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

Welcome New Chamber Members!

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Obion County Fair Association

1711 E. Church St.

Union City, TN 38261



Business Representative: Blake Laws



130 Boling University Center

Martin, TN 38237

731- 881-7994

Business Representative: anoushl@utm.edu




510 S. First St.

Union City, TN 38261


Business Representative: Wendy Ping 


Treasures-Then & Now

214 First St.

Union City, TN 38261

Phone: 731-446-9523 or 731-446-4144

Business Representative: Fred Spaulding


Brundige & Moore Insurance

413 Perkins St.

Union City, TN 38261



Business Representative: Joshua Moore


A Place Called Home

206 Reelfoot Ave.
Union City, TN 38261
Phone: 731- 393-0136
Business Representative: LeeAnne Lowrance
Local Representative: Rebecca Mueller 

Journeys Unlimited

405 Perkins St.

Union City, TN 38261

Phone: 731-885-2270 

Business Representative: Marilyn Ross


Clover Creek Ranch and Lodge

1532 Jackson Hill Rd.

Hornbeak, Tennessee 38232 

Phone: 731-287-1272

Business Representative: Charles Agee


Chamber Ambassador Member Spotlight


Ambassador Name: Amber Armour

Company Name: Commercial Bank and Trust Company

Position: Teller

Work Phone: 731-884-4255

Email: aarmour@cbtcnet.com


Areas of Expertise: "I few areas of expertise I feel I have gained through the years are customer service skills, ability to work well under pressure, ability to work well with fellow employees, and problem solving."


Other Interest: Agriculture and the Outdoors


Why did you join the Chamber? "I joined the chamber to get more involved in my community. I feel anyone can sit back and make suggestions about what Obion County needs, but very few get out and do something about it. I also feel that Obion County needs young adults at the front lines fighting for a future, for progress, and ultimate success for this County."


Why do you serve as an Ambassador? "I serve as an Ambassador to better my community and to give my company a voice in the upcoming success of Obion County. I also feel that serving as an Ambassador is important in making life long contacts with other businesses so that we can make Obion County better together."


What is the Chamber's role in the business community?  "I feel the Chamber's role in the business community is to be a common ground for everyone while helping not just the big businesses grow, but also making sure the little "man" is not pushed out of the way in the process. I feel the Chamber works hard to create a well-balanced community of businesses."

Chamber Board Member Spotlight


Board Member Name: Hadley Malone 

Company Name: Obion County Farm Bureau

Position:  Manager

Work Phone: 731-885-9303

Email: hadley.malone@fbitn.com


Areas of Expertise: Auto Home Life Farm Commercial Insurance as well as Amenities


Other Interests: Hunting and spending time with my family

Why did you join the Chamber? 
"I think we should all support the Chamber and its activities. They are the only organization that promotes quality of life issues for our community both as individuals and as businesses. We all do better when our community is advancing and growing."


Why do you serve on the Board of Directors? "I enjoy staying involved and informed. I also know that if there is an issue of concern, the Chamber's voice carries much more weight that any one person can voice." 


What is the Chamber's role in the business community?  "I feel that the Chamber's role in the business community is to simply promote all aspects of living and locating in Obion County whether we are attracting individuals, businesses, or just improving the quality of life for the residents." 

Union City Electric System

Union City Electric System serves around 6500 customers in the city of Union City and the surrounding areas. We are proud of the fact that we, in many ways, are on the cutting edge of technology, which allows us to supply our customers with reasonably priced, reliable electric power.


Union City Electric now offers prepay to its residential customers. This allows our customers to make their electric utility payments at times better suited to their individual budget circumstances instead of being tied down to a certain date every month. We have an off-site kiosk located at the Little General on Reelfoot Ave or accept payments via Moneygram at Wal-Mart to allow us to better accommodate customers.


Union City Electric is in the process of changing out all lighting to LED fixtures. The new lights are more energy efficient and lower maintenance which helps keep the lights burning longer. We also are in the process of converting some of the residential areas across the city to underground. This helps reduce the outages caused from tree limbs, lightning strikes, and squirrels and also reduces costs on tree trimming.


We serve a mixture of customers from homes to large industrial plants. We strive to keep our rates low and our service high. Just let us know if we can be of service to you.


Union City Electric System 

312 N. Division St.

Union City, TN 38261


Abernathy's Celebrates 60 years! 

Congratulations to Abernathy's for celebrating 60 years! We appreciate your service to Obion County and wish you many more years of success in the years to come! Thank you for your continued support of the Obion County Chamber of Commerce! 

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City offered its Crash Course Nurse Camp to Local Students 


Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City offered its Crash Course Nurse Camp to area high school students June 1-5 and July 6-10.  Forty-four students participated. 


