Civic Committee Members

SHARON HANNUM, chair of the Blount County United Civic Committee, retired from ALCOA Inc. in 2007 after 30 years and has been active in community service in Blount County for many years, serving on and chairing more than a dozen boards. She has been recognized with numerous awards for her community service. She is an active member of St. Paul Zion AME Church and a founding member of the Alcoa-Blount NAACP Chapter. She is a mayor-appointed member of the Blount County Commission's Budget Committee and a chaplain in the Blount County jail.

THE REV. DIXIE LEEA PETRY has been an elementary school teacher, program director of the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee, pastor of Kent Baptist Church in Kent, Ind., and Chaplain Resident at University of Tennessee Regional Medical Center. After moving to Blount County, she became the Director of Pastoral Care at Shannondale of Maryville and served on the board of directors of Good Neighbors in Maryville. She is a graduate of the Maryville Police Department's Citizen's Acadmy and co-moderator of Blount County Ecumenical Action Council.

BILL WHITE is a retired newspaper reporter who has been active in Blount County United since its formation. He is a member of New Providence Presbyterian Church, where is is an elder. He and his wife, Ethel, founded Global Connection, a family friendship program for Maryville College international students.

ALICE BURROWS is a Realtor® in Blount County with Century 21 for 15 years -- nine with Real Estate Group, LLC in Maryville. She Works with Second Harvest food program every year and with Christmas Angels and supports Remote Area Medical, St. Jude Children Hospital and Shriners’ Hospital

JEAN WILLIAMSON is retired from United Way of Blount County as Vice President of Community Impact. In retirement she works for social justice through her volunteer time at Blount County Habitat for Humanity and her membership in Blount County United and its Civic Committee and Alcoa-Blount NAACP.

THE REV. ANNE McKEE, who is ordained through the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is the Campus Minister at Maryville College. In that capacity she is the minister for students, faculty, and staff of the college and to facilitate the spiritual inquiry and religious life on campus. She also is director of the Bonner Scholars, Bradford Scholars, Church and College Scholars, Chapel Scholars, Isaac Anderson Fellows, and Maryville Adventures in Studying Theology (MAST).

THE REV. ROB WILLIAMSON was ordained in 1973 in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is now “Honorably Retired.” He served as pastor of Eusebia Presbyterian Church in Seymour and chaplain for Shannondale of Maryville Retirement Community, Peninsula Hospital, and the Blount County Sheriff’s Office. He is a member of the Presbytery of East Tennessee Peacemaking Committee., Blount County United and its Civic Committee, Alcoa- Blount NAACP, Blount County Ecumenical Action Council, Blount County Community Health Initiative Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention Alliance, and East Tennessee FBI Civil Rights Working Group.

TOM TAYLOR is Mayor of Maryville and owner of a commercial lawn equipment dealership. He served as an instructor in the Department of Biology at Maryville College and was Director of the USDI Youth Conservation Corps at Tremont in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from 1971-1976. He has been active with the Boys Scouts of America since childhood, rising to the rank Eagle Scout as a youth and receiving the Silver Beaver distinguished service award as an adult. He is also Board Chair and a founding member of SMiles, a ride program for seniors sponsored by the Blount County Community Action Agency.