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• The Knoxville Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants has elected Le Blanc Financial Group’s Cecilee DeNardo to serve as its 2008-2009 President. For more information, visit the Knoxville Chapter’s website at www.knox.imanet.org.

• The Lewis Group Architects has welcomed two members to its team in the past month. Matthew Rogers is new to architectural staff. Miriam Allen has recently been hired and will join the interior department at LGA.

• Another Fitness Together personal training franchise has arrived in the Knoxville area. Craig Collier, a local entrepreneur, has opened his second Fitness Together studio at 7240 Kingston Pike, Ste. 112, where every single customer will receive one-on-one instruction with a personal trainer.

• Jim Brogan of Brogan Financial will be offering a personal and professional development non-credit course at The University of Tennessee on “Financial Survival for Retirement,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 15 and 22. Curriculum will cover tax reduction strategies, savings protection from health-care catastrophes, four essential legal documents, protection from investment mistakes and critical components of an estate plan. Tuition is $59 per person, and the class will be held at the University Conference Center.  To register, call 865-974-0150.

• The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has granted a three-year approval with commendation to the cancer program at The University of Tennessee Medical Center. UT Medical Center received the approval with commendation following an on-site evaluation by a CoC physician surveyor. Currently, only 25 percent of hospitals in the nation are CoC approved. Approval is given only to facilities that voluntarily commit to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their

performance.

• D1 Sports announces the addition of Sam Bazrafshan as itsfirst recruiting coordinator at the West Knoxville facility. Bazrafshan comes to D1 after serving previously as an organizational leader and field manager at The Southwestern Company in Nashville. Prior to Southwestern, he double majored in Biochemistry and Psychology at The University of Tennessee.

• Dr. Michael Davidson, professor of food microbiology and head of the Department of Food Science and Technology, was selected as a Fellow of the 3,300-member International Association of Food Protection at its meeting in Columbus, Ohio in August.

• Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. announced the Newport Supercenter, 1075 Cosby Highway, has begun renovations. Upgrades to the store will include a new exterior color palette, renovated pharmacy and restrooms and wider aisles. The remodel is expected to be complete by November. All of the store’s departments and services will remain open during the remodel process.

• Family Health Center and Dr. Raye-Anne Ayo announce the addition of medical assistant and award-winning injection specialist, Carrie Dovenbarger. Family Health Center recently added skin care and aesthetic injections to its comprehensive patient care services and is accepting new patients.

• The University of Tennessee Medical Center is sponsoring The Greatest Show on Birth, Saturday, Sept. 27, at UT Medical Plaza off Northshore Drive. The event, free of charge, is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is aimed at helping families learn about maintaining positive health before and during pregnancy. The event also offers tasty food, children’s crafts and games, face painting, education, helpful tips and a mother/baby fashion show and prizes. For more information, call 1-877-882-2737.

• Master Custom Homes & Remodeling celebrates its 10th anniversary Saturday, Sept. 13.

• Fleet Feet Sports is proud to sponsor the Marine Corps 2008 Mud Run, beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 13, at Melton Hill Park. The challenging course consists roughly of three miles of off-road running, including obstacles, hills, and mud pits. Fleet Feet recommends wearing old clothing and shoes and long pants.

• Brogan Financial, Inc. is proud to announce that Jim Brogan has been accepted into the nation’s most exclusive group of financial advisors, Ed Slott’s Elite IRA Advisor Group.  The group of financial advisors is dedicated to solving the country’s biggest and most complex financial problem: effectively managing the distribution of assets from individual retirement accounts.

• Responding to consumer demand, Check ‘n Go, a leading provider of consumer financial services, announced the launch of a new product offering, check cashing. Check cashing services are being piloted in 170 Check ‘n Go stores in Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee, with plans to expand the offering to more than 1,300 stores nationwide through early 2009.

• BB&T Corporation said that longtime Chief Executive Officer John A. Allison will retire as CEO Dec. 31. He will continue as chairman of the BB&T Corporation board of directors until Dec. 31, 2009. The board on Tuesday voted unanimously to promote Chief Operating Officer Kelly S. King, the No. 2-ranking executive manager at BB&T since 2004, to succeed Allison as CEO and president. King also was elected to the board. BB&T will name a successor to King as COO at a later date.

• The board of directors of BB&T Corporation declared the 2008 fourth-quarter dividend of $0.47 per share, a 2.2 percent increase over the $0.46 paid in the fourth quarter of 2007. The dividend will be paid Nov. 3 to shareholders of record as of

Oct. 17.

• Jeff Grebe, Mike Grebe and Dan Evans of Weichert, Realtors Advantage Plus, recently completed the Weichert Management Academy, four days of educational sessions covering all aspects of the Weichert way of doing business. Held at corporate headquarters in Morris Plains, N.J., the Academy program is a requisite training course for new members of the Weichert Real Estate Affiliates network.

• Mountain Commerce Bank has announced the relocation of the current branch located at 249 N. Peters Road to a new location at 320 N. Cedar Bluff Road, Suite 101. The new branch opened for business Sept. 2.

• The following physicians have joined the Association of University Radiologists, P.C., which provides coverage for UT Medical Center, Morristown Hamblen Healthcare System, Hawkins County Hospital, Hancock County Hospital, and University Radiology at Turkey Creek Imaging Center: J. Mark McKinney, M.D., who will serve as chairman of the department of radiology at UT; James Boyd, M.D. and Stephen Brown, M.D., neuroradiologists; Geoffrey Laing, M.D., Deanna Taylor-Gantte, M.D., and Rong Zeng, M.D., body imaging

specialists.

• Laura Braden, a 1999 graduate of Farragut High School, is serving as vice president of Mercury Public Affairs in Sacramento, Calif. From 2006-2008, Braden served as deputy communications director for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Braden also previously served as deputy director of operations and planning for John McCain for President 2008.

• The Department of Religious Studies at The University of Tennessee has been selected to host a 2008-2009 Schusterman Visiting Israel Professor. Rivka Ribak, senior lecturer in the department of communication at the University of Haifa, will teach and lecture at UT and in the Jewish community and act as a liaison between several constituencies on and off campus. She will teach two classes each semester, including “Israeli Filmmakers: Cinema and Society” and “Israeli Media Scholarship: Cultural Approaches.”

• 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 kama.org 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 865-305-8587.

• 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.

• Muscular Dystrophy Association will launch its first-ever national online auction at www.mda.org/auctions in conjunction with the 43rd annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day telethon. The auction features an array of unique specialty items. All proceeds benefit the Association.

 

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