Beth Dunlap has title searching in her blood. Although her career in Murfreesboro began in 1994, her introduction to the industry dates a decade earlier. As title searcher, Beth sorts through public records to verify chain of title, liens, and taxes.
She loves the independence of her position, as it often requires travel, and the chance to work directly with our attorney and president, J.D. Kious, on any title issues that may arise. Beth credits much of the market’s success to the growth of Murfreesboro, citing new development as a great benefit to the title industry.
Beth is a Shelbyville, Tenn. native and graduate of Shelbyville Central High School. She studied at Motlow State Community College before receiving her paralegal certificate from Southeastern Paralegal Institute. Beth enjoys boating, target shooting and spending time with her family and friends.
Jess Tolley has managed everything from new contracts to deed preparation during her years in the title industry. As pre & post closing coordinator, she opens and assigns new files to processors before closing and warehousing transactions recently completed. Jess’s favorite aspect about her position is working directly with processors, which gives her the opportunity to learn something new every day.
Jess is a native of Jackson, Miss., and has been a Smyrna resident for 16 years. She loves Rutherford County’s commerce and the many shops and restaurants it offers. Jess is a 2006 graduate of Blackman High School and majored in general studies at Middle Tennessee State University.
She enjoys kayaking, reading and competing in a local dart league. Jess is also an avid runner having completed many 5Ks, 15Ks and a half marathon all within the past year.
John Parker never considered a career in the title industry until the opportunity presented itself. With a background in technology sales and support, he was intrigued by the faster pace of processing closings. Factor in the rate of growth Rutherford County has seen in the past few years, John was quickly hooked.
He works daily with commercial lenders, agents, auctioneers and investors. John’s favorite part of the job is that no two files are the same and he jumps at the opportunity to do business with clients from all walks of life.
John is a Bedford County native and a 2006 graduate of Cascade High School. He studied communications at Middle Tennessee State University. In his spare time, he enjoys tinkering with electronics and venturing outdoors, especially with his two pups, Hayden and Poppy.
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James David “J.D.” Kious is the attorney and president of Lawyers Land & Title Services, LLC and also a partner in the firm of Kious, Rodgers, Barger, Holder & Kious, PLLC. J.D. received his undergraduate degree from Furman University in 2002 and his law degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 2005. He was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 2005. His areas of practice include commercial and residential real estate closings and transactions; loan transactions; 1031 like-kind exchanges; leases; contracts; wills, trusts and probate estates; and corporate transactions, including partnerships, LLCs, and for profit and not for profit corporations.
J.D. is also a title insurance agent for Fidelity National Title Insurance Company and Stewart Title Guaranty Company. He is very active in the day-to-day operations of Lawyers Land & Title Services to insure that each and every transaction is handled in an efficient and professional manner. If any legal issues arise during the course of a real estate transaction, J.D. and his law partners at Kious, Rodgers, Barger, Holder & Kious, PLLC are always available to assist in anyway needed.
J.D. is a member of the Rutherford County and Tennessee Bar Associations. He is a member and the immediate past president of the board of directors for the Beesley Animal Foundation and a past chair of the board of directors for Journeys in Community Living (formerly the Rutherford County Adult Activity Center), as well as a 2008 graduate of Leadership Rutherford.