Taking care of business – the best I can

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, July 14, 2018

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I feel the pressure of trying to fill the big shoes of Kristen Tribe while she’s out celebrating her anniversary, but here we go with the latest business happenings in Wise County. Don’t worry, she’ll be back next week.

Major Award

MAJOR AWARD – Karl Klement Ford’s Mike Buckwheat is presented Ford Employee Excellence Level 3 award by sales manager Joe Redwine. Submitted photo


Mike Buckwheat of Karl Klement Ford in Decatur was recently presented with the Ford Employee Excellence Level 3 award for the 2017 sales year.

The award recognizes Buckwheat’s dedication to exceeding customers’ expectations. The commemorative award was accompanied with a framed picture of Ford founder Henry Ford signed by CEO Jim Hackett.

Helping Out

HELPING OUT – Larry Kirby and Brandal Allie show off one of the backpacks they will distribute July 22 at the Verizon Wireless Zone, 1100 W. Business 380, Suite A. Messenger photo by Richard Greene


Larry Kirby, president of the Verizon Wireless Zone in Decatur, and his staff will give students heading back to school in the fall a helping hand next weekend.

From 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 22, the store will be handing out free backpacks filled with school supplies. No purchase is necessary, but the child must be present.

“We know there’s a certain level of need in the area,” Kirby said. “We’re sympathetic to that and want to help fill that need in some way.

“When I was a kid, if someone would have given me a backpack, I’d thought they’d hung the moon.”

The store passed out the backpacks last year and were out within two hours.

“They go pretty quick,” Kirby said.


Ken Dodson

In the summer of 1988, Ken Dodson was working as a bartender in Dallas and looking for a change.

On his way to Decatur to pick up his grandfather, he saw three title companies together in a strip mall and thought it was a career he could pursue. Dodson called Wise County Title Company owner Jerry Hearrell, who had him come in and run records as a test. He was soon hired as a title examiner.

Thirty years later, Dodson is still with the company. He and five other employees purchased the company in 2003, and Dodson is now president.

A reception will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wise County Title, honoring his 30 years with the company.


We’re sure wherever Kristen is there’s a Chik-fil-A, or at least we hope there is.

Days without a Chik-fil-A in Wise County: 195.

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