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Our Chamber Director, Steve Hilton, was elected as the incoming president of the West Tennessee Chamber Executives, Steve will represent all the Chambers in West Tennessee as the liaison with the state chamber association. Haywood County comes to the top! 

5th- Democratic Convention Downstairs 11:00 a.m.
8th- Health Council 12:00-1:00 p.m. Upstairs
8th – Brownsville City Board Meeting – 5:30 p.m. City Hall
9th – Tennessee Reconnect Bus - Justice Center -10:30 - NOON
9th -  Geneva Miller Meeting Upstairs 9:30 a.m.
10th - Chamber Board of Directors Meeting-Noon Downstairs
12th- Mayor Rawls Community Forum Downstairs 9:00-12:00 p.m.
14th - Relay for Life Meeting Downstairs 5:00 p.m.
14th – Civil War Memorial Dedication, Tamm Park 11:00 a.m.
15th – Town of Stanton Meeting – 7p.m. – City Hall
15th - Health Council (Cindy Smith) Upstairs 9:00 a.m.
16th  - Strategic Planning-Upstairs 10:00 a.m.
16th - Exchange Club Downstairs Noon
17th - Ambassador Meeting Downstairs Noon
17th - Workforce Advisory Board Upstairs 11:30 am.-1:00 p.m.
17th – Business After Hours-Wild Sophistication 5-7 p.m.
18th - Career Ready-Upstairs-Halbrook Room-Noon
19th - Phenomenal Women – Delta Heritage Center 2 – 4 p.m.
21st - Mayor's Workforce - 11:30 - Delta Room, Backyard BBQ
21st -  Haywood County Commission – 7 p.m. – Courthouse
24th - West TN Workforce Downstairs-9:00 a.m.
28th – Vision Haywood – Upstairs – 4:00 p.m.
29th - UT Extension C3 Coalition - 11:30 - Extension office
31st – Patsy Cline “A Closer Walk”, Marks Performance Center-7 p.m.  
Great Expectations, Spotlight Stage and the Memories Stairway
    You need to be sure and book your business for our Great Expectations lobby! We're getting lots of traffic looking at our displays inside the Chamber!
     This month, the Great Expectations Lobby features clothes and jewelry from Merle Norman/Wild Sophistication. They're ready for spring, and you can come see how you can be too. Guys, there's some great ideas here for gifts too!
     The Haywood County Board of Education is on our Spotlight Stage with information about the schools, programs and the kids!
     As always. there's a ton of history to see on the Memories staircase, as pages and pictures from the past highlight your decent down the stairs to the lower meeting room.
     There's lots to see, don't miss this month!

Get it picked out and book it Dano!
Send us your Events and Happenings to Publish in the Newsletter!
Merle Norman/Wild Sophistication wants you to see their latest selections for Administrative professionals and more this month. They're featuring some in our Great Expectation Lobby, but that's just not enough room.  Don't you miss
"Business After Hours",
Thursday, March 17th from 5-7 PM

and let them show you why they're proud to be

"Uniquely Haywood"!
At the end of the month, the very last work day, come be with us. We're holding the door open from 7:45 am until 9am for Board Members, Ambassadors and all Chamber members...Your chance to network with your fellow Chamber members with questions, answers and solutions. What worked this month...what didn't. What ideas do you have? Your Chamber is reserving this Exclusive time for you...just you! Come on for coffee and bagels and lets wrap up the month on the last working day of the month. This month's Exclusive gathering is Thursday, March 31st. Bring it, talk about it, get it off your chest-or take something back with you. Either way, it's a win-win! See you then.
Set Your Clocks forward Saturday, March 12th

Shiloh, TN- The National Park Service will turn 100 years old on August 25, 2016, and from sea-to-shining-sea we invite the nation to join us in a year-long celebration of America’s Best Idea: National Parks.  Throughout the nation, at every park, we will be hosting a variety of signature events to celebrate the centennial.

“The National Park System includes 410 areas covering more than 84 million acres in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands,” said Shiloh National Military Park Superintendent Dale Wilkerson. “These areas include national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and even the White House. These special places tell the story of America.”

