Bruce Shine ’60 of Kingsport, TN, has been named by Business Tennessee magazine to its 2010 list of the “Best 150 Lawyers in Tennessee.” The list has been compiled by the Nashville magazine since 2004. In 2005, he was named to its “Best 101 Lawyers in Tennessee.” In 2006, the magazine increased the listing of attorneys to 150, and Shine was named to the list that year and each year since. The magazine describes the list as those layers “whose reputations and high level of activity distinguish them from the rest.” The list is the result of peer review provided by other lawyers, judges, business executives and heads of organizations across the state. Shine is only one of three lawyers on the list who live north of Knoxville and the only one listed in the field of employment and labor law. Shine was also recently honored by Martindale-Hubbell, the legal directory, for his 25 consecutive years being listed an as an “AV” lawyer in its publications. The “AV” rating is the highest rating for competence and ethical behavior available for a lawyer in the United States.
Allana Hardin Hamilton ’87 of Hiltons, VA, has been named the vice president of academic affairs for Northeast State Community College in Blountville, TN. She had been serving as vice president on an interim basis since 2008 and was instrumental in developing articulation agreements between Northeast State and four-year institutions and in the college’s reaccreditation process. She is nearing completion of a doctorate in education at East Tennessee State University, where she earned her master’s degree. Allana joined the faculty of Northeast State in 1992 as a biology instructor and later served as dean of the sciences division.
Rebecca Muncy ’05 of Greeneville, TN, has been named the head girl’s basketball coach at David Crockett High School in Jonesborough, TN. She will be teaching government at the high school beginning in the fall. Rebecca served as a varsity assistant of the girl’s basketball team at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, TN, and was head coach of the freshman team. At Tusculum, she was a member of the Pioneer tennis team and played high school basketball, tennis and several other sports at Chuckey-Doak High School.
Josh Edens ’08 of Telford, TN, has been named the head football coach at North Greene High School for the upcoming 2010 season. He has served as an assistant coach at David Crockett High School in Jonesborough, his high school alma mater, for the past three years. Josh has also served as an assistant at West Greene High School and Science Hill High School. Edens played football while at Tusculum. Josh’s wife Ashley works in the Office of Financial Aid at Tusculum and his mother, Kelly, works in the Graduate and Professional Studies program office.
Mark Persaud ’08 of Greeneville, TN, is currently the intramural director at his Alma Mater and assistant cheerleading coach. Mark is student life coordinator in the Office of Student Affairs and assistant to campus activities.
Four Tusculum College alumni were reunited for the wedding of David Latty ’91, who was married in Kansas City on April 17. Latty and friends Ben Kalny ’90, Mike Sledzinski ’90 and Nobuyuki Makabe ’93 enjoyed reminiscing at David’s bachelor party and wedding. The friends met at Tusculum in the late 1980s. At the wedding (photo above) were, from left, Kalny, Sledzinski, Makabe and Latty. At the bachelor’s party (photo below) were Makabe, Latty, Kalny and Sledzinski.
Kelley Lynette Myers ’02 of Knoxville, TN, and Wesley Todd Owens were married January 1, 2010. The couple honeymooned in Jamaica. Kelley is a third grade teacher at Luttrell Elementary School. She is also enrolled at Tennessee Technological University, pursuing a master’s degree in exercise science.
Eliza Eleanor Land ’07 and Matthew Lynn Fink were married March 7, 2010, on the beach on St. Simons Island. They honeymooned in the Bahamas. Both Eliza and Matthew are third-year students at the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Justin Aldridge and Carrie Frisbee Aldridge ’02 ’04 announce the birth of a son, Zane Steven, on January 14, 2010. Born premature, Zane was only 2 lbs. at birth, but after a few long months he is now home and healthy.
Carl Edward Starnes ’50 of Bulls Gap, TN, passed away on May 8, 2010. Mr. Starnes had served as the principal at Bulls Gap High School for 39 years. He was a veteran of World War II. His survivors include his wife of 57 years and Tusculum alumna Joan Becker Starnes ’52.
Barbara Jean Dobson ’56 of Greeneville, TN, passed away May 5, 2010, after a brief illness. Miss Dobson was a registered nurse, who served her profession for more than 50 years. She was remembered as having met the challenges and changes that occurred in the nursing profession with her ever present calm and quiet grace. She worked on the Medical/Surgery/OB unit at Greeneville Hospital until it was purchased by Takoma Hospital, where she continued to work until her retirement in 2009. The hospital recognized her many contributions and years of service by renaming the unit, “The Barbara Dobson Medical/Surgical Unit.” Nominated by her peers and patients, Miss Dobson was recognized by The Business Journal of Tri-Cities TN/VA in August 2008 as a “Health Care Hero.” She received the Health Care Heroes Support Service Award for her efforts to alter and improve the quality of life for residents of this region. Learning of her death, Takoma Hospital issued a news release in which her co-workers remembers her fondly. “Barbara’s legacy is that she was what every nurse should be – from her dress to her demeanor,” said one of her co-workers. “She was kind, loving and respectful, and she ministered to the whole body of her patients. She was also a teacher. She trained me when I came here 20 years ago. She was my mentor. She forgot more about nursing than most of us will ever know.” In addition to her career, Miss Dobson enjoyed making and selling crafts. Her survivors include sister and Tusculum alumna Joyce M. Dobson Freeman ’58.
Peter R. Allen ’58 of Belfast, ME, passed away on January 30, 2010. Mr. Allen was a retired teacher. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eugenia, also a Tusculum alumna. Mr. Allen had returned to campus in 2008 for Homecoming activities, and with his classmates from the Class of 1958, led the Homecoming Parade as the newest Golden Pioneers.
Evelyn Louise Bryson Warren ’60 of Rickman, TN, passed away April 15, 2010. She came to Tusculum College after her husband was hired as a minister of a Church of Christ in Greeneville. She continued her education, earning a master’s degree in social work from Richmond Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree in library science from George Peabody College. Mrs. Warren spent most of her professional career as a librarian, working in several different middle schools in towns where her husband was preaching. Later, she served as librarian at the Medical College of Virginia and at the Emory University School of Medicine. She worked at Emory University in Atlanta until her retirement in 1994. She was a member of Netherland Church of Christ. Mrs. Warren was active in a number of professional, community and civic organizations. Her hobbies and interests were varied including reading, traveling, attending book signings and NASCAR racing. She was an avid racing fan and, for a time, when she worked for a small weekly newspaper, she wrote a column titled, “The NASCAR Granny.”