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Brookshire’s Ribbon Cutting and Grand Re Opening

Brookshires Ribbon Cutting

Brookshire’s celebrated a newly remodeled store with a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Re Opening Ceremony on August 19, 2015. During the ceremony donations were made to non profit organizations serving Titus county including Ministering Our Military, Titus County Shelter Friends and CASA of Titus, Camp and Morris County. The newly renovated store has an expanded produce section, new check out stands and new freezers and cold cases. If you haven’t already be sure to stop by and check out the all new Brookshires Food and Pharmacy located at 308 Ferguson Road, Mount Pleasant Texas.

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Economic Data For Mount Pleasant/Titus County

Articles & Data

City, County, and State Population
 Year Mount Pleasant Titus County Texas
2013 16,113 32,581 26,448,193
 2012 15,706 32,663 26,059,203
 2010 15,564 32,334 25,145,561
 2000 13,935 28,118 20,851,820
 1990 12,291 24,009 16,986,510
 1980 11,003 21,442 14,229,191
Population by Age/Sex | 2010 Census
Mount Pleasant Titus County
 Under 18 5,032 9,883
 20 – 24 1,181 2,181
 25 – 34 2,185 4,132
 35 – 49 2,904 6,278
 50 – 64 2,116 5,147
 65 & Over 1,681 3,731
 Female Population 7,963 16,358
 Male Population 7,601 15,976
Population by Ethnic Background | 2010 Census
White Black Hispanic Other
 Mount Pleasant 5,089 3,064 7,938 40
 Titus County 15,584 3,265 13,127 265
Population by Income
Mount Pleasant Titus County
 Median Family Income $35,802 $39,886
 Per Capita Income $16,000 $18,223
 Population Projections City of Mount Pleasant
 Source – State of Texas
 Year Total Projected
Population
% Increase
 2000 13,935 9.09%
 2010 15,201 9.09%
 2020 16,611 9.28%
 2030 17,870 7.58%
 2040 19,433 8.75%
 2050 20,844 7.26%
 2060 22,255 6.77%
Major Employers
 Company Name Category Employment
 Pilgrim’s Pride Poultry 3200
 Mount Pleasant ISD Education 989
 Priefert Mfg., Inc. Farm Equipment 930
 Titus Regional Medical Center Medical Services 643
 Luminent Electric Generation and Mining Lignite Coal 356
 Big Tex Trailer Mfg., Inc. Trailer Manufacturer 436
 Walmart Retail 390
 AEP/SWEPCO CoElectric Power Generation 170
 City of Mount Pleasant Government 168
 Diamond C Trailers Trailer Manufacturer 200
 Guaranty Bank & Trust Banking & Finance 160
 Performance Trailers Trailer Manufacturer 130
 Chapel Hill ISD Education 150
 Newly Weds Foods, Inc. Food Breading & Coatings 145
 Titus County Government 150
 Best Fender Products Trailer Fender Manuf. 100
 Dekoron Wire & Cable Instrument Wire 120
 Texas Bragg Enterprises Trailers 98
Wage Data for Northeast Texas
 Job Title Hourly Wage Percentile
 Administration-Management Entry Experience Pct 25 Pct 75
          General Operations Managers $21.45 $57.81 $26.64 $53.29
          Computer and Info. Systems Managers $30.88 $50.69 $33.55 $54.33
          Financial Managers $25.37 $47.15 $28.88 $48.14
          Human Resources Managers $27.49 $48.74 $31.54 $51.50
          Industrial Production Managers $26.57 $51.99 $31.73 $48.65
          Purchasing Managers $26.81 $52.06 $30.18 $55.43
          Transp., Storage, and Distrib. Mgrs $22.22 $42.65 $24.96 $41.96
 Manufacturing-Transportation
          Production Occupations $9.44 $18.39 $10.41 $19.40
          First-Line Supervisors/Managers $16.85 $29.77 $18.71 $31.65
          Team Assemblers $8.51 $14.00 $9.32 $14.10
          All other Assemblers and Fabricators $8.16 $10.96 $8.40 $11.96
          Computer-Controlled Mach. Tool operators $10.53 $18.08 $12.09 $18.46
          Extruding and Drawing Mach. Setters $9.27 $14.67 $10.47 $15.47
          Cutting, Punching, and Press Mach. $10.35 $19.55 $12.52 $20.95
          Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, Buff. $12.90 $20.32 $14.66 $21.19
          Welders, Cutters, Solderers, Brazers $12.79 $19.65 $13.93 $20.72
          Packaging and Filling Mach. Operators $9.59 $13.45 $9.94 $11.81
          Helpers-Production Workers $8.16 $11.62 $8.32 $11.83
          Truck Drivers $12.40 $19.23 $12.35 $16.20
          Conveyer Operators and Tenders $11.13 $15.69 $12.35 $16.70
          Industrial Truck and Tractor operators $11.39 $17.82 $12.73 $17.87
          Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material $8.25 $13.28 $9.04 $13.17
          Packers and Packagers $8.12 $13.41 $8.47 $11.81
 Source: Texas Workforce Commission (Northeast Texas Region)
Unemployment Rates
 Location Percentage Rate
 Mount Pleasant 5.6%
 Titus County 5.4%
 Texas 5.9%
Civilian Labor Force
 Location Workforce
 Mount Pleasant 7,121
 Titus County 12,821
Within 25 miles 34,927

