Chamber "At Work" News Brief 
T he Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce invites you to 
become a 2016 Corporate Sponsor!
As a Corporate Sponsor, not only would your investment offer exceptional opportunities to showcase your business, it would also allow your business to invest in the future of our area's economy. 
Being a Corporate Sponsor provides a way of broadening your competitive edge by improving your company's image, prestige and credibility by supporting events that the business community find attractive. The Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce offers many unique sponsorship opportunities for our members. By choosing to partner with us you are reaching our membership base which represents some of Dyer County's most important and influential business and community leaders.

Our Corporate Sponsorship packages are designed to help you save money while getting the exposure that you need to your target market.  The value and benefits of the Corporate Sponsorship far exceed the cost.  Plus, the program eliminates the repetitive solicitation of funds for every event and marketing opportunity.  This not only saves you time, but it also allows your Chamber to operate in a more efficient and professional manner.  Through your annual investment, your business receives community exposure, event benefits, and cost-effective advertising.  Designed to fit any budget, the Corporate Sponsorship program is broken down into five (5) promotional packages:  Millennium, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.  Each level has varying levels of benefits depending on your investment choice.
For more information about our Corporate Sponsorship packages please contact Membership Director, Hannah Caylor, at (731) 285-3433 or
Recent News and Events
Every few years the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce organizes a membership campaign to help grow their membership and this year's campaign brought in a total of 40 new members.  The membership campaign is a competition where volunteer teams made up of board members, Chamber representatives and community members compete to recruit as many new members as possible.  Since this year's campaign ran from August 24, 2015 through October 2, 2015 it had a fantasy football theme titled
"Get In The Game."
The campaign kicked off during the Annual Membership Matters Luncheon with keynote speaker, Inky Johnson, on August 24, 2015 where Tommy Allmon, Vice Chair of Membership Development, gave a brief update on the Chamber's current membership and announced the goals for the campaign. The biggest goal for this year's campaign was to grow the Chamber's total membership to 500.  Not only was this challenge accomplished it was exceeded.  There were a total of 15 teams that signed up to compete in the campaign for a chance to win several different prizes.  There were six weekly prizes donated by Security Bank, The Farms, First Citizens National Bank, The Massage Studio, Simmons Bank, and Burks Beverages/Broadcasting for whichever team recruited the most new members each week.  Prizes were also awarded to the top two recruiting teams and individuals overall for the entire  campaign.  New this year was the prize for the new members, every new member that signed up during the campaign received a chance to win $500.  After six weeks of hard work and friendly competition, 40 new members joined and winners were announced.

The overall 1 st place team was The No Punt Intended Diplomats
with team members Nikki Rogers of Fisher Realty & Auction,  Patrick Williams of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home, Andrea Robertson of Edward Jones - Lee Garner and LaDonna Russom of Russom's CARSTAR Collision and the 2 nd place team was The  First Citizens National Bank Teammates with team members Sandy Tarkington, Kristol Sentell and John Tucker.  The 
overall 1 st place individual  was Nikki Rogers of Fisher Realty & Auction and the 2 nd place individual was Patrick Williams of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home. 

Lastly, the winner of the new member prize drawing was LMS, Incorporated. For more information about becoming a member of the Chamber please visit the website, or call Membership Director, Hannah Caylor, at (731) 285-3433.

Manufacturing Day Breakfast
On Thursday, October 1st, the Chamber hosted a Manufacturing Day Breakfast to celebrate all of the existing industries in Dyer County.  At the breakfast each industry is given the opportunity to provide an update on their growth, employees, progress and more. It is a great time for all the industries to be together and gain a better idea of what is going on in the manufacturing industry in Dyer County.

Governor's Conference

The 62nd Annual Governor's Conference on Economic and Community Development was held October 13th and 14th in Nashville, Tennessee.  This year's theme for the conference was "Team Tennessee," which recognized the collaboration of all Tennesseans.  Chamber President and CEO, Allen Hester, Chamber Vice President, Tammy Hall, and Director of Downtown Development, Steve Guttery, all attended the conference this year.  They attended sessions like The New Economic Development, Main Street Vitality, The State of Transportation in Tennessee, The Power of Education, and Approaches for Supporting Rural Entrepreneurs.   They also attended the Governor's Luncheon during the conference to hear Governor Bill Haslam.   Upon conclusion of the Governor's Luncheon, the governor and ECD staff recognized Tennessee's Three Star communities by honoring each participating community and its volunteers with receipt of a Three Star plaque by Governor Haslam.  Dyer County is second in line as having the longest tenure as a Three Star Community with this year marking its 33 rd year.  In order for communities in Tennessee to remain competitive in a global economy, the Three Star Program is designed to focus on the following areas: Jobs & Economic Development, Fiscal Strength & Efficient Government, Public Safety, Education & Workforce Development, and Health & Welfare.  For more information about the Governor's Conference please visit the website,

GOVERNOR'S CONFERENCE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN NASHVILLE (Oct. 14): The Dyer County team accepting our Three Star Award from Gov.Bill Haslam. (From left): Jody Sigler, ECD Three Star; Janna Hellums, Northwest TN Jobs Consultant for ECD,  Paul Carson, Chamber Board; Allen Hester, Chamber CEO; Dyersburg Mayor John Holden; Gov. Haslam; Dyer County Mayor Chris Young; Rep. Bill Sanderson; Tammy Hall, Chamber Vice President; Mike Sanders, Chamber Board; Randy Boyd, ECD Commissioner; Steve Guttery, Chamber Director of Downtown Development; Amy New, ECD Commissioner Rural Development, and Blake Swaggart, Northwest TN Jobs Director for ECD. 

