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Action / briefs - Crossville Chamber
Action / briefs
Official Quarterly Publication of the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce • April 2009 • Vol 27 • No. 2
From the Chair
Janice Hamby
Convention &
Visitors Bureau
Pepe Perron
Membership
Development
Dorine Hatler
Community
Development
Jane Powers
Economic
Development
Don Sadler
AGRI-TOURISM
Linda Daugherty
Retail
Development
Jerry Wood
Retiree
Recruitment
Don Alexander
Business
Barometer
FOR CROSSVILLE
& CUMBERLAND
COUNTY
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
If your first instinct is
to cut your marketing
and business development effort – think
twice.
Studies have
shown that companies
who continue to market
intelligently through recessionary periods not
only fare better during a
challenge, but once the
economy turns around, they recover faster and
experience much higher rates of growth than
competitors that sit idle during the tough times.
It is time to get bold! Now is not the time to
second guess every decision you are about to
make. It is time to get bold and entrepreneurial, to look at new options and opportunities and
think about how you could do things better.
It is imperative that we, the business owners
and executives of our companies, look beyond
the economic challenge. It’s incumbent upon
us to find the solutions, to create the opportunities and forge ahead. The future of our companies and the welfare of our employees depend
on this.
Don’t sit idle. Now more than ever, using your
Chamber membership and the power of the network is a perfect way to get things kick-started.
Here are ways your Chamber can help:
Expand your network- there’s never been a better time. Every Chamber event is a networking
event. Come out and come often. Attendance
at Chamber events is at record levels. Look beyond generating business from attendees and
focus on helping them understand what you do
so they can refer you to their network. The key
is to do the same for them. As Stephen Covey
said in the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People “Seek first to understand, then to be understood”. It really works.
Talk to members about what they are experiencing. There is great value in speaking to people
beyond the obvious business generation potential. Ask other business owners what they’re
experiencing and what they are doing about it.
You’ll be surprised what you can learn.
Learn how members can help you. Can you use
technology to make your business more effective with a little training? Instead of shying away
from these investments, look to other Chamber
members to help you find ways to make this
happen.
Hone your ability to communicate what you do.
Practice your 30 second speech at a networking event – test out different variations and understand what resonates best with your target
audience. This strategy is prospect research
at its cheapest and most direct. The more you
practice, the more effective and confident you’ll
become at generating leads for your business.
Using your Chamber membership to its fullest
extent is arguably your most cost-effective tool
to combat recessionary times. You just need
to use it. I hope to see you at the next Chamber event. Just a note – Congratulations and
THANK YOU! to our local bankers who are indeed BANKING ON THE FUTURE.
(See page 4)
34 South Main Street • Crossville, TN 38555 • 931-484-8444 • Fax 931-484-7511
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CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU
Pepe Perron, Chair
CERTIFIED TENNESSEE
TOURISM PROFESSIONAL COLLEGE or CTTP
The Certified Tennessee Tourism Professional College will
be held on May 6-8 in Mt. Juliet. The event is a partnership program of Tennessee Tourism Roundtable and The University of
Tennessee Tourism Institute. It is recognized as a symbol of excellence and leadership within Tennessee’s tourism and hospitality industries. Tourism professionals with experience seeking
the CTTP certification, former graduates of the CTTP program,
and anyone new in tourism management and marketing wishing to learn skills that will assist them with their responsibilities
are welcome to attend.
Ivy Gardner received the Durrell Roberts Scholarship to attend CTTP.
“Weathering the Storm”
The Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce participated at the Blizzard III –“Weathering the Storm” in Nashville
on January 22-23, 2009. Over 140 community tourism leaders
from across the state joined together to learn how to flourish
with tourism during economic downturns. Commissioner Susan Whitaker and former championship coach Michael Burt
motivated attendees to “weather the storm” in 2009. Attendees
also learned the latest in Tennessee tourism research, strategies to protect tourism budgets, growing interest in Culinary
and Agri-Tourism, the latest marketing opportunities thru social
media and cell phones plus more.
Left to Right: Ruth Dyal – Upper Cumberland Tourism Association; Derrick
Smith – TN Department of Tourist Development; Ivy Gardner – CrossvilleCumberland County Chamber of Commerce
Crossville–Cumberland County
Represented in D.C.
Cumberland County Mayor Brock Hill and Chamber
Representative Ivy Gardner represented CrossvilleCumberland County at the Tennessee Sampler held in
Washington, D.C. Entertainment legend, Dolly Parton,
Photo Caption: Cumberland County Mayor Brock Hill and Ivy Gardner,
Chamber of Commerce, prepare their booth at the Tennessee Sampler.
performed at this year’s Tennessee Sampler, an exclusive
VIP event hosted by the Tennessee Department of Tourist
Development on February 10. Guests were able to be the
first to hear Parton perform songs from her brand new
musical “Sha-Kon-O-Hey! Land of Blue Smoke.”
