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VOL. 42 | NO. 27 | Friday, July 6, 2018

Thomas promoted to Knoxville police chief

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Eve Thomas has been named the new chief of police at the Knoxville Police Department.

Thomas has been with the department since 1993 and was most recently promoted to deputy chief in February. She will be the first woman to lead the department.

Thomas succeeds Chief David Rausch, who was recently appointed as the new director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation by Gov. Bill Haslam.

“I am thrilled to make this appointment,’’ says Madeline Rogero, Knoxville mayor. “In personal conversations with the four deputy chiefs of the police department, as well as conversations with rank and file officers and senior staff at KPD, Chief Thomas emerged as an outstanding choice to assume command of the department. “During her 25 years of service to KPD, she has consistently shown leadership, dedication, thoughtfulness and commitment to public service. She is highly qualified to build on the great work KPD is already doing to protect, serve and engage with all communities across Knoxville.”

Thomas served as a patrol officer, field training officer and in other roles before being promoted to sergeant in 1998. In 2005, she was promoted to lieutenant, and then to captain in 2011. In 2013, she was assigned to the Patrol Division as the East District Commander, and in 2015 she assumed an assignment as the Department’s Internal Affairs Unit Commander. She also served in the Criminal Investigations Division before being promoted in February 2018 to deputy chief.

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity that the mayor has given me by allowing me to continue serving the men and women of the Knoxville Police Department and the citizens of the city of Knoxville in this new capacity,” Thomas says. “I am forever indebted to those leaders, both formal and informal, who throughout my career have provided me opportunities for learning and growth. They guided me as I traveled, and corrected me when at times I stumbled, along my path that has led me to this point.’’

Thomas has a master’s degree from Long Island University’s Homeland Security Master’s Institute and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Tennessee.

Covenant lauds Cardiac Services employees

Five Covenant Health employees were named recipients of 2018 Cardiac Services Excellence awards, recognizing exemplary care of heart patients and outstanding performance in cardiac services.

The honorees were nominated by their facilities and selected by a committee representing cardiac services throughout the health system.

The 2018 honorees are:

-- Craig Betson, shift leader, intermediate care unit, Parkwest Medical Center

-- April Clark, RN, cardiac cath lab, Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System

-- David Howard, cardiovascular invasive services coordinator, LeConte Medical Center

-- Sam Kirk, cardiovascular invasive services coordinator, Methodist Medical Center

-- Linda Wright, cardiovascular intensive care unit/cardiovascular stepdown manager, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center

The nominations mentioned attributes such as always putting patients first, collaboration, leadership, positive attitudes and willingness to serve as preceptors and teachers.

Tennova-Lakeway adds general surgeon


Mike Tummers, M.D., general surgeon, has joined Tennova-Lakeway in Morristown and is accepting new patients.

Tummers is experienced in a wide range of general surgery procedures and techniques. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery for hernia, reflux, thyroid, gallbladder and bowel diseases.

He has a special interest in advanced laparoscopy for ventral and inguinal hernia repair.

Tummers performs surgery at Lakeway Regional Hospital in Morristown and Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Jefferson City.

In addition to private practice experience, Tummers served as a general surgeon with the U.S. Navy. He earned his medical degree from Quillin College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, completed an internship and residency as well as fellowship training in vascular research at University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville. He is board certified in general surgery.

“A major focus of my practice is advanced laparoscopic procedures,” Tummers says.

“These minimally invasive surgeries utilize specialized instruments and a miniature video camera, which allows me to see inside the body and perform a variety of procedures, such as hernia repair and gallbladder removal. For my patients, minimally invasive surgery means smaller scars and a quicker return to normal activities.”

KCDC elects 2018-19 board of commissioners

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation has elected its 2018-19 officers for the board of commissioners.

l John Winemiller, managing partner of intellectual property law firm Merchant & Gould’s Knoxville office, will continue for a second year as chairman.

He was appointed to the board by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero in 2014 for a five-year term.

-- Bob Whetsel, retired city of Knoxville director of redevelopment, will continue as vice chairman. He was appointed to the board by Rogero in 2016 for a five-year term.

-- Gloria Garner, a retired community organizer, was elected treasurer for a second year. Following completion of a partial term beginning in 2016, Garner was reappointed by Rogero for a five-year term.

-- Ben Bentley, KCDC executive director and CEO, serves as secretary.

ORNL researchers earn Early Career awards


Two Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are among 84 recipients of Department of Energy’s Office of Science Early Career Research Program awards.

The honorees are Huibo Cao and Benjamin Doughty who specialize in neutron and chemical science.

The Early Career Research Program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science.


Cao, of ORNL’s Neutron Scattering Division, was selected for his proposal, “Local site magnetic susceptibility for quantum materials by polarized neutron diffraction,” by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

Benjamin Doughty, of ORNL’s Chemical Sciences Division, was selected by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences for his proposal, “Chemical Organization, Structure and Dynamics at Complex Liquid-Liquid Interfaces: Mechanistic Insight into Selective Solvent Extraction and Self-Assembly.”

ORAU hires accountant Emery as controller


Kris Emery, former director of finance and operations for Burkhart & Company accounting firm in Knoxville, has been named controller for Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

In his new role, Emery will provide financial leadership and will serve an instrumental role in forming accounting strategies.

“We are excited to have Kris join our team in this leadership role,” says Phil Andrews, ORAU vice president and CFO. “His extensive financial operations experience, especially in the federal arena, will enhance our strategic financial operations.”

Emery brings more than 25 years of financial experience from a variety of organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory when it was managed by Lockheed Martin, the University of Tennessee Medical Center and Catholic Health Partners/Mercy Health Partners.

Emery holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee and is licensed as a CPA.

East Tennessee fisherman hauls in record crappie


Lionel Ferguson from the East Tennessee community of Philadelphia landed a 5-pound, 7.68-ounce trophy fish on May 15, and it now has been verified as a state record.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency used genetic testing to make sure the crappie caught from a Loudon county pond is indeed a black crappie and also a record catch.

After a fisheries biologist visually identified the species and weight was verified with certified scales, a small fin clip was sent for genetic testing to confirm that the fish was not a hybrid.

The previous state record for a black crappie was 4 pounds, 4 ounces caught in Brown’s Creek Lake by Clyde Freeman 33 years ago.

Ferguson’s catch also would qualify as the new International Game Fish Association world record for black crappie, besting the current record by 7.68 ounces.

The current record was caught from a private lake in Missouri by John Horstman in 2006. Ferguson has indicated that he plans to apply with the IGFA for the new world record.

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