December 1, 2014

Chamber"At Work" News Brief

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

Annual Chairman's Awards Banquet

featuring the 2014 Awards Presentations

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Lannom Center








It's that time of year again when Chamber members have the unique opportunity to nominate deserving businesses and individuals within our community for recognition during the Annual Chairman's Awards Banquet The Chamber is now accepting nomination forms for "Distinguished Man of the Year", "Distinguished Woman of the Year", "Business of the Year", and the "Emerging Leader Award."  Nomination forms can be found on our website,, or by clicking the link below.


These forms may be submitted to the Chamber office no later than January 7, 2015.  A panel of five individuals will serve as the selection committee and will independently rate each nominee based on the criteria for that specific category.  Judges will not know the identity of other members of the selection committee.  Once ratings have been completed and returned, a tally of the total scores will determine the winner in each category.  In addition to these prestigious awards, the Chamber will also recognize one outstanding member of the volunteer Diplomat Program for his or her contributions. 


The winners will be announced at the Chamber's Annual Chairman's Awards Banquet featuring the Awards Presentations on Saturday, January 31, 2015.


2014 Award Nomination Forms

Chairman of the Board, Larry White, is named "Home Town Hero" by Dyersburg High School and Davis Wealth Services

On Monday, November 24th, our very own Chairman of the Board, Mr. Larry White, was honored as the Davis Wealth Services, "Home Town Hero" for his decades of community involvement.  Chad Davis, Owner of Davis Wealth Services commented, "Personally, I don't know anyone that deserved this award more than Larry.  He has served as a mentor to me personally as well as many others in the community.  He is always there with an open mind and a positive "can do" attitude.  He has been an incredible influence on my life."


Chris L. Hamm, Senior Fraud Analyst, 

First Citizens National Bank

Earns CFE Credential


Austin, TX - (November 10, 2014) - The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the world's largest anti-fraud organization and leading provider of anti-fraud training and education, is pleased to award Chris L. Hamm, of Dyersburg, Tennessee, the globally preferred Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential. In order to become a CFE, has met a stringent set of criteria and passed a rigorous exam administered by the ACFE.


Hamm has successfully met the ACFE's character, experience and education requirements for the CFE credential, and has demonstrated knowledge in four areas critical to the fight against fraud: Fraudulent Financial Transactions, Fraud Prevention and Deterrence, Legal Elements of Fraud and Fraud Investigation.


Chris L. Hamm joins the ranks of business and government professionals worldwide who have also earned the CFE certification. Hamm is currently the Senior Fraud Analyst for First Citizens National Bank in Dyersburg, TN. Hamm holds the degree of Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from The University of Tennessee at Martin and has 15 years of law enforcement experience. 


CFEs have the ability to: examine data and records to detect and trace fraudulent transactions; interview suspects to obtain information and confessions; write investigation reports; advise clients as to their findings; testify at trial; understand the law as it relates to fraud and fraud investigations; and identify the underlying factors that motivate individuals to commit fraud.  


About the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Founded in 1988, the ACFE is celebrating its 25thanniversary as the world's largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Together with more than 70,000 members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud worldwide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession.

The Highlands of Dyersburg's Benefit Dinner for the Alzheimer's Association


On Saturday November 15th, The Highlands of Dyersburg hosted a Great Gatsby themed benefit dinner party. Attendees got to step back in time to the Roaring Twenties. The women wore flapper dresses and the men wore pin striped suits to go along with the theme. The proceeds from the benefit were donated to the Alzheimer's Association. Miriam Clay the Manager of Programs for the Mid-South Alzheimer's chapter was presented a check for $3,765.00.  Afterwards, attendees enjoyed dance performances by the Jackson Ballroom Dance Club.  Then, guests took to the dance floor for the fox trot. Gaming was also offered and the guests enjoyed trying their hand at Black Jack and Texas Hold 'em. All for fun! Before the night ended Best Dressed awards were handed out. The guests picked Justin Crawford as the Best Dressed Male and Stephanie Perdue as the Best Dressed Female. Everyone had a great time and funds were raised for a great cause.


