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From Steve's Desk...
Hi Everyone!! 

     Welcome into 2016. I cannot believe how time has flown by. Hope you’ve had a wonderful and Merry Christmas and are ready for things to happen that are “Uniquely Haywood”. This is our new mantra at the chamber, “Uniquely Haywood”, to show folks the special little gems that they just don’t know that are happening here! The chamber is starting the year by opening our lobby so that our members can showcase their products for a first look. We’re featuring the “Great Expectations” Lobby inside the Carnegie! Have you ever wanted to look into the future for a gift idea? Member merchants have the opportunity to show it to you by previewing next month’s items in the lobby for you to come and see before it goes into their store! This month, see what “All That’s Victoria” has for you. The “Spotlight Stage will highlight industry, tourism, education or government that’s “Uniquely Haywood”. For the month of January, The Delta Heritage Center is in the spotlight. Our media will also decorate from days past on the “Memories Staircase”, a chance for you to look back into history in an ever changing time capsule.

     I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet the folks, and I look forward to meeting a whole lot more of you in the months to come.

     We’re going to host the first quarterly meeting of the West Tennessee Chamber Executives at the chamber’s lower meeting room on March 2nd. They’re going to come early to see our fair county and we’re certainly going to show off!

     We will be holding our annual legislative breakfast on February 16th at 8am in the lower meeting room. Join Senators Dolores Gresham and Ed Jackson and Representative Craig Fitzhugh for updates from Nashville.

     Food Giant will host our very first Business Connection in the lower meeting room at the Chamber. The network meeting is a chance for ideas, information and learning for our chamber members. It’s a chance to get up, have coffee and breakfast, and get you going. This is an opportunity for our chamber members to find out some things they didn’t know about Food Giant, and just how they impact our community. If you’re a Chamber member, it’s a don’t miss…and you can book one by giving us a call and getting your name in. Once this catches on, you’ll want to host your own breakfast!

     One thing about changing our market place is stepping up. For change to happen, it takes changers – movers and shakers. Sometimes change isn’t easy, and most of the time it comes with a lot of effort. Effort is great, but you make change, good change, by being positive. Get involved, make it happen, be “Uniquely Haywood.” Expect me to ask you, “How’s that working for you?”

Marty's Corner...
I hope 2016 brings you much success, joy and happiness! Our chamber is about to take off, with Steve Hilton at its helm! Things are 'happening' at our Chamber, so please pay attention! Soon we will be preparing for our Annual Awards Banquet which will be held in February and a Re-Grand opening/customer appreciation for Golden Circle Insurance Agency, in January. Also, a Food Giant Business Connection meeting, WTCCE meeting, along with a Chamber Board meeting and an Ambassador Board meeting, are all being held held at the Chamber. Vice-Mayor Leon King, will be holding Hand Gun classes in our downstairs as well. We are cookin' and jammin'!

This Month is Blood Donor Month, Hot Tea Month and National Soup Month!!!

1st - Feb. 12 - Dixie Youth Baseball Online signups     If you're interested in helping this year,           Open meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 5th, 6:30, Criminal Justice Complex                        
•6th - Exchange Club -  Downstairs at Noon
♦7th- Industrial Development Board, Downstairs, 8:30 AM
•7th – Career Ready – Upstairs 11:00 AM
•7th – Center Stone – Downstairs 6:00 – 9:00
•9th – Leon King Gun Class – Downstairs 8:30 AM
•10th – HOUSEPLANT APPRECIATION DAY! •13th – Manpower Job Fair – Downstairs 10:00 -2:00
•14th – Chamber Board – Downstairs at Noon
•14th – Leadership Haywood – Downstairs 3:30 – 5:00
•18TH – Martin Luther King Holiday CLOSED
•19th – BBA Meeting, Delta Room, Backyard BBQ,      5:00
•19th – County Commission Meets at Courthouse – 6:00
•20th – Exchange Club – Downstairs at Noon •21st – Ribbon Cutting, Open House Golden Circle Insurance Agency,  39 S.  Jackson, 10:00 AM
•21st – Ambassadors Board – Downstairs at Noon  •21ST – NATIONAL HUG DAY!!!
•23rd - Sleepy’s Country Blues Jam, Delta Heritage Center, 10:00 – 5:00
♦23rd - Dixie Youth Baseball signups 9-11 am, WOW Bldg., 100 Boyd Avenue
•25th – Business Connection Breakfast with Food Giant, Downstairs 7:00AM – 7:45
•25th – BUBBLE WRAP APPRECIATION DAY!! •26th – Brownsville City Meeting, Downstairs, 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM
•27th – Manpower Job Fair, Downstairs, 10:00 – 2:00
30th - Dixie Youth Baseball signups 9-11 am, WOW Bldg., 100 Boyd Avenue    

COMING IN FEBRUARY vSuper Bowl Sunday on the 1st, Ground Hog Day the 2nd!!
Great Expectations, Spotlight Stage and the Memories Stairway
    We wanted to rerun this one to make sure that you get booked. January filled quickly with All That's Victoria and The Delta Heritage Center. Look at the info for February and book it now!

