November 2017 Newsletter

Check out articles and pictures from October and
stay up to date on what we are doing this November !
"Business Matters"

This month we loved hearing about Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and their work in Obion County and the surrounding areas! Thank you to Twin Oaks Technology for sponsoring our breakfast!

Small Business Saturday

Join us on Saturday, November 25th as we #ShopSmall and support our local restaurants, unique stores, boutiques, and more! Make sure to visit all 9 communities, we know your experience will be wonderful!
Sassafraz 10 Year Anniversary Business After Hours
What a great turnout! Thank you to everyone that came out and enjoyed wonderful food an drinks in celebration of Sassafraz's 10 year anniversary! We are so proud to have them in our community. Did you know Sassafraz also caters? Make sure to enjoy their delicious menu and contact them for all of your holiday party needs!
The Delta Belle Boutique Ribbon Cutting
Congratulations to The Delta Belle Boutique on their successful pop-up shop and ribbon cutting! Since then, Delta Belle has found their home in downtown Union City! Make sure to go visit their store at 216 First Street in Union City and check out her extensive collection of boutique clothing & accessories!
Tennessee Selects 7 fellows for Delta Leadership Institute
MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA REGION- Tennessee is sending seven leaders from across the western part of the state to the Delta Regional Authority’s (DRS) Delta Leadership Institute (DLI). The will join fellows from seven other states to help further… Read more here
Thunderbolt Radio Celebrates 60 years!
Congratulations to Thunderbolt Radio on a successful 60 years! For over 60 years, Thunderbolt has been on our radio stations, investing in our communities, and impacting local businesses. We are proud to have them in the Northwest Tennessee region and look forward to many more successful years!
Membership Director, Lauren Tanner, receives the Three Star Award for Obion County from Governor Bill Haslam and ECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe at the 2017 Governor's Conference on Economic Development in Gatlinburg on October 26th, 2017.
Membership Director, Lauren Tanner, participates in the picture that recognizes Main Street Communities that are a certified Main Street with the state. Congratulations to Downtown Union City on your re-certification!
2016-17 Tennessee Tourism Annual Report Now Available

Commissioner Kevin Triplett presented his keynote speech to the industry during the 2017 Governor’s Conference on Hospitality and Tourism in Gatlinburg. He praised the tourism partners for their hard work and dedication to showing 110 million visitors genuine Tennessee hospitality and helping tourism in Tennessee maintain its position as the No. 2 industry in the state.
In addition, Commissioner Triplett provided highlights of TDTD’s innovative, award-winning marketing initiatives; sales missions that extend nationally and internationally; and public relations projects that continue to show the world Tennessee is a premier vacation destination for people of all ages and interests.
The FY2017 Annual Report is here where you can view letters from Gov. Haslam and Commissioner Triplett, projects, initiatives and programs TDTD has worked on this past year, research results and tourism statistics, PR highlights and overview, the outreach team’s achievements, What’s New in 2018 across the state and more. Click the button below to view or download the 2017 Annual Report. .
Congressman Kustoff visits Jiffy Steamer!
Congressman Kustoff visits Green Plains!
Pediatric Place Celebrates 10 th Anniversary and Welcomes New Practitioners
As always, appointments may be made to see long-time practitioners Dr. John Bates and Stephanie Woodall. With the recent addition of pediatrician Dr. Dustin Parker and pediatric nurse practitioner Kayla Yates, however, walk-in visits are now welcome, as well.

Parker, a Newbern native, completed his pediatric training at Lebonheur Children’s Hospital before joining the clinic a few months ago. Yates, an Obion County native who completed her training at Union University, joined the Pediatric Place staff at the beginning of October. This followed several years of serving patients at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City.

After spending time in academic medical centers and larger cities, Bates, owner and pediatrician at the clinic, knew he wanted to practice academic medicine in a small town. “ Union City emerged as the best opportunity for all of us after much research, investigation and prayer,” Bates reflected. “It helped that this happens to be the place my wife calls home. It allows us to raise our children with nearby grandparents, and the community is clearly a great place to raise a family. It also was a region where I thought our team could make a difference by providing vital services for children.”

Pediatric Place opened Sept. 4, 2007. Ten years later, the Pediatric Place staff includes two pediatricians, two pediatric nurse practitioners, four nurses, an office manager and two front desk staff members. Bates said everyone in the office has a passion for children, and most of them have children of their own. In speaking of the team, Bates said, “There is no better group of people who could provide the type of compassionate care our practice offers,” Bates said. “They all assume multiple roles to allow us to operate efficiently and effectively.”

Bates added that each staff member at Pediatric Place is trained to practice modern medicine like one would find at a children’s hospital such as Lebonheur or Vanderbilt. “Ensuring high quality care in our rural areas is an important aspect of the quality of life we enjoy,” he commented.

The office is staffed with three providers five days a week, and at least one pediatrician is always on site. With increased staff, the clinic is now able to accept even more patients from the large region it serves. Currently, Pediatric Place serves children from Northwest Tennessee, West Kentucky and the Bootheel of Missouri.
“I am exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to practice medicine here,” Bates said, “and I do not take lightly the fact that many parents place their trust in us to care for their children. The community’s support is overwhelming and humbling; we hope our service expresses our care and appreciation for each child who comes through our door.”

Pediatric Place is located at 1345 Edwards Street in Union City, Tennessee. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Individuals may walk in or call 731-885-4338 to make appointments. More information is available at
Simmons Bank Names Matthew Bird as Community Executive 

UNION CITY, Tenn. – Simmons Bank announced the promotion of Matthew Bird to the position of Union City community executive today. Bird previously served the bank as vice president and commercial loan officer. A lifelong resident of west Tennessee, Bird has seven years of experience in retail and commercial banking with Simmons Bank.
“Matthew is passionate about his work and helping businesses achieve their financial goals,” said Tony Gregory, Tennessee regional chairman for Simmons Bank. “We are confident his experience and knowledge will serve him well as community executive.”

Bird graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business management from Lambuth University in Jackson. He is a graduate of both the Southeastern School of Advanced Commercial Lending and the Southeastern School of Banking.

As he assumes his new role as community executive, Bird will serve as primary contact for customer banking relationships and will work closely with clients to meet their financial service needs.

About Simmons Bank
Simmons Bank is an Arkansas state-chartered bank that began as a community bank in 1903. Through the decades, Simmons has developed a full suite of financial products and services designed to meet the needs of individual consumers and business customers alike. Simmons has grown steadily to approximately $9.1 billion in assets with 150 branch locations throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee. Simmons is the subsidiary bank for Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ: SFNC), a publicly traded bank holding company headquartered in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. For more information, visit