Riser Named Director of Digital Operations for The Corporate Image and Corporate Marketing

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Christine Riser has been named director of digital operations for The Corporate Image (TCI), an integrated communications firm, and Corporate Marketing (CM), the firm’s marketing and advertising division, both headquartered in Bristol, Tennessee.

In her new position, Riser’s responsibilities include the direction of all digital marketing and advertising, supervision of the digital media team, collaboration on traditional marketing and advertising initiatives, and client relationship development.

Riser has nearly three decades of experience in broadcast and online news, production, sports marketing, advertising and promotions, and market research. Her extensive background includes serving as a reporter, producer, news director and general manager for a number of news outlets, including WJHL, and she has provided consistent oversight of multimillion-dollar advertising strategies and budgets for such organizations as Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). Most recently, she served as director of consumer data and research and executive producer of Colossus TV for BMS.

“Christine’s background spans the news, advertising and marketing industries,” says Robbie Phillips, vice president of TCI. “Her depth of experience and technical expertise will prove to be exceptional resources for clients, and we’re delighted to welcome her to our team.”

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Riser holds a bachelor’s degree in radio, television and film from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. She has served on multiple boards and committees for area organizations, including the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters Board, Girls, Inc. of Johnson City/Washington County, and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, among others. She is a recipient of the U.S. Military Reporters & Editors Distinguished Reporting Award, the Texas Press Association Katie Award, and is a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International.

“I am excited to join a company that’s been such an integral part of the Tri-Cities region for more than 20 years, and to lead the digital team at TCI and CM,” Riser says. “I’m eager to play a role in the continued success of the company, and our partners and clients.”

Founded in 1993, The Corporate Image is an integrated public relations and marketing firm that specializes in strategic corporate communications. TCI’s marketing division, Corporate Marketing, designs, develops and implements targeted marketing and advertising strategies for clients.

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For more information contact
Robbie Phillips, vice president, The Corporate Image, at 800-476-7459
or visit the company at
www.corporatepr.com.

Domtar’s PaperPal Program Brings Students, Seniors Together

KINGSPORT, Tenn. — On Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m., students from John Adams Elementary School will visit senior adults at the Kingsport Senior Center for a special meet and greet opportunity.

This event is part of Domtar’s PaperPal program, an initiative that brings together elementary students and senior citizens through letter writing.

The pen pals have been exchanging letters, corresponding the old-fashioned way — with paper and pen — since September. Domtar provided stationery, pencils, crayons, glue and stamps for the students and senior adults to create one-of-a-kind, handwritten letters. Tuesday’s event will provide an opportunity for the pen pals to meet in person.

The Kingsport Senior Center is located on the first floor of the Kingsport Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center St. in Kingsport.

 

For more information, contact Kezia Murphy,

human resource advisor at Domtar’s Kingsport mill,

at 423-392-2710.

Mullican Flooring Expands American-Made Engineered Collections, Debuts New Colors

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Mullican Flooring, a leading manufacturer of quality hardwood floors, has expanded some of its most popular engineered collections, adding new color variations to three of its American-made product lines.

“Mullican Flooring is proud to introduce seven new color choices in 2017 in response to an increase in consumer interest of our most popular precision-milled flooring collections,” says Brian Greenwell, vice president of sales and marketing for the Johnson City, Tennessee-based company. “These engineered collections — Castillian, Lincolnshire and Hillshire — blend style with durability. Each collection offers its own innovative appeal to consumers, and each individual color selection provides homeowners with a dramatically improved surface that upholds Mullican’s tradition of quality and beauty.”

Three new wire-brushed color selections — oak copper, oak natural and oak stone — have been added to one of Mullican’s largest engineered collections. Precision manufactured from the finest oak, these additions to the exquisite Castillian Collection are available in 6- and 7-inch widths.

The Lincolnshire Collection has been expanded to eight hand-sculpted selections with the addition of three new colors ― hickory espresso, maple dark mocha and maple frost. All of the selections are available in 5-inch widths.

Red oak merlot has been added to Mullican’s Hillshire Collection, increasing its available selections to 14. This American-made collection features a distinctive grain pattern, and is available in 3- and 5-inch widths.