Labor Force by Class

 Trade Class  Workforce
 Construction 450
 Manufacturing 7,003
 Transportation 197
 Wholesale Trade 302
 Retail Trade 1,518
 Finance, Ins. & Real Est. 275
 Services 240
 Federal Government 64
 State Government 110
 Local Government 2,102
Property Tax – 2014
 Taxing Entity*  Tax Rate / Per $100**
 City of Mount Pleasant  .3437
 Titus County  .4182
 Mount Pleasant ISD  1.212
 Northeast TX Community College  .0995
 Titus Regional Medical Center  0.159
 TOTAL  2.2324
 *Not all taxes would apply. Depends on location of business or home
 **All Property is Assessed @ 100% Valuation
 Sales Tax
City County State
 1.50 % .50 %  6.25 %
Average Hourly Wage Rates
 Occupation Title Average Starting Wage
 General Operations Manager 17.73
 Computer and Info. Systems Managers 14.26
 Financial Managers 18.67
 Human Resources Managers 19.63
 Industrial Production Managers 23.43
 Purchasing Managers 19.72
 Transp., Storage, and Distrib. Mgrs 21.00
 Productions Occupations 7.39
 First-Line Supervisors/Managers 13.07
 Team Assemblers 6.70
 Computer-Controlled Mach. Tool Operators 8.94
 Extruding and Drawing Mach. Setters 9.27
 Cutting, Punching, and Press Mach. 8.12
 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, Buff. 8.94
 Packaging and Filling Mach. Operators 6.21
 Truck Drivers 9.62
 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 8.21
 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material 6.26
 Packers and Packagers 6.03
 Helpers-Production Workers 7.35
 Unemployment Rate +7.0

