January 17, 2017

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We will be spotlighting a different chamber member in each week's newsletter.  Please call the office if you have information you'd like for us to share.
Gibson County Habitat for Humanity
       312 North College Street       
Trenton, Tennessee  38382
 The idea that became Habitat for Humanity first grew from Koinonia Farm, a community farm outside of Americus, Georgia, founded by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan. On the farm, Jordan and eventual founders, Millard and Linda Fuller, developed the concept of “partnership housing”. The concept centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build decent, affordable houses.
 In 1973, the Fullers decided to take the Fund for Humanity concept to Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo. After three years of hard work to launch a successful housing program there, the Fullers returned to the United States and called together a group of supporters to discuss the future of their dreams. From that dream, Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976. Today, Habitat now works in 1400 communities across the U.S. and in 70 countries around the world.
 The mission for Habitat is simple: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
 Habitat’s principles are simple as well. They are as follows:
  1. Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ
  2. Focus on shelter
  3. Advocate for affordable housing
  4. Promote dignity and hope
 Gibson County Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1992 and built its first house in 1994 in Milan. This spring, the Gibson County organization will begin construction on its 10th house. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable, interest-free mortgage.  With your support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families.
 Gibson County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director, Mary Jane Thompson, invites you to contact her with any questions or how you can be a part of this ministry. She may be reached at 731-855-7607 or by email at
 Thanks, Gibson County Habitat for Humanity, for your support of the Chamber and all you do for Gibson County!
Edward Jones-John C. Hughey
2772 N. Highland
Jackson, TN 38305
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News from our Members
Board Member Spotlight
Board Member Name:  Brooke Carson
Company Name: Simmons Bank
Position: Branch Manager III
Work Phone: 731-886-8923 or 731-749-5368
Brooke Carson began serving her term as a Chamber Board Member in January 2016 for the Kenton area. 
A graduate of Gibson Co High School, she spent her childhood growing up in the Bells Chapel community of Gibson Co – between Yorkville, Dyer, and Rutherford.  She received her Associate’s Degree from Dyersburg State Community College and her Bachelor Degree from Bethel University in McKenzie.  Brooke began her banking career as a part-time teller at First State Bank, now Simmons Bank, in Kenton upon high school graduation, and is entering her 17th year in the banking industry as the Branch Manager and Consumer Lender for Simmons Bank. 

Brooke and her husband, Jamie, make their home outside of Kenton in the Mason Hall area with their 2 daughters, Ellie Grace (11) and Lizzie Kate (3).  The family attends New Salem Baptist Church in Mason Hall where they are active as Sunday school teachers, youth group activities, assistant Treasurer, and the Hands of Praise team, which raises awareness for the TN Baptist Children’s Home.  Brooke is also a 2011 alumni of Leadership of Gibson Co and a past Treasurer for the Kenton School Booster Club.

Why do you serve on the Board of Directors?
After participating in the Gibson Co Adult Leadership program, it opened my eyes to the role a Chamber plays in promoting Gibson Co and ensuring that they are equipped to meet the opportunities to not only gain new industry and work force, but to help grow the existing and long established businesses.  I wanted to be a part of that and to work with the local businesses in Kenton to help ensure they are aware of educational opportunities, networking events, and other support available through the Chamber.

What is the Chamber’s role in the business community?
A Chamber is only as good as the Executive Director, administrative staff, and the board wants it to be.  I feel, without a doubt, that the current staff, Libby & CeCe, have a true heart and passion for Gibson County and want it be successful.  The current board of directors mirrors their heart and is working together, to not only serve our individual communities represented, but the county as a whole.  In offering workshops, networking events, and other activities, the Chamber is able to unite the business owners and present a fully functioning county for potential new businesses, which in turn helps the citizens of Gibson Co with job opportunities and tax benefits. 
Does your business have one of these signs?  If not, call the Chamber Office (855-0973) to find out how you can get yours.
 You don't want to miss out! 
Businesses currently participating in the Chamber Cash Program.  
  1. Gibson EMC
  2. Food Rite Stores-Dyer, Trenton, Kenton
  3. Trenton Light & Water
  4. Hester Drug-Rutherford
  5. Russom Car Star Collision-Rutherford
  6. Felecia Bella-Trenton & Rutherford
  7. Bella Ruche-Trenton
  8. Wild Butterfly-Dyer
  9. H&R Block-Trenton
  10. ACE Hardware-Trenton
  11. Trenton Gazette
  12. Must Be a Plus Boutique-Trenton
  13. J & B Motors-Dyer
  14. Country Roads Music-Trenton
  15. City Lumber-Dyer
  16. Kenton Drug Co.
  17. Alford's Tire-Dyer
  18. Medina Family Chiropractic-Medina
  19. Subway-Dyer
  20. Factory Connection-Trenton
  21. Tennessee Tractor-Trenton
  22. House of Spirits-Trenton
  23. Westwin-Trenton
  24. Hometown Pharmacy-Medina
  25. Cotton's Cafe-Trenton
  26. Sweet Retreat Bake Shop-Bradford
  27. Gibson County Golf Course
  28. Debbie's Youth Shop-Trenton
  29. Ivy Gate-Trenton
  30. Merle Norman-Moore Boutique
  31. Second Impressions-Trenton
  32. The Corner Boutique-Milan
  33. Candyland-Milan

Thank you to all of our members for their continued support.  
Please support them with your business!

ACE Building Center
Advantage Promotional Products
Akin Trailer Rentals

Air Evac EMS, Inc.
Albright West Tennessee Termite Company

Alexander Thompson Arnold
Alford's Tire Service
American Cancer Society

Anderson's Furniture
Apex Clean Energy Holdings

AVC, Inc. 

