Mia Heaston Benoit developed her small-town roots and genuine love of people in her hometown of Covington, TN. It was in this small, family-oriented town where Mia’s innate ability to connect with people from all walks of life propelled her into leadership positions within her church, schools and community and eventually into her passion for pageantry and female empowerment. In 2001, Mia become the first African American woman crowned Miss Tipton County and Miss Mid-South Fair – which allowed her to compete in the 2001 Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant. Mia used the scholarship winnings to pay for her education at The University of Memphis and graduated in just three years with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a minor in Business Administration. After graduating at the top of her class, Mia went on to obtain a Masters in Business Administration from Dowling College in Long Island, NY and held several senior sales positions with Fortune 100 companies such as FedEx, IBM, Eli Lilly and Alcon Laboratories.
A Juris Doctor and registered Certified Information Security Manager. Educated and trained in contracting with Federal Government, Privacy Law and Data Rights, Information Technology, Defense Cyberspace Operations, Network Operations, Computer/Network Security, Project Management, Disaster Preparedness/Recovery and Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM), Command & Control (C2) of Communication Networks, Telecommunications and Wireless Networking. Cybersecurity Subject Matter Expert (Cyber SME) with twenty-five years of leadership and technical experience in government operations of cyberspace, telecommunications, intelligence, and military agencies, including specialized skills in tactical, operational and strategic cyberspace and information assurance planning, systems analysis, operational assessments and alternative analysis, legislative affairs and program management. As a cyber-security educator, developed curriculum and educated cyberspace professionals, verified computer-based simulations, created instructions and standards, and implemented executive-level strategy. Top Secret/Secure Compartment Information (TS/SCI) Clearance (current).
30th Judicial District of Tennessee
“The education I received in Tipton County provided a solid foundation for success both personally and professionally. I was not only prepared academically, but with real life skills that I still draw on today.”
Owner of Rose Construction
The late Dr. Barton Williams, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a distinguished career, is the son of Crestview Elementary teacher, Ms. Eva Dale Williams.
Owners of Midsouth BBQ
United States Postal Service Mail Carrier
Videographer and Editor for Nashville’s Major League Soccer Team
Journeyman/Lineman/Safety and Training Specialist for MLGW
Atoka Fire Department Firefighters
My name is Corey Cartwright, and I am a registered nurse at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. I attended the University of Tennessee before transferring to Freed-Hardeman University for my BSN. I still live in my hometown of Brighton along with my wife Jessie and our dog Summit. I enjoy going to escape rooms with friends and cheering on the Vols every Saturday.
News anchor with WATE in Knoxville, TN
Adam Ross attended Munford High School and went on to get his BFA from The Savannah College of Art and Design. He currently works on staff for Marvel Studios in the VisDev department, where he helps design and build the characters and costumes for their various films and television shows.
US Air Force Airman and 2017 MHS graduate, Emily is also the daughter of MMS teacher, Ms. Shirley King.
· Enlisted to US Army Infantry in July, 1988.
· Selected for the Green Berets in November, 1992.
· Stube served as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant (18D). Training included surgery, anesthesia, trauma management, pharmacology, minor dentistry, veterinary subjects and more, in order to help the “A-Team” thrive where there is no doctor.
· Attended Defense Language Training, acquiring proficiency in Russian Language, which was maintained throughout Special Forces career.
· Received additional skill training as a Dive Medical Technician at the Special Forces Underwater Operations Facility in Key West, FL.
· SERE Qualified (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape)
· As a career parachutist, Stube earned the qualification of Jumpmaster and was ultimately awarded the Master Parachutist Badge.
· Participated in initial development of Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat training doctrine and 10th SFG(A) SFAUC course. Weapons capabilities and shooting remained at the core of Special Forces proficiency and competency throughout a career on the teams.
· With years in hostile fire zones, Stube was selected to be Cadre in the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, helping to select and train a new generation of Green Berets.