The National Park Centennial Celebration is co-chaired by First Lady Michelle Obama, and former First Lady Laura Bush. There are also several celebrities serving as Centennial Ambassadors, including: Bill Nye (the Science Guy), Bella Thorne (TV and film actress), Roselyn Sanchez (TV and film actress), Terrence J. (TV personality), and Mary Lambert (singer/songwriter). These Ambassadors have filmed several public service announcements, which are available at

In addition, the National Park Foundation is coordinating national sponsorship by some of the most admired companies in the world. These include, American Express, Budweiser, Subaru, REI, Humana, and Disney; with associate sponsorship from Coca-Cola, Coleman, and Accenture.

At the heart of the celebration is public engagement through the Find Your Park campaign.  “The National Parks belong to all of the people, and everyone finds their park in a different place and in a different way,” said Wilkerson.  “At Shiloh National Military Park, we have planned a variety of special events in 2016 to commemorate the National Park Service Centennial.  We invite the community to come to the park to help us celebrate, and to Find Your Park.”

Shiloh National Military Park’s events for 2016:

  • Battle Anniversary Commemoration, Saturday, April 2, 2016.  Several living history groups, including civil war photography, quartermaster, naval, infantry, artillery, and cavalry will present living history, lectures, firing demonstrations, and field maneuvering displays on the battlefield.  In addition, representatives from the U.S. Navy Ticonderoga-Class Destroyer “USS SHILOH” will be on-hand to present information about the ship and to participate in the days’ events.  Battlefield Hikes and interpretive events will also be presented on April 4th through April 8th.
  • Memorial Day, May 31.  Join us as we remember those who have fought and died for our country.  Services will be held at the Shiloh National Cemetery and at the Confederate Burial trench.
  • Every Kid in a Park.  This year the White House announced an initiative that invites all 4th graders and their families to experience the places that are home to our country’s natural treasures, rich history, and vibrant culture FREE OF CHARGE, through the Every Kid in a Park Campaign. In March and April, Shiloh NMP will present a “School of the Civil War Soldier” Children’s Program, as well as Native American programs. Participating in these special programs, will be 4th Graders from Hardin and Alcorn Counties, and Corinth City Schools.This program is made possible by a generous grant from Disney.
  • Concert in the Park Series.  Beginning Memorial Day weekend, the park will host a monthly concert in the park, and each event will have a different genre.  Here is the schedule (various artists, to be announced in subsequent press releases):
  • Saturday, May 28 – The Music of the Civil War
  • Saturday, June 18 – Our Nation’s Shared Culture: Americana Traditions
  • Saturday, July 2 – The Music Invented in America: New Orleans Jazz
  • Thursday, August 25 – Happy Birthday to the National Park Service!
  • Saturday, September 3 – Teaching Our Children: Symphonies and Concert Bands
  • Corinth Heritage Festival, November 5, 2016.  A joint event between the park and the City of Corinth, this event commemorates the Siege and Battle of Corinth and will include a camel brigade, living history, and music.  The highlight of the event will be the Grand Illumination, where 12,000 luminaries, one for each casualty of the siege and battle, will be placed throughout the city.

Additional details and press releases will be issued for each event.

For a complete schedule of events at Shiloh and Corinth, go to our website at, and find us on Facebook @ShilohNMP, and on Twitter @ShilohNPS.


    About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 395 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at
  Southwest TRC Roll-Out Event

Bus Road Trip Schedule

Monday, March 7:
Hardeman County              8:00 -   9:30 a.m.                           Downtown - 118 Warren St., Bolivar (amphitheatre)
McNairy County 10:30 - 12:00 p.m.                           McNairy Co. Govt. Annex - 530 Mulberry Ave., Selmer
Chester County                   1:30 -   3:00 p.m.                           SWHRA-1527 White Ave., Henderson                                                           

Tuesday, March 8:
Hardin County                     8:00 -  9:30 a.m.                            Savannah Church of Christ - 1175 Pickwick St.
                                                                                                         Rain location:  Inside the Church or
Wayne County                  10:30 - 12:00 p.m.                           Downtown - 100 Court Circle, Waynesboro
                                                                                                         Rain location: Inside the Wayne County Courthouse
Decatur County                   1:30 -   3:00 p.m.                           Parsons Municipal Complex-535 TN Ave.

