November 2015


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 Christmas Parade:  Thursday December 10th  6:00 pm sign up on-line at

 AprilFest 2016 and Heflin House 5K Walk/Run: Saturday, April 2, 2016


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The Chamber is working with the Town of Sardis for a planned celebration of the Sesquicentennial of Sardis, celebrating 150 years.  We hope to have a large celebration that will be a fun and enjoyable time for everyone and attract a large number of tourists to our Downtown area to help us celebrate.




October at a Glance:

 Sheriff’s Debate:

On October 27, the Sardis Chamber and The Panolian hosted a debate between the three candidates running for Sheriff in Panola County.  The debate featured questions from North and South Panola’s senior government classes and was moderated by Dan Lehman.  The debate drew a full house at the North Panola Courthouse and was a huge success.  The event was reported on Channel 3 news in Memphis later that night.

Fall Forum and Tourism:

Mayor Russell, Penny and Dale Hart attended the Fall Forum hosted by the Panola Partnership on October 22.  The speaker for the 10:00 am session was Malcolm White, director of Mississippi State Tourism.  Mr. White gave a very good history of tourism efforts across the state and what Panola County could do to improve tourism and visitors.  He reported that Sardis regularly receives money in tourism funds through the 3% tourism tax.  He also mentioned that “partner match” grants are available through the state.  (The Sardis Chamber applied for a tourism grant last year to help sponsor Aprilfest.  The request unfortunately was denied for several reasons and he noted that there were a high number of requests for the available money.)


Mr. White reported that our area could use the following area attractions to help draw visitors to our area:

1.  Proximity to Gaming

2.  Welcome Center

3.  Proximity to a Major University

4.  Rich music heritage

5.  Proximity to Memphis


He specifically mentioned that the Sardis resources include Sardis Lake and the many historic homes and properties we have in our town.  He also emphasized that digital and mobile devices are critical for advertising and promotion.

The Chamber Board is meeting this month to discuss the upcoming Sesquicentennial and to develop the ideas that Mr. White brought up and how we can work with the Town of Sardis to attract more visitors to our area.