Industrial / Business Development Sites Available

  Name Acreage
 Cypress Industrial Park 77
 Mount Pleasant Business Park 200+
Education
 Name of Institution Number
 Schools Districts with in County 7
 Private Schools 2
 Northeast TX Community College
 Jarvis Christian College
 Texas A&M University – Commerce
 Paris Junior College
 Texas A&M University – Texarkana
 LeTourneau University
 East Texas Baptist University
 University of Texas at Tyler
Transportation
 Highways
 Interstate 30
 US-271
 US-67
 TX-49
 Rail Service
 Union Pacific
 Air Transportation
 Nearest Airport  Miles from Airport
 Mount Pleasant Regional Airport  0
 Dallas/ Ft. Worth, TX  120
 Texarkana, TX  60
 Shreveport, LA  100
 Location From Major Cities
 Dallas  115
 Shreveport  100
 Houston  255
 New Orleans  400
 Oklahoma City  250
 St. Louis  600
 Chicago  850
 Memphis  350
Healthcare Services
 Name of Service Beds/Practicing Physicians
 Titus Regional Medical Center 165/50
Sales Tax History-Mount Pleasant
 Year Gross Sales % Change From Previous Amount Subject to State Tax % Change From Previous Outlets
 1991 $635,021,572 n/a $117,724,922 n/a 545
 1992 $693,279,172 9.17% $135,128,215 14.78% 553
 1993 $768,437,400 10.84% $149,409,616 10.57% 641
 1994 $749,940,112 -2.41% $158,448,780 6.05% 632
 1995 $851,978,468 13.61% $162,856,006 2.78% 623
 1996 $961,828,551 12.89% $167,129,731 2.62% 771
 1997 $1,007,106,549 4.71% $154,599,902 -7.50% 722
 1998 $1,017,830,990 1.06% $159,443,565 3.13% 632
 1999 $1,194,584,237 17.37% $182,829,752 14.67% 567
 2000 $1,254,409,201 5.01% $177,591,993 -2.86% 546
 2001 $1,448,608,899 15.48% $227,904,360 28.33% 546
 2002 $2,010,299,608 38.77% $188,197,752 -17.42% 557
 2003 $2,003,914,784 -0.32% $252,332,888 34.08% 555
 2004 $2,234,419,701 11.5% $226,577,730 -10.2% 578
 2005  $3,007,568,413  33.98%  $234,281,786  3.4%  543
 2006  $2,991,404,128  -0.55%  $248,596,252  5.8%  556
 2007  $3,627,870,539  21.27%  $ 479,200,632 92.7%  538
 2008 $3,344,458,705 – 7.8%  $ 566,589,760  18.2%  557
 2009 $3,414,682,173 2%  $ 494,330,969 -13%  590
 2010  $3,511,725,725  3%  $474,539,486  -4%  595
 2011 $3,410,252,132 -2.88% $414,756,011 -12.59%  760
2012 YTD $2,638,384,869 $298,382,048 593
*Source: State Comptrollers Office
Sales Tax History-Titus County
Year Gross Sales % Change From Previous Amount Subject to State Tax % Change From Previous Outlets
 1991 $696,983,600 n/a $129,942,019 n/a 799
 1992 $751,110,631 7.77% $146,758,350 12.94% 797
 1993 $824,137,683 9.72% $160,542,305 9.39% 920
 1994 $819,028,753 -0.62% $171,843,135 7.04% 935
 1995 $937,490,800 14.46% $183,162,431 6.59% 1037
 1996 $1,042,841,246 11.24% $181,156,049 -1.10% 966
 1997 $1,123,432,979 7.73% $170,952,108 -5.36% 925
 1998 $1,117,080,835 -0.57% $175,805,292 2.84% 943
 1999 $1,331,325,757 19.18% $201,566,662 14.65% 935
 2000 $1,411,274,989 6.01% $197,648,452 -1.94% 918
 2001 $1,597,879,146 13.22% $248,358,401 25.66% 904
 2002 $2,199,491,792 37.65% $208,972,284 -15.86% 941
 2003 $2,155,438,945 -2.00% $275,141,126 31.66% 944
 2004 $2,241,767,413 4.00% $247,762,156 -9.95% 1006
 2005  $3,193,201,837  42.44%  $256,191,389  3.40%  923
 2006  $3,252,160,436  1.846%  $ 271,089,638  5.81%  983
 2007  $3,858,749,559  18.65%  $ 505,172,265  86%  1000
 2008 $3,567,949,184  -7.53%  $ 595,788,933  17.93% 991
 2009 $3,583,270,123 1% $494,330,969 -17% 744
 2010  $3,700,648,749 3%  $505,195,171 2% 745
 2011  $3,645,181,311 -1.49%  $443,549,618 -12.2% 1046
2012 YTD $2,769,386,659 -1.49% $443,549,618 774
*Source: State Comptrollers Office
Economic Indicators for Titus County
 Taxable Retail Sales per Person per County
County Allocation Payment Per Person Est. of Taxable Retail/Person
Camp $23.85 $4,377
Morris $25.91 $4,755
Franklin $24.83 $4,557
Titus $45.84 $8,411

