Farris Funeral Service September Learning Series Answers Questions About Cremation

ABINGDON, Va. — As part of its 65th anniversary this year, Farris Funeral Service & Crematory will host the third installment of the Farris Funeral Service Learning Series at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25, at the Forest Hills Chapel, located at 19415 Lee Highway in Abingdon, Virginia.

Kim Farris-Luke, president and owner of Abingdon-based Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, along with Mike Farris, general manager, will present “Cremation: Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask,” with a question-and-answer session to follow.

The event is free of charge and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

“We received a tremendous response from the community after hosting our first cremation seminar earlier this year,” Farris-Luke says. “Choosing cremation only indicates how you’d like to care for your loved one’s physical remains, and doesn’t exclude you from celebrating and honoring his or her life in any way. It is a personal choice with many options. This seminar will provide an opportunity for guests to voice any questions they may have so we can address their concerns.”

Farris Funeral Service & Crematory is the only funeral home in Washington County and Bristol, Virginia, with its own on-site crematory, and is the area’s exclusive provider of Cremation with Confidence™. Six members of the Farris team are certified professional crematory operators who have pledged to abide by the organization’s strict ethical code and perform an exclusive 10-step cremation process, providing greater peace of mind for families who prefer cremation.

The Farris Funeral Service Learning Series is held on a quarterly basis throughout 2017. The next event is scheduled to take place in November.

About Farris Funeral Service & Crematory

Celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2017, Farris Funeral Service & Crematory is the only Washington County, Virginia, funeral home 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.

Riser Named Vice President of Corporate Marketing

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Christine Riser has been promoted to vice president of Corporate Marketing (CM), the marketing and advertising division of The Corporate Image (TCI), an integrated communications firm, both headquartered in Bristol, Tennessee.

Riser, who most recently served as director of digital operations for the company, is responsible for overseeing all digital and traditional marketing and advertising initiatives, supervising the digital media and marketing team, and developing and maintaining relationships with current and potential clients.

“We are excited to have Christine leading our marketing and advertising efforts,” says Jon Lundberg, TCI’s president and CEO. “She is an exceptional resource, and this promotion reflects the depth of expertise she offers our clients.”

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 multi-million dollar advertising strategies and budgets for such organizations as Bristol Motor Speedway.

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. A recipient of the U.S. Military Reporters & Editors Distinguished Reporting Award and the Texas Press Association Katie Award, Riser is also a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International and a Fellow with the Carole Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism.

“The marketing and advertising industry is an ever-evolving landscape, and it’s rewarding to work with such a forward-looking team of communications professionals,” Riser says. “I’m eager to embrace this opportunity and look forward to cultivating further success for our well-respected clients.”

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 companies at www.corporatepr.com or www.corporatemg.com.

Former Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey to Join New Lobbying Affiliate of Nashville-Based Attorneys Farrar & Bates

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Expanding on its expertise in the area of governmental relations, Farrar & Bates, LLP, announces the addition of former Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey to its new lobbying affiliate, Ramsey, Farrar & Bates, LLC.

Ramsey served as Tennessee’s lieutenant governor from 2007 until his retirement earlier this year, and was the first Republican to hold the post in 140 years. He was a member of the Tennessee General Assembly for 24 years, serving two terms as a state representative from the 1st District and four terms as a state senator from the 4th District. Ramsey held numerous leadership positions in the Senate, and was named “The Best Lawmaker for Business in Tennessee” by Business Tennessee magazine in 2008 for his success in passing pro-growth policy to improve the state’s business climate.

“We are pleased to welcome Ron to Ramsey, Farrar & Bates,” says Russell Farrar, founding partner of Nashville-based Farrar & Bates, and general counsel and lobbyist for the Tennessee Association of Realtors. “This new subsidiary is a natural progression for our firm, and we look forward to the depth and perspective Ron will bring to our clients through this new partnership.”

In addition to his political career, Ramsey is the longtime owner of Ron Ramsey & Associates, a real estate and auction company licensed in Tennessee and Virginia, which he started only three years after receiving his bachelor’s degree in building construction technology from East Tennessee State University. He is a current member and former president of the Bristol Tennessee/Virginia Association of Realtors, a member of the Farm Credit Association Advisory Board, and a former president of the Blountville Business Association.

“For 30 years, Russ Farrar has been drafting legislation, managing the political landscape, and building close relationships with clients and elected officials,” Ramsey says. “It is an honor to work alongside my good friend, who is a dynamic leader and has a proven record of success throughout the state. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together for the people of Tennessee.”

