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• Thompson Cancer Survival Center has opened another PET Imaging Center at its downtown facility, 1915 White Ave. Thompson Cancer Survival Center West at 9711 Sherrill Blvd. was the first facility in the area, and second in the entire world, with a high-speed LSO PET scanner.

• Citizens Bank of Blount County president and CEO, Joe Bruce, announced the election of John G. Proffitt as chairman of the Board at the April 14 Board of Directors meeting. Proffitt, newly retired as an appraiser with the Department of Transportation, has served on the Board since 1989. Also elected to Board positions were Leon Shields as vice chairman and Jim Warren as secretary. Gaynell Lawson was elected as assistant secretary and treasurer. 

• Knoxville Area Tennessee Small Business Development Center will sponsor GrassRoots Marketing Boot Camp II: Untangling the Web, from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, June 23, at Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, 17 Market Square. To register, call 865-246-2663 or visit

• Dr. John W. Ragsdale IV, serving as chief resident in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at The University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, was named Resident of the Year for 2008-09. He is the son of John and Becky Ragsdale of Farragut.

• Aaron G. Margulies, MD, FACS, is a certified participant in The Mastery of Breast Surgery Pilot Program, administered by The American Society of Breast Surgeons. The program is based on the need for ongoing quality improvement in the practice of breast surgery. It was developed to document quality outcomes in patient care and for individual breast surgeons to track and report their performance on both benign and malignant cases on a continuous basis.

• On the third Saturday of each month through September, Southern Appalachia Railway Museum rolls out its Secret City Scenic classic dinner train for a 6 p.m. departure of a one-and-a-half hour ride back to the golden era of American railroading. Diners will start the ride seated in the former Southern Railway coach Fort Oglethorpe, which was built in 1947. Reservations well in advance are required; call 865-241-2140. Seating is limited.

• Businesspeople interested in gathering valuable advice from Disney insiders are invited to register for the Disney Keys to Excellence Program July 21 at The University of Tennessee. The one-day workshop is being offered through the College of Business Administration’s Center for Executive Education from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Carolyn P. Brown University Center. Cost is $395, which includes course materials and food. Use the promotional code UTKAEE to receive $50 off per guest; group discounts also are available. For more information and to register, call 877-544-2384 or visit

• Sam Swan, professor and director of internationalization and outreach for the College of Communication and Information at The University of Tennessee, has been named the recipient of the 2009 Edward L. Bliss Award for Distinguished Broadcast Journalism Education. The award, given by the Radio-Television Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, recognizes an electronic journalism educator who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the field in the areas of teaching, service and scholarship.

• James “Jaco” Vandermerwe has been named General Manager at Land Rover-Jaguar-Porsche of Chattanooga, owned by the Sam Furrow family in Knoxville. Vandermerwe, previously with Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville, is a graduate of ETSU Business College with nearly 20 years of management experience in the luxury automotive industry.

• Sandra Yancey, founder and CEO of eWomenNetwork, an international women’s networking organization, will be in Knoxville Tuesday, June 16, at the Foundry on the Fair Site. Sandra will share her own special insights for how you need to re-think, re-align, re-calculate and re-imagine your approach to the recession.

• The former site of Hollywood Video off Kingston Pike sold recently to Southeastern Fertility Clinic, according to Jim Staley, Coldwell Banker, Wallace & Wallace.

• Throughout the month of April, each of Cedar Springs Christian Stores’ three locations, customers made donations to the National Kidney Foundation Serving East Tennessee. Monday, June 3, Cedar Springs presented Kidney Foundation division president, Helen Harb, a check for $3,000.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College hosted its annual ceremony recognizing employees for outstanding service, longevity and retirement April 23. The Excellence in Teaching Award went to Mary Nietling, associate professor of English at the Division Street Campus. The Innovations Award, which carried with it a $1,000 prize, was awarded to the team of Kathy Douthat, Joan Newman, Ann Satkowiak, Rosalyn Tillman and Gayle Wood. Mary Monroe-Ellis, dean of Transitional Studies, received $1,000 as the 2009 Gene Joyce Visionary. Additional award winners: Outstanding Technical/Service/ Maintenance Employee — Gail Maples; Outstanding Support Professional — Yolanda Roebuck; Outstanding Administrator — Rachael Cragle; Outstanding Full-time Faculty — Martha Merrill; Outstanding Adjunct Faculty — Fred Draper. Each winner received $100.