The Castillian, Lincolnshire and Hillshire Collections are protected by Mullican’s Alpha A’Lumina Real World Finish, a third-generation aluminum oxide finish with a subtle satin look. Alpha A’Lumina is backed by a 25-year finish wear-through warranty.

One of the nation’s top five hardwood flooring producers, Mullican also operates manufacturing facilities in Norton, Virginia; Holland, New York; and Ronceverte, West Virginia.

Mullican manufactures and sells more than 1,500 products via a network of 40 distributors and 5,000 retail stores across the United States and Canada. For more information about the company and its products, visit www.mullicanflooring.com.

 

More about Mullican Flooring

Founded in 1985, Mullican Flooring is known for its diverse range of products and for introducing the hardwood flooring industry’s first solid hardwood products that carry a lifetime moisture warranty.

The company is a charter member of the National Wood Flooring Association’s Responsible Procurement Program and has achieved multiple certifications to demonstrate its support of proper forest management. All of Mullican’s domestic products are allowed to carry the “verified sustainable” seal of the Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc.

 

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Mullican Flooring Adds Four Collections to American-Made Product Line

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Mullican Flooring, a leading manufacturer of quality hardwood floors, debuted four new American-made collections — two engineered and two solid — at The International Surface Event in Las Vegas, held Jan. 17-20 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

“Mullican Flooring has made a conscious effort to bring to market new American-made products,” says Brian Greenwell, vice president of sales and marketing for the Johnson City, Tennessee-based company. “During development, we strived to design the new collections with consumer preferences in mind. By introducing a locking product for easier installation, and crafting an American-made product with a European appearance, we are demonstrating Mullican’s commitment to listening to our consumers ― designers and homeowners alike.”

Featuring a 5-inch width, Mullican’s new engineered products are protected by the company’s Alpha A’Lumina Real World Finish and carry a 25-year warranty.

The Merion Collection, a 3/8-inch-thick locking product, has lengths up to 4 feet and includes six selections in hickory, maple and oak. The hickory offerings include Natural and Winchester, while the maple products are available in Cappuccino and Natural. The collection also includes Granite and Natural in red oak.

A 3/8-inch-thick engineered product, the Devonshire Collection, has a lightly wire-brushed matte finish and is available in seven selections of hickory and red oak. The hickory options include Espresso, Greystone, Natural and Provincial, while the red oak offerings include Espresso, Provincial and Saddle.

In addition, Mullican introduced the new Castle Ridge Collection, a 3/8-inch-thick birch product with a hand-sculpted surface texture. This engineered collection, featuring selections in Espresso, Greystone and Provincial, is protected by the company’s Alpha A’Lumina Real World Finish carries a 15-year warranty.

Both of Mullican’s new solid product introductions, the Wexford Collection and the Nature Collection, have 5-inch widths and are protected by the company’s Alpha A’Lumina Real World Finish. Each collection features the company’s patented Aqua Shield system and lifetime moisture warranty.

The Wexford Collection, a European-inspired product line, combines three traditional North American sawing techniques to create a classic European look. This 3/4-inch-thick product has random lengths up to 7 feet. The collection’s prefinished version is available in six selections of oak, including Charcoal, Espresso, Harbor Mist, Natural, Saddle and Seabrook. The Wexford Collection’s unfinished offerings are available in 5- and 6-inch widths.

The Nature Collection, a 3/4-inch-thick hickory product, has a lightly wire-brushed surface texture. Available in a 5-inch width, this collection features random lengths up to 7 feet. The Nature Collection features five selections, including Espresso, Greystone, Natural, Provincial and Saddle.

One of the nation’s top five hardwood flooring producers, Mullican also operates manufacturing facilities in Norton, Virginia; Holland, New York; and Ronceverte, West Virginia.

Mullican manufactures and sells more than 1,500 products via a network of 40 distributors and 5,000 retail stores across the United States and Canada. For more information about the company and its products, visit www.mullicanflooring.com.

More about Mullican Flooring

Founded in 1985, Mullican Flooring is known for its diverse range of products and for introducing the hardwood flooring industry’s first solid hardwood products that carry a lifetime moisture warranty.

The company is a charter member of the National Wood Flooring Association’s Responsible Procurement Program and has achieved multiple certifications to demonstrate its support of proper forest management. All of Mullican’s domestic products are allowed to carry the “verified sustainable” seal of the Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc.