Bank of Milan-Medina
Bell Screen Printing
Bella Ruche
Bethel University
Big Bend Galvanizing
Bill Woods
BR Supply
Bradford Special School District
CareAll Home Care Services
Carey Counseling Center, Inc.
Carroll Bank & Trust
Central West TN Association of Realtors
Centennial Bank-Gibson
Centennial Bank-Medina
Centennial Bank-Trenton

Centennial Bank-Rutherford
Christian Women's Job Corp-Twice Blessed
Cindy Flowers, Circuit Court Clerk
City Lumber Company

City of Bradford
City of Dyer
City of Gibson
City of Kenton
City of Medina
City of Rutherford
City of Trenton
City of Yorkville
Clark Family Homes
Click 1

Coldwell Banker/Creswell Realty-Trenton
Cotton's Cafe
Country Roads Music

Cowen Blackberry Farms
Crenshaw's Catfish Cookers-Trenton
Representative Curtis Halford

Dana Davidson, County Trustee
DaVita Dialysis Clinic-Medina
Debbie's Youth Shop

Dement Tree Service
Dogwood Pointe Assisted Living
Dr. John E. Stovall
Dr. Mike Farrar
Duncan's Pharmacy-Dyer
Duncan's Express Pharmacy-Trenton
Dyer Fiberglass
Dyer Industrial Board
Dyer Nursing Home
Dyersburg State Community College
Dynamix Physical Therapy
Eddie's Pharmacy
Edward Jones Investments-Eric Allen
Edward Jones Investments-John Hughey
Elite Dental Care
Elks Lodge No. 1279
Exchange Club-Carl Perkins
E-Z Pawn

Factory Connection
Farm Bureau-Trenton
Farm Market-Trenton

Farmers Insurance-Medina
Fed Ex Ground

Felecia Bella Boutique-Rutherford & Trenton
Finishline Autobody-Trenton & Dyer
First Street Vision

Food Giant
Food Rite Stores
Forcum Lannom Contractors, LLC
Fred Culp Historical Museum, Inc. 

Gary Buchanan
Gibson County Baptist Association
Gibson County Golf Course
Gibson County Lake
Gibson County Literacy Council

Gibson County Municipal Water District
Gibson County Railroad Authority
Gibson County Special School District
Gibson County Utility District
Gibson Electric Membership Corporation
H & R Block-Trenton
Habitat for Humanity of Gibson County
Hampton Inn-Milan

Hardee, Martin, Donahoe, Owens, & Wright
HCI Supply
Herald Gazette
Hester Drug
Hickman Realty Group, Inc.
Highway 54 Salvage

Hollomon Insurance Agency
Hometown Pharmacy-Medina
House of Spirits-Trenton
Ivy Gate
J & B Motors

J.K. Wong, Inc.
Jackson & Jackson Tax
Jackson Energy Authority
Jeffery Smith, Attorney at Law
Karnes & Son Funeral Home

Kenton Drug
LA Realty
Lashlee-Rich, Inc.
MacLean Power Systems
Maintenance Engineering, LTD
Manpower West TN
McCurdy Sod Farms
Medical Health Specialists
Medina Family Chiropractic
Medina Funeral Home & Cremation Service

Medina Lions Club
Merle Norman-Moore Boutique-Trenton

Milligan's Landscape Nursery
Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial-Joe Wood

Must Be a Plus Boutique
Nite Lite Theatre
Northstar Transfers
Northwest Gibson County YMCA
Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board

Office World, Inc. 
Parham Heating & Cooling
Patterson Family Dentistry
Paul Arnold Trust
Personal Touch Salon-Trenton

Personnel Placements-Trenton
Phelan-Estes Insurance
Poly-M Contractors, Incorporated
Quad Industries
Regions Bank-Trenton
Replogle-Lawrence Funeral Home, Inc.
Rhino Construction
Richard Gossum, Attorney
RJ Young
Rod's Tire and Automotive

R'tistic Flair Salon-Dyer
Russom CarStar Collision
Second Impressions

Security Bank
Shelton Funeral Home
Siler Thornton Agency-Dyer and Trenton
Silgan Containers

Silla's Spoon-Humboldt
Simmons Bank-Kenton

Sonic Drive-In-Trenton
Sports Plus-Trenton
St. Johns Community Services
State Farm-Dyer
State Farm-Trenton
Sweet Retreat Bake Shop-Bradford

Tea Time "A British Touch"
Teapots 101
Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development
Tennessee Small Business Development Center
Tennessee Quality Homecare  & Hospice
Tennessee State Veterans Home
Tennessee Tractor, LLC
The Andersons 
The Corner Boutique
The Farmers & Merchants Bank-Dyer, Trenton, & Humboldt
Thompson-Smith Insurance
Three Oaks Pharmacy
Thunderbolt Radio

TLC Riding Academy
Tom Crider
Total Health Chiropractic
Touching Hearts at Home
Trenton Animal Clinic
Trenton Floor Center
Trenton Health & Rehabilitation

Trenton Healthcare Foundation
Trenton Housing Authority
Trenton Industrial Board
Trenton Industrial Laundry
Trenton Light & Water
Trenton Pawn & Sales
Trenton Special School District
Trenton TV Cable
Trenton Medical Center
Tri City Reporter
Veterans Placement Services

Victory 93.7
Volunteer Insurance

Wade Electric
Weakley County Municipal Electric
Wesley Fountain Place

WestStar Leadership Program
Westwin Clothing

Wild Butterfly
Willow Oaks
Words of Life Speech & Languate Center, LLC
Workforce Essentials

Wound Care Resources
Yorkville Gin

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