Obion County Chamber of Commerce

2017-2018 Board Members
President: Donny Bearden- AmeriClear RX
Vice President: Hadley Malone- Obion County Farm Bureau
Past President: Greg Dozier- Commercial Bank
Donnie Walton: TCAT-Newbern
Elizabeth Pritchett: Center Point Business Solutions
Skipper Bondurant: Baptist Hospital
Barbie Hardy: Thunderbolt Radio
Dustin McBride: Cox Oil Co. 
Portis Tanner: Union City Insurance
Cody Martin: Edmaiston-Mosley Funeral Home
Kristi Townes: Main Street Union City
David Johnson: Magnolia Place
Charlene Burpo: Twin Oaks Technology
Russ Davis: Obion County School System
Wes Kennedy: Union City School System
Kerry Speer: Union City Daily Messenger 
Jay Cooley: Sanders
Randy Barnes: City Council
Frank Tucker: City Council

2017-2018 Chamber Ambassadors
Alyson CooperSullivan Dentistry
Amy Keathley: WENK
Angie Fitzgerald: Job World
Ashley King: Commercial Bank
Bobbie Collins: Union City Insurance
Brandon Ash: Twin Oaks Technology
Charles Peery: ATA
Debbie Ams: Union City Carpet Center
Jacob Crowe: Leaders Credit Union 
John Fry: White & Associates
Jordan Elmore: Mahindra of KenTenn
Kim Fowlkes: Higher Ground Coffee Co. 
Matt Sanner: AmeriClear RX
Megan Dunn: Manpower
Mikki McLeary: Bethel University
Rana Buchanon: Magnolia Place
Rebecca Harris: Union City Insurance Partners, LLC
Rhonda Richie: Union City Coca Cola
Sara Boyd: Sullivan Dentistry 
Tra Holland: White-Ranson Funeral Home
Tracy Boucher: Boys & Girls Club

        On July 27th, the Young Professionals of Obion County members were in for a treat! Melissa Halsell, Program Manager, Young Talent Vibrancy and Community Livability, with TVA came and spoke to YPOC members about their impact in Obion County. 

They had an hour long, interactive discussion. They discussed what Obion County currently has that attracts young talent, and what they want that could attract and retain young talend. It is so important for Obion County to have a robust pipeline of talent so current & future industries will always have a talent pool to recruit educated workers from. There was a great turnout and we look forward to our next get together in August! 

A huge thank you to Commercial Bank and Trust for hosting our meeting and providing drinks and thank you to Don Sol Mexican Grill for providing the food! 

Want more information on YPOC? Text YPOC to 22828 or email us at 

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Business Matters  
Thank you to the Obion County Fair for speaking at and sponsoring our July Business Matters! We are excited about this years theme, "Country Pride, County Wide." 

We had a wonderful turnout as several speakers gave a presentation on this years fair and all of the exciting events happening! For more information on the Obion County Fair, please visit there website here or pick up a fair book at the Obion County Public Library or the Obion County Chamber of Commerce! 

While the fair starts on Monday, we are kicking the fair off on August 19th! There will be a 5K, car show, and Tyson's community feed. We hope to see all Obion County residence during fair's fun for the whole family! 
Small Business Spotlight: Magnolia Place
        Magnolia Place opened in 1996 and is a locally owned and operated, nonprofit organization. It donates all funds above operating costs back to the local community through other charitable organizations in UnionCity and Obion Count. Since we are nonprofit, we provide the most affordable assisted living in the area. We are hometown folks taking care of hometown folks.
        Magnolia Place is a very warm and inviting atmosphere for you or your loved one. Our rooms are large and spacious with vaulted ceilings. We provide both long term and short term care.
        Our residents and their care come first at Magnolia Place. Not only do we provide the best care at the best price, but we also provide a loving home environment for our residents. Home cooked meals are served daily. There are activities and special events galore.
Kayla Hamil, our very caring, full-time nurse, has been with us for 4 years. David Johnson, our administrator, has been with Magnolia Place for 20+ years. They are available to come to your home for  a free assessment of your loved one.
        If you cannot be at home, Magnolia Place is the best place to be! Please come by and check us out. We love visitors!
        Get to know the folks at Magnolia Place Assisted Living!

