Heroes of Health

Cumulus Media thanks all of the Heroes of Health in our community, from first responders to health care workers, who have been on the frontlines during the COVID-19 crisis. View a list of local health heroes here.

Heroes of Health

Chuck Reid

Chuck Reid is a paramedic for Monroe County Ambulance Service. He is also a part-time Firefighter for Madisonville Fire Dept. He volunteers as a fire fighter with Tri-community Fire Dept and is also a Hazmat technican. Thank you Chuck for all you do for our community!


Betty Martini

Betty Martini is the Director of Nursing Signature Health Care in Rockwood, TN. Betty loves her job and more importantly her patients. She has had to cover for the workers that have called in or walked off the job to ensure her patience have the care the need. While doing this she worked extremely long hours. She is a single mother of two that works  to help others. Thank you Betty for all you do for our community!

Sarah Combs

Sarah Combs is a Certified Registered Nurse Anaesthetist at FSR in Knoxville. Shes worked her way up the nursing ladder through many years of schooling, training and working as an intensive care RN. All the while, proudly serving the United States in our military for the last 20 years. She is currently a Major in the Air Force. Thank you Sarah for all you do for our community!

Steven Dukes

Steven Dukes is a Police Officer at Kingston Police Department. He is a retired Army Sergeant that chose to continue serving his community by becoming a police officer after serving his country as a Sergeant in the Army. Thank you Steven for your service to our country and all you do for our community!


Jim Washam

Jim Washam is Police Chief at Kingston Police Department. Jim Washam has been at Kingston Police Department for 33 years and has been Chief since 2001. He is always “on call,” even when he’s not at work; and he is always thinking of ways to better serve his own officers and his home-town, small community of Kingston. Thank you Jim for all you do for our community!

Natalie Adams

Natalie Adams is from White Pine, TN and works as a Emergency Room RN at the Covenant Health Leconte Medical Center in Sevierville & Hamblen Hospital Morristown. She is also a travel nurse for ER’s. Natalie is a very devoted hard working nurse, dedicated to the health and well being of her patients. She loves her job and it shows, especially being on the front line during this pandemic. Thank you Natalie for all you do for our community!

Amanda Hart

Amanda Hart is a Clinical Laboratory Phlebotomist at Endocrinology Consultants of East Tennessee and at Methodist Medical Center. Her job consists of drawing blood from the ER, CCU, ICU and the floors. She is a single mother of two boys and works two jobs at medical laboratories. Thank you Amanda for all you do for our community!


Donald Monson

Donald is a Licensed Practical Nurse at Michael Dunn Center in Kingston, TN. He takes pride in his job and will do any and everything for his patients and everyone around him. Thank you Donald for all you do for our community!


DeeDee Wolfe

DeeDee Wolfe is an Emergency Room Nurse at Hawkins County Hospital. DeeDee has been an ER nurse for over 30 years at the same hospital that she started her nursing career. She is extremely knowledgeable and is calm and in control in all situations. Thank you DeeDee for all you do for our community!

Danielle Usher

Danielle Usher is a Registered Nurse at Select Specialty Hospital. She is hard working night shift nurse, always putting her patients before herself and giving them that time they so desperately need during this difficult time. She is always willing to talk with them and pray with them at any hour of the night. Thank you Danielle for all you do for our community!

Patricia Southerland

Patricia is Phlebotomist at State of Franklin in the Greeneville, TN office. She loves her job and goes above and beyond for family. Patricia has been working hard during all of this Covid-19 stuff putting herself in the front lines of it all. Thank you Patricia for all you do for our community!


Baile Houston

Radiologic Technologist at Roane Medical Center. She is very passionate about her job at Roane Medical Center. A chest x-ray is one of the first steps in discovering the virus. Thank you Baile for all you do for our community!


Jacob Courtney

Jacob Courtney is a Volunteer Crew Man of Morristown Emergency & Rescue Squad. Jacob is always passionate about saving others lives, from extrication to lift assistance. He just simply enjoys aiding those in need. Thank you Jacob for all you do for your community!


Mike Clapp

Mike Clapp is an X-ray Technologist at Blount Memorial Hospital. Mike Clapp has been an x-ray tech for 25 years. He is a great tech and loves his patients and his job. His coworkers call him “Pappy” at work. His patients come in regularly asking if he is working and always want to see him. Pappy sure knows how to make you smile! Thank you Mike for all you you do for our community!

