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• For updates, weekly specials and coupons for the Buy in Farragut campaign, visit the Town of Farragut Web site,

• The Lewis Group Architects was recently honored by the Tennessee School Board Association for Excellence in Architectural Design. Schools were judged in three separate categories: new construction, renovation and remodeling, and the people’s choice.

• First Tennessee recently named Bill Powers as manager of the North Knoxville financial center. Powers earned his bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Tusculum College in 2003. He serves on the governing board of Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service Inc. Powers resides in Farragut with his wife, Debra.

• The University of Tennessee Athletic Department has committed to fund a new faculty member in the turfgrass research and teaching program of the UT Department of Plant Sciences. The UT Athletic Department will donate $535,000 over five fiscal years to support the new research and teaching position within the program.

• ES&H, Inc. announced that Bill Garibay was awarded special recognition as the 2008 Hispanic Business Entrepreneur of the Year in the green company category at the Hispanic Business Magazine EOY Awards Gala Thursday, Nov. 6, in Los Angeles, Calif.

• Hedstrom Design project manager Rachel Beasley has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmen-tal Design professional accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council. Beasley earned the accreditation by recently passing the USGBC’s LEED certification exam. She currently is working on two LEED projects at Hedstrom Design.

• WIMZ and Food City launched the 13th annual Camping for Cans event Nov. 28 at Food City on the corner of Kingston Pike and North Peters Road. All food donated during the event will be delivered to Second Harvest Food Bank Monday, Dec. 8. For more information, visit

• CarMax presented $10,000 to Knoxville Zoological Gardens, Inc. for the ZooFund for Kids program, Tuesday, Nov. 25.

• RecruitWise, an information technology staffing and recruiting firm in Oak Ridge, has hired Katherine Stohler to join its team as an account executive.  Stohler brings five years of professional experience to RecruitWise. Most recently, she was employed by Rarity Communities, where she brokered residential land. 

• National Nuclear Security Administration has named David A. Young of the NNSA’s Y-12 Site Office as the recipient of the inaugural Security Professional of the Year Award. The award recognizes one federal and one contractor employee whose contributions to the security programs within the NNSA complex exemplify excellence and commitment.

• Stephanie & Santiago Ramirez, owners of Copa Creative Communications, a multicultural public relations and marketing firm, were awarded the Minority in Entrepreneurship Award by Knoxville Overground.  The Minority in Entrepreneurship Award is chosen by peers in the business community to recognize a successful minority startup.

• Dale Christenson has been named Federal Project Director for the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex. Christenson replaces Scott Cannon, who is now serving as the Director of the Pit Disassembly and Conversion Facility Office, located at the Department of Energy Savannah River Site, S.C.

• Two agencies within The University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service have been recognized by the University Economic Development Association for economic development projects. UT Municipal Technical Advisory Service received top honors for Excellence in Community Development for its comprehensive management report for the Gallatin Economic Development Agency. In the Excellence in Public Policy category, UT County Technical Assistance Service was honored for a project about the regional importance of Reelfoot Lake that was done in collaboration with the UT Knoxville Center for Transportation Research, U.S. Rep. John Tanner and state Rep. Phillip Pinion.

• Grandbridge Real Estate Capital LLC said it has arranged, closed and sold to Fannie Mae a credit facility worth up to $350 million for one of the largest real estate investment trusts in North America. Grandbridge is a subsidiary of BB&T Corporation principal subsidiary Branch Banking and Trust Company.

• Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association launched its Red White and Food campaign in March in hopes of making Tennessee the 34th state to allow wine sales in retail food stores. More than 2,300 Tennesseans from across the state have signed up as members. Other supporters of the Red White and Food campaign include the Tennessee Farm Wineries, Tennessee Retail Association and The Wine Institute. For more information, visit

• ABC Supply Co. Inc. Solution Center, 220 Royal Crown Drive, a major supplier of roofing, siding, windows and other select exterior building products for area contractors, has recently been redesigned.  It is now a premier destination for product information and selection for contractors and their clients.

• Diagnostic Radiologist Amanda Barnes Squires, M.D., has joined Vista Radiology P.C., specializing in women’s imaging. Squires will be practicing at the Parkwest and Thompson Cancer Survival Center Comprehensive Breast centers.

• Dr. Ronald D. Townsend has resigned his position with Oak Ridge Associated Universities to accept a new position with Battelle as the Executive Vice President for Global Laboratory Operations after 11 years at the helm of ORAU and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.  He replaces Dr. Jeffery Wadsworth, who will assume his new role as Battelle President and Chief Executive Officer in January.

• Kroger’s Can Hunger food drive will be vitally important in stocking the shelves of Food Bank of North Alabama with nutritious, nonperishable foods. Under the theme Reach Out, Reuse, and Reduce Hunger, customers who donate $10, which provides more than 10 meals, will receive a reusable shopping bag for future visits to Kroger. Kroger customers can also purchase $5 or $1 icons, which represent food, to give to the Can Hunger campaign, which runs Nov. 16 to Dec. 31. 

• AAA travel agency is the proud recipient of two prestigious excellence awards: 2008 Disney Club of the Year and Trafalgar’s Continents Award.

• Nikki Hickman has been named branch manager of Highlands Union Bank’s new full-service branch in Sevierville.


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