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• BB&T Corporation reported net income for the first quarter of 2009 totaling $318 million and net income available to common shareholders totaling $271 million, or $.48 per diluted common share, compared with $428 million, or $.78 per diluted common share, earned during the first quarter of 2008.

•, LLC, a Knoxville-based staff augmentation company, is one of three finalists selected for the Minority Business Excellence Award at the Knoxville Chamber 2009 Pinnacle Business Awards.

• Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold its next free bimonthly new business workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 13, at the department’s Knoxville regional office, 531 Henley St., suite 606. Workshop is designed to assist those encountering business-related taxes for the first time. Register online at or call 865-594-6100.

• Interventional cardiologist Dr. Tjuan L. Overly recently joined The University of Tennessee Medical Center. Dr. Overly practices with University Cardiology at the medical center and serves at clinical assistant professor with the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Graduate School of Medicine.

• The Tennessee Association of Realtors has added a new member to its team: Chris Sexton, the new director of government affairs. Sexton has more than 10 years of experience in governmental and political affairs, having aided more than 100 local, state and national campaigns and having served as the executive director of one of the nation’s top county political parties in Grand Rapids, Mich.

• SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. welcomes Senior Mortgage Loan Consultant Debbie Windisch to the SunTrust Farragut Branch, 11441 Kingston Pike.

• Tim Harris, president and owner of Knoxville Wholesale Furniture, has won Southern Home Furnishing Association’s highest honor, the Willis Award of Merit, an honor for a retailer who “contributes most unselfishly to the industry, the community and to God.”

• Alcoa-based LeConte Wealth Management, LLC released highlights of its survey of East Tennesseans and their personal financial concerns. According to those surveyed, roughly half said it was important to speak with an independent financial adviser before making personal financial decisions.  Despite that claim, most (77 percent) do not have a professional financial adviser, and 58 percent have never had one. The survey was conducted in mid-February with adult residents ages 25-80 in Anderson, Blount, Knox, Loudon, Monroe and Sevier counties.

• Food City opened its 43,600 square-foot Hardin Valley location Wednesday, April 15, the newest of the chain’s 18 Knoxville locations. New store has a bakery/deli, hot food bar, sit-down café and floral boutique, in addition to various food departments, pharmacy and a video store.

• Wears Valley Realty Group announces Lincoln Logs Inter-national has chosen its New Lincoln Log Model/Office in Wears Valley as a featured cabin in its new catalog.

• Kristine Nevans recently joined The University of Tennessee Medical Center as a physical therapist for Rehabilitation Services. In that role, Nevans serves as a clinical specialist in the Balance and Hearing Center and sees patients at the medical center and at UT Medical Center’s Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine at Hardin Valley outpatient facility.

• Realtor Loan C. “Grace” Duong, a longtime area resident, brings 20 years of experience to Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus. Fluent in English, Vietnamese and French, she serves a full menu of real estate services to clients throughout Tennessee.

• Conway Marketing recently hired J.D. Sizemore as a copywriter. In addition to writing copy for clients’ advertising, public relations, Web sites and direct mail programs, Sizemore also will serve in an account service role for Conway.

• Realtor Charles H. McCants has joined Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus specializing in residential sales. He serves clients in East Tennessee as a member of the Knoxville, Tennessee and National Associations of Realtors.

• Realtor Mike LeGate has joined the growing sales team at Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus. Serving East Tennessee, he specializes in residential, commercial and farm sales. He is a member of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

• Katie Allison Granju has joined Ackermann PR in the newly created position of Director of Social Media. Katie brings a wealth of experience in technology, interactive media, journalism and online community building to the firm.

• Tradebank of Knoxville received several national Achievement Awards in a competition between Tradebank locations in the United States, Canada and Europe. Marc Davis received the Ace Award for extraordinary vision, dedication and commitment. Jeff Jones received the Bronze Sales Award for top sales. Winners of the Million Dollar Circle Award for brokers producing more than one million dollars in trade volume were Vanessa Caja, Connie Caple and Tonya Wilde. Tradebank’s Knoxville location also received the President’s Award for outstanding excellence of operation, the Century Club Award for exceptional achievement in acquiring 141 new accounts for the year and the Millionaire Club Award for producing over 4.7 million dollars in trade volume.

• Morris Barocas, MD, received a certificate of achievement from Trustees of the Tennessee Medical Association in recognition of contributions and participation in Physician Leadership College.

• Top agents from Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus in Knoxville took bows at the annual banquet hosted by the Weichert Tennessee-Kentucky-Alabama Broker Council. Christie Sox, Mary-Ann Linkowski and Terry Patton stood out as inductees into the national organization’s ambassador club. Joining the 2008 executive club were Carol Zimmerman, Marcy Halberstadt, James Corbitt and Elizabeth McDaniel. Agents named to the certificate club, receiving Sales Achievement Awards, were Regina Oster, Dottie Webb and Ted Fisher.

• Lilly Rayson, a specialist in residential sales, has joined Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus in Knoxville. She serves Knox, Loudon, Blount and Anderson counties as a member of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors.

• Kroger’s Knoxville customers and associates have stepped up to help those in need with the donation of 1,343 cases of non-perishable food – worth almost $25,000 – to the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. Knoxville residents donated the food through Kroger’s 2008 “Can Hunger” program, which also raised an additional monetary donation of more than $14,000. Kroger delivered the truckloads of food March 31.

• Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus has added two new Realtors to its sales team, Keith and Dorothy Allison. The husband and wife team serves the residential needs of clients in Knoxville and surrounding areas. Both are members of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors.

• 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.


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