· In Combat Operations in the Global War on Terror, Stube was wounded in Afghanistan during Operation Medusa. Stube’s A-Team encountered overwhelming numbers of Taliban fighters in The Battle of Sperwan Ghar, which lasted over a week. Stube’s wounds from a remotely detonated IED and enemy fire seemed fatal, but instead he survived to endure months of hospitalization and surgeries.
· Stube has since retired with 23 years of service, to become the host of his own television show on NBC Sports, “Coming Home with Greg Stube.” Since the conclusion of the tv series, he has developed what he calls “Lessons Learned from the Battlefield,” to give these products back to society through youth development, business consulting and Law Enforcement training.
· For the last six years, Stube has served as a leadership presenter for the FBI and the FBI National Academy, the DEA, the NYPD Homicide Detective’s Academy and many other agencies and major corporate entities.
· His new book is CONQUER ANYTHING; A Green Beret’s Guide to Building Your A-Team.
· Author, James Patterson, included Stube in his most recent Best Seller, Walk in my Combat Boots. The New York Post chose Stube’s story to lead its article introducing Patterson’s new book.
Dr. Jessica Lawrence Washington, OBGYN
Dr. Washington diagnoses and treats medical conditions that impact women's health. She also provides medical support to expecting mothers.
1992 graduate of Covington High School – Mr. Dixon graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law. He owns The Dixon Firm, PC, a law firm in Atlanta, Georgia.
Brighton High School Class of 2012
University of Tennessee, Herbert College of Agriculture class of 2018
Bachelors degree in Agricultural Science
Precision Agriculture Technician for Helena Agri-Enterprises in Marion, Arkansas
“Put forth your best effort in all that you do, and pursue your dreams with utmost devotion. There’s no telling where you may wind up!”
TCS graduate and community supporter Dr. Jayson Cannon is a chiropractor and owner of multiple chiropractic clinics across the area.
MHS class of 2015
Shipiro & Company, Memphis
Left to Right:
Officer Chris Yount, Officer Aaron McKinney, Chief Randal Baskin, Sgt. Clay Honeycutt, Officer Lance Willis
Left to right:
Officer Noah Brown, Officer Steven Werkmeister
Office of Crisis and Suicide Prevention
Division of Mental Health Services
Jimmy Vandergrift, owns the Fastimes stores that are established throughout our county, and has been a longtime supporter of TCS. Mr. Vandergrift and his business partners are all Tipton County graduates. He employs both of his daughters and a grandson in his corporate office which makes up three generations of TCS graduates. He also provides employment opportunities to many of our high school students and graduates within our community. He has five stores within Tipton County. Mr. Vandergrift is a very successful business man and is in the process of building his 6th store in the Whiteville community.
"My name is Charlie (Hansen) Coppenger and I graduated from Brighton High School in 2014. After high school, I attended Middle Tennessee State University and majored in Aerospace with a concentration in Professional Pilot. During my college years, I earned the required certificates and ratings to pursue my dreams, and eventually became a flight instructor and taught other people how to fly airplanes. After graduating in May 2017 and gaining more flight experience, I fulfilled my dream of becoming an airline pilot. I am currently flying as a First Officer (co-pilot) for a Delta Connection airline and proudly tell people from all over the world that I grew up in a small town in Tennessee called Brighton. I fly into Memphis International Airport often, so maybe I will see you on one of my flights one day!"
Staff Sergeant Air Traffic Controller
Munford High School graduate - Class of 2012
Ouachita Baptist University - Class of 2016
Sherman College of Chiropractic - Class of 2020
Owner/Chiropractor: Precision Spinal Care NWA
Centerton, Arkansas - Opened May 2021
Lindey is a third year pharmacy student at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She is in training to become an infectious disease clinical pharmacist.
2015 MHS graduate, Gavin Carter is the Racing Operations Manager for NMRA Ford Nationals and NMCA Muscle Car Nationals. He works remotely from his home in Tampa, Florida and travels throughout the US to run different racing events.
