Chamber "At Work" News Brief 

Dyersburg Christmas Parade 
We invite you to attend the 65th Annual Dyersburg Christmas Parade on Monday, November 30th at 7:00 p.m. in Downtown Dyersburg with this year's Grand Marshal Mayor Chris Young. 

Make sure your business or organization is going to be a part of this year's parade for a chance to win CASH PRIZES!  

We are accepting commercial and civic floats along with commercial food and merchandise vendors. 

***Building a float can be expe nsive and time consuming but this year you can enter a decorated golf cart and have just as much fun***

Recent News and Events

Dyer County Youth and Adult Leadership
Dyer County Adult and Youth Leadership Classes were combined for Entrepreneurship Day recently at the Professional Development Center.  Entrepreneurs from Dyer County spoke about their passion, faith, motivation, failures and successes in their business endeavors.  Leaders were challenged to the common thread that sets entrepreneurs apart from casual dreamers.  Chris Donaldson from Tencom, Lindsay Shoulders from The Mustard Seed and Olive Branch Outfitters, Timm Hammer Johnson from Green Frog Coffee and Elizabeth Ladd of Southern Pride Collection addressed the Leadership classes.    

RG Construction Ribbon Cutting
After recently joining the Chamber during the Membership Campaign, RG Construction and the Chamber hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony. The ribbon cutting was held on Tuesday, November 3 rd in Newbern at a recently finished custom home they built.  Richie Gammons, owner and Licensed General Contractor, was joined by his family and friends, the new home owners, and Chamber Diplomats to commemorate the ribbon cutting.  RG Construction does custom homes and additions, restoration and renovation, and home inspections.  For more information about RG Construction or to start your next project, contact Richie at (731) 676-7211 or

The Pink Noun Salon and Boutique Ribbon Cutting
On Wednesday, November 4 th, the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting at the newly opened salon and boutique, The Pink Noun.  Owners Amy Moore and Laura Beth Patterson were joined by family and friends, Chamber Diplomats, and City Mayor, John Holden for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Mayor Holden presented the owners with a plaque commemorating the event.  "This started out as a small adventure we started together and has turned into our own business and we couldn't be more excited for this moment," Amy shared with the group before the ribbon was cut.  The Pink Noun is a salon and boutique full of beautiful things.  They offer the full set of salon services along with women's clothing and accessories and gifts.  They are located at 307 Gordon Street in Dyersburg.  For more information  about The Pink Noun or to make your next appointment or purchase, contact The Pink Noun by calling them at (731) 413-4574 or visiting their website,

Edward Jones-Lee Garner Ribbon Cutting
The Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the "Client Appreciation Cookout" at Edward Jones - Lee Garner on Friday, November 6 th.  Financial Advisor, Lee Garner, was surrounded by family and friends, staff members, clients, Chamber Diplomats, and County Mayor, Chris Young, for the ribbon cutting honoring his new position here in Dyer County.  Lee Garner has previous experience as a financial advisor for Edward Jones and is originally from Newbern. Just before the ribbon cutting, Mayor Young presented Lee Garner with a plaque commemorating his business in Dyer County and his ribbon cutting ceremony.  Edward Jones - Lee Garner is located at 1190 US Highway 51 Bypass W in Suite D.  Whether you're planning for retirement, saving for college for children or grandchildren, or just trying to protect the financial future of the ones you care for the most, Edward Jones can help you achieve your goals. For more information, please call their office at (731) 286-5512 or email Lee at

ERMCO Solar Farm Ribbon Cutting
The sun was up and shining for the ERMCO ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 10, and that was a good thing. An array of solar panels became operational that day, providing power for the Electric Research & Manufacturing Cooperative, 2225 Industrial Road, Dyersburg. The solar arrays were provided by Today's Power Inc. (TPI) and will be used to produce electricity to manufacture electric transformers at the Dyersburg plant. Both ERMCO and TPI are wholly owned subsidiaries of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based utility service cooperative owned by 17 Arkansas electric distribution cooperatives.

A 250-KW Reflect system and a 250 KW DUO system occupy nearly 4 acres of ground and can produce close to 1 million kilowatt-hours per year.

