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 August 2014 Newsletter
Mission Statement:  "It's our home, we make it better." 
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Welcome 2014-2015 Chamber Board Members! 


Jo Ann Speer- President- Everett-Stewart Regional Airport

Amber Jones-Vice President -Commercial Bank

Todd Petty-Terry Petty Chevrolet

Greg Dozier-Leaders Credit Union

Jason Aldridge-Thunderbolt Broadcasting

Keith Riley-Tyson Foods

Donny Bearden-AmeriClear Rx

Billy Jack Cranford-City of Union City

Bill Harrison-City of Union City

Danny Patterson-Cox Oil Company

Skipper Bondurant-Baptist Memorial Hospital

Jennifer Eason-Reelfoot Bank

Brian Kissell-First State Bank

Crystal Meade-Soleil Garden Center

Connie O'Neal-O'Neal's Country Store, UC Antique Mall & More

Judy Barker-Attorney at Law

Kerry Speer-Union City Daily Messenger

Jim Cheatham-Universal Contractors

Rick Larson-Union City Coca Cola

Welcome New Chamber Members! 


Covington Credit

1700 W. Reelfoot Ave. Suite 2040

Union City, TN 38261

P: 731-599-0180 F: 731-599-6948

Business Representative: Ashley Gordon 


Legendary Vapors

701 E. Reelfoot Ave. Suite 300

Union City, TN 38261


Business Representative: Amy Hickerson


Royal Tan

701 E. Reelfoot Ave. Suite 300

Union City, TN 38261


Business Representative: Dan King 


Woodmen of the World

Jerry Landrum

300 N. McComb St.

Martin, TN 38237

P: 731-587-4438


Kathryn McGuire

208 S. First St.

Union City, TN 38261

[email protected]

P: 731-676-2861


Sheila Cawley

704 Whirmantler St.

Union City, TN 38261

[email protected]

P: 731-446-7884 or 731-885-0406


Jon S. Kendall

2446 West State Route 21

Troy, TN 38260

[email protected]

P: 731-446-0458


WestStar Leadership

321 Administration Building

Martin, TN 38261

P: 731-881-7298 F: 731-881-7019

Business Representative: Virginia Grimes 

Board Member Spotlight 


Board Members Name: Connie Frances O'Neal

Company Name: O'Neal's Country Store & Union City Antique Mall and More

Work phone number: 1-731-885-6472

Position: Co- Owner

E-mail: [email protected]


Area of Expertise: Sales, Marketing, and promoting.


Other interest: Love to travel, Go Camping, and spend time with my family. 


Why did I join the Chamber: "I wanted to learn more about my Community and to try to help promote and grow all the business of Obion County."



Why do you serve on the Board of directors: "Serving on the Board of Directors helps me get more involve with other businesses. I want to help Obion Co to grow and gain new jobs."



What is the Chamber's role in the Community: "To help existing businesses grow, and let our citizens know that they play the biggest part in growing our community."

Ambassador Spotlight 


Ambassador Member Name: Matt Sanner

Company Name: AmeriClear Rx

Position: Director of Sales

Work Phone: 731-885-3205

E-mail: [email protected]


Areas of Expertise:  Pharmacy Benefit Management for businesses of all sizes with a focus on their group health plan or workers compensation needs


Other Interests:  Family, hunting, golf




Why Serve:  "I want to learn more about the role the chamber plays in the development of the business community in Obion County. Getting a behind the scenes look at the programs and activities that the chamber offers will allow me to more effectively apply those ideas and methods to our business as we grow within Obion County and throughout the business world."


Chambers Role:  "The role of the Obion County Chamber of Commerce is to provide existing business through Obion County with a network of contacts and information resources. Also, to continually look for ways to grow the business infrastructure in Obion County throughout the recruitment of new and diverse industry."


Why it is important to be involved:  "If people who actually live in Obion County do not take interest and promote our community, then others outside of the community will never know what a great place it is to do business and live."  

August Small Business Spotlight

Congressman Stephen Fincher


Stephen Fincher, 41, is a managing partner of Fincher Farms, a seventh generation West Tennessee based agribusiness. Stephen has been involved in agribusiness his entire life and lives in the Frog Jump community of Crockett County.