 Manufacturing Directory

BEST FENDER PRODUCTS
2364 Highway 49 East, P. O. Box 1258
Mount Pleasant, TX 75456
(903) 577-0511  |  Fax: (903) 577-0514
Number of Employees: 100
SIC Code: 3714
Trailer Product Manufacturing
www.bestfender.com
BESTBILT TRAILERS
4544 FM 1402
Mount Pleasant, TX 75455
(903) 577-3718  |  Fax: (903) 577-8698
Number of Employees: 13
SIC Code: 3537
Trailer Manufacturing
BIG TEX TRAILER WORLD, INC.
950 Interstate 30 East
Mount Pleasant, TX 75455
(903) 575-0300  |  Fax: (903) 577-8858
Number of Employees: 436
SIC Code: 3537
Trailer Manufacturing
bigtextrailers.com
CALDWELL MACHINE AND GEAR
P. O. Box 1869, 2370 FM 127
Mount Pleasant, TX 75455
(903) 572-1660 |  Fax: (903) 572-3534
Number of Employees: 13
SIC Code:
Machine Shop/Gears
COX CONCRETE PIPE COMPANY
P. O. Box 1258, 4477 US Highway 67 East
Mount Pleasant, TX 75456
(903) 572-5902 |  Fax: (903) 572-4641
Number of Employees: 6
SIC Code:
Pre Cast Concrete Products
coxconcrete.com
CYPRESS LUMBER COMPANY
P.O. Box 1216, 469 FM 3417
Mount Pleasant, TX 75456
(903) 572-6561  |  Fax: (903) 572-7822
Number of Employees: 11
SIC Code: 2421
Sawmill
DEKORON WIRE AND CABLE, LLC.
1300 Industrial Road
Mount Pleasant, TX 75455
(903) 572-3475  |  Fax: (903) 572-1331
Number of Employees: 62
SIC Code: 3315
Instrument Wire
dekoroncable.com
DIAMOND C TRAILER MANUFACTURING
4006 FM 3417
Mount Pleasant, TX 75455
(903) 572-2834  |  Fax: (903) 572-4859
Number of Employees: 200
SIC Code: 3792
Trailer Manufacturing
diamondc.com
GOLDEN GALS CANDY COMPANY
210 West 2nd Street
Mount Pleasant, TX 75455
(903) 577-3434
Number of Employees: 1
SIC Code:
Candy Company
goldengalscandy.com
INTERNATIONAL SULPHUR, INC.
1386 North Frontage Road, P. O. Box 611
Mount Pleasant, TX 75456
(903) 577-5500  |  Fax: (903) 577-5540
Number of Employees: 21
SIC Code: 2819
Sulphur Processing
internationalsulphur.com
LAURA’S CHEESECAKE
109 North Madison
Mount Pleasant, TX 75455
(903) 577-8177  |  Fax: (903) 577-8179
Number of Employees: 9
SIC Code:
Bakery
laurascheesecakes.com
LUMINANT POWER
P.O. Box 529, 207 North Madison
Mount Pleasant, TX 75456
(903) 572-5029  |  Fax: (903) 572-0518
Number of Employees: 398
SIC Code:
Lignite Mining/ Electric Generation
luminant.com
McKELVEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
900 Industrial Road
Mount Pleasant, TX 75455
(903) 572-1811  |  Fax: (903) 572-5252
Number of Employees:13
SIC Code:
Steel Distributor
mckelveyenterprises.com
MID AMERICA PET FOOD
2024 Frontage Road North, P.O. Box 532
Mount Pleasant, TX 75456
(903) 572-5900  |  Fax: (903) 572-3068
Number of Employees: 50
SIC Code: 2048
Livestock Feed Manufacturing
midamericapetfood.com
NEWLY WEDS FOODS, INC.
4125 FM 3417
Mount Pleasant, TX 75455
(903) 577-3200  |  Fax: (903) 577-3211
Number of Employees: 145
SIC Code: 2051
Food Breading, Coatings and Spice Blends
newlywedsfoods.com 
NORTHEAST MACHINE & TOOL COMPANY
P.O. Box 1104, 1402 Industrial Road
Mount Pleasant, TX 75456
(903) 572-8501  |  Fax: (903) 572-1048
Number of Employees: 11
SIC Code:
Industrial Parts Manufacturing
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PDI PLASTICS
500 Commerce Drive
Mount Pleasant, TX 75455
(903) 572-3101  |  Fax: (903) 577-8215
Number of Employees: 6
SIC Code:
Heat and Vacuum Formed Plastics
pdiproducts.com
PERFORMANCE TRAILERS
P. O. Box 463, 2703 South Jefferson
Mount Pleasant, TX 75456
(903) 572-0029  |  Fax: (903) 572-0269
Number of Employees: 130
