Hickman County First Farmers & Merchants Bank Basketball Tournament

The First Farmers & Merchants Bank Christmas Invitational Basketball Tournament begins today at the Hickman County High School gym for games on December 28, 29, and 30. Tennessee high school teams Ensworth, Forrest, Dickson Co., Marshall Co., Shelbyville, CPA, Hickman County, and Harding Academy girl’s teams are playing. Boys teams from Northeast, Forrest, Ensworth, CPA, Clarksville Academy, Harding Academy, Hickman County, and Warren County also play.

The Tourney Brackets

I extend a Hickman County welcome to all the visiting basketball teams and their fans. I hope that they have a chance to visit one of our fine restaurants to celebrate a win or at least a gallant loss. Thanks go out to First Farmers & Merchants Bank, Agrana Fruit USA, and everyone working to put on the holiday tournament.

About Daryl Phillips, CEcD

I am a professional economic developer. I presently work for communities and companies in developing and implementing workforce and economic development solutions as CEO of Phillips Economic Development Solutions (Phi EDS). Prior to September 2017, I was the economic development professional who served a community team of elected officials, business people, community leaders and dedicated stakeholders for economic development in Cheatham County, Tennessee (pop. 39,880) and its four towns. During my five-year tenure, I served the team as Cheatham County grew over 1,700 jobs, turned around population declines at the start of this decade into healthy population growth, increased tourism expenditures 20.3% and local tax revenue from tourism 25.4%, grew sales tax revenue 36%, focused on developing the local workforce and was recognized by SmartAsset as having the 9th highest Incoming Investment Index of all the 95 counties in Tennessee. I am a member of International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, Tennessee Economic Development Council and International Council of Shopping Centers. I have earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council and hold a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
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