April 2019 Newsletter
Check out articles and pictures from March and
stay up to date on what we are doing this April!
New Chamber Members!

The Willow Tree/ R&D Cakes & Catering
Business Representatives: Debbie & Rodney Underwood
Email: willow85@bellsouth.net
Contact Phone: 731-624-0400
Services: Cakes, Catering, To-Go Meals

Business Representative: Jane Pate & Brian Schneider
Email: jance.pate@entegritypartners.com & brian.schneider@entegritypartners.com
Contact Phone: 901-288-3288
Services: Energy assessments & improvements in buildings

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March Chamber Event Recap
Personnel Placements, LLC
March's Very Important Business Event
Thank you to all who attended our March V.I.B.E.! Lana Wood with Union City Energy Authority gave an interactive presentation discussing business services for employers. We also appreciate Union City Energy Authority this months event. Thank you to all who attended! Be sure to join us for this month's event! Information below:

When: Tuesday, April 16th
Time: 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: Obion County Public Library

"The goal of V.I.B.E is to present valuable content to
business owners and the community"

By  JEFF GLOR CBS NEWS  March 4, 2019, 6:51 PM

NASHVILLE – Leadership Tennessee, the state’s preeminent leadership organization, will lead “Vote Tennessee,” a statewide effort to increase voter registration and education.

“Vote Tennessee” began as Project Register, a nonpartisan initiative launched in 2017 by U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tennessee) and State Sen. Steve Dickerson (R-Nashville) to boost voter registration in Middle Tennessee.

Committed to collaborative, nonpartisan dialogue, Leadership Tennessee is a natural fit to take this project across all three Grand Divisions as Tennessee ranks 45 th in the country in voter registration and 49 th in voter turnout.

Article can be found here
Union City native is one of ‘Us’ in Peele’s new movie thanks to inspired artwork

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — While the world's watching Jordan Peele's newest creation, "Us," from behind splayed fingers and popcorn boxes this weekend, MTSU junior and Union City native Phillip Mayberry will be savoring the feeling of seeing his own art in one of the film's trailers.

Mayberry, a graphic design major who now lives in Nashville, was one of thousands of fans around the world who answered an ongoing challenge, via Chocolate City Comics, Instagram and Universal Studios, to create artwork inspired by the new horror movie.

Read the rest of the story here...
House Approves Representative Sanderson's Initiative Promoting Reelfoot Lake's Tennessee Heritage
   The Tennessee General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a measure that preserves and promotes Reelfoot Lake's Tennessee Heritage.
House Bill 1067 designates Reelfoot Lake as the state's first Tennessee Heritage Site. This designation is based upon the lake's geological history, natural resources, and other unique characteristics.
Under this initiative, state departments and agencies can use the Tennessee Heritage Site designation for purposes of publications, advertising, marketing, and other communications.
Located in the northwest corner of Tennessee, Reelfoot Lake is a popular fishing, boating and wildlife attraction. The 15,000 acre lake was created by a series of strong earthquakes in 1811-1812 that caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards for a brief period of time, which created the lake.
"Reelfoot Lake is a real Tennessee treasure, and this distinguished designation will increase its profile as a national destination for tourism," said Chairman Sanderson. "We are blessed to have this lake in our own backyard, and our local economy will benefit tremendously from the passage of this legislation."
House Bill 1067 now awaits action by the Senate. For more information on the bill, please click here .
White & Associates Insurance Named in Business Insurance’s Annual
Best Places to Work in Insurance

Award Recognizes Outstanding Employers in the Insurance Industry
UNION CITY, TENNESSEE, March 19, 2019 – White & Associates Insurance (www.whiteandassociates.net) today announced it has been named the 22nd Best Place to Work in the annual Best Places to Work in Insurance program, which recognizes employers for their outstanding performance in establishing workplaces where employees can thrive, enjoy their work and help their companies grow.

“With an estimated over 38,500 independent insurance agencies in the country, it is truly an honor to be named one of the Best Places to Work,” said White & Associates chief executive officer Larry White. “We are committed to continuing to enhance the benefits offered to our employees and creating a culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance.”

White & Associates offers a variety of programs to encourage community involvement, peer collaboration, career development and healthy living. The company offers rewards programs for both serving in the community and living a healthy lifestyle. White & Associates also created a community program, Referrals for a Cause, which allows the employees of White & Associates to select local nonprofits to support throughout the year. The agency donates ten dollars to the selected nonprofits for every customer insurance referral an employee receives. The employees of White & Associates have raised more than $12,000 for their communities.

Read more here!
Northwest Tennessee Tourism Summit to be Hosted by Discovery Park of America and the Obion County Chamber of Commerce
Discovery Park of America and the Obion County Chamber of Commerce announced today they will be presenting the 2019 Northwest Tennessee Tourism Summit on Tues., March 26, 2019 at Discovery Park of America from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The event is being held for those in the Reelfoot Lake Region who are interested in increasing tourism in this area. The sessions scheduled will be especially helpful for those managing attractions, restaurateurs, hoteliers, retailers, city managers and others whose companies and organizations benefit from an increase in tourism revenue. There is no charge to attend the summit.

The Jackson, Tennessee Convention and Visitors Bureau is the sponsor of the continental breakfast that begins at 8:30 a.m.

Article here...
Union City Walmart Opens Online Grocery Pickup
"... Our key call outs for Online Grocery launch are that it is free, it's a time saver, it's convenient, and our personal shoppers are trained to pick the very best for the customer. Fresh produce, meat, and any other perishable items are picked at least 3 days from the expiration date. They will be limiting our orders to about 200 a week. At most we'll have 52 orders a day but it varies for now depending on the day of the week. There is a $10 referral program that will provide $10 for you and the person you refer. You can earn up to $200 a year from the referral program. Also, if they enter the code WOWFRESH , they can get $10 off the first $50 order. Customers can shop from the app or from walmart.com. They can also check in on the app or call the number listed on the parking spots. The most efficient method is the app as it lets us know when you are almost here so we can have the order waiting before you even pull up. As soon as it tells us you are 2 minutes out we'll be walking out the door to meet you...."
Applications Open for Statewide
Bootcamp for Tennessee Agricultural Innovation Startups
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (March 4, 2019) — AgLaunch and the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center are again partnering for a week-long agri-tech bootcamp to support Tennessee agriculture startup teams. The bootcamp will be held on the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture campus in Knoxville from July 8-12, 2019. Teams accepted into the program will experience best-in-class agricultural entrepreneurship programming and have access to investors, mentors, and farmers.

Eligible applicants must be located in Tennessee and...Read article here
Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce 13 Communities to Receive Site Development Grants
"NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced today that 13 communities will receive more than $5 million in Site Development Grant funding.

The Site Development Grant program is part of the larger Rural Economic Opportunity Act supported by the Tennessee General Assembly for the last three years....

The grants awarded include:
Obion County Joint Economic Development Council:
Titan Golf Course site, $90,000 – Conduct due diligence studies

Read more here...
Hamilton-Ryker Opens New Division: TalentGro
"This program is available to any employer in our area who is struggling to find the right employees with the skill sets needed in their particular industry. TalentGro is completely different from our staffing services, so if someone is already utilizing another employment agency to assist them with job openings, our program will not interfere with that business relationship. We can build the program to suit their needs and insure that we put together the exact courses required to give the employee the best chance of success."
Click here to learn about the new programs offered!
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