We are Burke, Powers & Harty
Burke, Powers & Harty is a hometown insurance agency that specializes in tailoring your coverages to fit your lifestyle. We offer home, auto, watercraft and motorcycle insurance as well as commercial insurance, giving us the ability to cover both your home and business. We also offer life insurance and long-term care products, making us the place for almost all of your insurance needs!
Our highly trained staff works with representative from over twenty-three insurance companies to make sure we’re doing out best for you. We represent the Cincinnati Insurance Company, the Donegal Insurance Group, Travelers Insurance, and many more, giving us the opportunity to ensure you’re getting he most bang for you buck!
We invite you to Contact Us concerning your specific insurance needs.
Meet our team
Rush Powers, President of Burke, Powers & Harty, Inc., is a graduate of Tennessee High School and Mercer University, Macon, Georgia. He began his insurance career with USF&G Insurance Co. as an underwriter in Nashville, TN. Rush has 35+ years in the insurance industry and has served on several insurance boards and committees, including serving as a board member of the Insurers of Tennessee. He and his wife, Lea, have three adult children and two grandsons.
Benjamin “Rush” Powers
Lea and her husband, Rush, have resided in Bristol for over 30 years. During that time she has been active on numerous boards, served as the President of the Junior League of Bristol, and has participated in her family’s church and schools. Lea Powers is originally from Nashville, TN, where she graduated with a B.S. degree in Education. She also has an M.Ed in Administration. been raised on a lake, she enjoys spending time on South Holston Lake and gardening.
Elise Powers Taylor is a graduate of Tennessee High School and the University of Tennessee. She has grown up in the insurance business and is a third generation associate. Elise lives in Bristol, TN, with her husband Charles Taylor, their two pups Cooper (a blue-tick hound, Go Vols!) and Dolly (a black lab), and their two sons Charles Jr. and Winston. Elise loves summer on South Holston lake and fall football games, as well as cycling on the Virginia Creeper Trail.
Elise Powers Taylor
Andrew Powers is a graduate of TN High School and the University of Tennessee where he earned his degree in Enterprise Management. He has been surrounded by the insurance industry all of his life and is a third generation associate. Andrew loves to wakeboard at the lake and tailgate for the Vols. He currently resides in Bristol, TN.
Commercial Lines Producer
Charles Taylor, a native of the Tri-Cities area, is a graduate of TN High and the University of Tennessee. He brings 10+ years of experience in the insurance industry and is very knowledgeable in the areas of Commercial lines and Worker’s Compensation. He currently resides in Bristol, TN, with his wife, Elise Taylor, and their two sons. Charles enjoys hunting, fishing, and all athletics.
Commercial Lines Producer
Trinka Felty has served as the Customer Satisfaction/Claims Manager for 24 years and has a total of over 45 years of experience in the Insurance Industry and holds the CPIW and CPSR Designations. Ms. Felty is a native of Bristol, TN, and a graduate of Virginia Intermont College. Trinka is active in her church, has served on many committees, and is a member of the church choir.
Trinka Felty, CPIW, CPSR
Melanie Buhls joined the agency in May of 2020, bringing twenty-five years of experience in the insurance industry. She is a graduate of Virginia Intermont College with a degree in Business Administration-Merchandising. She is active in her church, singing on the Contemporary Praise Team, and is an elder. She also enjoys painting, taking classes at the YMCA, and going to music festivals and concerts. She lives in Bristol, Tennessee, with her husband, Pete, and their black lab, Rhythm.
Melanie Tadlock Buhls
Personal Lines Producer
Chrissy Chapman is a graduate of King College where she earned her Bachelor’s degrees in English and Theatre, and of Liberty University where she earned her MBA in International Business. She has been with the agency since 2015. Chrissy is a native of Bristol, TN, where she lives with her husband and their two cats. Chess and Gypsy.
Alayna Holden graduated from Milligan College and joined the agency in 2017. She is a home-grown Bristolian and lives with her husband and their two labs, Gus and Chaska. Alayna loves to ride horses and has two of her own, Stormy and Rayne, and in her free time she enjoys being on the water at South Holston lake and capturing memories through photography.