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Chamber Insights Complete June 2007 Issue

In this June 2007 issue:
  • Thought for the month
  • President's Message: Darrell Overstreet writes of excitement with Adair construction underway
  • Brushy Fork workshop development
  • Did you know?
  • Thank you's
  • Ribbon cutting scheduled
  • Corporate sponsor of the month: Key Mortgage
  • 20 Clues to Rural Community Survival
  • Route 66: A name with some fame
  • Report on Chamber Golf Tournament, with winners

  • Welcome to Chamber Insights, the monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.

    Editor - Sue Stivers

    Feature writers - Darrell Overstreet, Vonnie Kolbenschlag, Monica Rodgers

    Thought for the month - The Perfect Day - You have not lived a perfect day, even though you have earned your money, unless you have done something for someone .....who cannot repay you....

    President's Message

    If you have read the President's Message before, you know that I am very excited about all that is happening in Columbia and Adair County. Almost any road you take from Columbia you will see some type of construction work, whether it is blacktop being laid, dirt being moved, bridges being replace and along with other work and cleanup for our community. These happenings speak volumes about our city and county and the growth we can look forward to in the future.

    This past Tuesday was our annual Chamber Picnic at the Roadside Park. We had a great crowd that did not seem to mind getting a little wet from the much needed rain. What a great singing performance from Tonya Meece and Susan Peck.

    Those gals were awesome and I want to thank them for sharing with us. I also want to thank my wife Barbara for preparing the picnic meal. I greatly appreciate her support. The park looks great and still more to be done. Richard Phelps has done a tremendous job overseeing the work on the park. Richard has worked very hard for several years to get the park where it is today. If you haven't visited the park recently, you need to make a visit and have a picnic and let the children play on the playground equipment.

    I continue to challenge anyone who has not joined the Chamber to do so as soon as you can. We want you to be part of the Chamber and help us grow as a community and together we can say "COLUMBIA, KY, A Great Place To Call Home".

    Community and Economic Development Workshop Scheduled

    The Brushy Fork Annual Institute of Berea College is scheduled for September 12 - 14, 2007. Registration is now being taken. In its third year, the Annual Institute offers informative plenary sessions and a variety of unique, hands-on workshop tracks that offer skills for organizational and community development. Participants come together to learn about issues and gain skills to improve their organizations and communities. Several Adair County Chamber members have participated in the Brushy Fork programs in the past.

    This year's workshop tracks include: Community Problem Solving, New Tools for Economic Development, Advanced Communication Skills, Nonprofit Management, Financial Management for Nonprofits, Fundraising in Beyond Grants, Grant writing, Marketing your Programs, Web Site Development, and Personal Leadership Development.

    The 2007 Annual Institute will feature a key note address by Becky Anderson of Hand Made in America, in which she will explore how communities in western North Carolina have used place-based economic development to boost the region's economy. Other presenters include, Dr. Vaughn Grisham, Director of the McLean Institute for Community Development and Carpetbag Theatre, a performance group from Knoxville, Tennessee that gives a unique spin on Community Development.

    The early registration deadline is fast approaching. Register by August 15 and save! The early registration rate is $425.00. After August 15, the registration fee will increase to $450.00.

    You can get track descriptions and download registration information from the following website: OR You may contact Jane Higgins by e-mail at or call her at 859-985-3858 or call Sue Stivers at 384-6020.

    Did You Know?...That Mammoth Cave features the longest cave system in the World!

    ...That the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce has 246 members!

    Thank You

    A special "Thank You" to Rutherford's Nursery and Columbia Landscaping & Garden Center for making donations to the Chamber and Tourism Commission.

    Tony and Beth Rutherford, owner of Rutherford's Nursery located at 770 Rocky Hill Road donate 10 crape myrtles to the Chamber which will be planted at the Roadside Park and the Chamber office.

    Jason Stotts of Columbia Landscaping & Garden Center. Located at 922 Russell Road donated the stepping stones and gravel at the Gazebo on Jamestown Street. The final stage of the gazebo will be completed in the near future. There will be panels that will give information about our County and Area, along with brochures, etc. The gazebo will provide information to tourists when the Chamber/Tourism office is closed.

    These donations are greatly appreciated.

    Also a special "Thank You" to Alan and Beth VanArsdale owners of Dixie Cash and Carry Building Supply for donating the tent for the golf tournament. The tent was definitely needed and the Chamber is grateful for your contribution. Dixie Cash and Carry is located at 2766 Greensburg Road.

    Ribbon Cutting

    The Chamber will have a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, June 29th beginning at 10:00 am at Extreme Fitness, located at 1411 Campbellsville Road. Tim Ferrie is the owner. All Chamber members are encouraged to attend as we welcome this new business to our Community and Mr. Ferrie to the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.

    Corporate Sponsor of the Month

    A special "Thank You" to Key Mortgage Company, Inc. for being the Corporate Sponsor of the Month. Owner Darrell Overstreet along with his wife Barbara, provided the meal for those attending our annual "Picnic in the Park". The money paid by the members was donated to the Chamber treasury. We sincerely appreciate the generosity of Darrell and Barbara.

    As Corporate Sponsor of the Month, the business owner has the opportunity to share information about his business. The following remarks were made by owner Darrell Overstreet.

    Although Key Mortgage Company has only been in existence less than a year and a half, they bring together many years of experience in the mortgage business. Key Mortgage offers a variety of mortgage loan products including FHA, VA and RHS loans, now as Government loans which many banks and some mortgage brokers do not have available. Key Mortgage is a mortgage company, therefore affording them the opportunity to process and close loans for banks and mortgage brokers throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky as well as originates loans at their office here in Columbia.

