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Farragut/West Knox Chamber members reflect on Chamber, breakfast series


Farragut Mayor Eddy Ford was the guest speaker at the Farragut/West Knox Chamber of Commerce Speaker Series Breakfast at Fox Den Country Club, Tuesday, Nov. 9.

Bettye Sisco, chamber president, said she invited the mayor because of the “phenomenal growth” Farragut has experienced in the last few years.


Sisco reminded guests of the mission of the Farragut/West Knox Chamber of Commerce, saying, “Our mission is to strengthen and support our community by supporting economic growth and development.” She added, “Mayor Ford is undoubtedly the town of Farragut’s biggest supporter.”

More than 150 people attended the breakfast.

“This terrific turn-out demonstrates the importance of businesses working together and helping each other to succeed,” Sisco said.

Knick Myers of Myers Brothers Holdings said he came to the breakfast because the topic was pertinent to his future business. Myers and his brother, Noah, are about to break ground on Renaissance, a 21-acre land development, in Farragut.

“It’s good to know where Farragut is going,” he said. “I like hearing it directly from the mayor.”

David and Gina Osborne have recently moved to Farragut and opened a photography studio in the Farragut/West Knox Chamber of Commerce offices. They said the Farragut community has been supportive of them as newcomers.

“We are very interested in hearing what the mayor has to say about the business community in West Knoxville in general and particularly Farragut,” David said.

Jack Wickstrom, owner of Franklin’s Printing, said he always enjoys hearing Mayor Ford speak.

“I came to see what Eddy has to say and to support the town of Farragut,” he said.

Wickstrom also noted that Sisco has done a great job promoting the businesses in Farragut.

“Since we joined the Farragut/West Knox Chamber, our business has increased significantly,” he said.

Thierry Sommer, of Raymond James Financial, said he enjoys the networking functions because the Chamber continues to grow and there are always new people to meet.

Cindy Doyle, who recently purchased the Tom Breazeale State Farm Insurance Agency, said, “I think it’s important to hear what our mayor has to say about the future of Farragut.”

The next Speaker Series Breakfast will be Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Fox Den Country Club. The guest speaker will be Dr. Bill Bass, world-renowned forensic anthropologist and founder of the Body Farm.

 

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