Russell S. Mainord, a Grundy county native, is a lawyer in Altamont. He says he loves Grundy County and has a rich family history in the area.
“My family has deep roots in Grundy County, going back at least three generations. I was raised, as were my parents Linda and L.H. ‘Corkey’ Mainord, in Gruetli-Laager. I have two brothers, Mike and Keven, and three sisters – Carol, Wanda, and Melody.
Russell attended Swiss Memorial Elementary School and went on to Grundy County High School.
“At Grundy County High School I was on the yearbook staff, a member of Quill and Scroll, the Beta Club, the National Honor Society, and graduated in the top ten percent of my class.
“After graduation, I attended the University of the South in Sewanee. While there, I was a member of the Gownsmen Honor Society and served as student equipment manager. I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American History.”
Russell furthered his education at the University of South Carolina.
“I earned my Master’s Degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management from USC. During my time there, I was a graduate assistant with the football equipment on the staff of Lou Holtz. I also held a summer management internship with the Pinon Plaza Resort in Carson City, Nevada.
“I have held several different jobs. In 1999, I was the summer equipment intern with the Tennessee Titans. I was a Ranger’s Aide in the summer of 2001 at the South Cumberland Recreation Area. From February to July 2002, I was the news editor at the Grundy County Herald.
“Next, I worked as a school teacher, First, at Swiss Memorial in 2001, and then at Grundy County High School during the 2004 to 2005 school year.
“I also umpired baseball at the Gruetli-Laager Volunteer Recreation Park from 1993 to 2001.”
Russell says he always wanted to become an attorney and attended law school at the Cecil C. Humphries’ School of Law at the University of Memphis.
“My parents instilled in me a desire to help others and put my neighbors before myself. When I worked for other firms, I never felt like I was truly helping other people, even though I had great success. Our prices closed off services to so many.
“I opened my own office on March 1, 2014, in Altamont in order to help and give back to my county. Since that time, I have grown to have two more offices – in Morristown and Chattanooga.
“I do not have a specialty, although I have had to narrow my field of focus to immigration, criminal, family, and simple wills and deeds.”
Russell is married to Dottie, who was born and raised in Memphis. They work together in the law firm, have two daughter, Seanna and Cayleigh, and are expecting a son, Sawyer, in the next month.
“In my free time I enjoy hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors with my family.”
Grundy County does not see the problems other counties experience, says Russell.
“While we have problems, Grundy County is a community where everyone helps everyone. You generally do not see the homelessness and crime that you see in other places, contrary to what people tell you. Also, the pace of life is much slower and casual which allows you time to enjoy your neighbors and family and truly appreciate life.”
The Law Office of Russell Mainord is located in Altamont. He can be reached at 931-692-8472.