Pair of Roane State students recognized at Honors Luncheon in Nashville

The College System of Tennessee celebrated two high-achieving Roane State students on Wednesday, March 30, during the system’s 2022 Student Honors Luncheon.

The annual luncheon salutes members of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) who were nominated by each of their respective colleges. PTK is the national honor society for students at two-year colleges.

Roane State President Chris Whaley snaps a selfie following an Honors Luncheon in Nashville honoring two Roane State Phi Theta Kappa students. Pictured left to right are Dr. Whaley, PTK Chapter Advisor Claudia Cummings, and Roane State students Savannah Mahery and Tiffaney Kline.

Roane State’s honorees included Tiffaney Kline and Savannah Mahery, who are members of the PTK All-Tennessee Academic Team along with the other PTK members honored last week.

Tiffaney is an English and Secondary Education major with plans to attend King University in the fall. Savannah is studying psychology and plans to transfer to Maryville College after graduating from Roane State this May.

In addition to recognizing student achievement, both honor societies provide opportunities for student leadership development and service. Each student was individually recognized during the program and presented with a medallion and certificate that signifies their achievements.

“For all of you, your presence here today means that you have already achieved a level of excellence that demands attention and led to your induction into these two honor societies,” Dr. Russ Deaton, TBR executive vice chancellor for policy and strategy, told the honorees. “The academic and technical skills that you have demonstrated will serve you well – regardless of whether you’re planning on continuing your studies at a university – or going straight into your new careers.”

Pictured left to right are PTK Chapter Advisor Claudia Cummings, Roane State students Savannah Mahery and Tiffaney Kline, and Roane State President Chris Whaley.

“Take a moment to pause and look around the room at the impressive array of talent gathered here today. This room teems with leadership, service, dedication, perseverance, and excellence. It jumps off the page from your bios and it is evident in the eyes of each of our honorees. This room is full of Tennessee’s present and future, and our state is in good hands,” Deaton said.

The Honors Luncheon is a part of the College System of Tennessee’s fourth Statewide Outstanding Achievement Recognition (SOAR) program, which also included TBR Day on the Hill, when college presidents, student government leaders, system office staff and friends of the system visit with legislators to share their success stories.

Information on Roane State’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter is available online at To view the full list of students honored, visit

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

Check Also

Temporary closures on Spur and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail on Thursday, September 29  

Great Smoky Mountains National Park maintenance crews will implement a temporary, single-lane closure on the …

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: