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Bill Killian joins Chambliss law firm

Former U.S. Attorney William "Bill" C. Killian has joined the Chattanooga law firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C. Killian will concentrate his practice on regulatory investigations, white collar criminal defense and governmental law.

Killian has been trying cases for more than 40 years and has extensive experience in representing, advising, and defending clients in governmental and administrative matters and white-collar criminal defense cases. He will assist Chambliss' clients in the health care, financial services, government utilities, manufacturing, and public service industries.

Killian served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee from 2010 to 2015 and has extensive experience with federal, state, and local courts, including various state supreme courts.

"I have known many attorneys at Chambliss for as long as I have been practicing law," said Killian. "Chambliss is known for its highly qualified lawyers and quality representation of its clients. I'm looking forward to being a part of this team and helping expand the firm's capabilities in governmental compliance and investigations and white collar criminal defense."

Gravitt inducted into Auctioneers Hall of Fame

The Tennessee Auctioneers Association has named named state Rep. Marc Gravitt, R-East Ridge, as the newest member to the Tennessee Auctioneers Hall of Fame.

Rep. Gravitt served six years in the U.S. Army, afterward he began his professional career in the family business as an auctioneer and real estate broker. In 1996 he graduated from the Certified Auctioneers Institute held at Indiana University. Additionally, he has received the Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate and Graduate Personal Property Appraiser from the National Auctioneer Association.

"I nominated Rep. Gravitt because he has not only shown leadership and professionalism in our industry, but also Rep. Gravitt has dedicated his life to giving back to his community," said Hall of Fame Vice President Bobby Colson from Nashville. "He served in the U.S. Army, served as President of two 501c6 and one 501c3 non-profit organizations, has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for area non-profits, as well as having served as an elected official."

Rep. Gravitt becomes only the second person from the Chattanooga area to receive this honor. The first was his father, Ken Gravitt, inducted in 2008, who first entered the real estate and auction professions in 1972.

Collins, Clark join EMJ Corp.

EMJ Corp., a Chattanooga-based family of construction services companies, has added Heather Collins as senior vice president of people and Brent Clark as controller.

Collins has more than 20 years of experience in employee resources-related fields. She most recently served as vice president of human resources for EnSafe, Inc., an engineering and environmental firm, and previously, as the senior vice president and chief talent officer at Archer Malmo, an advertising and marketing firm.

In her new role, Collins works with executive leadership to implement changes in EMJ's employee culture and resources, which includes EMJ's recruiting, training and development, benefits and employee relations teams.

"Heather brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our People Department and will be a great asset to our corporation as we continue to invest in our team," said Burt Odom, CEO of EMJ.

Clark is a certified public accountant with nearly 20 years of experience. He most recently served as vice president of Pugh CPAs where he primarily supported and advised clients in the construction, real estate development, manufacturing, and small business industries. Before that, he spent three years as chief financial officer of MEDIC Regional Blood Center, where he was responsible for all accounting operations, budgeting, and human resources.

In his role, Clark will work with EMJ's leadership to oversee all accounting operations within the family of companies and assist with financial affairs and analyses of operations to support financial decision-making.

"Brent's industry experience and accounting expertise make him a great addition to our team, and I look forward to the insight he will provide as a leader within our family of companies," said Holly Bischoff, EMJ's vice president of finance and accounting.

BlueCross names Jones to head clinical strategy

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has named Patricia Jones as director of clinical strategy.

In this role, Jones will oversee clinical operations, utilization management and population health programs that support members across all BlueCross lines of business.

Jones previously served with Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield as manager of Blue AdvantageSM national accounts medical affairs, overseeing five specialty teams for a major national account. Prior to that, she served as supervisor of renal program case management and as regional coordinator of general and transplant case management. Before joining Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, she was a case manager for a renal center and a large provider practice in Denver.

"Patricia brings significant experience to this role, including oversight of a national account's case management program and many years in patient care," said Dr. Andrea Willis, BlueCross senior vice president and chief medical officer. "These will be instrumental as she develops clinical programs and policies that help members access cost-effective and quality-focused care."

Jones is a certified case manager (CCM) and is a graduate from Chamberlain College of Nursing.

Newsome named to head McKee human resources

McKee Foods Corp., has promoted Mark B. Newsome to vice president of human resources.

Newsome has been the director of corporate human resources since 2013. He joined the McKee Foods family as a human resources generalist in 1981 before acceding to positions as senior human resources generalist, corporate/manufacturing human resources manager and senior corporate human resources manager.

Newsome is responsible for HR services, compensation and benefits, corporate human resource information systems, corporate health and wellness, corporate safety, corporate property protection, corporate communications and public relations and talent acquisition.

Cornerstones, Inc. announces board

Four directors have joined the board of Cornerstones, Inc., Chattanooga's historic preservation organization led by Executive Director Ann Gray.

Bob McNutt, of McNutt Consulting, will continue in the role of president of the board.

Priscilla Dietterich, local owner of several historic properties downtown such as the Dome and James Buildings; Leanne Kinney, who rehabs historic homes in the St. Elmo and Highland Park neighborhoods; Jay Martin, founder and managing partner for a design|build firm; and Gabe Thomas, co-owner and CEO of Collier Construction; will be joining the 20-member board.

MCA of Chattanooga elects new board

Jacqueline Hammer is the new director of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Chattanooga. She comes to the local trade group from Illinois and was introduced the the association at its annual Christmas celebration.

The association also has has elected its board for 2018. The officers of the local trade group include Bart Bledsoe, president; Bill King, vice president; John Raulston, secretary treasurer; Rick Pollard, director, and Judy Gober, event coordinator.

The MCA of Chattanooga is best known for its late summer golf tournaments, where part of the proceeds going to the local Ronald McDonald House. They also support Bethel Bible Village, in Chattanooga, and other local charities in the area.

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