27 Inspirational Quotes about Success by Women

The definition of “success” will vary depending on who you ask. The common factor is this: to achieve success and accomplish our goals, we have to take action (plus a few risks) and stay motivated. Don’t let your dreams stay dreams – make them a reality!

Sometimes, we need to give ourselves a little extra dose of inspiration to continue hustling towards the finish line! 

In honor of Women’s History Month, I put together some of my favorite quotes spoken by successful and powerful women throughout history: 

dolly parton quote
pat summitt quote
betty white quote
audrey hepburn quote
frida kahlo quote
dolly parton
helen keller
estee lauder
rosa parks
amelia earhart
barbra streisand
harriet tubman
jane goodall
maya angelou
betty white
carol burnett
serena williams
emily dickenson
anne frank
queen elizabeth II
eleanor roosevelt
reba mcentire
alex elle
oprah winfrey
amy poehler

°  °  ° 

If you keep going, you won’t regret it. If you give up, you will. Focus on your goals, and strive for progress – not perfection. 

Happy Women’s History Month! 


JK Rowling never once felt sorry for herself, instead she became resilient.

All of the best, the most successful, the hard-nosed people out there have one trait in common – resiliency, not excuses. One of the greatest acts someone can perform is to drop the idea that excuses exist, and focus instead on persevering through the problem.

Resilience: “the process and outcome of successfully adapting to difficult or challenging life experiences, especially through mental, emotional, and behavioral flexibility and adjustment to external and internal demands.” 

A common household name carries an enormous sense of the very word: J.K. Rowling. 

jk rowling

J.K. Rowling in 1998.

Rowling grew up average; her family was not “well-off” when she was a child. Her parents worked as a mechanic and a teacher’s assistant. They did not necessarily believe in the idea that someone could make money as a writer. So, Rowling went to college and took a job as a secretary, but the drive and dream of writing novels never left her mind. 

Her spark of brilliance about the boy wizard and his adventures came while on a train heading to London’s King’s Cross. For over five years, Rowling worked on her masterpiece, jotting down each and every thought. While living in Portugal, she had her daughter, and her stories about Harry really began to come together.

harry potter

When she moved back to Britain in 1993 after divorcing her husband, her suitcase contained stories about Harry Potter that would ultimately change her life (and the lives of people all over the world) forever. Rowling was a single parent experiencing depression and living on government assistance in Edinburgh as she spilled out Harry’s story on her typewriter. She received many rejections before signing a deal with a small publisher. She was determined to not let her obstacles in life prevent her from chasing her dreams. 

Resiliency: it resides in all of us. We need only to take time to find it and embellish it in our lives. 

chamber of secrets


  1. https://www.insider.com/jk-rowling-harry-potter-author-biography-2017-7#she-lived-in-a-small-flat-while-going-to-cafes-to-write-harry-potter-and-the-sorcerers-stone-6
  2. https://www.jkrowling.com/about/#:~:text=Jo%20conceived%20the%20idea%20of,on%20odd%20scraps%20of%20paper.
  3. https://www.apa.org/topics/resilience 
  4. https://www.looper.com/221207/the-most-paused-moments-in-harry-potter-movies/ 
  5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated every year on March 17th, which is thought to be the day that Saint Patrick died (5th century). People all over the world from many different backgrounds celebrate this holiday, but the Irish have observed it as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years! 

Galway, Ireland (photo courtesy of Morgan Ball)


Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He was born in Britain, but he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave when he was 16. When he was able to escape slavery, he returned to his home in Britain and became a cleric. Later on, he came back to northwest Ireland as a Christian missionary and is credited with bringing Christianity to the country.

Although he wasn’t the first Christian to try to convert the people of Ireland, he was certainly one of the most successful. Saint Patrick converted many pagans (including a lot of the local Chieftains) to Christianity over the course of 30 years and worked diligently to establish places of worship. One of the Chieftains even gifted him a barn-turned-church!

After Patrick’s death (believed to be March 17th in the year 461), mythological stories about his life became a huge part of Irish culture. One of the most well-known legends is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) by using the three leaves of an Irish clover… the shamrock

st patricks day history

Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland

St. Patty’s Day Celebrations

  • People in Ireland have been observing the Roman Catholic feast day of Saint Patrick every year since around the 9th or 10th century. Saint Patrick’s Day has traditionally been a religious holiday. Until the 1970s, there were Irish laws in place that required pubs to be closed on March 17th. In 1995, the Irish government began a campaign to use the interest in Saint Patrick’s Day to increase tourism and promote Irish culture to the world. 

