September 2020 Newsletter

Nutrition 33
Quake Lake Photography & Videography
2020-2021 Year Chamber Renewals
A & J Salvage
Abilis Health
 Advance Financial 24/7
Advanced Gastroenterology
Alexander Auctions & Real Estate
Align Chiropractic
All Craft Erectors
Allen Searcy Builder Contractor, Inc. Allen's Paint & Supply
Allens Wrecker Service
Alliance Ag Equipment
Aloha Pools and Spas
Ameriprise Financial
AT & T Tennessee
Baptist Hospice
Baptist memorial Hospital
Barker Building Rentals
Barker, Judy - Attorney at Law
Barkley Construction
Blue Bank Resort
 Blue Steel Tool and Die
Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Tennessee
BR Supply
Buddy's Wrecker Service
Buy Sell Trade
C.W. Sandersons
Cains Pool and Spa
Calla Lilly
Cam Cleaning Company
Cam Electric
Carey Counseling Center
Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse
Carpenter Real Estate
Casey Hood for State Senate
Caseys General Store
Center Point Business Solutions Century 21 Golden Service Realty Chancellor Mike Malone
China Buffet
City Autoplex
City of Hornbeak
City of Kenton
City of Obion
City of Rives
City of Samburg
City of South Fulton
City of Woodland Mils
Collision Specialty
Conley Conley
Cornfest, Inc.
Cottonwood Harvest Grill
Country Hearth Inn
Cox Oil Company
Cutting Edge Lawn Care
 Danny Larcom Heating & Air
Darling Ingredients
Dental Center
Discovery Park of America
Dixie Gun Works
Douglas Tax Service
 Dr. Jere W. Crenshaw
Dunns Body Shop
Dyersburg State Community College Dynamix
E Plus Broadband
E.W. James & Sons
Edmaiston Mosley Funeral Home Edward Jones - Dalton Lewis
Everett-Stewart Regional Airport
 Farm Credit Mid-America
Felecia Bella
Final Flight Outfitters
First Choice Farm and Lawn
 First Citizens National Bank
Ford Construction
Forever Communications
 Friends of Reelfoot Lake State Park Fuller Partners Real Estate
Fulton Decorating
Fulton Plaza Motor Inn
G & H Tool & Die
Gibson Electric
 Giffin Farms
Green Plains Obion
Greenfield Products
H & R Agri Power
H & R Block
Hales Commercial Cleaning
Hale's Construction
Hamilton-Ryker Group
 Hanafee Brothers Sawmill
 Herman Jenkins
Historic Anns/Glorias on Exchange Holiday Inn Express and Suites
 Holman Farms
Home Builders Mart
Hornsby's Garage
Institutional Casework
J.R. Wauford & Company
JD Distributors
Jerry Ward Autoplex
Jiffy Steamer
Job World, Inc.
Johnson Heating & Air
Jordan and Boundurant Eyecare
Kenn-Tenn Wireless
Kenton Chevrolet
Kiwanis Club of Union City
Kizer Pharmacy
KMAC - Taco Bell
Kreitmans Towing
Lakeview Dining Rooom
Lanzer's Printing and Office Supplies Lashlee-Rich, Inc
Leaders Credit Union
Los Portales
Lowrance Sound
Magical Minks Entertainment
Magnolia Place
Mahindra of Kenn Tenn
Main Street Union City
 Maness & Jowers PLC
Manpower of the Mid-South Masquerade Theatre
Mathis Battery Company
 Mike Holman
Miles Head Start
Miles Law office
MSHN Enterprises
Northwest Tennessee Cardiology Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board Obion County Clerk - Crystal Crain
Obion County Farm Bureau
Obion County Farm Bureau - Hadley Malone
Obion County Memorial Gardens
