Layne named Century Tel area operations manager

Friday, March 22, 2002

Skip Layne was recently promoted to Area Operations Manager

for CenturyTel's Mountain Home district, according to Marion Scott, general

manager for CenturyTel operations in Arkansas.

"Skip has been in the telephone business for 30 years," said Scott. "We are

excited that he will be leading our group in Northern and North Eastern


He will be responsible for CenturyTel's service areas in Baxter, Marion,

Fulton, Izard, Stone, Sharp, Randolph, Lawrence, Clay, Greene, Craighead,

Poinsett, and Mississippi counties.

Layne began his career on a line crew and has held several positions

including cable splicer, installer, repairman and most recently area plant

supervisor. His office will be in Monette, Ark.

Layne volunteers his time to the Monette Volunteer Fire Department and the

Craighead County Regional Solid Waste Management District. He is also

involved in Leadership Buffalo Island. Layne and his wife, Marla, reside in

Monette, Ark. They have two grown children, Chip Layne of Mammoth Spring

and Crystal Layne of Monette, and two grandchildren.

CenturyTel, Inc. provides communications services including local exchange,

wireless, long distance, Internet access and data services to more than

three million customers in 21 states. The company, headquartered in Monroe,

Louisiana, is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the

symbol CTL. CenturyTel is the 8th largest local exchange telephone company,

based on access lines, and the 8th largest cellular company, based on

population equivalents owned, in the United States.

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