Giant’s Causeway, Ireland (photo courtesy of Morgan Ball)

  • The first Saint Patrick’s Day parade actually took place in America – not in Ireland. Records show that a Saint Patrick’s Day parade was held on March 17, 1601 in a colony that is now St. Augustine, Florida.
  • On March 17, 1772, Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched in New York City to honor their country’s patron saint. Enthusiasm only grew from there, with St. Patrick’s Day parades becoming a tradition in other early American cities. 
st patricks day history
  • Over the next few decades, the patriotism of Irish immigrants in America rose, which prompted the Irish Aid societies (Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick, Hibernian Society, etc). These groups would organize parades every year featuring bagpipes and drums. In 1848, several Irish Aid societies in New York decided to combine their parades to form one New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Now, it is the world’s oldest civilian parade and has around 150,000 participants. The parade route is 1.5 miles long and lasts more than 5 hours! Each year, approximately 3 million people attend. 

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland (photo courtesy of Morgan Ball)

  • As Irish immigrants spread across the United States, other cities developed their own traditions – such as the annual dyeing of the Chicago River green. In 1962, city pollution-control workers were using dyes to trace illegal sewage and thought that the green dye would be a unique & fun way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day! When they first started, they put 100 pounds of green vegetable dye into the river (which kept it green for a week). Today, with more awareness of environmental damage, they only use 40 pounds (which causes the river to turn green for just a few hours). 
st patricks day history
  • Nowadays, people all over the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Many will enjoy recipes such as Irish soda bread, corned beef, cabbage, and champ. Some like to make food and drinks with green dye in them. A lot of people wear green – you don’t want to get pinched! This tradition stems from folklore that says wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns (they like to pinch anyone they can see). Others just wear green in the hopes that it brings good luck or to honor their Irish heritage. 

Irish Proverbs: You will find that many are wise and insightful, others make you chuckle, and some just don’t make any sense at all!

However you choose to celebrate, we hope you have a great St. Patrick’s Day!

  1. https://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day/history-of-st-patricks-day 
  2. https://www.yourirish.com/history/christianity/arrival-of-christianity 
  3. https://www.irishpost.com/life-style/twelve-of-our-favourite-irish-proverbs-and-sayings-from-ireland-71029 
  4. https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/celebrations/article/st-patricks-day 
  5. https://www.grunge.com/797951/why-are-leprechauns-associated-with-st-patricks-day/ 
  6. https://www.biography.com/religious-figures/saint-patrick
  7. https://parade.com/living/chicago-river-green
  8. https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/g18372225/st-patricks-day-nyc-things-to-do/

American Heart Month

I hope you all had lots of fun celebrating Valentine’s Day with the ones you love! How clever is it that American HEART Month is celebrated in February every year? In all seriousness, raising awareness about heart health is important year-round, not only in February. 


  • Heart disease is the #1 killer of Americans. 
  • Heart disease warning signs can appear in people as young as 18
  • Approximately 1 in 5 heart attacks are silent, which means that the damage is already done without the person being aware that it happened. 
  • Researchers have discovered that heart attacks are very common during fall and winter months, as well as on Monday mornings


  • Some Egyptian mummies as old as 3,500 years show signs of heart disease. This proves that it’s not just a modern-day problem. 
  • Several heart disease research groups joined together to form the American Heart Association in 1924. The American Heart Association raises awareness of heart health, educates the public about heart disease, and provides advice on how to take care of our heart. 
  • In the 1950s, doctors began to better understand cholesterol and the correlation between diet and heart health. A high intake of saturated and trans fats can be very harmful to your heart and arteries.
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson declared February to be American Heart Month in 1964. 


The CDC states that the term “heart disease” refers to several heart conditions and occurs when the arteries that lead to the heart are clogged. This can be caused by high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, diabetes, and excessive alcohol use. Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease in America. It decreases the blood flow to the heart, and this is what causes a heart attack. Heart disease can affect anyone, but there are many things you can do to reduce your risks and keep your heart healthy. 

  • Heart attack signs/symptoms: Chest pain or discomfort, upper back or neck pain, indigestion, heartburn, nausea or vomiting, extreme fatigue, upper body discomfort, dizziness, and shortness of breath.

Women below age 50 are TWICE as likely to die of a heart attack than men of the same age. Also, a woman’s signs of a heart attack are different from a man’s. The director of the Johns Hopkins Columbia Heart Failure Clinic, Dr. Lili Barouch, states that, “While the classical symptoms, such as chest pains, apply to both men and women, women are much more likely to get less common symptoms such as indigestion, shortness of breath, and back pain, sometimes even in the absence of obvious chest discomfort.” 