SIC Code: 3537
Trailer Manufacturing
performancetrailer.com
PILGRIM’S PRIDE
P.O. Box 93, 110 South Texas Street
Pittsburg, TX 75686
(903) 575-1000  |  Fax: (972) 290-8164
Number of Employees: 3,200
SIC Code: 2023
Poultry processing
pilgrimspride.com
PLEASANT PALLET
1232 CR 3425
Cookville, TX 75558
(903) 572-0352  |  Fax: (903) 572-1024
Number of Employees: 42
SIC Code:
Wood Pallet Manufacturing
pleasantpallet.com
PRIEFERT MANUFACTURING, INC.
P. O. Box 1540, 2130 South Jefferson
Mount Pleasant, TX 75456
(903) 572-1741  |  Fax: (903) 572-2798
Number of Employees: 800
SIC Code: 3523
Farm and Ranch Equipment
priefert.com
ROCKWELL AMERICAN
P. O. Box 1657, 609 East 16th
Mount Pleasant, TX 75456
(903) 572-7932  |  Fax: (903) 572-7268
Number of Employees: 13
SIC Code:
Steel and Trailer Parts Distributor
rockwellamerican.com
SWEET SHOP USA
1316 Industrial Road
Mount Pleasant, TX 75455
(903) 575-5505  |  Fax: (903) 575-0050
Number of Employees: 120
SIC Code: 2064
Candy/Chocolate
sweetshopusa.com
TEXAS BRAGG ENTERPRISES
1607 CR 3320
Mount Pleasant, TX 75455
(903) 572-1382  |  Fax: (903) 577-8725
Number of Employees: 98
SIC Code: 3792
Trailer Manufacturing
texasbraggtrailers.com
TEX MEX MFG. CO.
P. O. Box 48, 413 School Street
Winfield, TX 75493
(903) 524-2421  |  Fax: (903) 524-4300
Number of Employees: 24
SIC Code: 3729
Trailer Manufacturing
TIGER TRAILER
3029 CR 3320
Cookville, TX 75558
(903) 577-9511  |  Fax: (903) 577-9172
Number of Employees: 60
SIC Code: 3792
Trailer Manufacturing
tigertrailersoutlet.com 
WARREN TRUCK AND TRAILER
P.O. Box 425, 15768 Highway 271 North
Talco, TX 75487
(903) 379-3921  |  Fax: (903) 379-4400
Number of Employees: 24
SIC Code: 3499
Truck Bed Fabrication
warrentruckandtrailer.com
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 Historic Housing Numbers and Valuation – Mount Pleasant
 Sources – Titus County Appraisal District
Year Total Valuation-SF Housing Total # Units % Change in # of Units Avg. Value Per Home
 1996 $163,182,440 3,776 n/a $43,215
 1997 $166,652,920 3,811 0.92% $43,729
 1998 $186,912,190 3,796 -0.40% $49,239
 1999 $190,010,030 3,785 -0.29% $50,200
 2000 $194,015,920 3,815 0.79% $50.856
 2001 $206,270,691 n/a n/a n/a
 2002 $214,363,093 3,939 3.25% $54,420
 2003  $222,871,873  3,978 .99%  $56,026
 2004  $243,010,795  3,970 -0.02%  $61,211
 2005  $274,524,577  4,030 1.51%  $68,120
 2006  $282,195,738  4,075 1.11%  $69,250
 2007  $309,531,368  4081  0.14%  $75,846
*Source: Titus County Tax Appraisal District
 Construction Activity Summary
Year New Housing Starts Total Value-New Housing Starts Total Commercial Permits Total Value-Commercial Permits
 1996 27 $2,761,363 37 $9,733,896
 1997 23 $1,486,886 30 $2,112,575
 1998 37 $3,349,755 32 $9,257,235
 1999 33 $3,125,228 45 $5,629,650
 2000 27 $2,793,390 50 $6,948,820
 2001 32 $2,513,268 38 $13,968,865
 2002 18 $2,212,966 28 $38,198,994
 2003 41 $3,919,039 20 $14,755,009
 2004 44 $6,304,721 15 $5,981,342
 2005 51 $6,612,581 12 $5,981,342
 2006 32 $5,492,452 16 $5,187,097
 2007 32 $6,181,155 16 $29,493,862
 2008 12 $2,741,719 17 $21,775,365
 2009 9 $1,231,060 7 $6,273,160
 2010 10 $570,530 12 $4,774,160
 2011 6 $1,105,325 3 $3,354,200
2012 13 $2,253,095 3 $2,330,168
2013 YTD 10 $1,547,907 4 $833,680
Source: City of Mount Pleasant,
Fiscal Year October-September
Fiscal Year ends September 30
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Chamber Announces New CEO