An annual tradeshow, the Tennessee Sampler highlights
Tennessee tourism assets including major hotels and
attractions, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, and regional
tourism associations. This year the Sampler brought more
than 80 industry professionals representing more than 50
tourism entities to the D.C. region. Invited guests included
tour operators, group leaders, AAA offices, freelance
travel writers, local, regional, and national media outlets.
Mayor Hill stated, “The Golf Capital of Tennessee booth
had its greatest visitation of any Sampler I have attended.
Of course, Dolly is obviously a big draw anywhere.
However, tour organizers are expressing an interest in
shorter trips. Tennessee is close to the D.C. area and our
location along I-40 makes for an easy stop. Time will tell,
but I would characterize this year’s Tennessee Sampler a
success.”
CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU
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Pepe Perron, Chair
“Celebrations
and Challenges”
The Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of
Commerce assisted in the sponsorship of the Fourth
Annual Alliance for the Cumberlands conference held
on February 23, 2009, at Fall Creek Falls State Park.
Pepe Perron, CVB Chairman, attended the meeting
along with over 100 leaders from other communities.
The theme for this year’s event was “Celebrations and
Challenges!” Speakers informed attendees to celebrate
the successes throughout the Cumberland Plateau and
be able to recognize and deal with challenges when
they arise. Alliance for the Cumberlands announced
their new website – www.letsgoplateau.com and
announced that the Natural Trail website will be up and
running by this summer. Crossville-Cumberland County
is well displayed on these websites due to the beautiful
scenery the area has to offer.
Partnerships Are
More Important Now
Than Ever
During this economic downturn, it is important to
reach out and partner with peer organizations to allow
each of you to get the best “bang for your buck”. The
Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce
has decided to do just that and partner with the Upper
Cumberland Tourism Association and surrounding tourism
associations. Along with their partners, the Chamber
will attend the Southern Women’s Show, the “Discover
Tennessee” tradeshow, and the “Staycation Expo” all in
Nashville. These shows allow tourism leaders to showcase
their area to tourists from not only Tennessee but around
the United States.
FAM Tour
Ruth Dyal, Executive Director of the Upper Cumberland
Tourism Association, spent Tuesday, February 26 touring
Crossville-Cumberland County. Ms. Dyal began her day
with J.H. Graham III, Mayor, City of Crossville welcoming
her to the community and giving her a brief overview at
the Palace Theatre where she also heard a presentation by
Downtown Crossville, Inc. and a tour of the Palace. Pepe
Perron then met Ms. Dyal at the Chamber office to discuss
the many tourism activities available in the area. Ms. Dyal
was able to tour Centennial Park and the Carl T. Duer, Sr.
Soccer Complex, the Conference Center at Fairfield Glade,
Druid Hills Golf Club, and the Homestead Community.
Chip Hillis with the Cumberland Mountain State Park
discussed the history and current status of the park
with Ms. Dyal over lunch. Ms. Dyal ended her day at
Stonehaus Winery where she was greeted by CVB and
Chamber representatives. The Chamber would like to
thank everyone that participated in making Ms. Dyal’s
visit memorable.
Women’s Open
Selects Stonehenge
as New Home
The Golf Capital of Tennessee Women’s Open
Championship presented by the City of Crossville will
call Stonehenge Golf Club in Fairfield Glade, its new
home in 2009. The Women’s Open championship has
been in existence since 1999 with the City of Crossville
playing the role of the host city for the past five years. The
tournament will kick off Wednesday, July 15 with a proam with the actual tournament being played July 16-18.
The tournament is open to Tennessee female amateurs,
female amateurs from bordering states and female
professionals. The City of Crossville officials feel this is an
opportunity to expand the visibility of the tournament.
Crossville Profiles
Crossville Profiles can be seen on Charter Communications Channel 12, Comcast Communications Channel 12, and Spirit Broadband Channel 15. Vol First will
be joining the network soon. This is were viewers get to
learn more about the pride and people of Crossville and
Cumberland County. Guests include local educators,
culture and festival sponsors, arts organizations, and experts on lesser-known but unique and wonderful parts of
Cumberland County. If you would like to be featured on
Crossville Profiles, please contact the Chamber office.
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MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
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Dorine Hatler, Chair
“Banking on the Future” — Theme for
Local Banks Hosting Membership Drive
The financial institutions in Cumberland County show support for the efforts of the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce to increase marketing programs designed to
promote the area.
All eight local banks were involved in a membership drive to
recruit new members for the Chamber of Commerce during the
week of February 9th. The banks divided in two teams:
Team 1 - Karen Cole, Progressive Savings Bank; Kathy Dillon,
The First Bank; Bill Startup, Cumberland County Bank and the
leader for Team 1 was Cindy Turner, Regions Bank.
Team 2 - Tom Bristow, Bank of Crossville; Jack Chadwell,
Highland Federal Savings & Loan; Amanda Elmore, U. S. Bank
and the leader for Team 2 was Randy Graham, First National
Bank of Tennessee.
