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VOL. 42 | NO. 6 | Friday, February 9, 2018

Hashemian named to Energy Policy Council

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Dr. Hash Hashemian has been appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to the Tennessee Energy Policy Council.

He is president and CEO of AMS Corporation, headquartered in Knoxville. The body makes recommendations to the governor and General Assembly on how to manage energy resources throughout the state. It is made up of individuals in the energy sector whose individual characteristics, professional accomplishments and dedication to the economic well-fare and citizens of the state are deemed exceptional.

Hashemian is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of nuclear power plant instrumentation and control maintenance.

Over the course of a distinguished 40-year career, Hashemian’s meritorious level of commitment, hard work and dedication has been a paramount influence in ensuring the safe and cost-efficient operation of virtually every nuclear power plant in the U.S., as well as many in Europe and Asia.

Barton’s donation boosts nonprofit


Dr. Eric W. Barton, president and CEO of LexLin Gypsy Ranch, has donated $850,000 to Blount County-based Mane Support, enabling a substantial expansion of the nonprofit organization’s equine-assisted grief counseling services.

Barton’s donation includes 14 Gypsy Vanner horses from LexLin Gypsy Ranch, fencing and equipment. Ten of the 14 horses will be sold to sustain and expand Mane Support’s equine-assisted programs.

The donation also includes “Leading by the Reins,” a leadership development program currently operating at Peak Technical Institute where Barton is president and CEO. Mane Support will inherit the name and curriculum to continue the program in Blount County.

“This gift from Eric Barton goes far beyond its monetary value,” says Kimberly Henry, Mane Support CEO and founder. “It allows us to add more staff, broaden our reach and serve more people who are facing the difficulties of grief and loss. It’s impossible for me to fully express how meaningful and impactful this gift is, how broadly it reaches and how deeply we appreciate Eric’s generosity.”

Bell appointed acting dean of UT’s EHHS program


Sherry Mee Bell, head of the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education at the University of Tennessee, is now acting dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.

Bell earned her bachelor’s degree in education at UT. While working as special education resource teacher in Knox County, she returned to UT to complete her master’s degree in educational psychology and later her Ph.D. in school psychology.

She began serving as an adjunct instructor at UT in 1995 and was appointed to the faculty in 2000. She currently leads the college’s largest department, which houses most of UT’s primary teacher preparation programs.

As acting dean, Bell will oversee operations of the college, which includes the Bailey Graduate School of Education.


Also in the School of Education, Mary Jane Moran has been named head of the Child and Family Studies Department. She had previously been serving as interim.

Moran completed her bachelor’s degree in special education in speech and hearing in 1975. She then obtained her masters in child and family studies in 1976.

Moran earned her Ph.D. at the University of New Hampshire where she was on the faculty and served as the director of the university Child Study and Development Center. In 2001, Moran returned to UT when she accepted a position as an assistant professor, then associate, reaching full professor in 2017.


In more College of Education news, David Bassett, Jr., has been named department head for Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Studies. Previously, he was interim department head.

His research focuses on the measurement of physical activity and energy expenditure in humans, using objective methods.

He received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Oberlin College, a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Ball State University, and a Ph.D. in physical education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

He has been with UT since 1988 where he started as an assistant professor, and he was appointed director of the Applied Physiology Laboratory in 1994, and he became a full professor in 2001.

Summit Medical welcomes Knowles


Dr. Brendan Knowles has joined Summit Medical Group as an internal medicine physician. He is working in the office of Michael Passarello, M.D., and is accepting new patients.

Previously, Knowles worked as a physician at Glendive Medical Center in Glendive, Montana, and he earned a bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University in 2004 and continued his medical education at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine in 2013.

Knowles is board-eligible by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine (AOBIM) and a member of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI) and American College of Physicians (ACP).

Passarello’s office is located at 501 20th St., Suite 404, in Knoxville.

Oak Ridge Schools names top teachers for 2018-19

Oak Ridge Schools have announced its school-level teacher of the year winners nominated by the system’s principals and peers for 2018-2019.

