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• LBMC Technologies, LLC announces that Melissa Kestner has been added to its Knoxville office.

• As part of The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s annual Torch campaign, employees set a record as they donated $227,000 of their own money to support the mission of the medical center and graduate school of medicine. The contributions will be used to improve the quality of life of patients served at UT Medical Center through patient care, medical education and clinical research.

• Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children Foundation has selected Kevin Brinkmann, M.D. of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital as this year’s recipient of the Joseph Weinberg, M.D. Leadership Award. This award recognizes Dr. Brinkmann’s dedication of long-standing service to the life saving needs of the children of Tennessee and support of the principles of the national Emergency Medical Services for Children program.

• Barbara Muhlbeier has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as the firm’s legal counsel. Her responsibilities include legal matters related to negotiations in Pinnacle’s properties area, special asset resolutions and litigation that rises in the normal course of business. Pinnacle will continue to work with outside counsel for other legal tasks.

• Sue Philips has started her own cleaning service. For more information, call 865-300-2604 or e-mail

• Knoxville Area Tennessee Small Business Development Center will sponsor a free small business start-up from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, Jan. 12, and marketing boot camp from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Jan. 29. Programs will be held at Knoxville Chamber Partnership, 17 Market Square. Cost is $20. To register, call 865-246-2663 or e-mail

• 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 in the coming month.

• The Health Shoppe plans a 12-week body transformation contest. Registration starts start Jan. 1 and ends 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 director of The University of Tennessee’s Center for Transportation Research.

• B. Moss has closed 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, retired at the end of December. Nancy Christian will succeed Mathews as the 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. 

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 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 spanning 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.

• 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 recipient of the inaugural Security Professional of the Year Award. Award recognizes one federal and one contractor employee whose contributions to security programs within the NNSA complex exemplify excellence and commitment.

• 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 Director of the Pit Disassembly and Conversion Facility Office.

• FirstBank 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.

• Nikki Hickman has been named branch manager of Highlands Union Bank’s new full-service branch at 1824 Veterans Blvd. in Sevierville.


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