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• The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion have launched a fund-raising effort, Operation Comfort Warriors, to purchase comfort items for hospitalized troops recovering in U.S. military and VA medical centers around the world. They have raised nearly $350,000. To make on-line contributions, visit

• Agents from Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace’s Oak Ridge office have completed a class to assist sellers “managing a short sale”: Tammy Poore, Mark Lane, Lisa Boone, Pamela Asher, Louise Mixon, Ashley Vann, Sherry Rowland, Kristie Gurley and Sandra Vasquez.

• BB&T Payment Solutions will host a free educational webinar for small business owners on the advantages of online financial services from 2 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10. “Mind Your Own Business: Your Way, Your Time, Real Time,” is the ninth in an ongoing series of payments-related webinars from BB&T. Register

• Knoxville Small Business Development Center will conduct a business plan writing workshop from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, Dec. 15, at Knoxville Area Chamber partnership, 17 Market Square. Cost is $40 per person. For more information, call 865-246-2663.

• The Little Gym will be opening a new location in Farragut in the Brooklawn Village Shopping Center in January 2009. 

• 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 Bank 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.

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

• 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 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.

• 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. 

• The 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.  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, a nationwide organization, for two 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 principle 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, has recently been redesigned. The business is a major supplier of roofing, siding, windows and other select exterior building products for area contractors. 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 after 11 years at the helm of Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Townsend has accepted a new position with Battelle as Executive Vice President for Global Laboratory Operations.  He replaces Dr. Jeffery Wadsworth, who will assume his new role as Battelle President and Chief Executive Officer Jan. 1.

• Kroger’s Can Hunger food drive will be vitally important in stocking the shelves of Food Bank of North Alabama with nutritious, nonperishable foods. This year, Kroger introduces an environmentally friendly solution for Can Hunger supporters. 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 also can 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. The Disney award was awarded based on the highest percent increase in total revenue for Disney Cruise Line vacations sales and AAA vacations sales for the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. Trafalgar’s award also recognized the club because it significantly exceeded its passenger and revenue goals for 2008.

• Food City is recognizing outstanding volunteerism among its associates through its Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program. Ten district winners were recognized with an award and a $250 contribution to a charity of their choice.

• 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 began at the west entrance of the medical center Nov. 17 and lasts 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.

• 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 fifth 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 Blvd. 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.


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