Crash Course Nurse Camp is a summer day camp that exposes students to the healthcare industry, primarily nursing.  According to Lori Brown, chief nursing officer at BMH-UC, "The goal of Crash Course Nurse Camp is to promote the nursing profession to young people so that they select appropriate high school course work and can begin setting goals for their future careers."


During Crash Course Nurse Camp, students learn about the educational requirements, skills, typical job duties and personal qualities of nurses.  They participate in interactive, hands-on activities that highlight the skills, equipment, technology and resources used by nurses and other health professionals.


The application process includes a student application, short essay, counselor recommendation and teacher recommendation.  Students in home school settings may submit letters of recommendation from community members. Students interested in completing an application should contact their guidance counselors or visit www.crashcoursecamp.com.


For more information, call Lori Brown, chief nursing officer for BMH-UC, at 884-8619 or visit www.crashcoursecamp.com.


Photo Caption:  During Crash Course Nurse Camp at BMH-Union City, participants heard from Hospital Wing staff.

Shop Tax Free in Tennessee August 7th - 9th


NASHVILLE -- The Department of Revenue reminds Tennesseans they can buy certain items without paying sales tax August 7th through August 9th. During these three days, Tennessee shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on clothing, school supplies and computers, as they prepare for the back-to-school season. "This holiday offers Tennesseans great savings on important back-to-school items, and I encourage 

everyone to take advantage of this opportunity," Gov. Bill Haslam said.


By law, Tennessee's annual sales tax holiday is held every year, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday in August and ending at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday night. This year, the sales tax holiday begins Friday, August 7 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, August 9 at 11:59 p.m. During this weekend, consumers will not pay state or local sales tax on clothing, school and art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less.


"We hope Tennessee shoppers will take advantage of the tax relief offered by this year's sales tax holiday," Revenue Commissioner Richard Roberts said.

For more information about the sales tax holiday, please visit www.tntaxholiday.com

Current Retail Shopping Habits

Union City J'Cettes

PO Box 1415 ~ Union City, TN  38281


August 5, 2015


Dear Friends,


On September 19, 2015, the Union City J'Cettes will be hosting their annual Union City Super Hero 5K event. 


The generous donations in the past has helped make our organization a great success.  We hope you will be able to help support our efforts by making a donation, joining us for the fun that day, or both.  The money raised at this event is used by the J'Cettes to support our community through charitable events including Chimes for Charity, Hometown Walk of Hope, March of Dimes, Boys and Girls Club, 4-H Club, Rotary Club Scholarship Program and numerous other worthy causes.


Sponsors will be recognized as followed:


Platinum Sponsor        donation of $500 and more

Gold Sponsor              donation of $250-$499

Silver Sponsor             donation of $100-249

Bronze Sponsor          all other donations


Please return your donation and/or application by Friday, August 21, 2015 to the following address:


Union City J'Cettes

PO Box 1415

Union City, TN  38281


When returning your contribution, please specify how you wish your name to appear on the signage.


This event is a major fundraiser for the J'Cettes and would not be possible without the outstanding support from sponsors like you.  We truly appreciate your generosity and support.



Emily Gallimore

Union City J'Cettes President 2015

(731) 571-0745

In This Issue
Archived Obion County Chamber of Commerce Newsletters

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Psst...It's about the Network
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"Career Center Services" 

Employer Services, job seeker workshops and job search avenues available within the Career Center 



Ginger Powell and Lindsey Hegler



August 18, 2015




Obion County Public Library


Sponsored By:

Dyersburg State Community College

This month, Lane Last with the University of Tennessee at Martin spoke with chamber members about how to choose a marketing designer and stressing that graphic designers can contribute to successful marketing for a number of reasons that come ou to ftheir experiences and personal dispositions. We appreciate Everett-Stewart Regional Airport for being our sponsor this month and for the Tennessee National Guard for donating a door prize! Be sure to join us next month!
TNAchieves Mentor Lindsay Frilling recently addressed a group of TN Promise students at Dyersburg State's Bridge Program. The Summer Bridge Program is a FREE three-week program designed to help incoming students start school on a more college-ready level, both academically and socially. Each day, students receive 1.5 hours of math instruction, 1.5 hours of reading/writing instruction, and a college success lunch and learn. At the end of the program, students will have a chance to test out of certain developmental courses at the community college they plan to attend. https://tnachieves.org/bridge-participant
Why should YOU get involved in Manufacturing Day 2015?

MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is - and what it isn't. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive. find out more at http://www.mfgday.com/.

