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d e pa r tm e nt s 4 Almanac 26 Biz Briefs 28 Chamber Report 29 Economic Profile 30 See the County 36 Local Flavor 39 Health & Wellness 41 Arts & Culture 44 Sports & Recreation 47 Education 49 Community Profile on the cover Downtown Dickson Photo by Staff photographer

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a relaxing day to an adventure seeker who is just waiting to hike a nature trail or experience a peaceful canoe ride. Several nature-themed programs are also available to teach park-goers about trains, reptiles, ecosystems, recycling and more. Wright says that new educational programs can be added based on visitor interest.

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Montgomery Bell’s Beginning Montgomery Bell State Park, located seven miles east of Dickson in Dickson County, was established in 1943. The area is named for Montgomery Bell, who purchased an iron works in northern Dickson

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ontgomery Bell State Park puts the “great” in “the great outdoors.” As Tennessee State Parks celebrates its 75th anniversary, it’s Montgomery Bell and its growth over the last 69 years that has the folks in Dickson County buzzing. “We are located near a very large population of surrounding cities and counties,” says Park Manager Pat Wright. “The variety of outdoor, recreational and educational experiences that people can get here is what makes Montgomery Bell State Park so appealing.” At Montgomery Bell, it is easy for everyone to find something to do, from a family looking to enjoy

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Almanac

Welcome to Dickson County An introduction to the area’s people, places and events

Harvesting a Community Every Saturday between May and October, fans of fresh produce in Dickson head to the Dickson County Farmers Market where they find several local vendors who sell craft items and home-grown fruits and vegetables, as well as meats, dairy and poultry. This market allows buyers to chat with the people who make their foods, and it enables local growers to bypass conventional distribution streams to provide customers with the freshest, best-tasting foods. The market has even become a venue where area restaurants can connect with local producers for fresh ingredients. Market fresh fare regularly shows up on menus at places like Farmers Family Restaurant, Donna’s Place and Front Porch on Center Avenue. Learn more at www.dicksonfarmersmarket.com.

Hosting History Built in 1913, Hotel Halbrook in downtown Dickson is the birthplace of former Tennessee governor and Dickson native Frank G. Clement and now welcomes guests as the Clement Railroad Hotel Museum. The museum opened in June 2009 and features several exhibits about railroading and the Civil War as well as general local and regional history. Among these exhibits are several items that once belonged to Governor Clement and his family. The state of Tennessee owns the building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn more about the museum at www.clementrailroadmuseum.org.

Fair Thee Well Each September, about 50,000 people from throughout the region head to the 50-acre fairgrounds in Dickson to enjoy the Dickson County Fair. Along with many popular agricultural events, food vendors, a midway and other expected carnival offerings, the traditional event puts on one of the most popular demolition derbies in Tennessee each year. About 12,000 spectators come just to see the car-wrecking competition.

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Selling Hope Thrift store shoppers have more to explore in Dickson County thanks to upgrades by two of the area’s favorite charitable stores. The Goodwill Store, a member of Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, added 10,000 square feet of space, a larger Career Solutions Center and a covered, drive-through Donation Express Center in 2011. To learn more, visit www.giveit2goodwill.org. Then in February 2012, the Dickson County Help Center moved to a new facility on College Street that provides much larger space for its thrift store plus more room for its consultation services and larger food pantry. Opened in the late 1960s, the Dickson County Help Center is a nonprofit public corporation that offers food, clothing, medication and more to people in need. Find out more at www.dicksoncountyhelpcenter.org.

Gallery of Goods Looking for a chicken shaped purse? How about an eight-foot long necklace made from giant freshwater pearls or a vintage zodiac charm bracelet? Finding these and similarly offbeat items is a cinch at Studio 123 in downtown Dickson, a small shop that features a big selection of fun merchandise. Works by local artists and craftspeople, from fine art and handmade jewelry to homemade soaps, garden décor and paper goods line the shelves and storefront windows of this quirky boutique at 123 Main Street. The shop also stocks a few selected lines of women’s clothing.

Culture of Caring Dickson County is home to three Rotary Clubs: Dickson Good Morning Rotary Club, Dickson High Noon Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Dickson, Tennessee. Dickson Good Morning Rotary Club meets every Thursday at Shoney’s at 7 a.m.; Dickson High Noon Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at Greystone Golf Club at noon; and Rotary Club of Dickson, Tennessee meets every Tuesday at the Renaissance Center at 6 p.m. All three of these clubs are part of Rotary International, which is a service-oriented organization consisting of more than 1.2 million members among more than 34,000 clubs around the world. These clubs hold several events to benefit their local communities such as the High Noon club’s fundraiser and scholarship programs. Visit www.rotary.org for additional information.

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A Tradition of Fun Reaching its 50th year of operation in 2008, Old Timers Day Festival features parades and pageants, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides and restored antique cars, as well as concessions and arts and crafts activities. The theme for the 2012 Old Timers Day, held in May, was “All Roads Lead Home,” and its grand marshal was “Miss Pearl” Johnson of Burns, Tenn., an active member of the community who has hosted ice cream socials in her yard, taught Sunday school at her church and worked for 45 years at Red Kap. For more information, visit www.dicksoncountyoldtimersday.com.

