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Novemberís Tennessee Business Spotlight: Great Places to Stay!
(Published: November 4, 2013)

Michael Dumont was a real estate developer in Rhode Island who thought he might like to run a fish farm some day. Instead, he and his wife Kathy ended up buying, restoring and operating the Commodore Hotel & Café in Linden.

The Dumonts discovered the area while Michael was scouting a fish farm. Although he decided against going into that line of work, the Dumonts purchased a farm and the hotel in Linden.

The restored hotel helped spur the revitalization of Linden’s downtown. And Kathy Dumont says that with two rivers and a state park nearby, lots of people visit the town of about 1,000 residents to get away for the hustle and bustle of city life.

“We’re a great place for relaxation and rejuvenation,” Kathy Dumont said. “If you come here, you can actually feel your blood pressure dropping as you get closer to the hotel.”

The Commodore Hotel and Café is one of the businesses featured as Tennessee Business Spotlight celebrates "Great Places to Stay!" this month.

Tennessee Business Spotlight is a regular feature on the Secretary of State’s web site that recognizes some of the state’s businesses that create jobs, produce quality products, and make contributions to the communities in which they operate.

The other businesses featured in November are:

“Tennesseans are known for their hospitality and there are many great places to stay throughout our state,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “I am pleased that we can recognize a few of them in this month’s Tennessee Business Spotlight.”

People who visit the Tennessee Business Spotlight web page can learn about the featured companies’ goods and services, operations, employment figures, photos and links to social media and web sites that can provide additional information. To visit Tennessee Business Spotlight, go to www.spotlight.tnsos.net.

To nominate a company to be featured in Tennessee Business Spotlight, please visit the web site and click on the "Submit a Business" link or call (615) 253-8800.