Jim A. Wells
2008 Award of Honor
– Class of 1967
Jim Wells' view of life is one that has not only been spent behind the lens, but also in front of the camera where the action is. Wells is a 1967 graduate of East Tennessee State University and is a member of the University's Foundation, as well as a member of the ETSU Buccaneer Athletic Scholarship fund (BASA). While attending East Tennessee State, Wells acquired leadership skills and gained experience, working with both students and campus administration, through the many university opportunities available for student leadership.
In his career, Wells was President and owner of Wells Camera and Video in Kingsport for 27 years before selling the business to Ritz Camera Centers in 1996, currently located in the East Stone Commons shopping center in Kingsport.
An active member in the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, Wells is a past Vice President of Small Business and past Chairman of the Small Business Council at the Chamber. Wells is also past President of the Downtown Kingsport Association, past Chairman of Kingsport Tomorrow, past Chairman of First Night Kingsport, past Co-Chairman of ETSU PRIDE, and past Chairman of the Alzheimer's Center of East Tennessee, the founding organization for Wellmont's Madison House. In 2000, Wells was the recipient of the Health Care Heroes award, and has received the J.C. Penny Golden Rule Award for community service.
In his community, Wells is a past board member of Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, Small Miracles, and past President of West Kingsport Optimist Club. Wells is a present board member of Jerusalem House, a member of Lynn Garden Community Caring, a member of the Wellmont Foundation's Board of Governors, and a member of Holston Valley Medical Center's Board of Directors.
Wells and his wife Janet, also an ETSU graduate, have three children, Jasen, Janea, and Jimmie. The entire Wells family plays a major role in his life, with his children and grandchildren bringing a great amount of joy to his retirement years. His favorite book is Life is Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman. With an optimistic outlook on life, Wells aims to live out his favorite George Dawson quotation from the book, "... Things will be alright. People need to hear that. Life is good, just as it is."