The Chamber will welcome a new CEO, Katie Stedman at the end of the month. This comes after Faustine Curry who currently held the position stepped down to help her husband follow his dreams as he accepted a job in Georgetown, Texas. Katie is very excited about this new adventure that she is about to begin. She is hoping that she can bring more energy to Mount Pleasant and its small businesses. She is looking forward to learning more about the community and further the mission of the chamber. Katie currently lives in Houston with her husband and two children 6 year old Rhys and 3 year old Guy. The plan is for Katie and her family to move to Mount Pleasant about a week before her start date so they can get to know the area a little better and the children to start school.

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New Teachers Welcomed with Breakfast

The Mount Pleasant/Titus County Chamber of Commerce welcomed 107 new teachers from Mount Pleasant ISD, Chapel Hill ISD, Winfield Independent School District, Harts Bluf ISD, Region 8 and Northeast Texas Community College on Friday August 14 at the Annual New Teacher Breakfast.

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Chamber CEO attends TTIA Tourism College

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Faustine Curry, Chamber president and CEO, is attending the Texas Travel Industry Association’s 2014 Travel & Tourism College this week. The weeklong event is a three year certification program for travel and tourism professionals across the west and southwest U.S. Curry began her freshman year at the college on Monday near Austin. The intensive curriculum includes travel and tourism marketing, management, and leadership courses. Once students complete the three year program as well as a capstone project, they will earn a designation as a Certified Tourism Executive.

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Total Resource Campaign – Meet the teams

Jey Yancey-Offenhauser Insurance

Team Name: The Rock Stars

Team Chair: Jey Yancey, Offenhauser Insurance

Team Members:

Rob Hedges, Republic Services

Sara Calhoun, Sandlin Motors, Inc.