To be considered for our monthly Small Business Spotlight, join us on the 3rd Tuesday of every month for our Business Matters event! 
Baptist Union City Receives Award 
for High-value Healthcare
Union City, Tenn., July 5, 2017 - Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City (BMH-UC) has been named a finalist for the 2017 QUEST Award for High-value Healthcare from Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company, for providing outstanding patient care.
            Only 21 hospitals received finalist recognition for achieving top performance in any five of the six areas measured in Premier's QUEST collaborative, including cost and efficiency, evidence-based care, mortality, safety, patient and family engagement and appropriate hospital use.
            Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City was honored during Premier's annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition on June 27, 2017.  Baptist Union City was the only hospital in Tennessee to receive the award.
            "Baptist Union City's achievements in QUEST reinforces our commitment to reliably deliver the best care experience to the communities we serve," said Skipper Bondurant, administrator and chief executive officer, BMH-UC.  "We're proud to be named a finalist for the QUEST Award as we continue down our path of improving patient outcomes and community health.  We are also very excited to be the only hospital in Tennessee to receive the QUEST Award for three consecutive years."
            All QUEST hospitals submitting data for October 2015-September 2016 were eligible for the QUEST Award.  Top performance thresholds were established at the top quartile of performance from a baseline period in all measures except cost of care, which was based on top tercile of performance.  Top performance methodology for each dimension varied depending on the unique measure calculation and methodology.
            "QUEST hospitals have set high standards in clinical excellence nationwide," said Madeleine Biondolillo, MD, vice president of engagement and delivery for Premier Inc. 
2/BMH-UC Quest Award
         "Together, they have worked to outperform in healthcare.  Premier congratulates Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City for their fantastic achievements." 
        "QUEST was launched in 2008 to help health systems  reliably deliver the most efficient, effective and caring experience for every patient, every single time.  Approximately 350 health systems volunteered to transparently share data and define a common framework with consistent measures that would continually set a top performance goal for both participants and the nation.  QUEST participants have prevented more than 198,000 deaths and reduced healthcare spending by more than $17 billion.

Premier Inc. is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,750 U.S. hospitals and more than 130,000 other provider organizations. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier's news and investor sites on

White & Associates Insurance - Union City
 Welcomes Josh Roberson
        Union City, TN - White & Associates Insurance ( today announced that Josh Roberson has joined the W&A Union City agency to further develop their agricultural, commercial and financial services offerings in the northwest Tennessee region. Josh Roberson comes to Union City after spending the last 21 months at White & Associates headquarters in Dyersburg, Tennessee, where he most recently was recognized as the top life and financial services producer at the agency in the first and second quarters.
        "With more than 11 years of sales experience and his rich agricultural background, Josh is poised to make an immediate impact on our business," said Larry White, Chief Executive Officer of White & Associates Insurance. "Josh has proven during his nearly two year tenure with W&A that he will go the extra mile for our clients and is committed to our standard of exceptional client service."
        "I am excited to be joining such a highly reputable team in Union City and to get back to my roots in Obion County," said Roberson. "I have enjoyed my initial time spent in our Dyersburg office and look forward the opportunity to utilize the tools I have learned to serve the people of my hometown."
        Roberson is an Obion Central High School graduate and holds a BS in Business Management from Bethel University. He most recently spent three years with Inco Ag Irrigation. Roberson also has eight years of prior sales experience with Reelfoot Lumber Company, where he was instrumental in acquiring new accounts and implementing production efficiencies. Roberson resides in Obion County with his wife, Ashleigh, and their two young sons.

