SmartBank promotes Harris to senior VP

Friday, October 30, 2020, Vol. 44, No. 44

Tanner Harris has been promoted to senior vice president, Knox County Market Executive, for SmartBank.

Harris joined SmartBank in 2012 as a relationship manager. In his new role, he will oversee Knox County’s three offices and lead the bank’s efforts for continued growth and development in the region.

“Tanner is an engaging and effective leader who embodies all of the qualities we value in a team member at SmartBank,” says Mike Honeycutt, SmartBank’s Northeast Tennessee Regional President. “With his forward-thinking approach to client service, he always has the client top-of-mind and represents true community banking through his service and leadership.”

Harris has more than 17 years of banking experience and is a graduate of The University of Tennessee with a degree in business administration.

Denney, Durbin join ReVIDA Recovery Centers

ReVIDA Recovery Centers has hired Christian Denney as program director in Knoxville and hired Randy Durbin D.O., M.S.P.H. as a physician in ReVIDA’s Knoxville clinic.

Denney will lead the location’s business development and operations, and Durbin will join ReVIDA’s team of physicians.

Denney is a native of Knoxville and a graduate of Lincoln Memorial University, where he received a degree in business management.

Durbin has worked in health care quality improvement and consulting for Northwestern Memorial Hospital of Chicago, the Baptist Health System of Alabama, United HealthCare South, Inc., commercially, and in the government space for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the U.S. Northern Command (US-NORTHCOM), and the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Denney has a background in program coordination for those with substance use disorders. He has also worked as a case manager and counselor for those in recovery, providing compassionate counseling in coordination with a multidisciplinary team to provide individualized treatment plans for patients.

Durbin is a licensed physician (Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee) with emphasis on occupational medicine and urgent care, preventive medicine/wellness/public health, physical medicine/osteopathic manipulation, aesthetic medicine, and outpatient medically assisted opioid dependency treatment medicine. He has over 24 years of experience in health care, public health and health informatics, and over 28 years of experience in database programming and statistical analysis.

Wilmore headed back in space in 2021

University of Tennessee graduate Barry “Butch’’ Wilmore will return to space in 2021.

NASA has bumped Wilmore up to the flight crew of the inaugural launch of the CST Starliner, NASA’s latest crewed vehicle. Wilmore earned his master’s degree in aviation systems from UT through the UT Space Institute in 1994.

The Boeing Starliner is a crewed capsule that can be fitted to one of four different types of rockets.

Wilmore had been serving as backup for the flight since training for it began in 2018, but was moved to the prime crew after fellow astronaut Chris Ferguson bowed out of the mission.

Wilmore joins Nicole Mann and Mike Fincke on the flight, which will test the Starliner’s capabilities during a flight to the International Space Station sometime in 2021.

Wilmore’s previous missions include a 2009 flight with fellow UT alumnus Randy Bresnik, and a 167-day journey aboard the International Space Station in 2014, when he famously requested and received the SEC Network during his stay in space.

A native of Mt. Juliet, Wilmore is one of 10 UT graduates to have spent time in space, accounting for 1,150 days and around 18,400 orbits of earth.

PYA hires Jay as business alliances director

Larsen Jay has joined PYA as director of business alliances, working out of the Knoxville office.

Jay’s strategic planning, organizational change, and business management experience has served the private, not-for-profit, and government sectors for over 20 years. As a television and film producer, his award-winning work included critically acclaimed projects.

He founded and most recently served as chief executive officer of Random Acts of Flowers, a not-for-profit whose mission is to enhance the emotional health and well-being of individuals in health care facilities across the country.

He is a current Knox County Commissioner At-Large, and is known throughout East Tennessee for his civic engagement and leadership efforts, serving as a board member for many organizations.

“The PYA brand is widely known for integrity, expertise, innovation and perhaps most of all, relationships,’’ Jay says. “The opportunity to help businesses and organizations as a member of such an accomplished team is deeply rewarding.”

American Physical Society honors DOE’s Hearne

Sean Hearne has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society.

He serves as director of the Materials Science and Technology Division at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

APS recognized Hearne for his “outstanding contributions to the science and technology of thin-film materials and for visionary leadership of research institutions and professional societies.’’

Hearne, a lifetime member of APS, says, “It is quite an honor to be recognized by APS.”

