MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 61 elite drivers from Tennessee are among 1,445 newly inducted worldwide into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving.
Tennessee boasts 250 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 7,183 years of accident-free driving. Gary Witt of Waverly is the state's senior safe driver, with 42 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 2,694 total UPS drivers in Tennessee.
Globally, 7,878 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they've racked up more than 221,000 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers. That's enough miles to travel to Mars and back 36 times.
"My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they've saved," said Kenneth Harms, president, UPS Mid-South District.
Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 52 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 46 years of safe driving. Sixty-two others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.
UPS's 102,000 drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging more than 3 billion miles a year and delivering more than 4 billion packages safely.
Founded in 1907, UPS has a rich history of safety and training. The company issued its first driver handbook in 1917 and began recognizing safe drivers in 1923. In 1928, UPS recognized its first five-year safe driver, Ray McCue, with UPS founder Jim Casey presenting him a gold and platinum watch. UPS formally established its safe driving honor program in 1928.
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Following is a list of Tennessee drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.
|Driver||Hometown||UPS Work Location|
|Allen, Jeffrey||Goodlettsville||Whites Creek Hub|
|Burt Jr, Charles||Goodlettsville||Whites Creek Hub|
|Cantrell, Thomas||Goodlettsville||Whites Creek Hub|
|Carden, James||Lake City||Oliver Springs|
|Epps Sr, Alvester||Memphis||Oakhaven Package Distribution Center|
|Espy, Joseph||Nashville||Whites Creek Hub|
|Ferguson, Fred||Red Bank||Chattanooga|
|Gilliland Jr, Glen||Tullahoma||Tullahoma|
|Gordon, Phillip||Adams||Whites Creek Hub|
|Hicks, Juan||Collierville||Oakhaven Package Distribution Center|
|Hicks, Tim||Louisville||Maryville Center|
|Hill, Ray Sr||Whites Creek||Whites Creek Hub|
|Holmes, Robert||Somerville||Oakhaven Package Distribution Center|
|Igberaese, Christopher||Memphis||Oakhaven Package Distribution Center|
|Jarrett Jr, Vernon||Clarksville||Clarksville|
|Levering, Nicholas||Cottontown||Whites Creek Hub|
|Mc Conkey II, John||Knoxville||Knoxville|
|Mcclung, Jeffrey||White House||Whites Creek Hub|
|Mitchell, Gregory||Greenbrier||Whites Creek Hub|
|Myers, Haston||Nashville||Whites Creek Hub|
|Pope, Sheila||Rock Island||Sparta|
|Powers, Richard||Hendersonville||Whites Creek Hub|
|Pyron, Gregory||Bartlett||Oakhaven Package Distribution Center|
|Rather, Martin||Mt. Juliet||Massman|
|Sams, John||Smyrna||Whites Creek Hub|
|Stahl, Richard||Nashville||Whites Creek Hub|
|Stewart, Robert||Trenton||Oakhaven Package Distribution Center|
|Tudor Jr, Ralph||Hixson||Chattanooga|
|Webb, James||Goodlettsville||Whites Creek Hub|
|Webb, Richard||Cookeville||Cookeville Center|
|Wells Jr, Leslie||Hixson||Chattanooga|
|Williams, Sterling||Smyrna||Whites Creek Hub|
|Wilmoth, Larry||Cookeville||Whites Creek Hub|
|Wooten, Anthony||Collierville||Oakhaven Package Distribution Center|
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