Dickson County At A Glance POPULATION (2010) Dickson County: 49,666 Dickson: 14,538, White Bluff: 3,206 Charlotte: 1,235, Burns: 1,468 Vanleer: 395, Slayden: 178

for Dr. William Dickson, a Nashville physician who served as Tennessee Speaker of the House of Representatives (1799-1801) and then as a U.S. Congressman (1801-1807).

LOCATION Dickson County is in Middle Tennessee, 30 miles west of Nashville and 30 miles south of Clarksville.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Dickson County Chamber of Commerce 119 Hwy. 70 E. Dickson, TN 37055 Phone: (615) 446-2349 Fax: (615) 441-3112 www.dicksoncountychamber.com

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Soul of the City Revitalization in Downtown dickson benefits merchants

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hen husband-andwife team Jeremy and Holly Spencer opened House Blend Coffeehouse, Cafe & Gifts in downtown Dickson in 2002, the heart of Dickson was quite different than it is today. “We’ve seen a lot of businesses come and go and storefronts change. It’s hard to be successful,” Jeremy Spencer says. “But in recent years, it seems like business owners are really invested in downtown. Many store owners also own their buildings, and this isn’t a hobby for them – it’s how they make their living.” Downtown Dickson Revitalization As House Blend celebrated its 10th anniversary in spring 2012, downtown Dickson also had a lot to celebrate. Phase one of the city’s downtown revitalization project, first envisioned in 2007, was completed in November 2011. The project was funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and included new landscaping, infrastructure, bicycle racks, widening of sidewalks and a

parking lot renovation. City and business leaders hope the revitalization will not only make downtown more beautiful, but also create a pedestrian-friendly environment that encourages more shopping and dining downtown. “Feedback post-construction has been very positive from citizens, and store owners are reporting a busier downtown district,” says Rydell Wesson, Dickson city administrator. “Some owners are testing new or extended hours of operation.” Ace Diner Michael Curcio opened Ace Diner on Main Street with his father, Joe, in 2010. He says even in the last two years, downtown has changed dramatically. “It’s night and day from when we opened. The entire infrastructure has changed downtown,” Curcio says. “Before it had a cold and industrial appearance, but now, if you drew a picture of Main Street, USA, it would look like Dickson. Folks love the new sidewalks, green spaces and planters, and we’re getting a lot more foot traffic on nights and weekends now.” l i vabi l i t y. c om / di c k s o n

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Ace Diner has quickly become a gathering place for the downtown community, serving breakfast all day (French toast, eggs and bacon anyone?), hand-patted burgers, pizza, pasta and a hugely popular roasted-veggie sandwich. “You can eat as healthy or as unhealthy as you want at Ace,” Curcio says with a chuckle. “But even more than the great food, people love the way it makes you feel. There’s a real sense of community in here.” Downtown Dickson Community Spencer also appreciates downtown for its friendly atmosphere. “We live and work and go to church all in a half-mile radius,” he says. “You see people you know on the street. There’s a neighborhood feel.”

Several other locally owned businesses add color and flavor to downtown Dickson. Fussell’s Men & Boys Shop has been a mainstay downtown since 1936, offering clothing, shoes, formal wear and tuxedos. Then there’s the Briar Rose Antique Mall, Reading Rock Books and a host of other merchants. The City of Dickson is applying for future grants to continue revitalization efforts even further. A downtown committee has been appointed by the mayor and a master plan has been developed. “We hope to see a lot more shops and restaurants and urban residential space in the future,” Curcio says. “We want people to come walk around, eat and window shop. Downtown is the soul of the city. It’s where you’ll find all things uniquely Dickson.”

Clockwise from top left: A woman window shops in downtown Dickson; Three generations enjoy smoothies at House Blend Coffeehouse; Gift section of House Blend Coffeehouse; A server helps guests at Ace Diner.

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Decades of Memories Linnie Gibbs reminisces about downtown Dickson’s past

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If you have a question about the way downtown Dickson used to be, just ask Linnie Gibbs. The 90-yearold Dickson native is a familiar face to most Dickson residents, having worked at Hodges Jewelers on Main Street for the past 25 years. She continues to work at the jewelry store two days a week. “I just like downtown – it’s my life,” Gibbs says. “Everybody on Main Street knows me.” Gibbs graduated from Hampton High School in 1940 and then moved to Chicago, where she lived for 20 years. When her mother got sick, she moved back to Dickson and never left again. She spent several years as a nanny for the Fussell family, owners of Fussell’s Men & Boys Shop downtown. “They were just babies back then,” she recalls. While Gibbs appreciates the recent revitalization efforts, she longs for the way downtown used to be when she was growing up. “I miss those times when there were dry-goods stores, grocery stores and even movies downtown,” she says. “I used to love going to the five and dime store fountain and getting ice cream sodas. And the Jackson Drugstore used to be on the corner across from Hodges Jewelers.” Gibbs remembers her mother working “many a day” at the Clement Railroad Hotel Museum when it was the Hotel Halbrook. “Trains would run through town,” she recalls. “It was a different place.” When she isn’t working, Gibbs attends New Hope Baptist Church, where she has been a member for 60 years. She likes to eat at Shoney’s and treats herself to smoothies at House Blend Coffeehouse. – Jessica Mozo

