CONNECTIONInside the CONNECTIONYouth Leadershiptakes part in teambuilding exercises————————————————————West StarParticipation————————————————————Health DepartmentRibbon Cutting————————————————————Adult Leadershipholds third session————————————————————MRA Annual Banquetand Gala held————————————————————Photo:The 2011 MRA AnnualBanquet and Gala was heldJanuary 22 at the PickwickInn. It was the largestattended event in MRAhistory. 2010 AdultLeadership Class members,Andrea Downen and JustinBroadway, enjoyed andserved cake to those inattendance. See morephotographs in this edition ofthe CONNECTION!
CONNECTIONSUPPORTBecome a sponsor of the MRA YouthLeadership Program and pave the way forthe next generation of McNairy CountyLeaders!Call 731-645-6360 for more information.
CONNECTIONYouth Leadershipcontinued….The 2011 MRA Youth LeadershipClass participants are LaurenLeigh Barber, Sarah Broyles,Rachel Burns, Justin Carlisle,Austin 'Reed' Cheshier, OliviaChristopher, Alicia Crain, TrinityPaige Edge, Chelsea Franks,Cherish Garner, Hannah Godfrey,Norlecia Harris, Kayci Henline,Bradley James, Victoria Johnson,Emily Kennedy, Chloe Mullis,Jessica Polk, Casey Reed, TuckerRobinson, Cassie Rogers, HunterSagely, Julie Smith, MycaelaSmith, Sarah Stephens andHannah Weatherford.
CONNECTIONIngle takes part in West Star LeadershipRussell Ingle,McNairy RegionalAlliance Director ofPrograms, is a part ofthe 2011 West StarLeadership Class.The first sessionfocused on teambuilding. SeveralWest Tennesseecounties will hostWest Star Leadership,which is scheduled towrap up in June.
CONNECTIONLeaders celebrate opening of McNairyCounty Health Department expansionThe McNairy County Health Department cut the ribbon on their 4,000 sq. ft. expansionproject Monday, January 24.“Basically we doubled in size,” said county director Chris Morris. “This departmentsees a lot of patients and has needed this extra space for a long time.”McNairy County received a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant and$75,000 from the Tennessee Department of Health for the new construction.The department, which broke ground on the renovations in June, started seeingprimary care patients in 2006 while still providing preventive health services.The McNairy County Health Department sees approximately 6,000 patients per year.
CONNECTIONAdult Leadership Class learns aboutgovernment and economic developmentThe third session of the 2011 MRA Adult Leadership Class was held Wednesday,January 16. The session focused on local government and economic development.The session began with a tour of the McNairy County Justice Complex. McNairyCounty Court Clerk Ronnie Brooks and McNairy County Sheriff Guy Buck spoke tothe class about the various functions of their office.2011 Adult Leadership participants include Sybil Dancer, Pamela Durbin, DorothyGoodrum, Kenney Hilliard, Melissa Ingle, Pat Smelser, Lee Swearingen, and SamVise.
CONNECTION2011 MRA Annual Banquet and Gala heldThe McNairy Regional Alliance Banquet and Three-Star Celebration was enjoyed bythe largest crowd to attend an annual banquet. Attendance exceeded 300 and wasalmost twice that of last year’s banquet.It was a night to celebrate another successful year of the Alliance and 30 years ofThree-Star Excellence. McNairy County is the only county in Tennessee toaccomplish this trend setting success.The Three-Star celebration is the teamwork of hundreds of volunteers and thousandsof hours devoted to improving McNairy County. We offer our sincere thanks to allthose past leaders that continued the goal of making McNairy County a better place tolive and work.
CONNECTION2011 MRA Annual Banquet Award WinnersCommunity EnhancementAwardsThe City of Selmer/2009Adult Leadership ClassMorgan’s JewelryEastview Farmers Market/Pea Peddlers
CONNECTION2011 MRA Annual Banquet Award WinnersHumanitarian AwardMcNairy County Family Resource CenterProfessional Achievement AwardDr. Mike Dolan
CONNECTION2011 MRA Annual Banquet Award WinnersBill Rail Spirit of Excellence AwardsJack CheshierChris Whitten
CONNECTION2011 MRA Annual Banquet Award WinnersSmall Business of the Year AwardsOwl Creek LumberSaw Meal Restaurant
CONNECTION2011 MRA Annual Banquet Award WinnersIndustry of the Year AwardsSpectrum CorporationMonogram Refrigeration
CONNECTION2011 MRA Annual Banquet Award WinnersOutgoing Chamber Board MembersPollyanna JusticeTammy KnightPamela Roberts
CONNECTION2011 MRA Annual Banquet Award WinnersSpirit of Service AwardJim Rickman
CONNECTIONAnnual Banquet and Gala held continued . . . . . .The highlight of the evening was the keynotespeaker, Mr. Hiroshi Sato, Consul-General ofJapan in Nashville. Consul-General Satoheads the Consulate-General of Japan inNashville which serves a five-state regionincluding Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana,Mississippi and Tennessee. He entered theMinistry of Foreign Affairs in 1973. Hisoverseas assignments include the Embassiesof Japan in Washington, D. C., Malaysia, NewZealand, and the Philippines. Among otherposts, he also served as First Secretary of thePermanent Mission of Japan to the UnitedNations, Political Counselor of the Embassyof Japan in Egypt, Director of Ocean Affairs,Director for Protection of Japanese NationalsOverseas, Deputy Consul General of Japan inNew York and in Hong Kong, China before heassumed his current position in October 2008.He gave an interestingand entertaining talk thatwas enjoyed byeveryone. His insight onwhat rural communitieslike McNairy Countyshould do to makethemselves moreattractive to futureinvestors was veryenlightening.Photo: MRA Executive DirectorTed Moore presented ConsulSato with a gift.
CONNECTIONAnnual Banquet and Gala held continued . . . . . .A very specialthank you toall of the MRAvolunteersthat helpedensure the2011 Banquetand Gala wasthe best in thehistory of theevent.
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CONNECTIONMark Your Calendars!January 3 - MRA Executive Director Ted Moore to speak toRotary Club at HENCO.January 4 - MRA Chamber Board of Directors MeetingJanuary 12 - Small Business Development sessions at MRAoffices.January 17 - Youth Leadership.January 19 - Adult Leadership.January 20 - EDC Board of Directors meeting.January 22 - MRA Annual Banquet. Celebrating 30 Years ofExcellence!2011 Dates to rememberMay - Buford Pusser FestivalJune – Rockabilly Highway RevivalJuly– Freedom FestivalSeptember – Main Street Music Festival and Broomcorn FestivalOctober - McNairy County Quilt ShowNovember - Fall Artisan Trail
CONNECTIONWhat Does the Alliance Do?The Chamber of Commerceand Economic DevelopmentCommission, now theMcNairy Regional Allianceis a vital link betweenbusiness and prospectiveindustries which enhancessurvival of localretailers. The Chamber andEDC strives to createcommunity pride, growth,and to help businesses andcompanies maintain aviable workforce, customerbase, and clients. Ourmembers and theirinvestments, throughChamber memberships, helpto create a thrivingcommunity.We are Peaceful,Progressive and Proud!__________________________Contact the MRA at144 Cypress AvenueP.O. Box 7Selmer, Tennessee 38375Phone: 731-645-6360Fax: 731:645:7663E-mail:email@example.comVisit the MRA website at www.mcnairy.comJoin us also on Facebook.Visit www.facebook.comand simply search for McNairy Regional Alliance.