 At the age of nine, Stephen joined his family in the Southern gospel music ministry, started more than 60 years ago. The Finchers produce and record their own music, and they have performed over 2,000 events throughout the Southeast.


 Stephen is a Lifetime Member of the NRA. He and his wife Lynn have been married for over 20 years and have three children John Austin, Noah and Sarah. The family is actively involved in Archer's Chapel Methodist Church. A dynamic force in his community, Stephen has championed many local causes by fundraising and directly assisting those in need.


 Inspired by a desire to serve his fellow citizens and get America back on track, Stephen ran for Congress in 2009 and joined the House of Representatives in 2010. Now in his second term, Stephen sits on the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Agriculture.


 Stephen understands, firsthand, that jobs are not created by Washington bureaucrats, but rather by hard-working folks in Tennessee. He brings his personal experience as a businessman to Washington D.C. and is committed to taking every possible step to empower people to invest and create jobs, cut government spending, and make Washington more accountable to taxpayers.


 Currently Stephen is working hard to create more good-paying jobs for folks in West Tennessee. He's voted in support of over 40 jobs bills that, including one to pass the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would not only create good-paying jobs, but make America more energy independent. He also introduced legislation that would create a permanent federal income tax deduction for state and local sales taxes paid by Tennessee residents and other states, which have no general state income tax.


Of the sales tax deduction, Fincher said: "Making the sales tax deduction permanent is about fairness and will put more money back into the pockets of hardworking Tennesseans. This deduction will help fuel Tennessee's economy by keeping money in the state and giving taxpayers the certainty they need to plan ahead. It will not only help generate jobs, it will also promote investment in local economies and attract new business."


Heather Waggoner of is Congressman Fincher's field rep for the area and can be contacted at [email protected] or (731) 588-5190. The local office is located at 406 Lindell St in Martin, TN. 

Lindsay Frilling, IOM Graduates from Institute for Organization Management


A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Lindsay Frilling, IOM, Economic Development Director, of the Obion County Joint Economic Development Council, has graduated from the program and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual's completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.

"Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations," said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation's vice president of Institute for Organization Management. "These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries."

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute's curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America's long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.           @IOMeducates





For more information, contact:

Kara Ward                                                                           

Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator                               

Phone: (731) 884-8750                     

E-mail :  [email protected]


Baptist Union City Recognized for Safe, Efficient and Effective Care


Union City, Tenn., July 9, 2014 -Recently, Premier, Inc., named Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City as a finalist for the QUEST® Award for High-value Healthcare.


Nationwide, only 37 hospitals are finalists out of 330 hospitals eligible for the honors. Hospitals that were named finalists achieved top performance in five of the six areas measured in Premier's QUEST collaborative: harm, mortality, readmissions, costs, patient experience and evidence-based care.

"This data reveals that we provide high-quality care at lower costs, which is very important in today's health care market," said Teresa Vinson, director of quality at Baptist Union City. 


QUEST is a performance improvement collaborative of approximately 350 hospitals working to make health care safer, more efficient and consistently effective. In five and a half years, they have saved more than 136,000 lives and $11.6 billion.


Premier, Inc., is a leading health care improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,000 U.S. hospitals and 110,000 other providers to transform health care. A Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, Premier plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving health care industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide.



In This Issue
New Chamber Members
New Chamber Members
Board Member Spotlight
Ambassador Spotlight
Small Business Spotlight
Lindsay Frilling, IOM Graduates
Baptist Hospital Announcement
Williams Sausage Press Release
Pride of OC Nomination Form
Archived Obion County Chamber of Commerce Newsletters

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Chamber Happenings-VF Outlet Relocates! 

VF Outlet is now located at its new location (1700 W. Reelfoot Ave. in Union City). Stop by on this tax free weekend and check them out!




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August 19, 2014



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Thanks to those for renewing your membership for 2014-2015!

AAA RV Park       


Ad Pro Designs/Vernon Co.

Advanced Gastroenterology

AJ Salvage

Alexander Auctions & Real Estate

Alexander Thompson Arnold

Align Chiropractic

All Kraft Erectors

Alliance Application Equipment

Ameriprise Financial


Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar


Atmos Energy

Attorney John Miles

Baptist Memorial Hospital

Barker Building Rentals

Barkley Construction 

Blackley Motors

BR Supply

Bucks Enterprise

Buddy's Wrecker Service

Buy, Sell & Trade Pawn Shop

CAM Electric

CareAll Home Care

Carey Counseling

Carpenter Real Estate Company

Center Point Business Solutions

Century 21

Chancellor Mike Maloan

City of Hornbeak

City of Kenton

Clay Woods

Collision Specialty

Commercial Bank

Conley Campbell


Country Heath Inn

Cox Oil Co.