Mary Wegman

Mary Wegman is the CEO/Founder of Care Around The Block & Choices In Senior Care, organizations that are committed to providing care for senior adults. Mary & Care Around The Block have worked very hard to ensure their staff is prepared and have what they need to do the best job possible for our clients, the majority of which are high risk. Thank you Mary for all you do for our community!

Courtney Owens

Courtney Owens is an RN at UT Medical Center/Surgery. She has 3 little boys under age 10 but is still working and assisting with surgeries at UT Medical Center. She loves her patients and has a servant’s heart. Thank you Courtney for all you do for our community!


Channing Ledbetter

Channing Ledbetter is the Assistant Chief at Greenback Rescue Squad. Channing also works as an EMT with AMR Ambulance Service in Blount County. He is also a member of Monroe County Rescue Squad, Monroe County Dive Team, Vonore Volunteer Fire Department, & Swift Water Rescue. He loves what he does and is dedicated to continue his education working toward being a paramedic. Thank you Channing for all you do for our community!

Dwayne Fortner

Dwayne Fortner is an Emergency Room Nurse at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. He graduated from LMU. He pours his heart and soul into trying to care for and comfort the children in need of care in our community. Thank you Dwayne for all you do for our community!


Adam West

Adam West works as an officer with Knox County Sheriff’s Department. Adam served 6 years in the United States Coast Guard and is accredited with 72 lives saved. He continues to serve country and state as a fire fighter in the TN Air National Guard. Thank you Adam for your service to our country and everything you do for our community!

Misty Hoskins

Misty Hoskins is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at Maxim Healthcare in Knoxville, TN. Misty started out as a CNA 18 years ago. She got her LPN 14 years ago and is currently in school for her RN! Misty loves her patients and loves to take care of people. She has a heart for people! Thank you Misty for all you do for our community!


Destiny Mahaffey

Destiny Mahaffey is a Certified Nursing Assistant at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. She works on the Oncology Floor at ETCH. She loves her patients and treats all of her patients like they are her family. Destiny is compassionate and a great asset to the healthcare community. She is also incredibly helpful. Thank you Destiny for all you do for our community!

Kristy Hawkins

Kristy Hawkins is a Licensed Practical Nurse at Philips Medical Group in Talbot, TN. She is a very caring, loving nurse. She goes above and beyond for her patients. Thank you Kristy for all you do for our community!


Chelsea Easterly

Chelsea Easterly is a Radiation Therapist at Provision Healthcare. One of the many reasons Chelsea loves her job is because of the friendships that are formed with her patients! Thank you Chelsea for you all you do for our community!


Nikki Brewer

Nikki Brewer is a Licensed Practical Nurse at Blount Memorial Hospital. Started as a CRN and worked her way up to LPN.​ She cares for her patients and always has a smile on face regardless of the situation. Thank you Nikki for all you do for our community!


Mike Blankenship

Mike Blankenship works as a Critical Care Paramedic with Monroe County EMS and also with AMR in McMinn and Blount County. He is also a member of Coker Creek Volunteer Fire Department and Monroe County Rescue Squad. He is a Reserve Officer with the Monroe County Sheriff Department. All his life he has been serving our county in one capacity or other. Thanks Mike for all you do for our community!

Jimmy Peoples

Jimmy Peoples works at Morristown Emergency & Rescue Squad. Jimmy has been serving the community for 61 years and is always there to help with training and meetings. Mr. Peoples is always there for his community when he is needed. Thank you Jimmy for all you do for our community!


Tiffany Dobbins 

Tiffany Dobbins is a Phlebotomist at East Tennessee’s Children’s Hospital. Tiffany is a colon cancer survivor. She loves her job and even when going through the worst times she has continued to work. Thank you Tiffany for all you do for our community!


Jennifer Hayles

Jennifer Hayles has worked to receive her BSN in Nursing part-time, as well as her Nurse Practitioner license recently. She is from East Tennessee and currently working in New York on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. She is working in an environment that she is definitely not used to being from East Tennessee. Thank you Jennifer for everything you do for our community!

Janice Garner 

Janice Garner is an X-Ray Technician at Blount Memorial Hospital. She has worked at Blount Memorial for 25 years and has worked 15 years as an X-Ray Technician. She is a passionate and dedicated employee to her field. Many would describe her as someone they don’t have to worry about because she does her job and takes care of her patients! Thanks Janice for all you do for our community!

Dusty Barnett

Dusty Barnett is an Advanced EMT at Morgan County Ambulance Service and he is a paramedic student at Roane State Community College. He cares about his patients and provides excellent patient care. Dusty and his wife have 8 children. Thank you Dusty for all that you do for our community!