Linda Dalton is the Oak Ridge Schools Preschool teacher of the year. She teachers three- and four-year-old students and has 17 students in her class who remain with her for two school years. Her philosophy is “all children can learn.’’

She works with each child individually, and this individualization applies throughout the day with many tasks and skills to bring all students success. Lisa Downard is her principal.

Lauren Blair is the Glenwood Elementary teacher of the year. She is a first-grade teacher who believes that collaboration is the key to success for educators and their students, and she attributes her success in the classroom to truly getting to know her students’ learning styles, strengths and areas to strengthen. Blair is a STEM coach who provides leadership in the AdvancED STEM certification process. Pearl Goins is her principal.


Lisa Buckner is the Linden Elementary teacher of the year. She is a third-grade teacher who says she believes that effective teachers model lifelong learning in their professional and personal lives, always seeking to know more and seek solutions that ignite more questions, creating a cycle of learning. Buckner is a STEM coach who also write grants to design STEM-rich opportunities for students. Roger Ward is her principal.

Donna Grove is the teacher of the year at Willow Brook Elementary. She is a reading specialist who works with students in need of reading intervention to help them move toward grade level success. Her primary goal is to foster growth and success in school, specifically by developing positive feelings about learning and about themselves. Her principal is Sherrie Fairchild-Keyes.


Michael Martin is teacher of the year at Woodland Elementary. He is a third-grader teacher says he believes that students can reach maximum potential emotionally, socially, and academically when they feel safe and comfortable. He served as a leader in the AdvancED STEM certification process, implementing a culture of exploration and discovery to enhance student engagement. His principal is D.T. Hobby.

Steve Riddick is the Jefferson Middle School teacher of the year. He is an 8th grade American History teacher who says he believes there is no more relevant or exciting subject to teach, as students are “citizens in training,” who will one day vote, pay taxes, serve our country and be part of our local, national and global communities. Phil Cox is his principal.

Bob O’Connor is teacher of the year at Robertsville Middle School. He teachers 5th-8th grade special education. The students he serves have all struggled in school environments that do not account for or address their disabilities. He uses techniques such as Conflict Resolution and Collaborative Problem Solving to help students develop these skills. Tonya Childress is his principal.

Donna Gilbert is the teacher of the year at Secret City Academy. She teaches middle school mathematics, social studies and social skills and has served in a wide range of roles in public education over twenty years including teaching all core subjects and life skills courses as well as district-level instructional coaching and support roles. Christopher Scott is her principal.

Leslie Shelton is the Oak Ridge High teach of the year. She teaches 9th to 12th grade English. She says students are willing to try new things in an atmosphere where they feel challenged, supported and valued. She is one of the school’s STEM Innovators tasked with integrating STEM, PBL, the 4 Cs (Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Critical Thinking) in student work for AdvancED STEM certification. Martin McDonald is her principal.

MLK Commission names award winners


Knoxville’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission recognized individuals who are “transforming the community by committing to service.’’

The award for advocacy went to the Knoxville NAACP.

The individual 2018 honorees are:

  • Clarence Swearengen, winner of the chair’s award
  • Rick Staples, winner of the distinguished service award
  • Stan Johnson, winner of the community service award
  • Brandi Thomas, winner of the education award
  • Frank Shanklin, Jr., and Shanklin & Sons Carpet, winner of the business award;
  • Brian Salesky, winner of the arts award
  • Chris Blue was honored as the grand marshal of the annual MLK Day parade.

Morristown adds 3 new police officers

The Morristown Police Department hired three new members who were sworn in at the end of January. Mason Wisecarver, Kelsey Hickey and Ernesto Rodriguez have joined the department and will begin field training after a complete orientation.

Wisecarver has already completed the Basic Police Academy and Rodriguez has prior law enforcement experience.

Hickey will begin her field training while attending Walters State Basic Police Academy.

Earlier this month, Joshua Johnston started his career with the department and is currently attending the Walters State Basic Police Academy.

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