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Craine, Thompson & Jones, P.C.

James Craine

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James Craine, CPA, is the managing stockholder of Craine, Thompson & Jones, P.C. He has been practicing since 1985 and has extensive experience with financial institutions (including testifying before the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington D.C.), manufacturers and mergers and acquisitions of all varieties.

His services include:

  • Financial and compliance audits
  • Review & Compilation services as well as other agreed upon procedure engagements
  • Performing American Land & Title Association (ALTA) Best Practices evaluations
  • Preparation of corporate, partnership/LLC, estate, trust and individual returns
  • Strategic business and financial planning, including succession planning
  • Consultation on mergers and acquisitions
  • Tax planning and consulting

James is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and has served on the TSCPA’s Financial Institutions Committee for many years.  He is also involved in various community organizations, including but not limited to HC*Excell, Morristown Industrial Development Board and Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce.

James graduated with Highest Honors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1985 with a degree in accounting.  He has also completed the AICPA’s National Banking School held at the University of Virginia and has achieved the  AICPA’s accreditation for Advising Closely Held Businesses .

James is married to Mira Craine and they have three children.  He enjoys spending time out on the lake, and playing competitive sports.  He also enjoys coaching and spent seven years coaching high school basketball.  The family attends First Presbyterian Church of Morristown.

Beyond the Resume: 

I can’t sing a lick, but I love a wide range of music (just ask anyone who has taken a ride in my boat).  E.G. Kid Rock (Cocky—it’s true, Damn It’s Good To Be Me—I truly feel this way as I am blessed), Eminem (why?, cause I can relate & he may be a lyrical genius), George Jones (He Stopped Loving Her Today—greatest country song ever written), Elvis Presley (my Mom thought he was cute and a friend says “a day without Elvis is a like day without sunshine”), Journey (my favorite high school band, oh & who played while I asked my wife to marry me), Justin Moore (If You Don’t Like My Twang—don’t ask why, I am from East Tennessee) to Motley Crue (Girl Don’t Go Away Mad, Just Go Away—if you are a guy, you would like to think you are that cool & wish you had the guts to say it, but let’s be real, not even Sinatra could do it!): Go Listen.

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Hiram Jones

Hiram-Jones-Morristown-Accounting-FirmsHiram Jones, CPA, has practiced public accounting for over 60 years.  After practicing with firms in Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee, he founded Hiram H. Jones Associates in 1960, which would later become Craine, Thompson and Jones, P.C.  Hiram has extensive experience with manufacturers, financial institutions and governmental agencies.

His services include:

  • Financial and compliance audits
  • Review & Compilation services
  • Preparation of corporate, partnership/LLC and individual returns

Hiram is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Hiram graduated from Bowling Green College of Commerce in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in accounting.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife Lois and family.  The family attends First Presbyterian Church of Morristown where he has taught Sunday School for more than 40 years.

Beyond the resume: 

I have been an avid wood-worker for a number of years and have made pieces of furniture still in use today (including a custom office desk)!

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Mira Craine

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Mira Craine, CPA is a stockholder in the firm.  She began practicing in 1984 and has extensive experience with manufacturers, retirement plans and governmental entities.

Her services include:

  • Financial and compliance audits
  • Review & Compilation services
  • Preparation of corporate, partnership/LLC and individual returns
  • QuickBooks Assistance and consulting

Mira is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.  She is also the Treasurer for Carson Newman University’s Women of Vision.

Mira graduated the University of Tennessee in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

Mira is married to James Craine.  The couple has three children, enjoys spending time on the lake, traveling and watching their kids play a variety of sports. The family attends First Presbyterian Church of Morristown.

Beyond the resume:

James and I attended Morristown-Hamblen West High School where we began dating and have been married since we were 21. At UT, I did not plan on majoring in accounting, but I understood debits and credits better than my original major of computer science.  I enjoy the boat rides James mentioned and spending time on the lake, and so do our offspring as evidence of them bringing friends home from college on summer weekends.

