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• Jameson Inn hotel brand was once again ranked No. 1 in customer satisfaction nationwide in its segment through the second quarter of 2008 according to the Market Metrix Hospitality Index. Jameson Inn has earned this ranking every year for the past four years.

• The Knoxville/Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission presented 13 awards for development and environmental excellence at its 27th annual awards dinner Thursday, Aug. 21. Winners for outstanding development are: residential use: covered bridge at Hardin Valley Subdivision; commercial, industrial or office: Sysco Food Systems; historic restoration: Knox Heritage Restore America Project; renovation: Burlington Branch Library; special use: Victor Ashe Park; neighborhood/civic achievement: Lonsdale United for Change and Knoxville South Waterfront Vision Plan. Winners for environmental conservation achievement: covered bridge at Hardin Valley Subdivision, Turning Leaf Trails Subdivision, Sysco Food Systems, roundabout at Concord Road and Knoxville South Waterfront Vision Plan.

• Dr. Stephen Boyce, medical director of the Covenant Weight Management Center and surgeon with Premier Surgical Associates, recently became a Bronze Level Chairman’s Council member with the Obesity Action Coalition.

• Knoxville-based Mediapulse recently earned international recognition for its redesign of the Web site of the Knoxville chapter of the American Marketing Association. Mediapulse’s work on the site earned a bronze award in the Summit Creative Awards, under the category of Membership Web site.

• Elmer Pinzon, MD, MPH recently opened University Spine and Sports Specialists, PLLC, 11440 Parkside Drive, Suite 302. Pinzon is Board Certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and fellowship-trained in minimally-invasive, interventional spinal procedures, musculoskeletal and sports medicine. For information, call 865-305-6333 or


• Muscular Dystrophy Association will launch its first-ever national online auction at in conjunction with the 43rd annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day telethon. The auction features an array of unique specialty items, including more than 2,500 items donated by celebrities, sports figures, MDA sponsors and other friends of the Association. All proceeds benefit the Association.

• Medi-Spa, a division of Knoxville Dermatology Group, has achieved “Diamond Status” with Allergan, the makers of Botox Cosmetic and Juvéderm.   Medi-Spa is the first dermatology practice in the state to receive the “Diamond Status” distinction. Botox Cosmetic and Juvéderm are injectable fillers that reduce the signs of fine lines and wrinkles.

• Betty Sonnenfeldt, RN, team Leader of the Cardiac Rehab Center at Baptist Hospital Riverside, was selected as a national winner of the 2008 Sydney & Helen Shuman Nurse Recognition Award. It is given each year by the national headquarters of The Mended Hearts, Inc. to recognize a nurse in the cardiac field for outstanding performance and support to Mended Hearts. Betty was nominated by Knoxville Chapter 24 of Mended Hearts for her 20 years of outstanding service to the chapter.

• Gables & Gates, Realtors congratulates Janet DeBusk Hensley, agent of the month for July. Janet chose the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Mid South Chapter as her charity of choice. Society helps East Tennesseans affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. Susie Lash, owner and president of Gables & Gates, presented a $1,000 check to Deanna Jones, of the NMSS Mid South Chapter.

• Carlton M. Long has joined the Mercy Health Partners Foundation as the Regional Vice President for Philanthropy. Previously with Brown Group in Chattanooga, Long has served on various boards including the Knoxville Museum of Art, Salvation Army, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, University of Tennessee Alliance of Women Philanthropists and the Knoxville Botanical Garden Arboretum.

• The Lewis Group Architects has welcomed two members to its team in the past month, building upon the growth experienced by the firm in the past few years: Kevin Siddel has joined the architectural staff and Stacey Brockman has been hired as office manager.

• Hope Resource Center has scheduled its “Walk for Life” for Saturday, Sept. 6. Four walk sites are: Kingston Pike Baptist Church in Lenoir City, Lakeshore Park, Chilhowee Hills Baptist on Asheville Highway, and Grace Baptist Church on Oak Ridge Highway. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. For more information about the walk, call 865-525-4673.¥


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