Local business news in brief
Jan 16, 2007 at 9:09 AM
Children's Hospital thanks holiday givers
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JOHNSON CITY - The Children's Hospital at Johnson City Medical Center received dozens of special gifts and visits during the 2006 holiday season. Gifts ranging from toys, books and goody bags filled with individualized gifts were distributed to patients in The Children's Hospital throughout the season. Visitors and others who contributed goods and gifts to the pediatric patients included Jamie, Cassandra and Jonathan Miller of Greeneville; Linda Larson of Kingsport; and Wendy Himmelwright of Kingsport. Caitlin Aiken of Jonesborough, who has contributed more than 100 bears from Build-a-Bear that she bought with money she collected from neighbors and friends, brought 38 bears to the patients. Aiken plans to continue fund raising for the bears and for The Children's Hospital Scrubs Club. Also visiting and entertaining the children during the holidays were the Towne Acres Choir; Quillen College of Medicine medical students, who conducted a book drive and distributed books and goody bags; Hairbenders Salon, which delivered presents and requested that they be given to the children who were hospitalized on Christmas Day; Unicoi County High School Key Club; Book Buddies from Johnson City Public Library, whose members read to patients every week and during December distributed books and Christmas goodies to patients; and Christ Fellowship Church, whose members delivered miniature trees and presents. Santa Claus (Jerry Rector) visited twice during the holidays.
Edward Jones reps increase holdings
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KINGSPORT - Kathy Rossi-Ramsey, the Edward Jones senior branch office administrator in Kingsport, has accepted an invitation to increase her limited partnership holdings in The Jones Financial Cos., the holding company for the St. Louis-based financial services firm. In addition, Edward Jones investment representative G. Leslia Wright accepted an invitation to increase his current limited partnership holdings and senior branch administrator Lora Green accepted an initial limited partnership offer. Edward Jones employs more than 30,000 associates in 50 states and in Canada and the United Kingdom through affiliates. Under the current partnership offering, 12,000 associates received initial limited partnership offerings or were invited to increase their existing ownership in the firm. "I enjoy working for Edward Jones, and I am very proud of the way we do business and the way we treat our clients," said Rossi-Ramsey, a native of Kingsport who joined Edward Jones in 1998. Green and Wright, also Kingsport natives, joined Edward Jones in 1996 and 1988, respectively. James D. Weddle, the firm's managing partner, said all three employees had earned the partnership offer. The Jones Financial Cos. was created in 1987 to enable the firm to expand into new business areas while allowing it to remain a partnership. Jones Financial owns Edward Jones, EDJ Leasing Co., the Edward Jones Trust Co. and its two international financial services subsidiaries, Edward Jones Canada and Edward Jones Ltd. in the United Kingdom. Edward Jones serves more than 7 million individual investors. The firm's Web site is www.edwardjones.com.