CCL Area Chamber of Commerce schedules awards banquet

Press release

The 2018 Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet is slated for March 19 at Cedar Creek Country Club.

The winners of all the awards are chosen from nominations submitted by their peers and are representative of the spirit of volunteerism in our community and in the chamber family. According to Jo Ann Hanstrom, CCLACC President, nominees for the Jean Nichols Lifetime Service Award and the 2017 Citizen of the Year award aren’t limited to chamber members or to chamber volunteerism. The public is invited to submit nominations for deserving individuals or couples. For those wishing to submit a nomination, you may obtain a form by calling the chamber office at 903-887-3152 or by emailing You may also pick up a form at 604 S. Third St. Ste. E Mabank.

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Athens Chamber to host business speed dating at luncheon

The Athens Chamber of Commerce has your Valentine’s date.

With this month’s chamber luncheon falling on Feb. 14, organizers are putting something a little different together: a business speed dating session.

Chamber President Marisa Gunstanson said a bell will ring every 3-5 minutes to allow everyone to get up and meet new people. The goal is to meet five new business contacts.

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City of Athens offers Downtown Façade Improvement Program again

This downtown property: 221 E. Tyler St. and owner, Jon Garrett, received funding from the 2017 Downtown Façade Improvement Program to do major improvements to this property. Improvements included mortar joint repair, tuck pointing, waterproofing, painting, and awning repair. (Courtesy photo)

Press release

For the second consecutive year, the City of Athens is pleased to offer the Downtown Façade Improvement Program to qualifying downtown property owners. In Fiscal Year 2017, the Athens City Council approved the creation of the Downtown Façade Improvement Program. This new and exciting program is designed to help improve aesthetic qualities and preserve historic structures in the Athens downtown area.

“The first year of the program was a huge success,” said Community Services Coordinator Adrianna Hinds. “The City received over 10 applications for requests for improvements ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 and, after administrative review, was able to fund 6 of them.” She added, “we look forward to another successful year in 2018 and encourage downtown property owners to take advantage of this funding opportunity.”

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Get your tickets now for the Athens Chamber Gala set for Jan. 19

By Michael V. Hannigan/HCN

It’s party time in Athens.

The annual Athens Chamber of Commerce Gala will be held Friday, Jan. 19, at the Athens Country Club. The cocktail hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. and the live auction at 8:30 p.m. The theme for this year is “Run for the Roses,” from the Kentucky Derby.

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Home building industry leaders convene at Clayton Athens facility open house

Jeaneane Lilly, AEDC Board President, presents Clayton representatives Rick Boyd, COO and Keith Holdbrooks, President with an incentive check for job creation, fulfilling the terms for year one of a five year performance agreement. Clayton currently employees 185 full time team members at the Athens facility. (Courtesy photo)

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Clayton home building group, a national home builder and Manufactured Housing Institute’s 2017 Manufacturer of the Year, hosted an open house in Athens last week to showcase its newest, most innovative facility and discuss topics impacting the home building industry.

The 160,000-plus square foot Clayton Athens home building facility was designed to transform industry standards with a focus on team member experiences, sustainability and innovation.

“As the preeminent company in our industry, we have a responsibility to lead the industry,” said Rick Boyd, Chief Operations Officer for Clayton home building group. “What we wanted to do was create an environment that showed the best way to lead our team members, to treat our customers and to build our homes.”

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