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Local insurance agent retires after 21 years


Long-time State Farm Insurance agent Mickey Hankal is retiring after 21 years of doing business in Farragut.

“I’ve been an agent for 23 years and 21 of those have been in Farragut,” Hankal said.

“It’s been a good run here; it’s been wonderful.

“It was 1970 when I moved down here and I told the real estate lady I wanted to be out in the country; I’m a country boy. So she started down Kingston Pike and the last building I remember seeing of any size was the new Bearden High School,” Hankal said.

“It was just farmland … Campbell Station was a cow trail, basically, and look at it now,” he added.

“Whatever I want to when I want to … I’m sure that’ll get tiring after a while and I’ll get over that.

“Actually, I have a couple of plans. I’m going to Alaska June 12 for two weeks to salmon fish … I’m taking a couple of grandkids with me.

“The first week of August, I’m going to Canada and fish … and then I’m going to take off in September and October and head out to the north and west.”

Hankal and his wife, Janie, plan to be in Albuquerque, N.M. for the city’s annual hot air balloon festival.

“We’ve got a bunch of stuff planned ... We’re just going to live life,” Hankal said.

As a State Farm agent, Hankal wrote personal lines, including homeowner’s, automobile, life and health insurance as well as commercial insurance.

His business is being passed to Maria Bull. Other licensed staff members will stay as well, including Sara Trail, who has worked with Hankal for five years.

“When I was ready to retire … they brought Maria in to this area and she’s worked with some of the other agents and has been with me for the past month getting to know my clients and my office,” Hankal said.

“She’s going to be in the same building,” located off Kingston Pike behind Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce offices, he added.

“Nothing’s going to change much, except that I won’t be here,” Hankal said.

“I’ve been getting cards and phone calls … you look back over your career and you don’t hear that kind of thing on a day-to-day basis, and so you kind of lose sight of it.

“But you get ready to hang it up and people come out of the woodwork, and you say, ‘Gosh, maybe I did do some good here in the community,’” he added.

 

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