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 February 2015 Newsletter
Mission Statement:  "It's our home, we make it better." 

Welcome New Chamber Members!

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Magic Moments

1418 Forest Dr.

Union City, TN 38261


Business Representative: Susanne Marsidi

Law Firm Baker Donelson, Attorney Lodie Biggs

165 Madison Ave., Suite 2000

Memphis, TN 38103

P: 901-579-3131 F: 901-577-4223




1401 W. Reelfoot Ave.

Union City, TN 38261


Business Representatives: Lisa and Mark Laderman

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C B Sales

2216 W. Reelfoot Ave.

Union City, TN 38261

Work Phone: 731-885-1521 Cell Phone: 731-592-0034

Business Representative: Kevin Whipple

Portable Buildings, Carports, Play Sets, Agricultural Buildings



Southside Manor Apartments

722 Broadway Street

South Fulton, TN 38257

P: 731-479-3877 F: 731-479-3874


Business Representative: Tamakieta Monroe 


Another Thyme

316 N. First St.

Union City, TN 38261


Business Representative: Sandy Edmundson 


The Gallery Showroom Union City

621 E. Reelfoot Ave.

Union City, TN 38261

Phone: 731- 599-1520


Business Representative: Stacy Jordan

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TLM Associates, Inc

117 East Lafayette Street

Jackson, TN 38301

Phone: 731- 988-9840


Business Representative: Travis Martin 


McKinnis Lawn Service

430 W. Reelfoot Ave.

Union City, TN 38261

Phone: 731-885-9544


Business Representative: Josh McKinnis

Board Member Name: Jo Ann Speer,Chamber President  

Company Name: Everett-Stewart Regional Airport

Position:  Airport Manager

Work Phone: 731-885-1221

Email: [email protected]



Areas of Expertise: Airport Management and Fixed Base Operations - Securing grants through State and Federal contracts for upgrades - $10.2 M including 1500 runway extension, new hangars, security improvements, above ground fuel farm & Ag Complex   Works closely with Federal and State Aviation committees and departments that generate rules and regulations for all aspects of airport business and security. Ensures that all aspects of the airport are functioning within these regulations or takes the necessary actions to bring them into compliance.2012-13 - Tennessee's Airport Manager of the Year.  Current Chairman of the Tennessee Aviation Association (the previous year, the ESRA Board received "Governing Body of the Year".Certificated Flight Instructor, Advanced Ground Instructor, Commercial Pilot and Instrument Rated


Other Interests:  Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame Board 2008-2012,Member of AOPA, The Ninety-Nines, Women In Aviation International, National Business Aviation Association, American Association of Airport Executives,Chairman of the Airport Extravaganza Airshow & Airport Expo,Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Volunteer.


Why did you join the Chamber? "Being a part of the Chamber gives me the opportunity to give back to the Community.  It is a way to network with local businesses, the more I know about each business, the better prepared I am to help market our area to all those passing through Everett-Stewart Regional Airport.  I genuinely want to lend a hand in helping our Community grow."

Why do you serve on the Board of Directors?  "As an ambassador for the Airport and the Community, it gives me great pleasure to give back to the Community.  When given the opportunity to serve on any Board or Committee, we should take the responsibility seriously and put forth every effort to do the job to the best of our ability."


What is the Chamber's role in the business community? "The Chamber plays a significant Leadership Role in the community.  It serves as a Community Champion and advocate for businesses."

January Ribbon Cuttings


On Tuesday, January 27, The Baptist Medical Group-The Doctors' Clinic held a ribbon cutting celebration at its new location at 1412 East Reelfoot Avenue.  For more information or to make an appointment, please call 885-5131.

Annual Retail Planning Session

In January, Lindsay and Katie met with Melissa Hassell and Chuck Maquis with TVA as well as Jim Blankenship from West Tennessee Industrial Association.  The group discussed the retail outlook for 2015 and local initiatives to strengthen existing retail as well as recruit new business.


Obion County Mayors Meet

Each quarter, mayors from each community meet.  Obion County Mayor Benny McGuire hosted the mayors at Sassafraz in Union City along with representatives from TVA, TN ECD, USDA, WTIA and Congressman Fincher's office.

