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Alumni News: Fox, Graham, Holt, John, and Tombras

January 2017 Alumni NewsTwo CCI grads are among this year’s Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40: Casey Fox (MS/IS ’15), library fund development manager for Knox County Public Library and the first recipient of the Jane Ray scholarship http://www.knoxnews.com/story/money/business/journal/2017/01/02/40-under-40-casey-fox/94814834/; and Katie Oglesby Graham (BA/CS ‘00), senior manager for LBMC (health care compliance consulting) http://www.knoxnews.com/story/money/business/journal/2017/01/02/40-under-40-katie-graham/95299064/.

Anne Holt Blackburn (BS/JEM ‘73) stepped away from her position as primary news anchor at Nashville’s WKRN News 2 at the end of January after 37 years of distinguished service. She will stay with the station to work on a variety of other news and feature assignments. Her pioneering broadcast career and dedicated service to the University of Tennessee and the Nashville community make her among the most distinguished and decorated of CCI alums. Some particularly notable UT/CCI highlights/awards include: being honored in 2010 as a UT Notable Alumni, being honored in 1994 as one of the inaugural recipients of CCI’s Donald G. Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award, serving as a member of the UT Board of Trustees and as a member of CCI’s Board of Visitors, and receiving the 2014 UT Knoxville Alumni Association’s Alumni Service Award.  

UT’s Alumnus magazine named Build-a-Bear President and CEO and CCI Board of Visitors member Sharon Price John (BS/AD ’86) as one of its 100 Distinguished Alumni (p. 46). John received CCI’s Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014 and UT Knoxville’s Distinguished Alumna Award in 2016. Her recent appearance on an episode of CBS’s Undercover Boss can be viewed at CBS All Access

Tombras Group President and CEO and CCI Board of Visitors member Charlie Tombras’ (BS/JEM ’64) company was highlighted in Adweek for its development of a virtual-reality game, LAST CALL – 360, for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to raise awareness of the dangers of impaired driving (See http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/vr-campaign-puts-you-bar-see-how-you-act-and-whether-youd-drive-drunk-175127).