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In recognition of tourism's tremendous economic, social and cultural impact throughout the state of Tennessee, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development will participate with the U.S. Travel Association in the 2015 National Travel and Tourism Week May 2-10.

Twin CitiesBy CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter

There was a sense of unity Thursday in the Twin Cities.
Community leaders and residents representing two cities, two counties and two states came together at midday to celebrate the opening of South Fulton's park - Unity Park. A large crowd gathered under sunny skies in front of a pavilion stage at the new park off East State Line as South Fulton Mayor Ed Cassetty and park benefactor Jeff Campbell officially dedicated the recreational area.

Obion County"Legislative Day in Nashville was very informative. As a leadership group, we were able to meet and have lunch with Secretary of State Tre Hargett, State Senator John Stevens, State Representatives Bill Sanderson and Andy Holt. They were very gracious in their hospitality and answered all our questions. The day was filled with a tour of the capital and sitting in on hearings pertaining to certain bills. All in all it was a great day and a different perspective of our leaders and the hard work they put in every day." -David Keeling, Class Member 2014-2015

goodwillGoodwill Career Solutions in Union City offers free job services and training to those who are looking for work. What you may not know is that we also partner with local employers to connect them with qualified job candidates. We can also host job fairs for businesses, and we will even promote them for you.

donny-beardenMember Name: Donny Bearden
Company Name: AmeriClear Rx
Position: Chief Operating Officer

OC-mapA new study from SmartAsset has ranked Obion County as one of the best places to get a mortgage in the state. The financial technology company previously ranked Union City among the top 10 places to retire in the state.

ATLANTA - Dyersburg/Dyer County is the recipient of the Big Muddy Cup, an award from Site Selection magazine recognizing the top metro area along the entire length of the Mississippi River for private-sector facility projects per capita. The Union City metropolitan area, which reaches into Kentucky, ranked fifth.

actThe Delta Regional Authority (DRA) has initiated a partnership with Iowa-based nonprofit ACT to help DRA counties and parishes create the infrastructure and policies that support local workforce development and training systems through a region-specific version of the ACT Work Ready Communities Academy.

thunderbolt-radio-stationsWhen the winners were announced at the Tennessee Associated Press Convention in Nashville last week, KYTN and WCMT radio stations were recognized for five "first place" awards! Charles Choate and Steve James combined for outstanding local news coverage recognition for" Best On the Spot News, Best Breaking News, Best Serious news, Best Local Weather Coverage, and Best Radio Newscast. Charles and Steve work closely each day covering the daily "beat" and produce twenty news casts that are heard on KYTN-FM, WCMT AM/FM, WCDZ-FM, and WQAK-FM.

jiffy-logoThis company's story starts with the son of a sharecropper that hitched a ride on a freight train from Tennessee to Chicago as a 14 year old seeking employment. This type of determination would go a long ways in the founder's life as he applied his willpower to care for his family. In 1940, John Bailey Simrell and his brother-in-law toiled over a way to create enough steam to commercially shape and block hats quickly and easily. The birth of the Jiffy Model J-1 resulted from those efforts as well as dozens of models to follow over the decades. When Mr. John added a hose and steam head attachment, the product morphed into a fabric steamer that removed wrinkles from clothing, draperies and other materials.

commissionerClint Joiner with Jiffy Steamer welcomed TN ECD on Friday, February 6 with a company overview and plant tour followed by Representative Bill Sanderson welcoming him at his newly opened White Squirrel Winery in Kenton.

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