    To begin the year and put our members in the spotlight, we are pleased to announce new tools for you to use. For our retail members, The Great Expectations Lobby will be a place for you to highlight an upcoming holiday. Your display is future...not what you have now. For instance, in January, one theme is Valentines, February would be St. Patrick's Day, etc. You have the option of using several themes in the month only. You set up, we'll tell folks about it in the newsletters, email, on the radio and in the papers. Below you will see the holidays we have selected, along with some themes for the month. We want to stay with these themes so folks can pick and order in advance for their displays.

  For industry and tourism, we'll have the Corner Stage - an area with a small triangular stage that highlights a product, a service or something happening within your operation. Your choice, we're just making it available to you for display and promotion. It gets the same treatment on promotion is the Lobby.
  For the media, the Memories staircase will highlight past, present and future in pictures and displays on the staircase leading to our downstairs meeting room. It's your chance to show the great coverage that Brownsville and Haywood County have received all these years.  

  We know you have questions, and we will be glad to answer them. The selections for the lobby are below, and we want to get these booked as soon as possible. Don't wait, each business will have an option of two except June (for July), October (for November) and November for December. You can only choose one of these major holidays and another of the months. (They're prime and will book in advance!)

  The chamber will create cards for you to place on your displays. We will also put a sign out on the campus to let folks know you're the one on display! Let's have some fun and sell some stuff for you!

Get it picked out and book it Dano!
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Ribbon Cutting
Join us as we celebrate the remodeling/reopening/customer appreciation of the Golden Circle Insurance Agency at 39 South Jackson at 10:00 Am on the 21st!
Business Connection Breakfast
Our first ever Business Connection Breakfast will be held in the Downstairs Meeting room of the Chamber. This month's host will be Food Giant, and it's a chance to find out about what makes them tick, how they market and what works for them. It's your chance to come, hear, share and learn business ideas to enhance the growth of Brownsville and Haywood County. No one else can claim to be Uniquely Haywood County! Want to help your neighbors and yourself to grow? Come and share!  
Free Business Counseling
Every 4th Wednesday at the Chamber, featuring Ron Acree, Director of the TN Small Business Development Center. Sessions from 9 am til Noon. Please call the chamber for more details how it can be tailored to your business!

2016 Farmers Market Boot Camp Workshops 

Learn Simple Marketing Methods for Profiting at Farmers Markets


The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Tennessee ranked number one in farmers market growth in 2014, so it stands to reason that those planning to sell goods or produce at a Tennessee farmers market in 2016 would want to make the most of this business opportunity.

Farmers planning to sell products at farmers markets can learn simple marketing methods that can make them money at any of six Farmers Market Boot Camps in 2016. Sponsored by the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture, the

Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Association of Farmers Markets, the six "Boot Camp" workshops will occur at several locations across Tennessee in January, February and March.   

To attend a workshop, preregister online by clicking here. The fee is $20, and lunch is provided. Preregistration is required at least five business days prior to the workshop and space is limited.


The workshops will be held in White Pine (Jan. 28), Athens (Jan. 29), Lebanon (Feb. 22), Winchester (Feb. 24), Trenton (March 2) and Centerville (March 3). The same training will be conducted in each location. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. and sessions last from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The workshops are intended for farmers who plan to sell at farmers markets and session titles are as follows: Marketing Methods to Make Money; Social Media and Email Marketing Basics for the Farmers Market; Where to Find Money; How to Know Whether You're Making Money; Are You In or Out? An Overview of New Regulations and Who They Apply To; and Regulatory Roadmaps for Farmers Market Vendors


This workshop fulfills a Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) requirement in only the Fruits and Vegetables and Value-Added diversification sectors. For additional information regarding educational programs for TAEP requirements, please contact Mark Powell at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, 615-837-5344.

For more information about the workshops, visit the CPA's website:
and look for information on the pulldown menu under educational events.    

For more information, visit

  Campaign to Help Older Adults Plan for a 'Non-Driving Future' Kicks Off  
The Eldercare Locator Home for the Holidays campaign this year focuses on helping older drivers make a transportation plan before they give up the keys. Because most families have to grapple with this issue at some point,the centerpiece of the campaign - a brochure featuring tips and tools for older adults and caregivers - will be of special relevance to those whose loved ones are approaching this season.
"This is a major issue for older adults. When they lack transportation, they can't get to the doctor or the grocery store, or see friends and family as much, which means their overall well-being is likely to suffer," said Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administrator of ACL.

To help spread awareness of the challenges older adults often face when they stop driving without a plan, an eight-page brochure has been created. To view the brochure, click here. 
The Home for the Holidays campaign brochure is among the most requested of those available through the Eldercare Locator. The first 25 brochures are free and bulk orders are offered at a special discount for n4a members. Click this link to order copies.

Brownsville’s Bobby Stokely (right) jams with Chattanooga Bluesman Rick Rushing during last year’s Sleepy John’s Country Blues Jam. The free event is held annually at the Delta Heritage Center to commemorate the birthday of Blues Pioneer Sleepy John Estes. This year's date is January 23 and will include two skills clinics.

