From the President's Desk
You’ve probably heard Bob Marley’s classic song, “Three Little Birds.” To me, it is the musical equivalent of watching the sun rise over Viking Mountain in the midst of a crisis. The inspirational lyrics of the song include, “Singing’ don’t worry ’bout a thing / ‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright”.  The sun rising over the mountains every morning is a sign that it is a new day and every little thing is going to be alright. Greene County is starting to see signs that things are “gonna be alright’. Last week Greene County showed no active cases of COVID-19, and today there are only two.

This news does not mean that ALL things are “alright’. As Gov. Lee continues to open our great state back up for business and increase our ability to return to our pre-COVID lives, we need to continue following guidelines and working to improve our overall safety for our community.

As I mentioned in my previous letter, the team at the Greene County Partnership was not going to take our foot off of the gas. In fact, we have pressed harder. During the last month, we launched our Virtual Job Exchange, we were tenacious (and counitue to be) in contacting our state and regional economic partners, rescheduled events, organized a fall festival, launched multiple programs to promote our local businesses, celebrated our Seniors with our supersized lawn display, and lastly graduated our Youth Leadership both virtually and with a drive through celebration.

The work of our local banks to process the SBA loans, the tireless efforts of our educators, volunteers, and lastly our healthcare providers to assist all those in need has been amazing. It is the generous giving and flexibility of organizations to assist those in need that reiterates what I already knew; Greene Countians will rise to the challenge.
The team at GCP is not letting up, nor can our community. If we continue to do our part, “every little thing gonna be alright.”

New Members
The Greene County Partnership welcomes the following new members: Rodney L. Bell, dba RLB Consulting, Mrs. Frankie Hagan (individual member), The GreeneHouse, and Hope Farms & Studio.
Sundown on Depot
 The fifth annual Sundown on Depot will return to historic downtown Greeneville on August 22 with a new location, Main Street.

Each year Sundown on Depot is traditionally held in conjunction with the Greeneville Iris Festival. With the cancelation of the 2020 Iris Festival, due to COVID-19, came the opportunity for an August Sundown on Depot show date for 2020. Cars, trucks and bikes of all makes and models are invited to cruise in to downtown, fill Main Street, and enjoy the day. Food trucks and concession vendors will be offering their fare. Hours of Sundown are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, located on Main Street, will offer a 3 p.m., showing of the classic movie “California Kid”.

New to the show will be the awarding of Cool Pick and Specialty Awards. These awards are supplied by Bachman Bernard, Gateway Ford, Black Label Coatings, Harrison’s Rod & Custom, United By Trucks, and Brabb Gregg. The first 200 registered participants will receive a dash plaque. There will also be door prizes and cash prizes. Registration is $10 per vehicle. Awards ceremony will be held in the Capitol Theatre at 5 p.m.
Sponsors of the car show are English Color and Supply, Greeneville Federal Bank, Landair, Jerry’s Used Cars & Parts, Cornerstone Wealth Management Group, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Gary’s Paint & Body, RPC Farms, Bewley Properties, Jeffers Funeral and Cremation Services, Parton’s Rod & Custom, Shades of the Past, and Wilburn Excavating & Construction.

