March 17, 2002

Third generation 'gait keeper' continues the family tradition of shoe repair

By Bob Robinson

Star Staff
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   Charles "Chuck" Smith is a third-generation "gait" keeper. His work product, like that of his father and grandfather, keeps people walking with a perfect gait.

Chuck Smith, inspired by his father and grandfather, Otis Coleman, still uses a Champion Inline Finisher built in 1938. Photo by Rick Harris

Profits from Hot and Juicy to benefit teen center

By Greg Miller

STAR STAFF
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   Hot and Juicy, 411 Forest St., Watauga, has reopened with Doyle and Cindy Puckett as the co-owners.

Tester: Many things have changed in 30-year store-managing career

By Greg Miller

STAR STAFF
gmiller@starhq.com

   Richard Tester, manager of the White's Fresh Foods on W. Elk Ave., says many things have changed in the 30 years he has worked as a grocery store manager.

Richard Tester, manager of White's Fresh Foods on West Elk Avenue, says many things have changed in the 30 years he has worked as a grocery store manager. Photo by Rick Harris

David-Lynn not only sells men's clothing, but hosts a Saturday morning coffee club

By Rozella Hardin
STAR STAFF
rhardin@starhq.com

   "There's not another town like Elizabethton," declares David Pinckard, who with Don McKeehan own and operate David-Lynn's Men Store on Elk Avenue.

Don McKeehan, left, and David Pinckard opened the David-Lynn Store downtown in 1973. The two had previously worked at the Fred Moore Men's Shop downtown. Photo by Rick Harris

Jeweler's Bench offers free diamond training session

By Greg Miller
STAR STAFF
gmiller@starhq.com

   John Holsclaw, manager of The Jeweler's Bench, says carat, cut, clarity, and color are the four C's of purchasing a diamond.


John Holsclaw tediously works on a ring at the Jeweler's Bench. Photo by Rick Harris

Whitehead Realty blossoms while economy slumps

By Megan R. Harrell
Star Staff
mharrell@starhq.com

  
In the past year Century 21 Whitehead Realty, 411 Bemberg Road, has experienced a modest amount of growth. The 2000-2001 year shows a sales increase of 17.6 percent from the previous year.

Family tradition continues at Horace Broome Real Estate

By Greg Miller

STAR STAFF
gmiller@starhq.com

  
The family tradition continues at Horace Broome Real Estate, which was started by Horace and Grace Broome in 1960.

Goodwin: Realty Executives on the move again

  
Fred Goodwin, managing broker for Realty Executives, Johnson City and Elizabethton, says that Realty Executives is on the move again.

Swanay completing three decades in business

By Greg Miller

STAR STAFF
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Russ Swanay is in his 30th year as a real estate agent.
   Russ began his career on Sept. 29, 1972, founding his own business some 2-1/2 years later.

John Brookshire cultivates love for the land into farming and selling real estate

By Rozella Hardin

STAR STAFF
rhardin@starhq.com

   John Brookshire has two full-time jobs -- farming and selling real estate. "I sell real estate to support my farming habit, and farm to sell real estate," he says in jest. Regardless of which supports which, Brookshire has a love for the land and the open space.

Lake's Edge Subdivision being developed Shell & Associates

By Bob Robinson

Star Staff
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   Dempsey Shell has seen a lot of changes in the 31 years he has provided real estate services to residents of Elizabethton, Carter and Johnson counties.

Birchfield expands listings services to better help homeowners

From Staff Reports

   Randall Birchfield has made a number of changes in the past year to better serve the public.

Star Technology Group constructing new Web site for Richardson Builders

By Greg Miller

STAR STAFF
gmiller@starhq.com

  
Star Technology Group is constructing a new Web site for Richardson Builders, 145 Judge Don Lewis Blvd., Suite 1, next to the Star Building Systems plant.

Rainbow Realty maintains steady pace during first years in business

By Megan R. Harrell

Star Staff
mharrell@starhq.com

   In only its third year of business, Rainbow Realty, 517 Broad St., is experiencing a steady increase in sales. Judy Veeneman and her brother, Dale Williams, are co-owners of the real estate agency that lists and sells properties throughout Carter County.