  3rd annual Jam celebrates Blues pioneer
    The third annual Sleepy John’s Country Blues Jam  will be held Saturday, January 23, 10 a.m., at the Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, Tenn. The free event recognizes the birthday and legacy of Blues pioneer "Sleepy" John Adam Estes and is presented in partnership with the West Tennessee Blues Society. Skills clinics, a symposium and an acoustic jam session are all part of the day's activities
Guitarist Elam McKnight and harmonica player Jimmy D. Taylor share their knowledge and skills during 10 a.m. clinics in their respective fields. McKnight is well known in the blues, rock and country genres, and has released five studio albums. He will instruct on the basics of the Country Blues style of playing. The clinic is appropriate for beginners as well as advanced players looking to hone their skills. Instruction will include open tuning, chord shapes and slides.
     Taylor, a Brownsville native, has been playing harmonica since 1991, and now builds and sells them worldwide. This clinic will be an introductory level session and participants are asked to bring their own harmonica in the key of C. Topics covered will be single note playing, single note riffs and bends, hand cupping and more.
     Participants are required to bring their own instruments and encouraged to pre-register online at or by calling the Center at 731-779-9000.
Following the clinics, BBQ concessions will be on site offering lunch selections and attendees will enjoy birthday cake recognizing what would have been Sleepy John's 117th birthday.
A symposium will begin at 1 p.m., entitled “Retrospect and Recollections.” This program will take a look back at many of the Blues pioneers such as Estes, Hammie Nixon, Furry Lewis, B.B. King and others who had such influence on the genre. A panel of present day Blues artists, who studied or played with some of these musicians, will discuss their memories of the men and their impact on the industry. The informal session will include opportunity for audience participation.
An open acoustic jam session will follow at 2:30 p.m. Participants are asked to bring their own instruments, voice or just your love for the music.  This jam session is non-competitive and open to everyone. Throughout the day, participants can tour the Delta Heritage Center and grounds including the last home of Estes and Flagg Grove School, the childhood school of Tina Turner.
For more information about the event or to pre-register for the harmonica or guitar clinic, visit, call the Center at 731-779-9000 or email

     About the Center: The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center offers a refreshing Southern experience showcasing the history and culture of rural West Tennessee. Inside visitors can learn about the history of cotton, explore the scenic and “wild” Hatchie River and get to know the legendary musicians who call West Tennessee home. Also located on the grounds is Flagg Grove School, the childhood school of Tina Turner, and the last home of Blues pioneer Sleepy John Estes. To learn more about the Center, visit or call 731-779-9000.

     About the West Tennessee Blues Society: The West Tennessee Blues Society works to preserve the "West Tennessee Blues" by educating the public on the influences and traditions of our Blues heritage while promoting live Blues performances of regional artists and introducing new generations to the genre we know as West Tennessee's Country Blues. Contact the Blues society by emailing at
Sonia Outlaw-Clark  CTTP, TMP, FEP
  West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center
121 Sunny Hill Cove
I-40 at Exit 56, behind McDonald's
Brownsville, TN 38012
731-779-9092 (direct)
731-780-5144 (cell)

Volunteers Needed

Looking for a fun way to help your community? The Delta Heritage Welcome Center needs YOU. Visited by over 25,000 interesting travelers last year from all over the world, our Welcome Center is becoming a gateway to entertainment and Tennessee history.

Volunteers to assist our visitors are needed this Winter on Saturdays and Sundays. Please call 731-779-9000 for more information on scheduling.

One of those times to Ponder....
A friend emailed this to me, and it made me reflect.It's something we do this time of year, and I wanted to share it with you.  


     You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.  It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate.  Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went.  I know that I lived them all.  I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams. 

     But, here it is... the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise... How did I get here so fast?  Where did the years go and where did my youth go?  I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.  

     But, here it is... my friends are retired and getting gray... they move slower and I see an older person now.  Some are in better and some worse shape than me... but, I see the great change...  Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant... but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be.  Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day!  And taking a nap is not a treat anymore... it's mandatory!  Cause if I don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit!  

     And so... now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!!!  But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last... this I know, that when it's over on this earth... its over.  A new adventure will begin!  

     Yes, I have regrets.  There are things I wish I hadn't done... things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done.  It's all in a lifetime.  

     So, if you're not in your winter yet... let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think.  So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly!  Don't put things off too long!!!  Life goes by quickly.  So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!  You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life... so, live for today and say all the things that you want your friends and loved ones to remember... and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!! 

     "Life" is a gift to you.  The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after.  Make it a fantastic one.







Remember "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.





~Going out is good... Coming home is better!

~You forget names... But it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!

~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything... especially golf.

~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.

~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It's called "pre-sleep".

~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch..

~You tend to use more 4 letter words ... "what?"..."when?"... ???

~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.

~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!

~What used to be freckles are now liver spots. 

~Everybody whispers.

~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet... 2 of which you will never wear.

~~~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!!

Bodies Revealed Opens January 29, 2016
Have you ever wondered about the inner workings of the human body? You now will have the chance to learn more about the body than ever before. Bodies Revealed is a world-class educational traveling exhibit that will enlighten you and make you curious. Get ready for Bodies Revealed in 2016! It's AMAZING!

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