The April membership breakfast was hosted by Heskett Family Chiropractic on Wednesday, with Dr. Michael Heskett as spokesperson for the company.
Heskett relocated from Alabama to Morristown 24 years ago — “I live where all of my family vacations,” he said, adding the success of the business was a testament to the Chamber.
“I’ve been a member of the Chamber of Commerce for 23 years,” he said. “The Chamber is important, this area is important. The community has been amazing.”
Keith Andrews, 2019 Chamber Chair, welcomed the networking crowd.
“With his business and his life, Michael is involved with the community and we really appreciate that. And I also appreciate the fact of how your faith is very evident in your life and your practice,” Andrews said.
Cherokee Lake, the downtown area and even Wal-Mart were contributing factors to the attraction of the city; the placement of a Shelby Williams Industries banquet chair at a subsequent seminar attended by Heskett was the determining factor.
“All right, you win,” Heskett said he told God, after asking for a sign that Morristown was the place to start a business.
He recognized the late Randy Hall and Sam Grigsby for loaning the necessary funds to get started.
The practice now has two offices, the second is located in Rogersville.
“If you come here, you will be treated like family. That’s something we stress,” Heskett said.
New Chamber members who introduced themselves at the breakfast included Bart Hayden, COO and president of U.S. Diabetes Care LLC, set to open soon in the Masengill Falls complex, located off West Andrew Johnson Hwy.
“We are going to be the first location in the country to have full support for diabetes after-care,” Haden said. “After someone is diagnosed, generally what happens is they get out in the community and all of a sudden they have to figure out, on their own, what they are going to do: how to take the right amount of insulin and where to get the support they need to learn about diet. We’re going to have all those things in one facility here.
U.S. Diabetes will open in an 11,000 square foot section of Masengill Falls, on the opposite end from The East Tennessee Center for Orthopaedic Excellence and will employ three to four nurse practitioners, along with support staff. A community center will be located near the clinic that will provide education events.
“We’re here to care about the diabetic community. I don’t know if anyone here realizes, but Morristown has 70 percent more diabetics than the national average, so there are a lot of people here who need help,” Haden said.
Lauren Lord, affiliate broker with Crye-Leike Real Estate, also introduced herself to the crowd.
An upcoming Lunch & Learn event was announced by Pat Seaver, Chamber director of sales and marketing that will feature high school career and technical education as the featured subject. The event will be held April 15 at the Chamber offices.
Andrews welcomed guests and recognized ambassadors during the breakfast, including Cynthia Ewing, Elite Realty Group as ambassador of the month; Lisa Humphrey, First Peoples Bank as ambassador of the first quarter, and Debbie A’Hearn, Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice as ambassador of the year.
Chamber board members in attendance were Stephanie Holmes-Smyth, Marshall Ramsey, Joe Molitar, Dr. Tony Miksa and R. Michael Fishman. Elected officials in attendance were Morristown Mayor Gary Chesney and City Councilwoman Kay Senter.
GoldStar members with representatives in attendance were Brightway Insurance/The Walters Agency, Citizen Tribune, Citizens National Bank, City of Morristown, Commercial Bank, Employee Benefits Specialists, Encore Theatrical Company, First Peoples Bank, HC*EXCELL, Holston Gases, HomeTrust Bank, LeBel Commercial Realty and Property Management, Lowland Credit Union, Merrill Lynch, Rose Center Council for the Arts, SunTrust Bank, Tennessee Credit Union, The Girls & Me Boutique, Walters State Community College and Waste Industries.
The next Chamber Membership Breakfast will be held May 8 at the Morristown-Hamblen Public Library.