Proceeds from the show go to fund the ministry of Holston United Methodist Home for Children. Visit Sundown on Depot on Facebook and Instagram for more details or contact Bill Collins, 552-8376, Mike Boles, 638-4558, or Joni Parker, Greene County Partnership, 423-638-4111.
Sundown on Depot 2020 shirts are now available for purchase at the Greene County Partnership office. Sizes available are S - 3X. Cost is $15 picked up or $20 shipped. Call the GCP office at 638-4111 to ensure your size and color is still available.
Greene Coat News
Ribbon Cutting
The Greene Coat Ambassadors welcomed The Blessed Bee Herbs, LLC at a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, May 20. The new business is located at 441 E. Bernard Avenue.
Leadership Greene County
Youth Leadership Graduation
Greene County Youth Leadership members received their graduation certificates in a drive through “graduation” on May 13 .  Forty-three students graduated from the program. They are Will Albright, Sarina Anderson, Carter Beach, Katherine Bentley, Bert Bradley, Olivia Brooks, Max Brown, Flint Carter, Rebecca Douthat, Cole Ellenburg, Kaitlyn Fletcher, Ainsley Freeman, Abbye Gibson, Emily Graham, Sarah Grubb, Jake Hartman, Lakayleh Helton, Adam Hybarger, Chloe Kinser, Aubrey Knop, Raymond Knuc kles, Ashley L oven, Mason McHugh, Ally Medlin, Bob Medlin, Madelin Miser, Ryan Morehouse, Caleb Norris, Caedmon Oakes, Tori Philbeck, Seth Pierce, Emily Powers, Katie Powers, Baleigh Rambo, Camden Reese, Abbi Renner, Kallie Renner, Carley Sanders, Tevin Shelton, Cristina Vazquez, Nik Waddell, Anna Wilson and Eric Zook.
Adult Leadership Nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the Leadership Greene County Class of 2020-2021. This is a personal program designed to motivate participants to develop and enhance the quality of their leadership in addressing pertinent community needs and implementing them into their everyday life and work situations. Click here for a nomination form.  
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Greeneville/Greene County Visitor Guides
They are in and hot off the press. The 2020-2021 Greeneville/Greene County visitor guides and locator maps are now in stock! Gracefully featuring our very own Andrew Johnson standing presidentially on the front cover, the guides are 4x9 and are packaged in quantities of 300. These guides are a great fulfillment piece both hard copy and digitally for all of our inquiries that come in through ads in publications, digital advertising, website inquiries and those that either call in or walk in to our Chamber office. The locator maps are 13x19.5 and include a legend for all of our historic attractions, lodging properties, Civil War Trail sites, and more. The maps are padded in a quantity of 100. A special thanks goes out to our advertisers that made these collateral pieces possible: Broyles General Store and Emporium, City Garage Car Museum, Creamy Cup, Greeneville Antique Market, Main Street: Greeneville Tours, Memory Lane Bed and Breakfast, Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Quality Inn of Greeneville, Round Table Offices, The General Morgan Inn, and The Greeneville Reds. To order your FREE supply of guides and/or maps, please email Tammy Kinser at o r call the Partnership office at 423-638-4111.
“Batter Up” and “Break Point”… what do those terms have in common? The answer is, these are the two national championships that the Sports Council of the Tourism Department has been awarded by the National Junior College Athletic Association! The first championship, the NJCAA Division III World Series, is familiar to our community. Beginning in 2017, the Sports Council hosted three world series back to back at Pioneer Park on the campus of Tusculum University. Unfortunately, the 2020 event was cancelled due to Covid-19. The World Series will again take place at Pioneer Park for the years of 2021-2023 with an annual economic impact of $2.4M. The Men’s Division III Tennis championships will be held 2021-2022 at the Greene County Tennis Center and the Roger M. Nichols Complex on the campus of Tusculum University. This event will bring in an approximate $315,000 economic impact each of the two years. If you are interested in volunteering for either of these national championships or would like sponsorship information, please email Tammy Kinser at
It’s VirtualVaca2020 and time to celebrate with our local businesses and attractions. Tourism’s virtual tour of the Andrew Johnson Homestead led by Sarah Bowers has been featured on Tourism has videoed several virtual tours to date and plans to have many more when it is appropriate. If you are an attraction, small business, etc., and would like to do a video and send to Tourism for inclusion on our page, please email it to Tammy Kinser at or call the Partnership office at 423-638-4111. You can also view our AJ Tour at and a special thanks goes out to TN Tourism Commissioner Mark Ezell and his staff for featuring historic downtown Greeneville on this page.  
Keep Greene Beautiful
The Keep Greene Beautiful Golf Tournament title sponsored by GFL Environmental has been moved to August 13 th at Link Hills Country Club.   Sponsorships are available as follows: Luncheon, $750; Contest, $200; and Hole Sponsor, $100. The cost of a team is $400. Anyone interested in the tournament should contact Jennifer Wilder at 638-411 or .
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