An estimated 5.2 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer's. The Highlands wanted to reach out to the local communities to educate them about support groups that are available for family members are caregivers.  


Thank you to our Local Sponsors and everyone that attended. The Highlands was able to donate the proceeds to help with Support Group Funding and would like to make this an annual event picking a new decade as the theme each year.

How to Develop a Social Media Plan 
Small Business Lunch and Learn


On Friday, November 7th, the Chamber hosted a Small Business Lunch and Learn with the topic, How to Develop a Social Media Plan featuring Guest Speaker, Steve Holt.  Holt spent the hour talking about the 10 steps involved in developing a social media plan for a business.  As he went through each step he showed examples and formed a completed example of a Social Media Plan document for each of the attendees to take with them and edit to fit their business social media outlets of choice. 

The next Small Business Lunch and Learn will be held today at the Chamber from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with Guest Speaker, Maleia Evans, going over Professional Etiquette Training.

Historic Downtown Dyersburg 
Christmas Banners


In advance of the Dyersburg Christmas Parade, Main Street Dyersburg installed the Christmas Banners in the Historic District downtown.  In the photo, J.D. Wilson of Suckerpunch Sign and Graphics carefully hangs each of the 31 banners at night when all the parking spaces are open on the Square.  Local businesses and organizations purchased Christmas banners to replace the electric Christmas decorations that had been used for decades.  During the recent downtown streetscape project, the light poles were replaced with modern reproductions of the exact lighting used in 1922.  Additional banners for other seasons are available by contacting Steve Guttery at the Chamber at 731-285-3433. 


2015 Corporate Sponsorships

The Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce invites you to become a 2015 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

Holiday After Hours

Save the Date and make plans to attend the 
After Hours Event of the Year!!  
 Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Lannom Center! 

OH WHAT FUN it is at this annual event!  Whether you have been naughty or nice, Santa Claus will be there with door prizes & gifts!  The Chamber will be spreading cheer to our members and their guests with networking opportunities, food, drinks, door prizes, and music will be provided by Dakota Simpson of Simpson Entertainment. 

This event is FREE to our Chamber members and guests!  For more information, please contact Membership Director, Hannah Caylor at


Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings 

The Chamber will be hosting a few ribbon cutting ceremonies during the first week of December and we would like to invite you to join us in celebrating these new businesses and business facilities.


Avalon Hospice Ribbon Cutting/Open House 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

640 Highway 51 Bypass East

Dyersburg, TN

(near SunSational Tan)


ERMCO Ribbon Cutting for New Office Space

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

2225 Industrial Rd

Dyersburg, TN


Curry Funeral Home Ribbon Cutting for New Location

Friday, December 5, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

1984 St. John Ave.

Dyersburg, TN


Re-Volt Elextronix Ribbon Cutting/Open House

Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

1320 E. Court St.

Dyersburg, TN

In This Issue
New Members
Membership Renewals
Calendar of Events

Thank You
Corporate Sponsors


Black Star Beauty Supply
620 Mall Blvd Ste. E
Dyersburg, TN
(731) 589-1993

Reed & Associates, Inc.
25 Mallory Dr.
Jackson, TN
(704) 804-0528

Re-Volt Elextronix
1320 East Court St
Dyersburg, TN
(731) 671-5106






Dianne Bizzle, CPA


Southern Traditions Outdoors Magazine


Barker Brothers Waste Inc


Pelham Myofascial Release


Rapid Care


Dyersburg Tax Service


Rogers Jewelry


Blackberry Hill Catering


Discovery Park of America


Lowery's Body Shop


Posthouse Apartments


Scott Self, D.D.S.


