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. School took me away from home, but I wanted to come back and work at my dream hospital with the leukemia patients. The mission of St. Jude is "To advance cures and means for prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment." That mission statement really called to me when I was applying for different positions at various hospitals and made me realize that I needed to be in Memphis helping to find a cure. 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.
BHS graduate of 2003
Mercedes-Benz Centralized Diagnostic Technician
"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
BHS Class of 2010 – Vice President of FCCLA, Show choir member, and Honor Society member
Ms. Jackson is currently a criminal defense attorney in Lynchburg, Virginia. She enjoys living in the mountains and making an impact in her community.
Kate Howard serves as the Associate Vice President Student Affairs and Dean of Admissions at the University of Southern Mississippi. She currently oversees multiple departments and has the responsibility of serving as the chief enrollment officer.
“I played almost 8 years in MLB and am now in my 10th year as a pitching coach with the Phillies organization. I learned my work ethic not only from my parents but also at Munford High School. My 3 fondest memories in my baseball career are my first game in MLB, pitching in the 2002 World Series, and winning the 1991 State Tournament with my fellow Cougars.”
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, Family Medicine Specialist in Corinth, MS and graduate of Covington High School Class of 2007
BHS 2015 graduate; owner of Akins Clothing Co.
Munford High's Class of 2017 – Mallory graduated in May 2021 from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. She is currently working at Smith & Nephew as a Quality Engineer 1. Mallory is also a full time graduate student at the University of Memphis working towards a Master of Business Administration, and she's just taken on a leadership position with the Memphis Chapter of Society of Women Engineers as the Collegiate Engagement Chair!
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.”
"I am a proud graduate of Tipton County Schools. My road took a detour after graduation. Substance use disorder took me down a dark road. Today I have dedicated my life to helping others find their way out of the darkness."
CHS Class of 1997 - Assistant Principal Shelby County Schools; recently inducted into Lane College's Athletic Hall of Fame
"My life lessons I learned at CHS from The Late Great Coach Joseph King was that if you Eat Good, Sleep Good and you sure will Perform Good. He instilled in us that E.A.T.S. means to Embrace Academics Together Successfully. So as we A.S.K. ( Answer the questions, Seek the knowledge and Knock on the door of opportunities we would always understand W.I.N.(WHAT IMPORTANT NOW)."
Munford High School 2010 graduate, Dr. Quanesha Richardson serves as a geriatric occupational therapist in a skilled nursing facility in Vicksburg, MS.
Melissa is a three time national award-winning, Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer, and an Allied ASID Interior Designer and member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. For 25 years, she has designed projects throughout the United States. Melissa has won national awards from NKBA including Best of the Best from This Old House. Melissa's work has been featured in numerous national publications and she is a published author. Melissa's kitchens have been featured on HGTV. Melissa has designed the kitchen remodel for the Tennessee Governor's Mansion, NFL players and other prestigious projects and clients. Space planning of all rooms including whole-house design and floor plans are also her strengths. Melissa also selects all interior and exterior furnishings. Melissa is extremely knowledgeable in assisting her clients make wise and beautiful selections for her clients and working with budgets. She is owner of Melissa Morgan Designs in Nashville, TN.
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
Graduated from MHS in 2006Vice President of Operations for Magnolia Homes in Collierville
Covington High Class of 2012
Kimberly received a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee at Martin and also received a Master's Degree in Social Work from Union University. Kimberly is now pursuing her Social Work Licensure. Kimberly currently serves the mental health community as an Admissions Counselor at Crestwyn Behavioral Health and as a Therapist at Health Connect America.
Dr. Stephen MooreBHS valedictorian c/o 2008Vanderbilt c/o 2012 with a 4.0Columbia University medical school c/o 2016Currently the Chief Fellow in Nuclear Radiology at Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania and will graduate next year.Dr. Ashley (Moore) GrayBHS c/o 2007UTM c/o 2011UT Health Sciences with masters c/o 2014Graduated this year with doctorate in Occupational Therapy and currently works for Methodist LeBonheur...and a new mom!
Sara Grace Bell is a 2015 graduate of BHS. She received her bachelor's degree at Baptist Health Science University in Memphis, TN. She works as a Critical Care Travel Respiratory Therapist. She plays a crucial role in the Covid-19 pandemic managing ventilators and assisting with intubations. Her time in HOSA was the foundation to serving in health care today.
