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• The Farragut Chapter of Business Network International, a national business referral organization, meets every Wednesday at Ruby Tuesday’s on Lovell Road from 7:30 to 9 a.m.  For more information, call Aleex Conner at 865-691-6083.

• Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, a division of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., named Terrie McVey to its President’s Club. It also named Donna Crye, LeAnne Grigsby, Bonnie Michaud and Lisa Rogers to its Leaders Club. This distinguished recognition is based on exceeding sales goals in 2005 and outstanding customer service results. Celebrating its centennial year, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage is the nation’s No. 1 retail mortgage lender and one of the country’s leading provider of home mortgages. As a division of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., it has a local presence in more than 2,400 mortgage stores and bank branches, plus the capabilities to serve the home financing needs of customers nationwide through its retail and wholesale lending operations. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage services loans for 5.7 million customers in all 50 states from its base of operations in Des Moines, Iowa.

• The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has awarded accreditation to Peninsula Village School. The announcement was made during the Accreditation Council’s Annual Conference in Houston, Texas. To maintain accreditation, Village School Principal David Humphrey said the school must conduct a continuing program of educational improvement including meeting standards of accreditation, improving student performance, submitting annual reports that certify implementation of the school’s improvement plan, and being re-evaluated by external teams of professional educators at five-year intervals. Peninsula Village, founded in 1986, is a long-term residential behavioral health treatment program for adolescents located on 80 secluded acres in Louisville.

• Coldwell Banker Real Estate’s Southern Regional director announced recently that the West Town office of Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace Realtors was the firm’s top Tennessee office for 2005, based on closed adjusted gross commission income. Frank Lindsey, the regional director, presented the award to George Wallace, owner of the Knoxville real estate firm, and Beth Stewart and Mike Pappan, assistant managers of the West Town office, at the annual Coldwell Banker International Business Conference held Feb. 16-19 in San Francisco, Calif. That event saw 10,000 sales associates, brokers, managers and other employees gather for an intensive professional development program and awards ceremony. Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace, based at 124 N. Winston Road, has completed 70 years serving the Knoxville area. It has 300 sales executives working from its five offices, including those in Farragut and West Knoxville.

• Brian Ameel M.D. has joined Peninsula, a Division of Parkwest Medical Center, as a staff psychiatrist. Dr. Ameel will work at Peninsula Village where he will treat teenage patients enrolled in the residential program. Ameel, who has eight years’ clinical experience, recently moved to Knoxville from Ludington, Mich., where he operated a private practice. Before that, Dr. Ameel served as staff psychiatrist at the Hadley Center for Psychiatric Care and the Lighthouse Professional Clinic, both in Ludington. Dr. Ameel is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in child and adolescent psychiatry as well as adult psychiatry. He holds an undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. He received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing in 1996.

• EcoQuest International, one of the largest distributors of indoor air and water purifiers, is proud to announce that Michael Church has recently been among the top ten in retailing for the months of November and December. Church is the president of Indoor Air Quality Specialists, Inc., which is a local air, water and mold inspection and correction company. Located in Knoxville, they are able to perform services and products throughout the country.

• Commercial Bank, a full-service community bank with offices in Knoxville, recently announced a restructuring. The $425 million privately-held bank has 14 offices which will now operate under a Northern Region and a Southern Region, according to President and CEO Terry Lee. Each region will consist of seven banking offices and approximately half of the Bank’s total assets. Commercial Bank has offices in Halls, Fountain City, Powell and West Knoxville as well as in Maynardville and Luttrell. Veteran Knoxville banker, Clifford C. (Clem) Renfro Jr., has been promoted to Southern region executive officer. In this new role he will be the bank’s senior executive officer for its banking offices in Knox and Union counties. He will also work on expanding the bank presence throughout East Tennessee, including expanding branches and bank acquisitions. Renfro has worked for Commercial Bank for about five years. He is a Knoxville native and graduate of the University of Tennessee. He is an honors graduate of the Tennessee Young Bankers School at Vanderbilt University. He is also a graduate of the National Commercial Lending School at Oklahoma University and subsequently served a term on its Board of Regents through the American Bankers Association. He has been active in numerous Knoxville civic organizations and Cokesbury United Methodist Church. He resides in West Knoxville with his 15-year old son, Mark.

