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• Farragut Business Alliance will meet at the Kroger Community Room at 8 a.m., Tuesday, March 24.

• Jennifer Mills has been named Zoo Mommy’s Pet Sitter of the Year. Mills was picked for this award for showing exemplary workmanship, being ready to assist at a moments notice, and surpassing the expectations of clients and Zoo Mommy administration.

• Safety Smart, 10412 Kingston Pike, will hold a Self-Defense Awareness class from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 28. Taught by certified instructors, this class teaches personal safety information, prevention, options and introductory physical techniques. Open to women only, ages 12 and older. Call 865-539-3434 to register.

• First Tennessee recently donated more than $3,000 to Knox County Schools in support of the School Coupon Books program. For each coupon book students sold above the total number sold during the 2007 campaign, First Tennessee donated an additional $1 to the school. First Tennessee presented checks for a total of $3,117 to the 23 Knox County schools that topped their sales from last year.

• Wesley House Community Center recently purchased two mini-buses with a $25,000 grant from the UPS Foundation. The new vehicles replaced two well-worn, 20-year old vans.

• SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. welcomes Mortgage Loan Consultant David O’Block to its East Tennessee team. O’Block will continue to develop business from his many existing clients and referral sources in the Knoxville area.

• In 2008, First Tennessee employees invested thousands of hours of their time in their communities. Through the First Tennessee Volunteers program, the bank’s employees volunteered 8,006 hours in the Knoxville area, as 185 First Tennessee employees volunteered with 218 Knoxville-area organizations.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College is hosting an Adjunct Faculty Job Fair Tuesday, April 21, to recruit part-time faculty for fall semester. Fair will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Goins Administration Building on Pellissippi Campus. Faculty is needed for more than 30 content areas, ranging from art and history to management and sociology. All applicants are asked to bring a resume and college transcript to the event.

• A free tax credit information seminar for home buyers will be held every Thursday in March and April at Weichert, Realtors Advantage Plus. Set for 6 to 7 p.m. weekly at the office located at 114 Lovell Road, Suite 102, in the Lovell Pointe Building, the sessions will be conducted by the agency’s Gold Services Manager Tammy White.

• Food City is planning a Knoxville race night Thursday, March 19, at Knoxville Expo Center. Live entertainment and free food sampling begin at 4 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. Proceeds from the event benefit East Tennessee Children’s Hospitals. Advance tickets are on sale at select Food City locations.

• The Fresh Market announced Lisa Klinger has been named the company’s new executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective March 23. Klinger has an extensive financial background, serving in a variety of retail roles at Michael’s Stores, Limited Brands and Red Roof Inns. 

• Southern Appalachia Railway Museum has scheduled its popular Murder Mystery Dinner Train for 6 p.m., Saturday, April 18. The play will be performed by Oak Ridge High School Drama Club, directed by Cheryl Burchett, and will take place in vintage Southern Railway coaches as the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train meanders through the former K-25 Plant complex and the picturesque countryside of Roane County. Reservations are required and payments must be made by mail and must arrive at least 1 week in advance. To make reservations, call the museum at 865-241-2140. Seating is limited.

• First Tennessee Bank has named Rich Carnes operations manager in the consumer loan servicing division. Carnes, who joined First Tennessee in 2002, is now responsible for the operations on the servicing of a consumer loan portfolio totaling $12 billion.

• CarMax opened its 100th store, and celebrated by partnering with Reading is Fundamental to donate a set of books to RIF-programs in each of the locations where the company has stores. For each local donation, Reading Is Fundamental put together a collection of books focused on exciting travel adventures and safety. In the Knoxville-Knox County area, CarMax donated a set of books to the Anderson County Media Center in Clinton.  

• The Bingham Group, a Knoxville-based marketing communications company, won several Addy Awards in February. Bingham Group took home a gold award for its work on “The Olde Farm: Invitation, Blue-Gray Tournament Invitation.” The Group won two silver awards, for “Bryant Boats: Sales Promotion, Bryan Boats Catalog” and “Joseph S. Falsetti: Collateral Brochure, Book.” Finally, Bingham Group won a bronze award for “Cobalt Yachts: Direct Marketing, Cobalt Life Magazine.”

• 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.

• Weichert, Realtors Advantage Plus has named Realtor Amanda P. “Mande” Bianco the Company Wide Agent of the Month for February.

• Community South Bank has named Brad Fitch community president. Fitch graduated from The University of Tennessee and is attending graduate school.

• Food City has named Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer the grand marshal of the Food City 500, to be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 22, at Bristol Motor Speedway. Food City officials also have decided NASCAR driver Bobby Allison will be honorary starter for the race.

• SunTrust Investment Services, Inc. announced the promotion of Roland Courtney as vice president and investment consultant for SunTrust Investment Services, Inc. 

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

• First Tennessee Bank has hired Jonathan Patrick as a relationship manager in its business banking division. Patrick will focus on meeting the financial needs of and working with small business


• 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.

• 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.

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

• 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.


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