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• Veteran financial services professionals Susie Munsey and Debbie Spade have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners. Munsey, a service specialist, brings 30 years of experience to her role from SunTrust Bank. Spade brings 29 years of experience to her role of financial advisor assistant. She comes most recently from United Community Bank in Knoxville, where she served as an executive corporate assistant to the Tennessee regional president.

• The town of Farragut is asking citizens to participate in a brief, online questionnaire to assist in identifying economic development opportunities for the Town. The “Farragut Economic Development Questionnaire” can be accessed at by clicking on the “Citizen Feedback” tab on the home page. Please contact Interim Town Administrator Gary Palmer at or 865-966-7057 for more information.

• National Public Radio member station WUOT 91.9 FM received 10 awards at the East Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Golden Press Card Awards, including the group’s highest honor for community service. WUOT, which is licensed to The University of Tennessee received the 2009 Horace V. Wells Jr. Community Service Award for “My Life. My Vote,” a series featuring the reflections of eight East Tennesseans who take their voting rights seriously and exercise those rights.

• First Tennessee Bank is celebrating Business Appreciation Month by giving away $500 a day throughout the month of May. It is part of the bank’s effort to recognize area businesses for their contribution to the local community and the economy. Through the end of May, businesses can register online for daily $500 drawings. Just one entry is necessary per business for the chance to win any time throughout the month of May. In addition to the cash prizes, First Tennessee has scheduled Business Appreciation Days throughout the month at various financial centers, offering customers coffee, doughnuts and commemorative coffee mugs.

• Mercy Health Partners President and CEO Debra London announced that Pat Medley has been honored as the first “Mercy Woman of the Year.” The presentation was made at the announcement of the Mercy Wellnesse for Women program, a new initiative to deliver quality, seamless, integrated healthcare to women and their families. In presenting the award, London listed many of Medley’s community activities including her many years as an English and foreign language teacher at Doyle, Bearden and Fulton high schools.

• Chris Cimino, assistant vice president for budgeting for The Univers-ity of Tennes-see system, has been named vice chancellor for finance and administration for the Knoxville campus. Cimino, 37, has worked for UT for 12 years and has served as assistant vice president and chief budget officer for the UT system for the past two years. He will begin his new role July 1.

• The Tennessee Association of Realtors will hold its annual Educators Conference for both instructors and educators July 28-29. The conference will take place at the TAR headquarters, 901 19th Ave. S., in Nashville.

• First Tennessee Bank is launching a new checking account with features not always found elsewhere. Premier Checking is an interest-bearing account that provides free ATM use anywhere in the U.S., through reimbursement for ATM fees charged by other banks. Other account benefits include interest rate bonuses on CDs, free banking online with bill pay, free checks, two overdraft fee waivers per year and discounted safe deposit box fees.

• The City of Knoxville will host the American Quilter’s Society International Quilt Expo July 22-25. As part of the convention, area merchants will have the opportunity to participate in the AQS Window Dressing Contest. Application deadline for the contest is June 1. Completion deadline for window submissions is July 1, and judging for the contest will be in early July with a special awards ceremony to take place the week of July 21. There is no fee to participate and the contest is open to all area merchants with prior approval. For an application or for additional information, contact Alice Fleenor at 865- 523-7263 or by visiting

• Mountain Commerce Bank announced the promotion of six of its key personnel. The bank’s chief financial officer, Kenneth W. Adams, was named executive vice president. Kevin W. Horne was promoted to executive vice president and area president for Northeast Tennessee. Vice president Barbara Broshears was promoted to chief compliance officer. Regenia B. Ellis was promoted to assistant vice president and will serve as corporate secretary. Assistant vice president Whit Whitehurst has been named special assets manager, and Michael Saporito was appointed banking officer in the commercial banking division.

• Jim May has joined Parkwest Medical Center as its director of human resources. In this position, he will lead the Parkwest and Peninsula HR department and oversee Occupational Health Services. He is originally from Knoxville and has 16 years of executive level HR experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education and in human resource development and business administration from The University of Tennessee. May also has a Master’s degree in organizational management and development. 

• The Department of Energy announced that 87 new employees have reported to work at the Oak Ridge Transuranic Waste Processing Center as a result of jobs being created with American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funding. 

• BB&T Corporation announced a plan to repay all of its preferred stock and warrants invested in the company through the U.S. Treasury’s TARP Capital Purchase Plan. “I am pleased to announce that BB&T is poised to be one of the first large financial institutions to repay the government investment,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Kelly S. King. BB&T’s board of directors also declared the third quarter 2009 dividend of $.15 per share, a 68 percent reduction compared to the third quarter last year. The dividend will be paid Aug. 3 to shareholders of record as of July 10. The action to reduce the dividend preserves approximately $725 million in capital on an annualized basis.

• Limited time remains to reserve a booth at the 90th-annual Tennessee Valley Fair. Booth spaces are available for lease in the air-conditioned Jacob’s Building for as little as $360 for all 10 days of the Fair. Exhibitor booths give businesses exposure to thousands of visitors, and are excellent for retail or wholesale businesses, non-profits and homemade products and crafts. The Tennessee Valley Fair will be held Sept. 5-14.

• The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation has received a $10,000 grant from the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition to support transportation funding for breast cancer patients who are in need of financial support to travel for their treatment. This donation will enable TMPCF to offer complimentary gasoline cards to breast cancer patients across the state of Tennessee whose travel to treatment poses financial hardship.

• AC Entertainment received the Small Business Excellence Award during the Knoxville Chamber Partnership’s Pinnacle Awards ceremony and a Pauly Award as Top Knoxville Attraction of the Year from Knoxville Tourism Alliance for the AC-produced live radio show “Tennessee Shines.” AC Entertainment also was selected as one of the Hot 100 Businesses in Tennessee by BusinessTN magazine in late 2008. These awards follow the company’s recent acquisition of Nashville-based concert promotion company Great Big Shows.


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