Taylor Day

Taylor Day is a Registered Nurse at UT Medical Center. She has worked as a CNA until she graduated nursing school last year. She has now worked at UT for almost a year is an amazing nurse. Thank you Taylor for all you do for our community!

Kayla Hutchison 

Kayla Hutchison is a Third Shift Supervisor of Environmental Services at Fort Sanders Medica Center. The environmental staff are so very important because they make sure the rooms are germ free and ready for the next patient. She takes great pride in her job and has received many accolades because of her diligence from her superiors. Thank you Kayla for all you do for our community!

Andy Hardy

Andy Hardy is an AMR McMinn County. Andy is one of the best to put on the uniform. He cares deeply about his job and his patients. Andy always goes above and beyond with a smiling face. Thank you Andy for all you do for our community!

Natasha Arwood

Natasha Arwood is a Registered Nurse (RN) & ER Nurse at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. Natasha worked for Leconte Hospital inn Sevier County, where she helped deliver many babies working as a labor and delivery nurse. She now works at the Jefferson Memorial Hospital ER and loves it. Her dedication to her job and patients is amazing. Thank you Natasha for all you do for our community!

Andrew Hayes

Andrew Hayes is a Volunteer Firefighter for Kansas-Talbott Fire Department. Andrew has been a firefighter for the past 3 years. He’s very dedicated and loves doing his job because he loves to help people. He’s got a good heart and he just loves being a fire fighter. The people he volunteers with are very outstanding and don’t get enough credit for what they do! Thank you Andrew for all you do for our community!

Jennifer Steele

Jennifer Steele is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at Life Care Center of Jefferson County. Jennifer is so dedicated to all her residents. She not only is working her scheduled full time hours and is also working countless overtime hours. The CNAs are the front line in a nursing home. Thank you Jennifer for all you do for our community!

Gabriel Long

Gabriel Long is a Director of Laboratory Services in East Tennessee. Gabe and his team have been working diligently and countless hours to ensure laboratory testing is being done regarding this Pandemic we all are encountering. Their behind scenes dedication and commitment is allowing our families, friends, strangers and Healthcare providers have efficient test results with an amazing turn around times. Thank you Gabriel for all you do for our community!

Ron Nipper

Ron Nipper is the Captain of the City of Athens Fire Department. Ron has been been in the fire service for over 20 years. He always puts his co-workers and citizens first, and goes above his normal duties to help those in need. Thank you Ron for everything you do for our community!

Meredith Cummings

Meredith Cummings is a Physicians Assistant at Park West & Fort Sanders Regional Hospitals. Meredith is a breath of sunshine when she enters each patient’s room. Her warm smiles make the patient feel at ease. The patient knows Meredith cares just because of how she treats each person. Meredith graduated from Roane State Community College, then University of Tennessee and South College. Thank you Meredith for all you do for our community!

Will Crowden

Paramedic AMR-McMinn County, Tennova at Denso Will is an extremely hard worker and cares for his patients no matter if he is on the ambulance, in the clinic or in the hospital. He is caring and passionate about helping others. He also is a volunteer firefighter and will always help someone when in need. Thank you Will for all you do for our community!

McKenzie Moosman

McKenzie Moosman is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center. She’s only 17 but has dedicated her time and schooling to take the best care of her patients. Thank you McKenzie for all you do for our community!

Michelle Whitelaw

Michelle Whitelaw is a Nurse Practioner at Cherokee Health Systems in Newport, TN. This health care provider and her workers are working 5 days a week and provide the best healthcare for their communities. This provider continues to work, even though she has cancer, through the trying times. Thank you Michelle for all you do for our community!

Ashley Rodgers

Ashley Rodgers is a Paramedic in Monroe County. Ashley has been a paramedic at Monroe county for almost 2 years, a-met at priority and rural Metro for 5+ years. Loves her patients, caring and kind. Excited and willing to learn. She is continuing to grow in her profession everyday. She has her whole future ahead of her and wouldn’t choose anything else than serving her community. Thank you Ashley! for all you do for our community.

Amy Gillard

Amy Gillard is a Diagnostic Supervisor at Healthstar Physicians in Knoxville, TN. Amy truly cares about each and everyone that comes through our doors to have their procedures/tests done. Amy has worked hard to ensure the safety for her patients as well as her employees during this pandemic. She has a servants heart and will help out wherever is needed. Thank you Amy for everything you do for our community!

Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore is a Law Enforcement Officer with Alcoa Police. Office Moore for over 20 years recently became a K9 officer and he believes in doing his duty as an police officer to protect the citizens of the City of Alcoa. Thank you Ryan for all you do for our community!