Edward Jones to open second office in Elizabethton
  

By Greg Miller

STAR STAFF
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   Edward Jones will soon have a second office in Elizabethton, according to Curt Alexander and Dave Wortman, the company's two investment representatives in Elizabethton. The new office will be located on the west side of Elizabethton.

Additions, renovations help Tetrick better serve families

By Greg Miller

STAR STAFF
gmiller@starhq.com

   Additions and renovations are helping Tetrick Funeral Home to better serve its families.

Once there were eight, now there is one; Lingerfelt's the only downtown pharmacy
  

By Rozella Hardin
STAR STAFF
rhardin@starhq.com

   The first day Harold Lingerfelt opened for business at Lingerfelt Pharmacy, he filled 11 prescriptions. The labels were typed on an old typewriter.

New local patio store offers custom service year round

By Megan R. Harrell

Star Staff
mharrell@starhq.com

   Patio Store, 1318 West G St., is looking forward to its first complete year in business. The store sells PVC patio products, PVC wicker and cast aluminum furniture. The business offers custom designed cushions and various seasonal accessories.

Providing 'old-fashioned' customer service a tradition of Burgie Drug for a half-century

By Bob Robinson
Star Staff

   The more things change, the more they stay the same. That doesn't bother Larry Proffitt, owner of Burgie Drug, G Street, in Elizabethton, one bit. In fact, that's the way he prefers it to be.

Carter County Bank to launch online banking

By Greg Miller
STAR STAFF
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   Carter County Bank is now testing its newest product, online banking, which will be launched in April.

Citizens Bank experiences another good year

Staff Reports

   While 2001 held many successes for Citizens Bank Tri-Cities, the terrorist attack of Sept. 11 made the most lasting impression.

Reedy: EIC to help keep local industries

By Greg Miller

STAR STAFF
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   Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce President Robert Reedy believes the newly-created Existing Industry Council (EIC) will help local industries remain in business and boost the economy.

Funeral Director Barnett says funerals have become more personalized

By Greg Miller

STAR STAFF
gmiller@starhq.com

   Funerals have become more personalized, according to Jerry Barnett, funeral director, Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.

Bug Tussel Landscaping was started in 1990

By Greg Miller

STAR STAFF
gmiller@starhq.com

   Bug Tussel Landscaping, 1377 Gap Creek Rd., has been serving local residents since 1990.

Custom framing business going strong after 18 years

By Bob Robinson
Star Staff
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   When Clyde Broyles started a custom framing business 18 years ago above City Drug, 430 E. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, little did he know that it would become as popular as it is today.

Mills Greenhouse's new software helps landscaping customers

By Megan R. Harrell

Star Staff
mharrell@starhq.com

  
Mills Greenhouse, Hwy. 91, has been in business for over 20 years and is continuing to make innovative additions. A computer software system and mulch business have been added to supplement the landscaping business and retail garden center.

Peeble's manager pleased with last year's sales

By Greg Miller

STAR STAFF

   "We're very pleased with last year's figures," said Peeble's manager Bobby Sullins.

Travel industry recovering from 9-11

By Greg Miller

STAR STAFF
gmiller@starhq.com

  
Six months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on America, the nation's travel industry is still in the process of recovering.

Hamm: 'The Lord put me in this business'

By Greg Miller
STAR STAFF
gmiller@starhq.com

   Steve and Tammy Hamm recently opened Tri-Cities Alignment, 420 N. Railroad St., Suite D.

Bachman Airworks keeps planes flying high

By Megan R. Harrell
Star Staff
mharrell@starhq.com

   When the planes of local aircraft enthusiasts need attention they bring them to Bachman Airworks. Located on Airport Road in Elizabethton, Bachman Airworks is the only commercial aircraft service provider of its kind in the county. It specializes in yearly FAA inspections and repairs.

