April 2020 Newsletter
NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS!
Allen's Paint Supply
Baptist Hospice
Priority One Medical Care PLLC
Paisley Plow Boutique
Walker Wealth Management
Adult Leadership Class Visits Local Businesses for Economic Development Day
On March 4th, members of the Obion County Adult Leadership class participated in Economic Development Day. They visited businesses in Obion County where managers and owners spoke to them about their stories, economic growth, and marketing efforts. This class serves as a great opportunity for leaders in Obion County to hear testimonies from local businesses.
Day On The Hill Recap
Business leaders from across the state came together in Nashville last Tuesday for the 108th Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry Annual Meeting. The event kicked off and was moderated by  Kelly McCreight , Chairman of the Chamber's board of directors. "It was a tremendous event that produced one of our largest crowds. The event marked Tennessee's largest day on the hill of any organization," said Chairman McCreight. "I am proud to see Tennessee's business community come together, and we thank Governor Lee and our legislative and cabinet members who choose to be a part of our meeting. It is a testament to the strength of the Chamber in coordinating businesses, local chambers and economic development across the Volunteer State. Every business leader who attends is a key influencer in their community and across the state, making us more than just a room full of faces," he added.
Union City, TN—3/27/2020— On February 12, 2020, Obion County Joint Economic
Development Corporation filled a Community Relations Director Position with Brooke Coffey, a recent graduate of Murray State University. Coffey graduated from MSU in December 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. While at MSU, she held multiple leadership roles within her
organizations, gaining communication and event planning skills, while volunteering at a local food bank.
As Community Relations Director, Coffey will be responsible for developing and
maintaining meaningful relationships with current and future Chamber of Commerce members by creating and overseeing member benefits, programming, events, etc. Other community and
economic development efforts will include retail recruitment and tourism strategies.


Coffey stated, “I am extremely blessed to have the opportunity to serve Obion County,TN as the Community Relations Director for the OC JEDC. In this role, my goal is to be a continuous positive and enthusiastic representative of our community and to give back every
chance I get. I look forward to building relationships with our residents and business owners, as well as promoting Obion County to visitors and potential residents. I truly believe that Obion
County is such a great place because of the deep sense of community our residents create, and I am honored to be a part of that.”
6th Annual Samburg Tourism Appreciation Luncheon
On Monday, March 16th, Frilling and Coffey attended the 6th annual appreciation luncheon for Samburg Tourism at the Boat House Restaurant. The luncheon started off with introductions from those in attendance. On behalf of the Obion County Joint Economic Development Corporation, Frilling spoke on the actions being taken to promote our area to not only our own community members, but people seeking tourism or relocation to Obion County. (Photo Credit: Union City Messenger)
Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives Institute
On March 8th -10th, the annual TCCE Institute was held in Murfreesboro, TN. TCCE Institute is a two-year student program held annually. Brooke Coffey (Community Relations Director, Obion County JEDC) attended the institute as a first year student. The institute provides classes on a variety of topics regarding Chamber of Commerce's all across Tennessee. Lindsay Frilling (CEO, Obion County JEDC) attended the institute as a teacher. Pictured above is the group of first year students.
Dr. Karen Bowyer, president of Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC), has announced the appointment of Dr. Amanda Walker as the new vice president for institutional advancement and continuing education.

“DSCC is fortunate to attract Dr. Walker to this position,” stated Dr. Bowyer. “The College will benefit from her experience and education as we work together to advance our Institution.”
 
Dr. Amanda Walker Appointed VP for Institutional Advancement
Dr. Walker comes to DSCC from Austin Peay State University (APSU) where she most recently served as director of career services since 2014. Prior to this, she served as a recruiting coordinator from 2008 to 2014 in Career Services and coordinator of recruiting/student services from 2005 to 2008 in the Graduate School at The University of Mississippi.
Union City High School Construction Classes Aid Kindergartners in CKLA Lesson
As a part of the new CKLA curriculum at Union City Elementary School, John Graham’s construction-trade classes at UC High School integrated with elementary school students to actively engage in a carpentry project to build birdhouses.
 
While recently studying a section about colonial towns, kindergartners at UCES compared skilled trades of the colonial era to those talents that are still important today. 
 
