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Welcome to Chamber Insights - Complete March 2009 issue

The monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce
Editor and feature writer: Sue Stivers
President's Message: Donna Stotts
Feature Writers: Dan Koger, Ramie Hutchison


The Purpose of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce is to promote and enhance the Business, Cultural, Educational and Civic Well Being of Columbia and Adair County.
"Thought of the Month"
"The road to success is always under construction"

President's Message

As unbelievable as it may seem, it's once again time for the Annual Chamber Banquet. The Annual Award Ballots have been mailed and we expect that the recipients will all be well deserving of these prestigious awards. All Chamber members and nominees are encouraged to attend. Tickets must be purchased at the Chamber office, not later than April 14th.

Barbara Armitage represented the Garden Club as the President's Guest at the March monthly meeting. The hard work they have done all over the city certainly makes us shine. So many comments were made last year about their dedication to "Grow" Adair County. But now they have made even greater commitments with the roadside cleanup on Greenhills Road and the ever popular rose garden at the Trabue Russell House. When you see them out working, stop and tell them how much you appreciate them.

Spring is definitely in the air, and it is once again time for the Farm, Home and Garden Expo on April 3rd from 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm this was very well received last year and many nice door prizes were given away. You will not want to miss the opportunity to meet both new and old business' that will help you with all of your spring projects.

County Pride clean up has been scheduled for Saturday April 18th by County Judge Executive Ann Melton's office. Please encourage your business or church to form a team to help with this effort. Hats off to all volunteers who continue to take pride in our community, you are all, most definitely, what makes Columbia, Kentucky - A Great Place To Call Home".

Corporate Sponsor of the Month - Dr. Phil Aaron Medical Center

A special "Thank You" to Dr. Phil Aaron Medical Center for being the Corporate Sponsor for the March Chamber meeting. Hilda Satterfield, office manager, gave an outstanding presentation on the history of Aaron Medical Center and the services provided by the Center.

For a detailed report of the history of AMC, read the article in the Thursday, March 19th issue of The Adair Progress, written by Editor Paul B. Hayes. Thank you Editor Hayes for the great coverage. The Chamber is grateful to you and Publisher Donna Rogers Hancock for the great job you do in promoting the Chamber.

The Chamber appreciates Dr. Phil and the many services of the Medical center in providing quality health care to the people of Adair and adjoining counties. Dr. Phil has always been a supporter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce and we are grateful for his support throughout the years. Thanks again Dr. Phil Aaron for being our Corporate Sponsor of the Month.

Any business who would like to showcase their business at a monthly Chamber meeting should contact Executive Director, Sue Stivers at the Chamber office (384-6020) or Charles Barnes, Chamber Board member at 250-5061.

New Member Hi-Lights

The Chamber is extremely happy to have a new member to the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.

AFLAC - Main office 1823 McIntosh Street, Suite 114B, Bowling Green -( 270) 799-3590 Representative: Tonya Weaver-Young

By joining the Chamber, you become a part of an organization that is dedicated to the economic growth and prosperity of Columbia and Adair County. Your investment in the Chamber means an "investment" in "your community". This is your Chamber... your voice in our community...helping to make "Columbia-Adair County "A Good Place To Call Home".

Chamber Banquet

Mark your calendar for the Annual Chamber Banquet to be held Tuesday, April 21 beginning at 60 PM at Cranmer Dining Center, Lindsey Wilson College. Come enjoy delicious food, hear outstanding speakers, see your community leaders honored and who knows...YOU may be lucky and receive a nice door prize. This year will prove to be the best banquet ever. You don't want to miss it!!

Reservations must be made no later than Tuesday, April 14th. Cost is $15.00 per person. Come by the Chamber office located at 201 Burkesville Street and get your tickets. No tickets will be mailed.

Roadside Park Now Ready To Enjoy

The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce Roadside Park, located on Hwy. 55 South, is now open and ready for your enjoyment. If you want to have a family reunion or other special event, visit the Chamber Office and make reservations. There is no charge to use the Park, but donations are appreciated.