  • Arrhythmia signs/symptoms: Fluttering feelings in the chest (known as heart palpitations).
  • Heart failure signs/symptoms: Shortness of breath, fatigue, or swelling of the feet, ankles, legs, abdomen, or neck veins.


  1. Educate yourself by learning about the risk factors for heart disease and the ways you can prevent them.
  2. Manage your blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure. If you’re worried you might be at risk for heart disease, talk to your doctor
  3. Be physically active. This is one of the most important aspects of staying healthy and preventing disease. This is also essential for aging well. 
  4. Consume a healthy and balanced diet (daily vegetables, less processed foods, plenty of water). 
  5. Don’t forget to focus on your mental health. Find ways to reduce your stress, get enough sleep, and calm your mind. 

Check out https://www.heart.org for more information and advice! 


  1. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/education/american-heart-month/about 
  2. https://nationaltoday.com/american-heart-month/ 
  3. https://www.redcross.org/local/florida/south-florida/about-us/news-and-events/news/american-heart-month–be-prepared-to-save-a-life.html 
  4. https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm 
  5. https://www.heart.org/en/around-the-aha/reclaim-your-health-during-american-heart-month-in-february
  6. https://www.nghs.com/2019/11/11/6-surprising-facts-about-heart-disease 
  7. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/heart-disease-differences-in-men-and-women 
  8. https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/about.htm 

The Third Saturday in October

A knuckle ball goes through the uprights to put Tennessee over Alabama for the first time in 15 years on the Third Saturday in October. The final score is Tennessee 52, Alabama 49. Fans storm the field, and the goal post finds a home in the Tennessee River. Cigars illuminate the state of Tennessee that night. It was beautiful. Now lies the question – can Tennessee make it two years in a row? The current record between the two storied programs is 39-59 with Alabama on top. 

Since Nick Saban came to Alabama in 2007, Tennessee has struggled against the Crimson Tide. Prior to his coaching tenure at Alabama, the Vols had their turn in glory over their southern rival with 7 straight wins from 1995 to 2001 – who remembers that infamous 1998 championship!?

tennessee football v alabama football
From Sports Illustrated

This infamous rivalry began in 1909. Since then, the Vols and the Tide have alternated playing in Alabama and Tennessee. A little known fact: the Alabama home games were not always played in Tuscaloosa. From 1930 to 1998, their games were played at Legion Field in Birmingham. 

This game has not always been played on the Third Saturday in October, but generally around that date. The name came in 1939, officially giving the rivalry a title. There is no denying this: the elite competition these two teams bring lead to the making of legends, beginning with Robert Neyland and Paul “Bear” Bryant. 

The Tide v. Vols rivalry is not limited to football. Basketball also has a stake in the battle. The Tennessee men are currently lagging behind Alabama in their series, 82 to 70. On the other hand, the Lady Vols basketball program has been nothing but dominant against the Tide, with a 54 to 8 record. 

pat summitt

So, still the question lies, will Tennessee continue their streak? Will the Vols take over Bryant-Denny Stadium on the Third Saturday of October? 

The game begins at 3:30 EST this Saturday, October 21 on CBS.


  1. https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/sec-football/tennessee-vs-alabama-10-things-every-fan-should-know-about-the-rivalry/
  2. https://allfortennessee.com/2023/02/15/tennessee-volunteers-alabama-rivalry/
  3. utsports.com
  4. Ncaa.com
  5. Sportsillustrated.com

Manufacturing in Tennessee – A Billion Dollar Industry

Happy National Manufacturing Week!

National Manufacturing week began in 2011. The week begins the first Friday in October each year.  The United States Census Bureau reports that manufacturing is the fifth-largest employer in the United States. Manufacturing employees 12 million workers each year.

industry metal fire radio

In Cumberland County alone there are 16 Manufacturing/ Production and Wholesale organizations: Aviagen Inc, Benco Sales Inc, Colinx, Crossville Inc, Cumberland Container Corporation, Durable Products Inc, Flavourstream Americas LLC, Flowers Bakery of Crossville LLC, Kerry, Lhoist North America, Manchester Tank, Marmiro Stones, Mizkan Americas Inc, Perdue Farms Inc, Stonepeak Ceramics Inc, and Tristar Beverage Enterprises LLC.  (Crossville/Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce)

According to Statista Research Department, in 2022 the manufacturing sector of Tennessee’s State Economy contributed 58.42 billion dollars to the state’s gross domestic product.