There are 2,640 panels in the array and according to the ERMCO website:

The 250-KW Reflect system includes 840-400 watt panels and 840 Reflector panels and should produce approximately 12,460,898 kWh's over a 25-year life. The 250 KW DUO system will include approximately 960-400 watt back-to-back panels and produce approximately 12,239,842 over a 25-year life.

According to Roger Stegeman, senior vice president of operations for ERMCO, the Dyersburg Electric System and the City of Dyersburg have worked as great partners to ensure a smooth and seamless interconnection to the city's municipal electric distribution system. Stegeman said the safety attributes of the low-voltage technology and unique architecture of the solar panels along with the efficient use of land are among the reasons that ERMCO selected the TPI product.

Story by State Gazette
Burks Auto Lube Center Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening
On Saturday, November 14 th, the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Grand Opening at Burks Auto Lube Center.  Owners Randy Burks and Stephanie Johnson were joined by friends and family, Chamber Diplomats, and County Mayor, Chris Young, for the ceremony commemorating their ribbon cutting.  Burks Auto Lube Center is an oil lube and filter service company located at 626 US-51 Bypass East in Dyersburg.  They are open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For more information or discounts call Burks Auto Lube Center at (731) 285-0338 or follow them on Faceboook.

Sign Express Ribbon Cutting
On Wednesday, November 18th, the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at Sign Express.  Owner, Johnny Ray, was joined by friends and family, Chamber Diplomats, Chamber President and CEO, Allen Hester, County Mayor, Chris Young, and City Mayor, John Holden, for the ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the grand opening of Sign Express.  Sign Express has over 25 years of sign experience, they offer all aspects of signs including: banners, vehicle lettering, custom signs and decals. They also offer next day service on in stock items and custom framing.  Sign Express is located at 1057 Vendall Road in Suite B.  For more information about their products and services please visit their website,, or Facebook page, Sign Express.  Johnny Ray can be contacted by phone at (731) 334-5250 or by email at
Upcoming Chamber Events

Friday, November 20, 2015
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Downtown Dyersburg

Monday, November 30, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Downtown Dyersburg

Thursday, December 3, 2015
6:00 p.m.
The Farms Country Club

Thursday, December 3, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Downtown Newbern

December 10, 11, 12, 2015
(Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Dyer County Fair Grounds

Thursday, December 17, 2015
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The Lannom Center

For more information about these Chamber events or any upcoming community events please click the "Learn More" button or visit our website,

Don't forget to add your next event to the Events Calendar!
Member News

5th Annual 'Women in Networking' Holiday Mart Draws Biggest Crowd Yet

'Women in Networking' recently held their 5th Annual Holiday Mart at the Lannom Center in Dyersburg. Events began at 5 p.m. and continued on until 7 p.m., and it didn't take long before crowds came piling in. With over 300 in attendance, this event was Women in Networking's most successful Holiday Mart to date for both business owners and attendees alike.

In an effort to promote small businesses in the Dyer County area, 'Women in Networking' was initiated by store owners and the women in our community to help spread the word about services and products that are offered among these small local businesses. Allowing them the opportunity to display their talents to the community, this organization has been offering monthly events for the past five years ranging from fashion shows, Spa Days, and the Holiday Mart.

Sponsored by Security Bank, 'Women in Networking' focuses only on women, their businesses, and the women within our community. Allowing for women to take some personal time away from the day-to-day hustle of raising kids, cooking, cleaning, working and the many responsibilities that they tackle on a daily basis, this function serves as sort of a retreat, giving them the opportunity to meet new people, have some fun, do some shopping, and check out the various new products that are available in today's market.

Security Bank provided all of the event's concessions so that businesses were able to focus strictly on marketing their products and services. Participating businesses that were featured at this year's event included: Beauty and Beyond Day Spa, Cathy Hulgan Gifts and Interiors, Cindy's Florist and Gifts, Copper Lane Gifts and Interiors, Debbie's Youth Shop, Fairytale Footprints, GLO Tanning Spa, Ivy Gate, Lucky Liquor, Mustard Seed, The Sandbox, Uptown Girl Boutique, and The Urban Cottage.

"The 5th Annual Women in Networking Holiday Mart was bigger and better than ever! Dyer County is blessed to have exceptional small businesses and a community that supports them. Security Bank appreciated everyone for coming out and making the event a success," said Megan Brock of Security Bank and the Women in Networking committee.

