Edwards concentrates his practice in the areas of tort and commercial litigation, workers' compensation, labor and employment, Native American law and general civil litigation. He has particular experience with litigation work for the automotive and gas industries. A graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law, Edwards regularly practices in Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia.
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz is one of the 100 largest law firms in the country.
Bishop elected to SACS Commission on Colleges
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JOHNSON CITY - Dr. Wilsie S. Bishop, East Tennessee State University's vice president for administration and chief operating officer, has been elected by the College Delegate Assembly to serve as a member of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or SACS.
Located in Decatur, Ga., the Commission on Colleges of SACS is the recognized regional accrediting body in the 11 U.S. Southern states - Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia - and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master's, or doctoral degrees. The Commission on Colleges, which is the representative body of the College Delegate Assembly, is charged with determining commission policy, carrying out the accreditation process, and conducting the initial review for any proposed significant dues or fee changes or modifications to the standards of the commission.
As a commissioner, Bishop has begun serving a three-year term in the 77-member body elected to represent some 790 institutions that hold membership within the Commission on Colleges.
Prior to assuming her current position with ETSU in 2005, Bishop served in other capacities, including dean and professor for the university's College of Public and Allied Health, associate vice president for health affairs, assistant vice president of academic affairs, and acting chairperson for the department of baccalaureate degree nursing.
A tenured professor at ETSU since 1983, Dr. Bishop serves in a graduate faculty appointment. She has also held adjunct faculty appointments in the university's Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Department of Professional Roles/Mental Health Nursing in the College of Nursing. Earlier in her career, she was an associate instructor of nursing at Western Kentucky University. She has also worked as a clinical and staff nurse with several medical facilities.
Bishop has served the Tennessee Women's Economic Council, including her appointment by former Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist to represent the Tennessee Board of Regents, ETSU's governing body. She was also appointed by former Kingsport Mayor Ruth Montgomery to serve on the Gateway Planning Commission in Kingsport.
Bishop is a member of the Society for Colleges and University Planning, the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, the Social Analytic Learning Society, and the American Association for Higher Education. From 2003 to 2005, she served as chair of the Southern Association of Allied Health Deans at Academic Health Centers.
In December 2005, Dr. Bishop received a James T. Rogers Meritorious Service Award from the Commission on Colleges for her service to the Commission and her commitment and dedication to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. She received the award based on quality and length of service to SACS. In addition to serving as a visiting committee chair for the Commission on Colleges since 1995, she has held membership on the organization's task force addressing compliance for accreditation review and served as a member of the review committee for development of the Commission's Resource Manual.
Corporate Marketing Group promotes Bland
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BRISTOL, Tenn. - Corporate Marketing Group has promoted Jessica Bland to the new position of director of marketing and advertising.
Bland, who has been a project manager for parent company The Corporate Image, will be responsible for the planning, development and production of marketing and advertising concepts for CMG clients. She will manage and oversee CMG's project managers and client projects.
Bland joined The Corporate Image in late 2005. Prior to that, she served as program administrator for "Youth of Virginia Speak Out," a youth traffic safety program introduced to schools in Virginia. She has also worked with employee mentoring programs at NRB Industries in Radford, Va., and in marketing at the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance in Dublin, Va.
Bland holds a master's degree in corporate and professional communication from Radford University in Radford, Va., and a bachelor's degree in communication studies from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. She also received the 2002 Governor's Highway Safety Award for general traffic safety and served on former Gov. Mark Warner's task force to combat drunk and drugged driving in 2002 and 2003.
Corporate Marketing Group is headquartered in Bristol and designs, develops and implements targeted marketing and advertising strategies for a wide variety of clients. The Corporate Image is a comprehensive media and public relations firm founded in 1993.
Two earn designation
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KINGSPORT - Pam Addington and Michael Thomas, real estate professionals in the Tri-Cities, have been awarded the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.
Realtors who receive the CRS designation have completed advanced courses and have demonstrated professional expertise in the field of residential real estate. Only 35,000 real estate professionals nationwide have earned the credential.
Addington and Thomas are sales associates with RE/MAX Results in Kingsport, with offices at 4260 Fort Henry Drive and 1772 Fort Henry Drive. Both are members of the Northeast Tennessee Association of Realtors.