    Key Mortgage is an originator of Kentucky Housing Corporation loans which offer below market interest rates for folks buying houses in Kentucky. This program, many times referred to as the "First Time Homebuyer's Program", has helped thousands of people to own their own home. They also offer conventional fixed rate mortgage loans for those folks who are purchasing a home or refinancing their existing mortgage loan.

    A new product that Key Mortgage is now making available in this area is the "Reverse Mortgage". That loan program is for folks 62 years and older who have equity in their property. Those folks maybe able to get funds from the equity in their home and never make a payment as long as they live.

    The folks at Key Mortgage welcome anyone to call 270-384-1735 or stop by their office at 203 Burkesville Street and talk about their mortgage loan needs or ask questions regarding any loan program.

    20 Clues to Rural Community Survival
    1. Evidence of Community Pride.
    2. Emphasis on quality in business and community life.
    3. Willingness to invest in the future.
    4. Participatory approach to community decision-making.
    5. Cooperative community spirit.
    6. Realistic appraisal of future opportunities.
    7. Awareness of competitive positioning.
    8. Knowledge of the physical environment.
    9. Active economic development program.
    10. Deliberate transition of power to a younger generation of leaders.
    11. Acceptance of women in leadership roles.
    12. Strong belief in and support for education.
    13. Problem-solving approach to providing health care.
    14. Strong multi-generational family orientation.
    15. Strong presence of traditional institutions that is integral to community life.
    16. Attention to a sound well-maintained infrastructure.
    17. Careful use of fiscal resources.
    18. Sophisticated use of information resources.
    19. Willingness to seek help from the outside.
    20. Conviction that, in the long run, you have to do it yourself.
    (The above information was taken from a conference on Community Resource Development that was attended by Sue Stivers)

    A Name With Some Fame

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation will add eleven sites significant to America's heritage along the original Route 66. That route was officially designated in 1926 as a public two lane road linking Chicago and Los Angeles, going through small towns on its way westward. It gave communities access to commerce and became one of the nation's main east-west roads. Route 66 was constructed by New Deal work relief program workers. Road work went slowly and not until 1938 was all paving completed. The paved road impressed young army captain, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who realized the need for improved highways to move troops and Route 66 played a big part by being a dependable highway for mobilization before WWII and afterward as people moved westward.

    After the war a new industry, tourism flourished along Route 66 and that brought a need for lodging, food and gas stations. Lodging, at first, was either auto-camps or tourist homes. Camps provided water, wood fuel, privies, showers and laundry facilities. Camps gave way to cabins providing places to sleep at affordable prices. Motor courts/motels with rooms all under one roof replaced individual cabins - some of which can still be seen along roadways. Additional amenities soon developed providing numerous restaurants, souvenir shops, swimming pools as well as information on local attractions. Gas stations expanded as service stations.

    Beginning in the 1950's congress responded to Eisenhower's - who was then president - plan for an interstate system of divided highways - a concept he gained from the German autobahn when he was an army general in Europe.

    Old Route 66 was bypassed by the interstate system in 1984. But now, a 465 mile Interstate 66, taking its name from the famed Route 66, is planned to extend through southern Kentucky. Part of I-66 will incorporate the Nunn/Cumberland Parkway. This Heartland Parkway will link with three major North-South interstates: 65, 75 and 81. It will definitely affect Columbia.

    The name for the original route 66 was chosen because there were no other roads by that number and because the people who named it thought "sixty-six" had a pleasant sound and it was a fun word to say - "sixty-six". Perhaps that name did help bring fame. Learn more at

    Golf Tournament

    The 5th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament was held on Thursday, June 14th at the Pinewood Country Club. The tournament began with a blind draw to pair 10 teams for a "best ball" scramble.

    Tournament Winners were:

    1st Place (under par) Gary Hadley - Chaz Giles - Adam Poff - Eric Karnes

    2nd Place (under par) Joe Smith - Perry Parrish - Doug Lewis - Jadell Janes

    3rd Place (under par) Tyler Royse - Drake Duncan - Bill Skaggs - Brain Popplewell

    Closest to Pin (Hole 3) Sammy Dean

    Closest to Pin (Hole 8) Sammy Dean

    Closest to Pin (Hole 15) Steve Cheatham

    Longest Drive (Hole 18) Charles BreedingThe Chamber of Commerce and golf tournament committee would like to thank all the businesses and individuals that made the tournament possible.
    Corporate Sponsors: Dixie Cash & Carry - Central Kentucky Realty - Family Home Health Care - Lindsey Wilson College Cramner Dining Center - Bluegrass Cellular/Duo-County Telecom - Catfish Plus - McDonald's - Black's Appliance Center.Cart Sponsor: Insurance Etc.

    Putting Contest Sponsor: United Citizens Bank

    Hole-In-One Sponsor: Don Franklin Ford-Mercury-Nissan

    We would also like to say "THANK YOU" To all Hole and Tee Sponsors - Contest Sponsors - Door Prize Sponsors - Goodie Sponsors - Printing Creations - Adair Progress - WHVE - WAIN - Adair Awareness - Adair Community Voice - Pinewood Country Club Staff and to all individuals that volunteered time before and during the tournament.

    Without "ALL OF YOU" - This tournament would not be such a great SUCCESS!- "THANK YOU"!

    This story was posted on 2007-06-27 10:31:37
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