History of Powell & Meadows Insurance Agency, INC.

Celebrating 125 Years

The history of Powell & Meadows is a story of hard work and good people. From our beginnings in 1894, through office moves and leadership changes, to the Powell & Meadows of today, we have remained committed to integrity, friendship, and old fashioned good service. The videos below share our agency’s story and our current team’s reflections on this rich past. We hope you enjoy learning more about your friends at Powell & Meadows.

The Story of Powell and Meadows Insurance Agency

1894

Mr. W.T. Askew begins writing insurance policies for Home Insurance Company of New York.

1908

Mr. Askew sells company to Sam Pickering.

1920

Pickering & Powell is founded when Mr. Pickering is joined by Frank Powell.

1962

After 42 years of various name changes as partners came and went, the company is given today’s current name of Powell & Meadows Insurance Agency when Mike Meadows joins.

1965

Frank Powell retires & Mike Meadows becomes the sole owner.

1968

Powell & Meadows moves from the old Smith County Bank Building on Main Street to a new building on 608 Main Street. The building is shared between Powell & Meadows and Carthage Flower Shop.

1972

Gordon Oldham Insurance Agency merges with Powell & Meadows.

1974

Powell & Meadows moves into a larger building at 910 North Main Street.

1982

Agencies of Draper Sircy and Thomas Amonette are acquired by Powell & Meadows.

1986

Phillip Piper joins Powell & Meadows after working for USF&G Insurance Company in Nashville and Bennett & Edwards Insurance Agency in Kingsport.

1988

Powell & Meadows acquires 3 agencies in Lafayette, TN.

1991

Powell & Meadows opens office in Lebanon, TN.

1992

Phillip Piper becomes a Vice President.

1998

Mike Meadows retires, leaving Phillip Piper President of Powell & Meadows Insurance Agency.

1999

Raymond Edwards joins Powell & Meadows.

2004

Ray Edwards becomes a Vice President.

2008

In order to enhance existing life and health insurance products, as well as provide financial and investment services, Powell & Meadows acquires Underwood Financial Services.

2015

Jernigan & Cage Insurance in Portland, TN is purchased by Powell & Meadows.

2017

Chip Piper becomes a Vice President.

Today, Powell & Meadows has branches across Middle Tennessee operated by a highly trained and experienced staff with a combined experience of over 400 years in the insurance industry. Powell & Meadows continues to grow, thanks to the hard work and time our employees commit to providing quality service to our clients.

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