About White & Associates Insurance
Established in 1976, White & Associates Insurance is a locally owned and operated insurance agency with 12 locations in West Tennessee and Missouri. White & Associates strives to provide a " doing more " approach to all aspects of operation including enhancing employee job satisfaction, providing clients with innovative insurance packages and improving the communities in which they serve. To learn more about White & Associates, visit one of their local agencies or

In This Issue

90 Degrees South Framing LLC
A & J Salvage, LLC
Advanced Gastroenterology
Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine (AOSM)
Alexander Auctions & Real Estate Sales
Alexander Thompson Arnold (ATA)
Alexander Thompson Arnold (ATA)
Align Chiropractic
All Kraft Erectors, Inc.
Allen Searcy Builder Contractor, Inc.
Allen's Wrecker Service
Alliance Ag Equipment
AmeriClear Rx
Ameriprise Financial
ATMOS Energy
B R Supply, Inc.
Bank 3
Baptist Memorial Hospital
Barker Building Rentals
Barkley Construction Company
Blue Bank Resort & Marina
Blue Steel
Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Tennessee
Buddy's Wrecker Service
Burger King
Buy Sell & Trade
C.W. Sanderson's
Calla Lilly
CareAll Home Care
Carey Counseling Center, Inc.
Carpenter Real Estate
Center Point Business Solutions
Century 21 Golden Service Realty
Chancellor Mike Maloan
City AutoPlex
City of Hornbeak
City of Kenton
City of Obion
City of Rives
City of Samburg
City of South Fulton
City of Troy
City of Woodland Mills
Collision Specialty, Inc.
Cornfest, INC
Country Hearth Inn
Cox Oil Co., Inc.
Creative Catering
Danny Larcom Heating and Air
Dar Pro Solutions
David Lamb
Dental Center
Discovery Park of America
Dixie Gun Works
Doctor's Clinic
Don Sol Mexican Grill
Douglas Tax Service
Dr. Cecil Sewell
Dr. Jere W. Crenshaw
Dr. Steve Harpole
Dunn's Body Shop, Inc.
Dyersburg State Community College
E.W. James
Edward Jones Investments
Farm Credit Services
Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic
Felecia Bella
Final Flight Outfitters
First Citizens National Bank
Five Seasons Men's Shop
Ford Construction
Forever Communications Inc
Fuller Partners Real Estate, INC
Fulton Decorating
Fulton Plaza Motor Inn
G & H Tool & Die Inc.
Greenfield Products, LLC
H & R Agri-Power
Hale's Commericial Cleaning LLC
Hanafee Brothers Sawmill Co., Inc.
Health Quest/Baptist Memorial Hospital
Heritage Bank
Herman Jenkins Motors
Hilliard Lyons
Holman Farms
Hops and Barley
Hornsby's Garage Wrecker Service
Hospitality House
HTS Mixing
Institutional Casework, INC.
J'Cettes Of Union City
JD Distributors
Jiffy Steamer Company
Job World, Inc.
John Miles, Attorney
Johnson Heating & Air, Inc.
Judge William B. Acree, Jr.
Judy Barker, Attorney-at-Law
Junior Auxiliary of Obion County
Ken-Tenn Wireless
Kenton Chevrolet
Kiwanis Club of Union City