2007 CHS graduate, 2011 U of M graduate, 2016 Logan College of Chiropractic graduate. Owner of Rogers Elite Chiropractic, in Covington
Christina Jones is a nuclear engineer with Framatome, a global leader in carbon-free power. Her work on Accident Tolerant Fuel was recently awarded funding by the U.S. Department of Energy."I am grateful for the incredible teachers at CHS that encouraged and prepared me for the future. Thank you is not a strong enough sentiment."
Class of 2014 Covington High GraduateGraduate of University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Spring 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in PsychologyBehavioral Health Case Manager for West TN State Penitentiary
Since graduating from TCSchools, Randi has held enterprise sales roles with Fortune 500 companies in multiple US markets and Hong Kong. She currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area working for one of the world’s largest tech companies.
MHS Class of 2013Abby is a Sr. Digital PR Associate at Three-Ships based in Raleigh. She works full time remotely after being a PR major and graduating Magna Cum Laude from University of Tennessee in 2017. She has spent her career in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and is glad she fell into the digital industry because as the world changes, it is only becoming more important.
Austin graduated from the University of Arkansans wish a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and now works in Houston, TX, with Equilibrium Catalyst Inc., a catalyst company that works along side oil/gas refineries.
Sam, MHS class of 2015, writes, "I am currently in the Occupational Therapy program at UTHSC in Memphis. I am getting ready to start my two 3 month Level 2 fieldwork rotations at Baptist East and LeBonheur Early Intervention and Development Program in Memphis. I graduate in May of 2022 with my Masters of Occupational Therapy."
Sal shared, "I’m at UAB right now getting my doctorate in neuroscience. Currently I am working on spinal cord injury/lower urinary tract research using animal models. I have about a year left until I defend my dissertation and then will be moving to Australia for a post doctoral position in 2023. I graduated from MHS in 2013 and then my undergraduate degree from UAB as well was 2017."
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Kaitlyn graduated from University of Memphis in 2016 with her BSN (Bachelors of Science in Nursing) and went to work in the CVICU at Methodist North. It became a COVID ICU in May 2020. She graduated from University of Memphis in May 2021 with my Masters in Science of Nursing specializing in Family Nurse Practitioner. She has also been an author for a board review company called Rosh Review and writes questions for Nurse Practitioner and Medical students to help them get ready to sit for boards.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Khealsea went on to receive a degree in respiratory therapy. She now serves on the frontline as a registered respiratory therapist at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Bailey writes: "I was born here in Tipton County and went to Brighton Elementary and Middle, then graduated from Brighton High in 2015. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Science from Baptist College of Health Sciences and then a Master’s in Pharmacology from UTHSC. I will be attending medical school this Fall at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS. I would like to thank Mrs. Witherington and Mrs. Lloyd, Health Science teachers at Brighton High, for preparing me for my future, inspiring and believing in me, and making me feel like I could accomplish whatever I set my mind to!"
Daisha graduated from BHS in 2016. She graduated from The University of Memphis is 2020. She works for Agape Child and Family Services- nonprofit Organization. There she is a STAR Connector/Mentor. She works one-on-one with children and their families in under-resourced communities to provide diverse support and services to keep kids in school and ready to learn.
2003 TCS graduateBS from University of MemphisOwner of Tipton County Roofing serving West Tennessee
Hats off to Brad Williams, 1987 Mr. CHS graduate from Covington High.Brad received his BA degree in Finance from the University of Memphis while attending as a 4-year Leadership Scholar. Brad has been successful in the agriculture industry locally as well as nationally. He his currently serving on the National Cotton Council Board of Directors, Agricenter International Board of Directors, Farm Credit of Mid-America Advisory Board and is Past President of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association.
He is a 2017 graduate from Austin Peay State University with a bachelors degree in Health Care Administration. While attending APSU, he also became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity . Derrick is currently pursuing a MBA degree at the Middle Tennessee State University while maintaining a career as a CDL driver .
