August 11, 2014
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The Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce will host the Annual Membership Matters Luncheon on Monday, August 18, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Lannom Center.  The program will include Keynote Speaker and Magician, Brian Staron, along with an update on the Chamber's activities and achievements since the beginning of 2014. "Throughout the last 19 months in the role of Chairman, I have had the honor to witness our Chamber members join together in service of each other and this community.  They have fostered a greater sense of business community, identified emerging leaders, and advocated on behalf of the business of Dyersburg and Dyer County.  There are over 500 active members that belong to our Chamber and their membership truly does matter." shared Chairman of the Board, Larry White.


Brian has been a full time performer for over 30 years.  His blend of amazing magic and stand-up comedy has been described as "live situation comedy" and "organized chaos."  This high energy slap-stick show is basically "Vaudeville for the 21st Century".   Filled with fast flying one liners, lots of sight gags and audience participation, this is entertainment at its best!  Brian has just ended a 9 1/2 year contract with Walt Disney Entertainment Daily Operations.  That contract provided he perform over 800 shows each year at their Florida Resort, and some on the ships of the Disney Cruise Line.  In his time with Disney, Brian has positioned himself as the most requested magician for corporate events, as well as full productions for the company.  He still continues to perform at specialty events and programs with Walt Disney.  Brian now travels performing on cruise ships and at resorts around the world.  He is a regular performer as part of the "Magic Castle at Sea" program, which is an industry exclusive for the ships of the Crystal Cruise Line.  Brian has received numerous honors and awards based on his show's professionalism, ability to connect and entertain an audience, creativity, and guest satisfaction. 


Reservations for the event are $15.00 per person for Chamber members and $25 per person for non-members and must be made no later than Wednesday, August 13, 2014.   Sponsorships for the event are also available.  To reserve your seats, contact Membership Director, Hannah Caylor, by email at or call (731)285-3433. 



March of Dimes Kicks-Off in Dyer County


The 2014 March for Babies campaign in Dyer County officially kicked off on Thursday, July 24 at the McIver's Grant Public Library. Teams and sponsors gathered in celebration of another great year for the Dyer County March for Babies season. This year's Walk will be on

Saturday, September 27 at Okeena Park in Dyersburg. If you would like to join in the efforts for stronger, healthier babies and have a team or become a sponsor please contact Dan Brooks at 731.668.1023 or by email

March for Babies is the March of Dimes biggest fundraiser and America's favorite walking event. People have been walking for babies since 1970 and have raised $2.1 billion to benefit all babies. For more information on The March of Dimes visit

Upcoming March for Babies Events
Breakfast for Babies - August 23, 2014 at The Farms 7-10:00 a.m.
March for Babies 5K Run - September 

First Citizens National Bank recently launched "The Unbelievably Good Giveaway" on Facebook. 
The purpose of this campaign is to celebrate their longevity as a community bank and highlight the unbelievably good communities they serve. To coordinate with First Citizens National Bank's 125th 
anniversary, they will donate $1,250 to each of their four regions to help support a community project. Whether it is building a new playground for a local park, or installing new bookshelves at the local library, First Citizens National Bank wants to hear from you. Please visit First Citizens National Bank's Facebook page for more information and to make a submission -
. First Citizens National Bank, headquartered in Dyersburg, TN with 20 locations throughout Tennessee, is a full service community bank with approximately $1.2 Billion in assets offering deposit, lending, wealth management, cash management, trust, insurance, and investments. For more information about First Citizens National Bank please visit



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Free Tornado Preparedness Workshop


     UNION CITY, TN- Discovery Park of America's Education Department is offering a free Tornado Preparedness Workshop this Saturday, August 9th, from 9:30 until 11:00 a.m.  Interested citizens are asked to meet between 9:15 and 9:30 a.m. in the Life Enrichment Center (LEC) located next to the Cafe in Discovery Center, just inside the main entrance.  The workshop will begin at 9:30 a.m.  Northwest Tennessee Disaster Services will present this informative workshop which is designed to help people prepare today for what tomorrow might bring.  Learn how to prepare for a tornado, what provisions to have on hand, what to do in the event of a power outage and temporary first-aid and survival skills.  The workshop is free and open to the public.  Admission to the park is not included. 




First Citizens National Bank recently responded to Matthew 25:40 on the need to restock their food pantry.  Matthew 25:40 an emergency needs assistance program in Dyer County and First Citizens in happy to partner with them to help provide food to those in need. 