Obion County Featured in Goodwill Impact 

2014 Annual Report

"With Goodwill I don't think the economic recovery would have been possible in the short amount of time it occurred," Frilling said. "Goodwill has been a major player in the entities that have come together to try to reduce the unemployment rate." Click here to read the full article. 

The Workforce Board is pursuing Work Ready Community status for all 11 of the counties we serve, including Obion County. One of the goals is Employer Support. By completing the form, employers are simply stating they are in favor of the Work Ready Community initiative and see value in the NCRC assessment. In no way is an employer committing to do anything, buy anything, require the certification, or anything of that nature. The employer is stating support for the initiative. You can visit the website and see our progress at http://workreadycommunities.com/TN/13.

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Thank you for your continued support be renewing your 
Chamber membership!

A&J Salvage

Ad Pro Designs

Agri-Power, Inc.

Alexander Auctions & Real Estates Sales

 Alexander Thompson Arnold

All Kraft Erectors

Allen Searcy Building Contractors

Allen's Wrecker Service

AmeriClear Rx

Ameriprise Financial


ATMOS Energy

Baptist Memorial Hospital

BR Supply

Buddy's Wrecker Service

 C B Sales

C.W. Sandersons

Cain's Pool Service

CareAll Home Care

Carey Counseling Center

City of Hornbeak

City of Kenton

City of Rives

City of South Fulton

Commercial Bank

Cornfest, Inc.

Danny Larcom Heating & Air

Darling Industries

Discovery Park of America

Doctor's Clinic

Dr. Franklin Clark, DDS, PC

Drs. Jordan and Bondurant

Dunn's Auto Body

Dyersburg State Community College

Edmaiston Mosley Funeral Home

Edward Jones

Everett-Stewart Regional Airport

Fast Pace Urgent Care

Federal Materials Concrete

Felecia Bella

First Choice Farm & Lawn

First Citizens National Bank

First State Bank

Five Seasons Men Shop

Forcum Lannom Contractors

Ford Construction

Fulton Decorating Center

Green Acres Mobile Homes

Greenfield Products


H & R Block

Hanafee Bros., Sawmill Co.

Health Quest

Hilliard Lyons

Hospitality House

Inco Ag Irrigation

Integrity Oncology

JD Distributors

Jernigan Surgery Clinic

Job World

Johnson Heating & Air

Joyce Washington

Judy Barker, Attorney at Law

Junior Auxiliary of Obion County

Kenton Chevrolet

Kiwanis Club of Union City

Kizer Pharmacy

K-MAC Enterprises-Taco Bell

Lashlee-Rich, Inc.

Lowe's Home Improvements

Lowrance Sound Company

Magic Moments Weddings & Events

Magical Mink's Entertainment

Mathis Battery


McKinnis Lawn Service

Mobile Nation

MVP Brands

Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board

Obion County Public Library

O'Neals Country Store


Pediatric Place

Pocket Shell Station

Poplar Meadows Country Club

Red River Waste Solutions

Republic Services

Revell Construction

Reynolds Brothers Oil Co.


Security Finance

Servall Gutter

Shoe Shack

Sign Depot

Soleil Garden Center

Southern Concrete Products

Southside Manor Apartments

Sports Orthopedics & Spine

Star Physical Therapy

Steven J. Harpole D.D.S.

Sugar & Spice

Tencom Services

Tennessee Tractor

The Andersons

The Color Shop

The Etheridge House Assisted Living & The Arbors Memory Care

The Gallery

Thompson & McConnell PLLC

TLM Associates

Tony Maness, Attorney At Law

Touching Hearts at Home

Town & Country Dry Cleaners

Town of Obion

Town of Woodland Mills


Union City Coca-Cola

Union City Daily Messenger

Union City Eye Care

Union City Parts

VF Outlet

Vowell & Sons



Wesner Electronics-RadioShack

West Kentucky Rural Telephone

West Tennessee Lifeline Blood Services

WeState Corrections

Whitby's Flower & Gift Shop

White & Associates

White Squirrel Winery

White-Ranson Funeral Home

Wise Staffing Services

Women's Clinic

World Finance Corporation


Wynridge Golf Club

Attention Job Seekers and Employers!

The Tennessee Career Center at Union City is offering Resume Writing work shops 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.
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.  



2015-2016 Tennessee Municipal Guide Now Available! 


Municipal Publishing, LLC is proud to present the 2015-16 Tennessee Municipal Guide.  Please find your complimentary copy via the enclosed link (2015-2016 Tennessee Municipal Guide).  Feel free to forward this link to any and all interested parties. You are also welcome to post this guide on your website and/or social media and share it with your community. 

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.


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 lfrilling@obioncounty.org