Obion County Chamber of Commerce
 October 2014 Newsletter
Mission Statement:  "It's our home, we make it better." 
Welcome New Chamber Members!

Hops and Barley

1202 S. Ury St.

Union City, TN 38261

(731) 599-9730

Business Representative: Renee Dillon 


Cowboy Signs & Graphics

104 N. Broadway St.

Obion, TN 38240

(731) 504-1190

Business Representative: Jennifer Cutler


Sonshine Flowers and Gifts

108 N. College St.

Troy, TN 38260


Business Representative: Ronnie Johnson

N-Style Fashions

206 E. Reelfoot Ave. Suite 20

Union City, TN 38261


Business Representatives: Rodney and Tina Davis

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Atlantis Pools & Spas

120 E. Main St.

Union City, TN 38261


Business Representative: Ben Powers

September Ribbon Cuttings



1208 Edwards St.

Union City, TN 38261

(731) 885-8884

1511 S. First St.

Union City, TN 38261



1202 S. Ury St.
Union City, TN 38261

(731) 599-9730




1413 S. Home Street

Union City, TN 38261

(731) 885-4810



100 Washington Ave

Union City, TN 38281

(731) 885-2300 

*Celebrating 125 years!  




108 N. College St.

Troy, TN 38260


Business Representative: Ronnie Johnson

October Small Business Spotlight


First State Bank, where you will always find More For You!


Leveraging Strong Traditions.  First State Bank has local origins.  Starting in West Tennessee, in 1887, with one bank location, our current operating philosophy reflects the richness of our banking roots combined with making bold strides for the future.  Our 31 banking offices serving throughout Tennessee offer strength and diversity by offering traditional banking, ag lending, specialized consumer finance, indirect lending, insurance, investment services, mortgages, trust service, and small business lending. 


Delivering Personalized Products and Services.  Our customers tell us that they think of First State Bank as a place for flexible business banking.  A place for hassle-free home loans.  A place for secure deposits.  More For You means more than loans and deposits.  It means More Choice for financial products and services,  More Freedom and Control with mobile banking and electronic business banking services, and More Access with offices and ATMS located across Tennessee.


Strategies For The Future.  We continue to make good on a commitment to offer More For You!  You can see it in the First State Bank product and services line-up and in our technology-based advancements.  It may be most visible in our support of a range of community service organizations.  We are very proud that our First State employees are not just bankers _ they are coaches, mentors, directors, and community leaders!


Located Right Down The Road.  Picture any one of our First State Bank locations.  When you see a First State Bank sign, you can be sure you are seeing a symbol of our commitment to being more than a place to do business.  We are in your neighborhood.  From our school-based Kitty Cash program designed to teach children about the value of money and saving, to our support of Discovery Park of America.  With both corporate support and individual employee involvement, First State Bank contributes to a wide variety of organizations - truly enriching the places where you live and work.


Every Day, Not Your Ordinary Bank.  Every day, our goal is to offer flexible financial choices delivered by a team of extraordinary bankers.   Every day, our motivation is to develop relationships within our extraordinary community.  Every day, our purpose is to bring you extraordinary service and accessibility.  Every day, our heart is to be Not Your Ordinary Bank _ because Your Extraordinary Life deserves so much more!  Experience More at First State Bank. 


To learn more about First State Bank, follow us on facebook at, follow us through LinkedIn at, or visit us online at 


Bank deposits are FDIC insured. Bank, Mortgage, and Finance loans are subject to credit approval.  Insurance and Investment Services No Bank Guarantee. May lose value. Not a Deposit. Not insured by any Federal Government Agency. 

Board Member Spotlight 


Board Member Name:Jim Cheatham

Company Name:Universal Contractors

Position: President

Work Phone: 731-885-2070

Email: [email protected]


Areas of Expertise:

"I graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering.  I worked for six years as a Project Manager for Forcum Lannom Contractors in Dyersburg.  In 2010, I came to work with my father at Universal Contractors here in Union City.  We are a commercial general contractor with emphasis in concrete, metal buildings, metal studs/drywall, acoustical ceilings, and carpentry items.  We also perform demolition, concrete cutting, and core drill work."


Other Interests:

"I enjoy traveling with my wife, singing in the church choir, cooking, and hunting quail or duck.  I love University of Tennessee football, and I am a supporter of Ducks Unlimited.  I am a member of the West TN Area Council Board of the Boy Scouts and serve as the Order of the Arrow Section Adviser for Tennessee, Kentucky, and Northern Mississippi."

Why did you join the Chamber?

"To show our support for an organization that works hard to make Obion County a destination for both families and businesses."


Why do you serve on the Board of Directors?

