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• The Tennessee Valley Ensemble is a 20-plus-piece concert band, which performs locally. Our music consists of marches, Broadway show tunes, themes from movies and light popular works. Rehearsals are at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in room 120 of the Lamar Alexander Building at Pellissippi State Community College. Woodwind and brass players players of all skill levels are welcome and especially need low brass and percussion. (We have our own trap set.) Members are youngsters, mid-lifers and retirees. Several retirees have dug their instruments out of the attic and started over. You can too! For more information, contact Lee Hoke, (865) 966-0476.

• Morris Creative Group LLC announced today that Ashley Hairston has been hired as a designer and illustrator. In addition, Kellie Crye, a University of Tennessee student in graphic design, has been hired as a designer after completing a design internship with the firm.

• Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC has added Rhonda E. Chancey and Jacob E. Hutchison to its Knoxville office. Chancey will be a manager in the state and local tax division of LBMC. Hutchison will be a staff accountant in the tax division of LBMC.

• With a proposed fiscal year 2009 budget of $20 million, the effort by the Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and partners to develop grid-appropriate reactors is gaining steam. Grid-appropriate reactors are typically between 250 and 500 megawatts, making them more affordable and practical than a typical 1,300 megawatt commercial light-water reactor. They can also be built in half the time required to build larger reactors.

• 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.

• 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 will hold a public hearing at 6:55 p.m., Thursday, March 27, at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, to hear citizens’ 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 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.

• 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.


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