Wednesday, March 9:
 Tipton County                  8:00 -  9:30 a.m.               Wal-Mart Pkg. Lot - 201 Lanny Bridges Ave, Covington
                                                                                                         (SW side by Garden Center )
 Haywood County             10:30 - 12:00 p.m.                           Justice Complex Pkg. Lot - 100 S. Dupree  Ave., Brownsville
                                                                                                         Rain location: Chamber, 121 West Main Street, Brownsville
Crockett County    1:30 -  3:00 p.m.                           Downtown  - 1 South Bells St., Alamo
Thursday, March 10:
Henderson County             8:00 -   9:30 a.m.                           Goodwill Pkg. Lot - 605 W. Church St., Lexington
Carroll County                   10:30 - 12:00 p.m.                           Downtown area - 333 Main St. South, McKenzie
Gibson County                     1:30 -   3:00 p.m.                           Career Center - 2500 Central Ave., Humboldt

Friday, March 11:
Madison County                 8:00 -   3:00 p.m.                           Jackson Fairgrounds Parking Lot - 800 S. Highland Ave.
For Immediate Release                                                         
Contact:     Mary Ann Sharpe, Main Street Brownsville Director

Brownsville Launches New Heritage Tourism Website
and Driving Tour Brochure March 7th @ 5:00 pm
First South Bank Community Center
316 West Main Street

The City of Brownsville, Tennessee will hold a launch party at 5:00 pm on Monday, March 7th in downtown Brownsville for the town’s new heritage tourism website and driving tour brochure.  Hosting the party will be Mayor William D. Rawls, Jr. and Main Street Brownsville.

In January 2015, the City of Brownsville received a grant from the Tennessee Historical Commission to create a new web application and driving tour brochure that highlights Brownsville’s historic past.  The centerpiece of the project is making available online and through the brochure driving tours of Brownsville’s four Historic Districts, the town’s rich history of music and other natural and cultural attractions that are part of the Brownsville community. 

Encore Interpretive Design, LLC, in Nashville, was contracted to create the website and the brochure.  Over the summer, a select committee met with Encore to discuss Brownsville’s history and what should be included on the website and in the brochure.  After careful research and editing of copy for the printed and digital media, the committee ‘s goal of creating an inclusive and accurate account of the town’s historic past for visitors to the community was completed in late September. 

The new website and driving tour brochure covers almost 150 years of Brownsville history, from the town’s founding in 1825 to the early 1970s.  Though the basis of the tour are the four historic districts, other sites and attractions made the cut as well, including the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge, the Carnegie Library and the Flagg School at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center.

For more information about the website and the brochure, please contact Mary Ann Sharpe, Main Street Brownsville Director, 731-277-9320.

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!
Ag Simulator at Discovery Park
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit high up in a big combine and harvest different crops? You can have that opportunity to learn about the life of a farmer by checking out the AgSimulator that will be at Discovery Park of America March 12, 13, 19 & 20! This is a free simulation with your park admission and is appropriate for all ages! It is provided by the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation. 

Parker's Crossroads Lectureship Scheduled

Charles Cox, M.D., author of “Monument to Healing: Two Soldiers and the Good Death, 1862, 1914” will speak at the inaugural meeting at 10 a.m. March 19 of “The Parkers Crossroads Battlefield Kennerly - Cupples Lectureships” held in the Activities Building at Parkers Crossroads.

The lectureship was established in memory of Jim Cupples and in honor of Dan Kennerly. Both men were instrumental in preserving the Parkers Crossroads Battlefield.

Dr. Cox will speak on his book and research, including the significance of the railroads in the war, and then open the floor for questions.

The meeting will break for lunch at noon and then attendees will tour of a specific area of the battlefield at 1:30 p.m. The complete battlefield tour normally takes several hours.


For more information, contact

Deborah Teague, Parkers Crossroads Battlefield President, at (731) 845-3114.

Parkers Crossroads Website

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