| January 9, 2007 - Mayor
Bill Haslam has announced the appointment or reappointment of several
Knoxville citizens to city boards.
The city has more than 60 boards, commissions and committees designed
to provide public input from residents to different city agencies.
Those appointed recently include:
George Prosser and Dr. Arlene A. Garrison have been appointed
to the Public Building Authority Board of Commissioners.
Mr. Prosser is a retired inspector general for the Tennessee Valley
Authority. A Gallatin native Mr. Prosser is a University of Tennessee
graduate with a B.S. in accounting. Since retiring from TVA he has
worked as a licensed private investigator here in Knoxville.
Prior to joining TVA in 1986 Mr. Prosser was an FBI Special Agent
for 15 years. He also previously was an officer in the United States
Army where he served in Vietnam and in Panama and is the recipient
of numerous decorations.
Dr. Garrison is an assistant vice president for research at the
University of Tennessee where she has served for the past 25 years
in a variety of positions. She earned both her B.S. and Ph.D. degrees
in analytical chemistry from UT.
Dr. Garrison has published numerous technical papers in journals
and lectured at many universities and conferences around the world.
She is a member of the American Chemical Society's Women's Chemist
Committee and has served on the ACS Presidential Task Force on Women
in the Chemical Profession.
Locally Dr. Garrison is on the Board of the Southern Appalachian
Science and Engineering Fair and is active in the Fountain City
United Methodist Church.
The Public Building Authority Board of Commissioners consists of
11 members who serve six-year terms. Knoxville's mayor appoints
five of them while the Knox County Mayor appoints the other six.
The Public Building Authority develops, constructs, owns and/or
maintains various facilities for the City of Knoxville and Knox
Tom Simpson and Terry Faulkner have been reappointed to the City
Tree Board and Kimberly Davis has been appointed to the City Tree
Mr. Simpson is currently the East Tennessee Regional Urban Forester
for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and he works closely
with utilities and communities around the state in that capacity.
He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in forestry from the University
of Tennessee and has nearly 25 years experience as a utility and
Ms. Faulkner is a board member of Keep Knoxville Beautiful; president
of the Bearden Council; a former member of the KAT Community Advisory
Committee and a former president of the Forest Heights Homeowners
She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and worked for
more than 20 years as a scientific illustrator at UT.
Ms. Davis is a certified professional engineer and a past president
of the Knoxville Technical Society and the Knoxville chapter of
She earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a master's
degree in environmental engineering from Clemson University.
Ms. Davis currently works as a senior research associate at the
University of Tennessee. She is on the city's Board of Environmental
The City Tree Board is made up of 11 members who serve four-year
terms. The group's responsibilities include developing a master
street tree plan for all municipal properties and advising city
council concerning legislation among other duties.
Don Sproles was reappointed and Patrick Roddy was appointed to
the Knoxville Transportation Authority Board of Commissioners.
Mr. Sproles is a Kingsport native who earned both a B.S. degree
and a law degree from the University of Tennessee. He practiced
law in Knoxville from 1978-1988. He and his wife Karen operate The
Lunchbox Restaurants in Knoxville.
Mr. Roddy is a financial advisor for UBS Financial Services. A University
of North Carolina graduate he has been an executive for Coca-Cola
and was the executive director of the Knoxville Zoo for several
The Knoxville Transportation Authority Board of Commissioners has
nine members, seven of which are appointed by the mayor. The KTA
serves as the policy making board for all for-hire passenger transportation
services within the city.
Howard Vogel was appointed to the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport
Authority Board of Commissioners.
Mr. Vogel is an attorney with the law firm of O'Neil, Parker &
Williamson. A board certified mediator he is a Fellow in the International
Academy of Mediators and a member of its Board of Governors.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee
College of Law, Mr. Vogel has served as president of both the Knoxville
and Tennessee Bar Associations.
The Airport Authority Board is the governing board for McGhee Tyson
and Downtown Island Airports.
Norman Wright and Charlotte Tolley have been appointed to the Knoxville-Knox
County Food Policy Council.
Mr. Wright has many years of retail grocery experience and recently
worked with the Metro Village IGA.
Ms. Tolley is a former recipient of the Food Policy Council's TN
Karet Award for her work as co-founder of the Market Square Farmer's
Market. She currently serves as director of the market.
The food policy council is an 11-member body consisting of five
members who are appointed by Knoxville's mayor and six members who
are appointed by the Knox County mayor.
The council monitors and evaluates Knoxville's food system in terms
of costs, availability and accessibility among other factors.