INSIDE THE CONNECTION
2013 kicks off with “I LOVE MC”
Crazy K Ranch hosts MRA Ban-
Youth Leadership learns self –
Kids Fest Planned - To benefit
local children’s programs
Cover photo: Working together
to build a better McNairy
County was a theme of the An-
Inside photos: The Youth Lead-
ership class held Life Skills and
A Call to Serve sessions.
HENCO founder Tom Hendrix
spoke to the class about mak-
ing the most of their potential.
The class hopes to impact chil-
dren’s programs as a part of
MRA BANQUET A LAUGH IN
The 2013 Annual Banquet was back on local soil and
by all accounts was a resounding success. Approximately
300 attendees, staff and volunteers attended
the event, which was held at the Crazy K Ranch in
Michie. The theme of the evening was the “I Love MC
- McNairy County” campaign. Working together to
build a better community was the central message of
MRA Director of Programs Russell Ingle. Joining
hands, those in attendance promised to work together
for the benefit of the county’s present and future
While several individuals and organizations were
honored for their 2012 accomplishments, the highlight
of the evening was comedian Taylor Mason. Using
a combination of stand-up, music and wise cracking
puppets, Mason tailored his performance to
McNairy County. Puppets Paco the Pig and Romeo
were a huge success with young and old alike. Continue
for photo highlights and award winners.
MRA BANQUET Highlights
The Crazy K Ranch was beautifully decorated for the MRA Banquet. The Cats in Action proudly
wore their “I Love MC” t-shirts, while they served the nearly 300 attendees.
MRA INNOVATION AWARD
MRA Executive Director, Ted Moore, presented the Innovation Award to MASCO Bath. MASCO
completely scrapped and re-launched a line with a more “green” process that has proven good for
MASCO and their customers.
Leslie Garner accepted the award on behalf of MASCO Bath.
MRA SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Ma Ma Fia’s Italian Restaurant was name the MRA 2012 Small Business of the Year. Ma Ma Fia’s is
a beautiful restaurant that is one of McNairy County’s premier dining destinations. Within the last
year, Ma Ma Fia’s has expanded their seating, which in turns allows them to serve more customers.
Adamsville City Manager, Steve Simon, (right) presented the award to Ma Ma Fia’s owners Mike and
MRA INDUSTRY/COMMUNITY RELATIONS AWARD
Connector Castings was awarded the 2012 Industry/Community Relations Award. Connector Castings
celebrated 25 years in business throughout 2012. Many celebrations were held to commemorate
the anniversary. CC also spent much of 2012 expanding their community outreach programs.
Many organizations have benefited from CC’s involvement.
MRA Chamber Board President, Darren Bowers, presented the award to Connecter Castings representative,
MRA COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT AWARD
McNairy County Mayor, Ronnie Brooks, presented the MRA 2012 Community Enhancement Award
to McNairy County Solid Waste for their recycling efforts. The organizations efforts to beautify the
community and to educate children and families about the importance of recycling was a focus in
Mayor Brooks presented the award to McNairy County Solid Waste Director, Cindy Kennedy.
MRA PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The MRA 2012 Professional Achievement Award was presented to Tim Hearnsberger. Tim is the
owner of the Top O’ the River restaurant in Michie. Tim has done an outstanding job of marketing his
business regionally and growing a business where others have struggled. The award was presented
by MRA Board member, Pollyanna Justice.
MRA BILL RAIL SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE AWARD
Independent Appeal Publisher, Janet Rail, is passionate about education, specifically literacy. As the
daughter of the late Bill Rail, Janet has carried on the belief that education is key to a successful
community. Therefore, she was more than happy to present the 2012 MRA Bill Rail Spirit of Excellence
Award to McNairy County Adult Education Director, Patsy Pearson.
MRA MAURICE HAMM SPIRIT OF SERVICE AWARD
Named in honor of the late Maurice Hamm, the Spirit of Service Award is presented to an individual
that displays a commitment to MRA efforts and partnerships. While those efforts are community
based at heart, that individual gives of their time and energy to help the MRA carry out their programs
in some way. Mr. Maurice Hamm was such an individual and it seemed appropriate to name
the award in his honor. Mr. Jack Martin was the recipient of the MRA 2012 Maurice Hamm Spirit of
Service Award. Jack is a true ambassador for McNairy County. He works diligently to promote
McNairy County whenever he gets a chance. He also regularly volunteers to help others with their
work. Jack truly embodies the Spirit of Service.
The award was presented by MRA Director of Chamber Programs, Russell Ingle and Linda Hamm.
MRA OUTGOING BOARD MEMBERS
Each year outgoing board members are recognized for their contributions to the MRA. Board members
that rolled off at the end of 2012 were Chris Combs, Anthony Henson, Troy Moore, and Luke
DeLaVergne. We appreciate them all very much.
