Chamber Coffee big success
The Chamber of Commerce Coffee last Tuesday was a big success. This month’s coffee was hosted by the Exchange and Beechcraft Heritage Museum and held at the Museum. At the Coffee, Museum Executive Vice President Charles Parish announced a major expansion of the museum. Plans have been submitted for an 18,000-square-foot expansion costing about $2 million. This just about doubles the size of the museum, which houses unique and often antique airplanes. Speaking of doubling, Charles also announced attendance at the museum doubled from 2015 to 2016 to over 2,600 visitors. These visitors often travel from all over the world to visit this one-of-a-kind museum. I’m sure when they are here they visit other places in town like our hotels and restaurants.
Even more chamber news
One of the more successful organizations in town is the Tullahoma Area Chamber of Commerce. They are literally a “front door” to our community. The year 2016 was an excellent year for the chamber under the direction of President Bill Yoder. The website was refreshed, the chamber building remodeled, a beautiful 116-page magazine published and a new executive director hired. Thanks Bill for a job well done.
On Jan. 3 of this year Diane Bryant completed her very successful 12-year run as executive director. Although retired, I’m sure Diane will continue to give to Tullahoma – it’s just in her DNA. Her service is highlighted with very successful programs over the years. Thanks to Diane, also for a job well done. We appreciate you.
Taking on the role of executive director is Hope Sartain. I have known Hope for many years and know her to be a very professional, hard-working creative young woman. We are all looking forward to big things from Hope and wish her well. The city government and the chamber have an excellent working relationship and I am confident it will continue.
It’s hard to believe but Morning Pointe celebrated 20 years in Tullahoma last Thursday evening. They had a big party with great food and entertainment. I was pleased to bring greetings along with Chief Paul Blackwell and state Senator Janice Bowling. A highlight of the evening was when Morning Pointe announced they are committing 50 hours each month of volunteer service to the people of Tullahoma. What a great and exciting commitment the staff and residents are making. Just think, if everyone in Tullahoma committed two hours a week of volunteer service what a difference that would make. You can read to children, pick up trash, help seniors and so much more. Thank you Morning Pointe staff and residents.
Ninth-graders make a difference
I was invited last Friday to speak to about 80 ninth-grade THS students. THS math teacher Robin Dunn asked that I speak about volunteering and making a difference. She has challenged her students to make a positive impact in Tullahoma with two separate actions. The students must then share the results of their actions mathematically using graphs, tables and equations. What a great assignment! I look forward to hearing their ideas and invited them to a future board of mayor and alderman meeting to present their ideas.
Thought for the week
“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”– Tony Robbins
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