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VOL. 43 | NO. 6 | Friday, February 8, 2019

ORAU promotes Moore to senior position

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Greg Moore, Oak Ridge Associated University senior facilities engineer, has been promoted to group manager of facilities management and engineering.

Prior to joining ORAU in 2017, Moore served as director of facilities project management at Scripps Networks Interactive. Before that, he worked as a project manager for Blaine Construction Corp.

Moore will oversee ORAU facilities engineering, maintenance, custodial services, and building and improvement projects while ensuring regulatory compliance and sustainability goals are met through efficient operating procedures.

“We are excited for Greg to take on this new role as he brings extensive long-range project management and infrastructure-improvement experience with him, says Chad Becker, ORAU director of the Facilities and Transportation Department. “We look forward to Greg adding many new ORAU projects to his comprehensive list of successful projects he previously has managed.”

Moore holds a degree in construction engineering technology from East Tennessee State University.

Cobb joins InfoSystems as vice president

William (Fred) Cobb has been named vice president of cloud services for InfoSystems, an information technology company based in Maryville and Chattanooga.


Cobb has more than 30 years of IT experience, having spent 25 years at Hewlett-Parkard.

Previously, he was vice president of services at Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, a Knoxville-based firm. He worked as a systems engineer, solutions architect, project manager, and cybersecurity professional for the Missile Defense Agency in Colorado Springs and for Discovery Networks.

“As more and more systems are digitized and as businesses rely much more heavily on cloud services, there’s been a shift away from personalized customer service — think Amazon Web Services and other entities that provide little to no customer interaction,” Cobb says. “What I want to do is ensure businesses in our region can have sophisticated technical needs met with unmatched customer service, by people right in their backyard.”

“A lot has changed since I started InfoSystems 25 years ago — but one thing that has remained the same is our commitment to employing the highest quality talent in our region,” says Clay Hales, founder, president and CEO at InfoSystems. “Having Fred join our executive team furthers that mission and allows us to continue delivering the most advanced technical services with a personalized approach that’s becoming so rare in our industry.”

Blount’s Mitchell named to association’s board

Kim Mitchell has been appointed to the Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association board of directors.


She is director of tourism for Blount Partnership, having joined that organization in 2014.

Previously, she was special events coordinator at the Helen Ross McNabb Center.

“I am honored to be appointed to the board,” Mitchell says. “Tennessee remains a prime destination for tourists, especially in East Tennessee, and I’m looking forward to working with the board to make sure our tourism industry continues to prosper.”

UTMC selects Gray as SVP, chief medical officer

Dr. Keith Gray will become senior vice president and chief medical officer at the University of Tennessee Medical Center on March 1.


Gray replaces Dr. Jerry Epps, who will retire after more than 30 years at the medical center.

Gray joined the medical center as a surgical oncologist in 2007.

“Keith’s leadership throughout the past decade has been incredibly valuable to our patients, team members, physicians and the entire community,” says Joe Landsman, president and CEO of The University of Tennessee Medical Center. “He’s proven his ongoing commitment to benefit the health of those we serve by advancing his own learning and skills, while also developing and inspiring fellow physicians and others around him. Keith is going to be an excellent chief medical officer.”

“I am honored and humbled to succeed Dr. Jerry Epps and to represent UTMC and such a talented and committed group of physicians,” Gray says. “From the establishment of Knoxville Area Project Access to championing the fight against opioid abuse, the chief medical officer role at UTMC is steeped in a legacy of servant leadership. I look forward to working with our team members and strategic partners to engage our community, continue to meet the comprehensive health care needs of our region and improve the health status of our state.”

Gray created the Gastrointestinal Tumor and Liver and Pancreas service lines, and co-founded the medical center’s Physician Leadership Academy, of which he also is a graduate. He served as chief of staff and has held three medical directorships, including his current role as medical director of the Operating Room Committee. He is chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and is a graduate of Leadership Knoxville 2016 and Leadership Tennessee class V.

He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Wake Forest University, completed his general surgery residency and surgical research fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and did his fellowship training in surgical oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. While at UTMC he earned his MBA from the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee.

Smith joins Christman as regional safety manager

The Christman Co. announces Steve Smith has been hired as regional safety manager, overseeing project safety and educating employees and trade contractor partners in support of the company’s comprehensive safety program.


Previously, Smith served as site safety manager at HTH Companies Inc. in both Knoxville and Beloit, Wisconsin. He also served for six years as safety and training supervisor at Noble Corporation in Sugar Land, Texas.

“Steven’s leadership will help us maintain our strong safety record and culture,” says Marty Gibbs, vice president and general manager for The Christman Company’s operations in Knoxville. “He will implement the safety protocols and hands-on training that will be effective at every level of our operations.”

Smith is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He earned a degree in political science from Penn State University and is pursuing a degree in occupational health and safety from Columbia Southern University. Smith holds industry certifications, including Occupational Hygiene Safety Technician from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and ServSafe Manager. He has completed OSHA 30 General Industry training.

UT’s Williams named emerging scholar for 2019

James Williams, University of Tennessee assistant professor of retail, hospitality and tourism management, has been chosen by “Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’’ as one of its top 15 emerging scholars for 2019.


Williams is the first UT faculty member to be honored by the magazine, which has published its list annually since 2001.

Scholars were selected based on a number of criteria, including research, educational background, publishing and teaching record, competitiveness of field of study, and broad impact on the academy.

“This is both a great honor for James and for the University of Tennessee,” says Tyvi Small, interim vice chancellor for diversity and engagement.

“James is a mentor and role model to students and a champion of diversity and inclusion on our campus,” Small adds. “He is a great example of how our university seeks to be an environment that is welcoming and supportive to all people.”

Williams joined the US Air Force Academy, and in 2001, he was named Airman of the Year at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. and mentors urged him to return to school. He also has two doctorates, teaches, lectures and is a writer, having written “From Thug to Scholar: An Odyssey to Unmask My True Potential.’’

“There are students who need to develop soft skills – such as confidence, teamwork, public speaking – that they may not have learned previously,” Williams says. “It is my job to connect these two areas, the worlds students know and don’t know, to prepare them to go out there and succeed as industry professionals and as people.”

Pickens, Boyd honored by KPD

Knoxville Police Department Officers John Pickens and Amy Boyd have been recognized as co-officers of the month for December.


Pickens has been with KPD since June 2006 while Officer Boyd has been with the department since July 2011.

The officers were involved in apprehending suspects in jewelry store robberies and a hit-and-run while fleeing the scene.

“There were multiple cases pending on these suspects from Shelby, Hamilton and Davidson counties in Tennessee, along with incidents in Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi,’’ KPD chief Eve Thomas says. “These officers used great judgment by warning other officers to the potential of more thefts and then following up by proactively searching for the suspects at multiple jewelry stores. Their efforts resulted in the takedown of suspects wanted in a multistate crime spree.”

In addition, the police department presented a unit commendation award to several employees for their hard work over the summer months repairing and updating Safety City.

Honored were officers Lori Banks, Geoff Murrett, Lee Shaw along with training specialists Joyce Minter, Austin Smith and Emily Tucker.

Safety City is an educational facility for second grade students maintained and staffed by the Knoxville Police Department. Since its establishment more than 17 years ago, training has been provided to approximately 178,000 students from Knox and surrounding counties.

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