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• The National Association of Broadcasters released a new poll, conducted from March 29 to May 23 by Smith-Geiger LLC, that shows 90 percent of consumers in Tennessee know about the nationwide switch to digital television, which will be completed Feb. 17, 2009. An estimated 309,740 homes in Tennessee rely exclusively on over-the-air television, meaning they watch free TV broadcasts using rabbit ear or rooftop antennas. These households will need to take steps to receive a digital television signal.

• SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. announced the addition of a nine-member mortgage team to Knoxville West Town office. John Rhea joined the team as vice president retail production and loan consultant. The team includes loan consultants Lydia Ellis, Patty Francisco, Stacey Petersen, Mike Rhea and Lisa “Mickie” Clark, production assistant, Chuck Cavalaris and mortgage loan coordinators Liz Johnson and Lisa Collins.

• Partners Development recently named Marc Genua as project manager. Before joining Partners, Genua served for four years as project manager at Lawler-Wood. He and his wife, Rebecca, live in Farragut.

• Noland Company, a plumbing, heating, air conditioning and ventilation equipment distributor, has moved its Knoxville location to a new building, 10330 Deerborn Lane, where customers have easier vehicle access to the store and faster customer service.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College is seeking talented artisans to participate in the college’s fifth annual hot air balloon festival Sept. 26-27 at the Pellissippi Campus off Hardin Valley Road. For more information, call 865-539-7242.

• Jay Designs is open for business. Jay Designs is a Web design company offering “one stop” shopping to female business owners needing an Internet presence.

• American Heart Association in East Tennessee announced staff promotions of Belinda Whitten and Kathy Jetton. Whitten joined the American Heart Association’s Chattanooga team in 2007 as regional vice president. With her recent promotion, she now oversees the East Tennessee team of Chattanooga, Knoxville and Tri-Cities. Jetton has been promoted to senior regional director in the Knoxville and Tri-Cities area and oversees the Knoxville Heart Ball.

• Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC, announces the following promotions for the firm’s Knoxville office. Marianne Nichols, CPA, has been promoted to a senior manager in tax. Rebecca Krumdieck, CPA, has been promoted to a manager in tax. Kelly Fitzpatrick, CPA, has been promoted to a senior in tax. Jessica Stanford has been promoted to a senior in audit. 

• Sam Coulter, a founder and president of Coulter & Justus, P.C., has announced the promotion of Rob Wildi to audit principal. Wildi serves as the firm’s scheduler for all audit engagements and is responsible for clients from a variety of industries including healthcare, wholesale, restaurants, coal mining and nonprofit organizations.

• Easy Job Engine, www.easyjobengine.com, is launching to serve those interested in starting their own business.  Through a comprehensive series of questions, Easy Job Engine measures abilities, values, interests and emotional intelligence to determine how a person is “wired.” That person’s strengths and weaknesses are then compared against 48 business types customized to their success parameters.

• Debbie Jones, president and CEO of UT Federal Credit Union, has announced the addition of Stephanie Hunt, CPA, as controller for the Knoxville-based credit union.

• Toyota presented a check of approximately $1 million and three vehicles to Great Smoky Mountains National Park Thursday, June 26. The donation will be used by Great Smoky Mountains National Park to support the continuation and creation of educational initiatives in the park during the next three years.

• Gables & Gates, Realtors, congratulates Deborah Wellborn, agent of the month for May. Deborah chose to honor UT Cancer Institute’s Hematology and Oncology Department as her charity. Susie Lash, owner and president of Gables & Gates, presented check to Christopher J. Bray, director of major gifts for UT Medical Center.

• The board of directors of BB&T Corporation declared an increase in the 2008 third quarter dividend to $0.47 per share, a 2.2 percent increase over the $0.46 paid in the third quarter of 2007. The dividend will be paid Aug. 1 to shareholders of record as of July 11.

• Helen Ross McNabb Center announced its slate of officers and new board members for fiscal year 2009. New officers are chair, Dale Read from Read Windows; chair-elect, John Luttrell from Luttrell Development; past-chair, Ward Phillips from Kramer Rayson; secretary, Hugh McWilliams and treasurer, Susan Foard from Pugh and Company. New board members are Deidra Anderson-Whitaker from Morristown-Hamblen Hospital; Linda Gay Blanc from Edward Jones; J.E. Henry and Linda Vaughn.

• AARP is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and as part of the festivities, has released a list of AARP members’ 50 favorite places in Tennessee. The list includes Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, Blount Mansion, Great Smoky Mountains and Graceland.

• Grandbridge Real Estate Capital LLC has closed on a Fannie Mae credit facility worth up to $350 million. Grandbridge is a subsidiary of BB&T Corporation principal subsidiary Branch Banking and Trust Company.

• Jim Brogan, of Brogan Financial, will offer a non-credit course at Pellissippi State Technical Community College on “How to Thrive Financially in Retirement” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., July 15 and July 22. Curriculum will cover tax reduction strategies, savings protection from health-care catastrophes, essential legal documents, protection from investment mistakes and the critical components of an estate plan.  Cost is $59 per person; class will be held at Pellissippi State’s West Knoxville Campus off Hardin Valley Road.  To register, please call 865-539-7167.

• Rebecca Ashford has become Pellissippi State Technical Community College’s new vice president of student success and enrollment management. A Florida native, Ashford currently is vice president of student affairs at Broome Community College in Binghamton, N.Y. 

• LBMC Employment Partners, LLC, a member of the Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC family of companies, has added Emily E. Ledford in its Knoxville office as an HR assistant. Ledford will provide assistance to clients and internal support in human resource consulting. 

• First Tennessee Bank, a subsidiary of First Horizon National Corp., advanced to second in the southeast region overall customer satisfaction in the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Retail Banking Satisfaction Study. The bank was ranked third in the region in last year’s study.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College recognized the efforts of its faculty and staff at the 2008 Employee Appreciation Awards ceremony April 23. All winners received a cash award, plaque and medallion, and all retirees a desk clock, provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation. Susan McMahon, program coordinator of Pre-nursing Education, earned the college’s highest honor for an employee, the Excellence in Teaching Award. Also recognized were Ray Booth, Janis Foreman, Marilyn Harper, Mike Looney and Lori Warneke.

• Charter Communications, Inc. announced the winner of a contest in which a father was awarded a giant high definition television, Charter High Definition service and the Charter Bundle free for a year. Abe Manogue, the contest winner and a leukemia survivor, was nominated by his daughter.

• Limited time remains to reserve a booth at the 89th Tennessee Valley Fair. Excellent booth spaces are available for lease in the air conditioned Jacob’s Building for as little as $360 for all 10 days of the fair. The fair will be held Sept. 5-14. For more information, contact Kim Harbin at 865-215-1478.

• The Maids International announced that Heidi Allen, owner of The Maids Home Services in Knoxville, a professional residential cleaning service, earned the President’s Club Award for outstanding achievement in franchise sales and growth during the past year.

• The Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold its next free bimonthly new business workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., July 16, at the department’s Knoxville regional office, 531 Henley St. The workshop will be held on the sixth floor in suite 606.

• NOX CCTV, an ADT authorized dealership, is now open for business. For more information, visit www.ubwebtv.com or www.knox-cctv.com.

• 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 service.

• Sherry Williams, founder of Corporate Quarters, is retiring.

 

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