Antonio McCollum- 2008 graduate
Senior Kronos Systems Analyst at Lehigh Hansen and owner/operator of Antonio Lee Photography in Dallas, Texas
Dr. Preston Wright,
BHS 2015 graduate; owner of Akins Clothing Co.
Dentist Anesthesiologist at Southern Office-Based Anesthesia
“I’m honored to represent Tipton County Schools and Charger Nation everyday. I’m grateful for the teachers and curriculum that placed me in a position to succeed at the college level and later in life.”
Munford High School 2010 graduate, Dr. Quanesha Richardson serves as a geriatric occupational therapist in a skilled nursing facility in Vicksburg, MS.
Porschia is a 2008 BHS graduate who serves her community as a mentor, leader, and author. Check her out at http://allthingsporschia.com.
Attorneys - Kevin and Kyle Johnson, brothers and BHS graduates from 2009 and 2010
Kevin is General Counsel & Policy Advisor to the TN Speaker of the House, and Kyle is a Securities Litigation Attorney for the Prosser Firm in Memphis.
2006 CHS Graduate – Dr. Freeman serves our community as a Family Physician at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton.
CHS Class of 2003 – Accountant with Regency Homebuilders, LLC in Collierville
Monica is a very successful attorney and serves as the Chair for Nahon, Saharovich, and Trotz’s Law Worker’s Compensation Division.
Nicole Caldwell is a 2004 Brighton High School graduate. She began her career at the Exchange Club - Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse in 2006 and is currently the Director. Nicole is the Division One Director and the Club Secretary for the Exchange Club of Tipton County.
Associate General Counsel
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
Civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.” I couldn't agree more with Dr. King.
As an attorney, I provide counsel and legal advice to internal business clients at a government contracting agency in Oak Ridge, TN. In addition, I am an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law and serve on multiple boards including Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of East Tennessee. I also have a loving and supportive family.
There is no doubt that education along with the mentorship provided by exemplary educators, such as Deborah Walker, has certainly played a key role in my success as a mother, wife, educator, and attorney.
Katie Rothenberger O’Brien graduated in 2011. She has served as a Germantown police officer since July of 2015. Katie is certified as a CIT (crisis intervention team) officer, DUI officer, Field training officer, patrol rifle, less lethal, and is a part of the hostage negotiations team.
Katie has been awarded officer of the month multiple times, Chiefs Award for officer of the year in 2017, CIT officer of the year in 2017, Burl Gilliand Award, and a lifesaving award.
Mark Stewart is a 1991 graduate of Munford High School. He is currently president of Drexel Chemical Company in Memphis, TN. Stewart joined Drexel in Sales in January 1999. He was later promoted to Sales Manager and then Director of Sales and Marketing before assuming his new position.
Stewart is a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin, with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management. Prior to joining Drexel, he worked with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
1996 graduate Angela Butler enjoys spending her days designing mobile apps, websites, and web applications for Hilton Hotel Corporation as the Sr. User Experience Design Manager.
Lillie Stollings is a proud TCS graduate (CHS 1995). She was the first in her family to go to college, earning an associates degree from DSCC in Tipton County. Lillie is now a loan officer and Vice President of Patriot Bank Millington where she has worked for almost 19 years. She lives in Covington with her family (her children have been/ are TCS students as well).
Tobie graduated with her RN-BSN from Union University in 2013. She writes: "I currently live in Fairview, TN and work at St. Thomas Midtown in Nashville on the Labor & Delivery unit. We average 700 deliveries a month, which is more than any hospital in the state of Tennessee! We have over 80 OBGYNs, and I have lost count of how many babies I have delivered over the years! I have been married to my best friend, Matt, for seven years and we have two perfect boys, Owen (5), & Brady (9 months)."
Brian is married to Danielle Free Tapp, and they have three children.