2007 Tipton County graduate - United States Navy currently serving as Chief Aviation Electronics Technician E/7
J. D. Price graduated Brighton High in 2004. Shortly after, he joined the military as a medic. He then attended Dyersburg State Community College and obtained his RN licensure. Five years later, he attended Christian Brothers University receiving his bachelor's in nursing. He has now graduated with is Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesia and works as a Nurse Anesthetist in the Memphis area. He describes anesthesia as a broad profession that includes many responsibilities, and he highly recommends it to anyone pursuing a career in healthcare.
Chase is an award winning Interior Designer based in Houston, TX and a Class of 2007 Covington High School Graduate. His design firm, Chase Dowell Interior Design, has designed both residential and commercial properties throughout the United States and has assisted with set designing for the hit television show The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Demetris Chaney-Perkins is the owner of Journey Fitness, LLC and host of “Deeper Than the Diet” podcast. She is a Certified Nutrition Coach and holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Her passion for the mental and physical health of others is evident in everything she does.
Demetris worked as a counselor and clinical therapist for 11 years doing individual, family and group therapy. While practicing, she met several women struggling with emotional eating and depression. She could personally identify with those issues and wanted to help. Demetris began researching the correlations and developed a passion for nutrition and fitness.
As a result, Demetris became a Certified Nutrition Coach and has been serving hundreds of men and women for over 7 years through her Journey Fitness nutrition programs. However, she had her eyes set on broadening her reach to help even more people with the same struggles as she had.
This led to the development of the podcast, “Deeper Than the Diet”. Deeper Than the Diet is an all-new ground-breaking podcast that goes beyond the surface to address the impact of trauma and its influence on diet and emotions. The show airs each Sunday on Apple Podcast, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Google Play and anywhere you listen to your podcasts.
Demetris lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband of 16 years and enjoys singing, reading, writing and inspiring others to be their healthiest self.
DeAndre went to Austin Peay State University. He left for the military in 2020. He is an E- 4 in the United States Airforce. He is stationed in New Mexico. There he works as a Mental Health Technician.
"I graduated from Munford High in 1997, went on to get a bachelors degree at UTM. I own my own business, Southern Skye Designs, where I run all aspects of the business - marketing, creativity and management."
Pastor Troy D. Hall, Sr. was born in Brighton, Tennessee. Pastor Hall graduated from Covington High School. He attended the University of Tennessee at Martin with a concentration in Business Management. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma, Inc. He proudly served twelve years with the Tennessee Army National Guard of Covington TN, where he was a Personnel Administrative Specialist. Pastor Hall furthered his education at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies; he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Pastor Hall is the proud but humble pastor of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Covington, Tennessee where he has served as Pastor for twenty seven years. He is currently employed with Krone North America where he is an Operations Manager.
Katie Billings is a 2008 Brighton High School graduate. Katie has been in dentistry for over 13 years, most of that time has been as the lead person at Reed Family Dentistry-one of the fastest growing dental practices in Tipton County. Katie always greets you with a beautiful smile that even radiates through the phone and in person. One of her biggest accomplishments has been beating her diagnosis of Hodgkins Lympmona in 2017. Katie is a cancer survivor. In her spare time she in very active in her Randolph community and can often be found playing with her nieces and nephews.
Jeromy Barbee is a athletic trainer with over a decade of experience. His training company is called upscale evolution. Jeromy coached women’s basketball at Blackman high school where they won the woman’s AAA BASKETBALL State championship the 2020-2021 basketball season. Jeromy was born and raised in Covington, TN, and also graduated from Covington High School in 2003. After high school, he attended Dyersburg State Community College in Dyersburg, TN, where he played collegiate basketball for 2 years before transferring to Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro, TN. Jeromy got his bachelors degree in liberal Studies in 2011.
Maurice is a 1992 graduate of Munford High School. He also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Administration & Planning from Tennessee State University.Maurice is a driven HR Executive with 25+ years of HR & Talent Acquisition experience in high-growth environments including automotive, retail, banking, and healthcare industry segments. Maurice is currently a Director of Talent Acquisition at an organization in Nashville. He has played a very intricate role in leading a department who has been responsible for successfully hiring nurses & allied health professionals in various hospital systems throughout the entire country during the pandemic. Maurice currently resides in Murfreesboro, TN, where he is highly involved in youth sports. He serves as the President of Tennessee Connection Basketball Program & Vice President of the Murfreesboro Junior Patriots Youth Football League where he gets an opportunity to tap into his passion of mentoring & coaching kids from various socioeconomic backgrounds. His hobbies include playing golf, traveling and spending time with his family.