• East Tennessee Medical Group in Alcoa recently became one of the first nuclear cardiology laboratories in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, to be accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories. The accreditation recognizes ETMG’s nuclear cardiology lab’s commitment to high quality patient care and provision of excellent diagnostic testing. The ICANL provides a peer review mechanism to encourage and recognize provision of quality nuclear cardiology and nuclear medicine diagnostic evaluations by a process of voluntary accreditation. It was established with the support of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, the Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Nuclear Physicians and the Academy of Molecular Imaging.

• Stacey Swafford has been named the Knoxville Convention Center’s new catering sales manager responsible for food and beverage sales and coordination for banquets, conventions and weddings. Before joining the Convention Center, Swafford was the event planner for Maple Grove Inn in Knoxville. Graduating cum laude with a degree in business management from Crichton College in Memphis, she has more than 10 years combined experience in sales, project management and marketing.

• The East Tennessee Development District and the East Tennessee Human Resource Agency (ETHRA) will hold their annual business meeting and luncheon beginning noon Tuesday, March 21, at Rothchild’s Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike. The public is welcome to attend the luncheon at a cost of $15 or the business meeting only at no charge. For more information or reservations, call the ETDD office at 865-273-6003.

• CH2M HILL Lockwood Greene announced today it has been awarded a $38 million engineer-procure-construct project by Bush Brothers & Company. CH2M HILL Lockwood Greene’s contract is a significant part of a multi-million-dollar investment by the top producer of baked beans in the U.S. The processing capacity of the current facility in Chestnut Hill, will be doubled and will include a building addition of 40,000 square feet for a new sterilizing system. This will give Bush Brothers increased flexibility.

to process new and different products.

• Glenn Siler, former senior vice president, has been chosen as president of the Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union following a nationwide search. Siler succeeds the retired Bob Stone who served as president and chief executive officer of the credit union for the past 24 years. In addition to his role as senior vice president and chief financial officer, Siler has served the credit union as marketing director for the past 20 years. He has earned the designation of Certified Credit Union Executive and holds membership in the Credit Union Executive Society and the Credit Union National Association Marketing Council. Siler earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Tennessee. He has been part of the credit union for 32 years and served in every level of operation including: member services, share draft department, loans, accounting and facility management.

•EdisonPark Steakhouse hosted a gathering this past Wednesday to welcome in Coleman Purely Natural products. Purely Natural meats are raised on family-owned farms and ranches that are dedicated to environmental stewardship. The animals are fed a strict vegetarian diet and are never subjected to antibiotics or added hormones. For more information, please visit their website at www.colemannatural.com.

• CSC Investments, the Panera Bread franchisee that operates 11 bakery-cafes in Eastern Tennessee including Fort Oglethorpe, GA and Asheville, NC, has chosen Fountain City for its newest location. The new bakery-cafe will open in April at 4893 North Broadway in Fountain City. CSC Investments will soon be opening other Panera Bread locations in Knoxville area.

• The Farragut Rotary Club this week presented a $3,000 check to the Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding – STAR – to help STAR meet its mission: to foster personal growth and achievement by providing educational, recreational and physically challenging therapeutic experiences using horse-related activities for persons with disabilities. Carol Ann Lawhon, STAR’s director of development, accepted the check from Fred Martin, president of Farragut Rotary, during its meeting last week at Fox Den Country Club on Feb. 22. Lawhon said STAR serves children and adults from a 14-county region in East Tennessee, including Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Knox, Loudon, Roane, and Sevier counties.

 

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