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A Walk in the Park outdoor fun awaits at Montgomery Bell State Park

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ontgomery Bell State Park puts the “great” in “the great outdoors.” As Tennessee State Parks celebrates its 75th anniversary, it’s Montgomery Bell and its growth over the last 69 years that has the folks in Dickson County buzzing. “We are located near a very large population of surrounding cities and counties,” says Park Manager Pat Wright. “The variety of outdoor, recreational and educational experiences that people can get here is what makes Montgomery Bell State Park so appealing.” At Montgomery Bell, it is easy for everyone to find something to do, from a family looking to enjoy

a relaxing day to an adventure seeker who is just waiting to hike a nature trail or experience a peaceful canoe ride. Several nature-themed programs are also available to teach park-goers about trains, reptiles, ecosystems, recycling and more. Wright says that new educational programs can be added based on visitor interest. Montgomery Bell’s Beginning Montgomery Bell State Park, located seven miles east of Dickson in Dickson County, was established in 1943. The area is named for Montgomery Bell, who purchased an iron works in northern Dickson

A father and son go canoeing on Lake Acorn at Montgomery Bell State Park.

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By the Numbers 3,782: Acres that make up Montgomery Bell State Park 20: Miles of dirt mountain-bike trails at the park 18: Number of holes at the Frank G. Clement Golf Course

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17.3: Miles of hiking trails available at the park

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Clockwise from left: Frank G. Clement Golf Course at Montgomery Bell State Park; A deer pauses on the 17th hole at Frank G. Clement Golf Course; A man fishes on a lake at Montgomery Bell State Park.

County in 1804 and turned it into one of Tennessee’s largest ironmaking operations, earning him the nickname “Tennessee’s First Iron Master.” The park was developed as Montgomery Bell Recreation Demonstration Area during the Great Depression. It is filled with the scenic beauty and enjoyable outdoor activities that have made Tennessee parks such a popular destination, even for the holidays. “Several years ago, we decided to find a place close to Nashville where we could go and celebrate Thanksgiving as a family. We went to Montgomery Bell State Park, and it’s been a tradition ever since,” says local resident Chase Ezell. “It’s just a wonderful place to be together as a family.” Outdoor Activities Montgomery Bell’s 3,782 acres feature three lakes and enough outdoor activities to – well, fill a state park. Fishing is available at the park year-round, and gasoline motors are not allowed on two of the lakes (Woodhaven and Acorn), helping to preserve the clean air and peaceful tranquility. The park features 17.3 miles of hiking trails for hikers of all experience levels including the 11.7-mile overnight trail. There are also 20 miles of dirt mountain-bike trails ranging from easy to difficult. “The park feels very natural – instead of building a park to feel like the wilderness, they seem to have planned the park around the existing wilderness,” says Phil Casey, a frequent hiker in the park. “Most of all, they have a lot to offer.

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I have gone to Montgomery Bell State Park for quiet, solo hikes and also for a family fun trip with young kids as well.” Getting back to nature isn’t the only thing that draws approximately one million people to Montgomery Bell each year. Facilities include basketball courts, softball fields, tennis courts, horseshoes, volleyball, playground and exercise equipment. The Frank G. Clement Golf Course at Montgomery Bell allows golfers to enjoy a peaceful round of play and is operated to attain certification as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. It is also designated as a Groundwater Guardian Green Site. For tee times, call (615) 797-2578.

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Facilities Montgomery Bell offers conference-style meeting facilities to accommodate up to 500 guests. The restaurant at Montgomery Bell, which is part of the Inn and Conference Center, seats up to 190 people. The park also has eight two-bedroom villas, campgrounds, RV camp sites and rustic cabins in addition to its 120-room, five-suite park inn. For more information, call the visitor center at (615) 797-9052.

Left: Montgomery Bell State Park Right: The park’s Inn and Conference Center overlooks Lake Acorn.

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Home on the Farm Farm life offers professional, personal and creative potential

The Sanders’ home is situated on Sanders Spring Forest Farm, which spans 300 acres and is located in Dickson.

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Story By Nancy Christie

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anders Spring Forest Farm in Dickson was named the 2011 Heritage Farm of the Year, but, as Dan Sanders points out, “this is not just a century farm – it’s a two-century farm.” Sanders is, by his calculation, the sixth generation to own the 300-acre property, which was started by John and Sarah West in 1808 and hasn’t been out of the family since. While the size of the original farm has been substantially reduced over the years, many of the same buildings still remain, thanks to the hard-as-iron oak of which they were constructed. And in many ways, the timber is a fitting metaphor for Sanders and his wife, Lois, who, although in their early seventies, are still active members of the community. Lois, a licensed funeral director for a local funeral home, “still goes to work every day and doesn’t look like she has any plans to slow up,” says her husband. Sanders, who retired after 40 years in the farmequipment business, spends his days as a full-time farmer tending to his 30 commercial cattle and their calves. “I plan to keep on working until I can’t get up on a tractor,” Sanders says, adding, “I’ve gone full circle – from a kid who resented having to work on the farm while my buddies l i vabi l i t y. c om / di c k s o n

