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

Welcome New Chamber Members!

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Hilliard Lyons

1950 Hwy 51 Bypass N.

Dyersburg, TN 38024

P: 800-588-1740 F: 731-287-9707


Business Representative: Ben Ferguson


Scarlett Rain, LLC

211 S. First St.

Union City, TN 38261

Phone: 731-599-5057

Business Representative: Lindsey Matheny

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Masquerade Theatre, Inc.

120 South First Street

Union City, TN 38261

Phone: 731-246-0038


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2303 Pleasant Valley Rd.

Union City, TN 38261

P: 731-885-7421 F: 731-8859285

Business Representative: Nancy Adams


Two Doors Down Boutique

426 Lake St.

Fulton, KY 42041

Phone: 731-472-5808

Business Representative: Teresa Wright

Riley's Graphics

202 S. First St.

Union City, TN 38261

Phone: 731-885-0444


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Business Representative: Matt Riley


Blue Rooster Coffee Co.

PO Box 422

Union City, TN 38261

Phone: 731-885-9900

Business Representative: Tracy Bruff


Town and Country Dry Cleaners

1125 S. Ury St.

Union City, TN 38261

Business Representative: Tracy Bruff

Amber Jones

Commercial Bank and Trust Company

Secondary Market Mortgage Liaison Work


[email protected]


Areas of Expertise:

"I have worked in every area of banking over the last 15 years from the teller line to working with the secondary market mortgage department in my current role.  I also assist our loan officers in preparing documents for all types of loans."



Other Interests:

"I have two children, ages 13 and 7, and currently my spare time is spent keeping up with their various activities.  I am also an actively involved member of Second Baptist Church."


Why did you join the Chamber?

"I think the Chamber is an important part of commerce in a community, and I was interested in being a part of helping all our businesses, from industry to mom and pop shops, grow."


Why do you serve on the Board of Directors?

"Having grown up in Obion County, and now having children growing up here, I was eager to be involved in the growth of this amazing small town. It allows me to help, first hand, in making sure the businesses here are taken care of, and that their needs/requests are met. I also get to express my opinion as an employee of a local bank, a resident, and parent."


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

"I have seen first-hand how the Chamber uses events, such as Business Matters and Business After Hours, to assist in all businesses in our community being able to network. This is crucial for businesses, new, old, small, and large, in our area to grow and succeed. Currently, serving as Vice President, I am looking forward to moving in to the President role of our chamber board in July and see what the year 2015-2016 has in store for us."

February Ribbon Cuttings

TLM Associates, Inc

117 East Lafayette Street

Jackson, TN 38301

Phone: 731-988-9840



Scarlett Rain, LLC

211 S. First St.

Union City, TN 38261

Phone: 731-599-5057

Business Representative: Lindsey Matheny

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2015 Union City J'Cette Officers Installed

2015 New Officers:

Katie Keathley, Secretary, Emily Gallimore, President, Michelle Bing, Assistant Treasurer, Anna Parks, Publicist, Jackie Richardson, Internal Vice-President, Stacey Haynes, Chaplain Not Pictured: Lauren Stallings, External Vice-President, Melanie Cole, Treasurer


2014 Outgoing Officers:

Lindsay Frilling, President, Michelle Bing, Internal Vice-President, Emily Hall, External Vice-President, Wendy Rice, Treasurer Not Pictured: Lauren Stallings, Chaplain, Codi Curlin, Publicist

2014 J'Cette Award Winners:

Wendy Rice, J'Cette of the Year, Emily Hall, Project Chairman of the Year, Lindsay Frilling, President, Katie Keathley, Key Woman, Stacey Haynes, Outstanding 1st Year J'Cette


Union City Named #9 of Top Ten Places to Retire in Tennessee


Union City has been ranked one of the Top 10 places to retire in Tennessee by SmartAsset, a financial technology company.  A happy, healthy retirement depends a lot on location. To find the best places to retire, SmartAsset gathered data for a study and considered four main factors that affect the quality of life for retirees.