Dyer County Youth and Adult Leadership


Dyer County Youth and Adult Leadership classes have completed their team building retreats at Camp Mack Morris as well as Agriculture Days.  Leadership classes will learn about entrepreneurship next month.  The 28 th Dyer County Adult Leadership class is comprised of 14 local leaders who are working on leadership skills and learning about staying connected with their resources.  The Dyer County Youth Leadership class of 2015-2016 is 34 10 th graders from Dyer County High School and Dyersburg High School.  Youth Leadership is sponsored by First South Bank.

Business After Hours hosted by Simmons Bank
On October 22nd Simmons Bank invited all Chamber members and their guest to join them for the Business After Hours at their downtown financial center.  With heavy hors d'oeuvres, apple cider, and door prizes, Simmons Bank celebrated the new conversion from First State Bank the right way.   Chamber members, community members, board members and more all stopped by to celebrate with the Simmons Bank staff!  Simmons Bank has two locations in Dyersburg, 213 N. Church Avenue and 2310 Parr Avenue.  For more information about Simmons Bank please visit their website,

Royal Beauty Salon and Spa Ribbon Cutting
On Monday, October 5 th, 2015 the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting at the Grand Opening of Royal Beauty Salon and Spa.  Owner, Harry Patel, was joined by employees, Chamber Diplomats, City Mayor, John Holden, and friends for the ribbon cutting ceremony and presentation.  Mayor Holden presented Patel with a plaque on behalf of the Chamber commemorating their ribbon cutting.  Royal Beauty Salon and Spa is located at 1130 Highway 51 Bypass West in Suites 36 and 37.  Royal Beauty Salon and Spa offers hair services, nail services, spa services and more.  They are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  For more information or to make an appointment please call them at (731) 334-5241 or visit their website,

Edward Jones-Chris Weik Ribbon Cutting
The Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the office of Edward Jones - Chris Weik on Friday, October 16, 2015.  Financial Advisor, Chris Weik, was joined by his Branch Administrator, Heather Richardson, family and friends, Chamber Diplomats and both the County Mayor, Chris Young, and City Mayor, John Holden for the ribbon cutting.  Edward Jones is located at 1130 Highway 51 Bypass in Suite 10 of Olympic Plaza.  Whether you're planning for retirement, saving for college for children or grandchildren, or just trying to protect the financial future of the ones you care for the most, Edward Jones can help you develop specific strategies to help achieve your goals. For more information, please call their office at (731) 286-2106 or email Chris at

Olive Branch Outfitters Ribbon Cutting
The Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce was pleased to host a ribbon cutting at Olive Branch Outfitters on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.  Olive Branch Outfitters has recently changed ownership to Lindsay Shoulders, owner of The Mustard Seed, and gone through a few changes to make it what it is today.  Lindsay was joined by friends and family, employees, Chamber Diplomats, Chamber President and CEO, Allen Hester, and City Mayor, John Holden, for the ribbon cutting.  After the ribbon was cut, Mayor Holden presented Lindsay and the entire Olive Branch Outfitters crew with a plaque commemorating their membership with the Chamber and ribbon cutting ceremony.  Olive Branch Outfitters is located at 470 Mall Blvd. in Suite C right next to its sister store, The Mustard Seed.  Olive Branch Outfitters has men's clothing, both youth and adult, along with accessories and gifts.  They carry brands like YETI, Southern Marsh, Southern Tide and more.  Olive Branch Outfitters is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  For more information about Olive Branch Outfitters please visit their Facebook page, Olive Branch Outfitters, or give them a call at (731) 325-5478.

White & Associates Home Assistance Ribbon Cutting
The Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the open house event for White & Associates Home Assistance on Friday, October 23rd.  White & Associates Home Assistance has recently expanded and done some remodeling and celebrated that with a ribbon cutting and open house.  Larry White and Anthony Stepp were joined by the Office Manager, Lori Schoolcraft, friends and family, employees, Chamber Diplomats, Chamber President and CEO, Allen Hester, County Mayor, Chris Young, and Chamber Chairman, Danny Watson, for the ribbon cutting ceremony.  White & Associates Home Assistance has been in operation for 19 years providing total in-home assistance services throughout Southeastern Missouri and West Tennessee.  They offer services like personal care services, homemaker services, advanced personal care, in-home respite services, RN nursing visits and health care.  White & Associates Home Assistance is located at 110 N. Church Street in downtown Dyersburg.  Contact the office by calling (731) 288-0378 or emailing For more information about White & Associates Home Assistance or any of their other offices please visit their website,

