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• Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale named a West Knox County bridge Monday, June 1, in honor of Col. and Mrs. Bill Felton. Felton was instrumental in bring the East Tennessee Veteran’s Memorial to Knoxville. The bridge is located just west of the intersection of Concord Road and Northshore Drive.

• First Tennessee recently hired Jeff Reed as vice president and investment officer in the bank’s brokerage division. Before joining First Tennessee, Reed spent 13 years as vice president and financial consultant for Charles Schwab & Company, Inc. Reed is a native Knoxvillian and member of the Rotary Club of Farragut.

• The City of Gatlinburg will hold its annual Independence Day parade at 12:01 a.m., the first minute of July 4, with entertainers, floats, balloons and fireworks. This year, Gatlinburg also will recreate the Sept. 2, 1940 presidential motorcade of Franklin D. Roosevelt as it traveled through Gatlinburg when FDR officially dedicated the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary. David Keith, Golden Globe-nominated actor and Tennessee native, will portray FDR in the reenactment, which will lead the 34th Annual 4th of July Midnight Parade.

• The Bed Store chain of East Tennessee, a leading mattress retailer, announced it has been chosen by Serta to be their exclusive dealer in this area for their new “green” line of mattresses. Serta has produced a line of mattresses that are environmentally friendly at every stage of construction. They are composed of plant-based foams that release no harmful Volatile Organic Compounds, and every innerspring coil unit is made from 95 percent recycled steel. Along with this line, The Bed Store also will be the exclusive dealer for the new “Better Homes and Gardens” brand line of bedding. Because of the change over of lines, The Bed Store will have a floor model sale with prices slashed as much as 60 percent. Visit to see The Bed Store’s eight East Tennessee locations.

• Local University of Tennessee senior, Julie Fincher, opened a babysitter service business, Babysitter Express, May 3. Babysitter Express services Knoxville and the surrounding areas and is dedicated to providing an enjoyable babysitting experience for every infant, child, and pre-teen under the care of its childcare professionals. For more information, visit

• As part of National Nurses Week, May 6-12, The University of Tennessee Medical Center named 17 outstanding nurses as 2009 Nurse Excellence Award winners. The nurses were nominated by their peers and recognized by physicians, leadership and fellow nurses at the medical center during a breakfast held in their honor. Julia Ferguson, BSN, RN, Medical Critical Care, won the Novice Nurse Award; Loretta Smithers, RN, CDN, Dialysis, received the Nurse Management Award; and Chris West, RN, CNOR, Operating Room, received the Nurse Educator Award. Other 2009 Nurse Excellence Award Winners include Randy Booth, BSN, RN, CNOR, Operating Room; Teresa Burns, RN, Medical Nephrology; Vicky Coulter, BSN, RN, 3 South Operating Room; Tina Kelley, RNC, Endoscopy; Linda Margeson, RN, HRM, Emergency Department; Sharon Pressley, RN, CNOR, Peri-Operative Unit; Julie Rairigh-Wolfenbarger, BSN, RN, Neuro/Stroke Unit; Kathleen Schroeder, RN, RNC-MNN, Mother Baby Unit; Chad Sims, RN, CFRN, LIFESTAR; Angela Smith, RN, BC, Surgical Critical Care; Angela Wimsatt, RN, Orthopedics; Jackie Herber, RN, CCRN, Tony Reso, BSN, RN, and Emma Taylor, BSN, RN, from Medical Critical Care.

• Peerless Restaurant, 320 N. Peters Road, and William Harrison Imports will host a wine dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 5, featuring the Parados/Legado Vineyard. To reserve a space, call 865-691-4699.

• Jubilee Banquet Facility has recently hired a new, experienced executive chef to cater all its events. Knoxville native Chef Greg Austin’s background is quite impressive: he began his career working for Chef Simmerman at Club LeConte, worked under Wolfgang Puck opening some of his cafes, including Spago, in Beverly Hills, and worked for Wolfgang Puck Catering on Hollywood and Highland doing such events as the Academy Awards, movie premiers and celebrity weddings.

• Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union opened the doors to its newest location Monday, May 18. The new Lenoir City Branch is located at 455 Market Drive, next to Bojangles. The new Lenoir City Branch is a full-service branch providing banking services in all areas including: savings, checking, auto loans, mortgages, home equity loans, lines of credit, certificate accounts, IRAs and much more. Lobby and drive-thru hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday.

• Food City has announced customers soon will see the return of Farmbest Milk, a regional favorite. Farmbest was introduced in the late 1960s and found strong popularity with consumers in following decades. The returning line will include a variety of products such as milk, sour cream, cottage cheese, yogurt, dips, orange juice and tea. Farmbest products will be produced in London, Ky., by Flav-O-Rich Dairies. Food City plans to distribute a variety of coupons and implement promotional pricing.


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