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• Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus will host a free seminar entitled “Solving Today’s Market,” at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 18, at 114 Lovell Road, Suite 112. Hosted by broker and owner Jeff Grebe, the session will feature guest speaker Weichert Financial Services, Gold Services Manager Tammy White. The seminar will focus on the buyer’s market, short sales and foreclosures.

• Pinnacle Financial Partners has named longtime Knoxville financial services professional Harvey White chairman and senior credit officer of Pinnacle Knoxville. White also will have broader credit responsibilities for all the Pinnacle operations statewide. White joins other members of Knoxville’s leadership team, Nathan Hunter, Pinnacle’s Knoxville president, and Mike DiStefano, executive vice president and client advisory manager.

• Local Kroger customers and associates raised more than $30,000 to benefit Feeding America’s local affiliate, Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, through the retailer’s “Bringing Hope to the Table” campaign that ran May 30 to June 13. 

• Belly Rubs Basset Rescue and Enchanted Lands Animal Rescue Inc., both of Knoxville, recently have joined other animal welfare organizations in the area that list their homeless pets on www.petfinder.com, the oldest and largest database of adoptable animals on the Internet.

• 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.”

• Rickey A. McCallum, a native of Knoxville and graduate of Farragut High School, has been named new director of operations for Dale Carnegie Training in East Tennessee. McCallum will coordinate Dale Carnegie services to businesses and individuals in the Knoxville area.  

• 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.

• 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.

• Debbie H. Jones, CPA and president/CEO of UT Federal Credit Union has been elected to a three-year term on Southeast Corporate Federal Credit Union’s Board. Jones also was elected as on officer and will be serving as the Board’s secretary. 

• 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.

• The Municipal Technical Advisory Service announced the appointment of East Ridge City attorney John Anderson to join its advisory committee in providing assistance to municipalities across the state of Tennessee. The advisory committee is composed of mayors, city managers and a representative of the Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association. 

• 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.

• 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 UT’s Graduate School of Medicine, becomes one of just three Knoxville-area surgeons to be elected as a member of the organization.

• 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.

 

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