"First, we looked at state and local tax rates, considering two types of taxes: income and sales. We calculated effective rates based on a typical retiree, earning $35,000 annually (from retirement savings, social security or part-time employment) and spending their disposable income on taxable goods. Next, we determined the number of doctors' offices, recreation centers and retirement centers per thousand residents in each area. Finally, we found the number of seniors in each area as a percentage of the total population," a SmartAsset spokesman said.  "In our final analysis, we ranked each county and city on these three factors, and calculated an average ranking for each area, weighting the three factors equally. The areas with the lowest average ranking are the best places to retire," the spokesman added.


Union City ranks No. 9, with statistics including 15.8 percent taxes, three doctors offices per 1,000 people, .2 recreation centers per 1,000 people, .7 retirement centers per 1,000 people and 16.1 percent of seniors.

Other cities in the top 10 in Tennessee are No. 1 Crossville, No. 2 Paris, No. 3 Winchester, No. 4 Savannah, No. 5 McMinn-ville, No. 6 Brentwood, No. 7 Sevierville, No. 8 Lawrenceburg and No. 10 Maryville.


Lindsay Frilling, economic development director for the Obion County Joint Economic Development Council, is excited about the honor.  "Tennessee hosted the AARC (American Association of Retirement Communities) Conference in Memphis last October. I attended and learned some of the benefits of recruiting and retaining retirees in our community," she said.  "America's retirement population is growing rapidly and many retirees are looking to relocate in order to enjoy better weather and lower taxes. Activities that many retirees enjoy include shopping, dining, exercising and traveling. The benefit of retirees to Obion County is that they are like 'permanent tourists,'" she said, adding "With every retiree recruited, more jobs are needed, particularly those outside of manufacturing. Businesses that often see the most job growth include medical and financial, which are typically higher paying jobs."


Obion County has an active senior citizens center based in Union City, which has everything from games and crafts to exercise classes and dances. The center offers blood pressure clinics, health fairs and aqua massages for its members. Center staff also plan annual trips for area senior citizens.


SmartAsset provides transparent, automated and accurate advice on big personal finance decisions. SmartAsset helps users arrive at the best answers and make the best decisions concerning their finances. The company is based in New York City and is backed by investors including Y Combinator, Javelin Venture Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners, Quotidian Ventures, Peterson Ventures and more.


Story courtesy of the Union City Daily Messenger


Release No. 0039.15


Jennifer Martin (202) 720-8188


USDA Announces $9 Million to Support Community Food Projects Program

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $9 million in funding to assist low-income individuals and communities in developing local and independent food systems. NIFA is funding the grants through the Community Food Projects program (CFP), authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill).


"Community Foods Projects provide the opportunity for low-income communities to become more self-reliant and take control of their own food systems," said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director. "These projects create food systems that are economically equitable and socially and environmentally sustainable, providing real solutions for communities most in need."


Community Food Projects involve the entire food system. Projects assess strengths and establish connections among existing food systems, resulting in improved food systems that support self-reliance.


Grants are intended to help eligible, private, nonprofit entities in need of a one-time installment of federal assistance to establish and carry out multipurpose community food projects. Projects are funded from $10,000 to $300,000 and up to 36 months. All grants require a dollar-for-dollar match in resources.


Applications are due March 17, 2015. Please see the request for applications for specific program requirements.

10kW Solar Array Powers Small Business

As a large producer of grapes and a connoisseur of wine, Bill Sanderson had a dream to own a Winery that offered a Tasting Facility and Event Hall. Construction costs and future operating expenses were a major obstacle for business owners, Bill and Marjie Sanderson. Discussing his idea with employees of the Union City Area Office, Mr. Sanderson learned about the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).  He was intrigued by the thought of owning a Solar Array that could power his tasting room at White Squirrel Winery while reducing energy costs and the carbon footprint of the business.  His research of Solar Energy and Solar Companies in the area soon led to a partnership with  Gibson Electric Membership Corporation, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Rural Development, and Solar & Renewable Power Systems.  The 10kW solar array was designed to meet the power needs of the White Squirrel Winery, and any energy created over and above what it takes to power the facility may be sold back to TVA.  Presently, the system is producing about twice the energy needed to operate the facility.


