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• Land Rover Knoxville was selected to host Land Rover’s Ultimate Tailgate Party event from 6 to 8 p.m., tonight, Thursday, Sept. 22, outside the dealership on Parkside Drive. Celebrity Chef, “Chef Walter”, spokesman for Food City, daily cooking show, will be headlining the event, bringing with him gourmet hors d’oeuvres suited for a Saturday afternoon at the stadium. Chef Walter will also be demonstrating first-hand how to prepare a gourmet main dish on the grill for tailgating. For more information, contact John Hodges at 865-777-3000 or

• Courtney Caldwell recently joined First Tennessee as retail relationship manager. In this newly created position, Caldwell will focus on continuing and enhancing First Tennessee’s customer service standards by developing long-term relationships with customers, identifying their financial needs and helping to maximize their portfolios.

• Parkwest Medical Center has earned full accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations by demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety.

• Natalie Anderson, 18, of Knoxville won an Apple iPod Shuffle from K-25 Federal Credit Union in West Knoxville, 9210 Kingston Pike. Everyone under age 18 who joined the credit union with a new youth account, added a service such as checking to an existing account or made deposits to their account were registered in the drawing.

• The Tennessee Small Business Development Center Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership office, located at 17 Market Square, No. 201, will conduct a Business Plan Writing workshop from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, Sept. 26. Cost is $20 per person and includes a workbook. Topics of discussion include: sections of a business plan, information required for each section and how to gather and compile the information for your business plan. To register, call 865-246-2663 or e-mail

• Executive Vice President Michael Larssen at Mortgage Investors Group was appointed to the Lenders One board of directors. Larssen contributes to an annualized origination production of $1.7 billion. Lenders One is a national alliance of independent mortgage bankers, established in 2000 and headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. Lenders One is the 10th largest mortgage originator in the U.S.

• Starbucks Coffee Company will open a new retail location Saturday, Sept. 24. The new store will be located at I-75 and Merchant Road in Knoxville. 

• Automotive veterans continue to join Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville. Previously working with Lexus and more than 20 years with Toyota and Nissan, Carrie Felder and Dain Dugan have accepted Associates positions on the Automotive Team at Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville. Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville, the locally-owned family dealership, is located on Parkside Drive.

• The 2005 Farragut Fall 5K/Fun Walk & Pet Parade is fast approaching. The race will begin at 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, at Mayor Bob Leonard Park. Registration on race day will be 7-7:30 a.m. and the fee is $20. Volunteers are still needed to help out on race day. If you would like to volunteer, e-mail Sam Bledsoe at sambledsoe@bellsouth.-net. Any businesses interested in donating food or door prizes, call the Chamber office at 865-675-7057.

• Technology 2020 announced 17 companies from four southeastern states have been selected to present their business plans at the 9th Annual Tennessee Valley Venture Forum, which is scheduled for Oct. 6-7, at the Knoxville Convention Center. For more information or to register online by Sept. 23 to attend the Tennessee Valley Venture Forum, please visit The following companies will participate: Accurate Automation Corporation, Chattanooga; TapLogic, Murray, Ky.; EcoSMART Technologies, Inc., Franklin; Eonstreams, Inc., Knoxville; FileKeeper, Inc., Knoxville; Garments Holding, LLC, Louisville, Ky.; Multispectral Imaging,Inc., Oak Ridge; NuMarkets, LLC, Etowah; PlayMotion!, Alpharetta, Ga.; ScanTech Holdings IBS, Atlanta; SemiSouth Laboratories, Inc., Starkville, Miss.; Smart Furniture, Inc., Chattanooga; Sunlight Direct, LLC, Oak Ridge; Telesensors, Inc., Knoxville; TicketsXchange, Oxford, Miss.; TradeWind Technologies, Knoxville and Tricycle, Inc., Chattanooga.

• In a dedication ceremony Tuesday morning at the American Museum of Science and Energy, a new technology featuring hybrid solar lighting was launched. Through an innovative entrepreneurial leave program in which researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are allowed to start companies and given assistance, Sunlight Direct, located in Oak Ridge, formed in order to commercialize hybrid solar lighting.

• Patti Hall, United Way Coordinator for the Helen Ross McNabb Center, received the Recovery Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tennessee Association of Alcohol and Drug Services during their Recovery Dinner in Nashville Sept. 8. The award was given in recognition of Hall’s significant contributions to alcohol and drug treatment and recovery services, both locally and throughout the state.

• SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. announced Tomas Mares joined the company’s downtown Regency office as a mortgage loan officer who not only dedicates himself to serving the Hispanic Community, but to the English-speaking Community as well. His office is located at 700 E. Hill Ave., 3rd floor, Knoxville, TN 37915, and he can be reached at 865-544-2468 or toll free at 866-876-5006.

• Local business leaders have launched Innovation Valley Partners, a $35-million venture fund affiliated with Battelle Ventures, L.P., a $150-million national fund investing in early-stage companies in the areas of life sciences, information technology, homeland security, energy and advanced materials/nanotechnology.

• The turnover of 360 acres of U.S. Department of Energy land to Oak Ridge has received an initial green light, and the city's mayor said he hopes much of the land can be sold to a residential developer within a year. The DOE parcel, dubbed ED-6, is near Wisconsin Avenue and Oak Ridge Turnpike on the side of Black Oak Ridge in the western end of the city. A federal regulation allows DOE to give Oak Ridge the underutilized property after an environmental assessment is completed.

• Neighborhoods and businesses should select representatives who know local plans and personnel in the event of a disaster, the head of a homeland security initiative said in Knoxville Friday. Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore was in town to announce that several areas in the Tennessee Valley will be part of a national pilot project known as the ReadyAmerica Homeland Initiative. It is a byproduct of the National Council on Readiness and Preparedness, which Gilmore chairs. Its intent is to provide information, training and leadership to state and local entities involved.

• Wackenhut Services, the government's security contractor in Oak Ridge, received "outstanding" performance marks and more than $4.3 million in fees for the first half of 2005.


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