West Blount Chamber introduces new businesses, previews assessment

Jack Green, community development specialist, reports on preliminary findings of his community assessment.

Jack Green, community development specialist, reports on preliminary findings of his community assessment.

The West Blount Chamber of Commerce met Thursday night at the Hayden Community Center, providing a forum for new and renovated businesses to introduce themselves to the membership. Following is a list of businesses for whom a spokesman addressed the audience:

Bea’s Styling Salon (Ala 160, across from Hayden primary school)

Forever Young Beautique (intersection of Ala 160 and Mountain Woods Lake Road)

Goin’Yard Sports (Chestnut Drive, near Hayden)

Hayden Family Complex (adjunct to Froggy’s on old U.S. 31)

New Creations Salon and Children’s Clothes (Ala 160, across from post office)

Phil’s Grill (off Ala 160 in old Bryant Seafood building)

Sassy Stitches Embroidery (Ala 160, across from Dollar General)

Studio 19 Photography (Smoke Rise Plaza)

The Willows Wedding and Event Center (586 Nectar Bridge Road)

Thomas Audio-Visual (Ala 160, across from Hayden elementary school)

West Blount Meats (1160 Ala 160, next to Smoke Rise Tobacco)

Urgent Care South (White Oak Trail, next to Traditions Bank)

Jacobs House Assisted Living Facility (county road 7, across from W. Blount Fire Station)

Friends Day Care (old U. S. 31)

Greg Reid, Attorney (moved to former Community Bank building, next to Logan’s Store)

Delores Fort announced on behalf of the West Blount Fire and Medical Services District that fire dues would no longer be billed on the monthly water bill. The district will begin direct billing of annual dues within the next few months, she said. In the meantime, citizens are asked to voluntarily send payment for the $150 annual dues to the West Blount Fire Department, P.O. Box 229, Hayden, 35079. Remember to write on the check the address of the property that the payment should be applied to, she said.

The guest speaker for the meeting was former county administrator and community development consultant Jack Green. Green is conducting a community assessment to collect a range of data on county demographics, economics, housing, and other variables, as well as comparative data from nearby counties. Also to be included is qualitative information from focus groups on needs, concerns and perceived barriers to success. When complete, Green said he will share the results with civic and community groups and elected officials with a view toward providing a basis for county planning going forward. The assessment is currently about 50 percent complete, Green said.