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NASHVILLE-Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced today the creation of a Rural Development Task Force that will bring resources together from a wide range of organizations to advance rural communities and economic development throughout Tennessee.

Tourism Revenues in Obion County Up 5.3%

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Governor Bill Haslam and Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, today announced during a special event at the Ryman Auditorium that tourism's direct domestic and international travel expenditures reached $17.7 billion in 2014, up 6.3 percent, and an all-time high for the state. Tourism-generated jobs for Tennesseans reached 152,900, an increase of 2.8 percent. State and local sales tax revenue for the industry topped $1.5 billion, up 7 percent over 2013, and the ninth consecutive year tourism topped $1 billion, according to the latest statistics from the 2014 Economic Impact of Travel on Tennessee as reported by U.S. Travel Association.

Obion County and TN ECD Officials Visit Tyson Foods Headquarter OfficeObion County and TN ECD officials recently visited Tyson Foods corporate headquarters in the Springdale, Arkansas. After meeting with company officials, the group toured the headquarter facility. Tyson Foods has a McDonalds facility in Union City, employing approximately 1,100 team members from Northwest Tennessee and Southwest Kentucky. Pictured left to right: Lindsay Frilling, CEO Obion County Joint Economic Development Council; Bedford Dunavant, Chairman Union City IDB; Janna Hellums, Business Consultant TN ECD; Art Sparks, Chairman Obion County Joint Economic Development Council.

Fincher Visits Tyson FoodsTyson Foods Complex Manager Keith (far right) gave Congressman Fincher (second from right) and his field staff a tour of the Obion County facility on August 24th.

mayor rountable meetingThank you to the city of Kenton for hosting this quarter's Mayor's Rountable! Also, to State Representative Bill Sanderson and White Squirrel Winery for providing us with our meal and venue!

Health QuestCongratulations to HealthQuest on celebrating 20 years! The Obion County Chamber of Commerce wishes you many more years of success!

final flightCongratulations to Final Flight Outfitters for being awarded the Tennessee Family Owned Small Business of the Year! Jon Ed Powers, Tripp Powers and Kelley Powers

My name is Trent Ams with Union City Carpet Center. Today I would like to take a moment to call your attention to a few items regarding the Obion County Chamber of Commerce.

Having worked at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company here in Union City for over 37 years, I can say without reservation that I have experience in the manufacturing environment. I was fortunate in that I was able to retire from Goodyear, but was not really old enough to retire from working. Union City Carpet Center has been a family owned business for more than 42 years, and my wife has owned and operated this retail and service business for the last 28 years. Since Goodyear shut down, she has worked me into this business and I literally had to learn a new way of "work life". Gone are the days of shift work, where I could leave work at the workplace, and somewhat "forgetaboutit". Retail is so much different from factory work that, at times, it can be overwhelming. I have found that "store hours" are merely guidelines for daily operations and you do whatever and whenever it takes to keep the doors open. She and I both have met with potential customers at night, Sunday afternoons, holidays, etc. I say all of this to say, it's tough for a small business in a small community. Everyone knows this, but I just thought I would remind you.

PO Box 1415 ~ Union City, TN 38281

August 5, 2015

Dear Friends, On September 19, 2015, the Union City J'Cettes will be hosting their annual Union City Super Hero 5K event. The generous donations in the past has helped make our organization a great success. We hope you will be able to help support our efforts by making a donation, joining us for the fun that day, or both. The money raised at this event is used by the J'Cettes to support our community through charitable events including Chimes for Charity, Hometown Walk of Hope, March of Dimes, Boys and Girls Club, 4-H Club, Rotary Club Scholarship Program and numerous other worthy causes.

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