Kylie Hammond

Kylie Hammond is a Caregiver at Quality of Life. Kylie works hard to take care of those at home who need help, caring for the disabled and elderly. She also does office work and works 7 days a week, making sure all clients have the hours they are allotted. Even having medical problems herself she helps others in this time of need. Thank you Kylie for all you do for our community!

Chris Beasley

Chris Beasley is an Advanced EMT with Morristown EMS. Chris has been employed by Morristown EMS for almost 20 years as an advanced EMT. He started his public safety career at the young age of 14, when he joined the volunteer rescue squad as an explorer. He has served with pride and has always put other peoples needs before his own. Thank you Chris for all you do for our community!

Monica Pelix-Vidal

Monica Pelix-Vidal is a Caregiver at Quality of Life. Monica is working seven days a week to make sure the disable and elderly at home are taking care of and even though she has medical problems she barely misses a day to make sure clients have the care they need. Thank you Monica for all you do for our community!

Kara Willis

Kara Willis is a Registered Nurse (RN) in the ER at Covenant Health in Hamblen, TN. Kara recently had her second daughter, after 8 weeks she returned to work during this pandemic instead of taking an extended leave. Thank you Kara for all you do for our community!

Teresa Huckaby

Teresa Huckaby is a Phlebotomist at AEL Lab. Teresa is dedicated to her job, she never complains no matter the situation. She is a wife and mother of 2 girls and treats her patients as family. Thank you Teresa and all of our healthcare works for all the work that you do!

Christi Sinard

Christi Sinard is a Registered Nurse (RN) at Morristown Surgery Center in Morristown, TN. Christi has worked during this pandemic doing her regular hours and also been on call 24hrs for the Dr.’s emergency cases. She never complains about the demand, it’s her lifestyle and career to aide the sick and she shows up and does it with a smile on her face. Thank you Christi for all you do for our community!

Cory Kellogg

Cory Kellogg is a Nursing Assistant at UT Medical Center Oncology Department in Knoxville, TN. Cory received the hospital’s Iris Award because his commitment to his job and his dedication to patients really shows, and has shown, since day one. He puts in everything he has for this job. Cory’s patients often send him thank you cards after they leave the hospital and to me, that says a job well done! Thank you Cory for all you do for our community!

Chrissy Simonelli

Chrissy Simonelli is a Registered Nurse (RN) at Morgan County Prison. Chrissy is a wife and mom of 2 boys. She has grown over years in the medical field and had such compassion no matter the situation. She is truly a dedicated health care worker. Thank you Chrissy for all you do for our community!

Hannah Mason

Hannah Mason is a Registered Nurse (RN) at Tennova Healthcare in Knoxville, TN. She is dedicated, hard working, and sweet. Patients need someone who cares and she does.

Holly Reid

Holly Reid is an EMT with Monroe Co EMS. She is also a volunteer firefighter with the Madisonville Fire Dept. Holly enjoys helping out in her community and in her down time enjoys hiking with her husband and spending time with her nieces. Thank you Holly for all you do for our community!

Dustin Martin

Dustin Martin is an Engineer with the City of Athens Fire Department. Dustin Martin is a full-time engineer with the Athens City Fire Department, and is volunteer firefighter with Englewood Fire. Dustin has been a firefighter for 23 years. He is a dedicated husband and father. He enjoys his job and works with some great other men and women that all deserve the recognition. Thank you Dustin for all you do for our community!

Sarah Rowe

Sarah Rowe is a Registered Nurse RN at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville, TN. Sarah is the best team lead you could ever ask for. She is kind, compassionate and not afraid to help anyone on the team! She is always a person you can go to for any of your needs and always spreads positive vibes to her team. Thank you Sarah for all you do for our community!

Kristie Thompson

Kristie Thompson is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at Covenant Health in Oak Ridge, TN. Kristie has dedicated her life to caring for everyone, she has such a giving heart. Kristie has been a nurse for 17 yrs, and works long hours ensuring that the employees of Covenant are getting the best care, so in turn they can give the best care to the sick patients in the hospital. Thank you Kristie for all you do for our community!

Carrie Sells

Carrie Sells is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at Norris Health & Rehab in Norris, TN. Carrie started working at Norris Health & Rehab when she graduated high school as a CNA. She went on to school to be a LPN. She loves her residents. Thank you Carrie for all you do for our community!

Jaden Browning

Jaden Browning is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at Blount Memorial Hospital. Jaden is an amazing person who will go above and beyond for her patients! She takes care of them like she would take care of her own family members! Thank you Jade for all you do for our community!