A special "Thank You" to Richard Phelps who serves as Chairman of the Park. He and his wife Mary Beth volunteer their time, talents and resources to make our park a beautiful place. They spend endless hours working so families, children and individuals can enjoy the outdoors in a relaxing and beautiful setting. Without Richard and Mary Beth Phelps, the Park would not be what it is today.

April is Redbud Month

April is blooming with excitement! Southern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association has proclaimed April as Redbud Month. The Chamber and Tourism Board of Directors are excited to be a part of celebrating April as redbud month. Again this year, redbud seedlings will be given away to those who want to help beautify Adair County by planting redbuds.

The redbuds are scheduled to be given out in front of the Chamber building, located at 201 Burkesville Street, on Friday, April 10th, beginning at 10:00 AM. There will only be 500 to give away this year and will be given, on a "first come - first served" basis.

Let's enjoy the redbud season. What could be more beautiful sight than to drive our scenic by-ways and see the redbuds in bloom. Hundreds of tourists come to Kentucky each Spring to see the redbud in bloom as many states do not have them.

Did You Know?

The Chamber is always engaged in working with hundreds of Legislative bills when the Legislature is in session at Frankfort that has an impact on YOUR business.

During the past 4 years a total of 9,875 redbuds have been given...free of charge...to the citizens of Adair County.

That in November 1929, on a snow covered field, the Hilltoppers of Lindsey Wilson College defeated the Campbellsville College Panthers 20 - 0 in football. Get ready...Lindsey Wilson College Football is coming in September of 2010. Go Blue Raiders!

Bryan Blair, an Adair County native is Expositions Administrator, of the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. One of his jobs will be in charge of the "Kentucky Pride of the Counties" booths at the Kentucky State Fair. Bryan is the son of Gayle Blair, a retired elementary school teacher and the late Fred Blair.

The Kentucky State Fair Board generates $453 million annually in economic impact for Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The New Retail Environment

Retailers must be able to respond quickly to meet the needs and demands of the ever-changing customer and retail climate.

The successful business will:
  • Remain Flexible and respond quickly to the changing customer and economy
  • Target the market to provide improved and innovative services
  • Sell a package or experience to enhance the unique merchandise and services
  • Train the front-line staff to be personal and knowledgeable
  • Constantly communicate and learn from customers and staff
  • Get out of the store and see what the competition and other businesses are doing

Adair County Retiree Brings Lots of Energy
To Discussions of Renewable Energy


By Dan Koger, Associate Professor of Communication, Lindsey Wilson College

Wendy Burt may have recently retired to Adair County after 20-plus years with the federal government, first at the Environmental Protection Agency and then at the Department of Energy.

But the amount of energy she brings to a discussion of, what else, energy, shows that she has in no way retired from her favorite subject.

Combine America's energy future with a discussion of economic development in Adair County and Burt's creativity crackles with electricity.

Her logic is simple. Free-wheeling imagination, combined with the determination and entrepreneurial commitment needed to turn ideas into reality, could position Columbia and Adair County as leaders in developing and producing new forms of power.

It starts, in her mind, with fresh views of agriculture.

Area farmers could get into the energy business, not by the old-fashioned way of discovering a zillion barrels of oil under the east forty, but by providing the raw material for what the experts call "cellulose ethanol."

The appealing thing about the cellulose ethanol business, Burt says, is that you don't have to make the kinds of either-or decisions that can plague many ethanol makers. Most ethanol is made from corn, which is also a desirable food crop. Diverting corn production to ethanol tends to drive up food prices, for Americans but also for residents of parts of the world where access to inexpensive food can be a life-or-death proposition.

Today, cellulose ethanol is made from the kinds of crops that we humans could care less about for food or much of anything else--such unappealing materials as the leftovers from logging operations and bits of debris from corn and other food crops that remain in fields and factories after harvesting and processing.

Energy-laden cellulose, Burt says, can be processed out of just about anything that grows in the ground, regardless of its value, or worthlessness, to humans.

Put such materials together and you get what's called "bio-mass," material that can be processed in specialized refineries that could be developed in such ideal locations as--Adair County.

