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Looking at a simulated newborn are commissioner Charles Busler, interim superintendent Buzz Pellissippi State nursing instructor Katrenia Hill and president Dr. Anthony Wise show the group Thomas, county finance director Chris Caldwell and commissioner Hugh Nystrom. a patient simulator where students learn to insert an IV. Photos by Ruth White

Building success at Pellissippi State Community College By Ruth White The Strawberry Plains campus of Pellissippi State Community College has been operating for five years, and president Dr. Anthony Wise calls it the “fastest growing campus.” Wise and the staff at PSCC hosted a cultivation visit for county commissioners, and the group toured the nursing simulation center and the MegaLab, learning more about the great education opportunities offered by the school. First stop was the nursing simulation lab, and it is nothing less than a state-of-the-art facility that prepares nursing students to enter the workforce with hands-on training. The lab features Sim Man, a computerized mannequin that interacts with the students. The mannequin, referred to as Stan Checkit, allows students to check vital signs but also communicates with the students to allow them to work on and develop critical skills in communicating with patients. The lab is able to run four simulations at once, including a pediatric area, medication room and more. An

IV simulator provides plenty of opportunities for students to practice this critical skill, and Sim Mom gives birth to a baby, allowing students to actually participate in the birthing process, not just observe. The goal of the nursing lab is to graduate knowledgeable nurses. The school has a 97 percent firsttime pass rate with students and currently has 80 students prepared to graduate in the spring. The school works with students on taking tests in preparation for the board exams. The MegaLab is on the lower level of the building and provides many opportunities for students enrolled at PSCC. This lab provides many opportunities for students in the STEM field (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Students learn to build and operate circuit boards, set up robotic arms, utilize 3-D printers and also to troubleshoot when a problem may arise. Knox County Schools operates the Career Magnet Academy inside the PSCC building to

County commissioners John Schoonmaker and Michele Carringer (behind Sim Man) assist Katrenia Hill in caring for a “patient” in the nursing simulator at Pellissippi State Community College.

offer high school students many opportunities. The school offers four pathways for study – Homeland Security, Advance Manufacturing, Teaching as a Profession and Sustainable Living. As students prepare for their sophomore year, they select a pathway. During their junior year, students who have met required benchmarks are able to enroll in four college courses at PSCC. They spend part of the day studying at CMA and the rest of the day on college courses. By senior year, students are able to take up to seven college courses. Principal Leanne Hawn calls these opportunities “getting a diploma and something,” as the students are well ahead of the game on receiving college credit while still in high school. Pellissippi State has five campuses – Blount County, Division Street, Hardin Valley, Magnolia Avenue and Strawberry Plains. The former Pellissippi State Technical Community College has its roots in State Technical Institute at Knoxville. For more information on the education opportunities at PSCC, visit

Career Magnet Academy principal Leanne Hawn talks to county commissioners about the partnership between the school and Pellissippi State Community College at Strawberry Plains.

Seth Giles shows a robot arm and discusses many other learning opportunities available through the MegaLab at Pellissippi State’s Strawberry Plains campus.

Boyd says work hard, dream big The annual banquet of the Union County Chamber of Commerce is a celebration of accomplishments and a look toward the future. It’s also a fundraiser for Randy Boyd the group that promotes tourism as it recruits and supports local businesses. Randy Boyd brought star power as the guest speaker. He recently resigned as commissioner of the state’s Economic and Community Development Department. The state’s biggest challenge, he said, is training workers for the jobs of the future. “It’s the best time in our state’s history, but not for everyone.” Boyd probably will run for governor when Bill

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Haslam’s term ends in 2018. He and Haslam share a boyish enthusiasm for governing; both are wealthy enough to work without pay; both are visionary. Boyd is credited with starting Knox Achieves, which became Tennessee Achieves and led to the state’s program of free college tuition at community colleges for Tennessee graduates. He told of a trade mission to Israel in which he and Haslam got a private visit with Shimon Peres, who died in September 2016. ■■ Beth A. Maynard, CMPE, has been named vice president “We were mesmerized and of Primary Care Physician came away wishing we had Practice Development at UT taken notes,” he said.

Boyd was raised in South Knoxville. At age 19, he was the first in his family to graduate from college. He’s been married for 30 years with two adult sons. He founded Radio Systems Corporation, which produces PetSafe products. ■■ U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann said the winds of change are blowing in Washington. “We are reversing regulations that are hurting businesses,” he said, adding that it’s important to get the “replace” part right when repealing and replacing Obamacare. He said tax reform is ahead. “America is winning again.”


Brooks defers bill on utilities State Rep. Harry Brooks has deferred for a year his bill to require proportional representation on utility boards. The bill was scheduled for a hearing Feb. 21 before a House committee. Brooks said: “I chose to move HB 0269 to next year’s session (to allow) the utility organizations time to

Peres told them he’s often asked what he considers his greatest accomplishment. “It will be what I do tomorrow.” And his biggest failure? “That I did not dream big enough.” Peres said we are old when we have more accomplishments to list than dreams ahead; we are young when we have more dreams ahead than accomplishments. If this was Boyd’s takeaway from meeting the world’s most senior statesman, how can he not run for governor? (Note: Haslam told Boyd that Peres had “started at 30,000 feet and helicoptered up.”)

look at these issues as well as offer advice and suggestions. This move will also provide time to work with the Comptroller’s office. ... “While this action will delay the bill’s potential codification, I believe it will ensure that the final product is best suited to benefit the people of Tennessee.” -- S. Clark

Medical Center. Maynard, who has more than 15 years of experience in healthcare management, most recently worked with Summit Medical Group.

■■ Mary Pat Tyree has joined Crye-Leike Real Estate Services’ West branch office, at 9539 Kingston Pike. As a Realtor and affiliate broker, Tyree serves the real estate needs of buyers and sellers in and around Knox, Anderson, and Blount counties. She specializes in residential real estate with a focus on new home construction, condominiums

Tom Spangler announces his candidacy for sheriff of Knox County. Also pictured are retired Sgt. Lee Dunn and Spangler’s wife, Linda. Photo by S. Clark

Spangler enters race for sheriff By Sandra Clark



and townhomes, and helping first-time homebuyers. ■■ Y-12 Federal Credit Union and Inova Payroll have formed a partnership that will allow the credit union to offer Inova’s payroll and human resource solutions to its business banking members, expanding their menu of account, loan and merchant services products.

Tom Spangler is running for sheriff in the May 1, 2018, Republican Primary. The general election is Aug. 2. Spangler formally announced his candidacy Feb. 23 with a noon rally on the lawn of the courthouse. “This is not a race against Sheriff (Jimmy) Jones. He is term-limited,” Spangler said. “This is an open seat.” He retired from the sheriff’s office in 2009 after 29 years of service. He was chief deputy for then-Sheriff Tim Hutchison. He has worked as training director for the Blount County sheriff’s office most recently.

Citing changes, specifically technology, during his career, Spangler said law enforcement is a dangerous profession. “We’re struggling to get good people. We need the community’s help. And you should demand good service from the sheriff’s office. The processes should be open and the money spent wisely.” Spangler said now more than ever the office needs a leader, and “I’m the leader for it.” He was joined by his wife, Linda, and daughters, Mellony Spangler and Mallory Womble. Several retired officers were sprinkled in the crowd of about 100.

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