SOUTH WILLIAMSON, Ky. – The Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce has four new members which include Factory Connection, The Hearty Artisan, Williamson Rotary Club and High Standards Heating and Cooling.
This was announced by TVCC Director Natalie Taylor at this month’s regular luncheon meeting hosted by Tug Valley ARH on Monday. CEO Tim Hatfield, the current vice president of the chamber, graciously hosted the meeting at the South Williamson, Ky. facility.
In other business at the meeting, Taylor announced that she is already taking orders for the 2016 TVCC Christmas ornament. This collector edition will feature the famed Elk Creek Bridge near Delbarton. The unique arch structure was built in the mid-1930s. This is the third edition of the ornament. The first Christmas featured the historic Coal House, while last year’s ornament had a design of the Dingess Tunnel.
TVCC member Gail Hall brought up the topic that the chamber needs a business directory. From this the discussion went to the need for seminars or classes for young entrepreneurs. Those classes could show how to develop a business plan and give financial education to those starting a new business in the Tug Valley area.
Taylor announced that the 5th Annual Coal Dust Run will tentatively be held the second weekend of September. This has become a huge event and is one of the chamber’s main fund raisers. She showed a sample of this year’s T-shirts which will be black and gold, and a sample of the medal the runners will receive. The medallion is designed like old coal company store script. The TVCC is looking for sponsors for the T-shirts and the event. They can contact Taylor for prices and information at 304-235-5240.
The chamber is also planning a new event dubbed “Eat in the Street” for October 1st and 15th. This happening will feature different food vendors and restaurants, which will be set up in downtown Williamson. Visitors will be able to sample different types of food. This will be done in partnership with the CVB.
Alexis Batausa of the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition announced the World on Wellness event will be held August 20 at the Williamson campus of Southern (SWVCTC). This will be a health fair for local citizens to get free screenings and health information.
The TVCC also reminded everyone that the annual 5-K race Kickin’ Butt for Crohns disease will be coming up on Friday evening, July 22 at the Williamson Fieldhouse in West Williamson.
Two other upcoming events were mentioned. One is a reunion for East (End) Williamson Grade School on Sunday, Sept. 25. For information persons can contact Wilma Jean Martin at 304-235-3144 or Pam Martin James at 304-444-9851.
The annual Pond Creek Reunion will be held in the Belfry area in October. In the past, it has been held at Jenny Wiley State Park near Prestonsburg, Ky. but will be held in the Tug Valley area this fall. More information will be released on that event at a later date.
(Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Civitas Media Mountain District including the Williamson Daily News and Logan Banner. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)