• Moxley Carmichael, a leading public relations agency based in Knoxville, recently promoted Lauren Christ to account executive. Christ started as a public relations intern at Moxley Carmichael during a summer break from the University of Florida. She returned to the firm as a public relations specialist following graduation.

• First Tennessee recently named Luke Herron manager of the Fountain City financial center. Before joining First Tennessee in 2007, Herron served as a mortgage broker for Elite Mortgage Services and previously as a loan originator with Edfinancial Services. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business organization management from Maryville College in 2002. Herron currently resides in the Hardin Valley, where he has lived for 29 years.

• Sperry Van Ness/R.M. Moore, LLC is merging with Conversion Properties, another local powerhouse in commercial real estate. The principals of the two firms, Roger Moore and Joe Petre, share a combined commitment to customer-centric service at all levels of their respective organizations, which Moore says is one of the reasons why the merger is such a perfect fit. Moore and Petre will jointly manage the merged organization, which is retaining the Sperry Van Ness/R.M. Moore name.  

• Julia Wood, director of marketing and communications at Pellissippi State Technical Community College, was elected vice president of the Tennessee College Public Relations Association at the group’s spring conference in Clarksville May 14. Wood came to Pellissippi State in 1994.

• The second annual shareholders’ meeting for Foothills Bank and Trust provided positive feedback on a Maryville branch. The bank’s assets increased from $41,788,504 to $70,781,151, a 69.4 percent increase for the year. According to data compiled by FDIC, Foothills Bank and Trust outperformed 67 percent of banks chartered in 2007 and were exceptionally competitive among institutions in similar markets and even larger cities. The bank also added three new facilities in 2008: a branch at 2430 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, a drive-thru facility at 214 Kellar Lane and a loan production office in Farragut, 116 Glenleigh Court.

• The Big Belly Solar Powered Trash Compactor is being tested on Market Square until the end of June. The solar powered trash can and compactor needs no direct sunlight to operate and can run for a day on the equivalent energy it takes to make a piece of toast. Keep Knoxville Beautiful partnered with the City of Knoxville Public Service Department to bring this clean technology to the downtown area during the peak season that encompasses Sundown in the City and the Farmers Market. The unit is no larger than an ordinary trashcan, but it can hold five times the volume. The increased capacity can reduce collection trips, thus reducing fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 percent.

• Girl Scouts announces the appointment of Booth Andrews Kammann as the chief executive officer of the new Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians. Kammann is an attorney with the Kaousias Firm in Knoxville. She previously held management positions for a decade at Holrob Commercial Realty LLC and is a licensed real estate broker in both Tennessee and Kentucky.

 • The Adult Education Program at Pellissippi State Technical Community College offers GED preparation and many other services to help you improve your job status and/or earnings, and is available year-round to anyone age 17 or older. Students can attend classes days or evenings on such topics as adult literacy, basic workplace skills, GED preparation and official practice tests, beginning and fast-track skills development, English for speakers of other languages and college placement test preparation. For more information, visit

 • Realtor Patti Whalen of Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus has been accepted as a member of the National Association of Professional Women, an organization providing networking opportunities to professional women.

• BB&T Corporation has introduced an enhanced investment management process for clients of BB&T’s award-winning Wealth Management division. Based on the state-of-the-art “unified management account” platform, the enhanced process will provide clients with a single, unified view of their entire investment strategy among other benefits. It will allow BB&T’s local portfolio managers to more closely monitor all facets of their clients’ portfolio, including asset allocation based on investment preferences and tax implication management.

• CarMax, Inc. kicked off volunteer efforts across the United States to support the communities where our associates live and work. During June, hundreds of CarMax associates will volunteer in teams for non-profit organizations, such as Boys and Girls Clubs, Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity.  

• Enrichment Federal Credit Union will be hosting Community Shred Days during the month of June at each of its area offices. Cintas, the document shredding company, will be on site to shred any personal documents you may have in your home. Shred Days will be held at the Northshore branch, 9414 S. Northshore Drive, and Kingston Branch, 1009 Bradford Way, Friday, June 19 and the Oak Ridge branch, 201 S. Illinois Ave. and North branch, 5201 Schubert Road, Friday, June 26.

• 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.

• 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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