ETEC Calendar

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.
Oct 14

ETEC Meeting: Prescription Drug Abuse Panel-State Senator Ken Yager & Dr. Randal Dabbs, Team Health

October 14, 2016 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am

This ETEC meeting will feature a panel discussing the fight against prescription drug abuse. Panel members will be State Senator Ken Yager and President of Practice Development for Team Health,  Randal Dabbs, MD (see bios below).


KEn Yager full 2015Ken Yager
Senator, District 12
State of Tennessee

Ken Yager has committed his life to public service as an educator, government official and community leader. His priorities are God, family and community. In 2006, Yager completed 24 years of service to Roane County as its County Executive. Elected to six terms, he stepped down, choosing not to seek re-election. Two years later, he was elected to the State Senate, representing District 12 consisting of Roane, Rhea, Campbell, Morgan, Fentress and Scott counties. Pickett County was added to District 12 in 2012, the year Yager won his first re-election.

Ken has Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Arts/History) and Master’s Degree (Education) from the University of Tennessee. He earned his J.D. (law) from the University of Memphis. He worked his way through college and law school as a janitor and cashier. He began his lifetime of service as a teacher in the Harriman City Schools. He then served as County Attorney from 1978 to 1982 before elected County Executive in 1982. He has since returned to the field of education as an administrator and assistant professor at Roane State Community College.

During his terms as County Executive, Yager established himself as a sound fiscal manager. He left office with a budget surplus (with no tax increase) and actually improved the county’s credit rating from A- to A during his tenure, something not always done in small to medium sized Tennessee counties. Yager’s administration as County Executive left an enviable record including demonstrated support for the local school system and county road network, strong support for the emergency services, job creation including a new industrial park and consolidation of the local Chamber, Tourism and Industrial Board offices, an animal shelter, new health department, a new interstate exchange and scores of grants to Roane County totaling millions of dollars. As County Executive, Ken demonstrated his belief that positive results come from working together, such as his efforts with other officials to secure a regional primary care Veterans Clinic in Roane County.

Yager carried those years of county government experience into the State Senate, where as a freshman Senator he was appointed vice-chairman of the Senate Environment, Conservation and Tourism Committee. He was then elected by his peers to be on the powerful Joint Fiscal Review Committee, which serves as a watchdog over the state’s financial affairs. Yager currently chairs the Senate State & Local Government Committee, and is also a member of the Commerce & Labor Committee, the Energy, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee, and the Joint Fiscal Review Committee.

Ken Yager is active in the life of his community. He has served as PTO president, Boy Scout committee member, school volunteer, and serves on many non-profit boards, including the Mid-East Community Action Agency for 25 years. Yager’s ability was recognized on the state level by his appointment to the State Workforce Board and the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. He is also a member of the National Rifle Association.

In 2006, Ken received the Roane County Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award.

Ken is married to the former Malinda Raby of Oliver Springs. They have been married for 33 years and have two children, Bonnie-Marie and Will. He and Malinda make their home in Kingston.



randal_dabbs_2aRandal Dabbs
President, Practice Development

Team Health

Dr. Dabbs is a co-founder of Southeastern Emergency Physicians, the predecessor to TeamHealth, the largest physician management organization in the U.S. with over 19,000 providers. He served as Director of Emergency Services for their first client, the University of Tennessee Medical Center, in Knoxville for 17 years. He later held the position of President and CMO of TeamHealth Midsouth, which was the largest division with over 1,000 providers and $30 million in revenue. He managed over 90 facility contracts, including EM, HM and urgent care, throughout his nine state territory.

In 2012, he was chosen to create a new division within the home office, Practice Development, which focused on the creation and deployment of mission-critical initiatives such as an elite mobile emergency physician team, APC engagement and leadership, onboarding and retention, simulation training, performance evaluations, patient experience, risk management and leadership development. He has served on the TeamHealth Claims Committee for 15 years and has presented over 100 risk management and customer experience seminars for emergency departments in nine states.

Dr. Dabbs is ABEM and ABFM certified. He received his B.S. from the University of Tennessee at Martin and his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He completed his residency training in family medicine at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. He has served as medical director for Neyland Stadium and Thompson-Boling Arena venues in Knox County since 1992.




October 14, 2016
7:30 am - 8:30 am
Event Category:


UT Outreach Center, Homer Fisher Room
1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830 United States
+ Google Map


View Organizer Website