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Dyer County Adult Leadership Program Applications 

The Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Dyer County Adult Leadership program.  Now in its 27th year, the Adult Leadership Program is a nine-month course designed to enhance the participant's awareness of our community and its needs by examining  how leadership in  Industry, Education, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Agriculture, Government and cultural segments work together to perpetuate and advance the community and its citizens.


Since 1987, the Chamber's Leadership program has provided local leaders with the resources and education to further their careers and become more beneficial to their employers, as well as, their community.  One aspect of the program that  creates awareness and connects leaders with current issues the Nashville Legislative Session in which class members spend two days in Nashville learning about the legislative process and meeting with State leaders including the Governor. 


Steve Guttery, Director of Downtown Development and Dyer County Leadership for the Chamber said, "Somewhere between our team building weekend at Camp Mack Morris and graduation, most every leadership class member will not only discover new leadership skills but may realize they have leadership skills they have been using all along.  Employers may see something they don't see within themselves and by encouraging and supporting their participation in the program, they enhance the skills they have or discover a new set of skills." 


One of the most rewarding and meaningful experiences is the class project.  Class members must complete a worthwhile project to benefit the community.  The class of 2013-2014 recently completed a remodeling project in one of the youth classrooms at the New Life Union Mission; leaders also purchased a new television for the classroom.  Past projects include the walking track at Okeena Park, a portion of the WWII Monument on the Square, the creation of the Youth Leadership Program and planting of trees at the new Fifth Consolidated School. 


Applicants must apply for Dyer County Leadership by no later than September 30th.  Applications are available at the Lannom Center or online at Leadership Alumni offers two matching scholarships and eligibility is based on several factors.  For more information, contact Steve Guttery at 731-285-3433 or at 


The Dyer County Adult Leadership program was initiated in 1987 and has over 500 graduates.



Main Street Farmers Market


The Main Street Dyersburg Farmers Market is a producer-only market following the guidelines USDA and Tennessee Department of Agriculture.  To sell fruits and vegetables, you must grow them yourself using good Agricultural practices and safe food handling.  You may not purchase produce from anywhere and sell it at our market.  Tax laws, food safety and truth in advertising are the underlying reasons why you have to grow what you sell.  Customers that shop our market want to know their food and know the grower.  "If the customer likes what you grew, they come back to the market and find you," says Steve Guttery, Market Manager.  The ability to meet the family that grew the produce is not possible at supermarkets and discount stores.  If a customer really doesn't care about when it was picked or where it was grown, the system of produce sales in America is second to none in the world.  "We don't actually compete with Wal-Mart or Kroger.  Our prices are not unlike theirs and we all buy our veggies there during the off season.  Farmers markets are not intended to sell cheaper than grocery stores.  Farmers markets just provide produce from local sources and the opportunity to interact with the grower.  I really want a RoEllen tomato over a Texas tomato any given day of the year," said Guttery.  Craft sales follow some of the same guidelines for producer-only markets.  Crafts must be made by the person selling them.  "We encourage our crafters to do their magic at the market.  Our popular jewelry from By Haley's Hand is made right there in booth number 8," said Guttery.  The Main Street Dyersburg Farmers Market is completing the transition to producer-only.  Peddlers don't have much invested in what they buy from wholesale outlets in other states.  Peddlers usually aren't farmers and just want to sell vegetables and don't want to take the time or energy to grow anything.  Peddlers on street corners and parking lots can't tell you who picked it or even where it was grown.  Farmers Markets are filling that void for those who care about what we feed their families.  "When one of our growers looks you in the eyes, and with a smile, tells you where their farm is, when they planted and how many hours it has been since they picked, you get the farmers market experience that peddlers and supermarket can't provide," says Guttery.  The next phase of producer-only produce sales will be farm inspections and annual contracts for growers.  If you would like to sell at the Farmers Market, contact Steve Guttery at the Chamber at 731-285-3433.  



There's an app for that!