 

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Farris-Luke Appointed to Funeral and Memorial Information Council

ABINGDON, Va. — Kim Farris-Luke, president and owner of Abingdon, Virginia-based Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Funeral and Memorial Information Council. Her three-year term began Jan. 1.

The Funeral and Memorial Information Council (FAMIC) is a unique organization committed to enhancing the understanding and experience of the funeral service and memorialization. Founded in 1991, the organization is comprised of representatives from the top 10 member associations in the funeral profession.

In her new role, Farris-Luke will serve as an ambassador for the Selected Independent Funeral Homes, a FAMIC membership association that provides resources, solutions and ongoing support to independently owned funeral homes.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve within the associations that have impacted my development as a leader in our company and community,” Farris-Luke says. “My new role on the Funeral and Memorial Information Council enables me to give back, network with professionals from across the world, and learn from others who are deeply committed to serving families who have lost loved ones. I look forward to continuing to learn and grow in my profession.”

Farris-Luke was appointed to the board of directors of the Selected Independent Funeral Homes in September 2016. As the Group 3 representative, she represents members from an eight-state area encompassing Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

A fourth-generation funeral professional with more than two dozen years of experience, Farris-Luke has served on numerous nonprofit boards and committees. She frequently speaks at seminars and teaches classes in the community focusing on bereavement support, advanced planning, “green” service and cremation options.

About Farris Funeral Service & Crematory

Celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2017, Farris Funeral Service & Crematory is the only funeral home in Washington County that has been owned and managed by the same family throughout its history. This continuity provides the organization unparalleled perspective on the services, administrative assistance and emotional support needed during the bereavement process. Farris’ spacious facilities offer a number of conveniences, including a full-service reception center available for gatherings and meals, comfortable meeting areas and ample parking. Administrative offerings include assistance with the filing of essential documents, as well as a number of grief education and counseling programs. For more information, call (276) 623-2700 or visit www.farrisfuneralservice.com.

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For more information, contact Kim Farris-Luke,
president/owner of Farris Funeral Service & Crematory,
at 276-623-2700.

The Corporate Image Promotes Stinson, Adds Taylor to Staff

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Donna Stinson and Mary Taylor have been named to new positions at The Corporate Image (TCI), an integrated communications firm headquartered in Bristol, Tennessee.

Stinson, who previously served as administrative manager for TCI and Corporate Marketing (CM), the firm’s marketing and advertising division, has been promoted to office manager. In her new position, she is responsible for accounts payable and receivable, human resources, and all internal communications systems. Stinson also manages the companies’ tax compliance and regulatory affairs in the various states in which TCI and CM have clientele.

Taylor joins the companies as administrative assistant. Her responsibilities include assisting Stinson with invoicing, billing and office management tasks.

“We’re delighted to promote Donna to such a deserving position and welcome Mary to our team,” says Robbie Phillips, vice president of The Corporate Image. “Both individuals bring a variety of diverse organizational skills to their respective positions, and we look forward to benefiting from their knowledge and experience.”

A resident of Blountville, Tennessee, Stinson served as office manager with First Class Travel and Cruise Center in Bristol, Virginia, before joining TCI in 2014. A certified travel agent, she has also served as a consultant for travel firms in the region.

Taylor is a graduate of East Tennessee State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. A resident of Bluff City, Tennessee, she most recently served as a credit services specialist for Citibank.

Founded in 1993, The Corporate Image is an integrated public relations and marketing firm that specializes in strategic corporate communications. Corporate Marketing, designs, develops and implements targeted marketing and advertising strategies for clients.

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For more information contact
Robbie Phillips, vice president, The Corporate Image, at 800-476-7459
or visit the company at
www.corporatepr.com.

Tennessee Municipal Organizations Create Donation Fund for Sevier County Wildfire Victims

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — City employees and local government officials across the state are joining together to assist colleagues who have been impacted by this week’s Sevier County wildfires.

The relief effort is being coordinated by the Tennessee Municipal League Risk Management Pool, more commonly known as The Pool, and the Tennessee City Management Association (TCMA), along with the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS), the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP), and the Tennessee Professional Fire Fighters Association (TPFFA). Together, these organizations have created a GoFundMe campaign to assist East Tennessee city workers whose homes were severely damaged or destroyed in one of the largest ongoing fires in the Southeast.

