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• Retirement Financial Solutions announces Carolyn Sherritze has joined the team as its newest insurance agent. Sherritze has been in the financial services industry for more than 30 years and spent the last 20 years in her previous position as a fixed annuities agent at Home Federal Bank of Tennessee.

• Runner’s Market in Farragut is participating in the state’s sales-tax free weekend, Aug. 7-9. The Market will feature a sidewalk sale those days with additional specials and markdowns. Shoes, apparel and socks under $100 are tax-free. 

• Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon has been named one of the nation’s Top 50 engineering and architecture firms in “Building Design + Construction” magazine’s 2009 “Giants 300” survey. BWSC ranked 31st among engineer/architecture firms, holding its position from the 2008 survey.

• BB&T Corporation reported net income for the second quarter of 2009 totaling $208 million and net income available to common shareholders totaling $121 million, or $.20 per diluted common share, compared with $428 million, or $.78 per diluted common share, earned during the second quarter of 2008. Results for the second quarter of 2009 produced annualized returns on average assets and average common shareholders’ equity of .56 percent and 3.43 percent, respectively.

• Mercy Health Partners announced Alan Watson has been appointed chief executive officer at Baptist Hospital West effective Aug. 1. Watson is currently CEO of the St. Mary’s Medical Centers in Campbell and Scott counties.

• Randy Rainwater, a registered professional engineer, has been promoted to the post of manager of the construction materials laboratory of S&ME’s Knoxville branch. Rainwater joined S&ME in 2006 with 15 years of experience.  He holds BS and MS degrees in agricultural engineering from The University of Tennessee. 

• CrossFit Knoxville, 9355 Kingston Pike, Suite 21, is offering boot camps featuring Navy Seal-type training. Camps are held in five-week sets. The Market Place business opened in March. For more information, call 865-356-9000.

• Bonefish Grill announces a community fundraising program, in conjunction with Muscular Dystrophy Association, to help fight muscular dystrophy diseases. Through Aug. 6, guests can support muscular dystrophy research with a private donation at the end of their meals. Bonefish Grill restaurants aim to raise $250,000 to benefit MDA.

• Knoxville Center will host an Opportunity Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, Thursday, July 30. Free event is sponsored by disABILITY Resource Center.

• Carl Barker, PE, LEED AP, and Jeffrey Carter, Associate AIA, LEED AP, of Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc., have recently received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional status. Barker is a structural engineer and Carter is a CAD/D operator, both in the firm’s Knoxville office.

• Lamar Dunn, PE, president and founder of Lamar Dunn & Associates, Inc., Knoxville, and Mike Stomer, PG, vice president and Knoxville branch manager of S&ME, Inc., have received Presidential Citations in recognition of their efforts on behalf of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee and the engineering profession.

• C. Scott Callicutt, M.D., recently joined Premier Surgical Associates, headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., and the region’s largest surgical group. Callicutt specializes in vascular surgery. He will practice at the group’s Parkwest and St. Mary’s offices.

• Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus has implemented a cell phone shopping tool for prospective homebuyers. The direct cell phone application provides access to more than two million listings on The site provides the same search experience as Weichert’s traditional Web site, and the light and streamlined site design ensures a fast load time.

• South College recently named Mark Haub to the post of chief financial officer. Haub’s responsibilities include long-range budgeting and strategic planning for future growth.

• Melody Scott, a registered nurse, has been named resident services director at Morning Pointe of Lenoir City, an assisted living and Alzheimer’s memory care community located at 198 Morning Pointe Drive. In her role as resident services director, Scott will oversee and ensure the delivery of quality resident care services.

• Parkwest Medical Center employee Alex Collazo recently received the hospital’s annual 10-Foot Award for consistently being upbeat, positive and helpful to everyone he encounters. The 10-Foot Award is supported by The Wayne Heatherly Excellence in Patient Care Endowment, established by family, friends, colleagues, medical staff and employees in recognition of the more than two decades Heatherly led Parkwest. This award commemorates a hallmark of Heatherly’s administration: no employee should be within ten feet of another employee, volunteer, patient or visitor without acknowledging each other in a pleasant manner.

• 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, 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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