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

• Melissa Southerland joins Jefferson Federal Bank to work at their new Farragut branch as a teller. Southerland is responsible for providing prompt, friendly and efficient customer service, processing customer transactions including depository transactions and loan payments. As a teller, Southerland serves as a customer’s primary point of contact with Jefferson Federal. This is a key position and helps customers to develop solid, long-term relationships with the bank.

• Tonya Miller has been chosen as the head teller for Jefferson Federal Bank’s new Farragut branch. As the head teller, Miller supervises all teller transactions, balances and maintains currency levels and other depository functions. When necessary, Miller also acts to support and assist tellers in daily operations.

• 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. The school must conduct a continuing program of 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.

• East Tennessee Medical Group in Alcoa 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.

• 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 month 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 director of development, accepted the check from Fred Martin, president of Farragut. 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.

• BB&T Corporation said it will launch a new advertising campaign this week to introduce its new brand positioning and “There’s opportunity here” tag line.The branding initiative will begin with new TV commercials airing during the Atlantic Coast Conference basketball tournament through Sunday and continuing throughout the BB&T footprint for the rest of the year. New radio spots and print ads also will be included. BB&T worked with its agency of record, Raleigh, N.C.-based Rockett Burkhead & Winslow (RBW), to create both internal and external communications strategies for the branding campaign. The RBW team talked with employees from across BB&T to gauge attitudes, opinions, beliefs and the general culture of the company. The data served as the foundation for BB&T’s new tag line. Since 1989, BB&T has completed the acquisition of 58 community banks and thrifts, more than 80 insurance agencies, and 27 nonbank financial services companies. It recently lifted an 18-month moratorium on bank acquisitions while continuing a renewed focus on organic revenue growth.


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