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• Knoxville engineers Steve Bostic, PE, vice president of Lamar Dunn & Associates, Inc., and David Harrell, PE, vice president and office manager of Vaughn & Melton, Inc., recently were elected and installed as officers of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee for 2009-2010. Bostic, a Farragut resident, will serve as president-elect and Harrell will serve as secretary of the organization that represents more than 110 engineering firms in Tennessee.

• Professional Project Services, Inc. announced the promotion of Raymond K. Alexander to senior vice president and manager of its Engineering Division and the promotion of Douglas J. Allen to senior vice president and manager of its Environmental Division.

• Hampton Hotels has honored Jim Wineinger, night auditor at Hampton Inn – Knoxville West, with the company’s Spirit of Hampton Award. This award signifies Wineinger as a top performer within Hampton Hotels. Nominated by their peers because of exemplary loyalty, attitude and service, the chosen team members continually exceed expectations of both customers and fellow team members. Less than one percent of all Hampton Hotels team members internationally receive this honor each year. 

• Despite challenges in the financial sector, Mountain Commerce Bank improved earnings during the first quarter of 2009. MCB’s earnings for the first quarter of 2009 were $397,000 before tax and $254,460 after tax, as compared to a net loss of $964,476 for the same period last year. As of March 31, 2009, MCB’s revenue totaled $5.1 million, in contrast to $4.4 million for the same quarter last year. Net interest margins, total loans and total deposits also improved over last years’ first quarter numbers.

• Joan Pace has joined Closet Solutions as a senior designer specializing in closets, window treatments and decorative hardware for the home. She brings with her 10-plus years of design experience from Fireside Hearth & Home.

• There are new officers heading the Board of Leadership Knoxville following the Board’s annual meeting. Mintha Roach, president of Knoxville Utilities Board, is the new chairman of the Board. Tim Young, president and CEO of Summit Medical Group, is the new vice chair and Danny Pressley, vice president of Lattimore, Black, Morgan & Cain, P.C., will serve as secretary/treasurer. 

• SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. welcomes Mortgage Loan Consultant Terri Lawson to SunTrust Financial Center, 9950 Kingston Pike. With a total of 19 years experience in retail banking and financial services, Lawson brings more than seven years of mortgage experience to the SunTrust Mortgage team.

• Roger “Scott” Frank has been named chief of the Payment Services Branch in the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge office Financial Service Center.

• Town of Farragut is accepting applications from members of the community who wish to serve on one of four newly-formed citizen committees. Completed applications must be returned to Town Hall by Friday, July 10. Applications will be accepted for the Community Center Study Committee, Town of Farragut 30th Anniversary Committee, Recycling Facility Study Committee and Knox County Schools Liaison Committee. Applications and information about each of the committees are available by calling 865-966-7057, on the Town’s Web site at or at Town Hall Information Center.

• Randy Martin, a registered professional engineer with 17 years of engineering experience, eight of them in branch management, has been named manager of S&ME’s Knoxville branch. S&ME is a leading engineering, testing and environmental firm with 22 offices in the Southeast and has operated a Knoxville branch since 1988.

• The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees has approved a $1.8 billion budget for fiscal year 2010 that includes one-time federal stimulus funding and increases tuition at every campus. Trustees at the Board’s annual meeting in Knoxville also approved Acting UT President Jan Simek’s plans for an initial phase of reorganization of the UT System administrative structure. The University has been preparing for a $65.6 million cut in state appropriations, and that cut is reflected in the FY 2010 budget, which went into effect July 1.

• Joy R. Spencer, a native of Knoxville, has joined Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus serving the residential needs of clients in Knox County and surrounding areas.

• The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge office has named Butch Brant as team lead for the Human Capital Assessment Group. Brant will be responsible for leading and implementing the ORO federal employee training and development programs, and oversight of all ORO contractor training and qualification programs for nuclear and non-nuclear facilities.

• The City of Knoxville will use part of a $2.012 million federal stimulus grant to try to establish a single-stream, curbside recycling program for residents. In addition to the recycling effort, the City wants to use funds from the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant Program – part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – to support seven different energy and conservation related initiatives.

• Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus has announced the company’s top agents for May 2009. Congratulations went to top selling agent Ella Kozyr, to the team of Elizabeth McDaniel and J. Corbitt, who share the top listing honor, and to company-wide agent of the month Terry Patton.

• New giving opportunities have been announced for the Clayton Center for the Arts currently under construction on the Maryville College campus. While spaces in and around the Clayton Center still are available for naming, naming opportunities for smaller features of the facility have been decided, according to Robert Hutchens, executive director of Clayton Center. Seats in the main performance hall may be named for anyone the donor chooses. Donors also may “purchase” pavers that will be installed in the outdoor plaza.

• Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. reported it has completed the previously announced registered offering of 8,855,000 shares of common stock, which includes 1,155,000 shares issued pursuant to the underwriters’ over-allotment option. The offering resulted in net proceeds of approximately $109.1 million.

