• Knoxville Bar Association passed its president’s gavel from Cheryl G. Rice, a civil litigator with Egerton McAfee Armistead & Davis, P.C., to Jason H. Long, a member of the Knoxville law firm of London Amburn during KBA’s annual meeting Friday, Dec. 10. Other 2022 KBA officers are president-elect Loretta G. Cravens, Cravens Legal; treasurer Catherine E. Shuck, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital; and secretary Carlos A. Yunsan, Tennessee Appellate Courts.

KBA members elected their four-person Board of Governors: Ursula Bailey, Law Office of Ursula Bailey; William A. Mynatt Jr.; Lewis Thomason, P.C.; and Vanessa Samano, Samano Family Law.

Charles Swanson received KBA’s highest award, the Governors’ Award, given annually to a lawyer whose peers believe has brought distinction and honor to the legal profession.

The Presidents’ Award for 2021 was presented to Mohamed Faizer and Carlos Yunsan, co-chairs of KBA’s Diversity in the Profession Committee.

The award for outstanding writing was presented to Bailey for her article, “I Am Not OK,” which appeared in the August issue of the KBA monthly magazine DICTA.  

Meagan Collver, an attorney with London Amburn, was introduced as president of the Knoxville Barristers, the Young Lawyers Division of KBA. Also, the following were elected as Barristers officers: vice president, Zachary R. Walden; secretary/treasurer, Charles S.J. Sharrett; and members-at-large, Jordan Houser and Christine Knott.

Charles Sharrett and James Snodgrass, co-chairs of

Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee, were presented with the Barristers’ Presidents’ Award for 2021.

• Knoxville Orthopaedic Surgery Center recently was named a Leapfrog Top Ambulatory Surgery Center in 2021, one of only 13 selected nationally for the competitive award.

Ambulatory surgery centers are healthcare facilities providing outpatient procedures.

This is the inaugural year of Leapfrog’s Top ASC award, which honors top performers as verified by the Leapfrog ASC Survey for quality and patient safety.

• Boys & Girls Club in Tennessee recently received a $30,000 Spectrum Digital Education Grant as part of the club’s holiday party and broadband expansion celebration.

The grant will assist five clubs across Tennessee in purchasing new technology and equipment that supports virtual learning and academics for more than 200 youth. It also assists the

children’s family members by proving computer access.

• Minimal Optimist, a woman-owned small business offering sustainable, eco-friendly and nature-inspired goods and unique gifts, held a grand opening and ribbon cutting Monday, Dec. 13, at 9230 Kingston Pike. in the Cedar Springs Shopping Center between The Soup Kitchen and Hound Dogs in Cedar Bluff.