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UPS Honors Tennessee Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

February 26, 2019

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that 41 elite drivers from Tennessee are among 1,436 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 321 Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 9,429 years of accident-free driving. William Pyburn of Springfield is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 42 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 2,728 total full-time UPS drivers in Tennessee.

“My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus and for the countless lives they’ve saved,” said Cher Porties, 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 56 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 50 years of safe driving. One hundred twenty six others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.

UPS’s 125,000 small package drivers worldwide are among the safest on the roads, logging close to 4 billion miles a year and delivering 5.2 billion packages annually.

Collectively, these drivers have achieved more than 298,957 years of safe driving throughout their careers. That’s enough time behind the wheel to drive non-stop from Miami to San Diego – 68 million times. And they’ve done it while helping to deliver 3 percent of the world’s GDP – 20 million packages a day.

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 page 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.

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Atchley, Robert Knoxville Maryville ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Bastin, Mark Fayetteville Huntsville, AL ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Blackman, Evelyn New Market Knoxville ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Brock, Timothy Sparta Sparta ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Burgett, Randall Old Hickory Nashville ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Campbell, Timothy Lawrenceburg Lawrenceburg ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Cantrell, Ronnie Knoxville Knoxville ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Carter, Randy Memphis Memphis ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Cartwright, Paul Mt Juliet Nashville ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Cody, Edward Talbott Knoxville ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Cofer, Roger Harrison Chattanooga ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Dockstader, Timothy Hermitage Franklin ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Greene, Paul Russellville Morristown ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Grizzle, David Bristol Bristol, TN ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Groves, Joe Springfield Nashville ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Haley, Kenneth Clinton Knoxville ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Harris, Robert Goodlettsville Nashville ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Henley, Scott Selmer Selmer ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Hollis Jr., Richard Nolensville Nashville ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Howell, Barry Leoma Lawrenceburg ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Joyce, Paul Gallatin Nashville ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Justice, Robert Lebanon Nashville ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Ketch, George Clarksville Clarksville ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- King, Joseph Arlington Memphis ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- King, Richard Bartlett Memphis ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- McCowan, Kent Athens Athens Center ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Murray II, Samuel Bristol Bristol ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Neely, David Ooltewah Chattanooga ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Randolph, Loretta Sparta Sparta ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Reed, Donald Munford Memphis ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Resha Jr, Richard Murfreesboro Nashville ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Rittinger, Scott Munford Memphis ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Shannon, Jackie Hermitage Nashville ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Simpson, Donald Medina Trenton ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Tilley, Rick Seymour Knoxville ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Waggoner, William Murfreesboro La Vergne ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Westerman Jr., Charles Atoka Memphis ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Williams, Michael Nashville Nashville ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Wilson III, Woodrow Knoxville Knoxville ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Wilson, Michael Portland Nashville ---------------------- -------------- ----------------- Wright, Gerald Memphis Memphis ---------------------- -------------- -----------------

Contact: UPS Public Relations pr@ups.com