Taking Care of Business: Don’t give up on QT

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, February 24, 2018

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Rumor patrol: QuickTrip has not pulled out of Decatur.

For a couple of weeks, word on the street was QT was calling it quits on the Decatur project at the corner of U.S. 81/287 and Hale Street. But Decatur EDC Director Thom Lambert said Tuesday that’s not true.

He said the company is completing abatement of the former church building on the property, and once it’s given the “all clear,” the building will be torn down and construction can start.

That being said, we’re still months and months away from indulging in the array of beverages and fresh foods they tout. At this rate we might get a Chick-fil-A first.


The opening of Fairfield Inn and Suites on U.S. 380 has been delayed until at least March 15.

Decatur Conference Center Director Lori Sherwood Tuesday told the Decatur EDC Board guests booked for the first three weeks in March had been moved to Hampton Inn and Suites.


Modern Woodmen of America representative Derrick Same of Boyd recently completed a five-day training program at the company’s home office in Rock Island, Ill.

The program focused on helping families reach their financial goals with Modern Woodmen. Speakers also covered technology, fraternalism and underwriting.

Modern Woodmen is a fraternal financial services organization offering financial products and member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.


Tractor Supply Co. in Decatur donated 77 bags of pet food to the Wise County Animal Shelter.

“More often than not, animal shelters and rescues depend greatly on food donations to support the pets they take in that await adoption,” said store manager Jake Gurley. “Our goal at Tractor Supply is to do our part in helping adoption efforts in our community because we know that pets are more than just dogs and cats; they are family.”

In addition to the food donation, the Decatur Tractor Supply hosts pet adoption events throughout the year.


A co-worker, who shall remain unnamed for his own protection, suggested Wise County needs a Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers more than a Chick-fil-A.

This is surely blasphemous to Team Waffle Fry.

Days Without Chick-fil-A (starting in 2018) – 55.

Kristen Tribe is assistant publisher of the Messenger. If you have a submission for Taking Care of Business, email

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