TSU earns certification for safety
The National Weather Service has awarded Tennessee State University a “StormReady” certification that signifies the university is well prepared to safeguard its people and property from severe weather.
TSU is one of four universities in the Tennessee Board of Regents school system, one of seven universities in Tennessee and the only HBCU in the state to complete the certification and be recognized with the StormReady designation.
The certification award was presented at a press conference last week in the Floyd Payne Campus Center.
Comptroller appoints Dunn as officer
Comptroller Justin P. Wilson has appointed John Dunn as the office’s public information officer.
Dunn will manage external communications efforts for the comptroller’s office as well as serve as a spokesperson for the agency.
“I am very pleased to welcome John to our staff,” Wilson said in a release. “We look forward to the experience he will contribute to help promote our office’s work to the public, the General Assembly and other governmental agencies, advocating our mission to improve the quality of life for all Tennesseans by making Tennessee government work better.”
Previously, Dunn served 12 years as a reporter with FOX 17 News in Nashville as a Capitol Hill reporter.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications arts from Butler University in 2000.
Farm Bureau ranks in top insurance
Farm Bureau Insurance has ranked first among the auto insurance providers in the Southeast, according to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Auto Insurance Study.
The Tennessee-based company, which has captured the award three consecutive years, was measured based on customer satisfaction with auto insurance across five factors: interaction, price, policy offerings, billing and payment, and claims.
“According to J.D. Power, the biggest driver of overall satisfaction is the interaction companies have with their customers. Achieving ‘three-peat’ status reflects a team effort at every touch point of customer service – agents, claims, customer service center, local offices, and home office operations," Sonny Scoggins, Farm Bureau Insurance chief executive officer, said in a release.
Sutler taps Seabergh as chef
The Sutler has hired Nick Seabergh as executive chef, according to partners Austin Ray and Joe Parkes, Jr.
Seabergh’s menu will offer items prepared in a hickory smoker and wood grill.
“Nick’s experience, skill set and history ended up aligning with our vision for The Sutler, and so Joe and I took a trip to Alchemy in Memphis,” Ray said in a release. “We got what we expected, which was incredible food. We’ve been cautious about tossing around the term ‘Southern’ when it comes to the food, but Nick’s flavors have certainly been influenced by his Southern upbringing and experience throughout various regions in the South. What excites us most is the fresh perspective he brings to Nashville; the flavors that shape this city are deeply rooted and always evolving. That’s Nick in a nutshell.”
Previously, Seabergh worked for John Currence at City Grocery, Donald Link at Herbsaint and five years at the Viking Range Corp. in Greenwood, Massachusetts.
Simons Foundation Fellow names Vanderbilt professor
Vanderbilt University professor of physics Thomas J. Weiler has been named a Simons Foundation Fellow in theoretical physics for his work with elementary particle physics and astrophysics.
Weiler will use the fellowship to research topics in theoretical elementary particle physics and particle astrophysics.
He will spend part of the 2014-15 academic year at the University of California-Santa Barbara’s Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics co-organizing a 12-week workshop as well as visiting the University of Melbourne, the University of Hawaii, the University of Stockholm, the Technical University of Munich and the Aspen Center for Physics.
The Simons Foundation is one of the nation’s foremost private funders of basic scientific research.
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