About Farrar & Bates

Established in 1992, Farrar & Bates, LLP, is a comprehensive litigation firm concentrating on trial and appellate practice in state and federal court, as well as administrative, arbitration and mediation proceedings. The firm specializes in the defense of real estate errors and omissions actions against real estate licensees, and also regularly represents Tennessee municipalities, municipal officers and municipal employees in the practice areas of employment discrimination and retaliation, premises liability, general tort liability, workers’ compensation, wage and hour disputes, police liability, civil rights, land use, zoning and planning, contract disputes and inverse condemnation. The firm’s offices are located in the heart of downtown Nashville within sight of the Tennessee State Capitol. Visit www.farrar-bates.com for more information.

 

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For more information, contact Russell Farrar
at russ.farrar@rfbgovrelations.com or 615-598-9100.

General Shale to Honor Local Educators at Fourth Annual History & Hero Night

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — General Shale is teaming up with the Johnson City Cardinals to honor local teachers and educators during the Cardinals’ matchup with the Princeton Rays at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4.

The fourth annual General Shale History & Hero Night — to be held at Howard Johnson Field at the TVA Credit Union Ballpark — will recognize several of the area’s finest educators for their exceptional service to students in the community. The honorees will be presented with commemorative brick sculptures at each half-inning.

“By preparing the next generation for a successful future, teachers serve one of the most critical roles found in any town or city, and General Shale is proud to honor our own local heroes for their dedication to the students in our area,” says Charles Smith, president and CEO of General Shale. “We are delighted to pay tribute to these educators for their outstanding commitment to making a difference, not only in the lives of our students, but to this community our company is pleased to call home.”

ABOUT GENERAL SHALE

General Shale is one of North America’s largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers. Founded in 1928, the company offers an endless array of sizes, colors and textures in a wide variety of masonry materials to complete any residential, commercial or specialty architectural project. These materials include brick, thin masonry, stone, outdoor living products, concrete block and various building materials, which include Arriscraft® Stone and Pipelife Jet Stream products.

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, General Shale operates manufacturing facilities in nine states and provinces, in addition to a network of more than 40 retail showrooms and over 300 affiliated distributors across North America. The company grew even stronger in 1999 when it joined Wienerberger AG of Vienna, Austria, the world’s largest brick manufacturer. With a life cycle of more than 100 years, the sustainability of brick is General Shale’s commitment to responsible stewardship.

General Shale is headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.generalshale.com.

 

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General Shale Wins Industry Awards for Brick in Architecture Projects

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Two projects featuring General Shale products have been recognized by the Brick Industry Association (BIA) as winners in the 2017 Brick in Architecture awards competition.

General Shale received a Gold Award in the Municipal/Government category for the Beardsley Community Farm Education Center, a nonprofit urban farm located in Knoxville, Tennessee. Completed in 2016, the education center is a design/build project that involved more than 50 students from the University of Tennessee School of Architecture and Design, and provides a valuable tool for teaching sustainable farming practices to the surrounding community. More than 30,000 General Shale brick units were used to construct triple-width brick walls for the education center, providing superior energy efficiency and helping the project meet the requirements for LEED Gold certification.

The company also received a Gold Award in the Residential: Multi-Family category for The Jefferson condominium building, located in New York City’s East Village. Situated on the former site of the city’s first vaudeville theater, the 115,000-square-foot project was constructed in 2013 — 100 years after its namesake — and was awarded LEED Gold certification in 2016. Reminiscent of a theater’s proscenium stage, The Jefferson’s prominent center frames the building’s façade with dark brick piers — a charcoal brick blend provided by General Shale. This brick accent offers a compelling contrast to the façade’s predominantly light brick, which echoes the beauty of masonry used throughout the neighborhood.

The nation’s premier architectural award featuring clay brick, the Brick in Architecture Awards have been held annually since 1989. Judged by independent design professionals, the awards recognize outstanding designs that combine genuine clay brick with aesthetics and sustainability.

“General Shale is honored to be recognized by industry professionals for these two exceptional projects,” says Charles Smith, president and CEO of General Shale. “Both of these projects are excellent examples of innovative architecture featuring brick, with outstanding results. We are pleased to see our products continue to be featured in award-winning designs.”

Headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee, General Shale is the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG and a leading manufacturer of brick, one of the world’s oldest green building materials.

