Tennessee 28th District Update


November 23, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving and don’t forget to shop local on Small Business Saturday

Thanksgiving is a special and truly American holiday. What started as a shared Autumn harvest among Plymouth colonists and Native Americans has evolved to include family reunions, delicious food, football and parades. But the heart of the holiday remains the acknowledgement to God for his bountiful blessings on our lives, and the precious gift of gathering with friends and family to celebrate.

The celebration now regarded as the First Thanksgiving was a three-day feast in 1621 to commemorate the colonists’ first harvest as well as thank the local Indians who helped teach them crucial survival skills. Gratitude and the coming together of friends and family have always been a focus of the holiday.

Prayer services have also been a focus of the holiday from the start. It’s important to remember that the colonists who organized this feast escaped religious persecution in Europe and came to America in search of freedom to worship. The determination of those colonists to find a home where they could freely practice their faith is the basis for the enshrinement of religious freedom in the U.S. Constitution.

For generations, Americans have fought to defend that right. This Thanksgiving I’m especially thankful for the Americans, past and present, who have helped secure and maintain our freedoms.

Thanksgiving also marks the opening to the holiday season as shoppers get ready for Christmas. It is critical to support our local businesses by shopping local and shopping small. Many of these businesses are still recovering from the pandemic, and competing with consumer behavior trends towards online shopping is a persisting challenge.

Small businesses are the foundation of our communities, and the annual Small Business Saturday on November 26 is a great chance to support them. I encourage Tennesseans to choose to spend their money at local small businesses on that day and moving forward as they plan holiday purchases.

In Tennessee we take pride in our reputation as a business-friendly state that encourages entrepreneurialism and small business success. It is very important we support local businesses and remind them they’re deeply valued by their communities. Every time we spend money with them we’re supporting a friend, family member or neighbor, and those dollars are reinvested back into our community time and again.

Small businesses are responsible for generating and providing a significant portion of jobs across the state. In Tennessee, they employ about half of all private sector employees.

Nearly seven in 10 small businesses see the winter holiday season as their highest sales opportunity. Let’s patron these small businesses as they have been a big asset to our communities.

Shopping at local businesses isn’t the only way to support them. If you had a positive experience at a local business you can write them an online review, post about the business on social media or recommend them to a friend. Raising awareness about deserving local businesses is a powerful way to show support. You can also tip generously, sign up for a business’ newsletter, attend their events or simply thank them for what they do.

We live in a great country and state that deeply values small business and has afforded us many opportunities for which we can be grateful this holiday season. I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Contact Senator Hensley at

425 5th Avenue North, Suite 746

Nashville TN 37243


Toll Free 1-800-449-8366

ext. 13100

Fax 615-253-0231

855 Summertown Highway

Hohenwald TN 38462

Phone 931-796-2018

Cell Phone 931-212-8823


[email protected]


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