Team 2 was the overall winner however; both teams did an
excellent job recruiting a total of 35 new members. The top three
recruiters were Randy Graham, Cindy Turner and Kathy Dillon.
Chamber chair Janice Hamby said “We appreciate the time
the banks gave to support our efforts to reach an all-time high
in membership and breaking previous drive records. It is great
to see the banks coming together and working toward this important and common goal. We have made the determination
Standing: Bill Startup – Cumberland County Bank; Tom Bristow – Bank of
Crossville; Cindy Turner – Regions Bank; Dorine Hatler – Chamber; Karen
Cole – Progressive Savings Bank; Randy Graham – First National Bank of
Tennessee; Kathy Dillon – The First Bank
Seated: Amanda Elmore – US Bank; Jack Chadwell – Highland Federal
Savings & Loan, and Janice Hamby – Chamber chair
that in these challenging economic times we will increase our
effort to market our community in order to develop and maintain an economic climate that creates and retains jobs and enhances our quality of life.”
Wyndham Resort @ Fairfield Glade donated a vacation getaway to the winning team.
NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS
BEST WESTERN LEISURE INN
GOLF PACKAGES
4035 Hwy. 127 North • Crossville, TN 38571
Jennifer L. Lentscher • 931-484-1551
Best Western Leisure Inn – Golf Packages are available to eleven highly rated golf
courses within a 15-mile radius of the Best Western Leisure Inn.
COMFORT KEEPERS
80 Miller Avenue • Crossville, TN 38555
Ashley Turner • 931-456-9000
Comfort Keepers is dedicated to providing the kind of non-medical in-home care that
helps enrich lives and maintain the highest possible level of independent living.
CROSSVILLE COAL, INC
6728 Smith Mountain Road • Crab Orchard, TN 37723
Michael Webster • 931-707-8032
Crossville Coal Inc. is owned by Hillsborough Resources and is an underground
thermal coal mine.
CUMBERLAND COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND
P. O. Box 1693 • Fairfield Glade, TN 38558
Bruce Gallant • 931-707-8174
Cumberland County Community Band performs at community events and four
formal concerts performances each year – free admission.
CUMBERLAND GOOD SAMARITANS, INC.
281 10th Street • Crossville, TN 38555
Mickey Eldridge • 931-484-3225
Cumberland Good Samaritans, Inc. is a non-profit organization that for over 25
years has addressed the unmet needs of people in Cumberland County through
support services.
HARTMAN & HILLNER, CPA’s
203 Overlook Lane • Fairfield Glade, TN 38558
Kathie Hillner • 931-210-0030
Hartman & Hillner, CPA’s offers affordable personal, individual and business
services, serving Fairfield Glade and Crossville.
KELLY SERVICES
10307 Kingston Pike • Knoxville, TN 37922
Bryan Long • 865-691-5552
Kelly Services provides employment to businesses with skills, including office
services, accounting, engineering, information technology, law, science, marketing,
creative services, light industrial, education, and health care.
LAKE TANSI GOLF COURSE
2476 Dunbar Road • Crossville, TN 38572
Aubrey King • 931-788-3301
Lake Tansi Golf Course offers golf and tee times seven days a week and has every
amenity to handle a golfers wants (including a pavilion and snack bar).
MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
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Dorine Hatler, Chair
LAW OFFICES OF CAROLINE E. KNIGHT
28 West Fifth Street • Crossville, TN 38555
Attorney Caroline E. Knight • 931-484-3556
The Law Office of Caroline E. Knight provides services including representation of
the criminally accused, divorce, civil matters, wills, and estates.
MILLER HEATING & COOLING
1896 East First Street, Suite 101 • Crossville, TN 38555
Jonathan Miller • 931-456-8474
RENEGADE NATIONAL GOLF
PACKAGES & RENTALS
3721 Renegade Mt. Parkway • Crab Orchard, TN 37723
Gwen Lane • 931-484-5285
Renegade offers the Renegade National course as well as Bear Trace and all of the
Fairfield Glade Courses in their golf course and wedding packages.
SHELTER INSURANCE COMPANY
957 West Avenue, Suite 2 • Crossville, TN 38555
Marlo T. Wright • 931-484-5439
Miller Heating & Cooling is locally owned and offers full service heating and
air conditioning, installation and air quality products for both residential and
commercial needs. TVA Quality Contractor approved.
Shelter Insurance Co. offers excellent service and coverage at competitive prices for
your home, auto, business, farm, and life insurance.
JESSICA PHILLIPS, CPA
SOUTHERN STARS SYMPHONIC BRASS
186 Hwy. 70 East • Crossville, TN 38555
Jessica Phillips, CPA • 931-456-4350
361 Rotherham Drive • Fairfield Glade, TN 38558
Dwight T. Wages • 931-484-6939
Jessica Phillips, CPA offers services in financial consulting, bookkeeping, federal
and state tax preparation, and financial reviews at reasonable rates.