The UPS Store #5973




City Of Newbern


Dyer County Road Superintendent


Dyersburg Electric System


Finley Baptist Church


McIver's Grant Public Library


Old South Trading Company


RFW Construction Group


Town of Trimble


White & Associates Home Assistance Inc.


Appraisal Consulting Group


The Outhouse


Triple T Tire & Alignment


Canterbury Place


Kelly Services




The Bridge at Ridgely


Black Star Beauty Supply


Universal Contractors, LLC


Bob Dean


Servpro of Dyersburg/Union City


Shirt Shack   


Calendar of Events 



December 1st

Small Buisness Lunch and Learn from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Lannom Center


December 1st

64th Annual Downtown Dyersburg Christmas Parade at 7:00 p.m.


December 3rd

Ribbon Cutting at Avalon Hospice at 10:00 a.m.


December 4th

 Ribbon Cutting at Ermco at 10:00 a.m.



December 4th

Newber Rotary 25th Annual Christmas Parade at 7:00 p.m.


December 5th

Ribbon Cutting at Curry Funeral at 9:00 a.m.


December 9th

Adult Leadership Industrial Tours


December 11th

DSCC Dyersburg Choral Society Sounds of Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m.


December 14th

 Christmas at the Depot from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Newbern Depot Museum


December 16th

 Monthly 12 @ 12 Lunch at the Lannom Center


December 18th

Holiday After Hours from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Lannom Center


For more details  

click on the event title 

Celebrate Your New Business With A
Ribbon Cutting 

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

(731)285-3433 or

2014 Diplomats

Andrea Joy

Edward Jones


Buffy Worley 

First State


Dakota Simpson 

Simpson Entertainment


Edie Smith 

Tennessee Realty - Edie Smith


Helen Maclin 

First Citizens National Bank


Holly Comer 

Achieve Medical Weight Loss


Holly Nichols 

Dyersburg Health Care and Rehabilitation


Jan Jernigan 

White & Associates Insurance Agency, Inc.


Jessica Harrison

Servpro of Dyersburg/Union City


Judy Gregory

Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce


Kristol Sentell 

First Citizens National Bank


Kyle East 

Woodmen of the World


Megan Brock

Security Bank


Melanie Hardy 

Regions Bank


Melissa LaBonte

University of Memphis Dyersburg Office


Patrick Williams

Johnson-Williams Funeral Home 


Patty Rose 

Comcast Spotlight


Sharon  Davidson 

First South Financial Credit Union


Stephany Hamm 

Extendicare of West Tennessee


Tiffany Brimm 

The Highlands of Dyersburg


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:: Executive Committee ::

Larry White, Chairman

Jeff Agee, Immediate Past-Chairman

Joe Emery, Immediate Past-Chairman


Danny Watson, Chairman-Elect

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


Danny Watson, Vice Chair Membership &

     Organizational Development

David Hayes, Vice Chair Regional


John Ford, Vice Chair Transportation

Ben Youree, Vice Chair Healthcare


Penny Guthrie, Vice Chair Retail



:: Board Members :: 

Andrew Harrington

Mary Burks-Minton            

Bill Reffert      

Mike Pennington

Brent Hayman     

Mike Sanders

Carol Harris        

Patrick Williams

Chad Davis      

Pollyanna McClure

Eric Maupin     


Stan Welch      

John Uitendaal        

Tommy Allmon      

Kurt Walker       

Tony Dement   

Leigh Anne Walker      

Walt Bradshaw


:: Ex Officio Members :: 

Mayor Richard Hill, 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

Joseph Townson, Dyer County Fair Board

Steve Lane, Dyersburg Electric

Eddie Burks, Dyer County Planning Commission

Jimmy Williamson, NW TN Port Authority



Allen Hester, CCE

President/CEO CEcD



Tammy Hall, IOM

Vice President, Finance & Administration



Steve Guttery

Director of Downtown Development



Hannah Caylor

Membership Director



Tiffany Pride

Administrative Assistant



Judy Gregory









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