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The Ware family poses for a portrait on their farm in Charlotte where they operate a dog-training business, Razor Sharp Retrievers. Owned by Jody and Leigh Ware, Razor Sharp Retrievers trains dogs for hunting and obedience.

played ball on weekends to an older man who fully appreciates every moment that I’m given here to enjoy this. Outside my family and church, the farm is totally my life.” Arts on the Farm For artist Kay Welton, her move back to the century farm where her father was born, combined with her recent retirement from a nearly 40-year teaching career, has brought a new dimension to her art. When she left her city home six years ago to embrace the rural lifestyle, she noticed her artwork changing from functional clay pieces to more sculptural forms. And now, thanks to the freedom of retired life, she is

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learning how to make clay portraits and turn wooden bowls – the last under the tutelage of her 91-yearold father. Welton says working in clay is like her version of farming. “It’s as elemental as farming – you’re dealing with fire, air, water and dirt – and it’s labor intensive. But I feel a real rootedness, more in touch with nature. I feel blessed to be thriving as I watch the plants and animals around me thrive.” Dog Days of Farming Jody and Leigh Ware are also in touch with nature through their dog-training business, Razor Sharp Retrievers, based on their 300-acre farm situated in Charlotte. They

opened the facility in 1997 “because of our great love for the dogs and passion for the sport. The most rewarding part of dog training is taking a puppy and turning it into a great dog,” Ware says. As for their choice of location, although neither grew up in Dickson County, Leigh’s family bhas always owned a farm there. “So we knew how great the people were here,” Ware explains. “We love living in a small town where you know your neighbors and who you are doing business with, and feel the biggest advantage for having our business here in Dickson County is the people.”

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Clockwise from top right: A dog trains with Razor Sharp Retrievers.; At Sanders Spring Forest Farm, Dan and Lois maintain a herd of mixed, commercial black cattle.; Dan Sanders operates his tractor.; Sanders Spring Forest Farm

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ne of Michael Doochin’s biggest goals is to establish a grove of American chestnut trees on the Dickson County property where his family owns and operates Interstate Packaging. The White Bluff-based company was established in 1969 and today has approximately 300 employees who manufacture high-quality flexible plastic wrapping that is used to package a wide variety of products found in supermarkets, department stores and drug stores. In addition, the company produces labels, bags and pouches. Interstate Packaging is so successful that it is currently undergoing an expansion that will increase its manufacturing plant to 1/8-mile long upon completion.

“An example of what we do is if you see a package of meat in the display case of a grocery store, we often produce the flexible plastic-wrap packaging and the artwork labeling for that item,” says Doochin, who serves as co-president of Interstate Packaging. “Our customer base includes many Fortune 500 companies and several other independent companies.” Green and Clean But perhaps more recognized than their business accomplishments are the longstanding environmental efforts initiated by Interstate Packaging. “Our family ownership group has been thinking green long before it became popular,” Doochin says. “We established a greenhouse on our property when we first got started, and our company does an

Brands Packaged by IP: • Bounty • Deli Express • Calgon • Thomas’ Products • Fruit of the Loom • CVS/pharmacy • adidas • Clairol Professional • Emerald Nuts • Little Debbie Snacks • LA Weight Loss

Randy Baker, Interstate Packaging’s groundskeeper, waters and trims plants inside the company’s greenhouse.

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amazing amount of recycling. In fact, we have a full-time employee whose job is to find places where we can send our recyclable goods. Very little of our waste goes to the landfill. We believe it is wise, ecologically and economically, to go green.” Solar Energy Converters Interstate Packaging also has three solar energy converters on site that were designed by NASA and will eventually add more converters onto the roof of their expanded building. In addition, about 15 of the company’s 20 rural acres adjacent to its Highway 47 North plant are designated as a national arboretum. Interstate Packaging is a member of the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council and is registered with the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs, plus is even listed as an interesting attraction to see by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. “Our arboretum has a greenhouse and botanical nursery along with a 25,000-square-foot lake with fish in it,” Doochin says. “There are also more than 60 species of shrubs and trees on our property, and several acres serve as a planting site for The American Chestnut Foundation. That is a cause close to my heart.”

From top: Interstate Packaging employees create packaging for Copenhagen Smokeless Tobacco.; Interstate Packaging, which is headquartered in White Bluff, produces high-quality flexible plastic wrapping.

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American Chestnuts Doochin says he has long advocated the restoration of the American chestnut tree, which is a large species that once thrived in the U.S. Eastern forests. However, the species was devastated in the early 1900s by an Asian bark fungus, and today there is a national effort to reinvigorate the American chestnut species for future generations. “I won’t see the planted trees on our property grow to full maturity, but my grandchildren will,” he says. “It’s another way that this company respects the environment and is lowering our carbon footprint, all while maintaining our proven leadership role in the packaging industry.