Obion County Prevention Coalition Obion County Public Library
OC Walk of Hope
 Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
OUTside IN
Parkers Outfitting
Pediatric Place of Union City
Pepsi MidAmerica
Personnel Placements, LLC
Phillips Engineering, Inc
PIP Printing
Polk Glover
Poplar Meadows Country Club
Premier Primary Care
Priority One Medical Care PLLC
Q benefit Solutions , LLC
Quality Inn
Ramm Fencing
Rawls Funeral Home
 RC Mechanical
Reelfoot Animal Hospital
Reelfoot Bearing and Supply
Reelfoot Family Walk-In Clinic
Reelfoot Lake Tourism
Reelfoot Metal Building Supply
Reelfoot Regional Association of Realtors
Republic Services
Revell Construction Company
Reynolds Brothers Oil Company
Robert E. Lee & Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation
Sabins Cafe at Discovery Park of America
Schlager Financial
Searcy Rentals
Second Baptist Church
Servall Pest Control
 Shelter Insurance
Shoe Shack
Signature Healthcare of Ridgely Simmons Bank
Sisters Antiques & Gifts
Sleep Inn/Mainstay Suites
 Small World Childcare
Snappy Tomato Pizza
Southern Concrete Products
Southern Machinery Repair, Inc Southern Pain and Regenerative Medicine Ssecurity Bank and Trust
State Farm Agent - Chris Williams Stephen J. Harpole, DDS
Stephen Vaden
Storage Plaza
Sugar & Spice
Sweet Pea Boutique & Blessings Swettwater Farms Development
 Taylor Ford-Lincoln
Tennessee Tractor
The Chocolate Bunny
The Citizens Bank
The Color Shop
The Daily Messenger
The Etheridge House/The Arbors
The Pavilion at Houser Creek
The Tiny Baker
The Waters of Union City
The Willow Tree/ R & D Cakes and Catering
Thompson, McConnell, & Hurst Thunderbolt Broadcasting
TLM Associates
Top of the World Distributors
Trish Dial Photography
Tri-State International
Triumph Mortgage
Trudys Kids Café
Tyson Foods
 Ultimate Fitness
Union City Carpet
 Union City Coca-Cola
Union City Energy Authority
 Union City Eye Care
Union City Forklift
Union City Housing Authority
Union City Insurance Agency
Union City Nursing and Rehab
Union City Parts Company
Union City Paving
Union City Rotary Club
Union City Surgery Center
Union City Terminal Railroad
Universal Contractors
UT Martin Reed Center
Vaughn Electric
Volunteer Lenders
Vowell & Sons Lumber Company
Wade Acres
Ware Park Apartments
Warner Law Firm
West Kentucky Rural Telephone Co-Op
Westate Corrections
WestStar leadership
White & Associates
White Ranson Funeral Home
William B. Acree
Williams Sausage
WW Travel Services
Are you interested in becoming a member of the Obion County Chamber of Commerce? Click here to join our chamber!
Business Anniversaries
Jerry Ward Autoplex celebrated 5 years of quality vehicles and service in the month of August. It was an honor to present this certificate to Jerry Ward himself.
We Have Masks!
The safety and health of Obion County remains a top priority as COVID-19 continues. Here at the Chamber, we are doing our part to slow the spread. Be sure to come by and get a facemask for yourself or your business. These masks will keep you safe AND represent the county where we love to live, work, and play.