 

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Terry Winstead

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Terry Winstead, CPA, is a stockholder in the firm.  He has been practicing since 1991 and has been with the firm since 2008.  During his career, Terry spent three years as a CFO for a manufacturing company, and also worked four years at a large local firm in Chattanooga.

His services include:

  • Financial and compliance audits including Governmental, Non-Profit, Banks and Employee Benefit Plans
  • Review & Compilation services as well as other agreed upon procedure engagements
  • CFO for hire services
  • Preparation of corporate, partnership/LLC and individual returns
  • Tax Planning
  • Performing Peer Review under the AICPA & TSCPA program

Terry is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.  He is also currently involved in a number of community organizations including Tennessee Food on Food Foundation and the United Way of Hamblen County.

Terry is a 1991 graduate from The University of Tennessee, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting.

Terry and his wife Jennifer have four children and they enjoy camping and swimming.  The family attends Manley Baptist church.

Beyond the Resume:

I am a huge John Grisham fan, and I tell folks I believe I have read every word he has ever written. I read “The Firm” in a 24-hour period during the blizzard of 1993, and I was hooked. In 2006 I began doing peer review work, and the first peer review I ever performed involved a Mississippi CPA firm. While there I found out that the building that the CPA firm occupied was owned by John Grisham. I think it would be amazing to meet him some day.

 

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Jarrod Carter

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Jarrod Carter, CPA, is a Staff Member with the firm.  He joined the firm in 2012 and has experience with a variety of industries.

His services include:

  • Financial and compliance audits
  • Review & Compilation services
  • Preparation of corporate, partnership/LLC and individual returns
  • Payroll Tax and Sales Tax Reporting

Jarrod is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.  He is also the Treasurer of the local community organization The Rescue Ministries, Inc.

Jarrod graduated with honors from Carson Newman University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and was the recipient of the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award.  He then received his Masters of Accountancy degree in 2012 from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Jarrod is a member of Romeo United Methodist Church in Bulls Gap.

Beyond the resume:

I try to stay active and outdoors as much as possible. I go on as many hiking and fishing trips as I can, and I also enjoy playing tennis and disc golf at the local parks. However my most favorite activity is spending a beautiful fall Saturday in Knoxville tailgating and cheering on the Vols!

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Susie Elmore

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Susie Elmore, CPA, is a Senior Audit Manager with the firm.  She has over 25 years’ experience and joined Craine Thompson & Jones in 2001.  She focuses primarily on non-profit and governmental audits and tax return preparation.  She also has experience with Internal School Funds, School Food Services Funds, HUD, USDA, manufacturing, and employee benefit plan audits.

Her services include:

  • Financial and compliance audits
  • Internal Controls and Fraud Detection
  • Client Assistance on implementation of new accounting pronouncements
  • Preparation of corporate, partnership/LLC and individual returns

Susie is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.  She is also in the process of completing the State of Tennessee’s Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO) Program.

Susie graduated from the Knoxville Business College in 1987 with an Associate of Science Degree in Accounting.  In 1995 she received her Bachelor of Science, with a major in accounting, from Carson Newman University.

Beyond the resume:

Some may not know that I am completely ambidextrous and my handwriting looks the same with either hand.  So, in the accounting world I am truly “in balance.”

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Whitney McGowan

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Whitney McGowan, CPA, is a Tax Manager specializing in Federal and State Income Tax.  She has been practicing since 2007 and before joining Craine, Thompson & Jones, P.C. in 2015 was with a large regional firm in Knoxville.  She has extensive experience in many areas of taxation including the industrial, healthcare, real-estate and manufacturing industries.

Her services include:

  • Preparation of corporate, partnership/LLC, estate, trust and individual returns
  • Tax Planning for individuals and businesses
  • Tax Research
  • Assistance with client representation before the IRS and state authorities

Whitney is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.  She is active in her local community and serves on the Carson Newman Alumni Association Board and Young Professionals (HYPE) Steering Committee.

Whitney graduated Summa Cum Laude from Carson Newman University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting.  She then received her Masters of Accountancy degree with a concentration in taxation in 2007 from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

When not in the office Whitney enjoys spending time, preferably outside, with her husband Matt and son Patrick.  She also enjoys running, quilting and yoga.  The family attends Arrowhead Church in Morristown.

