Chattanooga, Tenn. - Crye-Leike, Realtors announces the opening of its residential sales office in Athens, Tenn. The office, located at 500 South Congress Parkway, brings Crye-Leike to eight branch offices in the metropolitan Chattanooga area.

"Selecting Athens as our next market area was a natural progression for us with our recent branch opening in Cleveland, Tenn.," said Jack Webb, vice president and general manager of Crye-Leike of Chattanooga. "This new Athens branch office allows Crye-Leike to expand further northward up the Interstate 75 corridor, placing us centrally between Chattanooga and Knoxville."

The branch office for Crye-Leike of Athens is located in a freestanding office building that was recently acquired by Crye-Leike's chief executive officer Harold Crye and renovated to accommodate approximately 15 sales associates. Crye expects the office to serve the Athens area, along with the outlying counties of Meigs, Monroe and Polk.

Rosezella Crabtree, a native Athenian, has been named sales manager for Crye-Leike's Athens branch office. Crye-Leike is a full service real estate company that is open for business seven days a week and also has a computerized appointment center, "all of which are unique to the Athens real estate market," notes Crabtree.

Crabtree has been a licensed Realtor for almost five years and is a member of the River Counties Association of Realtors. She serves her community as the 1999 - 2000 Tennessee district governor for Pilot International, a national civic organization with 22 chapters in the Tennessee district that raise funds for brain-related disorders. The Athens Chapter of Pilot International sponsors such projects as the Alzheimer's Memory Walk in October, a scholarship program for local high school students and college students at Tennessee Wesleyan College as well as raises funds to support the Hope Center for abused spouses and children.

Other sales associates who have joined Crye-Leike, Realtors of Athens include: Pat Harris of Athens; Frances Burns of Etowah and Sandy Phillips of Sweetwater.

Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com) , the largest real estate firm in Tennessee and the Midsouth, has over 2,200 sales associates who operate in 50 branch offices, located in 20 counties and four regional areas, Chattanooga, Johnson City, Memphis and Nashville, along with select Crye-Leike affiliate offices in Arkansas and Mississippi. As a privately held company, it attained record sales of $3.3 billion corporatewide in 1999. Nationally, Crye-Leike is ranked No. 10 among the nation's top 500 residential real estate brokerage firms and No. 3 among the nation's largest 161 privately owned independent real estate companies, as reported in May 2000 by REAL Trends Magazine.