To help build a background of knowledge, the kindergarten students studied extensively about the materials and tools used for construction during both times beforehand. 
 
The project required high school construction trades students to lead the kindergarten classes in assembling the birdhouses with a see-through back glass. Important skills such as measuring, cutting and safety were discussed between the two groups of students while the project was ongoing. 
 
“I thought this project was definitely rewarding for my high school students,” Graham said. “More importantly, I feel it is of great benefit to make sure our younger students are exposed to skilled trades whenever possible.”
 
The kindergartners were able to see how the many-discussed skills were used to transform pieces of wood into something they recognize every day. The students were both thrilled and enthusiastic to participate in turning screwdrivers to assembly of the sides of the birdhouses. 
 
Obviously proud of their contributions with the project, some kindergarten students were quoted saying that construction/carpentry industry might be a job they would enjoy doing when they grow up. 

Grant Awarded!
The West Tennessee Railroad - Kenton Branch was recently awarded a CRISI grant.This railroad branch serves the economies of rural west Tennessee communities. The grant will help fund an ongoing project that involves rail replacement and safety programs. This is a 50% match grant that the railroad is pleased to have the opportunity of receiving.
The flyer above includes Social Distancing guidelines for the workplace. If you would like to download this document to hang up in your business, click here!
We encourage everyone in our community to participate in the Great American Gift Card Purchase! To participate, all you have to do is purchase gift cards from our local businesses. The purchase will take place this Friday, April 3rd. Let's show our support to one another during this uncertain time.

Please share our event on Facebook and invite community members to join. Also, encourage businesses to post what they are doing in the event!
Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs names Chief Information Officer
Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs created a chief information officer position and deemed award-winning executive, Alan Watson, as CIO. In today’s rapidly changing digital world, this leadership position was implemented to further guide ATA into the technology realm to achieve
the goals of our firm and better our clients.

When asked about his new role at ATA, Watson said, “I’m excited to be at ATA and bring a strategic technology vision to the firm. My previous experiences across multiple industries have helped prepare me for such an amazing opportunity.”

Watson has an extensive background in technology and leadership. Previously, he was Principal Consultant at Digital Simplicity, former Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of ChanceLight Behavioral Health, Therapy & Education, and was named a Citrix
Innovation Award Winner. Watson’s excellence in collaborating, networking, and virtualization led him to create customized learning resources in a secure, regulatory compliant environment;
this innovative work was awarded by Citrix.


“As ATA continues to grow and evolve, we saw a need to position ourselves as an innovative accounting firm that uses technology to create a strategic advantage for our firm and our clients,” said, John Whybrew, managing partner of ATA, “We welcome Alan to the ATA team
and know that he will be an essential part to our future.” Watson received a master of business administration from Howard University. He’s an alum of Austin Peay State University with a bachelor of science degree in information technology. His
technical skills include being a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.

About ATA
ATA is a long-term business advisor to its clients and provides other services that are not traditionally associated with accounting. For example, Revolution Partners, ATA’s wealth management entity, provides financial planning expertise; ATA Technologies provides trustworthy IT solutions; Sodium Halogen focuses on growth through the design and
development of marketing and digital products; Adelsberger Marketing offers video, social media, and digital content for small businesses; and Center Point Business Solutions is a comprehensive human resource management agency.

ATA has 14 office locations in Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi. Recognized as an IPA Top 200 regional accounting firm, it provides a wide array of accounting, auditing, tax and consulting services
for clients ranging from small family-owned businesses to publicly traded companies and international corporations. The firm was recognized by Forbes in 2020 as a top recommended tax firm in the country. ATA is also an alliance member of BDO USA LLP, a top-five global accounting
firm. This alliance provides the highest level of resources and expertise for ATA’s clients.
Priority One Medical Care PLLC is a mobile medical service established in April 2018 to bring healthcare to the Obion County community. The local, family-owned practice provides its patients access to licensed healthcare providers 24 hours a day, 6 days a week. The goal is to bring quality healthcare service to the community and in the workplace in an affordable and accessible way. Divinely inspired, with 41+ years of medical experience, Priority One Medical Care PLLC is ready to meet the need here in Obion County.
2020 TN Vacation Guide Available

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