April 2015 Technical Society Programs

12 Apr

On April 13, 2015 Jerry Harnish, regional director of Rural/Metro of Tennessee, will speak on “Fire Protection in Knox County”.(PDH)

Mr.Harnish has 33 years of experience in fire and emergency operations, including six years as fire chief in Knox County. He began his career as a firefighter and emergency medical technician with Rural/Metro in 1980 and was named fire chief in 2007. As chief, he has been responsible for protecting 216,500 residents, operating 15 fire stations in Knox County, 12 of which house paramedic engine companies.

Mr. Harnish is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association and the East Tennessee Regional Council of Fire Chiefs, the last of which he chaired in 2010. He currently serves on the board of the Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad.

He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Emory & Henry University and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer program. He has lived in Knox County since 1980 and is married to veterinarian Dr. Duree Snapp.

April 20, 2015 Axel Ringe of the Sierra Club will speak on “Climate Knoxville – an initiative to reduce energy use in the city.” The network was formed in early 2014 to support the City of Knoxville’s Smarter Cities Partnership to weatherize inner-city homes and EPA’s draft Clean Power Plan. The organization is currently engaged in a number of important activities.

April 27, 2015 David Dewhirst, Owner, Dewhirst Properties., will give his “Thoughts about downtown (and other matters).”David Dewhirst has been instrumental in the revitalization of downtown Knoxville and he is a visionary with resources.

On April 6, 2014 David Butler, executive director of The Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) will be the speaker.

The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, educates and serves a diverse community, enhances Knoxville’s quality of life, and operates ethically, responsibly, and transparently as a public trust. The KMA’s predecessor, the Dulin Gallery of Art, opened in 1961. In March 1990, the Knoxville Museum of Art opened in its current 53,200 square-foot facility.

The museum supplements and complements its core permanent installations with a lively schedule of temporary exhibitions that explore aspects of regional culture and its relation to national and international artistic developments.

In spring 2014 the museum unveiled a permanent, monumental glass installation by aclaimed Knoxville artist Richard Jolley, a powerful affirmation of the KMA’s commitment to the art and artists of our region.

David Butler joined the KMA as executive director in 2006 after serving as the director of the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana, and the Emerson Gallery at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.   He earned a bachelor’s degree in art history in 1976 and a master’s degree in art history in 1980, both from Florida State University.  He received his Ph.D. in art history from Washington University in 1991. Dr. Butler is a peer reviewer for the Museum Assessment Program and Accreditation Program of the American Alliance of Museums and chair of the Knox County Historic Zoning Commission.

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