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VOL. 42 | NO. 32 | Friday, August 10, 2018

Hammond appointed to Oak Ridge council

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Derrick Hammond is the newest member of the Oak Ridge City Council, having been appointed unanimously by the Council to fill the seat vacated by Hans Vogel.

To keep the seat, Hammond would have to win election on Nov. 6 race. The winner of that election will serve the final two years of Vogel’s unexpired term.

Hammond is the pastor of Oak Valley Baptist Church in Oak Ridge.

He holds a degree in chemical engineering from Auburn University. He also completed the dual master’s degree program at Samford University in 2006, earning a master’s degrees in divinity and business administration.

His technical experience includes two years with Mead Coated Board as a process engineer co-op and eight years of military experience with the U.S. Army Chemical Corps as a chemical operations specialist, receiving an honorable discharge from the Army Reserves in 1999.

Hammond serves as the finance commissioner for the Knoxville Baptist District Association, an adjunct professor for Tennessee Technical University, teaching personal and professional ethics and organizational behavior, and as a member of the Beeson Divinity School Alumni Advisory Board in Birmingham.

Pinnacle Knoxville announces new hires


Pinnacle Financial Partners in Knoxville announces Jason McGaha, Amanda Hankins, Kelley Giddens and Kandi Parrish have joined the team.

McGaha is a senior vice president and financial advisor for the client services group, where he will focus on cash management, credit analysis and financial management. Previously, he spent more than eight years with First Tennessee Bank, where he was a vice president and commercial relationship manager.




He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Tennessee and currently serves as vice chair of the United Way of Greater Knoxville’s outcome-based investment committee.

Hankins brings 16 years of experience to her role of senior vice president and credit advisor. Previously, she worked at Regions Bank in Knoxville, where she was a corporate debt products portfolio manager. Prior roles included serving as a portfolio manager for Wells Fargo Bank, and as a commercial real estate credit underwriter for AmSouth Bank.

Giddens joins Pinnacle as a financial advisor assistant. She comes from Regions Bank, where she spent 15 years in commercial relationship roles. Prior to that, Giddens worked for SunTrust Bank, where she was a branch support specialist. She is also based at Pinnacle’s Northshore Drive office.

Parrish joins the firm’s client services team as a financial specialist. Previously, she spent 22 years with Regions Bank, where her roles included serving as a branch service leader, teller supervisor/trainer and assistant branch manager. Parrish is based at Pinnacle’s Emory Road office.

Mayshark turns job over to Vreeland


Jesse Fox Mayshark, Knoxville’s senior director of communications and government relations, is leaving his position to return to journalism.

Eric Vreeland, the current deputy director of communications, will be promoted to fill Mayshark’s position.

“Jesse has been an incredible asset to my administration,’’ Mayor Madeline Rogero says. “His strong commitment to transparency, deep command of issues and policy, and his professional and personal ethics have made him a valued and highly-respected colleague among city staff.

“I will miss him dearly, and wish him success in his new adventure. We are fortunate to have such a talented and knowledgeable successor in Eric. He has done an outstanding job as deputy director, and he will ensure continued high standards as he leads our communication efforts.”

Mayshark joined the communications team in December 2011, when Mayor Rogero took office.

“I have been very fortunate to work for Mayor Rogero and alongside so many talented and committed professionals at the City of Knoxville, and I am deeply grateful for the opportunities I have had here,” Mayshark says.

“It has given me a great appreciation for the complexities of government at all levels. At the same time, I have been disheartened by the continued erosion of the local media, which has created serious gaps in information about important issues. I hope to help fill some of those gaps, and I’ll have more to announce about that in a few weeks.”

Vreeland came to the work for the city in 2013 after 26 years as a reporter and editor at the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Knoxville interns wrap summer job program


Mayor Madeline Rogero recently honored Knoxville’s 2018 summer interns.

The students worked for four weeks in July and were assigned to a specific department. The interns worked approximately 10 hours per week and met weekly for an hour to discuss topics including resume writing, interviewing, business etiquette and more.

Interns participating in the program included Jaylyn Ball (communications), Takiela Bone (police), Taryn Edwards (city court), Jacob Frederick (fire), Elizabeth Gardner (finance), Tony Hale III (purchasing), Anna Heneise (fire), Cynthia Johnson (police), Mikel Johnson (engineering/stormwater), Bryce Logan (engineering/traffic), Jared Lowe (pension), Makenzie Muckle (employee benefits and risk), Krista Nolan (sustainability), Benjamin Palya (KAT), Lina Ramos (neighborhoods), Kamryn Riddle (fleet services), Brooks Sabb (public service), Isaiah Sheadrick (SMG/Knoxville Convention Center), Jacob Terry (Chilhowee Park), Hailey Whitaker (real estate) and Sesaleigh Whitaker (parks and recreation).

4M Carbon Fiber adds Artinian to board


Knoxville-based 4M Carbon Fiber Corp., announces today Garo Artinian has been appointed to the board of directors.

Artinian is president and CEO of Artinian Holding, a global business advisory.

Artinian Holding specializes in supporting CEOs as they expand and integrate their businesses.

“Carbon fiber and composite materials are the future for many of the industries I have been involved with,” Artinian says. “I believe that 4M’s technology will revolutionize the manufacturing of carbon fiber, and I am proud to be part of the team.”

4M’s President Josh Kimmel says, “Mr. Artinian’s years of experience in growing and running a multi-billion-dollar global public company in a similar sector is a perfect strategic fit for 4M.’’

Corbett joins Johnson Architecture


Johnson Architecture recently hired University of Tennessee graduate Jeremiah Corbett as an intern architect.

“I’m glad to be able to launch my career in Knoxville,” Corbett says. “I am connected to the community, and the relationships I already have formed will help me going forward.

“The experienced architects at Johnson Architecture are perfect mentors who both guide me and welcome my input. The diverse range of clients also attracted me to the firm because I will be able to work on a variety of projects and especially draw on my interest in sustainable design.”

Corbett graduated in May with a degree in architecture. In 2017, he studied abroad at Krakow University of Technology in Krakow, Poland, where he focused on environmentally and socially responsible approaches to architecture, including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

“Jeremiah set himself apart in college, and we want to keep talented young architects in Knoxville,” says Daryl Johnson, founder and president of Johnson Architecture. “We also strongly believe in training the next generation. Jeremiah will bring new ideas and fresh perspective to our firm, and we look forward to helping guide his career.”

UT’s Smith earns PSA fellowship

Michael O. Smith has been elected as a Poultry Science Association Fellow.

He is a professor in the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Department of Animal Science.

Being named a fellow is one of the highest distinctions a PSA member can achieve.

It recognizes members of the Poultry Science Association for professional distinction and contributions to the field of poultry science without concern to longevity.

“The fact that my peers think enough of me to nominate me, the Committee of Fellows voted for me and the Board of Directors endorsed me to be named a Fellow of the Poultry Science Association, the pre-eminent poultry science organization in the world, is indeed a singular honor,’’ Smith says.

Smith, who specializes in poultry production, was born in Jamaica and holds a diploma in agriculture from the Jamaica School of Agriculture. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture, a master’s in animal science and a Ph.D. in animal nutrition from Oklahoma State University.

Smith began his UTIA career as an assistant professor in 1988 and rose to the rank of professor in 2003.

At the national level, Smith received the Minority Access Incorporated National Role Model Faculty Mentor Award for Exemplary Achievements in Motivating, Counseling and Guiding Others, the NACTA Teaching Award of Merit Certificate from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture and was twice nominated for the PSA Purina Mills Teaching Award.

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