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Watertown Public Library

The Watertown Public Library Business After Hours and Adams Dentistry

206 Public Square
Watertown, TN 37184
615.237.9700
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The Watertown and East Wilson Chamber of Commerce is featuring a special Business After Hours at the Watertown Library Thursday night September 27th, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.

“The library will be the true ‘hot spot’ of ‘hot spots,” says president Vickie Frazier, “We will be celebrating the library and all its resources with refreshments and door prizes. We are also introducing the new dentists in our area, the Adams.”

The library has over 26,000 volumes of books, tapes, DVDs, Launchpads and Play Away Views. The also offer Verizion “Hot Spots” for rent for ten-dollars a week where you can get internet on up to fifteen devices for free.

“A lot of people in our area can’t get cable and internet,” says branch manager Pamela Wiggins, “These devices work anywhere you can get a Verizion phone to work.”

People of all ages are welcome to visit the library for the event. “Parents love the ‘Play Away Views’ when they are traveling because they have pictures that move and read along for children,” says Wiggins.

Wiggins says she loves to interact with the people who come into the library. She believes in helping with all types of information needs. She even sits with patrons to help with healthcare, loss of spouse paperwork and social security issues whenever she can. “People call me a community center,” says Wiggins.

There are some limitations faced by the library today. “I like being on the square, but we are land locked and parking is tight. We also have minimal in space so that limits what I can do here,” says Wiggins, “If I could have my wish I would have a five acre lot with a one acre library sitting on it.”

“The library is a focal point of the community and we thought there was no better way to showcase it as well as introduce our new neighbors, doctors of dentistry John and Laura Adams,” says Frazier, “they met in dental school and have settled in Alexandria, just down the highway from Watertown.”

The Adams bought their home and their dentistry business at the same time. The office is in the downtown of Alexandria. Their home is in Watertown.

John had an Uncle who was a dentist when he was growing up in Mountburg Arkansas. “I wanted to interact with people and help them. I served at Fort Lynnetwood as Captain for four years where I saw basic trainees,” says John. Now he and his wife Laura have a nine-month old son Levi that keeps them busy.

Come celebrate our library and meet new friends at the Business After Hours Thursday evening September 27.

Vance Law Office, PLLC

Attorney Robin Vance Grows Business with Chamber Participation

224 W. Main St
Watertown, TN 37184
615.237.9338
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Robin Vance of Watertown’s well-known Vance Law Office PLLC, started her time as an attorney late in life due to an authority figure discouraging her from going to college. But today her office has three full time employees and a full case load due to her own persistence and understanding that she “needed to throw myself in,” as she says referring to her first introduction to the Watertown East Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.

“Bill Shults invited me. We had the first meeting in a circle in the parking lot of city hall because the air was out. In the Fall we had officer elections and at that meeting in knew I needed to throw myself in,” says Vance. She started as Secretary and later became President where she is known for accomplishing a lot for the city of Watertown and the surrounding county.

“It was a phenomenal experience because of the name recognition. I didn’t have a lot of experience as a business owner and the connections you make are underestimated,” says Vance.

The reason she didn’t have a lot of business experience fifteen years after she graduated from High School is because a guidance councilor told her with her scores she shouldn’t even apply to college that she would never get in one. She told her she should just settle on being a housewife and a stay at home mother.

Vance had no reason to think that the authority figure would give her the wrong advice so she took it and got married and had two children soon out of high school. She joined the PTA and threw all her energy into volunteering at the schools and taking part time jobs as they came along. Now her sons are twenty-seven and thirty years old.

Her break-through came when she took a part time job for attorney Jim Stallings in 1992. She said to herself, “I love the idea of helping people and I can do this,” by August of 1993 she had enrolled in Cumberland University. She graduated in 1997 and started law school right away in Nashville.

On September 1, 2002 she opened her office on the square of Watertown which was her plan from the day she graduated from Cumberland. At the time the attorney on the square had just passed away and there were no legal services in Watertown. “I feel blessed and fortunate to plant roots here and maintain that office here,” says Vance. Since then she has moved her office to 224 West Main Street in Watertown just a bit off the square in a single residence where she has more room.

