Chamber of Commerce welcomes new board members, new chairman

Posted By | January 30, 2017 6:32 am

Ashley Dicus, former chairman of Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, passes the gavel to incoming chairman Lance Wyatt. (Photo by PAMELA CLAYTOR)

The new year has brought big changes to the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, with three members leaving, including chairman Ashley Dicus, and three new members coming on board.

Along with Dicus, who represented Hunter Funeral Home, Brent Tevebaugh, representing Sonic Drive In, and Tony Maggart, representing O’Connor Utility District reached the end of their terms, which began in January 2014.

Replacing them are Cody Wilhite, branch manager of Bank of White County, Ricky Hodge, store manager of Walmart, and Misty Allen of Narramore Signs.

In introducing themselves to the new members, board members who have been serving gave the new members an idea of what they can expect.

“We’ve made good strides,” Dicus stated. “Keep it up.”

“I’ve seen so much happen in the last year,” Maggart said. “I’m glad that I was here.”

“I expect good things,” Tevebaugh remarked.

“The last year was phenomenal,” board member Lance Wyatt added. “ I’m excited about the coming year.”

“I’ve never seen a group as productive as this one,” board member Jimmy Mansell stated.

White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson was in attendance and said, “The progression this board has made is amazing.”

The board then took a vote on officers for the year. Lance Wyatt was elected chairman and Rebecca Young was elected vice chairman.

Plaques were presented to the outgoing members, as well as to Allen, who was recognized as the “Chamber Ambassador of the Year.”

The board picked up discussions about how to handle the large amount of cash sitting in the bank account. Mansell explained that the funds are not excess cash but the money the Chamber needs to fund the budget for the year.

Board member Diana Verble stated that because the money will not be sitting long term, CDs probably would not be an option. Finding a checking account that would pay interest would most likely be in the best interest of the Chamber, she stated.

Events slated for the coming year include a business expo at First National Bank, on April 13, a business before hours event, on Feb. 21, at The Mad Raven, sponsored by CB Trucking, a golf tournament, an unnamed festival event that is in early planning stages, an alley after hours event, a second business before hours event at First Tennessee Bank and a Jingle and Mingle event at Bank of White County.

Also discussed:

-The board approved annual dues to the Upper Cumberland Tourism Association, which will be reimbursed by a grant.

-Two new businesses joined the chamber this month, Daisy Acre Orchard Bed and Breakfast and Suncrest Home Health.

-The Get Fit Challenge kicks off in February.

-Young suggested the board hold meetings in December, as the gap between November and January is too great, and they lose momentum. Board members agreed.

-Wyatt appointed Wilhite to serve alongside Verble and board member Cherri McNeil on the finance committee.

-Robinson gave the board an update on efforts to bring industry to the county and explained there is a shortage of products to offer prospective industries. “I am actively looking for property,” he stated.

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