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• Marble Springs, home of first Tennessee governor John Sevier, will host an Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 12. There will be one egg hunt for children ages 1-7 and another for children ages 8-12. Prizes will be awarded for the child in each age group who collects the most eggs and a special prize will be awarded to the child who finds the special egg. There is a $1 donation fee per child for participation. For more information, call 865-573-5508 or e-mail

• Dennis Rowe, market general manager for Rural/Metro, recently was named president of Tennessee Ambulance Service Association at its annual banquet in Gatlinburg. Rowe will serve as president of the association for two years and as past-president the following two years.

• Kroger brands experienced their strongest year-over-year growth during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. Approximately 27 percent of its fourth quarter grocery revenue came from sales of its exclusive Kroger brands, which reached a record-high of 35 percent of grocery unit sales, with exceptionally strong growth for the Value and Private Selection tiers.

• SunTrust Banks, Inc. has announced that veteran SunTrust banker, R. King Purnell, retired March 31 after 34 years of service. Purnell was named group executive vice president for the Central Group Commercial Real Estate Division of SunTrust Banks, Inc. in 2002. Purnell is active in the Knoxville community, currently serving as chairman for the Partnership for Neighborhood Improvement, a board member for Mercy Health Partners Foundation Board and treasurer for the YMCA.

• SunTrust Bank recognizes SunTrust Mortgage Loan Consultant Wendy Gibbs as winner of the Women’s Impact Award. SunTrust East Tennessee Diversity Site Council Women’s Sub-Committee presents the award, inspired by women’s history month. Gibbs is the first ever to receive this honor, which will be given to a SunTrust employee each quarter.

• The Heart of Knoxville Career and Resource Center will host the 2009 Spring Job Fair/Mas Trabajos from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 16, at the Magnolia Avenue Campus of Pellissippi State Technical Community College, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. The job fair is free and designed to attract both English- and Spanish-speaking candidates. The Spring Job Fair/Mas Trabajos is a three-pronged effort by the Career Center, Pellissippi State and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee.

• Jonathan Dee, MD recently joined Summit Medical Group at the Northshore Drive office and is welcoming new patients. Dee attended medical school at James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City and completed his internship and residency at the Spartanburg Regional Family Medicine Residency Program in Spartanburg, S.C. Dee is Board Certified in Family Practice.

• Knoxville Association of Women Executives is offering $1,000 college scholarships to two female students. Requirements are as follows: a student must have completed at least one semester at a four-year accredited college and be currently enrolled to take classes, be female, be available for an interview, provide a copy of a current college transcript, not be an immediate family member of a KAWE member and meet the May 1 deadline. For more information, e-mail

• 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, recently earned 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. Those who will register after March 31 must take a four-hour test.

• 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

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