black iris branding


{Sign ups are open! Game begins June 1st, 2020}

In 1793, Rev. Gideon Blackburn established the New Providence Church in Maryville, Tennessee. With the Native Americans’ continuous attacks on nearby Fort Craig, the settlers of the time entrusted the Reverend Gideon Blackburn to take in all their treasured possessions and conceal them from the attacks. He used a method of planting a single black iris on the spots where the treasures were buried as to only reveal their location during certain times of the year. Black irises were planted at multiple locations in and around Blount County, Tennessee.

black iris in bloom

In my research, I have found all the locations where the Reverend Blackburn planted the black irises and buried the treasures of the early settlers. The first location, I am revealing to you. All you need to do is study the painting, read the poem, and seek the black iris once the games begin. If you are lucky enough or smart enough to find the first black iris, you will obtain the treasured possessions of Robert Montgomery McTeer. (

Robert Montgomery McTeer started one of the first settlements in Blount County called McTeer’s Fort. McTeer’s Fort, established in 1785, was on one of the major trade routes through Blount County. After the Boston Tea Party of 1773, American’s started to switch from drinking tea to drinking coffee. It was during his time in the American Revolution of 1777, Robert McTeer became enthralled with coffee. Because of his admiration to coffee, we are providing a prize of $55 worth of Starbucks coffee gift cards.

Prizes will increase with additional participation from patrons and sponsors.

A very small portion of the black iris branding games painting.

Recognize this landmark in Blount County, Tennessee? Then, maybe you have what it takes to find the black iris and reveal the treasures.

Multiple black irises were placed around Blount County. I am giving you clues to find the first one. Do NOT dig to find it. You only need to follow the clues to see with your eyes the black iris in bloom. The black iris will be in plain sight. You will NOT have to dig into the Earth, burrow in a hole, or poke around in a dead tree. You will be able to see the black iris without disturbing any surroundings. All you have to do is look for it to find it.

The black irises revealed the treasures Reverend Blackburn hid many years ago. One black iris has been placed for you to find. Discover the black iris. To the finder, goes the treasured possessions of Robert Montgomery McTeer.

You are about to partake in a grand adventure. We will release a picture of the black iris you seek, the full painting with clues, and a poem to show you the way on June 1st, 2020. Find the black iris and the treasure is yours!

First, you must signup to gain access to the black iris branding games.

For your entry to the first black iris branding game, you must submit a $10 payment to the following (must be 18 years or older to enter):

Venmo : @blackirisbranding

Paypal :

Cash App : $blackirisbranding

With your payment, enter your name and email address in the notes to receive a password reply.

Once payment is received, you will be given a password to enter the game website. Responses with password may take up to 24 – 48 hours after payment. If you do not receive your password after 48 hours, please contact The black iris branding game website will be active after 7:59am EST June 1st, 2020. Payments must be received before 6pm EST on May 31st, 2020 in order to be eligible to participate in the first black iris branding game. All participates must be 18 years of age or older. One participant per entry will be eligible for the prize(s). Groups or families may enter, but only one participate of the group/family will be eligible for the prize(s). All participates under 18 will need an adult (age 18 or older) to register as a participate for eligibility. No prizes will be awarded to any participates under the age of 18. Only registered participates will be eligible for the prize(s) Proof of age will be required to receive the prize(s). Prize(s) may increase with increased participation. A picture of the item you are looking for will be revealed on the black iris branding game website when active. Any inquiries about the black iris branding games can be submitted to Additional clues maybe released as time passes to expedite the finding of the black iris. Please document your journey to share with others and to share for future games.

When you find the black iris, return it in exchange for your prize(s). Send a photo with the black iris (front and back), the location where you found it, and a description of how you found the black iris to Once reviewed and approved, you will be given further instructions to claim your prize(s) in exchange for the black iris you found.

At this point, your heart is racing as you may think you know Blount County better than others. Will you be a cellphone sleuth, computer detective, or will you go out into Blount County and investigate the locals? Have you taken the first step? The black iris is waiting on you, but more importantly the treasures it reveals.

black iris branding games

Good luck and Godspeed!

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East Tennessee is where we call home. However, our services can stretch to anywhere your business needs.

Jessee L. Black

Hello, I am Jessee L. Black, the Managing Director of black iris branding. I am a U.S. Army veteran who has a passion to use business development through marketing to assist your business in reaching its full potential. My foundation in customer service comes from Blackberry Farm. From there, I learned the principles of excellent customer service and what it means to truly service the customer. These foundation skills would carry over to my drive in learning and growing through my professional careers. I quickly rose through the ranks of every job I took on through integrity, dedication, and grit to serve in the spirit of excellence. I have managed hotels (sometimes multiple hotels at one time). I have managed cabin rental companies where I had over a hundred different cabins in which I had to manage and market differently to maximize revenue for the hosting company and the individual owners. I have created and worked on special events. Within those special events, I have worked with and learned from some amazing volunteer teams whose dedication to serving others is unparalleled. A majority of my experience is in hospitality and sales through which I learned and developed a marketing eye. I have worked in sales management with business to business sales and retail sales. Each transition, grew me closer to where I am today, the managing director of black iris branding with an excitement to develop each and every business I encounter. I have the experience and recently finished by education by going back to school and obtaining my bachelors of science degree in Business Studies Marketing. I had my associates degree in Marketing and Management, but felt with the ever changing climate in marketing, it would be best to continue my education to further my knowledge. In additional to adding to my education, I love to travel and absorb the marketing landscapes of each city I visit. I find that traveling opens up new marketing ideas, marketing concepts, and the creative elements of specialized content. My business, black iris branding, is designed to be business development through marketing. By using marketing tools to enhance your business, we can determine the best avenues to drive your revenues upward. While the focus is marketing, I can recognize other aspects of the trials and tribulations of running a business through my own management, sales, and customer service experiences. Together, we can outline the best path to overcome and move your business forward. Thank you for visiting and please feel free to leave a comment, email, text or reach out with a call to talk about what you hope to accomplish with your business. Then, let’s turn those hopes for your business to reality with black iris branding.

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