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Woody, Samples named First Horizon branch managers

First Horizon Bank has named Michael Woody as manager of the banking center at Hamilton Place and Corey Samples as banking center manager and assistant vice president at the 25th Street banking center in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Woody has been with First Horizon since August 2020, and has worked in financial services for more than nine years. The Ooltewah native and graduate of The University of Tennessee at Knoxville comes to his new position well-prepared after serving in a similar position within the bank.

"We are excited to have Michael in this new role. His hard work and ability to connect with his customers makes him a great representative for First Horizon and we're glad to have Michael in this key role," said Chattanooga Market President Jay Dale.

Woody and his family relocated from upper east Tennessee two years ago to accept a position with First Horizon.

Samples has been with First Horizon since October 2019, and has worked in financial services for more than 13 years.

As Banking Center Manager, Samples manages all aspects of the customer experience, as well as operations of the center. He also helps clients achieve their financial goals, such as building their savings through bill consolidation and helping them grow their money by partnering with the local First Horizon Advisor.

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"I am thrilled to have Corey in this new role. He works hard to provide the best experiences for our customers and is always willing to go the extra mile to make sure they are getting what they need, and that is something we value," said Cleveland market president Bill Martin.

A Cleveland native, Samples has an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Business and Management from Cleveland State. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two children and also loves playing golf as much as possible.


Erlanger blood gas lab receives accreditation

Erlanger' Arterial Blood Gas Laboratory has achieved accreditation from the College of American Pathologists based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the organization's accreditation programs.

Erlanger's arterial blood gas lab is one of more than 8,000 accredited facilities worldwide.

"I would like to thank Trisha McClellan, Kelli Helsdon, Heith Townsen, and Terry Ellis for their unwavering support in this initiative," said Erlanger Arterial Blood Gas Laboratory Medical Director's Dr. Jigme Sethi. "This accreditation highlights our team's hard work dedication to providing the highest quality of care to all of our patients."

The U.S. federal government recognizes the College of American Pathologists Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government's own inspection program.

During the accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory's records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. Inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.


Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency Receives Gordon Acuff Award

Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency was recently awarded the 2021 Gordon Acuff Award of Excellence at the Tennessee Association of Human Resource Agencies annual training conference.

The award is named after the late Gordon Acuff, a pioneer and champion for social service programs who worked with members of the Tennessee General Assembly to write the Human Resource Agency Act of 1973. The Act created nine regional human resource agencies to support families in need.

Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency was recognized for outstanding service to the southeast Tennessee counties through their Give-A-Kid-A-Chance program. The Give-A-Kid-A-Chance program eases families' back-to-school financial burden and gives students school supplies for a positive start to the school year.

In collaboration with the health councils in the group's service area and in partnership with local businesses, government entities, and faith-based organizations, the number of backpacks distributed at the one-day event in Sequatchie County totaled 600, and the total for the region was 3,500 backpacks. It is estimated this program saved families more than $30 per child.


Huff Joins Cempa Community Care as Advocacy & Development Administrator

Miles Huff has joined Cempa Community Care as advocacy and development administrator. In this role, Huff will oversee development, outreach, and government relations.

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Huff previously served as vice president of talent initiatives at the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. He directed corporate social responsibility at Unum prior to his Chamber appointment. Huff, a recent "20 Under 40" honoree in Chattanooga, has long been involved with Cempa as a volunteer, and this full-time position is a natural extension of that partnership.

"Bringing Miles into the Cempa fold in a full-time capacity is one of the most organic hires we've ever made," said Shannon Stephenson, CEO at Cempa Community Care. "We have been grateful for his commitment to this organization over the past few years, and we are excited that the mission he's been compelled to support in his spare moments is now something that he will be able to advance with the bulk of his time and talents. Our organization and community will benefit greatly from this addition."


Wynn joins the board for Boys & Girls Clubs

LaMarlon Wynn, the site server operations lead at the Google Bridgeport, Alabama operation center, has been elected to the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chattanooga.

Wynn is an Information Technology management professional with more than 20 years of experience managing network support teams and directing IT projects. Prior to working at Google, LaMarlon worked at Equifax in Atlanta, Ga. leading a network operations team supporting the company's global footprint that included North and South America, the EU/UK and Australia.

"We are pleased to welcome LaMarlon to the Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga board," said LaTonya Lyons, Board Chair. "LaMarlon's experience in teaching youth technology and STEM-related skills will greatly enhance our teen members' experience".

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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