Haslam Officially Signs Free Community College Plan into Law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The words “free community college for all” echoed in several corners of Tennessee on Wednesday.

Governor Bill Haslam conducted ceremonial signings of the measure that was one of his key bills this past session.

While there was no shortage of political power at each of the governor’s stops with top legislative leaders in tow, the star of the Middle Tennessee event at Motlow State’s Smyrna branch was a young woman named Carie Huffman.

She plans to head back to school after a decades long break from her first try.

“Then life happened. Two kids and 20 years later … read more

Manchester Chamber Seeks Marketing & Communications Director

The Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for a Marketing & Communications Director.  This role will be responsible for managing and executing all marketing and communication efforts via website, mass emails, social media, and print.  Experience in sales will be a plus.  The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree (preferred) in communications, public relations, or marketing.  Exceptional verbal, written, and interpersonal skills are essential as well as excellent time management and ability to work as part of a team. To apply, email a resume and cover letter to terri@manchestertnchamber.org by June 2.

Essential Software Skills (or the ability to learn)

Design Software

Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or CorelDraw

Microsoft Suite

Word, Excel, Powerpoint, & Publisher

Digital Communications

Constant Contact or Mailchimp

Facebook and Twitter

G Suite / Google For Business Products



2017 CCYP Summit Wrap-up

It is, indeed, good to be alive right about now! The first-ever Coffee County YP Summit is in the books – and oh, what a day it was!

As expected, Amy Lynch, generational expert, gave a very inspirational keynote, helping us to recognize the unique gifts that each generation brings to the workplace. The tabletop discussions that followed illustrated that everyone in attendance had hung on every word. It was fun to laugh at the stereotypes and eye opening to take part in conversations with Millennials and Boomers (I’m a Gen Xer).

The afternoon sessions did not disappoint. After her quick rendition of Michael Jackson’s moonwalk, Natalie Hughes, Ascend Federal Credit Union, gave a sobering presentation on financial principals taught and practiced by Dave Ramsey. Will Thomas, Exchange Media Group, showed us through his then and now Indy Racing example that being busy doesn’t equal being productive and gave us some common-sense strategies to minimize distractions. Carter Sain of Coffee County Bank reminded us that good leadership is based on good relationships and creating an environment where people want to be.

Christina Sheer, a marketing professional with Michael Hyatt & Company, donned in hot pink, no less, shared useful tips on branding ourselves with consistency for maximum impact. And as the day began to get long, Joe McKamey ignited the crowd with high-fives and an enthusiastic talk on launching his own legacy through running a small business in a small town.

A panel of young professionals including Taylor Rayfield of Coffee County Schools, Tisha Fritz of 93.9 The Duck/101.5 The Rooster, Hope Sartain of the Tullahoma Chamber of Commerce, and Bryan McAdams of Tullahoma Funeral Home, rounded out the agenda. Lane Yoder led the panel discussion on pursuing your passion through volunteerism.

My takeaway? Boy, we have a lot of talented people in this community! And there was a sense of unity in the room from the very beginning – we all seemed like friends, even almost like family. The energy was amazing!

So thank you, again, to Exchange Media Group, our presenting sponsor, for their vision to create an event to cultivate the skills and enthusiasm of the young professionals who will inevitably effect change and contribute meaningfully to Coffee County.

Thanks to all our supporting sponsors and to our exhibitors and speakers and to all who attended.

  • ~ Terri Hudson

Historical Society Receives State Award

Congratulations to Coffee County Historical Society, which has been chosen to receive a state Certificate of Merit by the Tennessee Historical Commission “for having made significant contributions to the preservation of the historical and architectural heritage of Tennessee.” The certificate was awarded for their series of publications entitled Civil War Soldiers of Coffee County, Tennessee.

$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
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