Beyond the resume:

I have to admit I love all things Disney.  My husband and I love to go to Disney World, and went more times than we care to admit before having kids.  For us there is just something “magical” about being at Disney.  What many people don’t know is that Disney is so much more than just “Mickey and Minnie.”  There is a whole program called “Run Disney” with races that range from 5k’s to full marathons.  Matt and I flew down to Disney for a long weekend and participated in the Expedition Everest Challenge 5k one year and it was so much fun!  The race took place inside the Animal Kingdom park after closing and some of the rides were open to participants after it concluded.  We hope to eventually participate in the Epcot Wine & Dine Half Marathon, and I think it would be fun to do the Princess Half Marathon as well.

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Glenn Thompson

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Glenn Thompson, CPA has practiced public accounting since 1974 and is semi-retired.  His areas of concentration include personal, business and estate taxes.  His education and experience allows him to discuss, implement and monitor tax and financial planning strategies with clients.

His Services Include:

  • Preparation of corporate, partnership/LLC, individual returns
  • Preparation of Estate and Trust tax returns
  • Business and financial planning, including succession planning
  • Tax planning and consulting

Glenn is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.  He has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Walters State Community College and currently serves as Trustee for the Foundation of the College.

He is a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College and has taken additional professional related courses at the University of Tennessee.

Glenn is married to Barbara Thompson and couple has four grown sons.  They enjoy visiting their children, especially their grandchildren, traveling and hiking.  The couple are members of All Saints Episcopal Church

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Jeff Porter

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Jeff Porter, CPA, is a Senior Audit Manager with the firm.  He has been practicing since 1989 and joined Craine, Thompson & Jones in 2005. He has experience with a variety of industries including construction, manufacturing and wholesale distribution.

His services include:

  • Financial and compliance audits
  • Review & Compilation services as well as other agreed upon procedure engagements
  • Preparation of corporate, partnership/LLC and individual returns
  • Tennessee and other states licensing for contractors
  • CFO for Hire services
  • Tax Planning

Jeff is licensed to practice in both Tennessee and North Carolina.  He is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Jeff is a frequent speaker for professional continuing education seminars for East Tennessee State University annual conference and the Western North Carolina chapter of the National Society of Accountants.

Jeff received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of North Carolina at Asheville.

In his spare time, Jeff serves as a volunteer hospital chaplain, and is also an ordained minister.  He also competes in professional bowling tournaments through the PBA50 that are held both nationally and regionally. Jeff also enjoys spending time with his two daughters and granddaughter, collecting antique furniture and traveling.  He is a member of the Jefferson City Christian Church.

Beyond the resume:

In May 2015, I bowled in my first PBA50 (Senior) National Tour Stop tournament in Mooresville, NC and competed against PBA Hall of Famers I had watched on TV for 35 years. It was an amazing experience that I hope to repeat again in 2017. What was neat is over the two days of qualifying, I bowled 4 of the 16 games on two pairs of lanes which were designated “TV lanes”. Cameras and lights were set up to live stream the bowling via the PBA XtraFrame website. The broadcast was complete with a couple of commentators who were camped out behind the television lanes. Folks could log in to the website and watch as I bowled. I actually had a couple of friends from the South Region tour text me to say “I saw you on TV!!” Over the two days of qualifying, I managed to roll games of 243, 143, 204, and 202 on the television pairs.  It was encouraging to know I could bowl well in that kind of environment.

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Rodney Wisecarver

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Rodney Wisecarver, CPA, is a Senior-Staff Member with the firm.  He has been practicing since 2008 and has experience with Local Governments, Non-Profits and Financial Institutions.

His services include:

  • Financial and compliance audits
  • Review & Compilation services as well as other agreed upon procedure engagements
  • Performing American Land & Title Association (ALTA) best practices evaluations
  • Preparation of corporate, partnership/LLC and individual returns

Rodney is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.  He is also a member of the Sevierville Noon Rotary Club and a graduate of the 2010 Leadership Morristown program.