Upcoming Chamber Events

Saturday, October 31, 2015 
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
First Citizens National Bank Green Village Center

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
10:30 a.m.
1525 Red Bell Road

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
10:00 a.m.
507 Gordon Street, Suite B

Thursday, November 5, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The Lannom Center

Friday, November 6, 2015
Ribbon Cutting at 11:00 a.m.
1190 US Hwy 51 Bypass, Suite D

Saturday, November 7, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Fyrne Lake Farms

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
2:00 p.m.
1625 Sylvan Road

Thursday, November 12, 2015
6:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
2450 Huish Road

Saturday, November 14, 2015
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Hess Masonic Lodge # 93
413 Troy Ave

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The Lannom Center

Friday, November 20, 2015
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Downtown Dyersburg

For more information about these Chamber events or any upcoming community events please click the "Learn More" button or visit our website,

Don't forget to add your next event to the Events Calendar!
Member News

Tennova Healthcare-Dyersburg Regional Installs New Signage
Late last week, crews at Tennova Healthcare-Dyersburg Regional began installing new signage to the hospital campus. Temporary signs were erected following the announcement of the hospital joining other Tennova facilities last month.
Work will continue over the next several weeks updating signage at hospital and clinic facilities. Other Tennova facilities in West Tennessee will begin updating their permanent signage this week. 
"We are excited to have our community better recognize the Tennova name when they visit," said Reba Celsor, chief executive officer of Tennova-Dyersburg Regional. "Our staff stays committed to the highest standard of care for patients. The new signage allows us to connect great care patients and families receive here in Dyersburg, to the same great care they get at any Tennova facility." 
About Tennova Healthcare
One of the state's largest health networks, Tennova Healthcare includes 12 hospitals and more than 80 physician clinics. The combined network has approximately 1,800 licensed beds, 1,700 physicians on the combined active medical staffs, and 6,800 employees, with more than 51,000 admissions and 300,000 emergency department visits each year. Regional Jackson is owned, in part, by physicians.  Learn more at .


Four Smart Steps to Avoid the Flu
Dyersburg, Tennessee, (October 06, 2015) - Flu season, and the potential for missed time from school, work and family activities, is around the corner. Unfortunately, flu season can begin as early as October.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu is a highly contagious illness caused by the influenza viruses that infects the respiratory system. It can cause mild to severe illness and sometimes even lead to death.
"As with any illness, it's important to follow steps to protect you and your loved ones from contracting the virus," said Chad Sherwood M.D., chief medical officer at Urgent Team.

1.       Get vaccinated. "The best way to protect against the flu is to use preventive measures, such as the flu shot," stressed Dr. Sherwood. "Even when a vaccine is not a perfect match for a flu strain it still benefits the recipient by decreasing the intensity and duration of the illness and preventing complications."

2.       Wash your hands. Hand washing throughout the day is still one of the most effective and easiest ways to prevent infection.

3.       Keep your hands away from your face. Microscopic germs find their way into our bodies most often through hand-to-eye, nose or mouth contact. Common areas, such as door knobs, office coffee pots and grocery cart handles can all carry the virus.

4.       Stay away from sick people. A person can still be contagious for 24 hours after a fever and other symptoms cease.

"If you do become ill, you can help stop the spread of viruses by staying home, except for medical visits, until you have been fever- and symptom-free for 24 hours," said Dr. Sherwood. "Also, protect others from your sneezes and coughs by turning away from people and bringing your sleeved arm up to sneeze or cough into your elbow.
If you do become ill and suspect the flu virus, see your doctor or visit an urgent care center; you may receive a prescription for an antiviral medication which can lesson flu symptoms and help you recover faster. This is a critically-important step for those who are at higher risk for flu complications, such as young children, adults age 65-plus, and those with lung disease and compromised immune systems.
Urgent Team, one of the largest independent operators of urgent care centers across the Southeast, offers flu shots to help protect against the seasonal flu virus and can also treat colds and other viral illnesses. Most of the Centers are open seven days a week with extended hours and walk-ins are welcome, making it easier for busy families to stay healthy this cold and flu season. The trivalent inactivated vaccine is currently available in our Centers. The cost of a flu shot is $25 for self-pay patients and most insurances cover the cost of the vaccination. For locations and hours, please visit

About Urgent Team
Urgent Team is one of the largest independent operators of urgent and family care centers in the Southeast, delivering quality and affordable family healthcare at over 15 locations throughout Arkansas, North Mississippi and Tennessee. Urgent Team's convenient, walk-in centers provide a comprehensive range of healthcare services including treatments for injuries and illnesses, occupational health and wellness care. Urgent Team's online and mobile sites allow patients to find a convenient location and register prior to visiting a center.  Urgent Team's corporate headquarters are located in Nashville, Tenn.  For more information, visit








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The UPS Store #5973
Thunderbolt Broadcasting
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