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VOL. 43 | NO. 34 | Friday, August 23, 2019

Crossville’s Williams honored by MTSU

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William (Dick) Williams of Crossville will be inducted into the Robert E. Musto Tennessee Insurance Hall of Fame at Middle Tennessee State University.

Julie Mix McPeak and Mary Francis Miller of Nashville are the other inductees.

Williams has been president and CEO of The Plateau Group Inc. in Crossville and its two insurance subsidiaries, Plateau Insurance Co. and Plateau Casualty Insurance Co., since 1990. Before that, he was executive vice president/marketing for these companies and was one of the founders at the company’s inception in 1981.

His entire business career has been in banking or insurance. He has served on Tennessee’s governor-appointed Credit Life Advisory Committee since its inception in 1990 and currently serves as chairman of that committee.

He has been a director of Consumer Credit Insurance Association, a national industry association, since 1991, having served three terms as chairman, including consecutive terms from 1999-2001.

Martin earns senior status from IEEE association

Madhavi Martin, a researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elevated to the grade of senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Senior members are those who have worked in a relevant field for at least 10 years and have made significant contributions to the profession.


Martin is a staff scientist in ORNL’s Biosciences Division. Her research interests include laser induced breakdown spectroscopy, developing laser and imaging technologies for phenotyping plant species with a focus on biomass characterization and designing models to detect rare earth elements in natural materials and nuclear reactions. Martin’s efforts have focused on dendrochemistry using LIBS to correlate tree growth and development to global climate

Martin was honored by the Knoxville YWCA’s Tribute to Women in 2010 for her exemplary work in science and technology.

Former Duraline president takes on 4M’s top job

Paresh Chari has been named chairman and interim CEO of Knoxville-based 4M Carbon Fiber Corporation.

Mr. Chari has been on 4M’s board of directors since March 2018.


He retired from Duraline Corporation and its parent Mexichem in January. He served as chairman of the board and CEO of Duraline and as the president of Mexichem’s Fluent Group, a $4 billion global business with over 90 facilities and 15,000 employees worldwide.

Chari says, “I joined 4M’s Board a year ago as I was intrigued by its technology as an early stage company. The company has attracted key strategic and financial investors and is poised for growth.”

Paresh has an MBA from the University of Michigan as well as both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. He is also a certified public accountant and completed executive education programs at Northwestern and Harvard.

His prior experience includes executive roles at AT&T, Emerson and Halliburton.

Wang joins primary care at Family Clinic


Family Clinic of Oak Ridge has brought Joseph Wang on board as a primary care physician.




Wang brings three years of medical experience to our practice, and he is certified in family medicine. His clinical interests include preventive medicine.

He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the UT Health Science Center College of Medicine.

Family Clinic of Oak Ridge is at 100 Vermont Ave., Oak Ridge.

Census Committee members announced


The Knoxville area’s U.S. Census Joint Complete Count Committee, co-chaired by City of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, also includes Town of Farragut Mayor Ron Williams, members of Knoxville City Council, Knox County Commission, and representatives of various organizations.

Getting an accurate count in next year’s U.S. Census is important to the communities.

In addition to the mayors, members of the Knox County-Knoxville-Farragut Joint Complete Count Committee include:

 Chris Battle, community advocate and urban farmer;

 Ben Bentley, executive director and CEO, Knoxville’s Community Development Corp.;

 Justin Biggs, Knox County Commission;

 Myretta Black, director, Knox County Public Library;

 Martha Buchanan, director, Knox County Health Department;

Claudia Caballero, executive director, Centro Hispano;

 Rick Emmett, Downtown Coordinator, City of Knoxville;

Larsen Jay, Knox County Commission;

 Jane Jolley, Community Engagement director, Knox County;

 Barbara Kelly, executive director, Community Action Committee;

 Gwen McKenzie, Knoxville City Council;

 Phyllis Nichols, executive director, Knoxville Area Urban League;

Donde Plowman, chancellor, University of Tennessee;

 Rhonda Rice, executive vice president, Knoxville Chamber;

 Bob Thomas, superintendent, Knox County Schools;

Gene Thomas, pastor, Canaan Baptist Church of Christ;


Stephanie Welch, Knoxville City Council;

Gina Whitmore, director, Compassion Coalition.