Patricia Chapman

Patricia Chapman is a Licensed Practical Nurse with LPN Nursing Home (Memory Care Unit) on Lyons View Pike, Knoxville, TN. Patricia has been a LPN for many years and always goes out of her way for her patients. She goes in for extra shifts too make sure they are taken care of. She has 30 plus years experience in elderly care. Patricia has been known to buy Christmas decorations and go in on a day off to decorate the unit for them, taking in gifts, etc. to the patients. She puts her job above all others, even herself or own health. Thank you Patricia for all you do for our community!

Rebecca Coleman

Rebecca Coleman is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at DCI in Maryville, TN. Rebecca is very kind hearted and always takes excellent care of her patients! She is an amazing nurse and woman and treats her patients like family. She always puts a smile on your face. She is a strong Christian faith woman and her love and kindness shows through in everything she does. Truly amazing woman and nurse! Thank you Rebecca for all you do for our community!

Faith Graham

Faith Graham is a Registered Nurse (RN) at Blount Home Health. Faith is loving and caring for her patients and makes a difference in every one she cares for. Faith considers it a great honor and a calling. She graduated from Pellissippi community college. Thank you Faith for all you do for our community!

Serena Saccoci

Serena Saccoci is a Emergency Room Nurse at UT Medical Center. Serena has moved to TN in the past year from New York and since the virus has exploded she has relocated her son out of the Knoxville area to out of state family so that he would not experience a bad situation should she become sick by working on the front line. She is very dedicated to her son and profession! Thank you Serena for all you do for our community!

Vicki Hill

Vicki Hill is a Corrections Officer Morgan County Correctional Complex. She wants to nominate all her fellow co workers who work so hard at the prison and keep coming to work especially during these difficult time. It’s a tough job and it’s not easy. Thanks to all of them for what they do for our community!

Tara Shelton

Tara Shelton is a Home Health Nurse and mother of 2 amazing boys. Tara works from daylight to way past dark on most nights. She goes house to house not knowing if she has been exposed to COVID-19 or not. But one thing is for sure she is always there for her patients. Thank you Tara for all you do for our community!

Angie Hammers

Angie Hammers works at Social Services at Jefferson City Health and Rehabilitation. Angie is a very hard worker. She has done a little bit of everything in the nursing home. She works hard to keep residents and families happy during this hard time for all of us. It’s hard to nominate just one person in this facility because everyone there is the best. Thank you Angie and your coworkers for all you do for our community!

Leann Adkins

Leann Adkins is a Caregiver at Oakwood Senior Living. Leann has the biggest, most caring heart for taking care of your family members at this center. A great person goes out of her way to help any one. Thank you Leann for all you do for our community!

Preston Hamby

Preston Hamby is a Fire Chief at Oakdale Volunteer Fire Department. He always puts other people before himself. He works at 2 different fire departments and described as a great guy! Thank you Preston for all you do for our community!

Thomas Holt

Thomas Holt is a Firefighter at Oakdale fire department. He is described as just a good all around guy who puts others before himself. Thank you Thomas for all you do for our community!

Brenda Adkins

Brenda Adkins is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at Ben Atchley Veteran’s Home. She goes above and beyond everyday taking care of everyone by doing every big thing and little thing possible to show the care and love residents that’s what makes it worth it to know they are taking care of everyday even if it’s going to get them ice cream or whatever they need whenever. Thank you Brenda for all you do for our community!

Dakota Regan

Dakota Regan is an AEMT with Morgan County EMS. He has been going above and beyond the line of duty, along with being an exceptional paramedic student. Thank you Dakota for all you do for our community!

John Dodson

John Dodson is a Paramedic and a who dad works very hard in keeping the world safe. He works long hours everyday. His job is very important to him and he loves keeping people safe. He is loved by his family and looked up to as a hero. Thank you John for all you do for our community!

Katie Stevens

Katie is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at fort sanders regional medical center she works on the oncology floor. Katie goes above and beyond for her patients. She is a hard worker and she loves her patients. Thank you Katie for all you do for our community!

Cynthia Fisher

Cynthia Fisher is the Director of health at Avenir Memory Care in Farragut, TN. Thank you Cynthia for all you do for our community!

Tara Bankes

Tara Bankes is a Pathologists’ Assistant. Tara works tirelessly and takes great pride examining all organs and tissue removed from surgery. Her job is to dissect each specimen and examine it for disease, including cancers. Her eyes and skilled ability determine if cancers and diseases are hopefully, and completely excised. Thank you Tara for all you do for our community!

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