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VOL. 42 | NO. 23 | Friday, June 8, 2018

Carmichael named top marketing professional

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Alan Carmichael has been named the 2018 Outstanding Marketing Professional by the American Marketing Association Knoxville.

The lifetime achievement award recognizes significant contributions in marketing and the community.

Carmichael joined Moxley Carmichael in 1998. He also has held communications leadership roles at Tennessee Valley Authority where he was senior vice president, and The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville, where he was assistant city editor.

“I deeply appreciate the American Marketing Association Knoxville selecting me for this honor,” Carmichael says. “I have been lucky to have been associated over the years with very talented people: my wife, my associates at Moxley Carmichael, TVA and The Tennessean in Nashville.

“There isn’t a better time to be in marketing and public relations. We all see the huge changes in the marketplace today – in technology, market disruption, social media and new ways of communicating with customers. Marketing is at the center of commerce today, not a sidelight. And there aren’t many places that beat Knoxville as a place to practice the marketing profession.”

Previous honorees include Pilot Flying J Founder Jim Haslam II, former University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, advertising executive Townes Lavidge Osborn, AC Entertainment CEO and founder Ashley Capps and Carmichael’s wife, Moxley Carmichael CEO Cynthia Moxley.

During his career, Carmichael has provided marketing and public relations counsel and assistance to such Moxley Carmichael clients as Pilot Flying J, Covenant Health, U.S. Cellular, Knoxville Utilities Board and the Tennessee Theatre, among many others. For TVA, he led communications for 10 years of stable electric rates and managed the agency’s first region-wide advertising program.

Choral Society picks Orr as artistic director


Dr. John Orr has been named artistic director of the Knoxville Choral Society.

He will take over June 21.

“We are excited to have John Orr take the reins of the Knoxville Choral Society,’’ says Richard Davis, society president. “John’s musicianship, dedication to choral music and his ability to draw the best from us as a conductor is a winning combination.’’

Orr has directed a school of fine arts, conducted a home-school youth choir, created fine arts concert series at a number of locations and served as the assistant director for the Tuscaloosa Community Singers. He is currently the pastor of worship and music at the Community Church in Tellico Village. He has been a member of the Knoxville Choral Society since 2010, and in 2013, he was appointed conductor of the Knoxville Chamber Chorale and assistant director of the KCS.

“Choral music is one of the rare activities that lets us come together as a community, with nothing but our hearts and our bodies to create art, beauty and inspiration,’’ Orr says, adding the Knoxville Choral Society represents the heart of the Knoxville music community.

“It is truly a celebration of the best things about this city when we all come together to make music. Everybody brings something to the group that makes us better, as musicians and as people.”

Orr is a graduate of William Jewell College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music theory, composition and church music. He also holds a Master of Music from Southern Seminary and the Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the University of Alabama.

Haslam student career director retires

Dianne Marshall, director of student career management for the marketing and supply chain department and manager of the Supply Chain Forum, has retired from the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business.

Marshall helped the Supply Chain Forum grow from a yearly gathering of a dozen professionals to a twice-per-year event attracting more than 200 attendees including executive vice presidents of some of the world’s largest companies.

“Under Dianne’s tenure, our placement rate has gone up to over 90 percent,” says Chad Autry, department head for supply chain management. “Helping students find the right job and companies find the right candidate is truly a passion for her. She’s the staff member who has launched 1,000 supply chain careers.”

Marshall established the forum’s speed networking event as well as the Scholars of Distinction honors program. Scholars of Distinction helps identify stand-out supply chain students earlier in their academic courses, connecting them with company representatives and providing professional mentorships.

Oak Ridge superintendent wins national prize


Dr. Bruce Borchers, Oak Ridge Schools superintendent, has been named Tennessee’s ACT K-12 Champion.

The ACT College and Career Readiness Champions include high school seniors, K-12 professionals, post-secondary professionals and workforce professionals who are making a positive impact on their communities through their efforts to advance college and career readiness for all.

Borchers received this award for his commitment to the Seven Keys for College and Career Readiness he formulated with members of the Oak Ridge community.

“The Seven Keys are intended to improve the college and career readiness of all Oak Ridge students and to provide them with a better foundation of knowledge and skills, allowing them to be prepared for a more technologically sophisticated and internationally competitive working world,’’ Borchers says.

“The Seven Keys allow us to measure just how well we are doing in preparing our students for their futures.”

He adds of Oak Ridge Schools: “They are passionate and committed individuals who go the extra mile for students every single day. By focusing on the Seven Keys, we have seen our graduates go on and be very successful because of the skills they have developed right here in the Oak Ridge Schools.”

Dual enrollment works for student trio


Three Pellissippi State students earned high school and college associate degrees in the same month.

Andrew Jerome, Haley Folsom and Savannah Keck earned their college degree almost simultaneously with their high school diploma. Each student has invested years of hard work, determination and self-motivation to reach this milestone.


“I’ve always been up for a challenge. I started taking classes that interested me and, before I knew it, I only had one class left to earn a college degree,” says Folsom, 17, who attends L&N STEM Academy.


“How many high school students get to say they’re graduating from college at the same time?” adds Keck, 17. “It has been an amazing experience.”

The students were able to accomplish the goals by taking a combination of advanced placement and dual enrollment classes alongside their regular high school courses. They also took additional classes during the summer.

“I heard about dual enrollment classes at Pellissippi State and starting taking them in 9th grade,” says Jerome, 18, a home-schooled student under the umbrella of Christian Academy of Knoxville. “In my junior year, I realized that I would soon earn a college degree.”

Keck is a student at Career Magnet Academy, which is located on Pellissippi State’s Strawberry Plains Campus.

Folsom will attend Georgia Tech in the fall and major in neuroscience.

Keck is headed to Michigan State University where she will study criminal justice and international affairs.

Jerome will attend the University of Alabama in the fall and major in computer science.

Smyth joins Summit Medical Oak Ridge


Summit Medical Group of Oak Ridge welcomes Aaron Smyth, D.O.

He is a primary care physician with special interests in geriatrics and heart disease prevention. He is currently accepting new patients.

Previously, Smyth spent seven years in private practice. He is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee in 2001, Smyth earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007 from Pikeville College, now known as the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency, served at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, in 2010.

Knox County teachers earn SCORE fellowships

Three Knox County Schools teachers have been named 2018-2019 Tennessee Educator Fellows.

The fellowship is an initiative of the State Collaborative on Reforming Education and is a yearlong program that equips educators to advocate for their students and their profession as they continue teaching.

The Knox County teachers are:

-- Mavis Clark Foster who teaches fifth-grade English language arts and science at Green Magnet Academy in Knox County Schools and been teaching for 16 years;

-- Caitlin Nowell who teaches seventh-grade English language arts at South Doyle Middle School in Knox County Schools and has been teaching for six years.

-- Yolanda Parker Williams who teaches fifth-grade math at Karns Elementary School in Knox County Schools and has been teaching for 18 years.

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