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• David & Robin Purvis, owners of Farragut Wine & Spirits, announce that the store is under new management.  Gary Johnson, previously assistant manager, has been promoted to general manager; Bill Hice, sales associate, has been promoted to floor manager and Chris Emery, sales associate, has been promoted to night manager.  This new management team will be bringing fresh, new ideas to the store and working hard to reorganize the store to make it more consumer friendly.

• 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, 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 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 recently 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,, has launched 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.


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