November 2020 Newsletter
Obion County Industrial Development Corporation 2020 Renewals

Union City Insurance
Taylor-Ford Lincoln
Herman Jenkins Motors
The Daily Messenger
Revell Construction Company
Dr. Jere W. Crenshaw D.D.S.
Jiffy Steamer Company
Southern Machinery Repair, Inc.
G & H Tool & Die
City of Troy
Century 21 Golden Service Realty
Williams Sausage Company
Dixie Gun Works
Warner Law Firm
Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs

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Gibson Connect
Top Hat Moving Company
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Baptist Memorial Hospital Celebrates 70 Years in Business

In October, Baptist Memorial Hospital - Union City celebrated 70 years of providing great quality care to patients. Although celebrations looked a bit different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital and staff made the most of the great accomplishment. Baptist Memorial Hospital is dedicated to providing compassionate, high quality care to patients.
Virtual Annual Banquet Recap

On October 22, the Obion County Joint Economic Development Corporation held a Virtual Annual Banquet. Live from Discovery Park of America, Commissioner of Health Dr. Lisa Piercey spoke and awards were given to celebrate successes right here in Obion County.
The event was streamed live on Facebook and YouTube and the recording can be viewed here. Thank you to our amazing sponsors and to everyone who tuned in to watch the event. Congratulations to the award winners! (Photo by The Messenger)

Business of the Year - Aloha Pools & Spas
Small Business of the Year - Blue Bank Resort
Industry of the Year - Williams Food Works & Distribution
Ag Business of the Year - First Choice Farm & Lawn
Business Partner of the Year - The Messenger
You Made it Happen Award - Tracy Boucher
Young Professional of the Year - Katie Jarvis
Board Member of the Year - George Leake
Ambassador of the Year - Audrey Gregg
Champion of Health Award - Tyson Foods
What is a Coworking Space?

Coworking is a business services provision model that involves individuals working independently or collaboratively in shared office space. What do you know about coworking space? Take this short survey to let us know your thoughts on the concept.
Let's Explore Technical Careers

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology helps members become world class workers, leaders, and responsible citizens. The program continues to be innovative and offer a variety of programs to students. Check out their new coloring and story book initiative created to explore the opportunities found with technical careers.
Obion County Blog
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Cottonwood Harvest Grill

Cottonwood Harvest Grill is a local restaurant set right in the heart of downtown Troy, Tennessee. With a menu that is great for the whole family (even if you have picky eaters), you are sure to have a great experience while dining with them.
October V.I.B.E. Event
On October 20, VIBE was held at the Obion County Public Library as well as virtually. We heard from Nick Hall with Westan Cyber as well as the crew from Twin Oaks Technology. Thank you to Twin Oaks for sponsoring the great event.
Be Sure to Vote Tomorrow!
TVA Continues to be a Driving Force for Tennessee Economy
Recently, there have been lots of discussion around the mission of the Tennessee Valley Authority and some of its operations and decisions. Holding our institutions and their decisions accountable is an important activity. 
It also presents an opportunity to fully explain the tremendous importance of TVA for business and industry, our citizens and their public safety, and the economic development of our state. 

Over the past few years, some have called for nothing short of dismantling TVA, including the sale of its transmission lines, arguing that TVA would provide a better service if it were sold to the private sector. Any suggestion to drastically change TVA or challenge its established mission would fundamentally undermine Tennessee’s economy. TVA’s mission of service to Tennessee is still as relevant today as it was nearly 90 years ago when it was created. 

Over the past seven months, as the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the entire U.S. economy, TVA has proven to be a stabilizing force to the economy of the Tennessee Valley, continuing to serve its core mission.  
UCHS senior Elijah Cavalier a semifinalist for prestigious National Merit Scholarship

The path to Elijah Cavalier’s academic prowess may be easily family-traced. He’s proudly taking his own steps on that journey, though.

Cavalier – a Union City High School senior – has been named as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist after scoring in the top 1 percent of more than 1.5 million students nationwide to take the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). He and other academically talented high school seniors across the county who made the semifinal list are now in competition for more than 76,000 scholarships worth more than $31 million in the 65th annual program.

Cavalier is just the second known Union City student in the past 25 years to put himself in the elite category of distinguished students across the nation. Jacob Virgin was the first, two years ago. With a 4.0 GPA and having made 35 on the ACT – just one point short of perfection -- Cavalier’s credentials made him a likely candidate for the prestigious accomplishment.
And with a family background of academic excellence that includes a mother (Dr. Carol Cavalier) who has an Ivy League doctorate as well as two master's degrees and a father (Dr. Phil Cavalier), the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Tennessee at Martin, one might assume continued household scholastic achievement has always been insisted upon.
Not necessary, according to Elijah.

“I’ve never been pressured by my parents to meet certain goals or expectations academically just because they have,” he said. “That’s not to say if they saw me not giving my best, they wouldn’t say something to me about that. “But I’ve pushed myself. I’m challenging myself. This (accomplishment) has more to do with where I go in the future. It’s just another step. It’s certainly not a final goal.”

That next “step” will hopefully be a perfect ACT score and then higher education at Swarthmore (Pa.) College, a national high-ranking private liberal arts school. Both his father and the oldest of Elijah’s two brothers also attended there.

Again, his college choice had little to do with family or their influence, however. “It’s just more of a coincidence (that my father and older brother went there),” Cavalier said. “It has rigorous academics and the environment of the campus really was impressive.” “It basically just gives me another opportunity to forge ahead on my own. There will be some independence gained there and I’ll have the opportunity to make my own path.”

Elijah, whose school activities sheet includes the Ethics Bowl, Beta Club, Boys State and Governor’s School, among other involvements, has already completed six Honors and four AP (Advanced Placement) courses in two years at UC High School. He is taking four more AP classes in his senior year.

“I think it’s fun to have a variety of AP classes. It’s more challenging for me,” he said.
The Merit Scholar test is different from the ACT and is made up mostly of reading and writing with some math. It is recommended at UCHS for those who take Honors and Advanced Placement classes at the school. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. Those winners will be announced in the spring of 2021. Roughly 16,000 semifinalists across the nation from more than 21,000 high schools entered the program.

UCHS Principal Jacob Cross and guidance counselor Susan Searcy each spoke glowingly of both Cavalier’s academic prowess and his character in their celebration of his feat. “Elijah is a top-notch young man who has challenged himself with the toughest classes we have to offer here at Union City High School,” Cross claimed. “He’s always had a great attitude and he’s very competitive academically. “We’re obviously extremely proud of him and for him.” Searcy said: “He’s just an awesome young man. He’s just what you want in a student in your school – he’s kind, respectful, humble and he can talk to both his fellow students and any adult in any setting.”
The National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in four nationwide news releases in 2021, the first coming in April and the last in July.
Have a Happy Healthy Holiday in Northwest Tennessee
As the holidays are approaching, the Chamber is working hard to promote shopping, eating, and enjoying in the area. We are launching a Happy Healthy Holiday campaign and are so excited! Be sure to regularly check out our social media, website, and emails for exciting opportunities. The holidays are such a great time, especially in Northwest Tennessee!
 "The Obion County Chamber of Commerce provides the professional network and the community influence to support economic growth."
-Emily Sullivan
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