Roxie Vickers, Holiday Inn Express & LaQuinta Inn

 

Bio:

Jey Yancey is an independent insurance agent for Offenhauser Insurance. He has been a resident of Mount Pleasant since 2010. He previously worked as a claims representative for The Republic Group of Dallas. Yancey earned a finance degree from the University of Mississippi. He has served the Mount Pleasant-Titus County Chamber as a board member, ambassador, a member of the marketing committee and subcommittee chair. He is also a member of the Mount Pleasant Rotary Club. He and his wife, Cassie Redfearn Yancey, met at Ole Miss in 2006.

Why do you serve in the Mount Pleasant Chamber?

I feel that the chamber provides me with more than enough resources to have a successful business, so I feel that I must give back and help grow the chamber, which will, in turn, help grow my business.  Plus, there are so many great people involved in the chamber that I want to meet, get to know and, hopefully, be able to help them with their business as well as have them help me with mine.

What was your goal as a TRC chair?

My goal was for my team to renew all of our prior year commitments and then double what my team did last year.

How will your team encourage the business community to support the campaign?

I feel that I have recruited a great new team of go-getters that I feel know what it is like to be sitting in the place of the businesses they are calling on and will know how to find things that will fit that particular company’s needs, while  keeping in mind the limited resources of each of their prospects.

How vital is this campaign to the continued growth and strength of the Mount Pleasant Chamber and why?

I believe that this campaign is the greatest thing we have done as a chamber since I have been a member.  It provides all of the members with the opportunity to get their names out there without breaking the bank, so to speak.  There is something for everyone in this campaign, which I believe will help it grow.  Also, with each business knowing what they are going to spend with the chamber at the beginning of the year, it will make it easier for them to budget their advertising expenses. It also makes them aware of all of the resources available at the chamber.

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Convention brings gospel singers from all over southeast

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Southern Gospel singing conventions have a long history in the south and they are alive and well in the 21st century. The Mount Pleasant-Titus County Chamber & Visitors Council had the privilege of bringing the Texas State Gospel Singing Convention to Mount Pleasant recently, which drew about 125 singers from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

The convention was held April 18-19 at the Mount Pleasant Civic Center.

Susan Bollman, president of the Texas state Gospel Singing Association, says the group was so overwhelmed by the support from the Chamber and the Mount Pleasant Civic Center that the group voted to bring the state convention back to Mount Pleasant next year. It will be held at the Civic Center April 17-18, 2015.

The state convention had been held in Stephenville every year until 2011 when it was moved to Mount Vernon in 2011. This year, because the event fell on Easter weekend, organizers had to look for a new venue that had room to host the event.

“We are so appreciative of the support we received,” Bollamn said. “We’ve had a great experience everywhere we’ve been, but this time we had the support of the Chamber of Commerce and the Civic Center helping us. It turned out fantastic.”

The Chamber also brought the National Gospel Singing Convention to Mount Pleasant in November 2013. It was held at South Jefferson Baptist Church. The national convention moves throughout the southeast every year. It has only been held in Texas six or seven times, Bollman said.

Chamber CEO Faustine Curry said the state convention was successful due to the great partnership between the Chamber and the City of Mount Pleasant.

“It is always great to have people from out of town visiting Mount Pleasant and I couldn’t have been happier with the turnout on an Easter weekend,” Curry said. “We just love being able to show off our city and show them our Everything Texas hospitality.”

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Bollman said the conventions date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s.

“The quartets like the Statesmen, The Blackwoods, and the Stamps all started in this type of music,” she said. “It’s like a church service, but you have a minister of music directing the congregation and then people in the congregation will get up and direct the singing also.”

Bollman said the state convention has five songbook publishers that offer new books every year in the old fashioned shape notes style, Bollman said.

“It’s easy to read the shape notes and if you can read the round notes you can still sing the shape notes,” Bollman said. “Anyone can walk in and pick up a songbook and either listen or sing along with us,” she said.

The organization also awards scholarships for youth and young adults ages seven to 25 who participate in the singing convention to attend the two-week long summer session at its Texas Southern Gospel School of Music.

Bollman said the conventions are free, non-denominational events and the music draws people from all over.

