Meet Our Staff


Joe Barnes of Barnes InsuranceJoe along with his brother Tommy started in insurance by forming Barnes Insurance. He has served over the years with several insurance company advisory boards, including Travelers, Commercial Union, Ohio Casualty and Indiana Insurance Companies. In 1980, Joe received a Governors Appointment on The Committee to Reform Workers Compensation laws in Tennessee. Joe is a lifelong Sevier County resident and has been proudly involved in raising Tennessee Walking horses and was Co-Owner of the 2010 World Grand Champion – “The Coach”.

BetsyBetsy is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. She joined Barnes Insurance Agency in 1992 and has worked in just about every department of the agency. She currently serves as Vice-President of Marketing/Underwriting, overseeing all aspects of agency management.

Betsy obtained the insurance designation CISR in 2011 and is currently studying for her CPCU designation.

Betsy is a lifelong Sevier County resident, and lives in the Boyds Creek area with her husband, Tim. Their children, Madison and Mackenzie, are currently attending college.

Agent and Retirement Specialist

MichaelMichael joined his family owned-insurance agency directly out of Maryville College in 1982. He joined Barnes Insurance Agency in 2011. Michael handles all types of insurance, with an emphasis on commercial and financial needs.

As a lifelong Sevier County resident he is very involved in local civic organizations; i.e., the inaugural class of Leadership Sevier, Kiwanis (30+ years) and currently serves as a board member of The Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains. Michael has also served as Co-Chair of the 1,000,000 Capital Campaign, which helped launch the initial permanent building for The Boys & Girls Club.

Commercial Lines Insurance

AnitaAnita has worked with Barnes Insurance Agency since 1980. She has been a licensed insurance agent since 1982. She currently serves as Senior Commercial Account Manager. Anita is from Sevier County and attended Hiwassee College and Tusculum University earning a Bachelor of Science in Business. She is married and has two sons. Her hobbies include her horses, lake activities and reading. Anita specializes in large commercial accounts and is well known for building a personal relationship with each of her clients to better serve the unique needs of every account.