December NewsLetter

December 06, 2016



DIAMOND SPONSOR:  Cellular Sales, Jewelry Television

PLATINUM SPONSORS:  Pilot Corporation

GOLD SPONSORS: Advance Auto Parts, Clayton Homes Inc., Garza Law Firm, ORNL Federal Credit Union

SILVER SPONSORS: Cadillac of Knoxville, NHC Healthcare, Ole Ben Franklin Motors, Regions, The Inn at Christmas Place

BRONZE SPONSORS: Cabins USA, Champion Chevrolet-Cadillac, LLC, Clayton Autos, Inc., Fenton Nissan of Knoxville, LLC, Fowler's Furniture, Inc., Free Service Tire Co. Inc., HEP, Inc., Hidden Mountain Resort, Master Dry Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists, Morristown Ford, Mountain Laurel Chalets, Rusty Wallace Ford / Rusty Wallace Toyota   Smart Auto, Inc., Walkers Automotive, Walkers Collision Repair of West Knoxville, Inc.



Message from the President

It is with extremely mixed emotions that I have announced my retirement effective February 28, 2017. Thirty years has passed so quickly that it is hard to comprehend.

I leave behind a very capable staff that is more like a family than co-workers. The BBB Board of Directors is an indispensable asset for the success of your BBB. My replacement, effective March 17, 2017, will be Tony Binkley, a current employee, and very capable of continuing to lead the BBB to even higher achievements. So, what I am saying is that you will be in great hands from all aspects of the organization.

So many changes have taken place since I started 30 years ago. All aspects of our system have been streamlined to better serve you, our Accredited Businesses. I want to thank everyone for your support all these years, but even more special to me are the friendships I have developed with many over the years. I am going to miss all of you! May God Bless each of you! 


With Eternal Thanks,                   
Jerry A. Tipton                             


Merry Christmas from Your BBB

This year, especially, let’s all give thanks for the blessings of life. Please keep the people of Sevier County in your prayers as they struggle to rebuild their lives after the devastating forest fires.

Thank you all for being part of the BBB of Greater East Tennessee. May 2017 be a blessed year for you and your families! 


Merry Christmas,                        
Jerry A. Tipton                            



October -November 2016 New Accredited Businesses   
Company City County ST. Zip   
Tennessee Valley Builders, LLC Maryville Blount TN 37801
Blue Smoke Mountain Cabins Townsend Blount TN 37882
Power Play Cards & Games Tazewell Claiborne TN 37879
BK Homes Inc Crossville Cumberland TN 38558
D & J RV Supplies Talbott Hamblen TN 37877
Comfort Tech Knoxville Knox TN 37914
Concrete Craft of Knoxville Knoxville Knox TN 37923
Cooper Tree Service Knoxville Knox TN 37918
Infinity Construction, LLC Knoxville Knox TN 37919
Ownby Motor Works LLC Knoxville Knox TN 37919
Patriot Threads LLC Knoxville Knox TN 37923
Hallmark Rare Coins & Precious Metal Inc. Strawberry Plains Knox TN 37871
American Self Storage LLC Loudon Loudon TN 37774
Gallery on Main Sweetwater Monroe TN 37874
Sweetwater Flower Shop Sweetwater Monroe TN 37874
Tennessee Metal Products, LLC Sweetwater Monroe TN 37874
C & C Heating & Air Conditioning LLC Oliver Springs Roane TN 37840
Special Care Lawns & Landscapes, LLC Pigeon Forge Sevier TN 37868
All About Bugs Sevierville Sevier TN 37862
Clean Sweep Construction Kingsport Sullivan TN 37660
Horizon Property Inspections Kingsport Sullivan TN 37663
Kingsport Heating and Air Conditioning Kingsport Sullivan TN 37660
McMurray Boys Roofing Kingsport Sullivan TN 37664
Skip White Performance Kingsport Sullivan TN 37660
TSI Diesel & Performance Johnson City Washington TN 37601


Many East Tennessee organizations and businesses are helping evacuees after a wildfire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The best way to help is to donate money to a reputable humanitarian organization with a history of responding to crises and natural disasters.

BBB offers the following tips to help Americans decide where to direct donations:

           Local groups or those that have deep local ties can be the best option

  • Be wary of spam messages and emails that claim to link to a relief organization. After the tsunami disaster and the earthquake in Haiti, many websites and organizations that were created overnight allegedly to help victims turned out to be scams.
  • Find out if the charity is providing direct aid or raising money for other groups. You may want to avoid the middleman and give directly to charities that are working in the region.
  • Be cautious about crowdfunding. These sites do very little to check out the individuals seeking funds after a disaster, and donors may not be able to verify whether the organization or individual seeking funds is trustworthy.

For more information about charities or to get a BBB Charity Review, check with BBB at



The BBB of Greater East Tennessee is pleased to offer its “Accredited Businesses Buying Program” which is available to BBB Accredited Businesses and the general public. This program will allow you to reach thousands of prospective customers free!


American Standard Foundation Repair

11115 Fox Brook Lane 

Knoxville, TN  37932

865 383-0088

$500 off (Minimum of 10 piers)


Treasures Jewelers

177 Foothills Mall 
Maryville, TN 37801

865 983-0987

5% off All Jewelry Repair


Patriot Threads

118 N Peters Rd. Ste.# 303 
Knoxville, TN 37923

865 805-3238

Free “Patriot Threads” Sticker