“The music is toe-tapping and it’s fun to sing. The conventions are enjoyable and there’s a message,” she said. “You become part of a family. Once it gets in your blood, it’s hard to get out.”

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Total Resource Campaign – Meet the teams

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Team Name: Everything Texas Winning Team

Team Chair: Troy Sellers, Luminant

Team Members:

Kim Crabb, Diamond C Trailers, Co-Owner

Martin Bell, Guaranty Bond Bank, Executive Vice President

Stephen Curry, Capps Insurance Agency, Producer/Agent

Kris Groda, North Jefferson Church of Christ, Pastor

Edd Hess, Cypress Basin Hospice, Executive Director

Suzanne Walker, Capps Insurance Agency, Producer/Agent

Richard Witherspoon, Herschel’s, Owner

Tricia Foster, Luminant, Administrative Assistant

Bill Price, Luminant, Retired

 

Bio:

Troy Sellers is Luminant’s Cumminty Affairs Manager. He has been a resident of Mount Pleasant for seven years. Sellers worked for Energy Future Holdings and its predecessor companies for over 35 years in various management and customer relations positions. He was a Vocational Agriculture teacher for six years before joining Texas Power & Light Co. Sellers attended Tarleton State University, Grayson County College and East Texas State University, now Texas A&M – Commerce. He received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from ETSU.  Sellers has been involved with various Chambers of Commerce, including Waco, Brownwood, Bonham and Mount Pleasant. He has served as a board member, ambassador, vice president and president of the board in 2011.  He has also served on various chamber committees and graduated from Leadership Mount Pleasant. Sellers is also a member of the Mount Pleasant Rotary Club. He is involved with the Friend of Scouting Fundraising Campaign and NETSEO Trails Boy Scouts. He is a VATAT member, is a past member of the Titus County Literacy Advisory Council and is involved with the Titus– Morris County Relay for Life. Sellers has been married to his wife, Linda, for 43 years. They have three married children, Amy Albro, Angie Trammel and Bret Sellers, and 12 grandchildren.

Why do you serve in the Mount Pleasant Chamber?

You get out of any organization, job or group what you put into it. I receive a tremendous return on the time I invest into the Chamber of Commerce and it is a pleasure to work with such great people, businesses and organizations that the Chamber of Commerce affords me the opportunity to work with.

What was your goal as a TRC chair?

My goal was for all of our team members to accomplish all that they could to help the Chamber of Commerce be as successful as possible on this very important fundraiser.

How did your team encourage the business community to support the campaign?

We provided members of the business community with the opportunity to be a part of the Mount Pleasant-Titus County Chamber of Commerce and to receive all the benefits that come with that membership in their Chamber. 

How vital is this campaign to the continued growth and strength of the Mount Pleasant Chamber and why?

How vital is it for a business to make a profit? All businesses and organizations must remain solvent in order to grow and prosper and serve their customers. The Mount Pleasant-Titus County Chamber of Commerce is no different than any other business or organization.  It is in the business of serving businesses and organizations in our area and it is vital that it continues to grow as it serves our community.

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Annual Chamber Magazine is available

The 2014 Your Connection is now available. Free copies of the Mount Pleasant-Titus County Chamber & Visitors Council annual magazine and Chamber partner directory are available at the Chamber office. The publication’s cover story features the history of Priefert Manufacturing and the legacy of the Priefert family as the company celebrates its 50th anniversary. Your Connection also includes feature articles on the Mid America Flight Museum, the history of the Bankhead Highway, warm water fishing in Titus County, how experience-infused learning sets Northeast Texas Community College apart, and how the Small Business Development Center benefits local businesses.  The valuable local resource also includes a Guide to Shopping Everything Texas and Numbers to Know. The Chamber’s annual magazine is a sought-after award-winning publication that also offers Mount Pleasant At-a-Glance and the 2014 Calendar of Events, providing residents, visitors and potential businesses with a complete snapshot of the local area. Pick up a copy at the Chamber office at 1604 North Jefferson Ave. in Mount Pleasant.

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