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Three Scott County businesses recognized for 100+ years

January 27, 2024

The Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development on Wednesday, Jan. 24, recognized three businesses in Scott County as “Centennial Companies” with more than 100 years in operation.

The three businesses were among 19 from across the state recognized by ECD Commissioner Stuart McWhorter last week.

The three businesses were First National Bank, founded in 1904; Lay Family Furniture, an offspring of Lay’s Oneida Furniture Co., which was founded in 1920; and Whitehead Insurance, founded in 1903.

Public ceremonies were held at both First National Bank and Lay Family Furniture.

Also recognized on Wednesday were R.M. Brooks General Store in Rugby and Forbus General Store in Pall Mall.

“To say that we are proud of these businesses is an understatement,” said McWhorter. “These legacy companies have seen great success, overcome obstacles, survived the pandemic and remain pillars in their communities. I am honored to recognize each of them for contributing to our state’s history and spurring economic growth in Tennessee.”

Last modified: January 27, 2024

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