The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass offers “Premium Entertainment” and
performs a wide variety of music to appeal to a broad audience.
RENEGADE NATIONAL GOLF RESORT
BENNY HILL - THIRD TENNESSEE
AUCTION COMPANY - Associate Member
3721 Renegade Mt. Parkway • Crab Orchard, TN 37723
Gwen Lane • 931-484-5285
Built 2,800 feet above sea level on top of Renegade Mountain in Cumberland
County with views that are just breath taking.
2008 North Main Street • Crossville, TN 38555
Benny Hill • 931-484-4173
Third Tennessee Auction offers services for real estate/property management auctions.
MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT DRIVE
ACTION REAL ESTATE
1606 South Main Street • Crossville, TN 38555
Bill Smith • 931-787-1606
Action Real Estate serves the Crossville and Cumberland area and is dedicated to
assist buyers and sellers with their real estate needs in a professional, courteous,
and friendly manner.
BRYAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
ASSOCIATION
123 West Broad Street • Cookeville, TN 38501
Gail Luna • 931-372-6088
Byran Symphony Orchestra Association is the only professional symphony in a rural
area of Tennessee and that masterfully mixes works by the world’s most beloved
composers.
CARWILE MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS
433 East 15th Street • Cookeville, TN 38501
Gary Carwile • 931-526-6151
Carwile Mechanical Contractors has four fully staffed divisions-commercial,
industrial, residential, and service — working together with each customer to provide
unsurpassed expertise in design, fabrication, installation, and equipment procurement.
COOKEVILLE HEATING
& COOLING SERVICES, LLC
347 East Stevens Street • Cookeville, TN 38501
Garry Floeter • 931-528-5514
Cookeville Heating & Cooling Services, LLC offers fast response time to both
regular and emergency after-hours service calls and a customized maintenance
program tailored to meet your requirements.
D & D HEATING & COOLING
6073 Lantana Road • Crossville, TN 38572
Dan Price • 931-788-1671
With over 12 years of experience, D & D Heating & Cooling offers heating and air
installation and repair for both commercial and residential.
DALE’S AUTO SALES LLC
1037 South Main Street • Crossville, TN 38555
Dale Wilson • 931-787-1095
Dale’s Auto Sales has a great selection of previously owned autos for you to choose from.
DELOY L. BROWN PETROLEUM. LLC
319 Miller Avenue • Crossville, TN 38555
Rodney Brown • 931-484-5021
Deloy L. Brown Petroleum, LLC has served Crossville and Cumberland County for
fifty years — offering services in petroleum and lubricants products.
THE FEED STORE
928 Highway 70 East • Crossville, TN 38555
Michael Ingram • 931-456-0604
The Feed Store offers a complete selection of feed, farm, lawn and garden supplies.
DANIEL TYLER ABBOTT
FIRST BANK - Associate Member
139 Elmore Road • Crossville, TN 38555
Daniel Tyler • 931-484-2521
Mr. Abbott advises options available on full service brokerage with emphasis on
comprehensive financial planning to help put your money to work.
CHRIS SHOEMAKE
FIRST BANK - Associate Member
139 Elmore Road • Crossville, TN 38555
Chris Shoemake • 931-484-2521 or 423-855-3037
Mr. Shoemake offers personalized service and lowest rates possible with quick turn
around time.
FURNITURE WAREHOUSE
359 Livingston Road • Crossville, TN 38555
Greg Tabor • 931-707-9984
Furniture Warehouse offers a wide selection of retail furniture at low overhead pricing.
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MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
Dorine Hatler, Chair
GRADE A CATERING
1570 Brown Avenue #8 • Cookeville, TN 38501
Grada Casey • 931-372-8540
Grade A Catering has over 20 years experience preparing and serving food to
the public. They offer to help coordinate and plan menus, special events, and
ensure your meal will be the best it can be.
LAKELAND ELECTRIC, INC.
1560 Brown Avenue • Cookeville, TN 38501
Terry Kendall • 931-526-7216
From 10,000 square foot renovations to 500,000 square foot design-build
projects, around-the clock emergency service to state of the art infrared
maintenance checks, excellence can be seen in every detail of Lakeland
Electric’s work.
MIKKI’S FRAME SHOP
82 Hwy. 70 East • Crossville, TN 38555
Mariska Kavich • 931-787-1986
RICK’S RELIABLE TRANSMISSION
721 West Avenue • Crossville, TN 38555
Rick Patton • 931-707-0114
Rick’s Reliable Transmission has over 20 years experience and specializes
only in transmission and clutch repairs (including 4 x 4’s).
SALON SOLUTIONS
142 Woodmere Mall • Crossville, TN 38555
Laura Himelrick • 931-484-0818
Salon Solutions has 28 years experience and offers services including
cuts, foils, permanents, cosmetics (eyeliner and eyebrows) and carries
a large selection of handbags and other accessories along with beauty
supply products.
SEC ENTERPRISES, INC.
