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VOL. 43 | NO. 2 | Friday, January 11, 2019

Bradley honored with YP award

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Megan Bradley has won the Young Professionals of Knoxville Impact award. Bradley works in the Information Technology Services Division’s Financial Management Applications group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She led development of the laboratory’s travel mobile app and participates in ORNL’s Emerging Leader Path and mentoring programs.

The award is conferred on area professionals ages 21-40 who improve the Knoxville community by taking leadership roles in community service organizations and achieving career success.

Bradley serves several community organizations that focus on women’s education and safety, women in the sciences and computing, and adoptee interests. She heads up fundraising efforts for the Junior League of Knoxville and in 2017 launched its Little Black Dress Initiative to highlight domestic violence issues. She administers a Facebook group for Korean-American adoptees.

Bradley also serves with the Women in Computing employee resource group at ORNL and assists with Oak Ridge Computer Science Girls.

Cirrus’ Klapmeier taking on new role

Dale Klapmeier, chief executive officer of Cirrus Aircraft is leaving his current position with the company and transitioning to a senior advisory role in the first half of 2019.

A new CEO is expected to be named within that timeframe as an internal and external search is currently underway for the Knoxville-based firm.


“Reimagining personal transportation has been our lifelong mission at Cirrus Aircraft,”

Klapmeier says. “We’ve changed the face of aviation over the past 30 years – from delivering more than 7,000 of the world’s best-selling high-performance piston aircraft, to fundamentally rethinking how we

travel with the introduction of the world’s first single engine Personal Jet – the Vision Jet, to transforming our business into a lifestyle company that defines our path ahead.”

Over the past 30 years, Cirrus Aircraft has constantly raised the bar for performance, comfort and safety in personal aviation. The SR20, first introduced in 1999, was the first certified aircraft to be delivered with a whole-airframe parachute system. Cirrus transformed aviation again when it delivered the Vision Jet in 2016. Responsible for creating a new category, the Vision Jet was awarded the most prestigious accolade in aeronautics – the Collier Trophy.

“Transitioning out of day-to-day operations will give me the opportunity to focus on long term strategic opportunities,” Klapmeier says. “I could not be more confident in the team and I am excited for what lies ahead for the entire Cirrus family. For Cirrus Aircraft employees, partners and owners around the world, the best is yet to come.”

Knox County educators take on new jobs


Knox County Schools have announced new appointments as the new year begins.

Daniel Champion has been appointed principal of Knoxville Adaptive Education Center. He joined Knox County Schools in 2003 as a teacher at K.A.E.C.

He has worked as a teacher in Loudon County as well as at Karns Middle School and Vine Middle Magnet, where he was also a TAP master teacher. He began his career in administration in 2015 as an assistant principal at Vine Middle was assistant principal at Gresham Middle School and at Ridgedale Alternative.

Champion holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision UT-Martin.,


Jason Myers has been appointed principal of Bearden High School. He joined Knox County Schools in 2008 as a teaching assistant at Fulton High School.

Myers has also served as a special education teacher and lead teacher. He began his career in administration in 2013 as an administrative assistant and later assistant principal at West High School. Previously, he was principal of the Knoxville Adaptive Education Center

He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in special education, both from UT.

Dr. Elizabeth Howard has been appointed principal of Powell Middle School. She joined Knox County Schools in 2008 as assistant principal of Hardin Valley Academy.

Previously, Howard worked as a math teacher in Florida and Kentucky for more than eight years. She has also served as an assistant principal at West Valley Middle School and at Farragut High.

Howard holds an associate’s degree in Education from Southeast Community College and a bachelor’s degree in education from Union College, as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership and supervision and a doctorate degree, both from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.


Brent Glenn has been appointed principal of Karns Middle School. He joined Knox County Schools in 1997 as a teacher at Halls Middle School.

Previously, Glenn has also served as a teacher and a TAP Master and mentor teacher at Carter High School. He was selected to be part of the Leadership Academy in 2015 and placed at Hardin Valley Academy as an assistant principal. He has also served as an assistant principal at Career Magnet Academy and as an assistant principal at Austin East High School.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and an education specialist degree in administration, all from UT.


April Partin has been appointed principal of Shannondale Elementary School. She joined Knox County Schools in 2001 as a teacher at A.L. Lotts Elementary School.

Partin taught several years at A.L. Lotts and served as a lead teacher. She began her career in administration in 2012 when she was appointed assistant principal at A.L. Lotts. She also served as an assistant principal at Green Magnet Academy. She was selected to be part of the Leadership Academy in 2017 and placed at Karns Elementary School as an assistant principal.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in elementary education, both from UT and an education specialist degree in educational administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.

Strachn named CEO of Cosby Harrison

Crossville’s Cosby Harrison Company has appointed Adam Strachn as CEO.

Strachn is a fourth-generation member of the founding Harrison family and great-grandson of the company namesake, Cosby Harrison. He succeeds Steve Stone, who acted as interim CEO since the retirement of Cosby Stone in 2016.

Strachn graduated with bachelor’s degrees in both biology and accountancy from East Tennessee State University. He also has a master’s degree in accounting.

He graduated from Charlotte School of Law in 2014 and received his Tennessee law license in 2015. He began working at Cosby Harrison Company in September 2014.

Before becoming CEO, he was the executive director of Trade-A-Plane, the company’s flagship publication.

“I am both honored and excited to assume the role of Chief Executive Officer,” Strachn says. “It is a very exciting time at CHC as we are expanding our core business divisions while adding new products and services to strengthen our offerings to both our clients and end users. I look forward to working with CHC’s Executive Team over the coming years to expand the company that started on my great-grandfather’s kitchen table.”

“This is the transition from the third generation to the fourth,” says Stone who is now acting as executive vice president. “Adam is the right person to help to maintain and grow this business.”

The fourth generation, family-owned media company specializes in buy/sell marketplaces for aviation, heavy construction (Rock & Dirt), trucking (NextTruck), and oil and gas (Tradequip).

3 Thompson nurses earn DAISY awards

Thompson Cancer Network announces three nurses have won the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The honor was established in 1999 by the family of a patient who had received extraordinary care and compassion from his nurses during his final days.

The DAISY Award was presented to Nicole Carone, RN, Susan Rutherford, RN, and Cathy Morgan, RN.

Carone, who works in the radiation oncology department, was nominated for her dedication to excellent patient care.

Christie Cunningham nominated Nicole after witnessing the way she cared for her late husband while undergoing cancer treatment. She says, “When my husband was diagnosed with cancer, from the very beginning she was compassionate, humorous, and a thorough caretaker. She made a comment on his walking stick and even purchased a Gandalf beard for him so he could enjoy a moment of humor in the midst of grueling treatment and hard times.”


Susan Rutherford, is a patient navigator at the downtown Knoxville and was nominated for her outstanding patient advocacy efforts.

A former cancer patient and current Thompson Cancer Network volunteer nominated Susan, saying, “Susan helped me when I had questions about my cancer treatment and even took the time to explain to me the decisions my care team suggested for me during treatment.”

Morgan also works at the downtown center.

Multiple peers nominated her for always going above and beyond to make sure her patients are cared for.

“There was a time when she even split up her vacation to come in to work and assist with a difficult treatment for one of our patients,.” one nominator wrote.

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