January 13, 2015

 Chamber "At Work" News Brief

Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce
2000 Commerce Ave. Dyersburg, TN 38024

Reserve your seat today at the Annual Chairman's Awards Banquet!

Reservations for the Annual Chairman's Awards Banquet featuring the 2014 Awards Presentations are NOW being accepted! This popular event was a complete sell-out last year, send in your registrations early to secure your seating!

The Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the Annual Chairman's Awards Banquet featuring the 2014 Awards Presentation on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the Lannom Center with the Chairman's Reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. and dinner served at 7:00 p.m. The Guest Speaker for the event will be Vallie Collins.  Join us for an evening of entertainment including great food and live music!

Vallie Smith Collins resides in Maryville, TN with her husband and three children.  She serves on the Board of 147 Million Orphans and the Maryville City Schools Foundation.  She is a member of Maryville Junior Service League, former Board Chair for A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee, and an alumna of Leadership Blount.  She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in Biomedical Engineering.  For over thirteen years she was employed as a Senior Account Manager for a contract manufacturer of medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and consumer products.  Her interests and hobbies include tennis, running, and spending time with family and friends.

*Seats are $50 per person. *Table Sponsorships are $500 and include seating for a table of 8. Sponsors will also receive company name and logo in programs and recognition during and following the event. *Deadline for reservations is Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

Please see the registration form on our website, www.dyerchamber.com, or click the link below for complete event details. Registrations may also be mailed or faxed to (731) 286-4926 by January 28, 2015. Contact Membership Director, Hannah Caylor, at hcaylor@dyerchamber.com or (731) 285-3433 to confirm your reservation or table sponsorship.



First Citizens National Bank's Board of Directors recently promoted Rob Kerr to Chief Compliance and Bank Secrecy Act Officer. Kerr has been employed with First Citizens since 1993 and has served as Senior VP, Chief Compliance Officer and Auditor for many years. As CCO/BSA Officer, Kerr is responsible for the bank's overall compliance risk management processes within the entire organization as well as administration of the bank's BSA Program. Kerr graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He is also a graduate of the Southeastern School of Banking at Vanderbilt University and the American Bankers Compliance School at Purdue University. He holds the designation of Certified Regulatory Compliance manager awarded by the Institute of Certified Bankers. Kerr is a member and former chairman of the Mid-South Regulatory Compliance Groups. His community involvement includes: Dyersburg Noon Rotary, Dyersburg-Dyer County New Life Union Mission (former President and current Vice-President and Director), and her serves on the board of directors for Dyer County Adult Education. He is a member and elder of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Dyersburg.

You may contact Kerr at 731-287-4273 or rkerr@firstcnb.com



Black Star Beauty Supply is open for Business 


After a decade of successes, local entrepreneur launches beauty supply retail shop to meet growing demand for professional hair care products in Dyersburg.

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (January 7, 2015) - Thaddeus Medford is extremely passionate about his work. He has been cutting hair in Dyersburg since 2006 as the owner and operator of Mr. Kutz Barbershop on Hornbrook Street. For nine years, more than twenty clients a day have passed through his chair. It was through these relationships, and the conversations they brought, that the vision for Black Star Beauty Supply began to form.

As more clients asked Medford for advice on their hair care he knew there was need in the local market. As he saw it, no other retailer provided both the personal interaction and expertise that many people need when purchasing hair care products. As a self-starting businessman with experience in the community and industry, he knew he could successfully fill this need and expand into beauty supply retail.

"Cutting hair started as a thing I liked to do in high school. Just as something to do. Then, I realized I really liked it and the personal trust that's being established between you and a client. Over the years, my wife and I have enjoyed being involved in this community, and see Black Star Beauty Supply as a way to stay involved and help this community grow," said Medford. "We've built Black Star Beauty Supply on the promise of providing products not currently available in town, and giving customers one-on-one attention with professional advice to ensure they purchase the right hair care products for their needs."

Specialty beauty supply stores are more prevalent in larger markets, like Memphis, but typically aren't found in many smaller communities. With a growing, diverse population Medford believes that Dyersburg can support a store like Black Star Beauty Supply. Because of this demand, they will be able to offer the same selection as stores in larger markets at competitive prices - with the added bonus of unmatched customer service.