Wisdom of a Colonoscopy
There are approximately 112,000 new cases of colon cancer diagnosed each year, making it the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.  Although there is no cure for colon cancer, there are precautions people can take to reduce their risk of developing the fatal disease.  One of the most important precautions is to get a colonoscopy, since early detection of the disease may increase the survival rate.
A colonoscopy is the most commonly used outpatient procedure to determine if a person has colon or rectal cancer or colorectal cancer. The procedure allows a physician to visually examine the entire colon and rectum for abnormalities such as inflamed tissue, irregular growths and ulcers.  It is also used to look for causes of changes in bowel habits and to evaluate symptoms like abdominal pain, rectal bleeding and unexplained weight loss.
For the colonoscopy assessment to be accurate, the colon must be clear of stool and fluids that may obscure the view of the colon and rectal lining.  Therefore, your physician will likely ask you to follow some pre-procedure guidelines for an optimum screening. It is important to inform your physician if you have diabetes or take blood thinners, including aspirin or other pain relievers, as your preparation for the colonoscopy may be slightly different.
According to the American Cancer Society there are five false myths about colon cancer that people need to be aware of:
Myth One : Colorectal cancer is a man's disease. 
Truth : Colorectal cancer is just as common among women as men.
Myth Two : Colon cancer cannot be prevented.
Truth : In many cases colon cancer starts with a small polyp.  If the polyp is found early, physicians can remove the abnormal growth and stop colon cancer before it begins.
Myth Three : African Americans are not at risk for colon cancer.
Truth : African American men and women are diagnosed with and die from colorectal cancer at higher rates than any other US racial or ethnic group.
Myth Four : Age is not a factor in developing colon cancer.
Truth : More than 90 percent of people diagnosed with colon cancer are age 50 and older. The American Cancer Society recommends people start being tested for the disease at age 50.
Myth Five : It's better not to get tested for colon cancer because it's fatal regardless.
Truth : Colon cancer is treatable. If the cancer is found early, the five-year survival rate is 90 percent.
If you have questions about a colonoscopy or would like additional information about the procedure, contact your physician. Need help selecting a provider? Call 1-855-TENNOVA or visit
Said Nabhan, M.D.
About the author: Said Nabhan, M.D., is a board certified gastroenterologist practicing at Tennova Digestive Health-Dyersburg. Dr. Nabhan is a part of the medical staff at Tennova Healthcare-Dyersburg Regional.
About Tennova Healthcare
One of the state's largest health networks, Tennova Healthcare includes 12 hospitals and more than 80 physician clinics. The combined network has approximately 1,800 licensed beds, 1,700 physicians on the combined active medical staffs, and 6,800 employees, with more than 51,000 admissions and 300,000 emergency department visits each year. Regional Jackson is owned, in part, by physicians.  Learn more at


NBC's Al Roker Broadcasts Live from Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tenn.
UNION CITY, Tenn - NBC's Al Roker highlighted one of Tennessee's most dynamic attractions during a live TODAY Show broadcast this morning from Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tenn. during "Rokerthon 2, Taking America By Storm."
The famous weatherman is making history by broadcasting weather from 50 states in one week in an attempt for The Guinness World Records. Roker is traveling by planes, trains and automobiles and will end his tour live Nov. 13 on Rockefeller Plaza.
During his appearance at DPA, Roker was welcomed by over 400 friends of DPA who gathered at the 50 acre park wearing their Tennessee volunteer colors, orange and white. In signature Tennessee style, Roker was offered a musical welcome as the Union City Tornados, a local 130-piece marching band, performed "Rocky Top" in his honor.
Continuing the musical hospitality, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development presented Roker with a bundle of vinyl records representing each genre of music born in Tennessee: blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, rockabilly, rock 'n' roll, and soul.
"Each album was recorded in Tennessee, pressed in Tennessee, and purchased in Tennessee," said Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Kevin Triplett. "We wanted to provide a gift truly symbolizing what our state is: the 'Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.'"
Throughout Rokerthon 2, Roker's weather reports will air across additional NBC platforms including NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, MSNBC, The Weather Channel, NBC's local affiliate newscasts, and other programming. Rokerthon 2 will livestream on during portions of the day. Viewers can submit questions and request their hometown forecasts by tweeting @alroker using #Rokerthon. Follow @TODAYshow for live updates. Follow Tennessee Tourism @tnvacation using #madeintn.
NBC's TODAY is the news program that informs, entertains, inspires and sets the agenda each morning for Americans. Airing live 7-11 a.m. ET, TODAY reaches more than 5 million people every day through its broadcast, and millions more through, the TODAY app, and social media platforms. Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, Tamron Hall, Carson Daly, Hoda Kotb, and Kathie Lee Gifford are the anchors and hosts, Noah Oppenheim is the SVP and executive in charge and Don Nash is the executive producer.
The complete live stream of Roker at Discovery Park can be seen on  or view a complete album of photos on Discovery Park's Facebook page.  For more information about Discovery Park of America, visit the website at