Believer's Christian Books and Gifts ready to expand

By Greg Miller
STAR STAFF
gmiller@starhq.com

   Bill and Kathy Isaacs opened Believer's Christian Books and Gifts on Nov. 1, 1997.

Carter County Executive Clark: Business climate not faring too badly

By Greg Miller
STAR STAFF
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   The current business climate in Carter County is "off somewhat," according to Carter County Executive Truman Clark.

Elizabethton Lumber & Building Materials: Serving the community since 1978

From Staff Reports

   Today, when you walk into Elizabethton Lumber & Building Materials it looks rather different than it did in 1978 when Dennis Guinn and William Hampton opened the business.

Business not fenced in after slow start

By Greg Miller
STAR STAFF
gmiller@starhq.com

   Cable Fencing owner Keith Cable didn't let his business getting off to a slow start permanently fence him in.

Leta's Specialty Shop started out small; has grown to include interior decorating 

By Rozella Hardin
STAR STAFF
rhardin@starhq.com

   Leta Hale began her own business and became her own boss 15 years ago on April Fool's Day. However, she had been working on Elk Avenue since a teen-ager in high school. "I grew up on Elk Avenue and have grown old on Elk Avenue," she said with laughter.

Mayor: If national economy rebounds, city's fiscal outlook is positive

By Greg Miller
STAR STAFF
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   The current business climate in Elizabethton "is not good, as could be said in most of the country," said Elizabethton Mayor Sam LaPorte.

Merry Mary to launch new business endeavor

By Rozella Hardin
STAR STAFF
rhardin@starhq.com

   When most people reach that golden age, they settle back and relax -- starting a new business is the farthest thing from their mind. But not Mary Shepherd, who since reaching the golden age of retirement, has started a bed and breakfast in her home on Academy Street, and owns the Merry Mary Antique and Luncheonette on Elk Avenue.

Betsy Town Snow Shak becoming a community tradition

By Megan R. Harrell
Star Staff
mharrell@starhq.com

   The Betsy Town Snow Shak, 2410 West Elk Ave., stands a chance of becoming an affordable community hot spot. The small business opened in June of 2000 and has received rave reviews from those who have gone to sip ice, coffee, or hot chocolate.

Local workforce and educational institutions attract Siemens Westinghouse to Elizabethton

By Bob Robinson
Star Staff
brobinson@starhq.com

   Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation in Elizabethton wants to hire 40 combustion turbine mechanics who are willing to travel 80 percent of the time and work 12 hours per day.

Star Building Systems one of Elizabethton's industry strongholds

By Megan R. Harrell
Star Staff
mharrell@starhq.com

  
Star Building Systems began construction on their offices in Elizabethton in January of 1999. The manufacturing plant is one of three located around the country with headquarters in Oklahoma City, Okla. Elizabethton provided Star Building Systems with a much needed manufacturing site in the east.

Second generation of Sams family keeps State Farm tradition alive

By Bob Robinson
Star Staff
brobinson@starhq.com

   State Farm and the Sams family have been synonymous in Elizabethton since 1948. That's when Elmer, Gene's father, hung out his shingle and began selling State Farm Insurance from his office at 604 E. Elk Ave., where Lingerfelt Pharmacy is located today.

Dedication to service, beautiful facilities highlight Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services in Johnson City

By Greg Miller
STAR STAFF
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   JOHNSON CITY -- The staff of the new approximately 15,000 square foot Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services is what makes the facility so unique, according to general manager Bo Deaton.

Treasures and 'stuff' abound in quaint antique stores that 'ooze' with character

By Rozella Hardin
STAR STAFF
rhardin@starhq.com

   Downtown Elizabethton boasts a certain kind of shops that gives our historic town a personality of its own -- it is the antique stores. They can be found on Elk Avenue and are sprinkled about on side streets, such as Broad Street and Sycamore Street.

Whitely operated first florist shop as home-based business

By Greg Miller
STAR STAFF
gmiller@starhq.com

  
Geraldine Whitely, owner of Joyful Creations, operated her first florist shop as a home-based business.