Everett Stewart Regional Airport Receives New Signs through USDA Grants
Everett Stewart Regional Airport began thinking several years ago and finally in 2011 the conceptual drawing was provided.  In its infancy, we hoped to try to get the funding for 3 signs, the two that we have just constructed and another sign to be located at the new Ag Site on the southeast side of the airfield.  We began the process of estimating costs and that was revised a few times over the years.  The Airport Board was in agreement that we would pursue a sign project if we could obtain funding.  In early 2013, we contacted USDA Rural and began the application process.  In January 2014, we received word that we would receive a grant in the amount of $27,375 and the Airport would be required to match at least 50%. Without the financial assistance of USDA Rural, this project would not have taken place at this time.


The taller sign is located at the intersection of Hwy 431 and Airport Road.  The smaller sign is located at the intersection of Airport Road and Airport Circle.  "The signs are internally lit and I am thrilled with the final product.  I think they are very elegant and provide a touch of "class" to the Airport and just in time for this year's all women's Air Race Classic!" says Jo Ann Speer, Everett Stewart Regional Airport Manager. 

February Business Spotlight


The History of Jiffy Steamer Company


This company's story starts with the son of a sharecropper that hitched a ride on a freight train from Tennessee to Chicago as a 14 year old seeking employment. This type of determination would go a long ways in the founder's life as he applied his willpower to care for his family. In 1940, John Bailey Simrell and his brother-in-law toiled over a way to create enough steam to commercially shape and block hats quickly and easily. The birth of the Jiffy Model J-1 resulted from those efforts as well as dozens of models to follow over the decades.  When Mr. John added a hose and steam head attachment, the product morphed into a fabric steamer that removed wrinkles from clothing, draperies and other materials.


More than seven decades and many product developments later, Jiffy Steamer Company is a worldwide leader in steaming equipment serving a multitude of industries. Sold in 53 foreign markets and backed by over 1,000 dealers globally, Jiffy® Steamer models can be found almost everywhere-from the commercial garment trade, to residential markets, to various specialty industrial markets.  The company's offerings also include the following divisions: 


The SteamBlade is an innovative product designed to simplify the removal of window film, vinyl wrap and lettering. With the swipe of the SteamBlade, the warm, moist steam quickly and safely unbinds the glue from the window, simplifying this once tedious task. The SteamBlade will allow you to remove window film, vinyl wrap or lettering in a fraction of the time of conventional methods. Put down the razor and reach for the Steam.



With the fast, effective power of pure steam, the Jiffy® Steamer X-Series steamer easily kills dust mites and bed bugs on contact without the use of a single chemical or fumigation product. Best of all, it's safe for your family and the environment.


The SteamBreaker is an innovative product that safely breaks in leather and exotic skin footwear, quickly creating a custom fit for your feet. Say goodbye to the pain of breaking in a new pair of footwear-and let the power of steam do the work for you!


Flexineb™ equine nebulization device represents a huge innovative step in administrating care to the lower and upper respiratory tract of the horse via inhalation methods.


An average fielder's glove requires approximately 1,500 pitches to be considered broken in and a catcher's mitt needs around 2,500. The number of hours shaping and forming your glove will be drastically reduced using our GloveFlex process. Your glove will be returned to you softer, more flexible and ready to play ball.



Even though Jiffy® Steamer's products can be found around the world, the company stands firm in its promise to remain American-made. Each of the company's steamers is handcrafted in Union City, Tennessee and assembled with the finest, American-made components. The company makes no compromise in the engineering and construction of its products. After the intricate 52 step process to build the unit, every unit is steam tested before leaving the factory. Family values ring true with the Jiffy® Steamer brand and the company is actively managed and operated by family members.


You may learn more about Jiffy Steamer by visiting www.poweredbyjiffy.com

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"Being prepared for disaster business services"



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February 17, 2015




Obion County Public Library


January Business Matters

Phillip Creswell, a partner with ATA in Union City addressed Obion County Chamber members about current and new tax regulations that impact business.  Mark your calendars for February 17th and join us at Business Matters as Micah Kyle with Service Master by Capital Restoration will discuss disaster preparedness for businesses.
Steve's Jewelers Celebrating 22 years!

Steve's Jewelers is celebrating 22 years in business! We thank you for your service to the community and wish you many more successful years! A huge congratulations to you and your staff from the Obion County Chamber!
2015 Tennessee Vacation Guides  Now Available!

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 www.touchingheartswesttn.com.

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: http://www.loyalblocks.com/

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 www.obioncounty.org. 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 www.nixle.com

Interested in sponsoring Business Matters or Business After Hours?

Contact Lindsay Frilling at

 731-885-0211 or [email protected]  

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 Kyle Baggett at [email protected] or Kurt Baggett at [email protected]