Athens, Tenn. - During its first year in business, the Athens, Tenn. branch office of Crye-Leike, Realtors? was recently voted the No. 1 real estate agency in McMinn County by readers of The Post Athenian newspaper during its third annual People's Choice Awards.

The Post Athenian, which has a weekday circulation of up to 12,300, conducts this annual popular ballot to encourage and acknowledge excellence in the area.

Wayne Rutherford is managing broker of Crye-Leike's Athens branch office. Those sales associates affiliated with Crye-Leike's Athens branch office include: Frances Burns; Mike Cantrell; Cristina Chapman; Rosezella Crabtree; Ron Hennessee; Carol Melton; Sandy Phillips; Pat Rogers; Carl "Buddy" Stillwell; Kristy Trusley; Jim Visage; and Gail Wilson.

Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company, is the nation's 13th largest real estate company and the largest serving Tennessee and the Mid-South. Its Athens office is one of 54 branch and franchise offices located in 26 counties throughout a four-state Mid-South region in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and North Georgia. With a network of over 2,200 sales associates, Crye-Leike attained sales of $2.9 billion and 20,406 closed transaction sides corporate wide in 2000.