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• First Tennessee recently promoted Michelle Hardin to senior vice president in the private client services division. Hardin, a relationship manager for First Tennessee, has been with the bank since 1988.

• FirstBank has hired Jon Fox to fill the new position of chief information officer. Fox will lead the IT division of the bank, ensuring efficiency and overseeing help-desk support, network services, IT operations and application management.

• BusinessTN magazine recently released a list of Tennesse’s “Accounting’s Finest.” Among those listed were Mike Cain, Steve Dodson, David Morgan, Sid Pilson, Danny Pressley and David Wood of Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC (LBMC). This peer-review list is compiled based upon recommendations of Tennessee businesses, attorneys and accountants.

• Matt Noss, president of Senior Accessibility Contractors, a division of Matt Noss Construction, LLC, recently became one of the select group of professionals nationwide to earn the Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist designation, identifying him as one of the building industry’s top professionals with skills and knowledge specific to home modifications for aging-in-place.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College’s Business and Community Services is offering industry employees the opportunity to prepare for the shorter Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design AP exam. By registering for the test before March 31 and taking it by June 30, participants still can take the two-hour exam. Those who register after March 31 must take a four-hour test.

• Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. is hiring more than 100 new team members for its Knoxville restaurant, scheduled to open in late April. Celebrating its 40th birthday this year, Red Robin is a casual dining restaurant chain that serves guests a variety of high-quality gourmet burgers, appetizers, entrees, salads and beverages in a kid- and family-friendly atmosphere.

• LBMC Employment Partners, LLC has added Katie Berk in its Knoxville office. Berk will join LBMC Employment Partners, LLC as an HR assistant, providing assistance to clients as well as internal support in the area of human resource consulting.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 one week in advance. To make reservations, call the museum at 865-241-2140. Seating is limited.

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

 

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