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• Knox County Public Library Board of Advisors will meet in regular session at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 20 at Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave.

• Home Federal Bank’s financial soundness ranks among the top 10 percent of the nation’s banks. For 64 consecutive quarters, Home Federal Bank has been named a Five Star Superior rated bank by Bauer Financial, Inc.

• UT-Battelle announced that Blake Thompson, deputy staff director of the United States Senate committee on appropriations, and Paula Flowers, former commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, will join the management team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

• Board members of the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities have elected Michael Arrington, provost of Carson-Newman College, as executive director of the Association.

• Belz Outlets, Pigeon Forge, will host “Pigeon Forge’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt” at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 15.  The event is free. Children 10 and under will be divided into five age groups to search for 5,000 candy-filled colored eggs. The age groups include: 23 months and under, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7 and 8 to 10 years of age. Representatives from the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital will be on site accepting donations to be matched by Belz Outlets Pigeon Forge.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College’s Business and Community Services Division is offering the next home inspection licensing course beginning March 24. Course fee is $2,095. Class times and dates are as follows: attend class from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Sunday, March 24-30; return to work Monday through Friday, March 31-April 4. Complete the class from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, April 6, and from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6. For more information, call 865-539-7167.

• The University of Tennessee Medical Center announced the promotion of Janell Cecil to senior vice president and chief nursing officer. The move puts Cecil within the highest level of management at the medical center.

• Partners Development, a real estate development firm, has elevated two senior executives to new leadership positions. Russ Watkins has been named president and Christi Branscom has been named chief administrative officer.

• UT Federal Credit Union has named two new branch managers: Leah Ezelle at Renaissance / Farragut and Beth Wade at Franklin Square.

• The Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the Town of Farragut, at its meeting on Thursday, Feb. 28, adopted the following ordinance on second and final reading: Ordinance 08-01 to amend the text of the Farragut Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 3, Section XII. General Commercial District (C-1), to allow outdoor storage for general farm implements and lawn care equipment   (Farragut Lawn and Tractor/ Wayne Davis, Applicant)

• The Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the Town of Farragut will hold a public hearing at 6:55 p.m., Thursday, March 27 at the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, to hear citizen’s comments on the following ordinances: 1) Ordinance 08-02, an amendment to the Farragut Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 4, Section XXIII. Site Plan Regulations, to provide that a grading permit be rescinded for a site plan if a building permit is not issued within three months of grading permit issuance and to incorporate the new stormwater ordinance requirements into the site plan process and 2) Ordinance 08-03, an amendment to the Farragut Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 4, Section XIII. Outdoor Site Lighting, to clarify fixture housing and globe requirements.

• Premier Surgical Associates recently hired Marsha Barnes as director of operations.

• BB&T Corporation has been named to “Training” magazine’s “Training Top 125,” a national survey of organizations that excel at workforce training, for the sixth year in a row.

• ETS Tan has begun using eco-friendly sunlamps from Wolff System. The new sunlamps contain only trace amounts of hazardous waste, helping with the disposal problem many sunlamps present.

• Prestige Cleaners was selected as one of America’s best cleaners for 2008 among 40 other dry cleaners.

• BB&T Institutional Services earned three No. 1 rankings in a national survey of 401(k) providers for companies, municipalities and organizations in the $1 million to $10 million range.

• Enrichment Federal Credit Union has selected Ellora Bryant as new Northshore branch manager. She was formerly a branch representative and is currently working toward her human resource specialist certification.

• Sandra Grice has joined Roane State Community College’s financial aid office as coordinator of veterans benefits and auxiliary support.

• Brad Coburn has been named director of industrial and contract training at Pellissippi State Technical Community College. His position is in the business and community services division.

• Randy A. Neuhaus, P.E., has been named president of S&ME, Inc. Neuhaus joined the firm in 1988 to open its Knoxville branch.

• Summit Medical Group has named Randall Curnow Jr. as medical director. Previously, Curnow was president of a primary care internal medicine group in Raleigh, N.C.

• Premier Surgical Associates recently named Marcella Hatch as office manager.

• Bob Tipton, Janice Roberts and Carol Courtney have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as senior vice president and financial advisor, credit analyst and financial advisor assistant and service specialist, respectively.

• Fred Wright has joined Curtis Mortgage Company as executive vice president. Previously he was the senior loan officer and manager of the north Knoxville office of Mortgage Investors Group.

• Dr. Raye-Anne Ayo opened a private family medical practice, Family Health Center, PLLC, at 116 Concord Road, Suite 100 in the Admiral Pointe office building. The practice features paperless patient records and will ultimately offer a secure web site.

• Tiffany Davis has joined the Knoxville branch of Mountain Commerce Bank at 249 North Peters Road as a client service assistant.

• Don and Kim Rose have opened an Assist-2-Sell franchise office at 12748 Kingston Pike in Suite 105. Kim will be serving as broker for the new office. For more information, e-mail

• Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinic’s Dr. Michael Casey has receieved the Jack C. Hughston, M.D., Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association Sports Medicine Person of the Year.

• Summit Medical Group promoted Ron Scoggins to vice president of information services. Scoggins served as director of information services since joining Summit in 2002.