ABOUT GENERAL SHALE

General Shale is one of North America’s largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers. Founded in 1928, the company offers an endless array of sizes, colors and textures in a wide variety of masonry materials to complete any residential, commercial or specialty architectural project. These materials include brick, thin masonry, stone, outdoor living products, concrete block and various building materials, which include Arriscraft® Stone and Pipelife Jet Stream products.

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, General Shale operates manufacturing facilities in nine states and provinces, in addition to a network of more than 40 retail showrooms and over 300 affiliated distributors across North America. The company grew even stronger in 1999 when it joined Wienerberger AG of Vienna, Austria, the world’s largest brick manufacturer. With a life cycle of more than 100 years, the sustainability of brick is General Shale’s commitment to responsible stewardship.

General Shale is headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.generalshale.com.

 

 

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Martin Dentistry Welcomes Dr. Brad Andersen

KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Martin Dentistry is excited to welcome Dr. Brad Andersen to its growing dental practice.

A native of Marietta, Georgia, Andersen received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and earned his doctorate of dental medicine degree from the Dental College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia.

As a dental education student, Andersen volunteered with the Georgia Mission of Mercy. He was also heavily involved with the Hispanic Dental Association, and served as vice president. Each year, he volunteered at a local farm, where he provided oral health care screenings and hygiene instruction to migrant workers and underprivileged members of the community. Because of this involvement, he was the recipient of the Academy of Dentistry International Student Servant Leadership Award.

Following graduation, Andersen practiced in Roseburg, Oregon, before deciding to return home to the South with his wife, Courtney, and their son to be closer to family.

Martin Dentistry is welcoming new patients at their locations in Kingsport, 1599 Fort Henry Drive, and Colonial Heights, 4260 Fort Henry Drive, Suite 13. Andersen joins Drs. Timothy Martin, Kevin Martin and Perry Joiner at Martin Dentistry, and will be seeing patients at the Kingsport location.

About Martin Dentistry

Since 1973, Martin Dentistry has been serving the Tri-Cities region with the most advanced services in general, family and cosmetic dentistry. Founded by Dr. Timothy Martin, the goal of the organization’s medical staff is to treat every patient like family while helping them achieve optimal oral health. With a team of devoted, highly-skilled and compassionate professionals, Martin Dentistry uses leading-edge technology and personalized care to deliver world-class service and results to patients who value dentistry of the highest caliber. The Martin Dentistry team builds on its legacy of excellence, integrity and hard work, and prides themselves on making a positive, lasting impact on the community.

 

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For more information, contact Brandi Cantwell, administrator,
Martin Dentistry, at 423-239-6594 or visit www.martindentistry.net.

Mullican Flooring Announces New, American-Made Engineered Collections

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Mullican Flooring, a leading manufacturer of quality hardwood floors, has expanded its American-made engineered product line with two new collections, Wexford and Nature.

A EuroSawn product line, Wexford combines three traditional North American sawing techniques to create a classic European look. This 1/2-inch-thick product is offered in 7-inch widths and random lengths up to 7 feet. The collection’s prefinished version is available in six selections of EuroSawn white oak, including Charcoal, Espresso, Harbor Mist, Natural, Saddle and Seabrook.

Nature, a 1/2-inch-thick hickory product, features a character-rich sawn surface. Available in a 5-inch width, this collection offers random lengths up to 7 feet. The Nature collection includes four selections, including Espresso, Greystone, Natural and Provincial.

Both collections are protected by the company’s PPG Ultra Low Gloss finish, which carries a 25-year warranty.

“Mullican is the first American manufacturer to master the EuroSawn cutting technique, which produces a highly desirable look that is gaining prominence throughout the market,” says Pat Oakley, vice president of marketing. “We are proud to integrate this process into our robust Made-in-the-USA portfolio, which offers customers superior materials, shorter wait times, sustainable manufacturing practices, and premier beauty and quality.”

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 (NWFA) Responsible Procurement Program and has earned NWFA/NOFMA Mill Certification, in addition to multiple other certifications demonstrating the company’s 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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Washington County Board of Supervisors Appoints Kenneth Nurre to WCSA Board of Commissioners

ABINGDON, Va. — The Washington County Board of Supervisors has appointed Kenneth Nurre to serve a four-year term on the Washington County Service Authority (WCSA) Board of Commissioners. Effective July 1, 2017, Nurre, who is a resident of Meadowview, Virginia, represents the Monroe Election District on the board.