Medford's realized dream of owning and operating his own beauty supply store is made possible in part from support of Pathway Lending, a Tennessee community lender, who provided the initial financing to open the store and business counseling services to help make this plan a reality. To celebrate this accomplishment, Medford invites all to the Grand Opening on Wednesday January 14th. A special ribbon cutting ceremony presented by the Chamber of Commerce will take place at 10AM.

About Black Star Beauty Supply & Mr. Kutz Barbershop

Black Star Beauty Supply is located at 620 Mall Blvd in Dyersburg, TN. They are open between the hours of 9 AM and 8 PM Monday - Saturday. Professional hairstylists may make appointments on Sundays. For more information, contact them at 731-589-1993. Mr. Kutz barbershop is located at 1295 Hornbrook St Dyersburg, TN. For more information, contact them at 731-288-6181.

About Pathway Lending

Based in Nashville, Pathway Lending is a Community Development Financial Institution that provides loans and counseling services to businesses across Tennessee. Founded in 1999, Pathway Lending has made more than 750 loans totaling more than $111 million. Pathway Lending's current loan portfolio supports more than 7,350 jobs full-time jobs with average wages of $15.48 per hour. For more information, visit www.pathwaylending.org.


DRMC adds Breakthrough MR Scanner 
to Boost Image Clarity, Exam Speed, and 
Patient Comfort

Dyersburg, TN-Dyersburg Regional Medical Center today announced that patients and physicians now have access to the first-ever digital broadband magnetic resonance imaging system: the Ingenia 1.5T from Philips Healthcare.

This revolutionary machine is designed to quickly perform high-quality MR scans with a high level of patient comfort. Ingenia 1.5T can significantly reduce exam time and has a wide opening to accommodate patients of varying size, age, and physical condition. This makes Ingenia less confining than 60 cm MR systems and a more attractive noninvasive imaging option for patients at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center. In fact, most scans can be performed with the patient's head out of the opening, creating a better patient experience.

The Ingenia 1.5T incorporates a number of breakthrough technologies designed to deliver exceptional image clarity. It quickly provides radiologists and physicians with precise, detailed MR images needed to help confidently diagnose many different anatomical and structural problems in the body-including brain and nervous system disorders, cardiovascular disease, and organ disease.

"Ingenia 1.5T image quality is excellent and it's fast. We can perform American College of Radiology recommended routine exams of the brain, spine, knee, ankle, and liver in much shorter time than previously, with superb image quality. It gives our radiologists and referring physicians access to the high-quality images they need to make informed diagnoses. With Ingenia 1.5T, our patients experience fast, comfortable exams and fewer re-scans. Ingenia 1.5T is a win-win for our clinicians and our patients," said Mike Viar, Radiology Director at DRMC.

To learn more about MR imaging at DRMC, visit the facility's web site at www.dyersburgregionalmc.com.





Business Before Hours
The Chamber of Commerce recently held the first ever Business Before Hours event on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.  The new member networking event was hosted by First Citizens National Bank and held at their Green Village Financial Center from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  There was complimentary coffee, juice, and a light breakfast served.  

During the event, First Citizens National Bank President and CEO, Jeff Agee, and First Citizens Chief Operating Officer and Director, Judy Long, both welcomed the guests and spoke about some of the recent changes and upgrades that the bank has.

Chamber President and CEO, Allen Hester, also took a moment to say a few words about the new membership networking event, Business Before Hours.  Hester said, "After getting the results back from a membership survey we did last year, we heard our members loud and clear that they want more networking opportunities.  With events like Business Before Hours, we are doing our best to provide more of those networking opportunities to our members in 2015."

The next Business Before Hours will be hosted by Tennessee Realty on Febuary 12, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at their new office located at 575 Mall Blvd Suite G in Dyersburg, Tennessee. More details to follow.

Dyer County Adult Leadership

Dyer County Adult Leadership recently completed a day of industry tours including the mini mill at Nucor-Hickman, Arkansas and Omni-Tech Manufacturing in South Dyersburg.  

The Leaders learned about the rapid paced and profitable steel industry and how down time is measured in dollars.  From the dusty steel mill to the spotless clean room of Omni-Tech's medical plastics division, the Leadership class saw how existing industry is alive and well in our community. 