2128 Burton Branch Road • Cookeville, TN 38506
Danny Elmore • 931-537-6055
From a simple poster to a delicate heirloom, Mikki’s Frame Shop is ready to
handle any framing need.
SEC Enterprises, Inc. specializes in wholesale beer, ale, and wine products.
They also offer fresh juice concentrates at wholesale prices.
Steve Andre - MORGAN KEEGAN
Associate Member
SUPERIOR CAR CARE & DETAILING
6837 Peavine Road • Fairfield Glade, TN 38558
Steve Andre • 931-707-2024
Morgan Keegan is a regional investment banking, securities, brokerage, trust,
and asset management firm.
MULLINAX BOOKKEEPING & TAX
SERVICE
230 Fairview Drive • Crossville, TN 38571
Kathy Mullinax • 931-335-5695
Mullinax Bookkeeping & Tax Service has served the Crossville area since
1996 by providing customized bookkeeping and tax preparation services to
individuals and businesses.
PATTON and HYDER, PLLC
11 C. V. Hale Lane • Crossville, TN 38572
Jennifer Hale • 931-788-3335
Superior Car Care & Detailing offers detailing on autos, trucks, SUV’s, boats,
RV’s, motorcycles and semi’s with auto pick-up and delivery available.
THE UNIFORM SHOP
591 South Main Street • Crossville, TN 38555
Patrick Graham • 931-484-8076
The Uniform Shop offers a complete selection for medical uniforms to meet
your needs.
UPPER CUMBERLAND
DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
1225 S. Willow Avenue • Cookeville, TN 38506
Wendy Askins • 931-432-4111
157 Lantana Road • Crossville, TN 38555
Earl Patton & Susan Hyder • 931-787-1333
The Upper Cumberland Development District serves the 14 Upper
Cumberland Counties of Tennessee and is committed to improving
the quality of life of all the people through community outreach, funds
administration, and program services.
PETRIE HEATING & COOLING
230 Woodmere Mall • Crossville, TN 38555
Lisa Masters • 931-456-7084
Patton and Hyder, PLLC provides a wide variety of legal services and is currently
accepting new clients in the following areas: personal injuries, social security
disability, real estate, divorce and family law, wills and estates, and criminal
defense.
3034 Peavine Road • Crossville, TN 38571
Randal Petrie • 931-484-8888
Petrie Heating & Cooling is a full-service provider of residential HVAC
solutions.
CHRISTIE KIMBRO - REGIONS BANK
Associate Member
175 Miller Avenue • Crossville, TN 38555
Christie Kimbro • 931-456-3510
Ms. Kimbro has over seven years banking experience and specializes in
purchases and refinancing home mortgages with FHA, THDA, USDA, VA, and
construction loans.
JILL SMITH - REGIONS BANK
Associate Member
6837 Peavine Road • Fairfield Glade, TN 38558
Jill Smith • 931-707-2009
Ms. Smith specializes in the purchase and refinancing of residential
properties – primary residences, second homes, and investment properties.
WHOLESALE FURNITURE
WILLIAMS WHOLESALE SUPPLY, INC.
250 South Jefferson Avenue • Cookeville, TN 38501
Bobby Williams • 931-528-6441
Williams Wholesale Supply, Inc. is a great place to shop for light
fixtures, electric and plumbing supplies for your new home or your next
remodeling project.
MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
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Dorine Hatler, Chair
GRAND OPENINGS AND RIBBON CUTTINGS
VOL FIRST TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES
205 O’Brien Drive • Crossville, TN 38555
931-484-5097
CITY BREW
1057 West Ave. • Crossville, TN 38555
931-787-1492
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
One of the most frequently mentioned benefits of membership in the Chamber is networking, so on a quarterly basis, the
Chamber sponsors Business After Hours – funded and hosted by members for members (and prospective members) to get to
know each other in a relaxed and comfortable environment. The March 17th Business After Hours was sponsored by: America
Restaurant, First Bank, Frontier Communications,
Mid-State Construction, New Beginnings and Taylor, Bilyeu & Company CPAs, PC with assistance
provided by Budweiser and Chestnut Hill Winery
with approximately 150 Chamber member representatives attending.
If you haven’t made it a habit of attending, you
are missing out on one of the best uses of your
membership investment. Please plan to attend
and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity
of networking and display your business cards or
organization brochures on our display table.
If you would like to be a sponsor of an upcoming Business After Hours or if you are interested in
donating a door prize please contact the Chamber
at 484-8444.
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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
Jane Powers, Chair
20th Annual Legislative Breakfast
Members of the Tennessee General Assembly gathered with over 100 Cumberland County civic and business leaders on
Monday, January 12, 2009 to discuss various issues that affect the local area. State
Senators, Charlotte Burks and James Kyle,
Jr., along with State Representatives, Eric
Swafford and Jason Mumpower focused
their talks on the economy and education.
State leaders will focus their attention on
dealing with the state’s estimated $1 billion
shortfall and protecting education K through
12 and higher education from budget cuts.
