Dec. 2016
Obion County Chamber of Commerce

November Small Business Spotlight
  Regions Financial Corporation is a member of the S&P 500 Index and one of the nation's largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, mortgage and insurance products and services. Its subsidiary, Regions Bank, provides the backing of a top U.S. financial institution and the local focus of a hometown bank. This means Regions customers receive the quality services of a financial industry leader in addition to the confidence and convenience of banking with local people at a company they know.
Regions' mission reflects what customers want from a bank - simple, easy, reliable service. With financial solutions to help customers get more from their money, Regions' mission is to make life better for the customers and communities Regions serves.
As a company that has been around since 1856, Regions knows that banking relationships are founded on trust. Customers have the added assurance that Regions' financial strength and stability gives them a safe place to keep their money. In addition, they have the peace of mind knowing deposits are FDIC insured.
Regions serves customers across the South, Midwest, and Texas. Locally, Regions has 65 full service branches in the West Tennessee area. Committed to making life better for the communities it serves, Regions participates locally in the Boys and Girls Club, the Hometown Walk of Hope, Reelfoot Ministries, the Greater Vision Clothes Closet, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Obion County Chamber, the Rotary Club, and many others. 
Regions' Union City Branch is located at 1702 West Reelfoot Avenue. Lance Young and his team of bankers are committed to Obion County by providing financial advice, guidance and education. They can be contacted locally at 731-885-5451.
Industry Recognition:  Regions was ranked the Most Reputable Bank in the U.S. by the Reputation Institute in 2015 and 2016 and was named a winner of the 2016 Gallup Great Workplace Award. Regions received 12 Greenwich Excellence awards in Small Business Banking and Middle Market Banking and received two inaugural Greenwich Excellence Awards for Wealth Management.
Customer Satisfaction: In 2016, f or the third consecutive year, Regions was recognized by customer-research firm Temkin Group as a top-decile performer in the Temkin Experience Rankings. Regions was also the highest scoring bank in the prestigious 2015 American Customer Satisfaction Index for Retail Banking. The bank continues to track in the top 10 percent in loyalty and top 25 percent in customer satisfaction indexes as measured by Gallup. Regions placed 4th in the 2015 JD Power Retail Banking Satisfaction Survey, with an 11-point gain from the 2014 study.
  • Retail Banking
  • Small Business Banking
  • Commercial Banking
  • Treasury Management
  • Private Wealth Management
  • International Banking
  • Real Estate Banking
  • Capital Markets
  • Asset Management
  • Institutional Services
  • Insurance Services through the Regions Insurance Group
The company values are principles that ensure Regions lives up to what it promises.
  • Put people first
  • Do what is right
  • Focus on your customer
  • Reach higher
    • Enjoy life
Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at .
*Investment and insurance products are not a deposit, are not guaranteed or endorsed by Regions Bank, or its affiliates, and are not insured by the FDIC, Federal Reserve Board or any other government agency. Purchase of non-deposit products involves risks, including possible loss of principal.

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Mahindra of KenTenn Ribbon Cutting

Congratulations to Mahindra of KenTenn on their new location! Make sure to check out there awesome new facility. There have everything you need for your small ag or large ag operation! 

Mahindra of KenTenn
2200 W. Reelfoot Ave. 
Union City, TN 38261

Any Chamber member interested in receiving the hospital's cafeteria menu weekly may contact Emily Medley, food and nutrition services director, at  
In This Issue
Archived Obion County Chamber of Commerce Newsletters

Thank you to the following businesses for renewing your
membership for the 2016-2017 year!
Alexander Thompson Arnold (ATA)
All Kraft Erectors, Inc.
ATMOS Energy
Baptist Memorial Hospital
Carpenter Real Estate
Century 21 Golden Service Realty
City of Troy
Commercial Bank
Dar Pro Solutions
Dixie Gun Works
Dr. Jere W. Crenshaw
Farm Credit Services
First Citizens National Bank
Forcum Lannom Contractors
Fuller Partners Real Estate, INC
G & H Tool & Die Inc.
Heritage Bank
Herman Jenkins Motors
Jiffy Steamer Company
MVP Brands
Obion County Farm Bureau Insurance-Hadley Malone
Reelfoot Bank
Republic Services
Revell Construction Company, Inc.
Rotary Club of Union City
Simmons Bank
Southern Machinery Repair, Inc.
Sullivan Family Dentistry
Tyson Foods, Inc.
Union City Daily Messenger
Union City Electric System
Union City Ford-Lincoln-Mercury, Inc.
Union City Insurance Agency, Inc.
Vaughn Electric Company
Warner Law Firm
Wauford & Company Consulting Engineers
West Kentucky Rural Telephone Co-Op Corp Inc
White Ranson Funeral Home, Inc.
Williams Sausage Company

Baptist Union City Earns 'A' Grade for Patient Safety in Fall 2016  Hospital Safety Score
UNION CITY, TENNESSEE, November 22, 2016 - New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S, were announced by The Leapfrog Group , a national patient safety watchdog. Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City was one of 844 hospitals to receive an A, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.
"We are pleased to earn our third consecutive "A" grade.  Patient safety is a priority for Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City.  Colleagues from multiple health care disciplines including nursing, pharmacy, and quality, research best practices, regulatory standards and evidence-based procedures.  The most-effective ones are selected and implemented, creating standardized policies and procedures for Baptist Union City," said Skipper Bondurant, administrator and CEO.
"Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.  "We recognize and appreciate "A" hospitals' vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe."
Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
To see Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City's full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook.  Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.
On Thursday, November 3, our Membership Director, Lauren, spoke at the Union City Kiwanis Club. She spoke about how being a member of the Chamber of Commerce can benefit your business and also you as a professional!

