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February is the month to share with those you love and I want to send out some love to Punxsutawney Phil for predicting an early spring this year. This is the month that we also celebrate heritage, and here in Haywood County we have so much to celebrate! Look for events all over the media! We have tons of stuff to get done and I'm ready to hit the grilling circuit! The Chamber, jointly with the Delta Heritage Center is proud to announce that the Celtic Society of West Tennessee has voted to join our community with a 2 day event the weekend of September 17th and 18th. It's called Celtic Fest, and celebrates Scottish and Irish history! If you have Celtic blood in you, or even if you don't, it's a great weekend of celebration, and we are so happy it's coming to make us more "Uniquely Haywood"! This is the month also to visit with your legislator, as the annual Legislative Breakfast is coming on February 12th. See the schedule below on the events for the month. Don't forget, if your organization is having something, please let us know and we'll send it out to our members. If you're a chamber member, please help us by attending events and networking. There is such a wealth of knowledge with our membership, and through the Chamber, you can tap in to it. From "how to" seminars, to business coaching, we are trying to make it happen for you. Don't forget, EVERY day you can tell folks how we're "Uniquely Haywood"!!!

Marty's Corner
 The Chamber is on the move! We have several job fairs this month! Manpower, Personnel Placements and the State Dept. of Corrections! That's fantastic news! We also have our annual Legislative Breakfast coming up, Friday, February 12, downstairs at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome to come! The guests will be Senator Dolores Gresham, Representive Craig Fitzhugh and Senator Ed Jackson. Our director has created a new logo for the Chamber, 'Uniquely Haywood'! We have received our first order of bumper stickers with the Uniquely Haywood and picture of  the Chamber in the background You will love them! See you at the Legislative Breakfast!

Legislative Breakfast, February 12 at 8:30 AM in the lower meeting room at the Chamber. Please come and hear what's on the table for this 109th General Assembly, and ask questions that affect you and our community. Senator Dolores Gresham and Representative Craig Fitzhugh will be here, along with special guest, Senator Ed Jackson.
  For February



“I Am A Man Inspired” Art Display Now through March 10th at Delta Heritage Center

  • 9th – City Board Meeting at City Hall – 6:00 PM
  • 9th – MARDI GRAS
  • 10th – Manpower Job Fair – Downstairs 10AM – 2PM
  • 10th – ASH WEDNESDAY
  • 11th – Leadership Education Day
  • 12th – Legislative Breakfast – 8:30 AM -Downstairs
  • 12th - Personnel Placements Job Fair - 11AM - 4PM - Downstairs
  • 13th – Leon King Gun Class – 8:30 AM - Downstairs
  • 13th – Live at Mr. Jimmy’s – 6PM – featuring Wayne & Jeanie
  • 15th  – County Commission Meets at Justice Center 6:00 PM
  • 16th – Health Council – 9AM – Halbrook Meeting Room
  • 16th – Dept. of Corrections Job Fair – 9AM – 1PM - Downstairs
  • 16th  – Stanton Town Meeting – 7PM
  • 17th  – Exchange Club -  NOON - Downstairs
  • 19th  – Career Ready – 11AM – Halbrook Meeting Room
  • 20th – Artist Reception and Roundtable – 2PM – 5PM Delta Heritage Center
  • 24th – Manpower Job Fair – 10AM – 2 PM - Downstairs
  • 27th – Leon King Gun Class – 8:30 AM - Downstairs
Great Expectations, Corner Stage and the Memories Stairway
     A lot of folks have been in to see the beautiful handcrafted gifts and selections that are available this month at "All That's Victoria". The display continues in the Great Expectations Lobby, so don't miss out on getting that special gift for your special Valentine this month. 

      The Delta Heritage Center also continues it's display on Tina Turner and the Music Triangle. There's a table full of brochures on Tina's museum in Flagg School, information on Cotton Junction and so much more. Stop in and check out the Spotlight Stage.

      The Memories Staircase is hosting "Front Pages of History" from the States Graphic. When you travel down into our newly decorated lower meeting room, you can see stories of Haywood past. Please come and visit. 

      Make your plans to be a part, the list of ideas for your business are listed below for the Lobby! If you're part of industry, education, government or tourism, the spotlight stage is for you.

      We're booking for March, so get your name in.
Get it picked out and book it Dano!
At the Delta Heritage Center...
  An art exhibition featuring the works of three Haywood County artist - Roy Hawkins, John Jarrett and Floyd Mask. 

Art will be on exhibit from February 4 - March 10 and will include an Artist Reception and Panel Discussion with the artist discussing what inspires their work on February 20 from 2-5 p.m.

Free exhibit and everyone is invited. Exhibit will be on display daily Monday - Saturday, 9-5 and Sundays, 1-5.

  Help Older Adults Plan for a 'Non-Driving Future' Kicks Off    

The Eldercare Locator has a campaign that focuses on helping older drivers make a transportation plan before they give up the keys. Because most families have to grapple with this issue, there is a large brochure featuring tips and tools for older adults and caregivers.  
"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. 
This 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.


March 2: Farmers Market Boot Camp in Trenton 



Farmers planning to sell products at farmers markets can learn marketing methods that can make them money. Sponsored by the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture, Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Tennessee Association of Farmers Markets. 


The West Tennessee workshop is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., March 2 in Trenton. To attend this workshop (or one of the other five offered), preregister by clicking here. The fee is $20, and lunch is provided. Must register five business days prior to the workshop (Feb. 24); space is limited.


The workshop sessions are: 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.


Attending 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, contact Mark Powell at the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, 615-837-5344 or visit and look for info on the pull-down menu under educational events. 

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