Graduated Brighton High School 1999
University of Memphis 1999-2002
Enlisted Air Force 2002
—Distinguished/Top Graduate Instrument and Flight Controls School. Sheppard Air Force Base, TX
Moody Air Force Base, GA 2003-2008 (Staff Sergeant)
—Aircraft Maintenance on HC-130P aircraft
— Deployed Djibouti, Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. TDY to many other locations
— Airman of the Year 2006
— A.A.S. Avionics System Technology Community College of the Air Force
—FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic Ratings
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
—2007 B.S. Professional Aeronautics minors in Safety and Management
— Magna Cum Laude
2008-2014 Columbus Air Force Base, MS (Captain/Flight Commander)
—Distinguished Graduate Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training
—Pilot Instructor Training graduate (Randolph AFB, TX)
—First Assignment Instructor Pilot T-1A
—Instructor Pilot of the Year 2012
—FAA Airline Transport Pilot, Multi-engine/Instrument Instructor ratings
Trident University International
—2012 M.Ed. Aviation Education
—Summa Cum Laude
2014-2017 Kadena Air Base, Japan (Captain/Chief of Wing Scheduling/Airspace)
—Aircraft Commander; KC-135
—Deployed in support of Freedom Sentinel
—Air Medal and Aerial Achievement Medal for combat missions flown in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria
—Detachment Commander for Operation Sahayogi Hatt “Helping Hands”. Nepal earthquake humanitarian relief.
—Flew Higher Headquarters/Classified/Aeromedical Evacuation missions throughout Pacific Theater
—Commendation Medal, Nuclear Defense Medal
2017-present Randolph AFB, TX (Major/Assistant Director of Operations)
—T-1A Pilot Instructor Training schoolhouse Instructor Pilot, Evaluator, and Functional Check Flight Pilot
—Deployed to Shaw Air Force Base, SC for Defense Support of Civilian Agencies in response to Covid-19
"I'm currently in the Air Force, and my job is Air Transportation. We’re responsible for securely managing cargo and passengers - ensuring that everything and everyone on a military aircraft is transported safely and quickly, from food and medical supplies to helicopters and ground vehicles. We rig cargo to parachutes and push them out of planes, and one of the least talked about parts of my jobs that has huge meaning to me is we even transport fallen soldiers to where they’re needing to go, a sad but very humbling opportunity."
"I am a power lineman. I found interest in the line of work my freshman year of high school and have loved it since. Don’t let anyone tell you college is your only way to succeed. Trades are in high demand due to a hiring delay within the past years. When you show up at 2 a.m. to turn on people’s lights after a storm and you see little kids standing on the porch smiling or evening sitting in your work truck at a red light and you see a little boy pointing and smiling, it makes you get up and do it again the next day. I also helped restore power during hurricanes Ida and Laura."
Ryan Earl Parker grew up in Covington, TN and attended Crestview Elementary and Covington High School before getting his BA at the University of Memphis. He is a cinematographer whose latest film, the NETFLIX Original Documentary SECRETS OF THE SAQQARA TOMB, reached the #2 movie worldwide in its debut and is available now to stream. He also shot the critically acclaimed film THE ARTIST'S WIFE starring academy nominees Bruce Dern and Lena Olin. After premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, his latest narrative episodic RELEASE directed by Joe Penna (ARCTIC, STOWAWAY) is currently available on the streaming platform TOPIC. Ryan also lensed the feature documentary PARIAH: THE LIVES AND DEATHS OF SONNY LISTON for Emmy winner Simon George, currently available to stream on SHOWTIME. He is currently filming two NETFLIX Original docs, a feature doc for SKY TV, and a new feature documentary from Emmy-Award winning and Oscar-nominated director Sam Pollard called THE HARVEST.
Mrs. Linda W. Childers is a compassionate nurse practitioner who has treated patients at the Germantown and Wolfchase offices of Memphis Obstetrics & Gynecological Association (MOGA) since 1996. She offers her patients a wide range of OBGYN services including pregnancy care, contraceptive counseling and procedures (Nexplanon, IUD’s), Pap smears and treatment for abnormal findings, mammograms, well-woman visits, menopause care, and osteoporosis screenings.
