Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Haslam, TN Dept. of Tourist Development Announce Another Record-Breaking Year of Economic Impact Numbers

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett today announced Tennessee tourism’s direct domestic and international travel expenditures reached an all-time high of $18.4 billion in 2015, up 3.7 percent over the previous year, as reported by the U.S. Travel Association. The announcement took place at the Sevier County Courthouse near the iconic Dolly Parton statue. Mountain Rukus from Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede provided music. 

For the 10th consecutive year, tourism topped $1 billion in state and local sales tax revenue, reaching $1.6 billion, up 7 percent over 2014. Tourism-generated jobs for Tennesseans reached 157,400, an increase of 2.9 percent. 

Top five counties include Davidson ($5.686 billion), Shelby ($3.196 billion), Sevier ($2.031 billion), Hamilton ($1.016 billion), and Knox ($1.014 billion), who were acknowledged during the event for all achieving more than $1 billion in travel expenditures. All 95 counties in Tennessee had more than $1 million in direct travel expenditures; 19 counties saw more than $100 million each. 

Tennessee is ranked in the Top 10 destinations in the U.S. for total travel, with more than 105 million in total visitation, a 3.9% increase over 2014, as reported by D.K. Shifflet & Associates. 

Guests spent a total of $21.98 million in Marshall County in 2015, an increase of 1.9% compared to 2014, generating a total of $1.35 million in state and $0.59 million in local tax revenues, increases of 7.1% and 4.3%, respectively. A total of 147 Marshall Countians are employed in tourism-related fields. 

“The hard work of Tennessee’s tourism industry, strategically led by the Department of Tourist Development and the Tennessee Tourism Committee, continues to produce record results,” Gov. Haslam said. “More travelers from around the world are visiting Tennessee each year, and the $1.6 billion in sales tax revenue and growth in jobs is good news for every Tennessean.” 

“It’s appropriate that today’s announcement takes place next to a statue of Sevier County’s own Dolly Parton, who graces the cover of this year’s Tennessee Vacation Guide,” said Commissioner Triplett. “Dolly’s music has played a major role in making Tennessee ‘The Soundtrack of America.’ People come to Tennessee for a variety of reasons including the music, but it’s the authenticity and Southern hospitality that our communities and partners deliver every day that keeps people coming back. The tourism industry’s continued economic impact growth is a result of visitor satisfaction.” 

The Tennessee Tourism Committee, appointed in 2011 by Gov. Haslam, is made up of tourism leaders in both the public and private sectors. The Committee is chaired by Colin Reed, Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc., and co-chaired by Jack Soden, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., and Sande Weiss, president of Music Road Resort. 

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Tennessee is the birthplace of the blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly, and rock ‘n’ roll— delivering an unparalleled experience of beauty, history, and family adventure, infused with music, that creates a vacation that is “The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.” Tennessee’s tourism industry generates $18.4 billion annually in economic impact, more than $1.6 billion in state and local sales tax revenue and more than 157,400 tourism-related jobs. 

Explore more at tnvacation.com and join other Tennessee travelers by following “TNVacation” on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016



United Communications has recently partnered with the Town of Chapel Hill and the Henry Horton State Park to bring new fiber technology to the popular local park. “This was a very rewarding project for us,” said William Bradford, the CEO of United Communications.  “It was clear that the Town of Chapel Hill Administrator and the Henry Horton Park Manager all shared United Communications’ vision to stimulate local economic development through the power of technology.  Henry Horton State Park is one of Marshall County’s critical community anchors we have recently upgraded to Gigabit Fiber Internet under our newly established Middle Tennessee Connectivity Initiative.”

In order to make this vision a reality, United Communications contributed over $5,000 in materials and resources and the Town of Chapel Hill allocated another $5,000 in order to build out new fiber connections to Henry Horton State Park.  “We believe local government and business partnerships like this are critical to driving broadband deployment and economic development in rural areas and economic development,” said Bradford.

“The addition of Fiber Internet and Wi-Fi throughout the park’s Inn will enable us to host more events and attract more visitors to the park who need high-speed internet as part of their stay,” said Park Manager Ryan Jenkins. “We hope this upgraded technology will set Henry Horton State Park apart from other regional locations and help grow our business tourism base.”

The Chapel Hill Town Administrator remarked “Since the day I was hired, we set out to leverage local resources to improve the quality of life for Chapel Hill residents, as well as attract new residents, businesses, and visitors.   The proximity of Chapel Hill to Nashville, Spring Hill, Shelbyville, and Lewisburg along with the attractions of the Henry Horton State Park and United Communications new fiber technology are critical factors to spurring economic growth in small towns like ours across America. We certainly hope this is just the first of many projects like this in our area.”   

The first ever Middle Tennessee Connectivity Summit will be held at the Henry Horton State Park where United, in partnership with local community and business leaders will discuss ways to enhance their partnerships and speed the delivery of fiber internet in the region.

Friday, August 19, 2016

LPC Invests in World’s Largest Sheetfed Press

Lewisburg Printing Company (LPC) has enhanced its large format division with the purchase of a KBA RA205-6 1” Press is with in-line UV coating. This investment will further expand capabilities and capacity and strengthen their position as an industry leader with quick turn around and the latest in printing technology.
“LPC made the decision to invest in KBA’s 81” press to offer a “one stop” solution to our existing customer base. It will also give us a competitive advantage in the market by delivering the largest sheet size available in our industry." said Hale Hawkins, IV, LPC CEO.
About LPC:
Founded in 1898, LPC is now in its fourth generation of family ownership. The company is an industry leader with its core business in high quality specialty printing that includes large and small format litho, topsheet, commercial, flexo and digital printing. LPC proudly serves local, national and international clientele from the corrugated packaging, point of purchase, retail, manufacturing, food processing, service and educational markets.
LPC has a staff of approximately 150 people who are committed to excellence through technology and training. Our mission is to ensure our customers receive goods and services that exceed their expectations with speed to market that is unmatched in the industry. LPC, a G7 Master Printer, is dedicated to continuous development and a proactive approach towards conserving all aspects of the environment, particularly as it relates to our business practices and processes.
For more information, contact LPC at 800.559.1526 or email info@lpcink.com.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

MFG Association Learns of Training at Spot Lowe Technology Center

Student at Spot Lowe Technology Center, Dawson Swain, demonstrates PLC training for the Lewisburg Manufacturers' Association that held their meeting at the middle and high school training facility in Lewisburg. Dawson represents just one of the students learning skilled training and taking part in the Work-based Learning Program by working with Comfort Research in Lewisburg. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Mr. Pickle Receives $10,000 for Machining Class at Spot Lowe Technology Center

Congratulations to Mr. Danny Pickle who received a $10,000 check from Mr. Ken Potts (Gene Haas Automation, Inc. representative) today. A scholarship has been set up to reward students in his machining class.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Lewisburg Working to Become a Healthier TN Community

Lewisburg is working to become a designated Healthier TN Community through a state program at www.healthiertn.com and locally with the Marshall Co. Health Department and Marshall Co. Health Council.
Join us in your home with your family or in your workplace to help Lewisburg be one of the first designated Healthier TN Communities.
To learn more, log onto www.healthiertn.com or contact Emily Darnell or April Riddle at the Marshall Co. Health Department (931) 359-1551.