Powell & Meadows Insurance Agency, INC. - Carthage, Lebanon, Lafayette and Portland
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Powell & Meadows Insurance Agency, Inc. has been in business for over 120 years, though not always under the Powell & Meadows Insurance Agency name. The agency has, however, always been locally owned.

In the late 1800s, Mr. W. T. Askew began writing insurance policies for the Home Insurance Company of New York. He continued until 1908 and then sold to Sam Pickering. In 1920, Frank Powell joined the Pickering Agency and it became Pickering & Powell. The agency operated under several variations of the name until 1962 when Mike Meadows joined D. Frank Powell and the name changed to Powell & Meadows Insurance Agency. In 1965, Mike became the sole owner after D. Frank retired and the first employee for Powell & Meadows Insurance Agency was hired.

The office was located over the old Smith County Bank building on Main Street in Carthage where they stayed for three years.

In 1968, the building at 608 Main Street was built (currently occupied by Shoulders TV & Repair) and jointly occupied by Powell & Meadows Insurance and Carthage Flower Shop.

In January of 1972, the Gordon Oldham Agency merged with Powell & Meadows. On February 8th of 1974, Powell & Meadows moved to 910 North Main Street, Carthage, Tennessee. From 1981 to 1982 the Draper Sircy Agency and the Thomas Amonette Agency were acquired.

Philip Piper joined the agency in June of 1986 after working for USF&G Insurance Company in Nashville and Bennett & Edwards Insurance Agency of Kingsport. Phillip became Mike Meadows partner in 1992. Then in 1998 Mike Meadows retired and Phillip Piper became the sole owner.

During the late 1900's, Powell & Meadows purchased 3 independently owned insurance agencies in Lafayette, TN and opened a branch in Macon County. In 1992, a Lebanon branch office was opened to serve the Wilson County area.

Raymond Edwards joined the business in August 1999 and became the minority partner in July 2004. He currently manages the Lebanon branch.

In July of 2008, Underwood Financial Services was purchased by Powell & Meadows to enhance existing life and health insurance products as well as provide financial and investment services.

In January 2015, Powell & Meadows purchased Jernigan and Cage Insurance in Portland.

Presently Powell & Meadows Insurance Agency has a highly trained and experienced staff with over 400 years of insurance experience. The agency continues to grow its brand with the addition to our Lebanon office and a new facility opened in 2011 in Carthage. Powell & Meadows plans on continued growth but is investing on employees and broader capabilities to improve customer focus for the future.

Powell & Meadows Insurance Agency Inc. has four convenient locations:

Carthage, Tennessee
P.O. Box 1
1006 Main St.
Carthage, TN 37030
Phone: 615-735-1111
Fax: 615-735-1266

Lafayette, Tennessee
402 College St.
Lafayette, TN 37083
Phone: 615-666-6060
Fax: 615-666-2885

Lebanon, Tennessee
P.O. Box 1329
431 W. Main Street
Lebanon, TN 37087
Phone: 615-444-7000
Fax: 615-444-1413

Portland, Tennessee
201 S. Broadway
Portland, TN 37148
Phone: 615-325-3930
Fax: 615-325-3927
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