Professional Wrestler & Business Owner
Glenn 'Kane' Jacobs
Kane has won 23 total championships during his WWF/E career, including being a three-time world champion (having held the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, ECW Championship, and WWE's World Heavyweight Championship once each) and a 12-time world tag team champion, having held the WWF/E (World) Tag Team Championship, WCW Tag Team Championship, and WWE Tag Team Championships with various partners.
He is also a two-time WWE Intercontinental Champion and a 2010 Money in the Bank winner. Kane is the third man to win the WWE Grand Slam. Kane also holds the all-time record of eliminations at Royal Rumble with 44 eliminations.
Jill Brehmer has been skating since she was 8 years old. She skated and competed in the United States Figure Skating Association system, achieving triple gold medalist status by passing her Senior Moves-in-the-Field, Senior Freestyle, and Gold Dance tests.
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WATE Side Reporter
My family moved quite a bit growing up. I was born in Michigan and raised in Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, New York, Missouri, Georgia, and Tennessee.
Dancing has always been a passion of mine. In fact, I used to compete in Irish step dancing (though you can still find me doing a jig), but more recently I’ve fallen in love with swing dancing. Knitting, running, reading, exploring downtown Knoxville, and laughing with friends are what make me happiest.
I love asking questions and “Why?” seems to be a favorite of mine! I’m naturally curious, always wanting to know more and that’s what I love about news. I get to ask questions, find answers, and discover something new about our area everyday. Plus, I get a glimpse of history as it’s happening. Not a bad job description right?
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Larry LaBorde has been with the Ice Chalet since 1967. Larry spent five years touring with Holiday On Ice, the U.S. tour that is now called Disney On Ice. He holds the Registered rating in "Moves in the Field," and he is also rated in Hockey I and II. Larry is a Gold Medalist in Ice Dance in the United States Figure Skating Association (USFS) system.
Manager of the Ice Chalet since 1988 and owner since 2013, Larry was named Man of the Year by the Ice Skating Institute (ISI) in 1996.
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Lauren McHenry grew up competing in the US Figure Skating system, and has passed Senior Moves-in-the-Field, Gold plus International Ice Dance, and Novice Freestyle. Lauren has been seasonally coaching since 2005 in Raleigh, NC and in Oxford, OH. She has experience teaching basic skills, freestyle, high-level choreography, all levels of Ice Dance, ice show/audition preparation, synchro skills, and youth/collegiate synchronized skating teams.
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I’m originally from Clinton, Tn and went on to graduate from the University of Tn. In 1993. I was a walk-on football player for the University of Tn during the early 90’s. After graduating from UT I married my beautiful Wife Alpa and became the proud father of twin girls who are now 17. I’ve been referred to as a serial entrepreneur do to my want to grow and to continue to learn new industries. I began my business career as a Construction Manager for single family homes and then moved into Insurance sales in 1994 before becoming an owner/operator of multiple Hotels, working with two of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, working with a patient direct care company in pain management and now holding distributorships with medical devices while being the current Owner of Ace Insurance Consultants.
During this time I’ve enjoyed coaching children through KYS and supporting our community by participating with different local charities either by direct donation or sitting on the board. I’m currently the President of the board for Random Act of Flowers.
Ella Hulsey began skating at the Ice Chalet at age 11. She has competed in many ISI competitions and performs in the annual production of the Nutcracker on Ice. She has passed Freestyle 4 and Dance 6.
Ella is certified as a bronze-level judge, and has been teaching Tots through Delta classes since 2013. She has her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee and currently works as a registered nurse.
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CIO Covenant Health
Mike Ward is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Covenant Health, a multi-facility healthcare system comprised of 7 hospitals, a behavioral hospital, and multiple physician practices located across eastern Tennessee, headquartered in Knoxville, TN.
He also currently serves as President of the Board of the East Tennessee Health Information Network serving a 17 county regon of east Tennessee, as well as serving as the Co-Chair of the Technology Workgroups for HIP-TN the State of Tennessee HIE/RHIO oversight organization.
Mr. Ward is a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), is a CHCIO - Certified Healthcare CIO, and currently serves on the Board of the Tennessee chapter of HIMSS. Prior to joining Covenant in 2003, he was with SAIC- Science Applications International Corporation for 23 years, serving as Assistant Vice President and Directior of Systems Integration, and he served for 2 years as Systems Manager for DeRoyal Industries.