Two Dyer County School Teachers Selected to Attend the National Council of Teachers of Math Regional Conference

Teachers from 29 school systems in West Tennessee were recently invited to apply to attend the National Council of Teachers of Math Regional Conference with all expenses paid through the Teacher Quality Partnership Program at UT Martin.  Approximately 50 applications were received and 18 teachers were selected to participate.  Two of the teachers selected teach in the Dyer County School System.  

Jenna Bragg
The application process included essay questions as well as a letter of support from an administrator.  The scoring committee used a rubric to determine which applicants met the criteria for selection.  The selected teachers had to exhibit a passion for teaching as well as a plan for sharing the information learned with fellow teachers.  Jenna Bragg, a 7 th grade math teacher at Northview Middle School and Mary Medling, a third grade teacher at Newbern Elementary met the rigorous criterion that was set by the members of the selection committee.  Jenna has taught for the Dyer County School System for six years; however, this is her first year to teach math.  Jenna was also chosen to be on the leadership team at NMS, whose focus is to improve the quality of the students' education. 
Mary Medling

Jenna feels that the conference will provide valuable information to her as a first year  math teacher as well as providing strategies that can be implemented in all middle school math classrooms to improve understanding of math standards. Jenna plans that to share ideas at weekly collaborative meetings as well as with the leadership team.  She also plans to share the information with fellow teachers at Three Oaks Middle School.  Mary is a first year teacher and is excited to learn strategies to use with her students to assist them with understanding the new math test and learning the math standards.  Mary plans to share the information learned with the teachers at her school as well as with teachers at all elementary schools in the system. 


Chick-fil-A is partnering with New Life Union Mission to Feed the Needy this 2015 Holiday Season.  There are two ways your company can be involved:
1. Meals will be $5.00 per person and you can donate to purchase as many meals as you would like. *Tax deductions are available
2. We will need volunteers to help serve.  Meals will be served on Thanksgiving Day from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm.  We plan on serving other times throughout the Holiday Season, but those times will be announced.
*Tax deductible donations can be made out to: New Life Union Mission
Donations can be mailed to: Chick-fil-A, 2440 Lake Rd., Dyersburg, TN 38024
For more information, please call us at 731-285-0880




Welcome New Members!

Jimmy Johns
1130 Highway 51 Bypass W
Suite 38
Dyersburg, TN

Membership Renewals
Jimmy John's
Dianne Bizzle, CPA
The Uniform Source
Southern Traditions Outdoors Magazine
Bob Dean
Firestone Industrial Products
Aseracare Hospice
Century Equipment Rental
Dyersburg Kiwanis Club
BGS Properties
Center Point Business Solutions
City Of Newbern
Colonial Diversified Polymer Products
Discovery Park of America
Dyer County Road Superintendent
Personnel Placements
Posthouse Apartments
The Outhouse
Triple T Tire & Alignment
Youth Villages
Lady Luck Casino
RFW Construction Group
Alumnae Chapt.-Delta Sigma Theta,Inc.
Barker Brothers Waste Inc
Cottrell Electric Company
Dyersburg Electric System
Medsouth Healthcare
Rural Health Clinics of West TN, PLLC
Barber's Neighborhood Market
First Christian Church
Lowery's Body Shop
McIver's Grant Public Library
Pennington Seed & Supply