The Rural Energy for America Program helps rural businesses and agricultural producers purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements, lowering utility costs and increasing America's energy independence.  All projects must be located in a rural area, must be technically feasible, and must be owned by the applicant.


USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, community development, health, education, homeownership and affordable rental housing to improve the lives of people in rural areas and the economic health of rural communities. Since 2009, the agency has assisted more than 1.5 million families and businesses in over 230 communities in all 95 counties of Tennessee, investing more than $5.4 Billion into local economies through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.



Fast Facts:

Obligation Amount: $11,673 Grant

Date of Obligation: August 2014

Congressional District: Fincher TN-8

Senator's Last Names: Alexander, Corker

Baptist Union City goes live with electronic health record: Largest Project Ever for Baptist system


Baptist OneCare, Baptist Memorial Health Care's new electronic health record powered by Epic software, went live at four Baptist hospitals, including Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City, on March 1. Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville, located in Booneville, Miss., Baptist Rehabilitation-Germantown, located in the metro-Memphis area and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Huntingdon in Huntingdon, Tenn., also went live.


The March 1 go-live represented the last of Baptist's multi-phased go-live plan for the 15-hospital system, which began in January 2014 with metro-Memphis area Minor Medical Centers and 60 Baptist Medical Group clinics in Tennessee and Mississippi.  The Baptist OneCare system creates a single patient record that both caregivers and patients will be able to access. The EHR aims to maximize efficiency by reducing the need for duplicate tests and patients having to give the same information to multiple caregivers, according to Beverly Jordan, vice president and chief clinical transformation officer at Baptist. Patient privacy is protected the same way it would be with a written record.

The biggest convenience for patients is MyChart, a free app accessible via Smartphone or computer that allows patients to schedule appointments, refill prescriptions, direct message their care providers with the option of including photos, access lab results and much more.  Patients can sign up for MyChart by going to www.baptistonecare.org.


"We are so excited to roll out Baptist OneCare in our hospital," said Skipper Bondurant, administrator and CEO of Baptist Union City. "Our staff has spent many months preparing to facilitate a smooth transition, and patients will be thrilled with the ease, convenience, and ultimately, enhanced care experience that the EHR allows us to provide."

In July 2012, Baptist signed a contract with Epic, a software vendor based out of Verona, Wis.-paving the way for the 15-hospital system's transition to a new electronic health record. The project involves all 15 Baptist-affiliated hospitals along with its clinics and financial systems. All 15,000 Baptist employees and 4,000 affiliated physicians will be affected by the project.


Baptist chose Epic after conducting a great deal of research and involving colleagues in numerous demonstrations, which more than 2,500 attended. Baptist took colleagues' feedback into deep consideration before making a decision, according to Baptist leadership. Baptist colleagues played a role in branding the Epic-powered software as Baptist OneCare.

With more than 300 customers, Epic serves more than 50 percent of the U.S. population and approximately two percent of the world's population. Epic is known for making software geared toward use by mid-size and large hospital systems. KLAS' 2013 Best in KLAS Report rated Epic as the No. 1 software choice in a number of categories, including acute care, ambulatory care, pharmacy care, and radiology, among others. KLAS is an independent company that measures vendor performance to help hospitals make informed decisions.


About Baptist Union City

In 2014, Baptist Union City was named a Top Performer in the Joint Commission's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures in the areas of heart failure, pneumonia care, and surgical care.For more information, please visit www.baptistonline.org/union-city.


