Immediately following graduation in 1943, John R. "Jack" King was placed on a bus to the army where he served in Patton's Third Army
in World War II
returning to Kingsport in 1945.
In 1946 he enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
graduating in 1949 and returning to Kingsport to work in the family owned business - The Mason & Dixon Lines, Inc.
Jack later became the president of Mason & Dixon and the chairman of the board of Mason & Dixon Tank Lines, Inc. At one time Mason & Dixon was the largest family owned trucking company in the nation.
Jack served as chairmen of many boards and contributed greatly to the community and state.
Fred "Pal" Barger admits he copied the idea of a small restaurant called 2J's located in Texas and turned that idea into an award winning restaurant called, PAL'S
. He opened his first fast food restaurant on Revere Street
, downtown Kingsport in 1956.
He has now expanded PAL'S to 18 locations in Tennessee and Virgina. In 2001 PAL'S won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
becoming the only restaurant company to receive the award. Pal has received many awards and recognitions for his service on the national, state and local levels. He was the 2001 Outstanding Alumnus
of East Tennessee State University
and was also inducted into the Tennessee Restaurant Association Hall of Fame.
Kenneth W. "Ken" Simonds attended George Washington University
on a football scholarship for a year, but transferred to East Tennessee State University
graduating in 1957.
After graduation, he joined IBM
in Kingsport and worked his way up in the company to director of data processing services. In 1975 be became director of sales for Amdahl Corporation
and then executive vice-preseident and chief operation officer. Ken retired in 1984. In 1985 he came out of retirement to join Teradata Corporation
and in 1992 he sold Teradata and retired!
He was the 2000 Outstanding Alumnus
of East Tennessee State University. He received numerous business and educational awards.
Ken passed away on October 11, 2009.