Kent Everett is in the Chat Room

Kent Everett

Kent Everett

Kent Everett

Age: 50

Married to Debbie Everett; son, Matt, 24, and daughter, Meghann, 20.

Occupation: Owner and president, Castone, LLC.

Kent Everett has an idea of what it is going to take to get through the current tough economic climate. Everett owns Castone, LLC, a Maryville company that specializes in stone masonry.

“I think the key to survival in these economic times is to do good work at a fair price and offer good service. I think people who won’t do that are not going to survive and haven’t survived,” he said. “People in this community have embraced what we do. Everybody likes a quality product at a fair price, and it has helped us become successful.”

Everett, who went to Maryville City schools most of his life, graduated from Everett High School in 1976. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee.

Everett has been in the construction and remodeling business in some form or another since 1984, and he lived in Nashville for 12 years before he returned home in 1999 to be near his mother. It was in 1999 that he opened the doors to Castone, LLC.

Blount County is special to Everett. “It has been my family’s home since 1785 so it’s special to me. As many places as I’ve seen, it is still as beautiful as anything I’ve ever seen,” he said. “You’ve got four seasons, great climate and great people.”

Everett said Blount Countians take time out to help each other. “They care a little bit more about their neighbors than some other places.”

When Everett’s not busy at work or with family, he enjoys watching classic movies. “I have a special love for the old black-and-white movies, the classics like ‘Casablanca,’ and anything with (Humphrey) Bogart in it,” he said.

What impresses Everett is how well those movies were cast. “The ability of movie makers back in those days to a have an all-star cast and get them all in a movie was really impressive as opposed to now where costs are too prohibitive to do that.”

Each individual interviewed for the Chat Room has the option of either answering Chat Room questions or listing 25 random facts about themselves. Everett chose to list 25 random facts about himself.

Here are 25 Random Things about Kent Everett

1. The most beautiful places I’ve ever seen are: Maui, Caba San Lucas and East Tennessee.

2. The best moments in my life were the birth of my children, Matt and Meghann.

3. My favorite late night snack is Honey Nut Cheerios.

4. My first hero is Harold Everett, my father, who came from extremely humble circumstances, lived through the Great Depression and was in combat through World War II and the Korean War. He was the first in his family to graduate from college. He taught me the old fashioned way of right from wrong.

5. My other hero is Terry Everett, my mother, who endured many great hardships and always responded with a cheerful attitude. She had tremendous faith and unyielding courage to face what lay ahead.

6. Hobby - golf, the game I love to hate.

7. The person I would most like to have lunch with would be Mark Twain. He’s still the funniest man who ever lived, even 120 years later.

8. The place I would most like to visit is Tahiti. I love tropical paradises, and it is supposed to be the best.

9. People I feel sorry for: Northerners who don’t understand how great it is to live in the South and still don’t get it after they have moved here.

10. My political hero is Ronald Reagan. The Great Communicator always spoke softly and carried a big stick.

11. Weather I could live without: I never liked the winter and snow. I like it less as I get older.

12. If I could do anything I wanted to do I would spend winter on the beach and summer in East Tennessee.

13. Places I would like to visit: The Taj Mahal. It may be the most incredible building in the world.

14. What I like to read: Anything by James Lee Burke, Michael Connelly or David Baldacci.

15. My favorite three sports are Tennessee football, Tennessee football and Tennessee basketball. Pro sports are boring games played by pampered and over-paid athletes. They give me a headache.

16. Things that interest me - anything old or antique. My wife and I collect antiques, and I enjoy anything old, including my wife.

17. The day I will never forget (Part I), playing in my back yard on Nov. 22, 1963, when my mother ran out of the house crying to tell me and my brother that the president had been shot.

18. The day I will never forget (Part II): Sept. 11, 2001. My employees were working at a remote construction site and had been listening to the news of the terrorist attacks on the radio. When I arrived at the job site everything was business as usual, although it seemed as though the world was coming to an end.

19. The things I love to eat but shouldn’t: Big Southern Breakfast with biscuits and gravy, with eggs over easy. I love the food, but the cholesterol hates me.

20. Things I would like to do but have not: Skydive, white water rafting and scuba diving.

21. Qualities I admire: humility and a lack of pretentiousness. We all put our pants on one leg at a time, no matter how successful we are.

22. What’s on my Ipod: I’m too much of a dinosaur to load an Ipod but if I had one it would have everything from country to rhythm and blues. I like all kinds of music except rap.

23. Strangest moment: A friend of mine and I had back-to-back holes in one last year. According to Golf Digest, the odds are 17 million-to-one, probably 50 million-to-one with my golf swing.

24. Things I’d like to do (continued): Drive a convertible from Southern California to Seattle, Wash., with time to stop and enjoy the sights.

25. How I try to live: Have a positive attitude, be strong and patient during hard times and avoid negative and jealous people.

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