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• The Knoxville Area Tennessee Small Business Development Center will conduct a business plan writing workshop from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, Nov. 24, at Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, 17 Market Square. Cost is $40 per person and includes a workbook. To register, call 865-246-2663 or e-mail

• ES&H, Inc. has been recognized as a “Hot100” company in the November/December issue of “BusinessTN” magazine.  The Hot100 list represents those companies, big and small, in Tennessee that are emerging as leaders in the business community.

• Some minor changes will occur as The University of Tennessee Medical Center begins construction on the region’s first dedicated Heart Hospital. Work is expected to begin at the west entrance of the medical center Nov. 17 and last until the Heart Hospital opens in 2010. Two covered walkways will guide visitors through the west entrance; parking areas will remain open throughout construction. All patient discharges, with the exception of Endoscopy, will exit through east circle entrance.

• YWCA Knoxville joins together with YMCA of East Tennessee to invite the community to its annual Thanksgiving prayer breakfast. The breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Summit Hill. WATE-TV news anchor Matt Hinkin will be master of ceremonies; Vine Middle School will perform music and Bo and Mary Shafer will serve as the keynote speakers. This free event is open to the community, but RSVP’s are required. For more information or to RSVP, contact YWCA at 865-523-6126.

• Coulter & Justus, P.C. celebrates its move into new home at 9717 Cogdill Road, a space that will better accommodate the growing demand for its services, as well as its growing staff. The firm traces its roots to 1932 with the formation of Dahlberg & Associates, a CPA firm that was formed at the request of the Blue Diamond Coal Company. Sam Coulter and Ron Justus acquired the office, then owned by Ernst & Young, in 1993.

• Bill Lindley’s Salute America talk radio show is celebrating its 5th year on Horne Radio Network. Salute America is a call-in show with a focus on foreign policy, politics and other “hot issues.” It airs from 1 to 4 p.m. every Sunday across the Horne Radio Network: WKVL-AM 850 in Knoxville, WLOD-AM 1140 in Loudon and WGAP-AM 1400 in Maryville.

• SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. was ranked highest in customer satisfaction in a recent study conducted by J.D. Power and Associates that evaluated the top national mortgage lenders on their origination process for first mortgage loans. 

• Nikki Hickman has been named branch manager of Highlands Union Bank’s new full-service branch at 1824 Veterans Boulevard in Sevierville. The office is scheduled to open Nov. 17. 

• Gables & Gates, Realtors recognized Debbie Holloway, agent of the month for September. Holloway chose The Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad as her charity of choice. Susie Lash, owner and president of Gables & Gates, presented a check to Kevin and Ed Cate, representatives of Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad.

• First Tennessee Bank has awarded a $5,000 contribution to the Knoxville Area Small Business Development Center. The donation marks the 18th such award in as many years to the center. The Knoxville area TSBDC, which is administered by Pellissippi State Technical Community College, provides counseling and training to small-business owners and managers and those interested in starting a small business.

• FirstBank recently announced the addition of Micheal Burt, founder of consulting firm Maximum Success, to the bank’s leadership team as FirstBank’s leadership coach to help maximize associates’ professional growth and improve the FirstBank customer experience.

• The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at The University of Tennessee celebrated the opening of its new facility with a ribbon-cutting, Friday, Oct. 31. In addition to the ribbon-cutting at the new building, which featured remarks by Gov. Phil Bredesen, U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, and U.S. Rep. John Duncan, grand opening events included a public lecture by U.S. Supreme Court Justice (Ret.) Sandra Day O’Connor and an open house at the new building. The 53,000-square-foot center, 1640 Cumberland Ave., was built at a cost of $17 million.

• Oak Ridge Associated Universities employees gave the largest amount of money to United Way and Community Shares in ORAU’s campaign participation history. Employee contributions combined with a corporate donation of $15,000 brought this year’s ORAU giving total to $102,952.81, marking the first time ORAU’s contribution has exceeded $100,000.


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