inside the connection - McNairy County Chamber of Commerce

inside the connection - McNairy County Chamber of Commerce



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-

nual Banquet.

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

their project.


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 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.


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

Lisa Bernier.


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,

Marsha Jester.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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

& Healthcare

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

Hospital Wing.

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

their families.

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:


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.

Russell Ingle

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

ASMS 731-645-7557

AT&T 731-424-4688

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

McNairy County.

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

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

thriving community.

We are Peaceful, Progressive

and Proud!


Contact the MRA at

205 West Court Avenue

P.O. Box 7

Selmer, Tennessee 38375

Phone: 731-645-6360

Fax: 731:645:7663


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