Senator Burks also touched on the various
road projects in the area. The expansion of
Lantana Road is “shovel ready” meaning
that work will begin when funding is availSteve Rains, Community Development Vice-Chair welcomes
able. The bridge widening project at Peavine community leaders as Laney Colvard and State Representative, Eric
Road is progressing and is expected to be
Swafford look on.
complete in late May or early June.
LEADERSHIP CUMBERLAND VISITS
THE STATE CAPITOL
On February 23 & 24, the Leadership Cumberland
Class of 2009 visited the State Capitol in Nashville.
The class was searching for information on “The Big
Picture – State Government” and definitely found it.
The participants were able to experience the Tennessee
Legislature in action by attending the Tennessee House
of Representatives session and the Tennessee Senate
Commerce Committee meeting. They also attended the
Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry luncheon
meeting with Lieutenant Governor, Ron Ramsey. The
participants were also able to meet one on one with
Representative Eric Swafford, Senator Charlotte Burks,
and the Lieutenant Governor to discuss issues facing the
State of Tennessee at the present time.
This year was the first time participants were able
to stay overnight in Nashville. The participants visited
the Capitol and the multi-million, historical Downtown
Nashville Library. All of these activities were made possible
by our corporate sponsors – Wal-Mart and Home Away
from Home.
CALLING ALL LEADERSHIP
CUMBERLAND ALUMNI
Pam Hofmann, Leadership Cumberland Alumni, and
Ivy Gardner, Leadership Cumberland Coordinator are
partnering together to develop a Leadership Cumberland
Alumni Association. The two will travel to the Tennessee
Association for Community Leadership Conference in
Pigeon Forge, TN from October 7-9. The Leadership
Cumberland Alumni Association will develop community
service projects and support the Leadership Cumberland
program. If you are a Leadership Cumberland Alumni and
would like to participate, please call the Chamber office.
Leadership
Cumberland 2009
Largest class ever!
Nathan Clouse
Cumberland
County Bank
Chuck Davis
Progressive
Savings Bank
Meka Doxtator
Cumberland County
Playhouse
Amanda Elmore
U. S. Bank
On January 28, 2009 the Leadership Cumberland Class of 2009 attended
their first class “Know Yourself – Know Your Community”. Leadership
Cumberland is a seven month program (one class per month) designed
to expose participants to all sides of important issues and opportunities.
Each session is planned to provide information on specific topics.
Traci Fant
First Realty
Company
Patricia Folio
Conference Center at
Fairfield Glade
Ivy Gardner
Crossville Chamber
of Commerce
The Leadership Sessions will
be facilitated by Chamber
Board Members, and other
community leaders including:
Teresa Sherrill Duncan, Randy
Graham, Gary Greene, Martha
Hale, Jane Powers, Don Sadler,
and Jim Young. Effort is made
to make the classes challenging
and interesting. Once the
class participants complete
their Leadership Cumberland
program, they are challenged to
take their experiences forward
and apply them to their daily
lives with the goal of effectuating
positive changes and growth in
our community.
Benny Hill
Third Tennessee
Realty & Assoc.
Crossville Housing
Authority
Tom Wolf
Marlo T. Wright
Linda Taylor
Dwight Wages
City of Crossville
Colinx, LLC
Caroline Knight Denise Narramore
Law Offices of
Caroline E. Knight
Marley Wyatt
Third Tennessee
Realty & Assoc.
Shelter Insurance
Company
Southern Stars
Symphonic Brass
Bill Sanders
Lefty’s Barbeque
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
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DON SADLER, Chair
SAE 2009 World Congress
SAE remains the door of opportunity to reach over 33,000
automotive engineers, top executives, hard-to-reach prospects
and future Tennessee-based manufacturing companies. This is
an opportunity for face-to-face contact with the industry’s key
decision-makers and influencers. OEM Companies participating will include BMW of North America, Chrysler, Honda (2009
Host Company), Ford, General Motors, Nissan, and Toyota.
Supplier companies will include Avery-Dennison, Borg, Dassault Systems, Henkel, Lear, PPG, and Yazaki.
The State of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has extended an invitation to Crossville and
Cumberland County to join them at the premier Automotive Technology Event – Racing to Green Mobility – SAE 2009 World Congress. Cumberland County Mayor Brock Hill will be attending.
The event will be held April 20-23 in Detroit, Michigan, at the
COBO Center. SAE International is delighted to partner with Honda Tier 1 strategic partner, Bosch, to bring the largest automotive
technology-focused event in the world back to the Motor City.
“Winning in a Turbulent Economy”
The 14th Annual Rural Development Conference was
held April 1 & 2 at Tennessee Technological University. The
focus for this year’s conference was “Winning in a Turbulent
Economy”. Attendees heard leaders in the rural development
industry discuss topics that are important in these economic
times. A full day of workshops was held on April 2 including
“Making Effective Presentations to Prospects” and “Industrial
Site Development: Best Practices”. Beth Alexander and Ivy
Gardner attended the conference.