MRA BANQUET Highlights
MRA RISING STAR AWARDS
The MRA Rising Star Awards are presented to one participant from the Adult and Youth Leadership
program. They are selected by their fellow classmates as someone that stands out and helps lead
their respective groups. The MRA 2012 Adult Leadership Rising Star Award was presented to Nicole
Stoppa. The MRA 2012 Youth Leadership Rising Star Award was presented to Jonah Lusk. Both of
these individuals represent a bright future for McNairy County.
Youth Leaders learn about self worth - Call to Serve
2012 ended and 2013 began with
MRA Youth Leaders covering a variety
of topics. They learned the
importance of community service
and the agencies that fill those
gaps. They heard from representatives
from The Carl Perkins Center
for the Prevention of Child Abuse,
Loaves & Fishes, and others. They
also visited local healthcare professionals
and facilities within the
county. They saw first hand what
services are provided at the
McNairy Regional Hospital,
McNairy County Healthcare and
The most powerful session by far
however was when they heard from
professionals that pushed them to
be all they could be. Tom Hendrix
spoke to the group about being
successful on purpose. West Star
alum,, Darren Billings, (pictured
left) spoke to the group about his
past involvement as a gang member
and some of the choices he
made as a youth. He was in full
character as he spoke of the importance
of having at least one person
in their life that believed in them.
He stated that regardless of their
past or present, it doesn't have to
dictate their future. Darren is an
administrator with Jackson State
Community College. He also works
with the Jackson Police Department.
Continue for more photos…..
Youth Leadership Highlights….
We Love McNairy County Kids! That is why the MRA is hosting Kids Fest on Saturday, March 9. We
want to produce the kind of family/kid friendly events that our partners are proud to be a part of. As a
part of the MRA we feel events like this fall under the community development umbrella, which ultimately
is a part of our economic development programs. In short, if we have happy and healthy
families, we have happy and healthy communities. That is why we are hoping you will consider becoming
a sponsor of the first Kids Fest.
Why Become a Sponsor
Kids Fest will connect you with a captive audience of McNairy County parents and families that are
dedicated to investing in the development of their children, from newborn to tweens. Our hope is to
seek sponsors that will help support and cover the costs of the activities we offer to children and
Activities include a Coloring Tent, Yoga/Aerobics, Paint Wall, Sports Zone, Party Jumpers, Games,
Petting Zoo, Children’s Safety, Face Painting, children’s train, rock climbing wall, entertainment, and
meet and greet with popular children’s characters.
Sponsor levels include:
AVENGERS - $250
Superhero - $150
Sidekick - $75
Thank you so much for being a partner with us. Together we really are building a better McNairy
County. For more information call 731-645-6360.
MRA Director of Chamber Programs
Selmer Flower Shop joins MRA
The Selmer Flower Shop has joined the MRA. A plaque presentation
was held Tuesday, January 29th, at their shop located at 177
S. Third Street in Selmer. Selmer Flower Shop is owned by Jeff
and Teresa Walker. Join us in welcoming them to the MRA team.
Bank of McNairy County opens new building
The Bank of McNairy County held their Grand Re-opening ribbon
cutting Thursday, January 31st. The beautiful new facility is located
at 574 Mulberry Avenue in Selmer. The building is a beautiful
building is a welcomed addition to McNairy County.
Each business day, the MRA spotlights a member and the services they offer. Below is a list of the businesses
or individuals spotlighted in January.
Arts in McNairy 731-439-2891
B&B Propane 731-239-3900
The MRA will kicked off the New Year with a campaign
that promotes the very best of McNairy
County. It is called “I Love MC (McNairy County).
This campaign showcases community and professional
pride and will spread throughout the region
and state. We have so much to be proud of and it’s
about time we let everyone know that We Love
Click the logo to visit the I LOVE MC Facebook
page and help us spread the word.
March 9 - Kids Fest
March 29 - Annual Planning Meeting
April 25 - Administrative Professional of the Year Luncheon
May 2 - National Day of Prayer Prayer Breakfast
May 15-18 - Buford Pusser Festival
June 8 - Rockabilly Highway Revival
For more information on these or any community events,
call the MRA office at 731-645-6360.
Visit the MRA website at www.mcnairy.com
Join us also on Facebook.
and simply search for
McNairy Regional Alliance.
What Does the Alliance Do
The Chamber of Commerce
and Economic Development
Commission, now the
McNairy Regional Alliance
is a vital link between
business and prospective
industries which enhances
survival of local retailers.
The Chamber and EDC
strives to create community
pride, growth, and to
help businesses and companies
maintain a viable
workforce, customer base,
and clients. Our members
and their investments,
through Chamber memberships,
help to create a
We are Peaceful, Progressive
Contact the MRA at
205 West Court Avenue
P.O. Box 7
Selmer, Tennessee 38375