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• The Bark Place Grooming staff attended Atlanta Pet Fair, a three-day weekend of continuing education, grooming competitions and an industry trade show. For more information, call Bark Place, 11416 Kingston Pike, at 865-777-2275

• First Tennessee Bank recently named Karen Duff senior vice president and manager of the consumer loan servicing division. Duff has more than 17 years of industry experience and has managed First Tennessee’s front-end collections process for the past six years.

• Dr. Nancy B. Moody announced her resignation as president of Lincoln Memorial University following her selection as the next president of Tusculum College. Moody, LMU’s first female president, has served since 2002. The LMU Board will appoint an interim president in the next 30 days and a national search for a new president will follow.

• Dr. Richard J. DePersio of Greater Knoxville Ear, Nose & Throat has been named the president of the Tennessee Medical Association beginning in April.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• Conway Marketing welcomes Courtney Hendricks as art director. Hendricks brings with her a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree 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.”

• Bob Wilson has joined Moxley Carmichael public relations firm as director of new media.

• 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.

• First Tennessee Bank recently hired Jim Hightower as senior vice president and manager of customer contact for its First Link department. First Link is a customer service center assisting both retail and commercial customers by telephone with questions about existing accounts, loans, rates and general banking questions.

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

• John Carr has become a new member of the Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace team. Carr joined the Oak Ridge office as a new affiliate.

• 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.

• Kim Kirby-Rines has joined the Knoxville office of BCS, Benefit Consulting Services, Inc., as employee benefit advisor. Rines came to BCS from the global tier-one automotive supplier, MAHLE Industries, Inc.

• Internal Revenue Service and the Town of Farragut will sponsor Volunteer Income Tax Assistance through April 15. Volunteers will complete and e-file for free IRS forms 1040, 1040A and 1040 EZ. This assistance program is for lower income and senior taxpayers. Taxpayers should bring federal tax packets received; wage and earnings statements (Form W-2) from all employers; interest, dividend, capital gains, pension, IRA and social security statements (Form 1099); list of items that might be considered for itemized deductions; support for other income and credits; and a copy of last year’s tax return. Taxpayers also should bring social security numbers and correct birth dates for all taxpayers and dependents to be listed on the return. Event will be held from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tuesday, April 15, extended hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. VITA will not take place March 19, 24 and 26. Event is free.

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

• 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 its 2009 World Conference. Y-12 F.C.U. has partnered with Profiles International to grow their 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.

• Covenant Weight Management Center has named Stacey Smith, M.S., E.P., as its new supervisor. She oversees business operations and development.

• 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.

• 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.


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