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Business

Biz Briefs Businesses – both large and small – that help define Dickson county’s economic climate

Scorecard Business At A Glance

$606 million Annual Retail Sales

$12,779 Retail Sales Per Capita

$61 million Annual Hotel and Food Sales

5,198 Total Number of Firms Source: U.S. Census QuickFacts

Yarn Frenzy Biz: Yarn supply store Buzz: Open since 2009, Yarn Frenzy features a wide selection of yarns such as Euro Yarns, Plymouth Yarns, Berroco, Punta Yarns and Aslan Trends in more than 300 colors. The shop also offers classes and lessons for beginners, advanced beginners and intermediates in both group and private settings. Yarn Frenzy opens at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday. www.yarnfrenzy.net, (615) 446-3577 26

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White Bluff Building Supply Biz: Home improvement retailer Buzz: White Bluff Building Supply is a True Value retailer that offers building materials, hand and power tools, lumber, outdoor power equipment and more. Customers can also enjoy a variety of services such as computer paint matching, key cutting, screen cutting and chain-saw sharpening. In addition, a rental catalog is available, featuring lawn and garden materials, concrete equipment and other items. www.truevalue.com/whitebluff (615) 797-2092 Farmer’s Tri-County Restaurant Biz: Restaurant Buzz: Farmer’s Tri-County Restaurant in Vanleer offers lunch and dinner in a casual setting, where diners select from buffets stocked with items such as fried chicken, sweet potatoes, corn and more. Entrees such as steaks, catfish and crab legs are available upon request. The restaurant also provides entertainment on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. www.tri-countyfarmer.com (615) 763-2020 Goal Post Sporting Goods Biz: Sporting goods store Buzz: Locally owned and operated, Goal Post Sporting Goods offers an array of affordable items and services for the sports enthusiast including custom screen-printing and embroidery, trophies, plaques, ribbons, uniforms, athletic equipment and more. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (615) 446-9709 Spunky Monkey Home Interiors & Gifts Biz: Home furnishings shop Buzz: Spunky Monkey Home Interiors & Gifts offers both new and antique items including home decor, bridal gifts and more. Owned by Larry and Dianne Fiser, the store is known for its unique merchandise. (615) 441-8885

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Business

Chamber Report Chamber turns 90 years old

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he Dickson County Chamber of Commerce has served the community for 90 years, and commemorated that accomplishment with a 90th Anniversary Celebration & Banquet in June 2012. Because the chamber was established in the early 1920s, the theme for the anniversary was a throwback to the Roaring Twenties.

The event, which was held at The Renaissance Center, drew approximately 200 attendees. “We asked that people dress in 1920s attire, and decorated the place like a speakeasy because those were the days of Prohibition,” says David Hamilton, Dickson County Chamber of Commerce president. “Guests had to knock on a door and were allowed

to enter, once a doorman gave them the okay.” Hamilton says vintage automobiles were on display for photo opportunities, then once dinner was served and eaten in The Renaissance Center’s rotunda, Vaudeville and ragtime skits were staged in the performance hall. “The chamber was originally formed when a small group of businessmen were just sitting around chatting, and they started talking about establishing a chamber,” he says. “That was one of the skits we presented, as well as many more with a 1920s theme. It was an eventful night that fittingly paid tribute to the many decades of membership and community service that the chamber has provided.”

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As for what the chamber is all about, Hamilton says a lot has happened over the past 90 years. “The more recent accomplishments involve large relocation and expansion projects that the chamber helped bring to fruition including those that occurred at companies such as Bridgestone APM, MetriCan Stamping, Nemak, Shiloh Industries and Odom Tennessee Pride, which is now ConAgra,” Hamilton says. “The chamber also played a big role in helping with the ultimate establishment of Dickson County Industrial Park and the William D. Field Industrial Park.” Hamilton adds that the key role for the Chamber is to remain a business advocate for its 400-plus members. “Helping our membership succeed and grow is what we are all about,” he says. – Kevin Litwin


Economic profile Business climate The services and manufacturing sectors are some of the largest private-sector employers in Dickson County. The region’s labor force is characterized by an eagerness to learn, a willingness to work and a high level of productivity. An excellent rural road system and a moderate climate allow employers to draw labor from a wider geographic area.

$46,226

Average Annual Household Expenditure

Transportation

MAJOR EMPLOYERS Tennsco Corp. 510 employees Horizon Medical Center 400 employees Tennessee Quality Foods 320 employees Quebecor Gravure 300 employees Interstate Packaging 220 employees

Dickson County Driver Services Center 114 West Christi Drive Dickson, TN 37055 (615) 441-6218 Dickson Municipal Airport 2370 Sylvia Rd. Dickson, TN 37055 (615) 446-5962 Nashville International Airport (615) 275-1675 www.nashintl.com About 50 miles from Dickson

taxes

2.75% City Sales and Use Tax

2.75% County Sales Tax

WorkFORCE

7%

74%

State Sales Tax

White-Collar Jobs

9.75%

26%

Total Sales Tax

Blue-Collar Jobs

income

education

$21,550

21%

Per Capita Income

Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency Transit 880 Hwy 70 West, Suite P1 Dickson, TN 37055 (615) 446-4943 www.mchra.com/Transit.php

Associate Degree

7%

Bachelor’s Degree

5% Graduate Degree

Economic Resources Dickson County Chamber of Commerce 119 Hwy. 70 E. Dickson, TN 37055 (615) 446-2349 www.dicksoncounty chamber.com Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development 312 Rosa Parks Ave., 11th Floor Nashville, TN 37243 (615) 741-1888 www.tennessee.gov/ecd