Per the National Association of Manufacturers:

The top performing manufacturing sectors in Tennessee in 2021 were:

  1. Food, beverage and tobacco products ($11,619.6 million)
  2. Motor vehicles and parts ($10,122.2 million)
  3. Chemicals ($5,333.4 million)
  4. Fabricated metal products ($4,253.7 million)
  5. Electrical equipment and appliances ($3,364.6 million)
  6. Miscellaneous durable goods ($3,009.1 million)
  7. Machinery ($2,924.6 million)
  8. Paper ($2,669.4 million)
  9. Plastics and rubber products ($2,406.4 million)
  10. Nonmetallic mineral products ($2,171.7 million)

“Time waste differs from material waste in that there can be no salvage. The easiest of all wastes and the hardest to correct is the waste of time, because wasted time does not litter the floor like wasted material.”—Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company







Uncle Pink Brown

From Doctor May Cravath Wharton’s Doctor Woman of the Cumberlands (p. 64 – 66 ):

” A little boy all out of breath had coming running into my office crying, ‘Uncle Pink’s done broke his laig.’

“Gathering up all the paraphernalia I could think of, I started off. During the two-mile walk over to Browntown, I cudgeled my brain, trying to think of the best way to handle a broken leg so far from the source of supplies.

“Uncle Pink and Aunt Jinney, both past ninety, lived in a picturesque log cabin beneath a great jack pine as twisted as a tree in a Japanese water color. Around the small clearing on which it stood stretched a weathered rail fence. Aunt Jinney was standing in the doorway as we came in sight and I could hear her ordering the dog to lie down. The sagging gate swung back behind me by the weight of an old wheel hub. Across the front of the house was a long stoop on which stood the wash bench with the water bucket and gourd dipper and wash pan. Beside the door was a small pile of dry firewood and against the wall of the house hung or leaned the implements of outside work from saddle to axe.

“Aunt Jinny welcomed me warmly. I had taken care of her and Uncle Pink during the flu epidemic and we were friends. In front of the fireplace she placed for a me a little mountain chair, worn by use to an individuality like that found in men’s old felt hats. A word about the weather, a question about my comfort must come before any mention of poor old Uncle Pink, who lay groaning on his bed in the corner. With the amenities disposed of, I was free to look at him.

“It took only a minute to discover that his hip was broken. How patient he was while Jinny and I with the help of several neighbors prepared flour sacks full of dry, warm sand to act as splints. A cast was undesirable, but sand bags did excellently, and flatirons made very good weights for traction. I made him comfortable and came often during the next week or two to see the old man.

“You’ve lived here a long time, Uncle Pink,’ I said to him one day after I had adjusted his splint.

“All my ninety year, Doc,’ he said. ‘My pappy was one o’ the first settlers. He picked out this land and bought it from the companies. Paid a dollar and a dollar twenty-five an acre for it, too, he did ‘ceptin’ for oncet when he swapped razors with a feller an’ got a hundred acres to boot.’

“Land still seems awfully cheap here, Uncle Pink,’ I said. ‘They tell me you could buy a thousand acres in this county for three dollars an acre right now.’

“You could so,’ Uncle Pink said, ‘but not real good farmin’ land. And ourn were the best. We took lots o’ timber, but mostly we farmed. We raised Irish potatoes and corn mostly, and plenty of beans in the cornfields. Hogs run in the woods by the hundred, fattening on the mast.’

“Mast, Uncle Pink? I don’t believe I know what that is.’

“Hit’s acorns, Dr. May. White oak acorns make the finest of bacon.”

“What did you do when you got sick, Uncle Pink? It must have been pretty hard to get a doctor. Didn’t you have one?”

“Not much, we didn’t. If we got bad sick, we fetched a doctor from Sparta and we had to pay him twenty-five good dollars to come. But there was hardly any sickness. When we had a cold, we would jump in the river and break it.”

“We went to the camp ground to school. The Methodists and the Baptists united and had meetings there. There was no fighting or drinking then and no bootleggers a-tall. You could buy whiskey for twenty-five cents a gallon from the still and hit had been runned through twicet. There was no law agin’ it. Nobody got drunk neither, even though a little bucket of whiskey or apple brandy with a little gourd dipper set on the stoop at gatherings right beside the big water bucket with the big dipper.”

