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Price & Ramey Insurance celebrates century mark

May 10th, 2014 8:17 pm by Hank Hayes

Price & Ramey Insurance celebrates century mark

Miles Burdine (center) presents a pictorial representation of Kingsport to Price and Ramey Insurance majority owner Keith Sims (left) and stockholder Brad Jenkins in honor of the firm's 100th year in business.

KINGSPORT — A small insurance agency opened up here to serve the people before Kingsport was chartered and when the Ford Model T was coming off the assembly line.

One hundred years later, Price & Ramey Insurance remains a staple business in Kingsport while it grows and branches out into East Tennessee.

Affiliate Tennessee locations in Greeneville, Elizabethton, Morristown and Dandridge will adopt the Price & Ramey name as the firm looks to expand its footprint into the Knoxville market, according to Alauna Pearce, Price & Ramey's director of Operations and Marketing.

"We acquired a number of different agencies and they will all change to become Price & Ramey," Pearce said.

The heart and soul of Price & Ramey for decades was Joe Wimberly, who became the firm's managing stockholder in 1951 and was a community stalwart in Kingsport up until his death in 2009.

In 1997, Wimberly sold stock in the firm to Keith Sims, who is now the majority owner of the business.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Sunday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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