"I want to serve on the Board of Directors in order to help other small businesses be represented, recognized, and voiced when it comes to the decisions that are made that will shape Obion County now and in the futre."


What is the Chamber's role in the business community?

"Recruit new business to Obion County, educate existing business of new opportunities in this area, and promote the achievements of this area so that others will want to be a part of what makes northwest Tennessee an attractive destination."

Ambassador Member Spotlight 


Ambassador Member Name:

Trent Ams

Company Name:

Union City Carpet Center


Husband in charge; Warehouse Manager; Inventory Control; Lawn Maintenance; Stock Transport, etc.

Work Phone:

731-885-2830 (work) 731-335-3968 (cell)


[email protected]


Areas of Expertise:

"Master of nothing, familiar with much", pretty well describes me. Like to listen to other and learn. Have been told that I can deliver a presentation, and not put everybody to sleep. Comfortable in front of people, but I don't seek the spotlight. I feel that tact is one of my strong points. I worked at several different jobs at Goodyear and gained experience in many areas of the tire industry."


Other Interests:

"I follow the St. Louis Cardinals and the PGA tour. Golf is my main game now as I am too old to play baseball anymore. However, if I were to play baseball again, (and survive) I would be a HAPPY man."


Why Serve:

"Having been an employee of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for over 38 years, I have experienced the good times and the ultimate bad time of industry. I wasn't ready to retire, but with the Goodyear plant closing, I did retire and took advantage of the opportunity to join my wife in a great capacity in her business. This has given me a new look at the business world. I would like to meet and get to know various businesses of our town. There is much to learn from other. I have been blessed much and it is my turn to give back."


Chamber's Role in the business community:

"The Chamber should listen to the business community and make itself available to help each business succeed. They should also keep the business community up-to-date on the various happenings in the area and opportunities that are here as well as those that are on the horizon."


Why it is important to be involved:

"An area survives on its ability to communicate and work together to achieve a common goal. That goal, to me, is Progress. We, as the citizens of this area, must rely on each other. We all pull together in a time of tragedy and heartache, so why not the rest of the time?" 

STAFF WITH HEART-Sullivan Dentistry


The staff at Sullivan Dentistry on East Reelfoot Avenue in Union City was on hand bright and early today to meet the needs of area residents eager to accept the free dental care offered by the office in celebration of Dentistry From the Heart. Staff members include (first row, from left) registered dental hygienist Nell Garrigan, RDH Emily Morris, Registered Dental Assistant Betty Henderson, (second row) RDH Rhonda Roach, RDA Danielle Eaves, office manager Charlene Burpo, marketing manager Sara Douglas, receptionist/assistant Caela Black, receptionist/sterilization assistant Jacquelyn Moody, (third row) RDH Hope Jewell, insurance office Allyson Cooper, RDA Lindsey Guy, dentist Dr. Grant Dillingham, dentist Dr. Matt Clark, (fourth row) dentist Dr. Gabe Sullivan with son Curry, front desk employee Alyssa Waters, RDA Traci Orr. Not pictured were dentist Dr. Jerry Sullivan and front desk employee Mallory Burton.

In This Issue
New Chamber Members
September Ribbon Cuttings
Small Business Spotlight
Board Member Spotlight
Ambassador Spotlight
Staff With a Heart
Archived Obion County Chamber of Commerce Newsletters

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Taste of Ken-Tenn Moving Locations


*The Taste of Ken-Tenn has been moved to the Obion County Fairgrounds due to inclement weather. Entrance will be at the front gates. Vendors will enter at gate located next to the Rescue Squad. Tickets still available for purchase.







Breast Cancer Awareness



Skipper Bondurant

CEO of Baptist Memorial Hospital



October 21, 2014



Sponsored by:

Baptist Memorial Hospital



Obion County Public Library

The USDA Rural Development (RD) office located in Union City, TN serves a large (9) County Area in Northwest Tennessee. These counties include: Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion, and Weakley. With such a large service area, the local Chambers of Commerce for each area are our lifeline to each community.


The Obion County Chamber specifically is very beneficial to our office. With Union City being one of the larger cities in our service area, there often seems to be more activity going on with economic development, community programs, and homeownership needs than in other areas. The Chamber does an excellent job at contacting or referring our office for potential clients and projects. Most of the employees in our office have a "first name basis" relationship with both Lindsay and Katie.


USDA RD also benefits greatly from several of the outreach opportunities that the Chamber provides. Whether it be the monthly "Business Matters" sessions or the quarterly "Mayors Meetings", our staff is always invited and when able to attend receive substantial information, project leads, and networking opportunities.


