Message from the President
Thank you for considering being a member of this chamber. This is a fast growing area. From John Sevier Hwy to Tittsworth Spring along Chapman Hwy growth will continue. When TDOT starts the widening of Chapman, growth will be unbelievable in the next five – eight years. When Sevier Co. builds the new middle school on N. Pitner, you will see Boyds Creek Hwy expand. When new businesses and schools are built, single family and multi-family homes are built. In a 2012 TDOT study, there were over 44,000 vehicles a day that drove over Ford Hill. Can you imagine what it will be in five years? We as a Chamber need to be ready to grow and help be a leader in the community. We need small and large businesses to help be the anchor. So please consider joining.
Let me introduce myself. I have three passions: 1) my relationship with Jesus, 2) my family, and 3) this Tri-County community. I have lived in South Knoxville/Seymour area since 1980. My wife Carol of 34 years, and I now live in Seymour, off of Boyds Creek Hwy. During my 31 years at Johnson University, aka JBC, I was very active in the community and emergency services in the Kimberlin Heights area as well as being proactive in Johnson U. building a new fire station. When I left Johnson two years ago I took on the roll as Executive Administrator for Seymour VFD, where I have volunteered for 18 years. Carol and I serve at Woodlawn Christian Church, and are active with their ministries. We have two children. Our daughter Becca, is a high school teacher at a private school in Pristina, Kosovo. Our son Adam is a youth pastor in Newport News, VA, with his wife and our two granddaughters. I also work part-time with the Safety Team at Dollywood and serve on the Sevier Co. United Way/Seymour committee. I am a licenses plumber, water & wastewater plant operator.
My vision is to work toward tying this Tri-County community together. I sometimes describe it as a functioning, dysfunctional community. Seymour VFD serves three counties, five zip codes, five utility districts and three 911 centers. This area is known as a bedroom community. High school students travel to six high schools. When you place an online order and you put your city as Seymour, TN, it asks which one: Seymour Blount County or Seymour Sevier County. When you go through the gap of the mountain on Chapman into Blount Co, you turn right onto Maples Road, residents live in Blount Co. but have a Knoxville 37920 address. Some of these things this chamber cannot fix. My goal is to bring business and community together. I would like to develop a chamber smart phone app to highlight local business. Also, develop a discount card that supports business and Seymour VFD.
I would like to hear your ideas for better ways to lead our community. Send me an e-mail or give me a call.
Office location: SVFD Station #2
7915 Chapman Hwy; Knoxville, TN 37920
Office phone: 865-851-1157
Office Fax: 865-579-4110
E-mail: jlinsen@SeymourVFD.com or President@SeymourTN.org
Web: Seymourvfd.com or SeymourTN.org