Check for Juvenile Diabetes research

Betsi JamesOur Town Eats

Food City will be presenting a check to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on Thursday, February 9, at 2 p.m. at Food City, 9565 Middlebrook Pike in Knoxville.

Each year, Food City hosts a company-wide “sneaker” fundraising campaign to benefit JDRF. The 2022 promotion ran from April 6 to May 3. Food City shoppers were invited to contribute at the register. 100% of the funds collected benefit JDRF.

“Diabetes is a serious issue facing many of our associates, our loyal customers and their family members and we are proud to be able to partner with JDRF to help find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and CEO. “Thanks to the generosity of our loyal customers and associates, Food City continues to be JDRF’s largest supporter in the East Tennessee market, having raised over $4 million over the past decade.”

New Food City executives

Food City has named Sherrell Lyon to the position of vice president of human resources. Lyon brings over 34 years of knowledge and experience to this key role, having most recently served as director of human resources for the company.

He has served in numerous positions throughout the company, including head cashier, grocery manager and assistant store manager. He served as store manager for over 10 years, eight of which were spent managing one of the company’s highest volume locations. He served as senior human resources specialist in the Chattanooga Division before being promoted to director of human resources.

Lyon currently resides in historic Jonesborough, Tennessee, and attends Jonesborough Presbyterian Church. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, human resources, from East Tennessee State University.

Tripp Ward was hired to the newly created role of real estate development manager for the company’s Chattanooga operating division. Ward brings over 21 years of experience in the real estate industry, including commercial and residential real estate sales, marketing, management and development.

“Our company has been very blessed to have experienced a significant amount of growth over the past several years,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and CEO. “Chattanooga and the surrounding regions of middle and east Tennessee, northeast Alabama and northern Georgia are all areas where we intend to continue expanding.”

Ward has served in a number of real estate roles, including vice president/owner/Realtor, vice president of investment sales and director of real estate. He is an active member of his local community, having served on the board of directors for Friendship House and as president of the Dalton Education Foundation.

He holds a master’s degree in real estate development degree from Auburn University, bachelor’s in textile management from Clemson University, and is a certified commercial investment member candidate.

Jobs, jobs, jobs: Food City continues to hire for full- or part-time jobs, entry-level or skilled positions. Interested candidates can apply online at or visit any Food City store to complete an application.

Betsi James is special events manager for Food City’s Knoxville and Chattanooga divisions.


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