“I’ve spent my career working in material science, but my roots are in physics,” he adds. “Being able to apply the techniques and foundations that I learned from the physics community in the materials space has brought me great pleasure.”

Hearne’s doctorate in solid state physics is from Arizona State University. His early career focused on research to advance materials science, nanofabrication and energy storage at Intel Corporation and Sandia National Laboratories. In 2001, he joined Sandia to be one of the founding scientists at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, which is jointly operated by Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratory. At Sandia, his career progressed, and he was named senior manager of Sandia’s Ion Beam Laboratory and the co-director of CINT.

He joined ORNL in 2019 as director of the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, and he currently leads a division that conducts fundamental and applied materials research for basic energy sciences programs and a variety of energy technologies, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation, conservation, fossil energy, fusion energy, nuclear power and space exploration.

CBBC brings veteran banker Carter on board

Robert Carter has joined CBBC bank as senior vice president and commercial relationship manager.

Carter has over 40 years of experience in managing and growing deposit and loan portfolios. He is a Leadership Knoxville 2017 graduate

Previously, he served as senior vice president for Bank of Tennessee. He actively volunteers in the community and is an executive board member and council treasurer with Boy Scouts of America and is committee chair for Rotary Club of Knoxville.

He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, the National Commercial Lending School, and the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.

Chickos joins Tennova Medical Group

Rosemary Chickos, D.O., a general surgeon, has brought her medical practice to Tennova General Surgery in LaFollette.

She is accepting new patients at her office at 919 East Central Avenue, Suite 201, LaFollette. Chickos also offers telehealth visits.

She is experienced in a wide range of general surgery procedures and techniques. She specializes in minimally invasive procedures, including laparoscopy, endoscopy and colonoscopy. Chickos has a special interest in hernia, gallbladder, appendix and colon surgery. She performs surgery exclusively at LaFollette Medical Center.

Chickos earned her medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed an internship and surgical residency at Summa Western Reserve Hospital.

She is board certified in general surgery. Before relocating to East Tennessee, Chickos was a practicing general surgeon in Murphy, North Carolina.

“When I completed my residency, I knew I wanted to practice general surgery at a community hospital where I could get to know my patients and provide personalized care,” Chickos says. “I am excited to make Campbell County my new home and also offer my patients advanced surgical procedures, including those that can be performed through tiny incisions. This means a faster recovery and smaller scars. I am especially passionate about helping my patients attain the best quality of life possible and get back to their normal activities ASAP.”

Alderman, Kenna receive grant for NEH initiative

Derek Alderman and Joshua Kenna with the University of Tennessee received a grant to host a three-week summer teacher institute in 2021 titled Geographic Mobility in the African American Freedom Struggle.

In preparation for the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States, the National Endowment for the Humanities put out a call for projects promoting a deeper understanding of American history and culture. The initiative, “A More Perfect Union,” provides funding opportunities across the agency’s seven grant-making divisions for projects that advance civic education and knowledge of our core principles of government.

Alderman and Kenna’s summer teacher institute will provide 25 K-12 educators from across the U.S. with an opportunity to participate in the NEH special initiative by exploring the history of the Civil Rights movement through geographic mobility – given that unfettered geographic mobility is a core democratic principle at the heart of the African American freedom struggle.

The proposed institute is a joint effort between Alderman, professor in the UT Department of Geography, and Kenna, associate professor in the UT Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, with support from the Tennessee Geographic Alliance, and Ethan Bottone (’20).

Stowers promoted to principal at Maryville Junior

Melissa Stowers has been named principal at Maryville Junior High.

Previously assistant principal at the school, Stowers, takes over for principal Lisa McGinley who is retiring. McGinley served the Maryville City Schools for 30 years, including posts as a teacher, guidance counselor and principal.

Stowers says she is “humbled to be selected and grateful for the example and leadership of Mrs. McGinley. Lisa leaves behind big shoes to fill and a legacy that will set the course for years to come.”

Stowers earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature at the University of Tennessee where she also completed her master’s degree and earned an Ed. S in educational administration.

She began her career at West High School as an English teacher and later moved to Carter High as the graduation coach, followed by three assistant principalship positions in the Knox County Schools.

Stowers was named assistant principal at MJHS in the summer of 2017.