Meet 10 of the latest hirings and promotions in the Chattanooga business community

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Evann Freeman has been promoted to vice president of government and community relations for EPB. A Chattanooga native, Freeman joined EPB in 2019 as a director of government relations after previously working as a senior liaison for former U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Jamaine Akins has been named deputy operations officer at Signal Centers. A Chattanooga native, Akins graduated from the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee as a licensed journeyman electrician and is a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

William Probasco has been promoted to associate relationship manager for The Trust Co. of Tennessee. Probasco, who earned a degree from the University of Tennessee in 2012, joined Trust Co. as a client specialist in 2021.

Dan Howard, a 38-year veteran of the television industry, has been named general manager for WDEF-TV in Chattanooga. Howard has worked for the past three years as sales manager for the Chattanooga station.

Jess Raby, a local sales manager for WDEF-TV, has been promoted to general sales manager for the CBS affiliate station in Chattanooga. Raby has worked for seven years in local sales for WDEF-TV.

Joseph (Joey) Thomas has joined Cempa Community Care as director of community health. Thomas spent several years as a foster care home assessor and case manager and has also served with the Chattanooga Fire Department for 12 years and retired as a Lieutenant.


Physician assistant Maegen Frizzell has joined CHI Memorial Neuroscience Institute's Neurosurgery and Spine Center. Frizzell is a graduate of the University of South Florida and Lincoln Memorial University and has 10 years of experience providing patient care in emergency room and neurosurgery clinic settings.

Dr. Stephanie Hinds joined CHI Memorial Primary Care Associates - Atrium. She earned her medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in Missouri, where she also completed her internal medicine residency.

Emily Allen Murphy has been named the first director of people and culture for the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. Murphy is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and earned a a master's degree in managerial sciences with a human resources concentration from Georgia State University.

Attorney Scott Simmons has been elected as a member of the Chattanooga-based law firm of Miller & Martin PLLC. Simmons joined Miller & Martin in 2019, specializing in labor and employment matters. He is an ordained Southern Baptist minister who served for several years as senior pastor of a local church after he earned his MBA and law degrees from the University of Tennessee.