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• Partners Development welcomes new tenants A-D Technologies, a multi-national manufacturing company headquartered in Knoxville, and Yellow Book Sales and Distribution Company to the Parkside Plaza, located off Parkside Drive in Turkey Creek. The new Parkside Plaza tenants will join Morgan Keegan; SunCoke Energy, a division of Sunoco; and Regions Bank.

• Verizon Wireless announced that it spent more than $78 million to enhance voice and data services and coverage throughout Tennessee in the first six months of 2008.  The state’s leading wireless provider now covers all 95 counties and approximately 41,898 square miles across the state, thanks to the investment of nearly $634.5 million in Tennessee since 2003. 

• The U.S. Department of Energy has appointed Larry C. Kelly as a member of the Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service based on his responsibilities as Assistant Manager for Environment, Safety, and Health at DOE’s Oak Ridge Office.

• Lincoln Memorial University hired Lynn Duncan as director of major gifts in the Division of University Advancement earlier this month. Duncan stepped down from the University’s Board of Trustees to take the position. She brings more than 10 years of fund-raising experience with her.

• Knoxville Women’s Connection is sponsoring a “Birthday Bash Luncheon” at 10:45 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 14, at Buddy’s Bearden Banquet Hall off Kingston Pike.  The special feature will be a cakewalk for each month of the year.  Phyllis Fights of Guntersville, Ala., will speak on overcoming fear. Complimentary childcare is by reservation only.  Cost is $10 inclusive, and reservations should be made by calling Elaine at 865-693-3527 or Dotty at 865-584-4011 by

Aug. 11. 

• Farragut resident Dr. Richard Bass has been named an Oak Ridge National Laboratory Corporate Fellow, the Laboratory’s highest designation for scientists and engineers. For more information, visit http://www.ornl.gov.

• Christian Academy of Knoxville announces that Jan Kitelynn has assumed the role of Elementary assistant principal.  Kitelynn comes to Knoxville from St. Petersburg, Fla. 

• BB&T Insurance Services, the nation’s sixth largest insurance broker, plans to expand its coastal South Carolina operation with the acquisition of the Grand Strand’s largest insurance agency. Puckett, Scheetz & Hogan, a coastal property insurance specialist, provides a full range of risk management services for businesses and families from its Myrtle Beach headquarters and a branch office in nearby Pawleys Island. The merger would give BB&T the largest insurance market share in greater Myrtle Beach, a little more than a year after gaining the number one banking market share in the same area.

• Dori Pavlovsky of Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace, Realtors was ranked in the top 10 sales associates for the second quarter of 2008 in adjusted gross commission income in the state of Tennessee for the Coldwell Banker franchise system. Pavlovsky, “The House Lady” ranked number one out of the 1,323 Coldwell Banker affiliate sales associates in the state. Pavlovsky also ranked in the top 10 for listing units sold and total units sold.

• 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 www.knoxvillechamber.com.

• 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.

 

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