An Iowa native and U.S. Air Force veteran who specialized in aerospace ground equipment, Nurre has worked in the aircraft, manufacturing and water treatment industries. He retired in 2000 after nearly 16 years as the owner and operator of Technical Maintenance and Service Co., Inc., which provided manufacturing troubleshooting and equipment repair assistance for municipal and rural water and wastewater treatment facilities in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

“On behalf of WCSA and the Board of Commissioners, we are pleased to welcome Kenneth to the board,” says Kenneth Taylor, chairman of the WCSA board. “Kenneth is a strong leader with valuable insight and expertise in the water and wastewater industry. We are confident he will be a great asset to the board as we seek to better serve the citizens of Washington County and surrounding areas.”

The WCSA Board of Commissioners includes seven members who represent the Washington County election districts of Harrison, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Taylor, Tyler and Wilson. Nurre replaces Mark Nelson. Along with Taylor, who represents the Jefferson District, board members include Dwain Miller (Tyler District), Jim McCall (Taylor District), Vernon Smith (Wilson District), David Campbell (Harrison District) and Mike White (Madison District).

More About WCSA

The WCSA serves approximately 21,000 water connections and approximately 2,300 wastewater connections in Washington County, Virginia, and surrounding areas. The water system consists of approximately 900 miles of water line, a 12-million-gallon-per-day surface water treatment plant, a 2.5-million-gallon-per-day membrane filtration plant, two springs, one well, 26 pump stations and 20 water storage tanks. The wastewater system consists of approximately 70 miles of wastewater collection lines, 26 lift stations and two wastewater treatment plants. For more information about WCSA, visit www.wcsawater.com.

 

For additional information, contact Robbie Cornett,
general manager, at 276-628-7151, ext. 224.

Sherman Appointed West Coast Regional Sales Manager for Mullican Flooring

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Kyle Sherman has been named regional sales manager for the West Coast district of Mullican Flooring, a leading manufacturer of quality hardwood floors.

In his new position, Sherman helps oversee the promotion of Mullican Flooring’s products on the West Coast, and serves as a liaison to regional distribution partners who sell products to hundreds of retail stores across the Western United States.

“We are excited to have Kyle join our national sales team,” says Neil Poland, president of Mullican Flooring. “His successful record of driving sales, experience in tailoring business plans for distributors, and ability to mentor peers in the hardwood flooring industry makes Kyle ideally suited to capitalize on opportunities in Mullican’s West Coast market.”

Sherman has more than a decade of sales experience in the flooring industry, most recently working as director of residential builder sales with B.R. Funsten & Company, which he joined in 2006. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a marketing concentration from the Fermanian School of Business at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California.

“It is an honor to be selected for this position with Mullican Flooring,” says Sherman, who resides in Temecula, California. “Over the past 12 years, I have worked to develop skill sets in both the manufacturing and distribution divisions of the floor covering industry. I look forward to developing new relationships, increasing business opportunities with existing partners, and creating customer-focused programs to optimize results and maximize customer satisfaction on the West Coast.”

One of the nation’s top five hardwood flooring producers, Mullican operates facilities in Johnson City, Tennessee; 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. For more information about Mullican 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 (NWFA) Responsible Procurement Program and has earned NWFA/NOFMA Mill Certification, in addition to multiple other certifications demonstrating the company’s 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 Announces Partnership with Summit Flooring Supply

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Mullican Flooring, a leading manufacturer of quality hardwood floors, has announced a new partnership with Summit Flooring Supply, a prominent installation and supply company with locations throughout the Midwest.

“Mullican Flooring fosters a network of dealers trained to educate and support consumers throughout the hardwood selection and installation process,” says Neil Poland, president of Mullican. “We’re proud to partner with Summit Flooring Supply to ensure that professionals in their home states have the tools and resources they need to choose, install and care for high-quality hardwood flooring at home and at work.”

The partnership provides Summit customers in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, southern Illinois and areas of Nebraska with expanded access to Mullican hardwood flooring collections.

“This new collaboration reinforces our tradition of delivering high-quality products to meet diverse consumer demands,” says Dave Hukill, marketing and product manager of Summit Flooring Supply. We are constantly exploring ways to create value for customers as they seek to beautify their homes and offices, and we look forward to offering our clients access to Mullican’s premier portfolio of collections.”

A detailed map of Summit locations is available at http://www.summitflooringsupply.com/about-us/.

One of the nation’s top five hardwood flooring producers, Mullican operates facilities in Johnson City, Tennessee; 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. For more information about Mullican 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 (NWFA) Responsible Procurement Program and has earned NWFA/NOFMA Mill Certification, in addition to multiple other certifications demonstrating the company’s 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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