ORNL’s Sefat recognized with physics fellowship

Athena Safa Sefat, a researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been awarded the Fellowship of the Institute of Physics.

The IOP is the professional society for physics in the UK and Ireland, where Sefat is internationally recognized for her “very high level of achievement in physics and an outstanding contribution to the profession.”

Sefat is a senior scientist in the Materials Science and Technology Division at ORNL. She is an ORNL Wigner Fellow (2008) and an Office of Science Early Career awardee (2010). She currently leads a DOE Basic Energy Sciences project researching quantum materials and serves as a scientific technical advisor to the BES Materials Sciences and Engineering Division.

Sefat is also an American Physical Society Fellow (2016).

Moxley Carmichael hires PR specialist

Lydia Bailey has been hired by Moxley Carmichael to assist the account executive team with client services in her role as a public relations specialist.

Bailey graduated with honors last May from Belmont University in Nashville with a bachelor’s degree in public relations. A Knoxville native, she served as an intern at Moxley Carmichael in the summer of 2018 prior to her senior year in college.


While at Belmont, Bailey served as chapter president for the Public Relations Student Society of America. She balanced academic coursework with community service and completed two other internships while in college with Lovell Communications in Nashville and the Knoxville Chamber.

Bailey also worked student jobs related to event planning, marketing and communications and held the position of PR Associate for Belmont’s student-run firm, Tower Creative Communications.

McNeeley welcomes Hagenson

C. Ryan Hagenson, DO, has joined the healthcare team at McNeeley Family Physicians.

Hagenson joins an expert medical team serving families in Clinton and the surrounding counties for more than 50 years.

He is board certified in family medicine and his clinical interests include preventative care and diabetes management.

Hagenson went to medical school at the William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine and did his residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Barge Design welcomes Vander Molen as lead

Barge Design Solutions, Inc. has hired Teresa Vander Molen as a creative lead in the firm’s Business Services Group.

Vander Molen

Vander Molen’s nearly 20 years of marketing and branding experience spans manufacturing, health care, tourism, and higher education sectors, with emphasis on driving awareness and engagement through visual storytelling.

Previously she served as a creative director for Cornett in Lexington, Kentucky.

She earned a degree in graphic design from Eastern Kentucky University. Her work has been recognized by the American Advertising Federation, Graphic Design USA, and the Kentucky Press Association.

Fugate receives American Chemical Society honor

Glenn Fugate has been recognized as a fellow by the American Chemical Society. The ACS Fellows Program started in December 2008 to recognize members of the ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession and the society.


Fugate works in the Isotope and Fuel Cycle Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

His research spans more than 25 years and centers around analytical chemistry, separations chemistry and radiochemistry. In addition to his work at ORNL, he also is an adjunct faculty member at Clemson University and the University of Missouri.

ETCH’s Purkey recognized by network

Charla Purkey of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital has been chosen by Solutions for Patient Safety as a Safety Champion.

SPS is a national network of children’s hospitals.

Purkey is bringing East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s own commitment to patient safety to a national level. SPS is the only nationwide organization specifically focused on pediatric patient safety and reducing associated Medicaid costs. Participating SPS hospitals share and learn from one another to accomplish nationwide goals and enhance patient care.

Purkey’s perseverance and leadership at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital has enhanced the patient and family experience. She was selected from more than 135 participating children’s hospitals for the safety award.

ACA International taps Knoxville student

The ACA International Education Foundation awarded 35 high school and college students scholarships, including a Knoxville area student.

A total of $50,000 in funding was given through the Loomer-Mortenson Scholarship program. ACA International is the leading voice of the accounts receivable management industry.

Emile Shaker of Pellissippi State Community College received a scholarship. A parent is employed by Wakefield and Associates, Knoxville.

Students employed by a company affiliated with the accounts receivable management industry or a dependent of an employee are eligible to apply for a scholarship.

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