Programs-benefit-from-3-Star-grantsThe entire community will benefit from $10,000 worth of ThreeStar Grants awarded to Obion County programs. Grants of $5,000 each were presented to the Obion County Sheriff's Department for implementation of the TipSoft text message and email alert system and to the Obion County School System for its Back Pack Program. The Obion County Joint Economic Development Council made the application for the grants. The Governor's ThreeStar Program, administered by the Department of Economic and Community Development is designed to focus on areas identified as critical to ensuring the success of Tennessee communities. Those five pillars include jobs and economic development, fiscal strength and efficient government, public safety, education and workforce development and health and welfare.

Bouncing Back from Lost JobsA community that lost a major employer is bouncing back quickly. When a Goodyear plant closed in 2011, the unemployment rate in Union City, Tennessee jumped to 18%. Now less than four years later, that number is being cut in half. The efforts of state and local agencies helped to revitalize the area. Obion County Economic Development Director Lindsay Frilling said its thanks to businesses likes Greenfield Products expanding and new ones coming in like MIA Seating. Darius Mir, CEO of MIA Seating, or Made in America Seating, chose Union City out of 17 locations to build his plant.

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.

Baptist OneCare, Baptist Memorial Health Care's new electronic health record powered by Epic software, went live at four Baptist hospitals, including Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City, on March 1. Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville, located in Booneville, Miss., Baptist Rehabilitation-Germantown, located in the metro-Memphis area and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Huntingdon in Huntingdon, Tenn., also went live.

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.

Abernathy's Celebrates 60 years!Congratulations to Abernathy's for celebrating 60 years! We appreciate your service to Obion County and wish you many more years of success in the years to come! Thank you for your continued support of the Obion County Chamber of Commerce!

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City offered its Crash Course Nurse Camp to Local StudentsBaptist Memorial Hospital-Union City offered its Crash Course Nurse Camp to area high school students June 1-5 and July 6-10. Forty-four students participated.

Tax Free WeekendNASHVILLE -- The Department of Revenue reminds Tennesseans they can buy certain items without paying sales tax August 7th through August 9th. During these three days, Tennessee shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on clothing, school supplies and computers, as they prepare for the back-to-school season. "This holiday offers Tennesseans great savings on important back-to-school items, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity," Gov. Bill Haslam said.

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.

Herman Jenkins Business After Hours & Ribbon CuttingHerman Jenkins recently celebrated their grand reopening with an business after hours, open house, and ribbon cutting. Over 200 employees, friends, customers, and community members helped them celebrate!