She's as aware as anyone of the work that communities like Adair County put into attracting manufacturing operations, the more high tech the better. Such plants generate jobs, which in turn enable more of the local population to afford life in a rural area.

But, she says, while you're trying to convince decision makers at a global manufacturing company that they should locate that new branch operation in our part of the world, begin building your own industrial base. Step one, for Burt: "Follow the money." Apply for some of the substantial grant money available in the renewable energy world, government or private. Then build a demonstration cellulose processing plant here, feed locally grown bio-mass crops into it, then tell the world what you're up to.

She's convinced that a lot of those dollars could lead to the harvesting of bio-mass and turning it into cheap, green, renewable energy--right here in the neighborhood.

Then she has another economic-development suggestion. While you're capturing grant money, growing energy crops, and making cellulose ethanol, keep your eye on yet another area with a strong economic-development future--"green jobs," lines of work that improve the environment rather than threaten it.

For example, she says, Adair County could become a leader in creative techniques for building energy-efficient, environmentally friendly structures. Students at Adair County High School are already studying how to do this as part of their Career Academy, a joint-venture with Lindsey Wilson College.

The community can learn from what the Career Academy students are discovering about energy and the environment, she says. Take that knowledge and use it, along with grant money, private investment, and lots of commitment, to build a creative economic future for everyone.

Gossip Poem
(Author Unknown)

My name is Gossip.
I am a direct descendant of the father of lies.
I have no respect for justice.
I maim without killing.
I break hearts and ruin lives.
I am cunning and malicious and I gather strength with age.
The more I am quoted, the more I am believed.
My victims are helpless.
They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face.

To tract me down is impossible. The harder you try, the more elusive I become.
I am nobody's friend.
Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same.
I topple governments and wreck marriages.
I ruin careers and cause sleepless nights, heartaches, and indigestion.
I make innocent people cry in their pillows.
I make headlines and headaches.
Even my name hisses.
I am Called Gossip.

Before you repeat a story, ask yourself:
Is it true?
Is it harmless?
Is it necessary?
If it isn't, why repeat it?
Memory Loss: Why Does Your Computer Forget?

When purchasing a computer, talking about memory can be very confusing. There are two dominant forms of memory storage: RAM and hard drives. As humans the first number we tend to look at on computer specificities is the larger one; the hard drive.

Hard drives now range any where from 100 Gigabytes to a Terabyte (1,024 gigabytes). These numbers may be attractive, but are only taken advantage of when a high RAM accompanies the hard drive.

RAM (Random Access Memory) when compared to a human, works as the computers short-term memory. Any documents you are typing, Internet sites you are visiting, and folders you are opening ALL affect the RAM of a computer. This is why you lose open documents when your computer crashes if you have not saved them to the hard drive.

Although a large hard drive will allow you to store a lot of music, movies, and documents, you will struggle to use these files if your RAM is too low to access or play them efficiently.

Many times when our Internet download speed is low we blame the Internet provider, but the real cause is low RAM. The Internet is not at fault when Random Access Memory can't handle the data you are temporarily downloading.

So how do you choose the appropriate RAM to look for when shopping for a new computer? Most computers manufactured today come standard with a minimum of 1 GB of RAM. This is a fairly average speed, but may be overwhelmed if several active windows and documents are open.

1GB is sufficient for students or adults who mainly use their PC (Personal Computer) for school papers, email, music and general Internet browsing. However, if anyone wishes to edit and move a lot of personal photos and watch videos online, 2GB of RAM may be needed to work efficiently.Individuals who produce music or video on their computers will most likely to require a 4GB or higher RAM due to the large size of video files and projects.If you have questions about your current computer's RAM on your PC, you can take a look in "My Computer" under "View System Information." Your PC also tells you how much memory you are currently using under the "Task Manager." If you have further questions about this article, please feel free to call Duo County Telecom at 378-4141.

Data measurement chart
Bit = Single Binary Digit (1 or 0)
Byte = 8 bits
Gigabyte (GB) = 1,024 Megabytes
Terabyte (TB) = 1,024 Gigabytes
Petabyte (PB) = 1,024 Terabytes


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