Graduate of the 2007 class from Munford High school; Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2012; started nursing career in the Memphis area, working at Methodist North Cardiovascular Stepdown Unit as well as Regional One Helathcare Burn Center in the ICU."I branched out into travel nursing back in 2019, but since then I’ve become a full-time travel nurse. I’ve worked in New York, Mississippi, Georgia, Texas, and currently Los Angeles, CA.
Jordan graduated as part of the class of 2014 from Covington High, went to the University of Memphis, and graduated with a degree in Finance. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Agribusiness Management from Mississippi State University.He is an internal auditor at Helena Agri-Enterprises, so he gets to travel around the country visiting ag sales sites to perform operational and financial audits.
Reneice (Moe) is a proud graduate of Munford High School (1999). She also holds a BBA in MIS from The University of Memphis (2003), and a MBA from Webster University (2006). Reneice is currently a Business Product advisor at FedEx. She also owns her own tax company called Enhanced Tax Solutions. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Alyssa Maclin-Bogan, mother, and master stylist is well versed in the hair industry. She believes that if you have “Happy Hair” you will have a “Happy Life” which has been her motto for 20 years. She was inspired to pursue hair from her grandmother at a very young age; from there, she has accomplished many things. Alyssa is a Covington High School 1996 graduate. In 2005 Alyssa graduated from New Wave Hair Academy in Memphis, TN. She went to be one of the Top Lead stylist at Hair Club, where she became diverse in many different hair ethnicities.The training and skills acquired during this time have pushed her into the great title she has today. Alyssa has become a hair replacement specialist, hair loss practitioner, master stylist, and thriving salon owner of The Hair Transformation Center in both Millington & Sacramentoo, CA. She is also the creator of the Mid-South's first hair magazine and is the mastermind behind The AB Collection, which includes many hair care products.
Erin graduated from the University of Memphis in 2018 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. She currently works at AutoZone’s Corporate Headquarters in downtown Memphis, TN, as a Tax Accountant with credits from the Institute for Professionals in Taxation.
Trey graduated from Brighton High School in 2008. He was a member of National Honor Society and Brighton Baseball. Trey went to Lee University on a full Academic/Baseball Scholarship and is now a partner of Camp Construction since 2010. Trey is a proud Husband and Father. "Thanks BHS for putting me on a path to success."
Emily Simpson is a dental hygienist at Ty H. Barkley, DDS & Associates. She is a Class of 2000 CHS graduate and attended hygiene school at the UT Health Science Center.
Kenneth Laird graduated from Munford High School in 1988 and the Memphis College of Art in 1992. He was named Illustrator of the Year by the faculty and received three scholarships while in attendance. Later in 2002 he received his Master of Arts degree from Syracuse University in Illustration and graduated top of his class. While at Syracuse, Laird studied in San Francisco, Dallas, Texas and New York City with the top illustrators in America such as Chris Payne, Murrey Tinkelman and Anita Kuntz.
Mr. Laird is an accomplished Creative Director and a passionate traditional artist at heart. Laird has worked with over a hundred advertising agencies and his clients throughout his career have included award winning jobs for Walt Disney, NASCAR and Kellogg’s. He is a member of the Society of Illustrators. Many of Laird’s portraits are in private collections in the Southeast. He resides in High Point, NC with his wife Pam and incredible autistic son Eric.
My greatest accomplishment was having a piece of my artwork called “Fake News” selected for the international traveling Norman Rockwell Museum Reimaging Freedom along with the Four Freedoms paintings tour. This drawing is now in their permanent collection. I have had artwork notable in the Self-Family Art Center in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The Henry Ford, Denver Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Art and the Franklin Roosevelt gallery in New York City.
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Shiquita Woodfork-Woods is a MHS 1995 graduate. She has been a licensed stylist for 26 years serving Tipton and Shelby County. Ms. Woods has recently become a licensed instructor for Paul Mitchell Institute.
Devin graduated from CHS in 2014. Devin graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology from UTK and a M.S. in Sport Commerce from UofM. She currently works for the Grizzlies Foundation’s TEAM Mentor Program.
Martravius works for the Hinds County Sheriff Office in Mississippi assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division as the Jail Investigator. He graduated Class of 2012 from Brighton High School.