Rodney graduated from East Tennessee State University where he obtained both his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and Masters of Accountancy.

Outside the office Rodney enjoys spending time with his wife Julie and two sons Isaac and Levi.  They are members of Manley Baptist Church in Morristown, where Rodney serves as a Deacon and small group leader.

Beyond the resume:

What can I say, I am a person with way to many hobbies. I enjoy traveling, hiking, sports, tending to the family farm (which is more work than hobby), but my favorite hobby of all is Fantasy Football. Fantasy Football for 4.5 months per year allows me to use my love for numbers, spreadsheets, and NFL football in a completely meaningless way. It also gives me the opportunity to talk and connect with friends I would not interact with otherwise. Most importantly it allows me the privilege to refer to myself using phrases like, “the champ”, “greatest of all time” and “legend” even if no one understands why.

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Debbie Butler

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Debbie Butler, a Certified Financial Planner and Enrolled Agent, has been practicing since 1979.  She is also the firm’s QuickBooks Pro Advisor.

Her services include:

  • Preparation of corporate, partnership/LLC and individual returns
  • QuickBooks Consulting
  • Monthly Accounting and Payroll Preparation
  • Payroll Tax and Sales Tax Reporting

Debbie is a member of the National Associate of Enrolled Agents.  She also serves as the Treasurer for Ridin’ High, Inc., a local therapeutic horse riding program serving children and adults with disabilities.

Debbie received her degree from Walters State Community College, and took additional courses at The University of Tennessee to fulfill her CFP requirements.

Debbie and her husband Kenny enjoy traveling.  Debbie has one son, Jordan, and one granddaughter, Josie. The couple attends Freedom Fellowship in White Pine.

Beyond the resume:

I am a self-professed “foodie”.  I watch the food channel, love “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”, find new recipes on Pinterest and try them out on my family.  Before Josie was born, I started looking for children’s cookbooks and dreamed about us cooking together.  A couple of years ago, I found her an apron, chef’s hat, and kitchen utensils that were all her size.  I feel very blessed that she loves to cook with me.  Her face lights up when we brag on how good her food tastes!!!  When she comes over she tells me that she wants to cook something and she has even started making up her own recipes, just asking me to get the ingredients out that she wants.  The hard part with that is that we “have” to try them!!!  Love my little cooking buddy!!!

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Jeff Byrd

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Jeff Byrd, an Enrolled Agent, is a Senior Staff Member with the firm and has been practicing since 1996.  He joined Craine, Thompson & Jones in 2004 and has experience with a variety of industries including non-profits, utility companies, homeowner’s associations and closely held businesses.

His services include:

  • Preparation and review of corporate, partnership/LLC and individual returns
  • Monthly Accounting and Payroll Preparation
  • Audit and Attest Services including Audits, Reviews and Compilations

Jeff is a member of the National Associate of Enrolled Agents.

Jeff graduated from East Tennessee State University where he obtained both his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and Masters of Accountancy.

Jeff and his wife, Leann, have two children that keep him involved in Upward Basketball and Soccer. The family attends First Baptist Church Strawberry Plains.

Beyond the resume:

One of my favorite things to do is to go and watch minor league baseball games. I really enjoy the atmosphere of the ballparks and watching up and coming players improving their skills. I have visited numerous minor league parks in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.  My goal is to visit as many minor league parks in the southern United States as possible.  We often plan family vacations at places where we can attend a minor league game.

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Lauren Catlett

 

Lauren Catlett joined the firm in 2016 as a staff accountant.

Her services include

  • Monthly Accounting and Payroll Preparation
  • Payroll Tax and Sales Tax Reporting
  • Preparation of individual, corporate and partnership/LLC tax returns

Lauren graduated from Carson-Newman University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. She is active in her local community and has assisted in the planning of Carson-Newman Homecoming and other Alumni Events.

When not in the office, Lauren loves to be outside and in the sunshine. She enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her family, friends and dog. Lauren is a member of First Baptist Church of Jefferson City.