Leaders will begin the first of two Education events starting Tuesday, January 13th at Dyersburg State Community College.  
Christmas Parade Winners

Commercial Entries
Rough Country - 1st Place
DOT Foods, Inc - 2nd Place
Chick-fil-a - 3rd Place

Civic/Church Entries
Dyer County FFA - 1st Place
Jamisons and Smiths - 2nd Place
Church Grove Baptist - 3rd Place

A special thanks to the 2014 Christmas Parade Donors:

Charles R. James

Dyersburg Rotary Club - Breakfast

Bradshaw Insurance


Flatt Heating & Air Conditioning

Delta Autoplex

Ermanas Tax Services

Casey's General Store

West Tennessee Golf

Omni - Tech Manufacturing

Stanley Young, DDS

Security Bank

Rick Hill Nissan

Dyer County Government

First Citizens National Bank

City Drug Company+39:3921:39

Dyersburg City Schools

White & Associates Insurance

Dyersburg Funeral Home

Bobby G. Dean

First South Bank

Lannom Coronado

Forcum Lannom Contractors

Clark Distributing Company

Dyersburg Rotary Club - Noon

Cupples, J & J Company


Abe's Ribeye

Billy Rogers Plumbing/Heating

Randall Prince, DDS

Ford Construction Company

Jones, Hamilton, Lay


Anderson Farms

General Appliance & Furniture

Nucor Steel

Animal Care Hospital, PLLC

First State Bank

Forcum Lannom Building Materials

White & Associates Home Assistance

Firestone Products

Care Petroleum Inc.

Sisbro Management, LLC

Electronic Communication Systems

Inland Dredging

Kiwanis Foundation Inc.

Genesis Management, LLC

West Tennessee Communications

Universal Contractors

Photographer : Lynda Hughes, Christmas Snow
Photographers are invited to show off their talents by entering the Dyersburg-Dyer County Photography Club's 2015 Shoot Dyer County photography contest. Photos can be submitted for entry during the month of January. Images will then be displayed in Dyersburg State Community College's Learning Resource Center in February with the community having the chance to vote for the People's Choice Winner during that time.

The contest is designed to promote the art of photography and showcase the beauty of Dyer County. It is a partnership between the Dyersburg-Dyer County Photography Club, the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce and several local businesses. Winners of the Shoot Dyer County Photography Contest will be presented with $1,100 in total prizes. First-place winners named in each of seven categories will be awarded $100. A People's Choice Award (judged by popular vote at the DSCC LRC display) and Best Image of Dyer County (judged by the Shoot Dyer County panel of judges) will each collect a $200 prize.

Entries may be delivered to the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce, located in the Lannom Center at 2000 Commerce Ave. in Dyersburg. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. The Chamber is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Prizewinners will be announced on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at 1 p.m. at a community reception in the terrazzo area of the DSCC Learning Resource Center.

Those interested may contact Perry Rautmann by email at perry.rautmann@gmail.com for information on the rules, entry forms, and more information about the Dyersburg-Dyer County Photography Club.

For additional information, feel free to contact Danny Walden, vice president of the Dyersburg-Dyer County Photography Club, at 731-676-8075

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

The Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to join us and the Chamber Diplomats at these upcoming ribbon cuttings for new businesses in our community.  Ribbon cuttins are a great opportunity to show your support to businesses in the community and network with new members.

Black Star Beauty Supply
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
10:00 a.m.
620 Mall Blvd Ste. E
Dyersburg, TN 

Bounce With Us
Thursday, January 15, 2015
4:00 p.m.
1478 Highway 51 Bypass Ste. B
Dyersburg, TN


Thank you to our 2015 Corporate Sponsors



Bounce With Us
1478 Highway 51 Byp E
Dyersburg, TN
(731) 325-8112

Carmike Cinemas
516 Highway 51 Bypass
Dyersburg, TN
(731) 285-8116





Center Line Electric


John Holden


Carmike Cinemas


Bradshaw & Company Insurors, LLC


Dyer County Government


Dyersburg Allergy Clinic


Flatt Heating & Air Conditioning


Jere T. Kirk, Contractor 


Johnson-Williams Funeral Home    


Northwest Dyersburg Utility District


RMR Investment Company  


Roberts-Gibson, Inc.  


White & Associates Insurance Agency, Inc.   


Aztec Pest Control   


Bob Kirk, Alderman  


Bruce Hayes Communications   


Clark Distributing 


Curry Funeral Home


Dyersburg Pallet  


General Appliance & Furniture


H.C.I. Supply Co. 


