King Puck

The Houston County Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Third Annual King Puck Contest.

When:  Friday, September 21 at 6:00pm.

Winner receives the title of “King Puck” with a ribbon and may be asked to represent Houston County Fair at various events during the year including the Irish Celebration Parade in March.

Judging will be on beauty/handsomeness, accessories, personality/mannerisms, and audience response.

The Goat (male or female) must receive a Health Certificate (vet check) to participate.
To register, take your goat to the Houston County Animal Clinic (located at  4050 W. Main Street, Erin. 931.289.4138.) during the week of the contest.  No Vet will be a the fairgrounds prior to the event.  You will need proof of ownership and personal ID for the Vet Check.  The Vet Visit will be paid for by the Houston County Area Chamber of Commerce.

Accessories are encouraged  such as, but not limited to, hats, ties etc.
Participant will be asked to share some “fun facts” about their goat to share with the audience!

Sportsmanship and manners are required of all contestants and their owner. Unruly animals may be excused from the contest by the Judges
Goats should be on the grounds one hour before the contest time and ready at the stage area at 5:45.
Trucks and trailers shall park in designated areas after unloading.
Audience response will be like a “Town Meeting”  the goat will parade in front of the audience and the judges will rate their response.

SCSEP Opportunities

Robin Last works in Houston County with the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).  She is currently recruiting older workers that may need help obtaining employment in Houston County.  September is Older Worker’s Week.   They have several Federally-funded positions that they would like to fill.


WANTED!­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ – Workers Age 55+
Unemployed?  Limited/low income?
Do you want to work?

Can you work?  Do you wish you had a part-time job?  How great would it be to do something to earn a little money and make your life better?  Have you ever used a computer?  Do you have a desire to help others?  Do you want to learn new skills? 

These are the type of questions that can help you decide if the SCSEP program might be right for you.  SCSEP is funded through a Federal grant as part of the Older American Workers Act.  Many people over the age of 55 often have difficulty finding work and maybe they physically just can’t do what they used to do but still have a desire to “do more”. 

Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP) offers opportunities for older workers to earn an income by participating in community service assignments for just 20 hours a week, with the ultimate goal of obtaining a regular paying job in the community.  Veterans and their spouses, persons with physical limitations, lack of GED or other barriers to employment are encouraged to apply.  If interested, contact Robin Last at 731-884-2640 or email



Tennessee Department of Agriculture

August 27, 2018

Wendy Sneed


NASHVILLE – The dog days of summer seem an odd time to start planning holiday menus. However, if you want locally produced meats grown and processed just the way you like them gracing your holiday tables, it’s time to track down that rack of lamb, pasture raised turkey, prime beef rib, or heirloom breed pork sausage.

Local farmers are taking reservations now for the poultry, pork, lamb, and beef, as well as specialties like cured hams and local sausages, which are in high demand throughout the holiday season.

A directory of farms that accept holiday meats and poultry reservations is available now through Pick Tennessee Products, the farmer to consumer service provided by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. The directory is posted online at

Most Tennessee farms are relatively small family farms, so herds and flocks are limited to the numbers the farm can accommodate. Once the birds or beasts mature and are ready to market, there’s no time to raise more to fill last-minute holiday orders.

Pick Tennessee also lists farmers who sell all kinds of meats straight from the farm all year long, including beef, lamb, pork, and poultry.

Pick Tennessee statewide directories include Christmas tree farms, wineries, farmers markets, farms with fall produce, and makers of artisan products like cheeses, goats milk soaps, and beeswax candles. Directories of locally made specialty products, from alpaca yarns and clothing to fine chocolates, are also available.

Follow Pick Tennessee on social media for current information about seasonal farm fare and activities.


Sweet Tea & Southern Art


The Houston County Arts Council presents the “Sweet Tea & Southern Art” exhibit. This exhibit will be back in Erin for its sixth year. The event hosts local artists, adult and youth, from Houston and surrounding counties.

For more information, please call 931-289-ARTS (2787).


57th Irish Celebration Theme Contest

It’s that time of year!  The first event of Irish Day 2019 will be the Theme Contest.  It is open to all residents of Houston County.  Past themes were: “Kickin it Irish Style”,  “Get Your Shamrock On”,  “Erin Tennessee is the place to be on Irish Day 2017”, “Luck Dynasty”, Unspoiled Unchanged, Simply Irish”, “Come Hear the Celebration”, and “The Emerald Hills of Erin Call the Heart Back Home”.

The contest deadline will be August 31, 2018.


  • WORDED THEME is what we are looking for but we encourage artwork.  The Chamber reserves the right to redesign or create artwork for the winning theme.
  • Submit your entry to the Chamber office, City of Erin, or email to
  • Create your entry on 8 ½ x 11 white unlined paper with your name, address, and phone number on the back of the entry.
  • The announcement of the winner will be at the Membership Banquet Oct. 25, 2018.


  • $50 Cash Prize
  • Jr. Grand Marshal with car or float
  • Name submitted to The Stewart-Houston Times, the Chamber website, and Facebook
  • 2 tickets to Irish Banquet & Silent Auction held on March 15, 2019

Any Questions?

Houston County Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 603
Erin, TN 37061


Teresa Mitchell
931.721.3301 daytime
931.721.3588 evenings

Please note that the Chamber office is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 until 2:00.


Genealogy Workshop

Melissa Barker teaches a free Genealogy Workshop at the Houston County Library. The Friends of the Houston County Library provides pizza!

Bring your research with you and get help checking out a few websites! Perhaps you will be able to break down a brick wall!

On August 28, the topic will be “Researching Your Ancestor’s Birth Date”.


Pot of Gold Adult Creative Writing Contest

The Houston County Friends of the Library is hosting it’s Third Annual “Pot of Gold” Adult (18 and older) Creative Writing Contest.  There are 2 categories; short fiction and poetry. A writer may enter one or both categories and may submit multiple entries in each category, however, the writer can only win once per each category. The deadline for the contest is July 20, 2018.  For more information, contact the Houston County Public Library.

Good Luck and Happy Writing!

Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will be at the Erin City Hall on June 14 from 1:30pm til 5:30pm for a blood drive in memory of Sam Howell.  Please stop by and donate in memory of Sam Howell.