Pictured left to right: Margaret Prater, Vice President for Workforce Development for the Northwest TN Workforce Board; Benny McGuire, Obion County Mayor; Lindsay Frilling, CEO of the Obion County JEDC
Under the leadership of Mayor Bennie McGuire and Margaret Prater, Vice President for Workforce Development for the Northwest TN Workforce Board, Obion County achieved certification as an ACT® Work Ready Community (WRC) in the fall of 2015, and was recognized at the at the 2016 ACT® Workforce Symposium in Nashville, TN.  ACT WRC is a workforce system designed to assist sites and regions in developing their workforce pipeline to provide skilled workers for employers.  The framework allows each participating community to quantify and improve the skill levels of its workforce through a standardized workforce skill credential, the National Career Readiness Certificate™ (NCRC), and a robust data infrastructure that helps measure, identify, and close existing skill gaps.  To date, the initiative, supported by the staff of the American Job Center in Union City, two area high schools, thirty-two local employers, various economic and community agencies, and funding from the Delta Regional Authority, United States Department of Agriculture, and TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development, has resulted in Obion County residents earning 1,180 NCRCs.  Obion County has also attained 86% of its maintenance goals, well in advance of the December 2017 deadline.  

      UNION CITY, TN-   If you spot a glorious glow in the cornfields Northwest of Union City, TN in December, head that way!  Lights, lights and more lights are twinkling brightly all around Discovery Park of America.  It's the second annual "Let it Glow Light Show" sponsored by the City of Union City and sure to get you in the holiday spirit! 
     According to Grounds Director John Watkins, this year's show is bigger and better than last year's show.  "We have over half-a-million lights...about 30 miles of lights if you stretched them out end-to-end," Watkins said.  "New to the light show are a couple of themed areas featuring Charlie Brown and Rudolph," Watkins said.  And the drive through light tunnel is back, since it was a crowd favorite last year. 
     Another new addition this year is the opportunity to purchase 3-D glasses for the passengers in the vehicle.  Watkins said that the only thing better than a light show, is a light show viewed through 3-D glasses.  "Those fun little glasses really make the lights come to life," Watkins said.  Additionally, guests driving through the light show can tune their radio station to the park's FM frequency and might just notice that the lights and the music have a lot in common! 
     The "Let it Glow Light Show" will be open from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. most December evenings, but will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas day and New Year's Eve.  Cost is $5.00 per vehicle, $10 for a 15-passenger bus and the 3 D glasses are available for passengers for $2.00 each.
     In addition to the light show, Santa is visiting in Dinosaur Hall on Saturdays December 3rd, 10th and 17th   from noon until 5:00 p.m.  Guests are invited to bring their own camera and get photos of their little ones in Santa's lap!  There is a mailbox in the lobby of Discovery Park where children can leave their letter to Santa.  All letters with a legible return address will receive a reply!
     On Saturday, the 3rd of December, the award winning David Johnson Chorus is spreading Christmas cheer in Dinosaur Hall with performances at the top of the hour throughout the afternoon, beginning at 11:00 and ending at 4:00.  The more intimate 2:00 p.m. show will take place in the Chapel. The Chorus is sponsored by Clark Cattle Company of Sharon.
     On Sunday afternoons, the park's staff will present Polar Express at the Train Depot.  The tickets for this event went on sale in June and it is sold-out.  "We added additional shows and times this year," said Event Director Lauren Jones.  "This is a very popular event, and we encourage anyone who can't get tickets this year to watch our website or sign up for our newsletter so that they know when the tickets go on sale next year," she added.  Polar Express is sponsored by Simmons Bank.
     In addition to all the festivities, Discovery Park of America is a great place to shop.  The gift shop contains extremely unique and educational gifts, the Cafe offers delicious home-made fudge packages and a membership to Discovery Park is a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year!  An annual membership for children 12 and under is $30.00 and for those 13 and older it is $60.00.  The membership provides free admission every day, discounts at the gift shop and Cafe, and early notification of concerts and events. 
     To finish out the year, the Events Department has planned two New Year's Eve parties!  "The first one is at noon, and we actually call it "Noon Year's Eve," Jones said.  It is for children 12 and under and features crafts, games and music in a festive and fun atmosphere.  "We had so many children last year that we have moved the Noon Year's Eve Party to Dinosaur Hall this year so we will have more space," Jones added.  This event is free with park admission, thanks to sponsor One Main Financial. 
     And, last but not least, J.D. Distributors is sponsoring the music for the New Year's Eve Gala at the park.  The popular dance band from Memphis, Magi, is providing the opportunity to dance the night away with friends at the park.  Tickets are on sale now and are $60.00 for members and $70.00 for non-members.  In addition to great music, guests will enjoy a lovely atmosphere, great food, a cash bar and Champaign for each table to celebrate the arrival of 2017! 
     From lights to Santa, shopping to music, Discovery Park of America offers something for everyone during December.  For more information, visit the park's website at .  Discovery Park of America is located at 830 Everett Blvd., and is a unique collection of history, science, artifacts and fun!

Mary Nita Bondurant 
Go show your support for our local athletes that are participating in the West Tennessee All-Star Football Game!

Tucker Kennedy, Union City
Jeremy Bumphus, Union City

Hunter Hamilton, South Fulton

2016 Tennessee Vacation Guide
The 2016 Tennessee Vacation Guide is out and looks great; you can view the official TN eGuide here . There is a vast reach in the 550,000 printed distribution and even more important, it is very specific to our Tennessee Visitors planning to travel! The TN Guide can be directly requested, or picked up at one of the State's 14 Welcome Centers. I hope you can take a minute to dive into the pages that showcase our story so well.

2016-2017 Tennessee Municipal Guide
Check out this years Municipal Guide  click here

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