Board Members

The Harriman Utility Board is directed by a board appointed by the City of Harriman, and professionally managed by the General Manager and their Staff.
Board Member

Edgar “Buddy” Bowers
Chairman

Mr. Bowers is a sixth-generation Roane County native, veteran, retired corporate counsel, and noted leader within several civic, service, and charitable organizations.

After graduating from South Harriman High School, he attended Georgia Tech and Georgia State before graduating with honors (and various other academic awards) from the Emory University Law School. He would return to Roane County after successful completion of both the Georgia and Tennessee bar examinations to open private law practices in both Rockwood and Harriman. After several years, he accepted a post with the corporate legal department of the Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation, the federal operating contractor at Oak Ridge for the DOE. He retired from there as Vice President and General Counsel after thirty years of service, and continues to serve as Senior Counselor of the Tennessee Bar Association, and an emeritus member of the State Bar of Georgia.

Throughout his many years of involvement at the local, state, and national level, Mr. Bowers has held numerous leadership positions in promoting education. He has served on the Harriman School Board (once as Chairman), the joint city-county Board of Vocational Education, the Tennessee Board of Regents, the Board of Trustees of the Tennessee Tech University Foundation, and the General Advisory Committee for the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Harriman.

Additionally, Mr. Bowers has served as Chairman of the Roane County Cancer Crusade, served on the board of Roane County United Way, the Daniel Arthur Rehabilitation Center in Oak Ridge, was the Roane County representative on the board of Nine Counties-One Vision, and was past-president of the Kingston Rotary Club. In 1970, he was selected as Harriman’s Outstanding Young Man of the Year, and as a member of Outstanding Young Men of America. Mr. Bowers has also served for many years on the board of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce, receiving their Distinguished Service Award in 2010.

A veteran of the U.S. Army and Georgia Army National Guard, Bowers is also a licensed pilot, and actively served in the Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary), attaining the rank of CAP lieutenant colonel. His background and interest in military history has led him to key leadership positions within the Tennessee Historical Commission, Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, and in establishing the Roane County Historical Society, and Roane County Heritage Commission.

In 2009, he was appointed to the Harriman Utility Board and is now serving his third term having been elected Chairman in 2016.

Board Member

Diana Knobloch
Vice Chair

Mrs. Knobloch graduated from Robert Morris Business College in 1980 while simultaneously working in the Small Business division of Deloitte Haskins & Sells. She then worked for several years in sales at the Ampex Corporation. In 1990, Diana, along with her husband, Bruce, purchased the Farnham Building and opened Farnham’s Café on Roane Street.

In 1996, Mrs. Knobloch accepted a position as a Social Service Coordinator for the Roane County United Way, and served as Executive Director from 1998-2011. She has also held positions as President and current Secretary of the Harriman Rotary Club, and served as part of Leadership Roane County, formed to plan for and make positive impacts on the future of the county. Diana has also served for many years as a leading member of the Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Organization, serving as President, Secretary, and having chaired numerous Christmas Home Tours.

During her extensive career in public service, Mrs. Knobloch has also served as President of the Harriman Economic Advisory Team, sat on the Roane County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and as Interim Director of “Hooray for Harriman”, as well as the Harriman City Council. She is also a recipient of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s Athena Award.

Diana is a former Secretary, and the current President of the Roane Choral Society. She is an active member of the Harriman United Methodist Church where she sings in the choir, works with the children’s program and serves as Chair of the Administrative Council.

The Knoblochs have two adult sons, Andrew and Adam, and three grandchildren; Brayden, Addyson, and Olivia. Diana and Bruce have also welcomed six foreign exchange students into their home over the years, including students from Belgium, South Korea, Germany, and France.

Mrs. Knobloch was appointed to the Harriman Utility Board in 2011, and currently serves as Vice-Chair.

Diana is an avid gardener, traveler, and antique collector, and regularly entertains at her home on Cumberland Street.

Board Member

Mike Demyanovich
Board Member

Mr. Demyanovich completed his undergraduate work at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania in 1979. During his college years, he participated in an exchange program with a technical college in Germany, studying Chemical Engineering. After early graduation, he began his career at Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan. After five years, Mr. Demyanovich left Michigan to begin a career consulting for various companies including AT&T, Florida Power Corporation, Peoples Gas Co., and Florida Power & Light. In 1988, Mr. Demyanovich accepted a position with Florida Power & Light. While working for Florida Power & Light, he completed his graduate degree in Business Administration at Nova Southeast University in 1995.

In 2005, Mr. Demyanovich retired from Florida Power & Light and moved to Harriman, TN. Since this move, Mr. Demyanovich has served on the Boards of Directors for the Harriman Housing Authority and the Roane County Heritage Commission. In 2012 based on his utility experience, he was appointed to the Harriman Utility Board and is now serving his second term.

Mr. Demyanovich, and his wife Donna, have one adult daughter, Shawna, and four grandchildren; Kali, Logan, Austin, and McKenna. Mr. Demyanovich is active in local Italian Car Clubs, and enjoys driving, maintaining, and restoring Italian automobiles. Additionally, Mr. and Mrs. Demyanovich enjoy traveling and working on their home on Walden Avenue.

Board Member

Charlie Jones
Board Member

Mr. Jones is a graduate of Roane County High School, and enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1981. He graduated from the U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1982, and continued to serve with the Guard until 1991.

Charlie then opened the Harriman Sears store, focusing on providing quality service to his fellow citizens. Following the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11th, 2001, he once again volunteered, joining the Tennessee Air National Guard. Jones continues to serve with the 134th Air Refueling Wing, and has attained the rank of Technical Sergeant (E-6) leading Airmen responsible for vehicle maintenance.

In 2002, Mr. Jones’s store was awarded Sears’ National Customer Service Award, presented by Sears Holdings in Chicago, Illinois.

While serving within the TNARG, and serving the community as local businessman, Charlie has also sat on the board of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce, and was appointed to the Harriman Utility Board in 2015.

Charlie and his wife have two adult sons, both of who reside locally, and one of whom is also a local businessman. They are long-time, and active members of Liberty Baptist Church in Kingston.

Board Member

Lonnie Wright
Council

Mr. Wright is a graduate of South Harriman High School, the Castle Heights Military Academy, and the University of Tennessee.

He retired as the Plant Utilities Operation Manager at the Y-12 facility in Oak Ridge, and has served several terms on both the Harriman City School Board, and Harriman City Council. He was initially appointed to the Harriman Utility Board from 2005-2008, and has been serving his second term since 2016.

Mr. Wright is also an active member of Trenton Street Baptist Church.

 

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