Government Offices City of Dickson 600 East Walnut Street Dickson, TN 37055 (615) 441-9570 www.cityofdickson.com Dickson County Clerk 106 North Main Street Dickson, TN 37055 (615) 446-2543 www.dicksoncountytn.gov Dickson County Sheriff’s Department 140 County Jail Drive P.O. Box 177 Charlotte, TN 37036 (615) 789-4130 www.dicksoncountytn.gov

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Montgomery Bell State Park spans 3,782 acres and features biking, hiking, swimming, fishing and boating. Staff Photo

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See the County

Charlotte Cumberland Presbyterian Church, founded in 1837, is located just off the square in downtown Charlotte. Staff Photo

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See the County

Charles Woodard Goat Ranch is a Western-style ranch that is open to the public year round. Photo by Brian McCord

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See the County

A student at Tennessee Technology Center learns metal fabrication. Staff Photo

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Local Flavor

Serves You Right Comfort foods delight diners throughout the county

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ood restaurants serve you right in Dickson and surrounding areas, with an emphasis on country comfort foods as well as some international options to keep things interesting. Here’s a sampling of options for dining in Dickson County.

DINING IN DICKSON Ace Diner, located on downtown Dickson’s Main Street,

Entree at Lugo’s Restaurant in downtown Dickson

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is open Monday-Saturday for breakfast and lunch. All-day breakfast options include eggs, omelets, bacon, pancakes, sausages and hash browns. Lunch options include sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. Lugo’s, an upscale restaurant in downtown Dickson, offers American cuisine with Caribbean influences for lunch and dinner. Menu items include appetizers like plantain chips and pulled pork

wontons, and entrees such as Louisiana sausage and Carolina mountain trout. Located in a renovated historic home, Front Porch on Center Avenue offers country cooking including soups, salads, sandwiches, hot chicken casserole and a blue plate special. Excelling at Southern cuisine, Sisters’ meat-and-three menu includes turnip greens, macaroni and cheese, white beans, and corn bread. Customers can order plates of turkey and dressing every Thursday, and catfish dinner specials on Fridays. Farmers Family Restaurant offers a buffet with choices such as fried chicken and catfish, and is open for lunch and dinner. For a quick meat-and-three meal, visit Cindy’s Cafe in Dickson, which is open for breakfast and lunch. Country cooking favorites include the chicken and dumplings, banana pudding, and pie. Barbecue lovers can take their pick between two local favorites in Dickson, Whitt’s Barbecue or Bart’s Bar-B-Que & Catfish Cooker. If you’re craving an AllAmerican meal, try Buddy’s Restaurant, which is known for its burgers but offers other menu items like steaks and salads, too. For Mexican dishes, head south from Dickson on Highway 46 to Las Fajitas Mexican Restaurant. Open daily, Las Fajitas has lunch specials from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Camino Real, also located on Highway 46, is known for its margaritas and great values for delicious Mexican food. For example, its Express Lunch


Fresh Flavors

A pesto grilled chicken pizza is available at Front Porch on Center Avenue.

offerings include one entree with rice for less than $5.

DINING IN CHARLOTTE For a deli-style meal and plenty of goodies to take home, check out Country View Market in Charlotte. The market stocks items such as baked goods, jellies, furniture, and a variety of Made in Tennessee products.

BURNS RESTAURANTS The Catfish Kitchen on U.S. Highway 70 East in Burns has been a Dickson County tradition since the early 1970s. Just look

for the giant catfish on the sign out front. Folks drive many miles for the farm-raised, fresh catfish. Donna’s promises “good home cooking, smiling faces and a fun atmosphere” to diners dropping by for breakfast and lunch. Donna’s offers a full grill menu plus a daily plate lunch special.

CATERING IN VANLEER Located in Vanleer, Dutch Country Kitchen provides catered country classics such as fried chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits and baked goods. – Kevin Litwin

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New restaurants dot the Dickson County dining scene With the recent addition of several new restaurants, the Dickson County community has more options than ever when it comes to dining out. Read on to discover some of the area’s newest eateries. Nori Sushi and Japanese Grill: Diners who choose Nori Sushi and Japanese Grill can enjoy a meal straight off the hibachi grill or select from a wide selection of sushi rolls. The restaurant features a warm, calm atmosphere and opens daily at 11 a.m. Akoya of Dickson: Akoya of Dickson provides a variety of Asian-inspired dishes including teriyaki, chow mein, fried rice and more. The restaurant also offers sushi made with exotic ingredients such as eel, octopus, sea urchin and caviar. Dan’s Italian Kitchen: Owned by Dan Cesario, Dan’s Italian Kitchen serves pizza, pasta, calzones, stromboli and more. Most menu items, including the dough and sauces, are created from scratch. Dan’s Italian Kitchen is open Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. Back Alley BBQ: Back Alley BBQ offers lunch and dinner in a casual atmosphere, serving up menu items such as ribs, chicken and barbeque, as well as made-from-scratch sides. Managed by Justin Reynolds, the eatery opens Tuesday through Saturday at 11 a.m. – Jessica Walker l i vabi l i t y. c om / di c k s o n

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Health & Wellness

Healthy Set of Options Residents have access to wide variety of health-care facilities

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ickson County’s health-care options have never been more plentiful. In addition to the area’s community hospital, TriStar Horizon Medical Center, residents can enjoy quick care at the county’s walk-in clinics and can receive rehabilitation services at Baptist Sports Medicine and Life Therapies clinic.