• Business and Community Services at Pellissippi State Community College is offering a ServSafe Food Safety course. The eight-hour course meets the requirements for manager certification in the food service industry; students who pass the class qualify for a ServSafe certificate valid for five years. Kashi Farmer, food scientist and owner of White Glove Restaurant Solutions, is the instructor. Upcoming course date is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, July 20. Participants must register 10 days before class begins; to register, visit

• A community-wide effort initiated by a well known Knoxville garden enthusiast has resulted in a beautiful, peaceful setting for all patients, families and staff at The University of Tennessee Medical Center. The Healing Garden is a 4,500 square foot landscaped garden with seating areas and a cascading water feature located in a courtyard just beyond the cafeteria at the medical center. It provides a spot for those at the medical center to promote healing and recovery during their visit. Black Fox Farms and Stanley’s Greenhouse donated many of the plants, shrubs and trees. Ross/Fowler donated the architectural design for the landscaping and a group of 17 volunteers, students from UT’s Green T Club, spent a Saturday in April planting about 600 annuals, flowers, shrubs and trees.

• The East Tennessee Development District Board of Directors recognized former Farragut Mayor Eddy Ford with an award for outstanding service on the ETDD Executive Committee from 2001-2009, 2010 at the 42nd Annual Awards Banquet, held at the Museum of Appalachia in Norris June 4.

• FirstBank has hired veteran banker Jim Piercey to head up its Knoxville operations. Piercey will serve as FirstBank’s Knoxville city president and will play a key role in overseeing FirstBank’s expansion plans in the Knoxville market. He joins FirstBank with 40 years’ experience in the banking industry where he has held various roles, including regional manager for Regions/Union Planters Bank in Knoxville. Piercey is the chairman of the Knoxville Habitat for Humanity and is on the board of the Knox Area Rescue Ministry.

• AAA announces the launch of its new senior safety and mobility Web site, The Web site, which includes content and resources based upon extensive research, provides families of older drivers with valuable information related to senior mobility challenges and tools to help extend safe driving, and assist in difficult discussions about transitioning from driver to passenger.

• The East Tennessee Development District Board of Directors recognized former Farragut Mayor Eddy Ford with an award for outstanding service on the ETDD Executive Committee from 2001-2009, 2010 at the 42nd Annual Awards Banquet held at the Museum of Appalachia in Norris June 4. ETDD also installed Becky Ruppe, Morgan County Executive, to serve as chair of the ETDD Board of Directors for fiscal year 2009-10. ETDD also installed Rex Lynch, Anderson County Mayor, to serve as vice-chair, Mike Farmer, Roane County Executive, to serve as secretary and Rick Keeton, Scott County Mayor, to serve as treasurer.

• AT&T Tennessee delivered a check for $466,628 to the Tennessee Regulatory Authority for the Tennessee Relay Service and the Telecommunications Devices Access Program.  TNRS and TDAP are services administered by the Tennessee Regulatory Authority to provide free or low cost services for qualifying Tennesseans with disabilities.  

• Barbara Bolton-Budlong, scholarship chair of the Knoxville Association of Women Executives, presented two $1,000 scholarships at the June meeting. The winners were: Katie Bigarel, graduate of Elon College, attending Columbia University in the Doctorate in Physical Therapy program in the fall and Cara Hauk, a graduate student in Physical Therapy at UT Chattanooga, who plans to work abroad in Haiti at a free clinic when she graduates.

• Michael B. Swain, chairman of The First National Bank of Oneida, was installed as chairman of the Tennessee Bankers Association during ceremonies at the closing banquet of the organization’s 119th Annual Meeting.

• The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office has named Tim J. Southard director of the Oak Ridge Financial Service Center. He is responsible for management and direction of the accounting and financial reporting activities for the Oak Ridge office, as well as oversight of the accounting operations at six Management and Operating contractors whose annual budgets total approximately $3.5B.

• The Y-12 National Security Complex and The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services Procurement Technical Assistance Center join with a host of East Tennessee agencies including the City of Knoxville’s Purchasing Department to sponsor the third annual East Tennessee Veterans’ Business Conference. Theme of this conference is “Increasing Opportunities for Veteran-Owned Businesses,” and will be held at the New Hope Center, 602 Scarboro Road in Oak Ridge, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4. Purpose of the Veterans’ Business Conference is to increase business opportunities for service-disabled veterans and veteran-owned small businesses. All small business owners are welcome to attend. U.S. Congressman Zach Wamp and the State of Tennessee Commissioner John Keys have agreed to serve as honorary co-chairs of the Conference. Deadline for registration is July 28; call 1-888-763-7439.

• During June, National Housing Month, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of East Tennessee offers free pre-purchase counseling, homebuyer education workshops and online education programs. These programs include one-on-one counseling, online education, webinars and even podcasts. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-330-CCCS (2227) or visit

• Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus will host a free seminar, “Solving Today’s Market,” beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 20, at 114 Lovell Road, Suite 112. Guest speaker will be Tammy White, gold services manager, Weichert financial services. Seminar will focus on the buyer’s market, short sales and foreclosures. For more information or to make a reservation, call 865-474-7100.

• The Mercy Health Partners Board of Directors has determined that it is no longer economically feasible to build a replacement hospital on the Baptist Riverside campus.  The unanimous decision not to rebuild followed a six-month strategic planning process which included extensive interviews with physicians, staff, volunteers and community leaders as well as an exhaustive review of financial data, market trends and emerging national policy. Mercy administration emphasized that the Medical Office Buildings on the Riverside campus will remain open and that it expects most of the physicians who have practices on the Riverside campus to remain in their current offices.

• Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. announced it has commenced a public offering of up to $100 million of shares of its common stock pursuant to Pinnacle Financial’s effective shelf registration statement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Raymond James & Associates, Inc. will serve as the representative of the underwriters for this offering. The underwriters also have the option to purchase up to an additional 15 percent of the offered amount of common stock from Pinnacle at the public offering price, less underwriting discounts and commissions, within 30 days.

• 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 on 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


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