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• Campbell Station Wine and Spirits will hold its grand re-opening celebration beginning at noon, Saturday, July 11. FISH Pantries will give out food to attendees and a Steinway piano will be on site.

• Fox Fitness will host its “Get Foxy Knoxville Walking and Wellness Program” final walk, from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m., Saturday, July 11. Walk supports CAREacter Star Athlete Program. Group will meet at Earthfare in Turkey Creek.

• Mercy Health Partners chief financial officer, Dave Nowiski, has been named the new Vice President, Finance, for Catholic Healthcare Partners in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

• Knoxville area Tennessee Small Business Development Center will conduct a free small business start-up seminar from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, July 13, at Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, 17 Market Square. Register at, via e-mail at or by phone at 865-246-2663.

• Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen announced the creation of a new Farragut Economic Development Committee. The Town is accepting applications from members of the business community who wish to serve on this volunteer committee; completed applications must be returned to the Town Hall by Friday, July 10. The Farragut Economic Development Committee is to advise the FBMA on strategies and opportunities for business development within the Town, and will develop a strategic plan for business development within the Town and actively pursue potential businesses consistent with this strategic plan. Applications are available at Town Hall information center, by calling 865-966-7057 or on the Town’s Web site at      

• One of only 54 participants selected nationwide for the Academy for Leadership and Development, Jonathan Fowler, dean of Liberal Arts at Pellissippi State Community College, recently completed the yearlong program, whose purpose is to “advance organizational leadership and provide succession planning for leaders in postsecondary institutions.”

• Stuart Anderson, project manager with George Armour Ewart Architect, has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design professional accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council. Anderson, a resident of Village Green subdivision, earned the accreditation by passing the LEED AP exam. He currently is working on the new Mercy Pavilion medical office building next to Baptist West Hospital.

• Membership of the Southern Surgical Association, known in the medical and surgical fields as one of the most prestigious regional surgical organizations in the nation, recently elected Dr. John L. Bell of The University of Tennessee Medical Center as a member. Bell, a surgical oncologist, director of UT Medical Center’s Cancer Institute and professor of the Department of Surgery for University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, becomes one of just three Knoxville-area surgeons to be elected as a member of the organization.

• Veteran Knoxville banker David Dooley has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a financial advisor in its client advisory group. Dooley most recently served as a senior vice president in First Tennessee’s commercial banking division.

• Wendy Schopp, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Farragut, recently was named a WINGS (Women’s Initiative for New Growth Strategies) Early Success Coach and will prepare new associates as they study for a career as an Edward Jones financial advisor.

• Dr. Jimmy Clarke Kimball, a Knoxville pediatrician, David L. Manning, former director of finance for Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, and Dr. Joshua Williams, a Knoxville clinical psychologist, have joined the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Justice Center.

• Two physicians at The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine were the first in Tennessee to perform procedures to ablate liver tumors using microwave ablation technology. Keith D. Gray, M.D. and J. Mark McKinney, M.D performed microwave ablation, a relatively new hepatic ablation technique in the U.S. MW ablation uses targeted microwave energy to agitate water molecules in cells causing high frictional heat—up to 150 degrees Celsius, thus killing the cells in the tumor.  In short, the technology kills the cancerous cells by boiling them. 

• Jaguar XT5, a Cray high-performance computing system component at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, remains the world’s fastest supercomputer for unclassified research, according to a roster released in June in Hamburg. The TOP500 list named four machines at the ORNL computing complex among the world’s 25 swiftest. All told, five Oak Ridge machines made the list.

• 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.

• Lawrence “Larry” M. Sparks recently was named federal classification officer for the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office. Sparks serves as the DOE field element responsible for administering the classification program at DOE’s Oak Ridge Office.

• 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.

• Martin Keller has been named to lead the Biological and Environmental Sciences Directorate at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Keller will integrate the directorate’s biological capabilities with high-performance computing, nanotechnology and catalysis with a thrust toward integrating ecological and molecular environmental research in climate and carbon modeling.

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

• 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.

• 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.


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