Budgeting in an Expensive Economy

Budgeting, money, expenses, and bills are no doubt ugly words but very important. Many people make a living on simply advising those of us who are money illiterate on how to not just survive but thrive, and it begins with that ugly word – budget. 

person counting cash money

Let us look at some of Dave Ramsey’s tips:

  • Zero-Based Budget: Ramsey suggests accounting for each dollar you will spend in the following month, but be sure to leave a few hundred dollars behind in your bank account. Do not zero out your account.
  • If you are married, budget with your spouse. Make sure that everyone who needs to know is tracking the monthly budget. 
  • Do not forget that things change month to month, so one set budget will not work. Budget for each month.
  • Ramsey’s Four Walls: Food, utilities, shelter, and transportation come first with the budget. These are necessities, budget for them first. 
  • Make paying off debt a priority. 
  • Be sure to trim the budget where you can: eat at home, take your lunch to work, cut out some streaming services, shop discount, and be smart grocery shopping. 
  • Use auto-pay for your bills!
  • Do not spend frivolously or without a plan. Have an end goal for your finances. Build a savings plan and pay off big expenses. 
  • Track those goals!
  • Be sure to set aside a part of your budget for those unexpected expenses.
  • Do not use Credit Cards!
  • If you have trouble keeping under budget when grocery shopping use the cash method. Take out what you plan to spend in cash and only use what you have. 
  • Some people do not know where to start with writing a budget, try using online resources.
  • Keep goal oriented. Do not worry about what others have, focus on you. 
  • Remember not to be hard on yourself! Do your best and do not give up!

For Dave Ramsey’s full article and budget suggestions click the following link:


composition of calculator with paper money and notebook with pen

It’s National Staffing Week

Staffing is an age-old tradition in the employment world. It is quick, it is easy, and it is streamlined. We take your staffing needs and find you qualified employees. As the job seeker, we take your resume and match you to the right position. It is that simple.

five men pulling black rope

These agencies were created back in World War II when the United States was in dire need of workers. There were deadlines to be met to help the war effort. As a result five million women left their homes to work, essentially boosting the economy.

According to the American Staffing Association staffing companies employ nearly three million workers on an average week. Over a years time staffing companies hire over 14.5 million employees.

Happy National Staffing Week from SmallBiz Staffing! We are your local employment and staffing experts!


  1. https://americanstaffing.net/
  2. https://guides.loc.gov/rosie-the-riveter

From Speeches & Rallies to Cookouts and Boat Rides

The Evolution of Labor Day.

It took nine years, but we finally got a Monday off. Labor Day began as an activist holiday in 1885. Beginning with Oregon passing the Labor Day law over the years several other states followed suit. It was not until June 28, 1894 when Congress passed the act that every first Monday of September is a legal holiday. President Grover Cleveland signed the law.

“That the day was appreciated by the men and women whose lives are full of toil, was shown by the zest with which they entered into the day’s events. The streets  were crowded with eager throngs who had early taken points of vantage for the purpose of viewing the turnout of the union men.” – The Hawaiian Gazette, September 03, 1901

While historians are not positive about who created the idea of Labor Day, two men have come up as possibilities. The first man is Peter J. McGuire. He was a secretary at the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, as well as co-founder of the American Federation of Labor. The second man is Matthew Maguire. He too worked in general labor. Maguire was secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York, and later secretary of the Local 344 International Association of Machinists. We may not know who the true founder was but both men had reputable experience to vouch for the working man in need of a holiday.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s Labor Day was used to give speeches and parades to promote the significance of the holiday from an economic point of view. The day prior to Labor Day is known as Labor Sunday. This day is dedicated to the faith aspects of the labor movement. At this point in history, America was at the height of the Industrial Revolution. The standard of living had risen higher than ever before. Americans were working 12 hours a day – 7 days a week. Kids were often found working in factories as well. 

Working conditions created the need for Unions to grow and enforce safer working conditions. Strikes, rallies, and protests became more and more prominent throughout the states. The most infamous event to push the topic of Labor Day was the Haymarket Affair. On May 4, 1886 in Chicago a bomb was set off during a rally. A total of seven police officers and four others were killed. 

While today we may only see the day as an opportunity to spend time with family and friends, we must not forget our history or how far we have come since those days. 

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


  1. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83025121/1901-09-03/ed-1/seq-1/#words=labor+holiday+day+parade+union
  2. https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/labor-day-1
  3. https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history
  4. https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/10-fascinating-facts-about-the-labor-day-holiday
  5. https://www.loc.gov/photos/?q=labor+day

Hiking, History, and Fall Foliage on the Cumberland Plateau

With the whispers of fall upon us, soon tourists will flock to Cumberland County to enjoy breathtaking autumn views, waterfalls, and popular hiking trails. Most of us drive past these spots on a daily basis, but many might not know their history and their value to our town’s humble beginnings. 

“Autumn leaves don’t fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar.”

– Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing

Ozone Falls

Ozone Falls is by far the most prominent in Cumberland County’s history – whether many local inhabitants know it or not. This spot was the beginning of the Walton Road in the county lines. When coming in from the East, travelers would pass by the falls along their way to the Wilderness. Around 1806, widow Haley ran a tavern at Fall Creek. In 1817, she remarried to Robert Burke and opened the Crab Orchard Inn. The same year, Daniel McNair opened a Grist Mill at the falls. Today, the Ozone falls is a piece of town history – always packed with onlookers in awe. 

ozone falls

Piney Falls

Driving through the beautiful Grassy Cove area down Highway 68 towards Grandview, you’ll find a particularly hidden gem along the road: the trailhead to Piney Falls. Part of the area was once known as Jewett. The area was originally established as a coal mining town that opened around 1880. A piece of the Tennessee Central Railway had tracks there to carry coal down to Spring City. 

piney falls

Cumberland Mountain State Park

Of course, the most well-known hot spot for the hiking pleasure of visitors and residents alike: the state park. The picturesque trail around the lake and the iconic swinging bridge is on everyone’s fall list. As most of us already know, the park’s beginnings came with the Cumberland Homesteads – a depression relief effort by President Roosevelt. The lake within the park is known as Byrd Lake, named after the creek running into the man-made lake. The park totals 1,720 acres. The bridge and dam we cross when entering in the park is 347 feet of Crab Orchard Stone. It is the largest masonry project built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the nation! In 1938, when the Farm Security Administration handed the park over to the state of Tennessee, Alvin C. York was named the park superintendent. He stayed until 1941.

cumberland mountain state park

The Devil’s Breakfast Table

Although a very popular trail to those from Cumberland County, it may not be well-known to those who are new to the area. The Table is a part of the 300 mile Cumberland Trail and features a 273 step staircase. The overlook shows a beautiful view of Daddys Creek. The area of Catoosa has a unique history. The original 63,000 acres were owned by Tennessee Mineral and Lumber Company. It was sold in 1942 to the State of Tennessee for .30 cents an acre for about $21,000. In 1929, a flood destroyed 330 buildings and houses – ultimately resulting in the end of the Catoosa operation. 

devils breakfast table

Bee Rock Overlook

While Bee Rock is technically in Monterey, it is still worth visiting and a part of our history here on the Plateau. With Baker’s Crossroads, Mayland, and Dripping Springs all being around the area, and on route to Monterey, this passageway was critical through the Wilderness Trail. From Graham’s Inn near the Obed River to Johnson’s Stand in Mayland on the Walton Road, this area of the Plateau played a part in the creation of the county we know today. At the time when the Tennessee Central was passing through to Monterey, Mayland even had a depot.

bee rock

This is only a short list of the scenic hikes and overlooks where fall foliage can be seen in the coming months. While the views are beautiful, the history surrounding the places listed above is valuable information that must not be forgotten. Every small community that makes up our Plateau played a crucial part in what it has become today.

We are proud to be a small business in this community!

“Go, sit upon the lofty hill, And turn your eyes around, Where waving woods and waters wild Do hymn an autumn sound. The summer sun is faint on them— The summer flowers depart— Sit still— as all transform’d to stone, Except your musing heart.”

– Elizabeth Barrett Browning, The Autumn


  1. Cumberland County’s First Hundred Years, Bullard and Krechniak
  2. https://www.countryliving.com/life/g1897/fall-quotes/
  3. https://www.crossville-chronicle.com/news/local_news/the-origins-of-catoosa/article_b0e98842-af36-11ea-a882-f7dd31861d5e.html
  4. https://www.crossville-chronicle.com/news/glade_sun/hiking-devil-s-breakfast-table/article_f333d772-1fb3-11e7-a726-ffb5e0514a55.html
  5. https://www.tnvacation.com/local/monterey-bee-rock-overlook
  6. https://www.cumberlandtrail.org/trail-segments/crab-orchard-mountain-segment/devils-breakfast-table-section/
  7. https://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/entries/cumberland-mountain-state-park/
  8. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g54982-d665092-Reviews-Ozone_Falls-Crab_Orchard_Tennessee.html
  9. https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/na-natural-areas/natural-areas-east-region/east-region-/na-na-piney-falls.html

Retirement & Tourism Paradise in an Unlikely Place: The Golf Capital of Tennessee

What began as a tourist destination eventually became a retirement community. Many investors saw potential in Cumberland County because of its logistical brilliance. One man in particular saw an opportunity by beginning Cumberland County’s first golf course – Tansi. 

Back in the 1930’s, Cosby Harrison, an entrepreneur by every definition, began Trade-A-Plane. It was the go-to source for aircrafts, parts, and any aviationist’s needs. In 1959, he saw a huge opportunity in the tourism business. That stroke of genius has become one of Cumberland County’s largest incomes today: golf, leisure, and the retirement market. The humble beginnings of the “Golf Capital of Tennessee.”

