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Easy access to business, history and nature benefit county By Ken Leinart

editor@mycouriernews.com Anderson County is a hub of tourism, especially in the summer. From Norris Lake to the historic sites sprinkled throughout the county, the I75 corridor is a roadway to history and fun. Just ask Amanda Bridges, who manages the Holiday Inn Express at the Clinton/ Norris I75 interchange. “Our ‘peak’ season is March through November,” she said. But that doesn’t mean there is a true “off season” with hotels along the interstate. “In March and April we get a lot of Spinning wheel demonstration at the Museum of overnight traffic, people stopping off during Appalachia during Pioneer Days. spring break,” Bridges said. It’s the same traffic pattern during the The trends, she said, are the same. Both summer with families traveling for summer hotels are highly visible from the interstate vacation. It’s par for the course along one and are easy to access. America’s busiest interstate systems. The Holiday Inn Express has 81 rooms, so But where Bridges said it’s Anderson County rare the hotel has has an edge is to turn on a “no the easy access vacancy” sign. to areas such as “Maybe 30 Norris Lake, and nights a year,” the festivals that she said. In the fall there is a festival at the bring in visitors There are Haley Farm that brings in a lot of throughout the times, however year. … people, and the Pioneer Days at the “In the fall “Sometimes Museum (of Appalachia) always bring we’ll get multithere is a festival visitors in.” at the Haley night guests. Farm that brings With Aisin, SL — Amanda Bridges, Manager The Holiday Inn Express Tennessee, even in a lot of people, and the Pioneer TVA, it’s not Days at the Museum (of Appalachia) always unusual to have people who are here with bring visitors in,” Bridges noted. those businesses to stay a week at a time.” Bridges said the Holiday Inn Express is Bridges said the “average” room rate is a lot like the Hampton Inn Suites, which $139 a night, but during festivals that could is practically next door to her place of run as much as $189. Finding an average business. cost is not as easy as it sounds because

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MEMBER FOCUS corporations may negotiate a lower rate for extended stays. Bridges said that if she had to guess, the overall average, “at the end of the day” would be in the neighborhood of $103 a night. Hotels in at the I75 interchange charge 17.75-percent in sales taxes. The state collects 9.75-percent; Anderson County receives 5-percent, and Clinton gets 3-percent. A portion of the county’s 5-percent is put into the Anderson County Tourism Board. “And we have a pretty high occupancy rate,” she said. And despite the winter months can produce high accupancy totals. “You never know. Winters are different from one winter to the next,” she said. Weather conditions are, of course, a deciding factor. Bridges said that’s it’s not just the winter weather, it how it takes shape. “Three years ago we had weather where it ices, then snow, and snowed some more,” she said. “And we had people staying because they couldn’t get home in those conditions.” But, she said, if a weather forecast predicts bad weather three or four days in advance, “People just stay home, stay off the roads.”

Joey Smith

I’ve been in the marketing business for 17 years, with 13 of those years in real estate here in Clinton. Long ago, I was a chamber ambassador and a member of the antique festival committee. Currently, I am on the board of directors and chair the business development committee. The chamber, more than anything, has helped me really “plug into” and stay connected to the community in which I live, which is a central focus of my real estate business. There are lots of folks in the real estate industry, lots of different companies (some of them quite large), but there’s truly nothing as effective as focusing on YOUR community and your hometown - really knowing the people, the local housing market, what’s going on, and the potential that your community holds. You don’t really have to “sell” anything when you are dealing with what you love. More recently, the chamber has helped propel Clinton and Anderson County into the eyes of the public outside the borders of our community - and people are taking notice! That will be a game changer for not only real estate, but retail, education....really every working part of our community will benefit from the vision that the chamber has helped promote.

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The Market Place of Pearls

Scott Laska, Steve Heatherly, Rick Meredith - President, Robin Hunley - Board Chair, Heather Emert, Melissa Bingham, Larry Gann, Bill Gallaher, Amber Price, Jason Leslie, Joey Smith, and Tammy Gross

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Back: Lisa Harrison Smith, Katherine Birkbeck, Christine Schlandt, Front: Patty Shoemaker, Leslie Lane, Lauren McAdams and Marry Hatmaker

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The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce hosted their 8th Annual Tribute to Business Dinner on Friday, June 14, 2019 on Market Street, Clinton. This event titled “The Market Place of Pearls� A Gatsby Themed Long Table Dinner, was a way of recognizing businesses in Anderson County and their accomplishments. The Long Table Dinner was the first of its kind in Anderson County. The Chamber honored the award recipients as well as the history of Market Street. As one of the biggest events of the summer it brought some glitz and glamour to our historic town.

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Janet Hawkins Graduates from Institute for Organization Management WASHINGTON, D.C.— Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Janet Hawkins, IOM, Executive Vice President of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from the program and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually. “Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and

organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.” Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to

enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively. Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.

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Janet Hawkins, Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President, completed the Institute of Organization Management program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and has earned her Certificate of Nonprofit Organization Management.

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Teacher Supply Depot prepares for two August openings for teachers from ACS and CCS. The first one is on Saturday, August 3rd, and the second one will be Tuesday afternoon, August 13th. We are working with Express Employment Professionals on their Brand It Blue Initiative with their manufacturing/warehouse and other clients across Anderson County between July 8 and July 29 to have school supply drives. Express will be honoring the top donating companies on August 3rd. The two school districts and government offices have collection boxes at their offices to collect supplies from their staff members and the general public. Find collection boxes at Clinton City Hall, AC Courthouse and Anderson County Chamber office in downtown Clinton. Help Stuff the Bus at the Clinton Walmart on the afternoon/evening of Friday, July 26, and throughout the day on Saturday, July 27. School supplies are already on sale as retailers have started “back to school” pricing. This is a perfect time to get more bang for your buck when supporting the Teacher Supply Depot.

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