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2015

Jimmy DunnThe Honorable James (Jimmy) Dunn
2015

Jimmy has had a long and distinguished career in the military, public safety field and the legal profession. Prior to attending Walters State, he served our nation in the U.S. Army as a member of the 30th Military Police Battalion. Following his military service, he worked in the private sector for several years before attending Walters State. A 1976 graduate of Walters State’s criminal justice program, Jimmy transferred to East Tennessee State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English, with a minor in criminal justice. He would go on to receive his doctor of jurisprudence from the Nashville School of Law and pass the Tennessee Bar and the Federal Bar of the Middle District of Tennessee in 1986. Jimmy’s public-safety service includes 10 years in the Tennessee Highway Patrol and a position as an instructor at the Tennessee Law Enforcement training Academy in Donelson. He practiced law for three years in Nashville prior to becoming an assistant district attorney from 1990 to 2006. For the past nine years, he has served as the District Attorney General for the 4th Judicial District, which includes Cocke, Sevier, Grainger and Jefferson counties. He is a member of the Tennessee Public Safety Coalition, the Tennessee Sheriffs Association, and the Tennessee District Attorney Generals Association. Jimmy’s community service includes serving as a past president for the Boys and Girls Club of Newport, the Kiwanis Club ofNewport, and the Cocke County Bar Association.

Dunn was honored with the Walters State 2015 Distinguished Alumni in Civic Achievement Award.

Sharon HayesSharon K. Hayes
2015

Sharon graduated from Walters State in 1979 with a degree in business management. She transferred to Carson-Newman University, where she received a degree in business administration with a minor in psychology. After graduating from college, she owned and operated Property and Casualty Insurance Agency and the Optimus Health Club and Physical Therapy. Since 2007, she has served as the coordinator of Volunteer Services at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System. Sharon is extremely active in supporting this community through volunteer work and civic organizations. She has served on the following boards: Keep America Beautiful; Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce; and the Hamblen County Senior Citizens Board of Directors. Sharon was the first chairperson of the Hamblen/Jefferson Arthritis Foundation Walk to raise awareness and funds for arthritis and was president of the Jefferson County Rotary Club, which named her a “Paul Harris Fellow.”

Hayes was honored with the Walters State 2015 Distinguished Alumni in Community and/or Volunteer Service Award.

David HeltonDavid L. Helton
2015

David is a 1975 graduate of Walters State, with a degree in business. He transferred to ETSU and earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and surveying. From 1978 to 1982, he worked at the TVA as a surveyor. Since 1986, David has been the President/CEO of East Tennessee Investments/Subway, with eight Subway locations. He is a major supporter of Walters State and has been named to the college’s President’s Trust. His community service includes serving as honorary chair of the 12th Annual Heart Gala for Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, of which he is also a committee member. He is on the board of directors for the Hearts of Christians Children’s Ministry – Belize Central America; director of disaster relief for Granger Baptist Association; volunteers for Baptist Builders and is the director of the Jackie Long Memorial 5K. And in his spare time, he operates a 50-acre beef cattle farm.

Helton was honored with the Walters State 2015 Distinguished Alumni in Professional Achievement Award.

Joanie Mungro-PittsJoanie D. Mungro-Pitts
2015

Joanie graduated from Walters State in 1998 with an associate of science, general degree. She transferred to Clemson University, where she earned a degree in speech and communications, with a minor in sociology. Since graduating from college, she has worked as a Pre-K teacher for the past 14 years. Joanie is among the most outstanding basketball players to ever wear a Lady Senators uniform. She was the first Lady Senator to be named a two-time All-American, and the first two-time state MVP. And she is the all-time leading scorer for the Lady Senators. After her record-breaking career at Walters State, Joanie signed a full athletics scholarship with Clemson University, where she received the Annie Tribble Leadership Award for her contributions on the court as a Lady Tiger.

Mungro-Pitts was honored with the Walters State 2015 Distinguished Alumni in Athletic Achievement Award.