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• Christian Academy of Knoxville introduces Frank Merry, who will serve as the school’s development director. Merry comes to CAK from Fairhope, Ala., where he served as Headmaster at Bayshore Christian School for the past three years.

• LBMC Technologies, LLC, a member of the LBMC family of companies, announces that Stephanie Rathburn has been added to its Knoxville office. Rathburn will be a business systems consultant focusing primarily on Microsoft Dynamics GP.

• Christian Academy of Knoxville announces the addition of Jenny Dell as the new director of communication. She will be responsible for all CAK events and communication including the Web site, newsletters, and correspondence.

• The Knoxville Chamber announced the introduction of a new Green Business Recognition Program that will honor businesses that have implemented strategies to reduce waste, save energy, and become more environmentally conscious. In addition, the program will encourage other businesses to implement green strategies. For more information, visit

• The Board of Directors of the Tennessee Bankers Association has announced the promotion of Colin Barrett to vice president of administration and member services.  He previously was membership services director.

• Johnson Architecture announces three employees who have been named as new partners and shareholders within the firm. Rick Friel entered the firm in 2000 as a project manager. Scott Harrop began working with JAI as a full-time intern in 1998 and has worked as a project manager since 2003. Kristin Grove has been with the firm since 1997 as an architectural intern; she now works as both a project coordinator and designer.

• Antony J. Charles, M.D., joined Thompson Oncology Group at Thompson Cancer Survival Center July 1. Dr. Charles will be practicing at the Thompson Oncology Group locations at 1915 White Ave. and 9711 Sherrill Blvd.

• Cesar Penalba, PE, and Michael Nocton, PE, have joined the Knoxville office of Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc. Penalba has joined the firm as electrical utilities engineer. Nocton has joined BWSC as a structural engineer.

• The University of Tennessee Medical Center has named Peggy Hotz as vice president of the Center for Women and Children’s Health. Prior to joining the medical center, Hotz spent four years as the service line director for Maternal Child Health at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, Ga.

• Dr. Marc Courts has begun practice at the Loudon Pediatric Clinic, joining Dr. James P. “Bud” Guider and Dr. Rob Schaerer in their office at 616 Ward Ave.

• Hope Resource Center has scheduled its “Walk for Life” Saturday, Sept. 6.  Four walk sites are Kingston Pike Baptist Church in Lenoir City, Lakeshore Park, Chilhowee Hills Baptist off Asheville Highway and Grace Baptist Church off Oak Ridge Highway. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m.  “Walk for Life” is a two mile walk to help raise awareness and funds for Hope Resource

Center. For more information, call


• Rick’s House Radio Show is now on WKVL AM 850 in Knoxville, WLOD AM 1140 in Loudon and WGAP AM 1400 in Maryville, Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. All three stations are properties of the Horne Radio Network. Rick’s House Radio Show provides useful home improvement information and features local and national experts on topics ranging from fixing a leaky faucet to beginning a major home remodeling


• BB&T Corporation has introduced a new checking account designed to help small business owners avoid fees and save money. Business Value 500 Checking will replace BB&T’s Business Constant Checking product.

• Craig Collier, a local entrepreneur, has signed a lease to open his second Fitness Together business at 7240 Kingston Pike, Suite 112.

• Tom Vester and Lynn Akers have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners. Vester is a senior vice president and financial advisor in commercial real estate. Akers is a senior vice president and financial advisor in private banking.

• Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC, has added Holly R. Gibson in its Knoxville office as an administrative assistant.

• BB&T Corporation reported net income for the second quarter of 2008 totaling $428 million, or $.78 per diluted share, compared with $458 million, or $.83 per diluted share, earned during the second quarter of 2007. These results reflect decreases of 6.6% and 6.0%, respectively, compared to the same quarter last year.

• Local businesses and consumers will get a boost from the “Sales Tax Holiday” set to begin Aug. 1. Local businesses can begin the holiday at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, and the holiday ends at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday. During the holiday, clothing and school supplies with a price of $100 or less per item, and computers with a price of $1,500 or less per item will be exempt from the state sales and use tax.

• Safety Smart will be holding a self-defense class from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, at its West Knoxville location, 10412 Kingston Pike.  Nicole Collins, police officer with The University of Tennessee, will demonstrate safety techniques and how to handle an attack.  Class registration is $25, and all participants will receive a complimentary pepper spray. Call 865-539-3434 to register.

• Partners Development recently named Marc Genua as project



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