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• LBMC Technologies, LLC, a member of the Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC family of companies, announces John Gargis has been added to its Knoxville office. Gargis will join the LBMC Technologies, LLC team as a business development manager.

• Foothills Craft Guild is accepting entries from fine craft artisans for being juried into the Guild. Applicants must reside in Tennessee, and crafts must be of original design produced within the past two years. Entries may be hand-delivered to the Foothills Craft Guild office at the Emporium Building, 100 South Gay St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14-15. Jurying will take place Feb. 23, and all entrants will receive notification following that date. For more information, visit or contact Jo Marie Brotherton, 865-584-2833 or, or Robbie Gentry, 865-670-0990 or

• The Tennessee Smokies are looking for the next great act to perform at Smokies Park in 2009, and will be hosting its annual National Anthem & Talent Audition at Knoxville Center Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28. Event will take place at Center Court inside the mall.  No pre-registration is required for the event and admission is free.

• LBMC Employment Partners, LLC, a member of the Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC family of companies, announces the promotion of Emily Ledford to HR Account Manager in the Knoxville office. Ledford joined the LBMC Employment Partners team as an HR Assistant in April 2008. 

• The Pizza Kitchen, 9411 S. Northshore Drive, is offering a Valentine’s Day special: a heart-shaped pepperoni pizza and red velvet cake for two for $9.99. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

• Tennessee Small Business Development Center plans a free seminar on business survival from 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, Feb. 13, at Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Jutta Bangs at 865-483-2668 or by e-mail at 

• First Tennessee recently hired Burton Peake Jr. as vice president in the wealth management division. Peake returns to First Tennessee after nine years at SunTrust Securities and three years at Charles Schwab. He worked in the bond division at First Tennessee from 1989 through 1991.

• Yitong Fu, M.D., Ph.D. has joined the Association of University Radiologists, P.C. He will serve as a board-certified nuclear medicine physician with a special interest in PET-CT. Fu received his training at The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, where he completed two years of a general surgery residency followed by a nuclear medicine residency and a fellowship in PET-CT. 

• Fenton Moran of LeanHRM, LLC a human resource consulting firm in Knoxville, has been appointed by the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence to the 2008 Board of Examiners.

• Golden Corral, America’s favorite family buffet and grill restaurant chain, announced that the company will sponsor Travis Kvapil and the No. 28 Ford Fusion in the 2009 Daytona 500 Feb. 15.  Kvapil is the driver for Yates Racing.

• Tennessee State Bank is proud to announce its 2008 staff members of the year. Marsha Romines and Lisa Fishel both were selected by fellow employees to receive this honor. Romines is assistant vice president in the credit department and Fishel is administrative officer and customer service representative at the corporate office in Pigeon Forge.

• Alcoa Inc.’s Brett McBrayer was recently elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He succeeds John Van Mol, founding partner, President and CEO of Dye, Van Mol & Lawrence of Nashville

• All eight of Tennessee’s state park restaurants will be open Saturday, Feb. 14, serving a special Valentine’s Day meal, and special overnight packages also are available at Tennessee State Park’s six inns. A romantic candlelight dinner package for two runs from $31.90 to $42.95, depending on the location. Valentine’s Day hotel packages range from $60 to $125 depending on the location, excluding tax and gratuity. 

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• Friends of ORNL will hold its monthly luncheon lecture meeting at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18.  This month, Wayne W. Manges, Manager of the US Department of Energy’s Industrial Wireless Program for UT-Battelle at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will speak on “ORNL’s Worldwide Leadership in Industrial Wireless Technology.”  Meeting is open to the public and will be held at UT Resource Center, 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

• Mountain Commerce Bank has named Stuart E. Wood chairman of the board for Mountain Commerce Bank and Mountain Commerce Bancorp.

• Jimmy Cheek, new UT Knoxville chancellor, began work Monday, Feb. 2. Cheek, 62, was recommended for the chancellor’s post by UT President John Petersen and approved by the Board of Trustees in October 2008 after a nationwide search and lengthy interview process.

• Independent Health Properties, LLC announces construction on Morning Pointe Assisted Living and The Lantern Memory Care Residence of Lenoir City is 75 percent complete, progressing on schedule in order to meet its spring 2009 completion date. The 42,000-square-foot facility boasts 59 assisted living and Alzheimer’s apartments and rests atop a four-acre campus on the ridge overlooking Lenoir City’s rolling hills. 

• Profiles International named Y-12 Federal Credit Union as its client of the year during Profiles International’s 2009 World Conference. Y-12 F.C.U. has partnered with Profiles International to grow its businesses with the help of Profiles International’s assessments and talent management solutions.

• Chris Glisson, co-owner of American Basketball Association teams the Knoxville Thunderbolts and the Tri-City Racers, has bought out his partners in the Huffson Group Inc., formed Crossroads Sports Entertainment Group, LLC, and brought in new partners. Glisson made the move in an attempt to open the team’s ownership up for more local involvement. New owners are Stephanie and Robert “Sam” Smith, Elizabeth and Rick Williams, Daniel Cap, Shawn Patterson, Kevin Kragenbrink and Carl Pilj.

• ES&H, Inc. has been honored with the Bronze medal from Environmental Business Journal, the leading business newsletter for the environmental industry. The 2008 EBJ Business Achievement Awards recognizes firms for their strong financial performance and growth as well as for specific projects which are significant in the advancement of the environmental industry.


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