Creative Catering

Danny Larcom Heating & Air

Discovery Park of America

Dixie Gun Works

Doctor's Clinic

Douglas Tax Service

Dr. Bobo

Drs. Jordan and Bondurant

Dunn's Auto Body

Dyersburg State Community College

Edward Jones

Everett-Stewart Regional Airport

Family Check Advance

Farm Credit Services

Federal Materials Co.

Felecia Bella

Final Flight Outfitters

First Choice Farm & Lawn

First Citizens Financial Plus

First Citizens National Bank

First State Bank

First State Mortgage

Five Seasons Mens Shop

Ford Construction Company

Fuller Partners Real Estate

Fulton Decorating Center

Fulton Plaza Motor Inn

G & H Tool & Die, Inc.

Golden Living Center

Green Acres Mobile Homes

Griffin Industries

H & O Tool & Die

H & R Agri-Power

H & R Block

Hale's Commercial Cleaning

Hampton Inn

Hanafee Bros., Sawmill Co., Inc.

Harpole Telecom

Health Quest

Heritage Bank

Herman Jenkins Motors

Inco Ag

J.R. Wauford & Company

JD Distributors

Jere W. Crenshaw D.D.S.

Jiffy Steamer

Job World

Johnson Heating & Air

Judge Acree

Judy Barker, Attorney At Law

Ken-Tenn Wireless

Kenton Chevrolet

Kiwanis Club of Union City

Kizer Pharmacy

K-Mac Enterprises


Krietman's Towing


Lakeview Dining Room

Lanzer Printing & Office Supplies

Lashlee-Rich, Inc.

Lawns & More

Leaders Credit Union

Loden Vision Center of Paris

Los Portales

Lowe's Home Improvements

Lowrance Sound Company

Magical Minks

Magnolia Place

Mathis Battery

McDonald's Restaurant

Northwest Tennessee Cardiology Clinic

Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board

Obion County Farm Bureau

Obion County Public Library

O'Neals Country Store


Phillips Engineering

Polk Glover

Premier Primary Care


RC Mechanical

Reelfoot Animal Hospital

Reelfoot Bank

Reelfoot Metal Building Supply

Reelfoot Regional Association

Reelfoot Shopping Center

Reelfoot Warehousing

ReMax United

Revell Construction

Reynolds Brothers

Searcy Building Contactors

Security Finance


Servall Gutter

Shelter Insurance

Shoe Shack

Small World Child Care

Snappy Tomato Pizza

Soleil Garden Center

Southern Machinery Repair

Star Physical Therapy

State Farm Agent Chris Williams

Steven J. Harpole D.D.S.

Steve's Jewelers

Storey Sawmill & Lumber Co.

Sugar & Spice

Sullivan Dentistry

Synergy Aquatics

Tencom Services

Tennessee Tractor

The Chocolate Bunny

The Color Shop

The Etheridge House

The Hamilton-Ryker

The Stevenson Group, Inc.

Thunderbolt Broadcasting

Top of the World Distributors

Touching Hearts at Home

Town of Obion

Town of Troy

Town of Woodland Mills

Travel One

Tri-State International

Troy Pharmacy

Twin Oaks Technology


UC Antique & More Mall, Inc.

Union City Carpet Center

Union City Coca-Cola

Union City Daily Messenger

Union City Electric System

Union City Eye Care

Union City Ford

Union City Jaycees

Union City Parts

Union City Rotary Club

Union City Urgent Care

Volunteer Lenders

Vowell & Sons, Inc.

Wade Acres LLC

Warner Law Firm


West Tennessee Orthopedics

West Tennessee Regional Blood Center

Westan Insurance

Westate Corrections Network

White & Associates Insurance

White Mahon Funeral Home

Williams Sausage

Wise Staffing

Women's Clinic

Wood Communicatons

World Finance Corporation


Wynridge Golf Club 

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

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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[email protected]

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