USDA RD is committed to the future of rural communities. Our role is to increase rural residents' economic opportunities and improve the quality of life. Our employees live and work in or near the communities in which we serve, which increases effectiveness and helps our customers.


Tyler Hayes

Area Specialist

Union City Area Office

Rural Development

United States Department of Agriculture

731-885-6480 x118 direct

731-885-5487 fax

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City appreciates the benefits and advantages of being a member of the Obion County Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber is most helpful when promoting our new physicians, programs, and services.  The staff has always been so accommodating when recruiting physicians to our community and when helping us share our news with fellow Chamber members and with new families and business leaders who have moved to the area.


With Chamber-sponsored events such as Business Matters meetings, business leaders have an opportunity to network and build relationships.  Membership in the local Chamber keeps business and civic leaders on top of important, ever-changing issues and trends within our community and local marketplace. 


Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City is a Chamber member because it increases our visibility in the community; provides member exclusive advertising, promotion and publicity; offers events and programs at which we get to know new people, and delivers valuable information in an interesting newsletter.


To reap the benefits of Chamber membership, you must make an investment of time and effort in Chamber activities and become involved.  Simply put, you will get out of Chamber membership what you put in.


Submitted By: Skipper Bondurant, CEO of Baptist Memorial Hospital and Kara Ward, Marketing Director of Baptist Memorial Hospital 

Breakfast with the President
Quarterly, new chamber members gather with Chamber President Jo Ann Speer with the Everett Stewart Regional Airport and other board members to discuss how to benefit most from their chamber membership as well as to stress the importance of being involved in the community and the events and networking opportunities offered. 

September Business Matters:

TN Promise Mentors Needed

Beginning with the Class Of 2015, The Tennessee Promise program will provide Tennessee high school graduates the opportunity to attend a community or technical college free of tuition and fees. The program is looking for local mentors for students of the program.Thanks to your support Tennessee Promise currently has 3,156 volunteers and has just a short six weeks left to recruit 6,000 to meet the required anticipated student demand. To apply to be a mentor click here:
Union City Council Members Visit MIA Seating Company

Union City Council Members recently visited with Mr. Darius Mir at MIA Seating in Union City, Tennessee. Mr. Mir is the CEO of the company and is overseeing the reshoring project from China. New, state of the art equipment is being ordered and installed in the former Quick Turn Speculative building located in the Northwest Tennessee Regional Industrial Center. The company is investing nearly $50 million into the project and will create 510 jobs in a five year period.

BUSINESS GRANT-Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center has teamed up with USDA Rural Development and Main Street-Union City to assist small businesses in Obion, Dyer and Weakley counties through a Rural Business Enterprise Grant. The grant is being used to acquire the Co.STARTER training curriculum a six-to nine-week program that helps both aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs turn business ideas into action. On hand for the announcement were Elizabeth Pritchett, Charity Riley and SueAnn FLeenor with her daughters, Cassidy and Ryanna; Phyllis Rauchle, Judy Barker, Tyler Barker, Ben Powers, Katie Keathley and Julie Huggins.


*Story courtesy of the Union City Daily Messenger 

JD Distributors Celebrating 15 Years in Business! 


JD Distributors is celebrating 15 years in business this month! We appreciate all of their service, dedication and support to Obion County area! We are looking forward to JD's continued service in all the years to come! Congratulations! 

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Thanks to those for renewing your membership for 


A and A Backhoe

Ace Design Group

Aloha Pools & Spas

City of Samburg

Classic Interiors

Greenfield Products


Higher Ground Coffee Co.

Hills Hardware & Sporting Goods

Hollomon & Dalton

Junior Auxiliary of Obion County

LA Speech Therapy

Nix-A-Mite Exterminating Co.

Pocket Shell Station #!0

Sassafraz Restaurant

Troy Furniture Gallery

Union City Forklift, Inc.

Universal Contractors

Whitby's Flower & Gifts Shop

The New Customer Loyalty Program-LoyalBlocks


LoyalBlocks is the first fully automated, mobile-based loyalty solution for brick & mortar merchants and their customers.


LoyalBlocks automatically recognizes customers as they walk into a business, punching their mobile punch-card and sending tailored promotions their way. Customers don't even have to open the app, they simply walk-in and a tailored experience is triggered!


LoyalBlocks creates a seamless, sustainable customer-merchant relationship: Customers gets hassle free incentives to visit their favorite spots, and merchants get a highly effective method of communicating with customers, incentivizing foot traffic and rewarding loyalty.


For more information click here:

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

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:

*The Taste of Ken-Tenn has been moved to the Obion County Fairgrounds due to inclement weather. Tickets still available for purchase. 

Jason D. Williams