“In 2004 I was invited to be a part of Leadership Wilson.  It was a tremendous education and exposes you to all aspects of Wilson County.  Agritourism began to come a thing at that time. There was a big cross cut of real estate agents and business owners. It had many of the same benefits as the chamber. The leadership connections launched me to be on the Lebanon Chamber than the United Way now I am the Chair of Wilson County CASA.  It all started with Watertown Chamber involvement,” says Vance.

The primary focus of Vance Law Office is family law which often includes custody visitation. “It’s very satisfying to be able to help a family continue their family dynamic in spite of a divorce,” says Vance, ”We also do some estate planning and probate. What we don’t do is criminal or bankruptcy, although we do try to help but it is outside our wheelhouse, we give them referrals.”

Vance Law Office is being featured as a business of the month at the next Watertown East Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at her office in Watertown, Tennessee from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 28. All are welcome to attend and meet local business owners and learn more about their services in a casual environment. Refreshments will be served.

Deena Dowd, Artist

Meet Deena Dowd, Painter of Dreams

729 West Main St.
Watertown, TN 37184
702.810.7173
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Photorealistic painter Deena Dowd has created works for Joe Jackson, Michael Jackson’s father, who asked to have a family portrait created on a beach. Deena took the job when others turned it down because they knew it would be a huge challenge. She met that challenge with flying colors and Joe even paid her for it. That’s how good she is.

Dowd says, "There is no limit to what I can create. What I see I can paint, still-life, collectibles, portraits. I even painted a dream once. A client came to me with a dream his wife kept having of a flower in a window seal. I painted it with an Italian country side with rolling hills and Cyprus trees in the background and she said it was exactly like her dream."

She has created many stage sets and has done numerous posters for events. She would be glad to help the Watertown High School with any of their needs for their performing arts program.

"I make jewelry, and I built everything for the Highland Games that were here." Needless to say she is a woman of many talents.
Dowd is a perpetual organizer. She once read a design book that told her that creating a work of art is like organizing things in a space. "I can’t not organize a space," says Dowd, "All my dresses are symmetrical in my closet and my rooms are counter balanced."

She only works on commission pieces now unless something really strikes her to do on her own. On her portraits she says, "I like to see the light in their eyes," and she is able to bring them to life on canvas.

Deena Dowd has a twin sister who is creative as well. She plays the violin and is a fashion designer.

Dowd and her husband Tim live in the heart of Watertown and are active members of the community. They organized both the July 4th and Christmas parades last year and have signed up to do it again this year. They have been valuable volunteers throughout the year.

Come to a Business After Hours on Thursday, January 18 from 7 pm to 9 pm at SunGraphics on Depot Street to meet Deena Dowd in person. She will be honored along with three other Chamber members at the event. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be provided. Everyone is welcome.

If you have questions call the Watertown East Wilson Chamber office at 615-237-0270 or visit watertowntn.com. You can also send us an email at chamber@watertown.com.

Sun Graphic Signs

Meet Artists Pat Jackson and Donna Delmas of Sun Graphics Signs

128 Depot Ave.
Watertown, TN 37184
615.237.9005
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Husband and wife team Pat Jackson and Donna Delmas are the talent behind the commercial and residential signs, film industry props, and production of gym floor graphics is what Sun Graphics is known for. They have made props for films such as hand lettered signage, paintings and a variety of objects.

The pair have been in the sign business for a combined 62 years. Although their focus is on hand painted and carved signs, they can fabricate most any sign imaginable.

The quality of work they produce comes from an ability to visualize the work in many phases. About 60 percent of their business in in sports-floor designs and graphic patterns for 11 flooring companies in a seven-state area. They handle any sport-floors from elementary to the pros and many SEC floors and walls. Often, they provide the adhesive patterns and masks for the hand painted floors and walls. “We can make anyone an artist with our patterns and adhesive masks,” says Delmas.

Delmas and Jackson are accomplished visual artists who have found a way to make a living doing what they are meant to do -- create. Between the two of them with their various styles of painting, there is little they can be asked to do that they can’t find a way to make happen.

Sun Graphics will open their doors for a Business After Hours on January 18th, 2018 from 7 pm to 9 pm for community members to get to know them better. The event is part of a monthly plan to have evening events in Watertown on the third Thursday of the month at various businesses so the community can get to know more of what Watertown have to offer. There will be door prizes and refreshments provided. The events are sponsored by the Watertown Chamber of Commerce and The Edge newspaper. Everyone is welcome to attend. Bring plenty of business.



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