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solar-arrayAs a large producer of grapes and a connoisseur of wine, Bill Sanderson had a dream to own a Winery that offered a Tasting Facility and Event Hall. Construction costs and future operating expenses were a major obstacle for business owners, Bill and Marjie Sanderson. Discussing his idea with employees of the Union City Area Office, Mr. Sanderson learned about the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). He was intrigued by the thought of owning a Solar Array that could power his tasting room at White Squirrel Winery while reducing energy costs and the carbon footprint of the business. His research of Solar Energy and Solar Companies in the area soon led to a partnership with Gibson Electric Membership Corporation, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Rural Development, and Solar & Renewable Power Systems. The 10kW solar array was designed to meet the power needs of the White Squirrel Winery, and any energy created over and above what it takes to power the facility may be sold back to TVA. Presently, the system is producing about twice the energy needed to operate the facility.

everett-stewat-airportEverett Stewart Regional Airport began thinking several years ago and finally in 2011 the conceptual drawing was provided. In its infancy, we hoped to try to get the funding for 3 signs, the two that we have just constructed and another sign to be located at the new Ag Site on the southeast side of the airfield.

jim-rippyJim Rippy, CEO of Discovery Park of America was our guest speaker for December Business Matters. He discussed the impact it has had on the community after reaching its one year anniversary of being open and informed us that sales tax was up 15% from last year. Join us next month as we discuss taxes!

tysonWe thought you might like to know that Tyson Foods' Obion County poultry plant is part of McDonald's new Our Food. Your Questions. campaign.

lawrence-soundLowrance Sound Company is a family owned and operated professional multi-media integration company founded in 1975. They specialize in four broad fields: audio, video, lighting, and acoustics. Services include: consultation, design, procurement, sales, installation, service, repair, and A/V system rentals.

NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced the next five Select Tennessee Certified Sites. The Select Tennessee program was launched in June 2012 with the goal of helping Tennessee communities prepare available sites for investment and expansion. The program sets a consistent and rigorous standard upon which companies can rely in making critical location decisions.