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Tipton County Schools is proud to highlight the important work of many of our graduates.
Mia Heaston Benoit

Mia HeastonMia 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.

John S. Bommer, Jr.

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).

Judge Valerie L. Smith
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Circuit Court

30th Judicial District of Tennessee

Memphis, 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.”












Senator Paul Rose
Paul Rose

Owner of Rose Construction

Tennessee Senator

J. Barton Williams, MD

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.












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Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton
Judson and Dana Naifeh
NaifehOwners of Naifeh’s Cash Saver
Charles Darby
Owner and operator of Opportunity Landscapes and Nursery
DeJuan "Keefee" Hall
hallBarber, Business Owner, and Pastor at Great Expectation Ministries
Cameron and Brian Dickey

Owners of Midsouth BBQ












Morgan Jett

United States Postal Service Mail Carrier














Hayden Smith










Videographer and Editor for Nashville’s Major League Soccer Team


Sean Joyner
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Journeyman/Lineman/Safety and Training Specialist for MLGW


Andrew Stroud & Devin Kinney
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Atoka Fire Department Firefighters


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Corey Cartwright

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.



Corey Cartwright

News anchor with WATE in Knoxville, TN



















Joshua Bolden
newsMorning Anchor for WVVA in Bluefield, WV












Adam Ross

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.















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Emily King

US Air Force Airman and 2017 MHS graduate, Emily is also the daughter of MMS teacher, Ms. Shirley King.











Greg Stube

· 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

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.























Rod Dixon

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.












Jack Ruffin

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!”










Dr. Jayson Cannon

TCS graduate and community supporter Dr. Jayson Cannon is a chiropractor and owner of multiple chiropractic clinics across the area.
















Lesley Elmore Bell


MHS class of 2015

Shipiro & Company, Memphis


















Munford Police Department

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









Jennifer J. Armstrong


Office of Crisis and Suicide Prevention

Division of Mental Health Services

















Jimmy Vandergrift

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.




Ryan McClain

BHS graduate of 2003

Mercedes-Benz Centralized Diagnostic Technician


















Bailey Hansen Coppenger

"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!" 






Arren D. Smith
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BHS Graduate

Staff Sergeant Air Traffic Controller
























Dr. Joshua Reeves

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
















Shantay Jackson

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

CHS graduate


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. 













Aaron Fultz

MHS Graduate


“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 Lane

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. 

















Jennifer Wildes
picJennifer Wildes is the Senior Collections and Exhibits Director for Discovery Park of America, a museum and heritage park in Northwest Tennessee (Union City, TN).