Keys to Dream Travel – Melissa Willcut


The Smith County Chamber of Commerce welcomes new member Keys to Dream Travel – Melissa Willcut. Melissa is one of the newest members to the “Keys To Dream Travel” team. This team has been together for five years helping people have the most magical & stress-free vacations. Melissa is a graduate of the Disney College of Knowledge and offers free planning services for many locations. There is no extra charge for her services. Clients just need to tell where they’d like to go and what activities they would like to do and then she takes care of the planning and booking.  This lets folks focus on enjoying their travel and making memories! Keys To Dream Travel can be found on Facebook or you may contact Melissa at any time at melissawillcut@keystodreamtravel.com
 
Melissa and her family are new to the Smith County area, having moved here in November 2018. Her husband, Sam, is the pulpit preacher at Montrose Church of Christ in Defeated. They have three children. The two oldest children are attending college and the youngest is still at home and in high school. The family are definitely travelers! They have lived in Florida, Alabama, Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee. They  have been from coast to coast and have made several trips cross country to California. One of Melissa’s favorite trips was to Australia with her husband, and they are planning to return there in the coming year.

Antiques, Vintage & More

The Smith County Chamber of Commerce welcomes new member Antiques, Vintage & More located at 111 E. Main Street in Gordonsville. The owners are Joyce Silcox and Penny Bartlett. The store may be reached at 615-318-9791. More info will be posted soon.

Michael & Hannah’s






The Smith County Chamber of Commerce has the pleasure of welcoming new member, Michael & Hannah’s. Located at 29 Dixon Springs Highway in Carthage, Michael & Hannah’s is a small neighborhood diner owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Michael and Hannah Woodard. They are pictured above with Smith County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Bill Woodard.
Michael & Hannah’s was established in 2017 when the couple purchased the iconic local restaurant from Brenda Brown, who had operated the business as Brenda’s Restaurant since 1983. In fact, Michael and Hannah met while Hannah worked at Brenda’s Restaurant. The couple began dating in April 2010 and were married later that same year. They have four children between them. Michael is a Smith County native. He grew up in Carthage; attended Forks River School, Carthage Elementary and Smith County High School. Hannah is also a native of Smith County. She grew up in Gordonsville and attended Gordonsville Elementary and Gordonsville High School.
In keeping with the tradition set by Brenda and embraced by the good people of Carthage, Michael and Hannah want to continue providing everyone with the same down-home Southern hospitality and delicious food in a family friendly atmosphere. Their menu and more can be found at www.michaelandhannah’s.com and on Facebook.

Hoggtown BBQ









On June 6th, the Smith County Chamber of Commerce, welcomed new member Hoggtown BBQ at their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting.  Pictured with Smith County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Bill Woodard are owners Kim Dyer and Robert Smith. Hoggtown BBQ opened their location at 264 Defeated Creek Highway in April of this year. The building that the restaurant and bait shop occupy have been brought to life after being vacant for quite some time.  Hoggtown BBQ’s menu items include BBQ Sandwiches, Shoulder, Smoked Bologna, Hamburgers and Country Style Ribs on Fridays and Saturdays. Hours are 8 am – 8 pm Monday thru Saturday and Sundays 12:00 – 6:00pm. Stop in and experience their fantastic food and friendly service. Check them out on Facebook at Hoggtown BBQ and Bait Shop or give them a call at 615-774-HOGG.
 

Serenity Networks LLC

The Smith County Chamber of Commerce welcomes new member Serenity Networks LLC. Services offered include , IT Managing, IT Consulting, CIO Services, Disaster Planning/Recovery, PC/Server Repair, Virus Removal and Automated Backup. Contact Michael Hughes at 615-697-3083.

Cross Coverage


On March 5th, the Smith County Chamber of Commerce welcomed new member Jennifer Cross of Cross Coverage. Cross has been a licensed insurance agent in Tennessee since 2011 and a resident of Brush Creek since 2017. She is an Air Force mom to a serving daughter and sports mom to her stepson who attends a Smith County school.  Jennifer’s husband, Josh is a paramedic in Smith County.
 
Cross Coverage is an organization dedicated to meeting the needs of employees and employers of all company sizes. In the current environment of low unemployment, benefits are a major factor in the job seeking decision. However, employers worry of how much they can afford to give. Cross Coverage brings the better insurance products in the worksite market directly to employees with no financial investment on the part of the company. They offer supplemental benefits such as Permanent Life Insurance, Cancer, Heart Attack and Stroke coverage, Accident policies, Short Term Disability and even Hospital Indemnity plans that cover all employees with very few exceptions. The costs are extremely low so employees are more likely to keep their policies long term.

Besides worksite insurance plans, Cross Coverage also offers prepaid legal. Their Legal Shield is an investment the average family can make to ensure they’re prepared for whatever life sends their way. This can be offered as a group benefit as well.  Everything from real estate transactions, to contract reviews, to traffic ticket representation in court by a local attorney, and all services are available across the country. Benefits are all easy to use and inexpensive, so employers and employees alike are pleased. Cross Coverage is local to Smith County but licensed in 11 surrounding states.

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Tennessee Power Washing LLC

On January 17th, the Smith County Chamber of Commerce welcomed new member, Tennessee Power Washing LLC. Tennessee Power Washing is owned and operated by Kevin Burris. They currently service Smith, Jackson, Macon, Putnam, Trousdale and Wilson Counties in Middle Tennessee. Tennessee Power Washing provides business and residential exterior cleaning with their softwash technologies that helps protect your investment and the environment. They are fully licensed and insured. Contact Kevin at 615-968-0208 or by email at kevin@tn-pw.com. Pictured above are Tennessee Power Washing owner, Kevin Burris and Smith County Chamber of Commerce Director Bill Woodard from the January Chamber Corner Show taping.

Jane Reed’s Pleasant Shade Store & Cafe







The Smith County Chamber of Commerce welcomes new member, Jane Reed’s Pleasant Shade Store & Café. Pictured are owner Franklin Grandstaff and Chamber Director, Bill Woodard. Franklin Grandstaff has worked in the restaurant business for several years and has enjoyed much success in running restaurants for other people. He has always dreamed of owning his own restaurant.
 
One day while in the Pleasant Shade area, Mr. Grandstaff saw that the store building was available. More thoughts came to his mind of owning his own restaurant and eventually that led to him to inquire about building with the realtor. He and his wife, Francis, had the opportunity to tour the property and fell in love with it. They opened Jane Reed’s Pleasant Shade Store & Café on December 12, 2018 as a meat & 3 establishment. The Grandstaff love the Pleasant Shade community and enjoy meeting new customers. They invite everyone to come be their guest!
 
The Café’s menu offers weekday $5.99 lunch specials 11am  – 3 pm and weekend specialties. Monday is Spaghetti & Meatballs; Tuesday is Chicken & Dumplings; Wednesday is Meatloaf- Franklin’s own mother’s recipe, in fact; Thursday is Country Style Ribs, Friday is Catfish; Saturday is ½ BBQ Chicken or Country Style Ribs and Sunday is Fried Chicken. They also offer a breakfast menu on Friday & Saturday mornings. Their hours are Monday – Thursday 11am to 8pm. Friday & Saturday 8am to 9pm and Sundays 11 am -3 pm. Located at 735 Pleasant Shade Highway, you are invited to contact them at 615-677-2233. More information can be found on Jane Reed’s Pleasant Shade Store & Café’s Facebook and on their website www.janerpleasantstoreandcafe.com.
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