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• Summit Medical Group physician Dr. Jeff Robinson is leaving his solo practice in Blount County to join Medical Associates of Summit Medical Group in West Knoxville. He anticipates the move will help him spend more time with his family. Robinson’s first day at Medical Associates of Summit Medical Group, located at 9333 Parkwest Blvd., is Wednesday, Aug. 17. Summit Medical Group is the largest primary care physicians’ group in East Tennessee, with more than 160 family practice, internal medicine, and pulmonary/critical care physicians serving more than 250,000 patients at 37 practices throughout Knox, Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Greene, Loudon, Monroe and Sevier counties.

• Janie Kay Hankal, LUTCF, of Rai Advisors in Knoxville earned her sixth membership in the Million Dollar Round Table. She also received membership in MDRT’s Top of the Table. This achievement is given to people who have demonstrated exceptional professional knowledge, client service and ethical conduct. Top of the Table is the highest level of MDRT membership and only 1,500 MDRT members qualify each year. Hankal attended the MDRT Annual Meeting in New Orleans from June 26-29 with 7,000 Round Table members, special guests and speakers from more than 60 nations. The Round Table membership represents the top life insurance and financial service professionals worldwide. MDRT is the Premier Association of Financial Professionals founded in 1927.

• Markman’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry added Art Caldwell to its team. Caldwell will be involved in associate development, training and sales. Caldwell brings more than 30 years of fine jewelry and timepiece experience to Markman’s. Caldwell has an experience in diamonds, precious gems and fine Swiss timepieces. Caldwell collects fine timepieces as a hobby. Markman’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, a locally-owned jeweler since 1976, operates three locations in Knoxville (Kingston Pike, West and Isaiah’s Landing near Lowe’s East) and Chattanooga (outside Hamilton Place Mall).

• University Health Systems, Inc., chairman, Bernard E. Bernstein, has announced that five individuals have been named to the Board of Directors of UHS. The appointees are Michael Blackwell, D.V.M., dean of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine; Robert Elder, M.D., obstetrician and gynecologist, chairman of OB-GYN at UT Medical Center and president of University Physicians Association; William F. Owen Jr., M.D., chancellor of UT Health Science Center and vice president for Health Affairs at UT; Sara Fortune Rose, vice president and director of strategic business development at Bush Brothers and Company; attorney and developer Don C. Stansberry Jr. Stansberry is a former partner in the law firm of Baker, Worthington, Crossley, Stansberry and Woolf. He is currently a developer with Rollins Jamaica, Ltd. UHS is the nonprofit corporation that governs and operates the University of Tennessee Medical Center and other healthcare initiatives based at the medical center. UHS is affiliated with the UT Graduate School of Medicine and numerous regional hospitals and physician organizations.

• Pet Quarters in Karns welcomes groomer Lisa Martin. Martin has more than 12 years of grooming experience in both a local business and a national chain in Knoxville. She graduated from Karns High School. Pet Quarters is located next to Weigel’s at the red light and is open Monday through Friday. Call 865-560-0028 to schedule an appointment.

• Knoxville Job Seekers Christian Employment Network will have a job seekers meeting from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. each Friday. The meeeting will offer encouragement for those who are unemployed or in career transition, speakers, study groups, networking, job leads, interviewing, focusing and workshops. Meetings are free to attend at Shoney’s Restaurant, Kingston Pike and Walker Springs. For more information, e-mail

• Michael Gladden, Shelter Insurance Companies agent at Knoxville, recently completed the third course of Shelter's fundamentals of insurance school at the company's Home Office training center in Columbia, Mo. The one-week school is designed to give Shelter agents additional training in life insurance and the personal lines of insurance purchased by families. Gladden has now completed Shelter's Agent Training Track, including a two-week course covering personal lines of insurance and a one-week course covering life insurance and bank products. Gladden's agency is located at 106 Sherway Road. In addition to these home office courses, Shelter agents study through field workshops and correspondence courses conducted by the firm’s training department. Shelter Insurance is a mutual, multiple-lines company with more than 3,260 employees and licensed agents in 13 midwestern and southern states. The firm’s home office is in Columbia, Mo. Shelter is rated "A" Excellent by AM Best and Api by Standard & Poors.


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