Taking Care of Business: Decatur Chamber names Businesses of the Year

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, November 17, 2018
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Best Small Business

BEST SMALL BUSINESS – Decatur Chamber President Brandt Wicker (far left) presented Rhine Realty with Small Business of the Year. Representing Rhine are (from left) Taylor Milici, Christie Rhine and Shelly Harrison. Messenger photo by Kristen Tribe

Lifetime Eagle Award

LIFETIME EAGLE AWARD – The Decatur Chamber presented a Lifetime Eagle Award to the late J.E. Carson. Chamber President Brandt Wicker presented the award to Carson’s wife, Betty Carson and daughter Carol Ann Carson. Messenger photo by Kristen Tribe

Ambassador of the Year

AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR – Shelly Harrison (center) was named Ambassador of the Year for Decatur Chamber of Commerce. Also pictured are Brandt Wicker (left) and Christie Rhine (right). Messenger photo by Kristen Tribe

Large Business of the Year

LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – Decatur Chamber of Commerce President Brant Wicker (far left) presented Fit-N-Wise with Large Business of the Year. Fit-N-Wise representatives accepting the award include (from left) Travis Fulton, Leon Fuqua, Brett Braziel, Holly Berry and Wendell Berry. Messenger photo by Kristen Tribe

Presidents Award


Decatur Chamber of Commerce’s businesses of the year are Rhine Realty and Fit-N-Wise.

These honors, in addition to other special awards, were presented at the Chamber luncheon Tuesday.

Rhine was awarded Small Business of the Year, while Fit-N-Wise was recognized as Large Business of the Year.

Other awards included:

Ambassador of the Year: Shelly Harrison

President’s Award: Hanson Aggregates

Lifetime Eagle Award: the late J.E. Carson

Healthcare Symposium

HEALTHCARE SYMPOSIUM – Participants in the first infection prevention symposium, organized and planned by 360 Care Management at Wise Health System and the Community Health Improvement program, include (from left) Paul Aslin, Leah Throckmorton, Leona Shinn, Katy McKamie, Juli Howdeshell, Thi Dang, Sharilyn Mead, Shawna Merchant, Nicole Ferrell, Katie Davis, Jordan Holzbog and Mary Jo Copley. Dang and Mead were speakers. Submitted photo


Last month 360 Care Management at Wise Health System and the Community Health Improvement program (CHI) held its first infection prevention symposium.

About 45 local partners attended the meeting, including skilled nursing facilities and Wise Health System employees.

Guest speakers were Thi Dang of the Texas Department of State Health Services and Sharilyn Mead with the Health and Human Services Commission Quality Monitoring Program. Each speaker presented information and resources for facilities on infection prevention topics aimed at increasing the quality of care and services for patients in the hospital and those receiving care at other locations.

More symposiums are planned with the goal of improving outcomes and experiences for patients, as well as increased collaboration for healthcare in Wise and surrounding counties


If you don’t cook, don’t despair this Thanksgiving. The Decatur Conference Center has got you covered.

It will be serving brunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, but you must make reservations. RSVP by emailing or by calling, 940-393-0280. Cost is $27 for adults, $22 for veterans and $15 for children ages 6 to 12.


A former Hyannis, Mass., Chick-fil-A employee robbed the restaurant Thursday night with a knife, according to a story in the Boston Globe. The 20-year-old, Cole Reissner of Sandwich (as in chicken?), wrapped a gray sweatshirt around his head and walked up to the drive-through window, demanding money while holding the knife. Reissner fled on foot, said the Globe story said.

All of this, a clear violation of the Chick-fil-A employee handbook.

Days without Chick-fil-A in Wise County: 61.

Kristen Tribe is assistant publisher of the Wise County Messenger. If you have a tip for TCB, email or call 940-627-5987.

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