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VOL. 41 | NO. 28 | Friday, July 14, 2017

Rep. Brooks donates $66,000 to schools

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Retiring Rep. Harry Brooks recently donated $66,000 to four Knox County High Schools.

The Republican, who has been in public service for 16 years representing the 19th district, has decided not to run for re-election.

The funds were left over from his campaigns. He gave the grants to Gibbs, Carter, South-Doyle and Halls.

The amount each school received was based on the number of registered voters in each school zone.

Gibbs Principal Jason Webster, Carter Principal Angie Messer and South-Doyle Principal Tim Berry collected $25,932, $19,283 and $10,639, respectively.

Patti Bounds, chairman of the board of education, accepted a $10,639 check on behalf of Halls as Principal Mark Duff was unable to attend. Each school will decide how to use its donations.

“Harry Brooks is a friend to Knox County Schools and a long-time community servant,” Superintendent Bob Thomas says. “We are grateful for this generous gift and can’t wait to see how the schools put the money to use.”

New scholarship at Maryville very special


Dr. Tom Bogart, president of Maryville College, has established a scholarship in his wife’s name to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.

The money he gave was for the Mary Madora Denney Bogart Endowed Scholarship, a financial award to assist non-traditional students enrolled at the college.

The first recipient of the scholarship will be named this fall.

At a campus luncheon event, Bogart spoke about the different ways students seek higher education.

“But there is not just one path to college,” Bogart told the crowd, citing Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect initiatives aimed at helping more people start a post-secondary education (mostly through community colleges) and finish it.

“I’m passionate about this topic because I’m married to someone who took the scenic route,” Bogart told attendees. “After high school, Mary went to a liberal arts college but didn’t stay. She got a job as a bank teller and later started taking classes at a community college.”

As a non-traditional student, Bogart’s wife graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education from Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, in 1991. She completed a master’s degree in English and creative writing from Cleveland State University in 2005.

“Next month, Mary and I will celebrate a significant wedding anniversary – 25 years,” Bogart explained to the luncheon attendees. “So, for 25 years, I’ve had the pleasure of personal inspiration and support from her.

“… I decided to give money to create an endowed scholarship at Maryville College that is targeted to non-traditional students with a preference for transfer students from community colleges,” he said. “It will be called the Mary Madora Denney Bogart Endowed Scholarship.”

Jackson to leave First Tee for new role


Diondre Jackson has announced he is launching a new independent nonprofit organization.

He is leaving the post as executive director of The First Tee of Greater Knoxville. Archie Ellis will serve as interim executive director.

The First Tee of Greater Knoxville helps young people under the age of 18 with educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

Jackson is forming a new nonprofit organization called Penultimate Development.

It will include a 10-month leadership and career development Penult Leadership Program, “designed to transform at-risk youth by nurturing their spiritual, personal and professional development.’’

The organization will serve as complement The First Tee, providing young adults ages 18-24 with the tools and skills for success.

“Diondre’s leadership and dedication have benefited not only our organization and its participants but also the larger community we serve,” says Alan Gibb, board chairman of The First Tee of Greater Knoxville. “While we will miss having him at the helm, he has our full support. Penultimate Development is a needed outgrowth of our youth programs and a natural evolution of the services we have provided to the community.”

The First Tee of Greater Knoxville expanded from 200 kids to more than 17,000 young people in Knox, Sevier and Loudon counties under Jackson’s leadership. He also created an after-school program for East Knoxville children.

He helped Williams Creek Golf Course become one of the best Par 3 golf courses in the country and ranked fourth in the state.

“I have loved every minute of my 12 years at The First Tee and Williams Creek Golf Course helping young people reach their full potential in life,” Jackson said. “I view this transition not as a departure but as an extension of what we’ve accomplished.’’

DOE honors ORNL researchers

Sustainable Transportation Program researchers from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently received Department of Energy Distinguished Achievement Awards.

The honorees are:

Larry Allard of the Materials Science and Technology Division was recognized for increasing fundamental understanding of materials.

Felix Paulauskas of MSTD was honored for his outstanding research on plasma oxidation for carbon fiber conversion.

Tim Burress, Jason Pries, Lixin Tang, and Randy Wiles of the Electrical and Electronics Systems Research Division were honored for their development of a novel ferrite motor that achieves 75 percent higher power than comparable commercial motors without the use of rare earth permanent magnets, lowering costs for electric drivetrains.

Josh Pihl, Stuart Daw, and Vitaly Prikhodko of the Energy and Transportation Science Division were recognized for their technical leadership in managing the Cross Cut Lean Exhaust Emissions Reduction Simulations (CLEERS) initiative.

ETSD co-authors Zhenhong Lin and Changzheng Liu and contributor James Li along with co-authors from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory received recognition for a report estimating the bounds and important factors for fuel use and consumer costs of connected and automated vehicles.

ORNL’s Baddorf, Li earn fellowships


The American Vacuum Society has named two Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers as fellows.

Arthur Baddorf and An-Ping Li are the honorees.

AVS fellowship is a selective and prestigious honor reserved for members who have made sustained and outstanding technical contributions in research, technical advancement, academic education or managerial leadership for at least 10 years.


Baddorf is the leader of the Scanning Probe Microscopy group at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, a DOE Office of Science User Facility at ORNL. He has more than 25 years of materials research experience and serves on a number of ORNL and national advisory boards.

Li is a senior researcher and theme leader in the Scanning Probe Microscopy group. He is also a joint faculty professor at the University of Tennessee and recipient of multiple research and performance awards from ORNL.

UT nursing professor takes on radio show


A University of Tennessee nursing professor has launched a new radio series on WUOT called HealthConnections.

Carole Myers, an associate professor in the College of Nursing, will join WUOT’s Brandon Hollingsworth to discuss health-care issues that are making news.

The program will air twice a month.

“The idea for HealthConnections has been evolving for quite some time,” says Myers. “I have a long-standing interest in policies related to health and health care, how policy is made and evaluated and access to high-quality, cost-effective care for everyone.”

Listener-supported WUOT 91.9 FM is licensed to UT, is a member of NPR and is an affiliate of Public Radio International and American Public Media.

Morgan named Career Center director


Brad Morgan is the new leader of the Bettye B. Lewis Career Center in the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Dean Melanie D. Wilson announced his new position. Morgan has served as the Bettye B. Lewis Career Center interim director since May 2016.

“Brad is incredibly qualified for this new challenge and has already proven himself to be a remarkable leader,” Wilson says. “Over the past year, Brad has unified a team of career service professionals, and together they have achieved remarkable positive impacts on employment outcomes for our students and graduates.”

Morgan joined the College of Law in 2010 as the mentoring and access to justice coordinator. He helped develop the college’s mentoring program and oversaw UT Pro Bono. He worked with legal service providers to grow the program that, under his leadership, saw a 40 percent increase of student body participation.

Morgan also has served as associate director of the Institute for Professional Leadership from 2014 until 2017. He has taught a variety of courses during the past several years at UT.

“I am so excited and pleased to have the opportunity to serve in this role as we pursue continued excellence,” Morgan says.

“As the legal market continues to evolve, we are dedicated to working with students, employers and alumni to achieve value added results.”

Morgan earned his J.D. and MBA degrees at the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. He worked in private legal practice for six years before entering academia.

In 2014, Morgan was named the Tennessee Justice Center Pro Bono Attorney of the Year.