Mr. Ward received a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee. He is a "blessed man", has been married for 29 years, and is the father of three - one daughter and two sons.
Jennifer has been skating since the age of 3 and has been teaching for over 20 years. She also toured with Ice Capades and Rosstyn Ice Shows. Jennifer has a B.S. in Business Admin. from UT. She is certified as an ISI instructor (Intermediate) and is a Silver-level judge.
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I began my career with Covenant Health in 2001 at Parkwest Medical Center. Over the years as Covenant Health was growing so were my responsibilities in the Engineering Department. In 2008 I was given an opportunity to oversee the Engineering operations for Peninsula Behavioral Health, a Department of Parkwest Medical Center. In 2013 I became a Multi-Site Manager overseeing Engineering Departments in Parkwest Medical Center, Roane Medical Center, Fort Loudoun Medical Center and Peninsula Behavioral Health. Recently I also acquired Morristown Hamblen Healthcare System as part of my responsibilities.
I have enjoyed the past 16 years working at Covenant Health and I am looking forward to the future.
Lucie was an ISU World's European competitor. She was the 1999 Czech Junior Champion and she’s a three time Czech Senior Ladies Champion. Since turning professional 10 years ago, Lucie has performed as a principal skater in productions such as Dynamic Ice Productions in Wolfsburg, Germany; Rand Productions; Illusion on Ice; Camahue Productions in Spain. Throughout her 10 years of professional skating experience Lucie was privileged to perform for many Willy Bietak Productions Ice Shows on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
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Terry Bullman has been involved in martial arts and combat sports for over 20 years. A Second Degree Black Belt in Krav Maga, he has also competed professionally as a boxer, kickboxer and cage fighter and helped develop the popular television show The Human Weapon which aired on the History Channel.
Amanda Cloutier started skating at a very young age and taught for seven years at the Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville before moving to East Tennessee. She has passed ISI Freestyle 8 and Dance 5, as well as USFS Novice Free, Senior Moves, and Bronze Dance. She has also completed her Gold-level ISI Judging Certification. Her most memorable time on the ice included a family spotlight she skated with her younger brothers and father.
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Kendall Morris is an AP award-winning anchor/reporter for WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with departmental honors in journalism from Texas Christian University with a degree in broadcast journalism. On July 1, 2011, Kendall was crowned Miss Texas 2011. She represented the Lone Star State in the 2012 Miss America Pageant on ABC where she was a top 10 semi-finalist, preliminary swimsuit winner, and overall instrumentalist. Through the Miss America Organization, Kendall earned more than $30,000 in scholarships that went toward finishing her degree at TCU.
During her year as Miss Texas, Kendall traveled the state speaking about her platform "Leukemia: Living for a Cure" in honor of her dad, who was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia in 2007. She also promoted the Children's Miracle Network, motivated thousands of students through her school program, and volunteered with numerous philanthropic organizations. When Kendall is not reporting on stories about East Tennesseans, she enjoys running, online shopping, public speaking, and cheering on the TCU Horned Frogs!
Donnie grew up in Louisville Kentucky and trained with Robert Unger for many years in Knoxville. He has competed in recreational skating competitions all over the country and even represented the Ice Skating Institute at an exhibition in Dubai.
He met his wife Shawnda at the Ice Chalet, and they have two beautiful children, Emily and Nicholas, who have also become involved in ice skating. He works with ProForms and enjoys his work there as a salesman. He thinks he and Kendall Morris have a good shot at winning Skating with the Stars (don’t forget to vote for them!).
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W. Grady Regas has over twenty years experience in the Restaurant Industry and is most famous for conceiving and developing the Grady’s Goodtimes concept which grew to more than fifty restaurants.
Grady Regas comes from a restaurant family. In the early 1920s, the Regas brothers began with a small 24-hour cafe to service the continually flowing crowd from the neighboring train station. Their passion for the service industry became well understood over the years and their establishment grew, eventually becoming one of Knoxville's most revered and longest standing establishments. The Regas family created an atmosphere that drew people in and a space for people to gather and connect. Regas operated in Knoxville in the original location for over 9 decades...
Laurel Brunell grew up skating at the Ice Chalet, and has appeared in many productions of Nutcracker On Ice over the years, as well as regularly competing in ISI national and regional competitions. She passed Freestyle 7 in the ISI program and is a Silver-level certified judge. Laurel attended Disney University in Anaheim, California.
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