Chamber members talk tourism, signage, office hours

By Darla Higgins

Jimplecute Staff Writer

During a working lunch at the Hamburger Store on Tuesday, members of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce brainstormed ways to entice more people into Jefferson, while also deciding what the actual role of the chamber should be.


Speaking to the latter point, Chamber Vice President Tammy Doriot said that in order to be available to businesses more, the office has changed its hours from Tuesday through Saturday to Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


That announcement was met with some opposition. Chamber member Pam Thomas, who owns the Delta Street Inn with her husband Bob, said that because Jefferson is a tourist town, “I think y’all need to be supporting tourism. I think you need to be open on Saturday.”


Questions were then raised about the Jefferson Visitor and Tourism Center, which is open on Saturday but is not staffed that day.


“That’s not good,” Pam Thomas said. “If both offices are closed, there’s no place  for people [with questions] to go.”


Board member Doug Thompson again asked, “Should the chamber’s focus be on you guys or tourists?” “Both,” said Pam Thomas. “Saturday is just Saturday. Both.”


Although most in attendance voted….


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