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• Contemporary Women’s Health, an OB/GYN practice off Park West Boulevard, is celebrating its first anniversary. In late 2007, local practitioners Kimberly Roberts, MD FACOG, Ceeccy Yang, MD FACOG and Krista Hodges, PA-C, joined together CWH. Since opening, they have added staff members Marcia Jacobs, FNP-BC and Hiral Lloyd-Jones, Licensed Aesthetician, to their team. Together the staff has more than 10 years experience serving the needs of Knoxville’s women.

• The Region II EMS Directors Association recently awarded UT LIFESTAR with the Service of the Year award for the outstanding service it provides to the community.

• IHOP has set a goal to raise $1 million for children’s hospitals and charities with its celebration of National Pancake Day Feb. 24, 2009. From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer guests a free short stack of IHOP’s signature buttermilk pancakes, and in return, ask guests to donate what they would have paid for the pancakes, or more, to local children’s hospitals and other local charities.

• Baptist Hospital West, a member of Mercy Health Partners, opened a new 10-bed ICU. This gives Baptist West a total of 16 ICU beds with space built with further growth in mind to potentially double capacity. This expansion is in part due to growing business and the relocation of the open-heart program to Baptist West

• Bridgette Williams has been added as branch manager of the West Knoxville branch of UT Federal Credit Union, 9700 Kingston Pike in Franklin Square.

• Zumfoot in Turkey Creek will be closing its doors by the end of the year.

• The Health Shoppe plans a 12-week body transformation contest to start Jan. 1 and end Jan. 10. Sponsors such as Fox Fitness will offer prizes to the top two male and female winners.  Prizes include items such as free personal training, a Health Shoppe gift certificate, and New Balance shoes.

• David B. Clarke has been appointed as the director of The University of Tennessee’s Center for Transportation Research.

• B. Moss will be closing its stores in both West Town Mall and Knoxville Center.

• ITT Technical Institute’s career services director, Jonathan Gushen, was named director of the year. Manager of the Year awards showcase a dedication to providing a positive educational experience for ITT Tech students, as well a commitment to the growth and success of their school, its faculty and staff.

• The Florence Crittenton Agency announced Cile Mathews, president and CEO of the agency for 21 years, will retire at the end of December. Nancy Christian will succeed Mathews as president and CEO.

• LBMC Technologies, LLC announces Diane Bishop has been added to its Knoxville office. Bishop will be a business systems consultant in the Knoxville office focusing primarily on Microsoft Dynamics GP. 

• Grandbridge Real Estate Capital LLC, the commercial mortgage banking subsidiary of Branch Banking and Trust Company, said it plans to buy Houston-based commercial mortgage banking firm Live Oak Capital Ltd. Live Oak Capital specializes in debt and equity placement and loan servicing for the commercial real estate industry. Founded in 2000, the privately owned company has closed more than $7 billion in commercial real estate capital transactions. The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of the month. Terms were not disclosed.

• The University of Tennessee Medical Center has hired Matt Brown as vice president of Clinical Services. In this role, Brown will provide executive leadership at the medical center while developing strategies and tactics to further strengthen patient care and services for radiology, endoscopy, ambulatory infusion and bariatrics. In addition, he will serve as a liaison for the medical center’s joint ventures for sleep services and laboratory services.

• 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 www.legion.org/ocw

• 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.

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

• 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 currently is 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 during five fiscal years to support the new research and teaching position within the program.

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

 

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