TOGETHER — IT JUST WORKS BETTER!
Members of the Economic Development Board would like to thank Kim Kemmer and TAP Publishing for
developing these ads to be utilized in their publications when possible. It is imperative that Crossville
and Cumberland County continue to pursue industrial related projects in order to provide jobs and
enhance our quality-of-life. Business partners like TAP Publishing make this a great community in which
to do business.
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✓ Located within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population
✓ Crossville Municipal Airport provides a runway length of 5400 feet
✓ Quality educational facilities, encompassing two A+ high schools and vocational/technical training facility to the two
university programs and Cumberland County Higher Education Center offering many courses leading to degrees in fields such
as business and industry.
✓ Excellent infrastructure prepared for industrial use and future growth
✓ Many recreational opportunities, including championship golf courses, a state park and an award-winning playhouse
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✷ Quality work force availab
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✷ Excellent school system
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✷ Low business and propert
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✷ Low cost of living with
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✷ Four distinct seasons
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AGRI-TOURISM DIVISION
PAGE 11
Linda Daugherty, Chair
Friends of Farming Announced
Century Farms Recognized
Around 100 people attended the 15th Annual Farm Festival Luncheon hosted by the Agri-Tourism Committee of the
Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce. The
event, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas, and Farm Bureau, is held each year at the
Community Complex to recognize Century Farms and Friends
of Farming in Cumberland County.
Dr. Richard Daugherty, featured guest speaker, focused on
the importance of agriculture during economic downturns. He
highlighted the savings and health benefits that consumers
have when they purchase from their local farmers. Dr. Daugherty asked the audience to support their local farms and be
thankful for the agricultural resources, programs, and farm
families in and around Cumberland County.
Walt Hitch, UT Research & Education Center Director, rec-
ognized previous Century Farm award winners. These included:
Hendrix Farm (1801), Greenberry Wilson Farm (1808), Brady Farm
(1852), R.E. Kemmer Farm (1860), Tommy & Rebecca Kemmer
Farm (1860), Orme Farm (1866), Little Cove Farm (1866), Wheeler
Farm (1867), John C. Kemmer Farm (1879), B.A.T. Angus Farm
(1898), Homer H. Taylor Farm (1899), and George E. & James. S.
Kemmer Farm (1906). There were no new Century Farms awarded this year.
The Friends of Farming awards are given to those who have
dedicated their life to agriculture and farming. The first Friend of
Farming award was given to the Cumberland County Livestock
Producers Association for their dedication to livestock producers
in this area. The second Friend of Farming award was given to
Shadden Tire Company for their continued support of the agriculture community in Cumberland County. RETAIL DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
Jerry Wood, Chair
Support Local Retailers
Retail sales have declined locally, but Crossville-Cumberland depends heavily on sales tax revenue. These revenues are used
County is still ahead of many communities in Tennessee and to support our school system and other government agencies.
the United States. With the closing of a few retail businesses, Retail Development Chair, Jerry Wood stated, “We believe Shop
including Goody’s Family Clothing,
Crossville First makes sense and
local leaders have band together to
saves dollars. Besides getting great
National Retailers in Crossville
increase opportunities to grow local
deals locally shoppers save time and
retail and small businesses. The
gas by not driving out of town to
latest investment is the Carl T. Duer,
shop.” It is important that residents
Sr. Soccer Complex that promises to
realize that by shopping locally, you
bring large, money spending crowds
keep money re-circulating within the
Crossville Trade Area Opportunity Gap - Retail Stores
to Crossville-Cumberland County.
local economy.
Local leaders have always been
concerned with the retail health
of this community. Special efforts
promoting retail growth date back to
Crossville is a pro-business community that is
centrally located between Nashville, Knoxville
and Chattanooga and ideally situated for
the original sale of what is now the
business in Tennessee.
Crossville Outlet Mall. The CrossvilleCumberland County ranks 16th of 95 counties in
Tennessee for tourist expenditures and 1st in
the Upper Cumberland area.
Cumberland County Chamber of
Cumberland County enjoys the third lowest
property tax rate in Tennessee.
The Retail Development CommitCommerce partnered with local
Name-brand stores and restaurants, the
tee
will host their first “Banking on the
banks to originally build the building
Crossville Outlet Center, local favorites, as well
as a wide variety of specialty shops and
boutiques can all be found in Crossville.
Future” Mixer on April 23 from 5:00 –
for industrial use. The opportunity
Continuous improvements are being made to
6:30 PM. This event will be held at
city and county infrastructure in order to
to convert the space for retail use
provide for present and future growth.
the Crossville Outlet Mall. This is a
presented itself and now the building
Crossville’s trade area includes not only
Cumberland County but surrounding counties
as well.
great opportunity for networking with
is much larger and owned by the
The average household net worth in
local business people. There will be
Cumberland County exceeds $350,000 and over
world’s largest operator of outlet
1,250 households have a net worth of one
million dollars or more.
door prizes, food, and fun for everycenters, Chelsea Property Group.
