Happy Thanksgiving, Benton County! We have so many things to be thankful for, but I am most especially thankful to be able to live right here in Benton County, Tennessee, with all my wonderful family, friends, and neighbors!
With Thanksgiving comes Black Friday, then of course Shop Small Business Saturday follows suit. Make the commitment to shop local, not only during the holiday season, but year around. Behind every local business is a local family that needs your support. It takes a community to raise a small business. We have some amazing small businesses right here at home, so join the campaign and shop local. Keep your money where you live!
The local chapter of the American Red Cross along with the Benton County Fire Departments and EMA office are partnering with the Benton County Resource Center to provide and install FREE smoke detectors in Benton County homes. Installations will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. If you need smoke detectors in your home, call the Benton County Resource Center at 731-213-2362 or email [email protected] to register. The last day to register is Monday, Nov. 26.
The Lighting of the Knob takes place every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Thousands of lights, refreshments, holiday music, and an appearance by Santa himself make this one of the most spectacular Christmas events in the county. The event lasts from 5-8 p.m. For more information, call 731-584-6356.
Light up Big Sandy! Come join the fun in the park by Big Sandy City Hall on Dec. 1 for the tree lighting event from 5-7:30 p.m. Santa will be in the gazebo at 5 p.m. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Local churches and community groups will sing Christmas carols, and the tree lighting will be at 7:30 p.m. For more info., call Big Sandy City Hall at 731-593-3213.
The Camden Christmas Parade will be held on Dec. 8 starting at 3 p.m. If you want to enter the parade, call the Chamber office to register. Decorate your entry to reflect this year’s parade theme of “Christmas Stories,” because entries will be judged accord to which entry tells the best story. Line up at Carhartt will begin at 1 p.m. To compete, entries must be in line and ready for viewing by 2 p.m. Categories to be judged include float, vehicle, horse, tractor, and miscellaneous, but there will be only one Grand Champion! If you have any questions, please call the Chamber office at 731-584-8395.
I hope that each of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with love, laughter, and lots of memories! Remember to shop local on Small Business Saturday!