If you are interested in ordering bulk masks for your business, reach out to Brooke at for assistance.
Chamber of Commerce Board Member Spotlight

Natasha Pennington

Center point Business Solutions - HR Client Manager
Phone: (731) 885 4810

Areas of Expertise: Human Resources.

Other Interests: Fishing, hiking, traveling, & anything outdoors or adventurous.

What made you want to become active in the chamber? I moved to Obion County from Southern California in 2017. I wanted to immerse myself in my community to make connections as well as contribute to making our town one of the greatest places to both live & work.

Why do you serve on the Board of Directors? I wanted to serve on the Board of Directors because I have seen all the good that the Chamber does for the community & I wanted to be a part of that. I love living & working in Obion County & I want to make a difference in our community in any way I can. Still being fairly new to the area, the chamber also allows me to make connections within the community both professionally & personally.

What is the Chambers role in the business community? I believe the Chamber's role is to help support new & existing businesses as well as provide networking opportunities. The Chamber helps attract & retain businesses & continues to strive to make Obion County a great place to live, work, & visit.

What piece of advice would you give to a business who was thinking about joining the chamber? I would highly recommend becoming a member of the Chamber. I think it is important for a business in Obion County to be community minded. Being a small town, I believe the people here really want to support local businesses and the Chamber can help be a shining light. The Chamber goes above & beyond & they are truly passionate about what they do.
UT Center for Industrial Services Catalog

The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services offer many services that may be of interest to your company. Our service line includes, OSHA trainings, confined space training, machine guarding, fork lift training, Form R reporting , ISO 14001 gap analysis, training, HAZWOPER, Incident Command Systems, industrial waste water training, and industrial hygiene offerings including air sampling and safety audits to ensure regulatory compliance and/ or ensure best practices are put in place.

We also assist companies in their efforts to ensure or improve quality at the source through continuous improvement efforts through Lean Manufacturing concepts such as 5s, Kaizen training, Toyota Kata , ergonomics and how to identify other forms of waste from the office to the shop floor. We also offer quality training, consulting and auditing services in the areas of Six Sigma Yellow, Green and Black Belt Training, ISO 9001 implementation and auditing, 8D and A3 Structured Problem Solving, ISO 16949. We also offer individual training courses and programs that are designed to promote leadership skills with your existing shop floor employees who may be considered future supervisors or existing supervisors who could benefit from professional /personal development courses in the areas of conflict resolutions, managing delegation, working with difficult people and managing a diverse team.
OC Blog Launch

We have launched an Obion County blog. This blog will feature local businesses, community members, and more! This is an exciting time to learn more about what makes Obion County so great. You can check out our blog at

If you want your business featured, feel free to reach out to Brooke at!
Obion County Public Library

"Today I met with Carolina Conner, Interim Director at the Obion County Public Library. Carolina has been at the library since 2011 and after meeting her and taking a tour, I can tell she has a true passion for what she does. When most people think of a library, they think of checking books in and out and that's as far as the mind goes. However, the Obion County Library is so much more. From the park in the back that features an amphitheater and book walk to the largest selection of Ellison Dies I have ever seen, I soon realized how much the library has to offer to community members."
Childcare Payment Assistance Program Extended to December 31, 2020
The COVID-19 Pandemic Child Care Payment Assistance program is designed to help support essential workers so they can stay on the job during the COVID-19 emergency.  Through payment assistance and a network of temporary care locations, parents who work in specific occupations can access child care at no cost, during the COVID-19 pandemic state of emergency until December 31, 2020. This Child Care Payment Assistance Program makes payments directly to the child care provider. Families can access this benefit at child care programs who are licensed by the Department of Human Services or regulated by the Department of Education and are participating in the Child Care Certificate Program. The Department of Human Services will facilitate participation for providers not currently in the program. 
Thunderbolt Broadcasting Celebrates Three Local Radio Personalities in 2020
In 2020 Thunderbolt Broadcasting is celebrating three local radio personalities who’ve logged thousands of hours on the radio here in the Ken Tenn area. Jim Adcock has been in radio for 55 years, Terry Hailey for 53 years and Paul Tinkle 50 years. The three combine for 158 years working in local radio! 
Jim Adcock, who began his broadcast career in 1965, got the “radio bug“ at the age of 14 when he won a record by answering a trivia question at a radio station. He was fascinated with seeing the announcer on air and two years later found himself behind the microphone as a deejay and later as a newsman and now a successful marketing representative.

Terry Hailey became “hooked on radio” at the age of 13 when he began his love of music. He played in a rock band also made the afternoon announcements on his school’s PA system. In 1967 Terry became a deejay at age of 16  in Dyersburg and later became a music and program director, general manager and radio owner.

Paul Tinkle’s interest in radio began at the age of nine when he was “keying up” the microphone on his grandfather’s CB radio. He began his career in Martin in 1970 and been a deejay, news director, play by play broadcaster, general manager and now radio owner. All three teens had to pass a rigorous Federal Communications Commission test to be “on the air” and had to learn how to take transmitter readings.

