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• Fox Fitness and HardKnox Bootcamp are partnering to sponsor “Get Foxy Knoxville,” a 10-week walking and wellness program to encourage leading a healthier lifestyle through weekly walks, health presentations, 5k run/walk races and other health related activities. Walks are family friendly, so children are welcome. Group will meet at Earthfare at 8:45 a.m., Saturday, May 9, for the first walk. Visit or

• Migun TN will host a Spring Spa Day and Celebration of Beautiful Health for fun and relaxation from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 9. Adita, a long-time yoga and meditation student of Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati of Kashi in Florida and Swami Jaya Devi of Kashi in Atlanta will present a special class, “Exercises for Radiant Skin.” The opportunity to make bids during a silent auction will honor Stamp Out Hunger Day and benefit Kashi’s Feed Everyone Program.

• The Energy, Technology and Environmental Business Association’s 20th Anniversary Celebration provided an exciting platform for the announcement of the organization’s new Executive Director. ETEBA President Charles Callis announced that after an extensive four-month search, ETEBA selected Nithin Akuthota to be its new Executive Director.

• Realtor Cheryl L. Miller brings 10 years of experience in the area of real estate appraisal to Weichert, Realtors – Advantage Plus. Specializing in residential sales, she serves clients in parts of Knox, Roane, Anderson, Blount, Jefferson, Grainger, Union, Sevier, Loudon and Hamblen Counties.

• Dream Homes Tennessee offers readers a breathtakingly rich photographic tour of a compilation of dream residences designed and built by a select group of more than 30 leading Tennessee architects, designers and builders. The impressive 240-page volume is infused with more than 200 full-color images showcasing the state’s best in residential design and construction. The book is available at Barnes & Noble, Borders and

• At their April 27 meeting, the Board of Directors of The Trust Company of Knoxville unanimously voted to promote COO Debby Ralls and CAO Daniel Carter from senior vice presidents to executive vice presidents. Ralls joined The Trust Company in 1988 and Carter joined in 1995.

• Debora Barnes, an experienced Realtor and longtime area resident, has joined Weichert, Realtors – Advantage Plus. Barnes serves the residential needs of clients in Sevier, Blount, Jefferson, Cocke and Hamblen Counties.

• Verizon Communications reports revenue, earnings and cash flow growth in 1Q 2009. Sales of Verizon Wireless, FiOS Internet and TV and strategic business services show continued strength. The company reports $6.4 billion in cash flows from operations, up $1.0 billion, or 19.1 percent, year over year. Capital expenditures totaled $3.7 billion; free cash flow totaled $2.7 billion, up $1.5 billion.

• Realtor Linda Kelly of Weichert, Realtors — Advantage Plus has earned the At Home with Diversity certification from the National Association of Realtors. The certification is awarded after completing a course to help develop new skills for working with home buyers and sellers of all backgrounds. The course addresses issues of diversity, fair housing and cultural differences.

• Experienced agent Lori Dagnan has joined Weichert, Realtors — Advantage Plus. Dagnan specializes in residential, commercial and investment property sales as well as property management.

• As part of an effort to increase public awareness and understanding about the operations of the Tennessee Departments of Comptroller, State and Treasury, Blake Fontenay was recently hired to serve as their director of communications.

• The East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association will have its monthly membership luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 6, at the Double Tree Hotel in Oak Ridge. Speaker is Jamie Elliott Keith, Supply Chain Dept Manager, TVA

Contract Management of TVA’s River Operations and TVA’s Office of Environment and Research. Lunch is $14 for members and $15 for non-members. RSVP to Vicki Dyer, 865-439-9332.

• Town of Farragut will hold a Bicycle Safety Clinic from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 17 at Mayor Bob Leonard Park. Registration begins on-site at 1 p.m. This free event, open to participants age seven and older, will offer opportunities to learn basic bicycle safety skills from staff from the Bike Zoo, Cedar Bluff Cycles, Fountain City Peddlars and Mountain View Bicycles, as well as Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

• In a survey done by Department of Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management students in a customer service course, The University of Tennessee students honored five local businesses for quality customer service. Winners included J. Crew for specialty clothing, Sephora for health and beauty products, Blue Ridge Outdoor for sporting goods, JCPenne for overall fashion products and Apple for consumer electronics.

• Sharon-Kaye Miller, HR Specialist, recently earned certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. The certification, awarded by the HR Certification Institute, signifies that Miller possesses the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resources management that demonstrates a mastery of the body of knowledge in the field. Miller has been with Coulter & Justus since 2005.

• Knoxville-area Tennessee Small Business Development Center will sponsor a free small business start-up seminar from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, May 4, and an IRS tax workshop from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 6. Tax workshop fee is $20 per person. Both programs will be held at Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, 17 Market Square. For more information, visit or call 865-246-2663.

• Food City president and CEO Steven C. Smith has been named 2009 Grocer of the Year by Nashville-based Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association at its annual convention, held in Knoxville April 16-18.

•Aleen “Ali” Swofford has qualified for the “Top of the Table” of the Million Dollar Round Table – The Premier Association of Financial Professionals. The status recognizes Swofford for demonstrating professional knowledge, client service and ethical conduct.

• Weichert, Realtors — Advantage Plus has announced the agency’s top producing agents for March 2009. Congratulations went to Top Listing Agent Terry Patton, Top Selling Agent Lilly Rayson and Company-wide Agent of the Month Christie Sox.

• Three West Knoxville area brokers and one local agency were recognized by Cariten Healthcare, a Humana affiliate, as being top 2008 producers. Benjamin Kelly was awarded the New and Overall Membership and New and Renewal Employer Groups award. Rocky Goode earned the Renewal Membership award. Douglas Mooney received the Best Overall Medical Loss Ratio award. Trinity Benefit Advisors won Agency of the Year honors.

• Ron Cain, chairman and CEO of TMSi Logistics, will be discussing LEGACY, a values-driven corporate program, at the Knoxville Chamber’s Market House Ballroom, 17 Market Square, Suite 201, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 5. To register, call 865-246-2622 or visit 

• Austen Sanders, a Realtor and associate Broker and Farragut resident, has joined Weichert, Realtors — Advantage Plus. Specializing in residential sales, she serves the Greater Knoxville area as a member of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors.

• Zane Hagy, president and founder of Oak Ridge-based z11 communications, announced the addition of Stephany Beane as the firm’s new project manager. Founded in January 2008, z11 communications is a firm that is focused on providing both non-traditional and traditional public relations and advertising services. During the first year of operations, z11 communications has worked with more than 50 regional companies and announced they have reached their three-year growth goals within the first year.

• Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 16, Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will be offering free rides on the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train to any current or former military person, including National Guard, Reserve and veterans.  Any form of proof of service will be accepted to get a ticket (discharge papers, military I.D. card, American Legion or VFW membership card, or an item of uniform). Trains will run at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. from East Tennessee Technology Park on Highway 58, about 10 miles west of downtown Oak Ridge. Normal ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 through 12. Reservations are suggested and riders are asked to be at the boarding site a half-hour before train time. Information and reservations are available at 865-241-2140.

• 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.


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