Urgent Care and Other Facilities

During 2012, two new physicians began treating patients at the facility: Dr. Ehab Kasasbeh, a cardiologist, and Dr. Brook Adams, an orthopedic surgeon. The medical center plans to create an emergency department and an outpatient surgery center at Natchez Medical Park.

TriStar Horizon Medical Center

The TriStar Sarah Cannon Cancer Center

Serving residents in Dickson, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys and Williamson counties, TriStar Horizon Medical Center provides 157 beds. Annually, the medical center’s emergency room treats more than 38,000 patients and delivers approximately 400 newborns.

The TriStar Sarah Cannon Cancer Center is the nation’s largest community-based cancertreatment and -research program. Radiation oncology, medical oncology, imaging and surgery are available, and the center provides patients with access to clinical trials and research.

Dickson County has other medical facilities available to the public, including Dickson Medical Associates, which opened an 83,000-square-foot multispecialty facility in 2009. Patients can receive immediate care at Urgent Medical Care, which is a walk-in clinic that treats various ailments. WellNow Urgent Care also offers convenient care and administers immunizations and vaccinations.

Baptist Sports Medicine and Life Therapies Recently, Baptist Sports Medicine and Life Therapies opened a new outpatient rehabilitation clinic in Dickson. The facility provides services such as orthopedic physical therapy, sports medicine and lymphedema therapy. Located in the Crestview Office Park, Baptist Sports Medicine and Life Therapies’ Dickson clinic enables residents to receive rehabilitation services at home.

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Blankenship CPA Group, PLLC Certified Public Accountants 308 E. College St. • Dickson, TN 37055 • (615) 446-5106 Formerly Mayes & Walters, CPAs – Dickson’s Most Established CPA Firm PROUDLY PROVIDING A FULL RANGE OF ACCOUNTING AND TAX SERVICES TO BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS FOR MORE THAN 35 YEARS

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Arts & Culture

A woman looks through the selection of art at the Tennessee Artisan Market, which is part of the Renaissance Center.

Art Smart Community has diverse arts, culture options

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tare all you want at the variety of interesting and entertaining art and cultural offerings available in Dickson County. Here is a sampling:

Local Artists Jeanette Norman paints quilt patterns on barns, with 15 of her creations displayed at farms throughout Middle Tennessee. Her first pattern for Dickson County was painted and mounted in Charlotte in June 2012 on a barn owned by Roy and Loretta Owen. “I paint geometric quilt patterns on plywood in four sections, then they are mounted onto barns when my painting is completed,” Norman says.

“Some are 8 feet by 8 feet, and others are 4 feet by 4 feet. I first saw paintings of barn quilts in Berea, Ky., and then Gatlinburg, Tenn., and was inspired to start painting myself.” Also in Dickson County is Michael Sloan, known as Tennessee’s first artist-in-residence. He specializes in oils, watercolors and scratchboard, and paints outdoor nature settings as well as portraits of people and animals. Sloan has an art gallery in Dickson.

The Renaissance Center This performing-arts and learning facility in Dickson has entertained and educated Middle

Tennessee residents since 1999. The center offers visual arts, music, dance, theater and computer classes, plus produces film documentaries, live concerts and instructional videos. It also hosts the Tennessee’s Wild Side weekly television program that airs throughout the state on PBS.

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is another great spot to find works by local artists and artisans.

Live Music The Grand Old Hatchery building in downtown Dickson was used for many years to hatch baby chicks, and today it hosts country music performances every Saturday night under the title of Vance Smith’s Grand Old Hatchery Music Show. Smith purchased the building in 1997, and weekly attendance for his entertaining country-music show is 75-100 people. Can’t get enough country? The Wild Country Jamboree puts on live country-music shows every Friday and Saturday. Dance lessons are offered on Thursday nights at this hotspot on Highway 70.

Old Spencer Mill Visitors can step back in time when touring Old Spencer Mill, the only structure of its type in the state. Nestled in the hills of Burns, the mill is powered by a 20-foot-tall waterwheel. The 1800s double-stone gristmill offers tours, camping, interpreters and demonstrations, and there is also a 4,000-square-foot banquet facility for a variety of functions.

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Movies at the Roxy Film buffs enjoy the latest blockbusters at Dickson’s retro styled but completely modern Roxy Movie Theater, which has a superior sound system, plasma screens and comfortable seating with plenty of legroom. – Kevin Litwin

Clockwise from top left: The Renaissance Center; The Tennessee Artisan Market; Jeanette Norman poses with her barn quilt, “Corn and Beans,” which is located on Roy and Loretta Owen’s barn in Charlotte.

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Sports & Recreation

An Outside Interest Dickson County features outdoor activities for the whole family

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utdoor fun thrives in Dickson County, where residents and visitors can enjoy well-kept golf courses, water-based activities, a recreation complex and successful kids’ sports teams.