Mrs. Childers earned her degrees at the University of Tennessee and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and a member of the American Nurses Association and the Tennessee Nurses Association.
Mrs. Childers has dedicated her professional life to helping women improve and maintain their health and well-being. She offers personalized care, truly listening to her patients so she better understands their concerns and can offer the most appropriate treatment to meet their needs. If you’re looking for a compassionate healthcare provider, call or book an appointment online today with Mrs. Childers at MOGA.
GEORGIA STITT is a composer/lyricist, music director, pianist, and music producer. Her original musicals include Snow Child (commissioned by Arena Stage and directed by Molly Smith); Samantha Spade, Ace Detective (commissioned by TADA Youth Theater and written with Lisa Diana Shapiro.
BS in administrative management, UT Martin
BS in Pharmacy, Samford University
Brent Smith, Doctor of Pharmacy
Owner of Doc's Hometown Pharmacy
Yhazsmin Mason is a 2016 TCS graduate. She received her bachelor’s from The University of Memphis and will be completing her MBA there this spring. She has recently accepted a position as a Human Resources Generalist for International Paper.
Owner/nurse practitioner of Easley Delones Family Medicine.
Pastor Kevin TwisdaleEbenezer ChurchPastor Dennis Taylor, Jr.Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist ChurchJesse Somerville, IIINew Hope Christian Life CenterDr. Marvin Hall, Sr.St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church - JacksonDr. Daryl Wynn, BishopMt. Zion ChurchPastor Tim RoseRose of Sharon ChurchSenior Pastor Pearl AndrewsGod's Grace Gospel Church
Lee Downing, class of 2005 graduate of Brighton High School, owns nine Aire Serv Heating and Air companies across Tennessee. With over 17 years of experience in the HVAC industry, Lee has grown his HVAC business from 2 men to over 60 employees in the HVAC industry. Not only has he flourished in the heating and air business, Lee is also owner of Glass Doctor and Molly Maid, both in Memphis, TN. Hands-on management is an asset that he believes in very strongly and team leadership continues to be exhibited through the regular management of these three franchise brands.
Munford High School in 2009 -Host at Colton's Steak House & Grill, Bartlett TN
As Executive Director of Art Ventures, Lakeisha Edwards is uniquely poised to lead the organization to new levels of growth and sustainability in the arts ecosystem. Her appointment is made possible by the generous support of the Windgate Foundation.Ms Edwards was most recently the director of food solutions and partnerships at Memphis Leadership Foundation where she had a cross-functional role of development and sourcing for the 100-acre campground in the center of Memphis, TN, and a budget of $2.5 million. Prior to this 2020 – 2021 period she was for five years the director of Agency Partnerships and Programs for the Mid-South Food Bank in Memphis where she served as liaison between over 200 partner agencies within 31 counties and the board of directors and managed an operating budget of $3 million per year. It is important to note that her development efforts helped to significantly build the yearly budget including achieving funding of $500,000 from United Healthcare. Her approach to development is all encompassing, however, believing that “Often times those with the least give the most because of their passion and desire to support things that are important to them.”President of the Board, Sharon Killian says, “I’m proud of this moment in Art Ventures’ history, where we have attracted a thoughtful, experienced, successful young executive to Art Ventures and Northwest Arkansas to lead the organization.” Lakeisha’s passion for people, organizational and business acumen, development expertise, and collaborative style makes a perfect match for Art Ventures.About Art Ventures: Art Ventures is a 501c3 charitable and educational non-profit organization that promotes the visual arts in Northwest Arkansas by actively collaborating with the community, supporting artists working to the highest standards, encouraging education and public engagement in the arts, and is accessible to under-represented communities.
*2002 Covington High graduate*Attended Tuskegee University and received a Bachelor’s is Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry*2010 graduate from a Meharry Medical College. Completed residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center*Currently a board certified ObGyn and partner at ObGyn Associates in Madison, Alabama