We have a saying, “Crossville – It’s Just Better
Here”, and we prove it every day. Come and see
one!! Reservations must be made in
Local leaders encourage residents
for yourself!
advance. Keep an eye out for your
to “Shop Crossville First” because of
invitation in the mail!!!
several reasons. Local government
Crossville
TENNESSEE
AT&T
Baskin Robbins
Blockbuster Video
Cracker Barrel
Dress Barn
Hibbett Sports
K Mart
Liz Claiborne
Lowes
Papa Johns Pizza
Peebles
Quizno’s Subs
Radio Shack
Ruby Tuesday
Ryan’s Steak House
Sears
Motor Vehicle & Parts Dealers
Furniture & Home Furnishings
Electronic & Appliance Stores
Food & Beverage Stores
Clothing & Clothing Accessories Stores
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Book, Music Stores
Food Service & Drinking Places
From Claritas in Millions
Shoney’s
Sonic Drive In
Staples
VF Outlet
Verizon Wireless
Walgreens
Wal-Mart Super Center
Zaxby’s Chicken
Demand Supply
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“BANKING ON
THE FUTURE”
MIXER
PAGE 12
RETIREMENT RECRUITMENT COMMITTEE
Don Alexander, Chair
It’s Just Better Here!!
Move to Crossville!
The mission statement of the
Retiree-Recruitment Committee is:
To attract affluent retirees to the
Crossville-Cumberland County
area. To educate community leaders
about the benefits of retirement
development. To build support for
retirement development efforts.
Representatives of the Crossville-Cumberland County
Chamber of Commerce attended the Live South trade shows
in McLean, VA, Melville, NY, and Valley
Forge, PA in conjunction with the
Retire Tennessee program. Attendance to the shows is up over
7% over previous record.
Crossville and Cumberland
County were also represented
at the AARP show in Washington, D.C. and at the AARC
Conference in Savannah, GA
and the NARA Conference in Myrtle Beach.
BUSINESS BAROMETER
for Crossville and Cumberland County
Population
Census
Cumberland County
City of Crossville
2000
2001 EST.
2002 EST.
46,802
48,058
48,604
10,433 special census June 2006
Other Indicators
Electric Meters
Employment
Unemployment
Unemployment Rate
2006
30,540
21,320
1,230
5.4%
2007
31,341
21,730
1,280
5.6%
Local Option Sales Tax
County/City Name
Cumberland County
Crossville
Pleasant Hill
Crab Orchard
AUG. 2008
Net Collections
$ 266,034.95
$ 1,147,840.11
$ 3,936.74
$ 7,986.84
2008
31,708
19,930
2,240
10.0%
2003 EST.
49,391
2009
31,766 (Feb)
19,240 (Feb)
2,580 (Feb)
11.8% (Feb)
SEPT. 2008
Net Collections $ 278,111.44
$ 1,146,402.73
$ 4,155.04
$ 13,344.18
2004 EST.
50,084
2005 EST.
51,346
Building Permits 2006
City of Crossville - New Homes 179
Lake Tansi - New Homes
68
Fairfield Glade - New Homes
250
OCT. 2008
Net Collections
$ 244,417.79
$ 1,113,461.00
$ 3,825.20
$ 18,104.86
NOV. 2008
Net Collections
$ 214,330.85
$ 1,029,172.69
$ 3,823.68
$ 10,354.58
2006 EST.
52,344
2007
147
85
129
DEC. 2008
Net Collections
$ 231,604.78
$ 1,276,882.16
$ 4,525.70
$ 7,119.92
2007 EST.
53,040
2008
63
54
88
2009
1 (Feb)
2 (Feb)
5 (Feb)
JAN. 2009
Net Collections
$ 188,578.35
$ 896,559.86
$ 3,911.96
$ 5,459.98
One half of sales tax collected inside the city limits of Crossville, Crab Orchard, and Pleasant Hill is designated by State of Tennessee law to be allocated
to the local school system(s). In Cumberland County, with only one school system, it gets all of the allocation. Outside of the three cities, Cumberland
County has designated about 90% of the sales tax to the school district and one half cent (the sales tax increase of 1999) to debt retirement on new school
classroom construction. The remaining portion of the county share of sales tax is about 10%. It goes to the county general fund.
Board of
Directors:
Janice Hamby
Dorine Hatler
Tonya Hinch
Roy Howard
Carmen Kington
Janet Kluender
James Perry
Pepe Perron
Jane Powers
Steve Rains
Don Sadler
William C. Schmich, Jr.
Ken Stephens
Ben Sweeney
Cindy Turner
Jerry Wood
Ex Officio:
David Gibson
Ted Meadows
Ad Hoc:
Don Alexander
Charles Daugherty
Randy Graham
Chamber Staff:
Beth Alexander
Ivy Gardner
Gail Langen
Linda Daugherty
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