Chamber to add new board members
Thursday, February 19, 2015 2:28 pm
By MIKE WEST, Courier Editor
Additional growth in tourism is one aim of this addition, explained Chamber President Ron Fryar
The governmental members will serve as ex-officio (non-voting) members on a year-to-year basis.
"We've already talked to Harold Patrick (Woodbury mayor) about the idea and he was enthusiastic to the point where he suggested a candidate for the board," the Chamber president said. "I'm planning to talk with County Exec Mike Gannon and Auburntown Mayor Roger Turney soon."
But before the ex-officio members can be added, the Chamber's by-laws must be altered, which is next on the organization's agenda.
Woodbury and Cannon County are the perfect getaway.
"It offers a day trip where you can enjoy the mountains and scenery. It's a good short trip into Cannon County from most Middle Tennessee areas and it's like going back to a pleasant and serene time while less hectic," Fryar added.
With the help of local officials, the Chamber will be able to fashion and coordinate events on a county-wide basis. The Chamber can take ideas and expand on them.
"For example consider the Kansas City Barbecue competition held at the fairgrounds. It was a success in the sense it drew competitors from across Tennessee, but it was a frustration to area residents who soon discovered they couldn't buy any of the barbecue," he said.
"Now that competition has been dropped, why not instead hold a community-wide barbecue where visitors can enjoy live music and great food?" he asked. That's the kind of event the Chamber is now considering with the assistance of local businesses.
"People can tell Cannon countians love their community and that genuine attitude attracts visitors and keeps them coming," Fryar said.