The campaign is a means for The Pool’s membership, comprised of nearly 500 municipalities and public entities across Tennessee that employ more than 36,000 staff members, to help their peers in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.

“Our co-workers across the state, along with friends and family members, have expressed a heartfelt desire to help their fellow employees in East Tennessee,” says Dawn Crawford, president and CEO of The Pool. “These public servants work tirelessly for their communities, and some of them have lost almost everything but the clothes they had on. Let us remember those who make our lives easier and better through the services they provide.”

Visit https://www.gofundme.com/etn-wildfire-cityemployee-hms-lost to make a contribution or to learn more.

ABOUT THE POOL

The Pool is a nonprofit insurance cooperative in Tennessee that provides a broad range of insurance and risk management services for more than 90 percent of the state’s municipalities and local public agencies. For more information, visit www.thepool-tn.org or call 800-624-9698.

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Mullican Flooring to be Featured on HGTV’s “Brothers Take New Orleans”

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. ― Mullican Flooring has partnered with Scott Brothers Entertainment as the exclusive hardwood flooring provider for their newest HGTV show, “Brothers Take New Orleans,” which debuted at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The next episode will air at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

“Brothers Take New Orleans” is a new four-episode series featuring twin brothers, business partners and co-stars Drew and Jonathan Scott. Drew is a seasoned real estate agent, while Jonathan is a licensed building contractor. Drew and Jonathan have co-hosted several popular television shows on HGTV, including “Property Brothers,” “Property Brothers at Home,” “Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch,” “Buying Selling,” and “Brother vs. Brother.”

The new show shadows the duo as they challenge one another to a residential renovation competition on a dilapidated two-unit, double-shot gun home in New Orleans, Louisiana, that suffered extensive storm damage from Hurricane Katrina. With a timeline of four weeks and a budget of $100,000, the duo will compete to restore the historical home to its original beauty.

A leading manufacturer of quality hardwood floors, Mullican recently renewed its commitment as the exclusive hardwood flooring provider for HGTV’s top-rated show, “Property Brothers,” following a successful ninth season that showcased products from a number of the company’s hardwood flooring collections.

“Mullican Flooring is delighted to extend our partnership with HGTV to this new series,” says Neil Poland, president of the Johnson City, Tennessee-based company. “We are honored to participate in the ongoing, positive transformation of the New Orleans community. Mullican has a history of assisting communities with their relief and rebuild efforts following a catastrophe, and we’re pleased to play a role in the continued rebuilding of this extraordinary city.”

The show’s first episode, “Welcome to The Big Easy,” features a residential renovation project that includes the installation of engineered hardwood flooring from Mullican’s new Mount Castle Collection. On Jonathan’s 1,298-square foot side of the home, viewers are introduced to the 9/16-inch thick Mount Castle Oak Ivory, while Drew’s 1,227-square foot portion features the 5/8-inch thick Mount Castle Oak Natural.

The Mount Castle Collection highlights today’s flooring trends of wider boards and textured surfaces. Constructed in 9/16- or 5/8-inch thicknesses, and available in 7.44- or 9.45-inch widths, the Mount Castle Collection includes a dozen oak and walnut selections. The collection’s hand-sculpted and wire-brushed surface treatment options create an elegant and distinctive appearance. Protected by Mullican’s Alpha A’Lumina Real World Finish, this collection carries a 25-year warranty.

Visit www.hgtv.com/shows/brothers-take-new-orleans for more information about “Brothers Take New Orleans.”

Mullican Flooring ranks among the nation’s top-five hardwood flooring producers. In addition to the Johnson City facility, the company operates additional manufacturing sites in Norton, Virginia; Holland, New York; and Ronceverte, West Virginia. The company manufactures and sells more than 1,500 products via a network of 40 distributors and 5,000 retail stores across the United States and Canada. Visit www.mullicanflooring.comfor more information about the company and its products.

More about Mullican Flooring

Founded in 1985, Mullican Flooring is known for its diverse range of products and for introducing the hardwood flooring industry’s first solid hardwood products that carry a lifetime moisture warranty.

The company is a charter member of the National Wood Flooring Association’s Responsible Procurement Program and has achieved multiple certifications to demonstrate its support of proper forest management. All of Mullican’s domestic products are allowed to carry the “verified sustainable” seal of the Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc.

