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• Sonya Scott, Tennessee’s only Master Bridal Consultant, will teach a one-evening non-credit class, “So You Want to Be a Wedding Planner,” from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, at Pellissippi State Technical Community College.

• The board of directors of BB&T Corporation declared the 2009 second quarter dividend of $0.47 per share, a 2.2 percent increase over the $0.46 paid in the second quarter of 2008. The dividend will be paid May 1 to shareholders of record as of April 10.

• “Go Green with Avery” is the theme of this month’s education workshop sponsored by the Oak Ridge Chapter of International Association of Administrative Professionals, Monday, March 9, at Roane State Community College in Room C102 at 701 Briarcliff Ave., Oak Ridge. For more information, visit www.iaapoakridge.org

• Conway Marketing welcomes Courtney Hendricks as art director. Hendricks brings with her a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Tennessee, and experience in several areas of art and graphic design. Involved as an intern at Yee-Haw Industries and as a technical illustrator at Info-Graphics. Hendricks also serves on the board of designers for the non-profit Arts and Culture Alliance of Knoxville.

• Knoxville Women’s Connection will hold a meeting at 10:45 a.m., Thursday, March 12, at Buddy’s Bearden Banquet Hall off Kingston Pike. First speaker is Molly Troutman of Etcetera. Lavanda K. Moore of Spruce Pines, N.C., will speak on “tying a knot and hanging on when you get to the end of your rope.” Complimentary childcare is by reservation only. Reservations should be made by calling Dotty at 865-584-4011 or Elaine at 865-693-3527 by March 9.

• WFIV, 105.3 FM, announces Joe Stutler has joined the station as the afternoon drive on-air personality. Stutler is a familiar name in the Knoxville radio and media market. He has spent the past nine years as an on-air personality in radio and also on television. “Joe was one of the original cast of ‘The River’ when it started in 2001,” said Tony Cox, general manager of Horne Radio LLC. “He is a huge supporter of the local music scene. He brings a lot of energy to the station.” The Joe Show airs daily, Monday through Friday, from 3 to 7 p.m. on WFIV, Farragut’s Independent Voice.

• Business coach Dr. Kevin Kragenbrink and radio veteran Mike Hammond have joined forces to host a new call-in show on WNOX called “Real Business,” airing Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. The idea is to provide real business owners with real answers to the real questions facing them today. 

• BB&T Special Opportunities Equity Fund ranked in the top 1 percent of Morningstar’s Mid-Cap Growth Funds category for the three- and five-year periods, while the newer BB&T Equity Income Fund ranked in the top 1 percent for three-year performance in Morningstar’s Large Value Funds category. The rankings for both funds were based on total return of Class A shares as of Dec. 31, 2008. The BB&T Equity Income Fund has ranked in the top 10 percent of its peer group each year since its inception in 2004.

• Knoxville chapters of the American Marketing Association and the American Advertising Federation are co-hosting a round-table discussion at Peerless restaurant, Wednesday, March 11. featuring industry experts: Matt Fischer, chief creative officer, chief operating officer of WonderGroup; Mike Such, owner of Junk Bee Gone and Marshall Wilkins, director of marketing for Chick-fil-A. Session will be moderated by Mark Moon, associate professor of marketing at The University of Tennessee. Meeting will focus on marketing and advertising issues in light of the current economic downturn, the rise of social media platforms and other timely topics. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., lunch and panel discussion at noon. Cost is $25 per person.

• Knox County is working with the Knoxville Chamber and the City of Knoxville to put together a free Career Transition Assistance Fair, March 10, at the Jacobs Building.  It is a free event to try and help those who have lost jobs or who fear they will lose their jobs to prepare themselves to find employment. For more information, visit www.careertransitionfair.com

• Community South Bank has named Brad Fitch community president. Fitch graduated from The University of Tennessee and is attending graduate school. Fitch spends his time volunteering with Junior Achievement and serves as an alumni advisor with his collegiate fraternity. Fitch strives to deliver quality service to Farragut and the surrounding area.

• Tina Rolen joined Knoxville Zoo as assistant marketing director. Her responsibilities are to facilitate the zoo’s new social media marketing initiatives and to promote the zoo and its mission.

• Bob Wilson 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. Carr joined the Oak Ridge office as a new affiliate.

• 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.

• 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.

• The Little Gym was 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 Barbara J. Jackson as deputy director of the procurement and contracts division.

 

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