Youth Sports In Dickson County, young people have plenty of opportunities to get out, play and have fun. The Dickson County Youth Athletic Association (DCYAA) offers 15 softball teams and 24 baseball teams open to individuals ages 4 through 18, while the Dickson County Soccer Association (DCSA) provides six coed teams open to participants as old as 16. In both leagues, players are grouped together based on age. When it comes to football, the Dickson Dolphins and the Burns Cowboys have boys ages 5 to 12 covered. A pee-wee league is available for ages 5 to 6, and

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a junior league is open to ages 7 to 8. Children ages 9 to 10 can participate in a minors league, while ages 11 to 12 can join the majors. In conjunction with the football teams, a cheerleading program is also available. In addition, a Summer Swim League is open to boys and girls age 6 and older. The competitive league forms teams based on swimming experience, and practices take place at Buckner Pool.

Luther Lake The spacious 14-acre man-made lake along Highway 70 East is a popular haven for fishing and even features a fishing pier. Outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy wildlife viewing, as well as walking and running, on scenic paved trails. The City of Dickson Parks and Recreation Department also oversees wakeboarding and

waterskiing classes on City Lake during the warm-weather months.

Lester Speyer Community Rec Complex This park off of Highway 47 East hosts a wide range of activities. It is home to four adult softball fields, lighted basketball courts and a playground with the latest equipment. The Lester Speyer Complex also houses the Tennsco Community Center, a facility that can accommodate 300 people for dinner-style events or 700 for theater-style functions.

Golf Courses Golfers can get into the swing of things at three nice venues in Dickson County. Open since 1998, GreyStone Golf Club is an 18-hole public facility that features zoysia


grass and was designed by PGA professional Mark McCumber. The course hosted major tournaments during 2012 including the U.S. Junior Golf Tour Championship and the Ohio Valley Conference women’s and men’s golf championships. Another popular local course, Montgomery Bell Golf Course has been recognized by Golf Digest magazine as one of the “top 100 public courses in America to play.” Today, the 18-hole destination has been certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and also features a new golf clubhouse. Meanwhile, Dickson Country Club is a private 18-hole, 6,600-yard venue that has been around since 1940. Members also enjoy a swimming pool, tennis courts, a private lounge, The Main Course Restaurant and other amenities. – Kevin Litwin and Jessica Walker

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GreyStone Golf Club

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Education

Smart Approach Education system remains strong

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ive yourself a gold star for knowing that Dickson County has quality education opportunities along with a thriving school district. Here is a brief background:

Dickson County School District More than 8,500 students are

enrolled in this district, which is regarded as one of the highestachieving in Tennessee. In fact, Dickson County students scored well in 2011 for the latest reading and math tests administered by the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program. The district employs 1,000 people, 550 of whom are

teachers, and there are 14 schools: eight elementary, three middle, two high schools and one alternative. The two high schools are Creek Wood High and Dickson County High. The district also offers a Virtual High School, which targets students who have fallen behind on coursework or are on the verge of dropping out. Dickson County School District is led by Dr. Danny L. Weeks, who earned an Educational Specialist degree and a master’s degree in Education from Austin Peay State University, as well as a doctorate in Education from Tennessee State University. Dr. Weeks became the Director of Schools in June 2012.

Jeff Adkins

New Directions Academy This alternative school serves students in grades 3-12 who are having difficulties with coursework, attendance or behavior. The mission of New Directions Academy is to help students not only graduate from high school, but then become fully functioning and thriving members of society. Among the offerings at New Directions Academy are two GED programs for 17-year-olds – a Hardship program and a Jobs program. – Kevin Litwin

Students in the Dickson County School District enjoy classroom activities.

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Ad Index

28 Bank of Dickson

38 Horizon Medical Center

40 Blankenship CPA

48 Middle Tennessee Mortgage

43 Charles Woodard

C3 Nemak

C2 City of Dickson

48 nFusion

38 NHC Healthcare

48 State Farm Insurance

48 Sylvia Tennessee City-Pond Water Utility District

6 Dickson County Municipal Airport Authority

3 Dickson Electric System

48 East Hills Bed & Breakfast

40 Fight DMD

46 First Bank

45 Fuller Home Comfort Solutions LLC

27 Greater Dickson Gas Authority

48 Greystone

48 Hampton Inn

6 Tennessee State Parks

43 Tennessee Technology Center

45 Tennsco

C4 TriStar Bank

46 Water Authority of Dickson County


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community profile Snapshot Dickson County is located in the north central portion of Tennessee, and it’s a part of the eight-county Nashville Metropolitan Statistical Area. Charlotte is the centrally located county seat, although the city of Dickson is the county’s largest.

cost of living

Marital Status:

$47,231

59%

Median Household Income

Married

$80,701

41%

Median Home Price

Single

$758 Median Rent for a Two-Bedroom Apartment

Climate

Ethnicity:

91% White

household information

88° July High Temperature

Age:

37

25° January Low Temperature

Median Resident Age

27%

54” Annual Rain Fall (vs. National Average Annual Rain Fall of 37”)

19 and Under

48%

5% Black

2% Hispanic

2% Other

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transportation

time zone

25%

26 minutes

Central

55 and Over

Median Travel Time to Work

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