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• NOX CCTV, an ADT authorized dealership, is now open for business. For more information, visit or

• American First Mortgage and First Mortgage Lenders have earned a USDA Rural Development Million Dollar Lender Award for partnering with the federal agency to deliver more than $6.1 million in affordable home loans to families and individuals in the Knox County area. RD area director Jerry Amonett announced the award at each of the companies’ offices in Knoxville.

• Alex Stokes, a 10 year veteran of the financial industry, is the new investment executive for the Sevierville and Knoxville branches of Highlands Union Bank.

• Jack Howard, Federal Project Director in the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office, has retired after 39 years of federal


• Jeff Sanborn has been named executive vice president and retail banking line of business manager for SunTrust Bank, East Tennessee. Sanborn most recently served as senior vice president and commercial team leader for the commercial line of business in SunTrust Bank’s Nashville region.

• Sherry Williams, founder and president of Corporate Quarters, is retiring after 14 years. Kim Lawhorn, who has worked the last 10 years with Williams, has purchased the company and vows to continue the business with the same goal and vision Williams has always had. For more information visit

• John M. Adams III, CCIM, SIOR of Wood Properties, Inc., has achieved the SIOR office specialist designation awarded by the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, an international association of professional commercial real estate brokers. Adams is one of only six SIORs in Knoxville.

• Board-certified radiologist Michael Adler, M.D., has joined the staff of Vista Radiology, P.C. A teleradiologist, Dr. Adler will assist Vista with expanded hours of coverage.

• St. Mary’s North Women’s and Imaging centers are the first healthcare facilities in the Knoxville area to go online with computerized, self-service kiosk check-ins designed to streamline the outpatient registration process.

• Kristin Crawford has joined Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon as a Civil Engineer in the firm’s Knoxville office. She was previously employed by Carroll & Lange in Denver, Colo.

• Knoxville-based Prestige Cleaners has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to merge with the US Dry Cleaning Corporation, a California-based firm. The company will retain its name and become the Southeast regional office for USDC.

• The Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy announces the addition of Linda M. Lichtenberger as the new Program Director of Codes Enforcement.

• Kim Isenberg has been re-appointed to the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors, Governmental Affairs Committee. For more information, visit

• ES&H Inc. announces the promotion of staff member Brandon L. Viars to Technical Services Manager. Viars will be managing all activities that focus on Environmental, Safety, Health and Training Services.

• BB&T has introduced a new deposit account package designed for nonprofits and public entities, Earnings2 Checking.

• Evinrude 100th Anniversary Tour mobile museum, which celebrates the invention and 100-year history of the outboard engine and the Evinrude brand, will be part of the FLW tour activities at the upcoming event in Knoxville.  The 53-foot mobile exhibit includes vintage and contemporary outboard engines, a 100-year history of the outboard engine and other artifacts. The museum will be open to the public from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22 in the Fun Zone at the Knoxville Convention Center at 701 Henley St.

• Tom Gaddis, who coordinates the hospitality concentration in the business administration program at Pellissippi State Technical Community College, has received a PAULY Award for Service Supplier Employee of the Year. Award is named in honor of Paul Sherbakoff, a longtime leader in Knoxville’s tourism industry.

• Rick Lambert has been named Branch Manager for SunTrust Bank, East Tennessee’s Cedar Bluff Kroger In-Store Branch and James Richards has been promoted to Assistant Branch Manager.

• Gatlinburg’s annual Independence Day parade begins at 12:01 a.m., the first minute of July 4, and offers a spectacular display of entertainers, floats, balloons and fireworks to an estimated 80,000 spectators gathered along the downtown Gatlinburg Parkway.  River Raft Regatta takes place at noon, July 4, beginning at the Christus Gardens bridge and ending at the Ripley’s Aquarium bridge.  The Regatta is for unmanned crafts and welcomes most anything that floats! An hour after sundown, the grand finale will be a fireworks extravaganza.

• Hedstrom Design recently named Rachel Beasley as project manager. Prior to joining Hedstrom, Beasley served for three years as project architect for Site Solutions LLC in Atlanta. She also has served as project manager for Studio39, greenhouse and groundskeeper for the Georgia State Botanical Gardens and as floriculture project manager for Whitmore Landscaping.

• David Loving has joined Mercy Health Partners as the chief administrative officer for Baptist Hospital West and Baptist Hospital for Women.

• University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Interim Chancellor Jan Simek announced that Susan Martin, currently senior vice provost at UT Knoxville, has agreed to serve as interim provost, effective Aug. 1.

• Veteran financial services professionals Jerry Mitchell and Gayle Sullivan have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as senior vice president and financial advisor and financial advisor assistant,


• Weichert Realtors Advantage Plus agents have been recognized by Weichert Real Estate Affiliates for achievements in 2007. Terry Patton was inducted into the 2007 President’s Club. Mary-Ann Linkowski and Christie Sox were 2007 Ambassador’s Club inductees, Gene Sims, Carol Zimmerman, Dottie Webb, Mike Bowers and Susannah Dunn were named to the 2007 Executive Club. Also joining the honors lineup were Donny Singleton, Elizabeth McDaniel, James Corbitt, Larry Maso, Marcy Halberstadt, Patti Brabham, Patti Whalen, Sharon Patton and Shawn Davis, who became members of the Certificate Club, receiving Sales Achievement Award certificates for their accomplishments in 2007.

• Marble Slab Creamery and MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream & Treatery will present 16 new ice cream combinations, each correlated to a Hollywood movie premiere through the first week of September. June 6, stores featured “Cookies ‘N Kung Fu,” June 13 the ice cream will be “The Incredible Chunk,” June 20, stores will feature “Smarty Pants,” and June 27, the ice cream selection will be “The Rainbow Galax-E.” For more information, visit or

• Debbie Crowder, CEO and president for SunTrust Bank East Tennessee recently announced the promotion of Herc Ligdis to vice president and business sales consultant.

• Partners Development named Jim Townsend as project manager for the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Science and Education Center. Townsend will oversee new construction.

• Local American Cancer Society staff members Stacy Hall, Sarah Hooks, Kathleen Steele and Marion Westerling were recognized as top-performing members of the Society’s Mid-South Division.

• BB&T Corporation was named as a 2008 U.S. Small Business Administration Export Lender of the Year.

• Constuction Plus, Inc. president Sandy Loy earned the designation of Certified Construction Manager awarded by the Construction Management Association of America.

• Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC, has added Shannon M. Welch in its Knoxville office.

• Chick-fil-A will celebrate its annual Cow Appreciation Day Friday, July 11, by offering a free meal to any customer who comes to the restaurant fully dressed as a cow. For more information, visit


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