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.

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.

Obion County and TN ECD Officials Visit Tyson Foods Headquarter OfficeAward Nomination Qualifications

Sponsorships Available:
Platinum: $1,000 (Seating for 10)
Gold: $500 (Seating for 5)
Bronze: $250 (Seating for 3)

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty, along with MVP Group International, Inc. officials announced today the company will expand its current operations at 600 Sherwood Dr. in Union City. The home fragrance company will invest $2 million and create 100 new jobs in Obion County.

MIA Seating Makes First Shipment from Union City

On Thursday, June 5, MIA Seating executive Darius Mir shared the following statement. "Today was a momentous day for us at MIA Seating, as we were able to ship the first product from our new Union City factory.

Main Street Christmas Tree LightingMain Street Union City presents the 2014 Christmas Tree Lighting, Monday, December 8, at 5:30 P.M.at the Obion County Courthouse with the Christmas Parade following at 7:00 P.M., in downtown Union City, TN. Master of Ceremonies, Joe Ward and invocation delivered by Crossword Church pastor, Jeremy Powell. Entertainment provided by Jaime Worrell, Obion County Children's Chorus, Union City Elementary Chorus Kids, and Voices of UCES. Christmas ornament winners from area schools will decorate the tree followed by 2014 Pride of Obion County, David Harris, lighting the tree. Santa will be in Merchants Park at 4:00 P.M. along with face painting by Gina Lyon. Popes Concessions will be set up in Merchants Park serving delicious food throughout the day beginning at 11:00 A.M., throughout the Christmas Parade. For more information, call Phyllis Rauchle at the Main Street office at 885-8330.

Tiptonville, Tenn. -Reelfoot Lake State Park invites visitors to attend the annual eagle bus tours to observe bald eagles and waterfowl. Tours are conducted seven days a week through the end of February.

union-cityUnion City has been ranked one of the Top 10 places to retire in Tennessee by SmartAsset, a financial technology company. A happy, healthy retirement depends a lot on location. To find the best places to retire, SmartAsset gathered data for a study and considered four main factors that affect the quality of life for retirees.

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.

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

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.

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.

Shelter Insurance Grants Scholarships Shelter Insurance Foundation and Shelter Insurance-Justin Shaw Agency announce recipients of local high school scholarships.

J Cett Installation Banquet New 2016 Officers
First row from left to right: Stephanie Virgin, Publicist; Wendy Rice, Assistant Treasurer; Lindsay Frilling, External Vice President; Michelle Bing, Treasurer Second row from left to right: Audrey Gregg, Internal Vice President; Katie Keathley, President; Lauren Stallings, Chaplin; Stacey Haynes, Secretary.

tennessee vacation guideUNION CITY, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development released today the highly-anticipated 2016 Official Tennessee Vacation Guide featuring international entertainment icon and native Tennessean Dolly Parton. The guide also highlights some of Tennessee's most authentic tourism attractions such as "18 Magical Tennessee Experiences" on page 22, which includes Discovery Park of America in UNION CITY.