee at Martin.  Ms. Adkins spoke at about Cash Flow Management at Business Matters in February.  Some of the items she discussed included: 

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  • Selecting a bank
  • Adopting a credit policy 
  • Manage accounts receivable
  • Prompt payment incentives
  • Manage accounts payable
  • Manage tax payments
  • Manage inventories
The event was sponsored by Leaders Credit Union.  Door prize winners included Donnie Walton, David Flood, and Allison Aumiller.

February Small Business Spotlight

 Almost 42 years of providing flooring to Union City and the surrounding area!


In May of 1971, Woodrow Hardesty moved from Blytheville, Arkansas with his wife, Doris, and children, Rhonda, Debbie, and Woody, to Union City. After 25 years as a superintendent for Myers Bakers, he hoped that working with his brother installing carpet for Wade's Furniture and Moser and Jones Furniture stores would provide a stable standard of living for himself and his family.


Encouraged by his success at installing, he opened his own flooring store in April of 1972 on Division Street, later moving Union City Carpet Center to its present location on Perkins Street in December of 1973.


 From day one of the opening of Union City Carpet Center, Debbie and Woody worked in the store part time after school hours and on Saturdays. Upon graduation from Union City High School, Debbie began working more part-time hours at the store helping her Dad, and Woody did the same, but learning the art of installing. Woody left Union City in 1984 to work for Queen Carpets as a sales representative in Columbia, South Carolina. He has since left the sales area of flooring, and has returned to installing all different types of flooring and still resides in Columbia. Upon Mr. Hardesty's passing in 1987, Debbie bought the business from her mother, and has been the sole proprietor since that time.


 Union City Carpet Center utilizes two installation crews, each with over 20 years combined experience, and one crew with over 40 years of combined experience in all types of flooring installation, including concrete staining, and carpet cleaning.


We proudly offer carpet choices from these leading manufacturers; Shaw, Mohawk, Southwind, Dreamweaver, and Beaulieu. Our resilient flooring lines come from Mannington, Congoleum, and Tarkett. The hardwood selections include products from Bruce, Columbia (made in the USA), Mannington, and Mohawk. Luxury Vinyl Tile (lvt) has been redesigned to a "snaplock" method of installation, and we have lines from Tarkett, Mannington, and Mohawk. Laminate flooring has been around for a few years, and this product has improved greatly since its inception. We have this type of flooring from Mohawk, Quick-Step, and Columbia. Yes, we also have ceramic and porcelain tile from Mannington and Marazzi.


For several years, Union City Carpet Center has offered custom binding for area rugs, and just recently gotten a new area rug display. We would encourage customers to check our prices and selection, with some rugs suitable for outdoor use. We have a wide selection of cleaning products for maintaining your valuable floors and also are a retailer for the original E Z Moves furniture slides.


Debbie Ams, her husband Trent Ams, and employee Janet Adams are proud to offer solutions to all your flooring needs, and would like to thank each of our customers for their patronage. Contact Union City Carpet Center today at 731-885-2830 for inquiries or visit them at 602 Perkins St. in Union City, Tennessee.

Press Release


Would you like to explore one of the most unique areas of Reelfoot Lake?

Join our experienced naturalists for a three hour canoe float through seldom explored areas of Reelfoot Lake. Observe old growth cypress forest, a heron rookery and an eagle nest as we leisurely paddle through the cypress swamp. Large fish swimming, ducks taking flight and an occasional snake making an appearance add excitement to the trip. A variety of bird life such as songbirds, ducks, herons, owls, or eagles are occasionally seen flying high over the lake.


Trips depart from Reelfoot Lake State Park's Visitor Center every weekend in March and April on Saturdays at 1:00pm and Sundays at 9:00am. Donations are accepted and can be placed in donation box inside the visitor center. We suggest you bring snacks, drinks, a change of clothes, a camera and binoculars in a waterproof, floatable container.


Please call 731-253-9652 to make reservations. 



In This Issue
New Chamber Members
Board Member Spotlight
Membership Testimonial
February Business Matters
Small Business Spotlight
Reelfoot Lake State Park Press Release
Archived Obion County Chamber of Commerce Newsletters
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Aury Kangelos, TN Dept. of Transportation



TDOT 25- Year Long Range Transportation Plan

(Public Input Session)

Goals of the session: 

1. Ensuring that transportation projects are evenly balanced across the State of Tennessee.

2. Focusing transportation projects in areas of the state that have the greatest needs.


Now is the perfect time for you to give input on transportation concerns during the Tennessee Department of Transportation 25- Year Long Range Transportation Plan public input session! This plan is designed to address growing and changing demands throughout Tennessee, to develop action-oriented policy plan, and to establish a 10-year strategic investment program. Through new electronic polling devices, TDOT's "Book a Planner" presentation will allow you the opportunity to share your opinions and weigh and prioritize a number of different and difficult transportation planning and development scenarios that TDOT faces daily. The information gathered from the polls will aid in the constructing of priorities and establishing a vision for TDOT's future!


