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• Dottie Webb of Weichert, Realtors Advantage Plus has been awarded the Accredited Staging Professional designation by

• Carabeth West Russell, MD, recently joined Summit Medical Group at the Concord Medical Center office and is welcoming new patients.

• The Town Framery, 12814 Kingston Pike, will host a fall open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25. All merchandise purchased during the open house will be tax-free. There also will be a special “one-day” seasonal floral display, food and drinks and a discount coupon toward your next framing order. For more information, call 865-671-6627.

• The Heart of Knoxville Career and Resource Center is seeking local businesses and organizations that plan to recruit job candidates to participate in the Career Center’s annual Fall Employment Festival/Mas Trabajos Oct. 9. The festival will take place 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Magnolia Avenue Campus of Pellissippi State Technical Community College, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. Participation is free. For more information, call Bryan May at 865-329-3171.

• The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration is hosting this year’s Nuclear Security Summit for approximately 250 attendees including participants from the U.S. Department of Defense and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission at the Y-12 National Security Complex, the week of Sept. 15.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College is offering a test preparation course to assist prospective employees in preparing for the Edison Electric Institute test, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 11-14. The exam is required for employment by TVA and such companies as Georgia Power and Duke Power and Energy United.

• Stephanie Carter has been named senior director of administrative services and special projects at Helen Ross McNabb Center. Carter most recently served as director of Children and Youth Services overseeing custodial, prevention and juvenile justice services programming.

• United Community Bank announces Bretty Hurst has been promoted to assistant vice president-corporate services for bank’s East Tennessee region.

• City of Knoxville has set the 8th annual Neighborhood Bike Ride for Saturday, Sept. 27. Event will begin 10 a.m. in Market Square and riders will journey through North Knoxville neighborhoods. For more information, call 865-215-3818.

• Holistic Chiropractic Center, Lenoir City, announces it is using the computerized instrument, Bio-Meridian Vantage, to detect which bodily systems are not functioning optimally. For more information, call 865-988-9815.

• United Community Bank announces Amy Gillen has joined the bank as vice president of commercial banking.

• Pilot Corp. has announced all Pilot stores in the Knoxville area are operating normally with adequate supplies of all grades of fuel.

• Hardin Valley, LLC plans an office park and a Sullivan’s restaurant off Iron Gate Blvd. in Hardin Valley. Plan was a “Use on Review” item before Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission at its Sept. 11 meeting.

• Knoxville Area Small Business Development Center will conduct a business plan writing workshop from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, Sept 22. Cost is $40 per person, including a workbook. Knoxville area TSBDC is located at 17 Market Square. For more information, call 865-246-2663 or visit

• 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

• 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, Suite 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. 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 its first 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 at UT, 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.

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


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