Gov. Bill Haslam: Tennessee unemployment rate hits record low

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam and other state officials exulted Thursday as Tennessee’s unemployment rate sank to its lowest point in recorded state history last month.

The preliminary seasonally adjusted jobless rate of 3.6 percent in June burst through Tennessee’s previous low of 3.7 percent, reported in March 2000.

Tennessee has not experienced an unemployment rate below 4.0 percent since it stood at 3.9 percent more than 16 years ago…read more

Bonnaroo Guests Arrive

……and Guess What’s in their Pockets

Just as Carol Anne announced in the 1982 film, Poltergeist: “THEY’RE HEEEEERE!” Here are some do’s and don’t’s that will go a long way in welcoming our Bonnaroovian guests and help you capitalize on their arrival.

1. Display welcome signs
Don your business front with Welcome Bonnaroo signs to let guests know we’re glad they’re here.
2. Save up front parking spaces for guests
Have employees park in the back or in farther away spots to save room for those who might (or might not) stop in depending on availability of parking.
3. Smile
Bonnaroovians are here to have fun! They’ve brought their positive vibes and should be met with the same.
4. Schedule plenty staff
You may see a lot more buyers, so be sure you’ve got enough employees to handle the crowds
5. Be courteous in traffic
Traffic can, indeed, get a little congested, but be patient, let someone out in front of you, show guests our southern hospitality.

1. Wish it away
We are the envy of many towns all across the country who only wish they had a festival like this. $36 million is direct local spending is nothing to sneeze at.
2. Make your facilities off limits
A guest may be coming in only to use your restroom, but they may buy something on the way out if they feel welcome.
3. Tell guests there’s nothing to do here
Encourage Bonnaroovians to explore the area while they’re here. Tell them about your favorite local eateries, shops, and attractions. The longer they stay, the more they spend!

We only get four days to take advantage of having 80,000 potential new customers. Happy ‘Roo, y’all!


$41,000 Tourism Enhancement Grant

The Manchester Tourism and Community Development Commission in partnership with the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce and Manchester Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce they have received a $41,000 tourism enhancement grant from the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development & Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. These funds will be matched by the Manchester Tourism and Community Development Commission to total $58,000 and will be used for additional electrical infrastructure and facility enhancements at the Manchester Parks and Recreation’s Soccer Complex.

“This is exciting news for our community, as our commitment to invest into impact continues to position our city to strengthen, develop, and grow. The most exciting aspect for me; however, is the collaboration between the Recreation Department, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Manchester Tourism and Community Development Commission. This is a perfect example of the synergy we have created by leveraging strong community partnerships. Obtaining this grant is exciting for the community right now, but the partnerships and relationships we are building are even more exciting for our future,” said Ryan French, Vice Mayor and Chairman.

“The state’s Tourism & ECD do a great job supporting rural communities, and we are honored to have received this grant. Installing lights at the soccer complex will not only allow for longer play and more tournaments but will provide a need for out-of-town guests to have dinner after play, sleep over, and have breakfast in Manchester the next morning. It’s all about capturing dollars. It was privilege to work alongside our Tourism Commissioners and Parks and Recreation on this grant,” said Terri Hudson, Executive Director, Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce

“The Parks and Recreation Department is excited to work in partnership with the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce and the Tourism Commission on providing electrical service to the new Soccer Complex. The partnership allowed us to tap into the Tourism Enhancement Grant program funding to further develop the Soccer Complex. The electrical service is an important step forward to creating a venue for soccer to attract tournaments and tourism dollars to our local economy,” said Bonnie Gamble, Director, Manchester Parks and Recreation

Meet the Manchester Police – A Children’s Book

We see and hear to many instances where disconnect between the community and law enforcement builds more walls than bridges.  Our Manchester City Police Department has come up with a fun and interactive way to introduce children to officers in our community.  The Hearts of Blue, wives of police officers, have put together a coloring book where personal aspects of individual officers become the children’s art.