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UPS Honors Tennessee Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 24, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that 45 elite drivers from Tennessee are among 1,613 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 254 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 7,336 years of accident-free driving. Gary Witt of Waverly is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 43 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 2,728 total UPS drivers in Tennessee.

Globally, 8,703 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up more than 245,000 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers. That’s enough miles to travel to Mars and back 19 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. “Their attention to detail has kept them safe and has helped improve public safety.”

Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 53 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 47 years of safe driving. Sixty-six 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.

** NOTE: The following table lists local drivers by hometown and UPS center. If you’re interested in interviewing a local driver, please contact UPS Public Relations at pr@ups.com. Visit pressroom.ups.com for multimedia assets.

Following is a list of Tennessee drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

DriverHometownUPS Work Location
Adams Jr., DannySomervilleOakhaven
Allen, JeffreyGoodlettsvilleWhites Creek
Allison, LawrenceParisParis
Argo, MurphySpartaSparta
Bailey, AdrianMemphisOakhaven
Bailey, CharlesMorristownMorristown
Bryant, RodneyBartlettOakhaven
Bullington, TimothyMt.JulietWhites Creek
Cole, ReginaldMemphisOakhaven
Cummings, MichaelBurnsDickson
Davidson, JimmyMaynardvilleKnoxville
Dorse, BernealNashvilleWhites Creek
Dunham, JerryHermitageFranklin
Gibbons, ChristopherDyersburgOakhaven
Giles, GregoryKnoxvilleKnoxville
Gillespie, BarryLorettoColumbia
Glasgow, JamesKnoxvilleKnoxville
Green, JamesMaryvilleKnoxville
Harben, RockyGuysSelmer
Harris, PhillipHendersonvilleWhites Creek
Hendry, JeffreyCumberland CityClarksville
Hillis, BradleyMcMinnvilleSparta
Johnson, CurtisLewisburgColumbia
Kimery, PhillipBartlettBartlett
Lawson, LaurieMt. JulietWhites Creek
Lewis, TeresaHeiskellOliver Springs
Maclin, PhiletusMemphisMemphis
Mitchell, GregoryGreenbrierWhites Creek
Moore, LewisGoodlettsvilleWhites Creek
Moore, RobertChattanoogaChattanooga
Odom, SteveLawrenceburgColumbia
Parrott, MitchellPowellKnoxville
Presley, KennethLoudonAthens
Reynolds, PhillipKnoxvilleOliver Springs
Rich, GaryNashvilleWhites Creek
Rutledge, RandallBartlettBartlett
Sanders, JohnLawrenceburgColumbia
Starnes, CarlNashvilleFranklin
Taylor, FreddieElizabethtonJohnson City
Wiggins, VictorKnoxvilleKnoxville
Wilkerson, DavidLakelandBartlett
Winstead, GaryRussellvilleMorristown
Winters, JamesClarksvilleClarksville
Wood Jr., KennethClarksvilleWhites Creek
Wright, MauriceColliervilleMemphis


Contact: UPS Public Relations pr@ups.com

Source: UPS