Hailey, who serves as Mayor of Union City and Tinkle both have been chairman of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters and both have honored with the Tennessee Association of Broadcaster’s Distinguished Service Award. Tinkle was inducted into the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame this past year and has served on the National Association of Broadcasters Radio board.
Today all three are working with the Thunderbolt Radio family. Adcock is a marketing representative with KYTN and WQAK, Hailey serves as programming and on air advisor for Mix 101.3 and Star 95.1 while Tinkle is president of Thunderbolt. Tinkle and Hailey remain on air each morning on “WCMT’s Good Times in the Morning.” 
Thunderbolt is also pleased to recognize Cindy Prince who is beginning her 41st year in broadcasting. Mrs. Prince began her career in radio immediately after high school in 1979 as the office and commercial manager for the Martin offices of Thunderbolt Broadcasting. She is the longest employed member of the Thunderbolt family.  
Thunderbolt Broadcasting is a locally owned company with studios in Martin and Union City. Stations include “Talk and News You Can Use” 1410 WCMT which rebroadcasts on 92.7, 96.1, 99.7, 100.5 and 103.3 FM. Thunderbolt also owns Mix 101.3 WCMT FM, Star 95.1 WCDZ FM , Country 104.9 KYTN and 105.7 The Quake WQAK.
Thunderbolt is pleased to be an Obion County Chamber member and is a past recipient of the chamber’s “You Made it Happen Award.” Their locally owned radio stations keep the communities it serves in touch each day with a rich tradition of local news and high school sports and is a partner in many community events.   It also provides businesses with marketing opportunities including “over the air” and “digital” with

Governor Lee Visits Obion County
On Monday, August 3, Governor Bill Lee visited Obion County. His first stop was in Union City, as he spoke to local leaders at the Venue at Center Point. He then traveled to Obion County Central High School where he distributed supplies to promote a safe and healthy school year. These supplies included masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies.
Bank Director Magazine ranks First Citizens National Bank #86 in US
Bank Director Magazine has ranked First Citizens National Bank #86 in the United
States from a pool of peer banks in the $1 billion to $5 billion asset size. The magazine
ranks banks from a balanced scorecard based off of return on equity, return on
assets, asset quality and capital. Chairman & CEO Jeff Agee states, “We are big
believers in measuring the company from a balanced approach. Our internal scorecard
is strategically aligned with our vision, People Centered and Unbelievably Good. Our
balanced scorecard includes metrics similar to the director magazine, but we include
and place more weighting on teammate / customer metrics.”

Directors and examiners enjoy seeing banks make this impactful list. Most banks on this
list strategically know how to balance risk management with long term value creation.
First Citizens National Bank has maintained a longstanding ranking with Bank Director
Karen Freeman & Ryan Platt Join Leaders Executive Team as Chief Operations Officer and Chief Information Officer

JACKSON, Tenn. (August 26, 2020) – Leaders Credit Union, a member-owned financial
cooperative based in Jackson, Tenn., is pleased to introduce Karen Freeman as Chief Operations Officer and Ryan Platt as Chief Information Officer. Freeman, formally Vice President of Community Engagement for Leaders, will oversee all branch and e-branch operations, which includes eight retail facilities and the member contact center. Platt, new to Leaders, will oversee the data processing departments and be responsible for both cybersecurity and technology security for the credit union. Both roles will collaborate with the CEO, board of directors, and other executives to strategically move the credit union forward.

“Karen and Ryan are both excellent additions to our C-suite, and we are thrilled they are
bringing their talents and expertise to our executive team,” President and CEO of Leaders Credit Union Todd Swims said. “Karen brings extensive experience in the banking industry and an innovative outlook from her recent role of taking the credit union to the community that our team will benefit from greatly. Platt brings a wealth of knowledge about information technology that will help our credit union move forward both analytically and digitally.”
2020 Farmers Breakfast

The Obion County Farmers Breakfast took place on August 27, at the Obion County fairgrounds. Speakers included Stephen Vaden (pictured to the right), Congressman David Kustoff, and Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Charlie Hatcher. After hearing from these speakers, Obion County celebrated a century farm and recognized the family in attendance.

Southern Economic Development Council Annual Conference

Although it looked very different this year, we had a great time attending the Southern Economic Development Council's Annual Conference virtually. What a great way to network and hear from economic development experts. Pictured to the left is some of the Copper sponsors for the event.