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Domtar Wins 2016 CenturyLink Faith in the Future Award

KINGSPORT, Tenn. —Domtar was chosen as a 2016 winner in the highly sought-after Faith in the Future Awards, presented by CenturyLink on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Millennium Centre in Johnson City, Tennessee. Nominees were evaluated by judges based on their commitment to the future of their business, their employees, their community and the region. For its century-long investment in Kingsport and forward-looking commitment to the region, Domtar was nominated and won in the Manufacturing category.

For the past 100 years, Domtar’s Kingsport mill has been a significant part of the economic, social and cultural heritage of the city of Kingsport and the surrounding region. The company has manufactured paper products since its founding in 1916 as the Kingsport Pulp Company.

In the nomination, it was noted that while the paper and pulp industry has experienced countless changes, the mill’s commitment to remaining a cutting-edge operation has remained constant. In the 1970s, the mill featured one of the fastest paper production machines in the world. In 2002, following a $475 million investment, the mill was rebuilt as the newest and most modern paper production facility in North America. At the time, the rebuild represented the largest single capital investment in the history of the state of Tennessee. Today, the Kingsport mill has the capacity to produce nearly 420,000 tons of paper and more than 300,000 tons of pulp annually.

Since being acquired by Domtar in 2007, the mill has remained a first-class operation in the paper and pulp industry, and has strengthened its support of the Kingsport community. Domtar ranks as the city’s third-largest manufacturing company, employing 390 workers at the mill and the Ridgefields converting facility, and generating an additional 750 indirect jobs for the Kingsport area. In total, more than 1,100 workers benefit from Domtar’s presence in Kingsport, and the mill’s estimated regional economic impact is $190 million each year.

“From both an economic and community involvement perspective, we want the Kingsport mill to remain a key contributor to our city’s growth and prosperity,” says Bill MacPherson, Kingsport mill manager. “Kingsport has been a vital partner in the mill’s century-long history of success, and we are thrilled to add the Faith in the Future Award to our accomplished story.”

Businesses and individuals from Carter, Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties (Tennessee and Virginia) are invited to participate in the award nominations process. An evaluation team from outside of the area reviews all nominations based on the criteria, choosing one winner per category. The nomination process allows a business to review its strengths, as well as its impact on the community.

This is the seventh year for the Faith in the Future awards, with 26 nominees represented among the eight award categories.

About Domtar 
Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products, including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products. With approximately 9,800 employees serving in more than 50 countries around the world, Domtar is driven by a commitment to turn sustainable wood fiber into useful products that people rely on every day. Domtar’s annual sales are approximately $5.6 billion and its common stock is traded on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges. Domtar’s principal executive office is in Fort Mill, South Carolina. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries to Host Jon Odum Community Night Fundraiser at Bristol Location

BRISTOL, Va. — Five Guys Burgers and Fries will host a Jon Odum Community Night Fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, at 200 Linden Square Drive, Bristol, Virginia.

One hundred percent of the profits will benefit Jon Odum, who was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. Odum is a physical education teacher at Wallace Middle School, and head golf and men’s basketball coach at John S. Battle High School.

“Five Guys Burgers and Fries has a vested interest in our community, which includes providing strong support to our local schools and educators, including Coach Odum,” says Jeff Steiner, franchise owner of the Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport Five Guys restaurants. “I highly encourage everyone to attend this special Community Night Fundraiser, and show your support for this beloved husband, father, son and coach.”

All participants are asked to identify themselves as part of the Jon Odum Community Night Fundraiser during the time of purchase in order for the transaction to be included.

A Bristol native, Odum is a 1998 graduate of John S. Battle High School and a 2003 Virginia Intermont College alumnus.

For more information about the Jon Odum Community Night Fundraiser, contact Ann Marie French at 423-793-1357.

With locations in Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport, Five Guys Burgers and Fries offers Community Night Fundraisers, which enable schools, parent-teacher associations, sports teams or other school groups to receive 20 percent of the additional sales they generate at the designated Five Guys location. Visit www.five4twenty.com for more information.

Visit https://www.gofundme.com/jonodum for more information about the fundraising efforts for Jon Odum.

About Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is a worldwide chain with locations throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Visit www.fiveguys.com for more information.