Beyond the resume:

I have an Aussie-Doodle named Cooper. He is an Australian Shepherd and Poodle mix. One of our favorite things to do is to go to Cherokee lake for an evening of paddle boarding and island adventuring. I also enjoy taking him to street festivals and 5ks.

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Angi Dalton

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Angi joined Craine, Thompson & Jones in 2015 after working in a medical office where she performed a variety of patient related duties.  She transitioned well to the world of public accounting because in our office she is responsible for checking in all client documents and assembly of all completed audit reports and tax returns.  Perhaps her most important role is greeting our clients as they arrive and managing the office’s main phone line.

Angi is married to Brad and they have two sons, Austin and Braden.  In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding and camping, and is also an active assistant with the Clinch Valley Youth Group.  The family attends Clinch Valley American Christian Church in Thorn Hill.

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As my sister & I were growing up we had competitions to see who could be the best news broadcaster. We had a video camera our dad bought when they first came out in the 80’s. We thought we were so grown up, so much so that we would take videos of each other reporting the news, weather & anything else we could make up. I always wanted to be the first on camera. We would even count down 5,4,3,2,1 that way we got the whole live experience. What’s extremely comical about this is, to this day, I hate to be in the spotlight. I could never do an oral book report in school & when all eyes are on me I buckle under pressure. I will be glad to talk to you one on one, as you will see if you ever stop by the office. I love to talk, sometimes a little too much, as I’m sure my coworkers would agree. I think that may be why they chose me to operate the front desk & the 7 busy phone lines of our office. I look forward to chatting with you soon.

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Marie Solomon

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Marie Solomon joined the firm in 2012 and is responsible for the office’s administrative efficiency, document editing, maintaining office records and supplies, greeting visitors and a variety of other duties including monthly accounting assistance and payroll processing.

Marie is a member of the National Notary Association and available to notarize documents for our clients.

Marie attended Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont where she obtained her Associates of Science degree in Legal Administration.  She grew up in Tennessee and has lived and worked in law firms in Burlington, Vermont and Los Angeles, California.  Prior to joining Craine, Thompson & Jones she worked for 11 years in the legal department of a major music publishing company in Los Angeles.

Marie and her husband, Dale, have three children, Kelsey, Kameron, and Tristan; a spoiled kitten, Marcie and two mischievous dogs, Virginia and Lucy.  They enjoy traveling, photography, gardening and cooking.

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There is a saying…”be kind to everyone because we know not their struggles”…and everyone has them.  Not long ago, I saw a meme on the internet…it said something like “My daily struggle is between keeping friends and suppressing the urge to correct their typos…”  That’s me!  It’s sometimes painful to not have the ability to read anything without mentally editing!  Grammar and spelling mistakes are EVERYWHERE!  It’s not just emails or handwritten notes…published books, magazines, and newspapers are not exempt!  So many needed edits….so little time.  As I get older, I am learning control…  J

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Cathy Thompson

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Cathy Thompson joined the firm in 2004 and works primarily in small business accounting assistance and tax compliance.  She also oversees the office’s billing and collection activities.

Her services include:

  • Monthly Accounting and Payroll Preparation
  • Payroll Tax and Sales Tax Reporting for both quarterly and yearly filings
  • QuickBooks Assistance
  • Tax Return Preparation

Cathy is a 1977 graduate from Murray State where she obtained her Bachelor of Science, majoring in accounting.

Cathy enjoys spending time with her spouse Greg, daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter.  She also enjoys reading, gardening and attending concerts with friends.  She is a member of First Presbyterian Church, where she serves on the human resources committee.

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When I chose my profession I did not even consider the fact that tax season would interfere with “March Madness.”  I enjoy watching college basketball games and especially the NCAA Tournament.  My favorite team is the University of Kentucky Wildcats.  Having been born and raised in Kentucky I naturally became a fan.  I have since toured the SEC, living in Arkansas, Georgia and Tennessee.  I had no desire to become an Arkansas Razorback, nor a Georgia Bulldog, and even though I have called Tennessee home for twenty-seven years I am not a Volunteer (except during football season).  My loyalty has been and always will be with Kentucky.  My blood will never “run orange,” it will always run blue. Go Cats!

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