Kizer Pharmacy, LLC
Kohler Company
Krietman's Towing
Lashlee-Rich, Inc.
Leaders Credit Union
Los Portales
Lowrance Sound Company, Inc.
Magic Moments
Magical Mink's Entertainment
Magnolia Place
Mahindra of Ken Tenn/Inco Ag
Mahindra of Ken Tenn/Inco Ag
Masquerade Theatre, Inc.
Mathis Battery Company
McDonald's Restaurant
McKinnis Lawn Service
MIA Seating
Northwest TN Cardiology Clinic
Northwest TN Workforce Board
Obion County Fair Association
Obion County Farm Bureau
Obion County Farm Bureau Insurance-Hadley Malone
Obion County Prevention Coalition
Obion County Public Library
O'Neal's Country Store
O'Neal's Country Store
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Phillips Engineering Inc.
PIP Printing
Polk Glover
Premier Primary Care
Quality Inn
Re/Max United
Reelfoot Animal Hospital
Reelfoot Bearing & Supply Inc.
Reelfoot Family Walk-In Clinic
Reelfoot Metal Building Supply
Reelfoot Regional Assn of Realtors
Regions Bank
Republic Services
Revell Construction Company, Inc.
Reynolds Brothers Oil Company
Rotary Club of Union City
Second Baptist Church
Security Finance
Servall Gutter Company
Servall Pest Control, LLC
Shea Riley Appraisers
Shelter Insurance
Shoe Shack
Simmons Bank
Simmons Bank Mortgage Company
Sonshine Flowers & Gifts
Southern Concrete Products
Southern Machinery Repair, Inc.
Star Physical Therapy
State Farm Agent Chris Williams
Steve's Custom Jewelers
Sugar & Spice
Sullivan Family Dentistry
Sweetwater Farms Development
Synergy Therapy & Aquatics
Tack  & Stitch Upholstery
Taylor Ford-Lincoln
Tencom Digital Marketing
Tennessee Tractor
The Chocolate Bunny
The Color Shop
The Etheridge House Assisted Living & The Arbors  Memory Care
The Hamilton-Ryker Company
The Hamilton-Ryker Company
The Southern Suite Salon
The Station Burger Company
The Waters of Union City, LLC
Thompson, McConnell, & Hurst PLLC CPAs
Thunderbolt Broadcasting
TLM Associates, Inc
Top of the World Distributors
Touching Hearts at Home
Trish Dial Photography
Tri-State International
Troy Pharmacy
Twin Oaks Technology, LLC
Union City Carpet Center
Union City Daily Messenger
Union City Electric System
Union City Eye Care
Union City Housing Authority
Union City Insurance Agency, Inc.
Union City Insurance Partners, LLC
Union City Nursing & Rehab
Union City Parts Company
Union City Urgent Care
United Way of Obion County
Universal Contractors, LLC
UT Martin REED Center/TSBDC
Vaughn Electric Company
Vernon Promotions/Ad Pro Designs
Volunteer Lenders
Vowell & Sons Lumber Company
Ware Park Apartments
Warner Law Firm
Wauford & Company Consulting Engineers
Waymatic, Inc.
West Kentucky Rural Telephone Co-Op Corp Inc
WestStar Leadership
White & Associates Insurance
White Ranson Funeral Home, Inc.
White Squirrel Winery
Wood Communications-Cellular Source
World Finance Corporation
WPSD-TV, Channel 6
WW Travel Services
WynRidge Golf Club