Cosby Harrison once told this to a News-Sentinel reporter: “There’s nothing like this great Plateau, but the Plateau’s future is people. Millions of people will come here when we have the facilities to house and entertain them. Americans are running out of places to go. I believe that this area will become the nation’s major resort area.”

What is known today as Lake Tansi Village began as a vision in Cosby Harrison’s mind. This vision was formed as he would fly over the land. Originally, he built Lake Harrison, followed by Harrison Resort, and the famous 18-hole golf course. Like a true man of aviation, he also built a 3,600 feet landing strip on a part of the course. The idea was to fly in and play a round of golf before flying back out. 

The landing strip was placed on two par of four holes. Golfers were always on the look out for incoming planes. The course also featured the longest par of 5 in the county with 715 yards to drive. Tansi’s golf course has changed many times over the years. 

Lake Tansi Golf Course has been a mark of love for PGA players throughout the years. Starting in 1965, the annual State Tournament was hosted there. Today, the Tennessee PGA plays all over the state. Many courses have been built after being inspired by Tansi.

Eventually, Mr. Cosby Harrison sold Lake Harrison to 10 separate investors. Lake Harrison was then renamed Lake Tansi Village.

The next resort to come along in the county was Renegade Resort and Vacation Enterprises. Perched on the top of Black Mountain in Crab Orchard, they held their first season in 1962. Renegade was primarily a ski resort with two Austrian ski instructors, but it also offered horseback riding, an Olympic size pool, fishing, a private hunting range, a golf driving range, and tennis. 

At the time, Renegade’s slopes were anticipated to be better than Gatlinburg’s. It is said that Renegade’s peak was at 3,700 feet. With promises of trophy bucks, their hunting was even more sought after.

At one time, the idea of a golf course was discussed, but never came to fruition. In 1986, the resort sold to a development organization in Florida. Snow was not frequent enough, and the slopes went dry. Renegade was then renamed “Cumberland Gardens.”

In 1968, the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce was formed to help with the growing town. Their mission statement is as follows,”The mission of the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce is the unified voice of business advocating for a progressive, innovative economic climate which enhances the quality of life for all citizens.”

The biggest of them all, Fairfield Glade, continued the resort boom. The land was owned by none other than Cosby Harrison and his company, Plateau Properties Inc. With its abundance of natural resources, the area now known as Fairfield was once used for mining, logging, and hunting. Over time, this left the area with its rolling green hills. 

In 1969, Fairfield Bay Corp. bought over 12,000 acres from Mr. Cosby Harrison. They promised to turn the property into a resort similar to their already successful Fairfield Bay resort in Arkansas. Just one year later, construction had begun. They had a $20 million project underway on 10,000 acres of Cumberland County’s land. Their plans included: a restaurant, information center, administrative offices, recreational center, golf course, horse stable, 68 mobile homes, and an additional lake (which made three total)- and these plans were just for the first year. It was huge, it was big, and it meant money for the town and its people – an idea that could not be ignored. 

The first golf course built was Druid Hills, complete with a country club. This was not just any ordinary club. It was a 100 room lodge, which included an indoor pool, sauna, 20 unit villa, shopping center, office, business center, two outdoor pools, and so much more. It was one of a kind and a first for Cumberland County. 

Fairfield Glade was a force to be reckoned with in Cumberland County – and still is today. It is home to some of Tennessee’s top golf courses: Druid Hills, Dorchester, Heatherhurst, and Stonehenge. While they all have something special about them, Heatherhurst ranks above them all. It is home to 36 holes. The first set is called “The Brae” and the second “The Crag.” Golf Week Magazine named it one of the “Best Courses You Can Play in TN.”

The golf course obsession did not stop with Fairfield. The Bear Trace came in next at Cumberland Mountain State Park. This was a huge concept. It was the beginning of Jack Nicklaus’s signature courses. In total, there are four throughout Tennessee. His goal was to build courses that did not require a membership, were not expensive to build or maintain, and ideally serve the general public. These ideas made it perfect to be placed at a state park.

The golfing industry has continued to grow in Cumberland County. Today (2023) the county has a total of 10 courses within its 685 miles. Crossville also self proclaims itself as the “Golf Capital of Tennessee,” and there is no denying that this marketing plan does work. It is hard to beat the amount of revenue brought on by golf and vacation packages. Restaurants, hotels, retail, home rentals, and more benefit each year from golf tourism. 