TCCE Annual Conference
Here at the Chamber, we attended the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce annual conference virtually. We were able to hear from Chamber professionals and catch up with Tennessee Chamber friends!
Main Street Union City
Receives 2020 National Main Street Accreditation

Union City, Tenn., -- Main Street Union City has been designated as a 2020 Accredited Main Street America™ program. Accredited status is Main Street America’s top tier of recognition and signifies a demonstrated commitment to comprehensive commercial district revitalization and proven track record of successfully applying the Main Street Approach™. 
“We are proud to recognize this year’s 860 Nationally Accredited Main Street America programs that have dedicated themselves to strengthening their communities,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “These Accredited Main Street programs have proven to be powerful engines for revitalization by sparking impressive economic returns and preserving the character of their communities. During these challenging times, these Main Street programs will be key to bringing economic vitality back to commercial districts and improving quality of life during the recovery process.”
In 2019 alone, $6.45 billion of public and private reinvestment was generated, 6,466 net new businesses were opened, 32,316 net new were jobs created, and 10,412 buildings were rehabilitated in Main Street America communities.
 Main Street Union City’s performance is evaluated by the Tennessee Main Street Program which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify the local programs that meet ten rigorous performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.

About Main Street Union City
Main Street Union City is an accredited National Main Street Program meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Tennessee Main Street program. Main Street Union City strives to enrich the quality of life of all citizens of Obion County by revitalizing the economy, enhancing the historical charm and preserving the architectural heritage of the downtown Union City business district.
Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for 40 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $85.43 billion in new public and private investment, generated 672,333 net new jobs and 150,079 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 295,348 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Alexander Thompson Arnold PLLC Climbs Top 200 Firm List in the Nation

ATA has increased its ranking from 147 to 136 on the 2020 INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) Top 200 Firms list. This accolade is deemed by the IPA Annual Survey and Analysis of Firms. IPA 100, 200, and 300 firms are ranked by U.S. net revenues and are compiled by analyzing the more than 550 responses received this year for IPA’s Survey and Analysis of Firms. This is IPA’s 30th annual ranking of the largest accounting firms in the nation.

“It’s a goal of ATA’s to expand our footprint. Over the last several years, our firm has focused on bringing additional service offerings to the markets we serve,” said John Whybrew, managing partner of ATA. “Thank you to our clients and business partners who have helped contribute to our success. We look forward to continuing our services with you,” said Whybrew.

This is an unprecedented time in the accounting industry. With the many changes that took place in early 2020, ATA has proven to be agile and adaptive through these unique circumstances. Continued growth and flexibility while working with clients during this time has proven ATA can arise to any challenge.

As the future arrives, ATA understands its need and responsibility to stay ahead of the curve as new trends and innovative approaches hit the accounting industry. ATA will continue to improve and expand the services that are offered as well as strategically grow its office footprint.

INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA), founded in 1987, is published by The Platt Group. The Platt Group publishes both the award-winning INSIDE Public Accounting newsletter and the award-winning National Benchmarking Report, along with other key reports on the profession. The Platt Group assists firms to become more successful through a variety of services.

ATA has 14 office locations in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi. Recognized as an IPA Top 200 regional accounting firm, we provide a wide array of accounting, auditing, tax and consulting services for clients ranging from small family-owned businesses to publicly traded companies, and international corporations. ATA is also an alliance
Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board Annual Report is Now Available

Tourism in Tennessee Shattered Records with $23 Billion in Travel Spending and 126 Million Domestic Person Stays in 2019
Recently released numbers from U.S. Travel Association show tourism in Tennessee hit a record-high $23 billion in domestic and international travel spending in 2019, marking a decade of consecutive growth. Tennessee also saw 126 million domestic person stays in 2019, up 5.7 percent from 119 million the previous year.

In 2019, Tennessee outpaced the nation in all areas of travel; including tax revenue, expenditures, payroll and employment.
  • 126M domestic person stays, up 5.7% from prior year
  • $1.92 billion in state and local tax revenue generated
  • Of that, over $75 million were new state and local tax dollars
  • That revenue saved each Tennessee household $748 in taxes
  • Travelers spent an estimated $64 million/day in Tennessee
 "The Obion County Chamber of Commerce provides the professional network and the community influence to support economic growth."
-Emily Sullivan
2020 TN Vacation Guide Available

The Tennessee Vacation Guide, with THREE new covers. *Inside content is the same.

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