William's Sausage Ground Breaking

        Union City, Tenn.-Ground was broken for the $37M expansion of the Williams Sausage Co. in Union City.
        To be located in the Northwest Tennessee Regional Industrial Park, the 180,000-square foot building will house a frozen and refrigeration warehouse and distribution center, including sandwich assembly and packaging.
        State and local dignitaries were on hand for today's ceremonies, including Blake Swaggert, Regional Director of State Economic and Community Development and representatives of Senator Bob Corker's office and the USDA and TVA.
       Union City Mayor Terry Hailey said, "The Williams Sausage Co. has long been a vital part of our community. This new construction is most welcome and shows the Williams' family's commitment to Union City and Obion County."
        Hailey introduced CEO Roger Williams and said, "I've known Roger Williams for years and so have most of you. His contributions in business and public service to our county are well-known."
Ag Issues Forum
On Tuesday, July 25th, TN Department of Ag Representatives, TN Farm Bureau Public Policy Staff and neighbors discussed local, state and national issues impacting agriculture.

Farmers, Landowners, & Agbusiness Professionals were invited to join  Tennessee Farm Bureau at H&R Agri-power for a delicious breakfast and discussion on issues confronting Tennessee Agriculture.
Commercial Bank and Trust 
Welcomes New Director
UNION CITY, TN -Commercial Bank and Trust Company announces the addition of a new member of its Board of Directors. Ed Sumara has joined the Board and is ready to serve alongside the other great board members of CBTC.
        Ed is quite active in the area. He is presently a board member for the Natural Resources
Conservation Services (NRCS), a Tiptonville Library board member, Chairman of Lifebeat
Family Services, an Eagle Scout, and is Past President of the West Tennessee No-Till
Association. The lifetime farmer has timed off of the Lake County Farm Service Agency (FSA)
        Board twice. He is the father of Joseph Sumara and Kim Thompson and is proud to have his son Joseph managing Sumara Farms, EJ Sumara LLC and Sumara Land Grading.
"Ed has a great understanding of the people of Lake and Obion Counties, and he will help us
make sure that we at Commercial Bank and Trust are meeting the needs of our residents," said
        Tim Shanks, CBTC Community President-Union City. Other current CBTC board members include Philip Pinion, John Clendenin, MD, Wright Jernigan, MD, Scott Rainey, Jim Harris, Jim Glasgow, Jr., Jack Parker, Gordon Bruff, Chuck Doss, Lynn Jenkins and Doug Latimer.Commercial Bank and Trust was chartered in 1877. The bank has operations in Jackson,Memphis, Paris and Union City, TN. Mott Ford is the Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Bank and Trust. In Union City, the bank has offices downtown at 127 South First Street and at 815 East Reelfoot Avenue.
AT&T Launches Fixed Wireless Internet in 
Obion County and other Rural and 
Underserved Areas in Tennessee
      TROY, TN., July 27, 2017 - AT&T* Fixed Wireless Internet1 is now available for rural and underserved locations in parts of Obion County.  
Joined by State Senator John Stevens, State Representatives Andy Holt, Bill Sanderson and other community leaders, AT&T announced that residents in Troy and other areas are included in the initial rural and underserved locations in Tennessee to which AT&T has extended Fixed Wireless Internet as part of its FCC Connect America Fund commitment. As a part of this commitment, we plan to reach over 400,000 locations by the end of 2017, and over 1.1 million locations nationwide by 2020.
        "Our residents and business-owners in rural Obion County have made their voices heard, and my colleagues and I are working hard to create an environment where we will see more announcements like this - more announcements that infrastructure is being deployed to extend access to high-speed Internet to families across our community," said State Senator John Stevens.
        "For years I have said that high-speed internet is the greatest infrastructure need in the 21st century. More and more, whether you are in urban or rural areas, high-speed connectivity is vital, and I am excited to see this newly available service bringing needed connectivity to our rural communities in Tennessee," said State Representative Andy Holt. "And to be among the first in the nation to have access through this service is a testament to the consistent community efforts to raise this issue."
       AT&T plans to reach over 81,000 locations with this technology across Tennessee by 2020, and with this initial offering, Fixed Wireless Internet is available today in parts of rural communities throughout Tennessee.
        "It is essential that we continue to work to bring greater access to high-speed Internet to rural Tennesseans, and this announcement today, marks a positive step in that direction," said State Representative Bill Sanderson . "I am glad to see the innovative approach by private industry to help close the remaining connectivity gap."
        "The more than 5,700 men and women who work for AT&T and call Tennessee home, are proud to work with our local, state and federal leadership to provide the connectivity that Tennessee's residents and businesses demand," said Chuck Thomas, regional director of external affairs for AT&T Tennessee. "Through this innovative service, we are working to close the connectivity gap in Tennessee."
        Our Fixed Wireless Internet service delivers a home internet connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on customers' homes or businesses. This is an efficient way to deliver high-quality internet to customers in rural and underserved areas.
        The 9 states where we have already launched service include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Louisiana. Additional states where we plan to launch this year are Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin.
        We'll provide updates about additional availability in parts of Tennessee, and other states, as we expand Fixed Wireless Internet to more locations.
        For more information on Fixed Wireless Internet from AT&T, visit
        1 I ncludes 160GB monthly data allowance. Req's installation of AT&T outdoor antenna & indoor Residential Gateway. $10/50GB of additional data up to a max of $200/mo.

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*About AT&T
AT&T Inc. ( NYSE:T ) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. We offer the nation's best data network** and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider. We're one of the world's largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. Nearly 3.5 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions. 
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