About Baptist

The Memphis area's largest not-for-profit health care system, 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, comprises 14 affiliate hospitals in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas; more than 4,000 affiliated physicians; Baptist Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician group with more than 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. The Baptist system employs 15,000 people, and in fiscal year 2012, contributed $229 million in community benefit to the areas it serves. According to the Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Memphis, Baptist Memorial Health Care's economic impact is estimated at more than $2.6 billion.  

In This Issue
Archived Obion County Chamber of Commerce Newsletters

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TN Economic & Community Development Commissioner Boyd visits OC


Clint Joiner with Jiffy Steamer welcomed TN ECD on Friday, February 6 with a company overview and plant tour followed by Representative Bill Sanderson welcoming him at his newly opened White Squirrel Winery in Kenton.




"How Pharmacy Benefits Affects Your Bottom Line"

AmeriClear Rx



Matt Sanner



March 17, 2015




Obion County Public Library


Sponsored By:

AmeriClear Rx

Manpower Job Fair


Monday - March 9th, 2015 - 9am-1pm

Tennessee Career Center

204 S. 2nd St.

Union City, TN 38261

(Use entrance on the corner of First and Main St.)


We will be taking applications for the following positions:

  • Material Handlers, Tool and Die Makers
  • Maintenance Technicians, Certified Pipe Welders
  • Set Up Technicians -Experienced with Metal/Press Background
  • Machine Operators - Forging/Metal Working Experience
  • Drill Press/Metal Saw Operators and Crane Operators
  • Pickers/Packers-Assembly

6 Months Manufacturing Experience A Plus

Over 18 Years of Age, Drug Free Workplace - EOE


If you are unable to attend job fair you may also apply on line at www.manpowerjobs.com

Masquerade Theater's Upcoming Spring Production - Godspell


Union City Masquerade Theater will present GODSPELL March 20-22 and March 27-29 at the historic Capital Theater in Downtown Union City. Friday and Saturday night performances will be at 7:30 and Sunday performances will be at 2:00. Tickets will go on sale March 1st online atwww.ucmasqueradetheatre.com for $10.00 each. Tickets will also be available to purchase before the performance at the door. This musical will be under the direction of Melanie Hollis and Allison Butner. Mark those calendars now and don't miss this wonderful show! Our town is so fortunate to have a community theater!
Adult Leadership Obion County Economic Development Day

The Obion County Joint Economic Development Council recently hosted the Obion County Leadership Class for Economic Development Day. The began with a presentation and discussion at the Obion County Chamber of Commerce with Economic Development Director Lindsay Frilling and Membership Director Katie Keathley followed by a tour and lunch at Titan Tire. The class then toured Everett Stewart Regional Airport while Manager Jo Ann Speer talked about the asset we have in our local airport. Finally, the class visited Final Flight Outfitters and participated in candid discussion with owner Jon Ed Powers.

Main Street Union City Tablescape Winners

People's Choice Award:

Pat Wade & Tim Rudd- "Seaside Picnic"


Best of Show:

Tammy Sparks & Sharon Regen with assistance from Rene Phelps & Connie Prather- "A Royal Review"


Best Theme:

Magic Moments/Susanne Marsidi-"Breakfast at Tiffany's"


Most Creative:

Warren's Jewelry/Susanne Marsidi-"Floral Majesty"


Most Creative:

Master Gardeners-"Garden Party"

Wine and Paint Class Offered at Discovery Park of America


Have you ever wanted to paint a peacock?  Do you wonder if you have hidden artistic talent?  Do you enjoy doing something new and fun?  If you answered any of the above questions with a "yes," the Wine and Paint class offered at Discovery Park of America might be just for you!  Each month Discovery Park offers a paint class called "The Art Vine" in the Learning Enrichment Room (LEC) just off the Cafe in the lobby of Discovery Center.   Each month participants experiment with paint and canvas and paint a unique picture under the direction of art instructor, Hillary Holt.  This month the group will be painting a peacock.  By following Hillary's direction, participants are typically surprised at how well their painting turns out.  But, Hillary is also okay with participants venturing out and trying new colors or even painting something of their own choosing during the class. 