If you are traveling in the State of Tennessee and you decide to check out the nearest farmers market, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture has a smartphone application for you!  Pick Tennessee Products is a much celebrated program that supports and promotes member farmers markets, growers, pick-your-own operations, wineries and organics.  Most farmers markets, and many of the producers that frequent them, take advantage of the free Pick TN program and the new app that connects your family with healthy eating choices.  The Pick TN app can even find nearby farm tours, corn and hay mazes, bed and breakfast lodging, trails and seasonal vegetables.  "In just a few taps you can find blackberries at the Lazy Dog Farms in Bethel Springs, TN," says Steve Guttery, Main Street Dyersburg Farmers Market Manager.  "The Main Street Market has been with Pick TN since 2007 and the new app gets tourists and visitors to our market quite often," says Guttery.  With the recent surge in farmers markets in Tennessee, Pick TN carries the most complete list of markets and makes that available to everyone for free!  To download the app, first read about it at  Pick Tennessee Products mobile application is available at the App Store and Google Play.



Upcoming Small Business Workshops/Seminars


September 8th

Steve Holt, Social Media Marketing, 11:30 - 1:00 p.m.


October 14 

Alissa DeWitt, Motivated Employees...the Heart of a Company, 

11:30 - 1:00 p.m.


November 7 

Steve Holt, How to Develop a Social Media Plan, 11:30 - 1:00 p.m.


December 1
Maleia Evans, Professional Etiquette and Workplace Appropriateness Training, 11:30 - 1:00 p.m


Roses & Rust Grand Opening 

On Friday, August 1st, Roses & Rust had their Grand Opening! Chamber Diplomats and staff gathered around owner, William Cherry, for the Ribbon Cutting ceremony of the new antique store.  The Grand Opening was an all day event from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  There were booths outside full of antiques, crafts, jewelry, and furniture and the inside was completely renovated into a quaint antique, furniture, and gifts store!  Roses & Rust is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is located at 43 Unionville Road in Dyersburg right off of Highway 51 Bypass.  
All Around Floor Support Ribbon Cutting


Chamber Diplomats and  staff joined owner, Roger Hendren and friends at The Lannom Center on Friday, August 1st for the All Around Floor Support Ribbon Cutting ceremony.  All Around Floor Support specializes in commercial and residential concrete supply and construction.  All Around Floor Support is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   Call (615) 678-0176 or visit their website,, to talk to a professional or get an estimate
In This Issue
New Members
Membership Renewals
Calendar of Events
Board of Directors

Thank You to our 
Corporate Sponsors


Roses & Rust
Antiques, Furniture, and Gifts
43 Unionville Rd.
Dyersburg, TN 38024
(731) 612-3767

Matthew 25:40 Inc.
432 West Court Street
Dyersburg, TN 38024
(731) 286-9054

Dachser Transport 
of America, Inc.
1 Bekaert Road
Dyersburg, TN 38024
(731) 599-4497






Regional Home Care


University of Memphis - 

 Dyersburg Office


Proforma Custom Printing


Roses & Rust


R & S Carpet Sales


TEC Corp


Abe's Rib Eye Barn


Okeena Bottled Water


West Tennessee Bone & Joint

  Clinic- Drs. Hutchison/Everett


Roger Long Farms


Dyersburg Tax Service


Matthew 25:40 Inc.


Dachser Transport of America, Inc.


American Design Drafting Association


C & C Pharmacy


Clear Choice Hearing Center


Fyrne Lake Farms


Subway Sandwiches & Salads



The Chamber's Monthly 12@12 Lunch

On the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 12 Chamber members come together for lunch with Chairman of the Board, Larry White, Chamber President/CEO, Allen Hester, and Membership Director, Hannah Caylor, to discuss membership benefits and promote their business during a round table discussion and introduction.


We invite you to attend an upcoming 12@12 event! Please contact Membership Director, Hannah Caylor, to RSVP! Lunch is provided for FREE to Chamber members. Call today and reserve your spot at an upcoming 12@12 this year!


Calendar of Events 


August 15th

August 15th  

2014 E. H. Lannom, Jr. Memorial Golf   



August 18th  

2014 Annual Membership Matters Luncheon


August 26th

Monthly 12@12 Lunch 


September 1st - 6th

Dyer County Fair 



For more details  

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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


Kristol Sentell 

First Citizens National Bank


Kyle East 

Woodmen of the World


Megan Brock

Security Bank


Melanie Hardy 

Regions Bank


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


Celebrate Your New Business With A
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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

(731)285-3433 or



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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

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

2000 Commerce Avenue
Dyersburg, TN 38024

Telephone: 731.285.3433
Fax: 731.286.4926

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Thank You to Our 2014 Corporate Sponsors


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