Jones, Hamilton, & Lay, PLC   


Newbern Housing Authority      


Professional Real Estate Group 


Randall Prince, D.D.S. 


State Gazette/Dyersburg News


State Systems Inc.   


Uitendaal, John





Calendar of Events 


January 14th

Black Star Beauty Supply Ribbon Cutting at 10:00 a.m.


January 15th

Annual Martin Luther King Jr Community Luncheon at the E.H. Lannom Jr. Gymnasium at 12:00 p.m.


January 15th

Bounce With Us Ribbon Cutting at 4:00 p.m.


January 15th

Life Choices Open House from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


January 20th

Monthly 12 @ 12 Lunch


January 31st

Annual Chairman's Awards Banquet at the Lannom Center


Add your company's events to the Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar  by visiting www.dyerchamber.com


Celebrate Your New Business With A
Ribbon Cutting 

Contact Membership Director, Hannah Caylor, to schedule your Ribbon Cutting at

(731)285-3433 or hcaylor@dyerchamber.com

2015 Diplomats

Andrea Joy

Edward Jones


Buffy Worley 

First State


Edie Smith 

Tennessee Realty - Edie Smith


Helen Maclin 

First Citizens National Bank


Holly Comer 

State Gazette


Holly Nichols 

Dyersburg Health Care and Rehabilitation


Jan Jernigan 

White & Associates Insurance Agency, Inc.


Jessica Harrison

Servpro of Dyersburg/Union City


John Young

Security Bank


Judy Gregory

Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce


Kristol Sentell 

First Citizens National Bank


LaDona Russom

Russom's CARSTAR


Megan Brock

Security Bank


Melissa LaBonte

University of Memphis Dyersburg Office


Patrick Williams

Johnson-Williams Funeral Home 


Paul Malone

Regions Bank


Sharon Davidson 

First South Financial Credit Union


Tiffany Brimm 

The Highlands of Dyersburg


Wendy Brock

Burks Broadcasting


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:: Executive Committee ::

Danny Watson, Chairman

Larry White, Immediate Past-Chairman

Jeff Agee , Immediate Past-Chairman


Allen Hester, President/CEO

Joe M. Enoch, Treasurer

Eddie Anderson, Vice Chair Agribusiness

Don Crews, Vice Chair Business


Joe Yates, Vice Chair Downtown


Paul Carson, Vice Chair Community


Dr. Karen Bowyer, Vice Chair Education

Steve Bullard, Vice Chair Existing Industry

Bob Kirk, Vice Chair Governmental &


Terry Layman, Co-Vice Chair Economic


York Walker, Co-Vice Chair Economic


Tommy Allmon, Vice Chair Membership &

     Organizational Development

David Hayes, Vice Chair Regional


John Ford, Vice Chair Transportation

Penny Guthrie, Vice Chair Retail



:: Board Members ::             

Bill Reffert      

Mike Pennington

Brent Hayman     

Mike Sanders

Carol Harris        

Patrick Williams

Chad Davis      

Eric Maupin     

Jason Roberts        

Stan Welch      

John Uitendaal             

Kurt Walker       

Tony Dement   

Leigh Anne Walker      

Walt Bradshaw

Tim Loyd

Jeff Shytle

Jimmy Deese

John Tucker

Ed Presley

Kevin Cook


:: Ex Officio Members :: 

Mayor Chris Young, Dyer County

Mayor John Holden, Dyersburg

Mayor Olen Parker, Newbern

Mayor James Davis, Trimble

John Lannom, Legal Counsel

Donna Hastings, TN Center for Applied Technology

Neel Durbin, City Schools Superintendent

Dr. Dwight Hedge, Dyer County School Superintendent

Steve Lane, Dyersburg Electric

Eddie Burks, Dyer County Planning Commission

Jimmy Williamson, NW TN Port Authority



Allen Hester, CCE

President/CEO CEcD

Email: ahester@dyerchamber.com


Tammy Hall, IOM

Vice President, Finance & Administration

Email: thall@dyerchamber.com


Steve Guttery

Director of Downtown Development

Email: sguttery@dyerchamber.com


Hannah Caylor

Membership Director

Email: hcaylor@dyerchamber.com


Tiffany Pride

Administrative Assistant

Email: tpride@dyerchamber.com


Judy Gregory


Email: jgregory@dyerchamber.com



Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce
(731) 285-3433