  1. The History of Tennessee Golf, Pearce
  2. Cumberland County Tennessee 1956-1986 Volume 2, Hellen Bullard Krechniak
  3. https://books.google.com/books?id=qRbGdM_AfrMC&pg=PA259&lpg=PA259&dq=tansi+golf+course+crossville+tn+history&source=bl&ots=s_cbbUEhjN&sig=ACfU3U0ddUprNjR_VAgcGcUR0SYiifwU1g&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjqq8yw5pb5AhXpGVkFHdJkAU4Q6AF6BAgcEAM#v=onepage&q&f=false
  4. Tennessee Virtual Archives
  5. https://www.fairfieldgladeresort.com/heatherhurst-brae
  6. https://www.crossville-chamber.com/

Do you know the secret to winning? We do.

Have you ever heard a basketball coach say: “A quiet gym is a losing gym?” It’s true. A championship team has excellent communication. It is what makes their game plan work. Each player knows their teammates well enough to predict their movements on the court. They know and respect each other’s communication style. The entire team knows what is expected of them throughout the game plan.

where there is respect - there is excellent communication

Where there is respect – there is excellent communication. Where there is communication – you will find success. 

In staffing, communication poses a few difficulties because employees are spread throughout multiple locations. So, this is why we get creative and find consistency in what works for us.

where there is communication - you will find success

What we do at SmallBiz to keep communication flowing:

  1. Personality Assessment:
  • Vicki (SmallBiz president) wanted to assess how each of us in the office communicate and behave in a work environment. All of us filled out our own 10-minute questionnaire, which was analyzed and sent to us in a team report. It was interesting (and pretty accurate!) to see our results compared to our coworkers. We highly recommend keeping your team’s assessment in mind when communicating at work! 
  • https://www.extendeddisc.org/assessment-solutions/disc-assessments/ 
  • For more on communication styles see LINK POST
there are over 23 billion texts sent per day around the world

2. Messaging:

  • Texting has been a revolution in our society for a long time. There are over 23 billion texts sent per day around the world. In staffing we have taken this obsession and use it to further our business. 
  • Automated messaging has brought game changing communication standards to staffing. We use this in multiple ways: application reminders, First Day Sheets, Success Tips, marketing outreach, employee information updates, timesheet reminders, employee referrals, reviews, surveys, and so much more. We learn new ways to reach our employees with messaging everyday. 
  • Besides automated messaging our recruiters use this platform to personally communicate with new, current, and previous employees. Often texting is the easiest way to get in touch with employees and candidates. Anytime one of our employees or applicants have a question they can send our recruiters a simple text.
  • This level of professionalism in communication has allowed our business to grow to new heights in reaching our employees and potential candidates.

3. Email Updates:

  • The world of email has been around a long time, but today it is right in your pocket on your phone. Before only professionals used this technology at the office, now we all use it. 
  • In our staffing office we send countless emails a day, but in marketing, we use it to update potential candidates on hot jobs, agency updates, applications, newsletters, blog updates, and community events. 
  • If you are not following us you should!

4. Calendar:

  • This is how we are able to know each other’s schedules, and most importantly, when someone will be out of the office.
  • We also use our calendar to book meetings and employee interviews!
  • You can book a meeting with us HERE.
communication and a team work standard makes the office flow smoothly

5. Group Chat:

  • We constantly communicate. If someone has a question or a new candidate just walked in the door we shoot a message to the group so work can continue to flow without interruption.

6. Weekly Meetings:

  • Our weekly team meetings are never short on entertainment. We do our best to keep a family atmosphere but most importantly we use this time to catch up on work and life. 
  • This time is also used for any training that is needed: new software, new practices, reviews, CPR, and so on.

Constant communication and a team work standard makes the office flow smoothly.

the smallbiz team

The people person – the influencer – does that sound like someone you know?

“Positive expectations are the mark of the superior personality.” – Brian Tracy

A person’s personality and character go together when creating their communication style or styles. Many workplaces and sports teams have began giving their new employees communication style assessments. When each team member knows, understands, and respects each other’s communication style you will find a game changing environment.

Types of communication styles in the workplace include (but are not limited to): Direct, Functional, Collaborative, and Influencer.

direct personality communication style
analytical personality style
collaborative personality style
influencer personality style
personality styles and communication styles in the workplace

When considering the previous information for your workplace and team, think about the past. Does anyone come to mind that might meet some of these styles? Did you maybe handle their communication style wrong? Could you improve for the next team meeting or project?

Not everyone is going to fit into these boxes. Many of us are a combination of styles, but we can always find a way to communicate that helps everyone reach their full potential.

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” — Henry Ford

Leave a comment below! What do you think your communication style is?


  1. https://professional.dce.harvard.edu/blog/is-your-workplace-communication-style-as-effective-as-it-could-be/
  2. https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/personality