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• Coldwell Banker Wallace and Wallace recently honored the success of its agents in 2008. The Oak Ridge Office had six agents who earned the Silver award of excellence including: Pamela Asher, Lisa Boone, Cathy Glass, Kristie Gurley, Mark Lane and Ashley Vann. Glass was also awarded the 5 Star from the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors. Lane earned the Top Sales Associate award for the year with the most buyer controlled sales. Boone was the Top Sales Associate for Listings Sold and was also awarded the Top Agent of the Office Award for 2008.

• Safety Smart, 10412 Kingston Pike, will be holding a Self-Defense Awareness class from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 28. Class teaches personal safety information, prevention, options and introductory physical techniques. Class registration is $25, and all participants will receive a complimentary pepper spray. Open to women only, ages 12 and older. Call 865-539-3434 to register.

• Hallsdale-Powell Utility District is ready to help create jobs in East Tennessee and benefit its customers with a better water-sewer system. HPUD managers have been meeting with Tennessee state senators and area U.S. Congressmen to take advantage of the opportunity, and they have identified 18 projects in Knox and Union counties that may be eligible for stimulus funding. Since the money would likely flow through the state, HPUD also has met with state officials. 

• Bob Wilson, a professional with more than 12 years experience in marketing and online technologies, has joined Moxley Carmichael public relations firm as director of new media.

• John Carr has become a new member of the Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace team. John joined the Oak Ridge office as a new affiliate. He is a graduate of the Tennessee Real Estate & Comprehensive Sales School and a member of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors, The Tennessee Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

• Leadership Knoxville announced the hiring of Tammy White as its new President/CEO.  White has extensive experience in the public, private and civic sectors. 

• Coulter and Justus, P.C., has hired Tonya Campbell, Tatiana Chambers, Claudia Depew, Wendy Hill, Steve Horton and Jessica Jackman. Campbell and Chambers had been promoted to senior accountants in the audit department. Depew, Hill and Horton have been promoted to senior manager in the audit department. Jackman was promoted to senior accountant in the tax department.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College pumped an average of $142 million each year into the local economy over the past five years, a recent study shows. The 21st annual analysis of the economic impact of the college on the Knox and Blount county area revealed that the value of business volume, jobs and individual income amounted to about $711 million in the 2003-2008 period, or $142 million each year.

• Goodwill will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting at 9 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, to celebrate the new location of the Farragut retail store at148 West End Ave.

• Knoxville Metro Home Buyers Council will host a homebuyer workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, at 2030 Falling Water, located just above Ruby Tuesday at Pellissippi and Northshore Drive. Workshop will cover real estate, mortgage, insurance, home inspector and closing professionals on what to expect during the homebuying process. To register, call 865-742-6997 or 865-386-5427.

• Jill Neace, Julie Paxton and Julie Thacker have joined Coulter & Justus, P.C. Thacker has been hired as senior accountant in the tax department. Paxton joined as a staff accountant in the audit department. Thacker joined as an intern in the audit department.

• Sarah Glass, curator of red pandas and special exhibits at Knoxville Zoo, has been named the coordinator for the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Red Panda Species Survival Plan.

• Members of the Tennessee Association of Realtors can purchase a “Celebrating Homeowner-ship” license plate. A 1,000-plate minimum is required to produce the plates, so members need to pre-order plates now. All proceeds go directly to the Tennessee Real Estate Educational Foundation, which will benefit realtor education and training. For more information, visit www.tarnet.com or call 615-321-1477.

• Parkwest Medical Center will host discussion of gastric bypass and “Lap Band” procedures, Tuesday, March 10. For more information, call 865-541-4500. Center also will host two “Breastfeeding” classes from 2:30 to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 15, and 6:30 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, March 25. Two “Birth and Babies Today” classes will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Mondays, beginning March 16 and 17. Fee for five-week class is $65.

• The Little Gym was recently honored for the third straight year with a number one ranking in its category, children’s fitness, of Entrepreneur Magazine’s annual list of the top 500 franchises.

• U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office has named career employee Barbara J. Jackson as deputy director of the procurement and contracts division.

• Parkwest Medical Center’s Chronic Kidney Disease support group will meet from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, March 16.

 

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