Sponsored by:

City of Union City



Tuesday, March 18, 2014



Obion County Public Library


Successful Winter Meeting of TCCE and TEDC Held in Nashville


Last month, the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives and Tennessee Economic Development Council held their annual "Day on the Hill." This year's meeting was one of our largest turnouts and offered TCCE/TEDC members an opportunity to join together in participating in our state government and networking with legislators on issues that matter to the economic development community. Attendants heard from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Department of Economic & Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty, and Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips, among others.  Obion County Chamber staff members Katie Keathley and Lindsay Frilling attended the conference.

The Tennessee Career Center at Union City is offering Resume' Writing workshops on Tuesday afternoons at 1 PM. Job seekers interested in attending a workshop will need to complete a resume' worksheet prior to attending a session. Space is limited, so registration is required. Register by calling 731-884-3868 between 8-4:30 Monday - Friday.

Touching Hearts at Home of West Tennessee is taking on-line applications for Caregivers in Obion and Weakly Counties. Experience in caring for the elderly and a passion for serving are required. Contact Touching Hearts at Home for additional information on qualifications and instructions for applying, at 731-613-2526. Also, visit us on the web at

Health Insurance Notice


Do you know anyone that does not have health insurance?

Did you know in 2014- if you do not have health insurance you will pay a penalty?


The penalty is 1% of household income or $95.00, whichever is more.

Below are a few examples of premiums under the new Affordable Care Act:

  • Female age 60 nonsmoker- makes $15,000 a year, $0 deductible and the premium is $6.75 a month
  • Male, age 35 nonsmoker- makes $30,000 a year, $0 deductible and the premium was $42 a month

The rate is based on county you live in, age, and modified adjusted gross income


Stop by: White & Associates Insurance

707 S. 1st Street in Union City

 John Fry at 731-885-2599.



Date: March 4, 2014

Location: The University of Tennessee Martin / Gooch Hall Rm. 112

Time: 9 - 4 PM CST

Cost: $275 (includes materials)


This live simulcast course helps businesses stay up-to-date and in compliance with the most common air, solid, and hazardous waste, and water regulations as enforced by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


For more information contact Andre Temple 731-425-4740.

Resume Writing Workshops Offered in Union City 

The Tennessee Career Center at Union City is offering Resume' Writing workshops on Tuesday afternoons at 1 PM. Job seekers interested in attending a workshop will need to complete a resume' worksheet prior to attending a session.  Space is limited, so registration is required.  Register by calling 731-884-3868 between 8-4:30 Monday - Friday.


If you haven't used it, worn it, or played with it in the last year, it's time to give it to Goodwill.


DE cluttering doesn't have to be daunting. Get tips for combating clutter, and learn more about how your donations change lives, on our website.


12 Donation Sites Extending Hours


January 2014 turned out to be the coldest month in more than a decade. When the weather turns cold, donations tend to drop. That's why we're extending hours at more donation sites, giving more people an opportunity to donate. Find your nearest Donation Express Center.


Goodwill relies heavily on donations to fulfill its mission of providing employment and training opportunities to people who have trouble finding and keeping jobs. You can make an immediate impact by shopping in the stores, or by donating the following items: clothing, household goods, shoes and accessories.

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

List Your Available Commercial Property With Us


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.

[email protected]

South Fulton Community Alerts

For community alerts in the South Fulton area...text "SOUTHFULTON" to 888777 and enter your zip code when directed.  For more information visit

Interested in sponsoring Business Matters or Business After Hours?

Contact Lindsay Frilling at

 731-885-0211 or [email protected]  

Any time you want to "visit" or to know what's happening in Union City and the surrounding area, just pop into this site and catch up:

Wear Red Day 2014




Other events:

*             March 8 - DSCC Zumbathon Charity Event. Proceeds to benefit Relay for Life. 10am - 12pm at the DSCC E.H. Lannom, Jr. Gymnasium on the Dyersburg Campus. Cost is $10. Contact 731-286-3260.

*             March 27 - 29, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. The DSCC Theatre Division presents "Bus Stop" at the DSCC First Citizen's National Bank Auditorium located in the Campus Activities Building on the Dyersburg Campus.