• Michael E. Kelly, M.D., was one of 1,291 surgeons from around the world to be named a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons during the ceremonies at the 93rd annual Clinical Congress in New Orleans. Kelly practices with Premier Surgical Associates at Parkwest Medical Center.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College named Melanie Paradis as new registrar. Paradis has served as interim registrar since October.

• Three nurses at The University of Tennessee Medical Center have achieved nursing specialty certifications. Linda Cruze, RN, BSN, CBE-CI and MammCare Specialist, has earned her CMC (Case Manager Certified) certification through the American Institute of Outcomes Care Management. Angela Smith earned her RN-BC (Registered Nurse-Board Certified) certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Stephanie Wilkerson, MSN, APRN-BC, CNS Critical Care, MCC and SCC, earned her CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse) certification through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

• Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale has named Susanne D. Dupes to the position of deputy director of communications and media relations.

• James J. Hack, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., has been appointed director of National Center for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

• The American Cancer Society announces that Bill Evans, Tennessee’s state lead ambassador, has been recognized as the 2007 Advocacy Volunteer of the Year Life Saver for both the state of Tennessee and the six-state Mid-South Division.

• The American Cancer Society announces that WATE-TV 6 has been honored with the Lighthouse Award for Media Advocacy for both the state of Tennessee and the six-state Mid-South Division.

• Rodefer Moss & Co, PLLC, announces that Jim Myers, CPA, has joined the firm as chief administrative officer. Myers graduated magna cum laude from Carson- Newman College with a double major in mathematics and accounting. He obtained his CPA certification in 1976. Myers has spent his career in public accounting and banking, most recently with HG&A Associates and Community South Bank.

• U.S. Department of Energy seeks volunteers to fill current and future vacancies on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board. Board is a federally-chartered citizens’ panel that provides recommendations to the DOE’s Oak Ridge Environmental Management Program, responsible for cleanup of Oak Ridge Reservation. For more information, call 865-241-4583 or visit

• Food City launched a ValuCard pharmacy savings plan; 400 commonly prescribed generic items cost only $4.

• The director of Grace School, the Rev. Samuel Wambugu, will speak at 11:50 a.m. March 14 in the Goins Auditorium on the Pellissippi Campus of Pellissippi State Technical Community College. The campus is on Hardin Valley Road.

• The Sam Houston Birthday Celebration will be held at the Sam Historic Schoolhouse site from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, March 29. Marble Springs Historic Farmstead's manager David Talley, Marble Springs Board President Jim Buckenmyer and volunteers will provide an early 1800s camp with various frontier activities for the public to enjoy. These re-enactors will be available for any questions that anyone may have. In addition, musicians will be performing all day in one hour increments. Local and surrounding artists and craftsmen with tents and booths will both demonstrate and sell their creations. A barbeque lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m at a price of $6 per meal, including a barbeque sandwich, slaw, baked beans, potato salad and drink. There will be no charge for entrance to the site or for touring the Sam Houston Museum on that day. Any small donations will be greatly appreciated to help with operating expenses. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy a day of education, fun, food and music.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College's Business and Community Services Division is offering a one-session course on "Flipping Real Estate Properties for Profit." "Flipping" real estate properties for profit is a well-known and popular investment method that can quickly generate cash flow and income for both the seasoned and beginner investor. Now you too can learn the ins and outs of flipping-buying property, then selling it at a higher price. The class will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, March 13, in Room 151 of the Alexander Building on the Pellissippi Campus off Hardin Valley Road. Cost is $45. The class covers the basics, as well as the pros and cons of the three flipping methods: wholesaling, retailing and "bird-dogging." Students will learn all phases of the flipping process, including how to find properties by thinking outside the box and using the new U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines. The instructor, Theresa McLeod, owns McLeod Enterprises. A paralegal, she has been a practitioner in the real estate industry for more than 25 years as a licensed affiliate broker, a licensed appraiser intern, a licensed contractor in Tennessee and an investment flipper. She also is a certified disaster inspector and fraud investigator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Housing Project. For more information, contact Nancy Corum at 865-694-6587.

• JDMedia Corp. announced the launch of, a website devoting 75 percent of revenue to Breast Cancer research support and education. This site utilizes Google’s search functionality to produce results that people are accustomed to, all the while providing a new way for people to slightly modify their daily media consumption habits to hopefully make a bigger difference.

• Dave Gorden, resident of Pigeon Forge, wrote an original short story entitled “Roots” that has been published in the newly released “Chicken Soup for the Adopted Soul,” the latest book in the N.Y. Times best selling “Chicken Soup for Soul” series.

• Internal Revenue Service and the Town of Farragut will sponsor Volunteer Income Tax Assistance at Farragut Town Hall through Tuesday, April 15. Volunteers will complete and e-file for free IRS forms 1040, 1040A and 1040 EZ. This assistance program is for lower income and senior taxpayers. VITA schedule is as follows: Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, hours will be from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Farragut Town Hall at 865-966-7057.

• Knoxville Chamber plans a Workforce and Education Summit Monday, March 24. For more information, call the chamber at 865-246-2622 or visit

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College is enrolling for summer camps. For more information, call 865-539-7167.


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