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• The Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold its next free bimonthly new business workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 17 at the department’s Knoxville regional office, 531 Henley St. This free workshop is designed to assist those encountering business-related taxes for the first time. Tax specialists from various local and state agencies will provide the basic information needed to comply with registration and tax requirements. During the session, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to these tax specialists, ask questions, and receive materials explaining tax responsibilities and providing contact information. Areas of discussion will include business tax, sales and use tax, unemployment tax and tax enforcement procedures. Interested individuals may call 865-594-6100 to register for the program.

• Physical therapist Brent Pendergast recently joined the Rehabilitation Services department at the University of Tennessee Medical Center as outpatient clinical manager. In that role, Pendergast, PT, manages and coordinates outpatient rehabilitation services, including business planning, program development, budgeting, staff management, patient care and marketing. Pendergast comes to the Medical Center after working for a year as clinic director at Physiotherapy Associates. Before that, he worked for seven years with UT Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Services.

• The National Kidney Foundation of East Tennessee has named Joanna N. Drake as its new development coordinator. Joanna will lead the Kidney Foundation’s fund-raising efforts by managing all events and overseeing direct mail, major giving and planned giving. Before her new appointment, Drake was development director at public radio station WUOT 91.9 FM. Prior to that, she served as assistant manager of annual fund events for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where she directed more than 25 events each year to help raise the BSO, Tanglewood and Boston Pops’ fundraising goal of $7.8 million. Drake has also worked at Detroit’s Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute where she was responsible for planning and executing fund-raising, cultivation and internal events. Prior to that, she served as assistant director for the Academic Orientation Program at Michigan State University.

• NHC HealthCare in Farragut received the Five Star Excellence Certification given by National HealthCare Corporation at the annual management conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. Five Star Excellence Certification recognizes the outstanding performances that the center’s staff obtained and publicly recognizes the center and staff as one of NHC’s best. To obtain the Five Star Excellence Certification, the center must attain high scores in NHC’s own survey process, which includes a customer satisfaction index, consumer view rating and several patient care components. In addition, the Five Star Excellence winners must receive high scores on their unannounced state survey and surprise inspections performed by NHC corporate office personnel.

• The U. S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office has recognized contractor URS Corporation for outstanding safe work performance in the management of wastewater treatment at the Central Neutralization Facility located at East Tennessee Technology Park. ORO Chief Operating Officer Robert Brown recognized employees for this accomplishment at a plaque presentation ceremony held April 13. URS has operated CNF since 2001, providing wastewater treatment to radiological contaminated and/or hazardous waste streams, routine operations, maintenance, and required sample analysis for permit compliance, secondary waste disposition, and facility management. The URS Corporation is the fifth recipient in a new initiative by ORO to highlight safe work performance on the Oak Ridge Reservation by contractors.  The company is a subcontractor to Bechtel Jacobs Company.

• Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, one of the Southeast’s largest business consulting and accounting firms, has added Ebin Nesbit to its information technology department in the Brentwood office. Nesbit will serve as a senior technician. Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC, and Affiliates has more than 285 employees, with offices in Nashville, Brentwood and Knoxville. In addition to traditional accounting, tax and business consulting, the firm also has affiliate companies that serve businesses and individuals in the areas of investment advisory services, human resources, professional staffing, technology solutions, health care services, litigation support, business valuations, and mergers and acquisitions.

• Bullock Smith & Partners, Inc., headquartered in downtown Knoxville announced the election of Michael Hayes as senior vice president of the firm. Bullock Smith & Partners, Inc. is an award-winning architecture, planning and landscape architecture firm, celebrating over 20 years in business. The firm has completed projects in 50 states and 23 countries. Hayes has been an architect with BS&P for 20 years and earned his degree in architecture from the University of Tennessee. He serves as the managing architect for a number of major projects in the Knoxville area, including Parkside Plaza in Turkey Creek, the UT Women’s Softball Stadium and the new Sevierville Events Center.

• The Arts & Culture Alliance announces the fourth edition of its Publicity Guide 2006, a comprehensive source listing print, radio, television, and online media resources in the Greater Knoxville area.  For the first time ever, this up-to-date and easy-to-use Guide also includes print resources for the Chattanooga, Nashville, Ashville, and Tri-cities areas. The Publicity Guide 2006 is available on CD and includes ready-to-print mailing labels for user convenience.  Each CD costs $5.  To order a copy of the Guide, please contact Suzanne at 865-523-7543 or

• Is there a dramatic split in education between arts and humanities and science and mathematics? Associate Professor Edward Francisco, writer in residence at Pellissippi State Technical Community College, will address this and other issues as part of the Oxford Round Table at Harris Manchester College in Oxford, England. Francisco, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in both fiction and poetry is one of 40 scholars from around the world invited to the Round Table starting July 9 to address the rising dispute on a possible split in education occurring on both sides of the Atlantic. He will present a paper entitled “Semiotic Theory and the Limits of Computer Mediated Learning.” During his career, Francisco has written hundreds of essays, short stories and poems that have been published in journals and anthologies and has several ongoing writing projects, including a historical novel about Knoxville in the 20th century. Francisco developed Pellissippi State’s creative writing program and teaches creative writing, screen writing and play writing. He’s also the principal organizer of the school’s Writers Series.

• 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.

• 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.

• The Wellington Group LLC has reached an agreement to sell 17 of the company’s 18 assisted-living facilities to Chicago-based Brookdale Senior Living Inc. for $79.5 million, according to David Wood, partner-in-charge of the mergers and acquisitions and business transition division of Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC, which represented Wellington in the transaction. The acquisition by Brookdale is composed of 17 assisted-living facilities, containing 814 units/beds and is located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. The portfolio is divided into 13 owned and four leased properties. Healthcare Realty Trust Inc. will continue to own the four leased facilities. Brookdale is one of the leading owners and operators of senior-living facilities in the United States. Prior to this transaction, it owned 383 independent-, assisted- and dementia-care facilities in 31 states. The 11 Tennessee senior communities include two facilities in Cleveland and one each in Athens, Kingsport, Greeneville, Hixson, Johnson City, Kingston, Maryville, Newport and Sevierville.

• 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 late April at 4893 North Broadway in Fountain City.

CSC Investments will soon be open.

be other Panera Bread locations in Knoxville area.


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