     "These classes are a lot of fun and typically sell-out before the day of the class," said Chris Gunlefinger in the Education Department at Discovery Park.  Our guests are typically amazed at their ability to paint a picture that is actually worthy of hanging on the wall!  Each participant takes their picture home with them at the end of the class.  Class price includes all paint supplies, snacks and two glasses of wine.  Members pay $35 and non-members pay $40 for the experience.

     The next class is March 13th from 6:30 to 8:30 in the LEC room at Discovery Park.  Tickets are on sale now at the ticket counter, online or by calling 731-885-5455.  Space is limited and tickets are sold on a first come, first served bases.

Exotic and Invasive Animals to Visit DPA

It's not every day that you can see a Pot-Bellied pig, a Burmese python or a Cane toad.  But if you head to Discovery Park of America on March 14th or March 21st the opportunity will be all yours! 

     The Natural History Educational Company of the Midsouth (NHECM) is presenting "Exotic & Invasive," a class focused on the impact exotic (non-native) animals have on the habitat of our native animals.  NHECM provides entertaining and educational wildlife programming for hundreds of schools and organizations throughout the Southeast.  "We are thrilled to have NHECM at Discovery Park of America," said Aquarium & Wildlife Coordinator, Kacey Putz.  "Our animal programs are extremely popular, and this one will be exceptional," she added. 

     The cost for attending "Exotic & Invasive" is $3.50 (plus tax) for members and $4.50 (plus tax) plus park admission for non-members.  Tickets are available online, at the ticket counter or by calling the park at 731-885-5455.  "We have a limited amount of space in our classroom, so we are encouraging everyone to get their ticket early to ensure a spot," Putz said.  The programs will be held in the Reelfoot Room inside Discovery Center both days.

     In addition to animal education classes the park offers many historical and unique exhibits as well as educational and entertaining attractions.  Discovery Park of America offers monthly wine and paint classes, clay classes and animal education classes.  Park officials say that Discovery Park has plans for helicopter rides, singer-songwriter events, the second annual cardboard boat regatta, visits from PBS characters, a Car & Bike show, concerts, a BBQ cook-off, a chili cook-off, an air show, a beer fest, wine tasting events, a special Alvin York exhibit, a Polar Express event, Santa and an expanded Christmas exhibit in 2015.  The complete calendar is now available on the website.

     Discovery Park is located at 830 Everett Blvd. in Union City, TN.  To find out more about "Exotic & Invasive", The Chamber, the Titanic or the park, you can visit the website at www.discoveryparkofamerica.com.  The park is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and is a unique blend of history, science, architecture, art and fun.

2015 Tennessee Vacation Guides  Now Available!

The Tennessee Tourism programs are evolving more and more as tourism continues to grow statewide. The over 3.8 million visitors to tnvacation.com with over 11 million page views is more robust than ever, offering banner advertising and featured content to showcase your story.


An exciting report from third-party research in the State of the American Traveler reports that travel expectations are high with 32% of Americans planning to increase leisure travel spending in the next 12 months. And, more exciting, 43.8% of American Leisure Travelers are using print publications in trip planning, with 13% (or almost 1 in 6) US Travelers reporting use of an Official Visitor Guide. (Research from Destination Analysts) These are all strong evidence that the official Tennessee Vacation Guide, backed by the $12 million marketing budget, is a great place to make your money go further and reach farther into the Tennessee Visitor market. For your own 2015 Tennessee Vacation Guide 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.

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/

Baptist Hospice-Union City is looking for caring and compassionate adults who are interested in volunteer work.  Opportunities to assist patients include offering emotional support, assisting with errands, and providing caregiver relief.  Hospice volunteers provide comfort and enrich the quality of life for those served.  Anyone interested in volunteering should call Baptist Hospice-Union City at 884-8617 to register for the next volunteer training session, which will be held on March 18 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in the administrative conference room at the hospital.  Lunch will be provided.

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.

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