J.R. Moss of Nashville is the new program director of the Athens Area Council for the Arts in Athens, Tenn.
Moss holds a bachelor's degree in political science and mass communication from Middle Tennessee State University, a master's of business administration from MTSU and a master's of health administration from the University of Memphis.
As a principal consultant for Revival Institute in Knoxville, he focused on training clinical personnel in management and leadership techniques to improve organizational performance.
The mission of the Athens Area Council for the Arts' is to enrich the quality of life by providing opportunities for the expression and appreciation of the arts in Athens and McMinn County area.
Grace Brody, a seventh-grader at Girls Preparatory School, played the role of Emerson in the short film, "The Boy Scout," taped this summer in Atlanta.
The film revolves around a Girl Scout troop in danger of being shut out of competing in a dance competition. When a boy infiltrates their already dysfunctional troop, they realize they have a lot more to learn than a dance. In "The Boy Scout," Grace worked with Oscar-nominated actress Judy Davis and Amanda Foreman of "Parenthood."
Grace, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Kirk Brody, will continue acting with Disney director John D'Aquino ("Cory in the House") during a three-day intensive course in Los Angeles in January. She has signed with Erik Lingvall of The Acting Camp in Los Angeles and the Atlanta Workshop Players.
Will Thomas, 17, a student at Richard Hardy Memorial High School, has been named a Leo of the Year by Lions Clubs International for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
Lions Clubs sponsor 6,400 Leo Clubs in 140 countries. The service club is designed to teach leadership skills and promote community service.
Thomas is a charter member of the Richard Hardy Leo Club. He participated in the Lions Club golf marathon for four years, raising nearly $2,000, in the Beene Pearson Library Christmas open house for four years, holiday food drives and was named Leo of the Year by Tennessee Lions. He also attended the Leo Summit in Hamburg, Germany.
McCallie School's leadership organization, TEPS, inducted 19 young men into its ranks in a Chapel ceremony on Oct. 11.
TEPS is an honor society and service organization for sophomores who have demonstrated spirit, service and leadership. The group is named for Dr. Thomas Edwards Peck Woods, who taught at McCallie and served as associate headmaster from 1921 to 1948.
New inductees are students Michael Brown, Arjun Chander, Ace Damodaran, Dan Harper, Griff Jayne, Parker Marshall, Corey McDonald, Nic Najjar, Nathan Newbold, Nicholas Norris and Nicholas Seay.
Boarding students include Nathan Adie, Auckland, New Zealand; Joey Belisle, Austin, Texas; Ryland Chapman, Atlanta; Jay Gibbs, Morrisville, N.C.; Andrew Gwaltney, Birmingham, Ala.; Ajay Romeo, Statesville, N.C; Dustin Smith, San Antonio, Texas; and William Via, Wilson, N.C.