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• Jenessa Kemp has been named life enrichment director for Morning Pointe of Lenoir City, a 59-unit assisted living and Alzheimer’s memory care community located at 198 Morning Pointe Drive. Kemp will coordinate and lead specialized programs and activities to engage residents as well as enhance their quality of life. Kemp received her bachelor’s degree in music and theatre from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, in 2002. She currently performs with the Knoxville Opera. She resides in Oak Ridge with her husband, Sam, and two children, Ethan and Charlotte.

• Second Harvest Food Bank will host the second annual East Tennessee Irish Festival from 1 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22, at World’s Fair Park. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for The University of Tennessee students, police officers and firefighters. Kids ages 12 and under are free.

• First Tennessee recently hired Robert “Rob” Masengill as vice president in the bank’s corporate banking division. Masengill has nearly 15 years of experience in corporate banking, including positions with SunTrust in Morristown and Chattanooga and with BB&T in Knoxville. He currently resides in Farragut with his wife, Shana.

• Farragut resident Charles Sells has joined the Tennessee branch of AXA Advisors, LLC. He will work with individuals and business owners to help them define their financial goals and will provide strategies, products and services to help them work toward their objectives.

• Parkwest recently introduced Lori Myers as its new capacity and flow manager. Her position has direct leadership responsibilities for house supervision and float pool while working directly with the bed board to assure patient flow and capacity are maximized. Myers has been with Parkwest since 1993 where she began as a nurse in SCU.

• Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus has announced the agency’s top producing agents for July 2009: top listing agent Dorothy Allison, top selling agent Susannah Dunn and company-wide agent of the month Lilly Rayson.

• Coulter & Justus, P.C. announces the promotion of Todd Harms to principal.  The principal position at Coulter & Justus, P.C. represents the highest level of accomplishment and responsibility. This distinction recognizes an individual for his experience, expertise and service to client and the firm.  

• The Little Gym of Farragut announces Gary Honaker as its new gym director. He received his M.S. degree in sports administration from The University of Tennessee. Honaker previously was executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Blount County.

• Rodefer Moss & Co, PLLC, announces the following promotions and staff additions: Carey Jarvis has been promoted to manager; Robert Cooper joined Rodefer Moss as a senior auditor. Demetri Demus joined Rodefer Moss as an audit associate. Brittany Greene joined Rodefer Moss as a marketing and recruiting coordinator. Steve Rothgeb joined Rodefer Moss as a supervising senior auditor.

• Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics welcomes Dr. Chris Shaver to the Lenoir City office. Shaver is trained in orthopaedic trauma, fellowship trained in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery, and is a candidate member of both the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine. He will see patients full-time at TOC’s Lenoir City location.

• The University of Tennessee Extension will present a food safety workshop and field and packing house mock audit from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 20, at R & C Farms.

• Wardley Homes LLC is West Knoxville’s newest licensed residential contractor. After 20 years working as the builder and qualifying agent for his retiring father at Wardley Properties, Inc., Jim Wardley, with wife, Teresa, broker of Wardley Real Estate LLC, has acquired another state BC-A license to perform general residential contracting services.

• The University of Tennessee Police Department (UTPD) has been granted national accreditation by CALEA, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. UTPD’s new status makes it the only university police agency in the state to be granted national accreditation.

• Thomas Fields recently joined The University of Tennessee Medical Center as director of Surgery and Perioperative Services. Fields’ primary responsibility is to maintain a patient-centered and efficient Department of Surgery for the medical center and its patients.

• Jack Brundige, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Tennessee, recently assumed his new role as president of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee.

• Seasons Café announces the hiring of its new executive chef. Stephen Myers was born and raised in Knoxville, graduating top of his class at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta. Myers’ résumé includes working at Blackberry Farm, Copper Cellar, Cha-Cha Tapas Restaurant & Bar, Club LeConte, and Southern Graces Catering.

• The Tennessee State Board of Accountancy recently announced that 112 candidates passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination. Among these successful candidates are: Perry J. Benshoof, Yazan Damiri, Stella S. Garmer, Kimberly L. Hamby, Tasha L. Hoque, Cristina M. Perez, Kyle J. Phillips, Andy J. Schoerner, Matthew L. Scollard and Amy R. Sharp of Knoxville; Elaine C. Elkins of Kodak; and Michael R. Newport of Powell.

• The Little Clinic, operating in Farragut’s Kroger Marketplace location, will provide walk-in physicals for students with no appointment necessary. Through Sept. 30, The Little Clinic will make a contribution to local schools or organizations for each sports physical administered. Contributions will be made to organizations with at least 25 students completing physicals at The Little Clinic.

• Montessori Children’s House, 11212 Kingston Pike, announces the grand opening of its toddler enrichment program, at the former location of Farragut Montessori. For more

information, call 865-288-3348 or e-mail

• Anastasia Balius, M.D. has joined University Radiology, P.C.  She will serve as a board-certified radiologist with a special interest in Interventional Radiology. Balius received her medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine. She completed her General Surgery internship, Diagnostic Radiology residency, and Vascular and Interventional Radiology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.

• Paul Campbell, Jr, M.D. has joined University Radiology, P.C. He will serve as a board-certified radiologist with a special interest in Neuroradiology. Campbell received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed a Transitional internship at York Hospital and a Diagnostic Radiology residency and Diagnostic Neuroradiology fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

• Montessori Children’s House, 11212 Kingston Pike, announces the grand opening of its toddler enrichment program, at the former location of Farragut Montessori. For more information, call 865-288-3348 or e-mail

• The University of Tennessee Medical Center recently named Dr. John Beuerlein as chief medical information officer. In this position, Beuerlein will lead the clinical applications team in Information Services and work with physicians, clinical and administrative leadership to ensure that clinical systems effectively capture and leverage clinical data to improve care processes and quality on behalf of patients.

• Tennessee farmers and agri-entrepreneurs interested in learning more about community supported agriculture ventures are invited to attend a classroom on wheels. The “Focus on Community Supported Agriculture Educational Tour” will be held Sept. 8, at UT Middle Tennessee Research and Education Center. The half-day tour will make stops at Delvin Farms and Rocky Glade Farm. Because space is limited, early registration is advised. Participation requests will be processed on a first come, first served basis. There is no cost to participate and lunch at Hatchers Family Dairy will be provided to all attendees. For more information, call 931-486-2777 or e-mail

• The Tennessee Association of Realtors, in cooperation with the Tennessee Real Estate Educational Foundation, has released “A Guide to Tennessee’s Agency Law” for real estate licensees, brokers and instructors. The guide explains a key section of Tennessee law that has a direct impact on consumers and the real estate community. For more information, visit

• Jon Lomax has been named director of U.S. Cellular’s Knoxville Customer Care Center. His responsibilities include managing the day-to-day operations of the center, which employs approximately 400 associates. Lomax has been with U.S. Cellular for more than 10 years.

• The University of Tennessee Medical Center has earned national recognition as one of the 100 Most Wired Hospitals in the July edition of Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine. Hospitals and health systems earn recognition on the 100 Most Wired Hospitals list through an annual survey by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The survey focuses on how hospitals utilize information technology for public health and safety, customer service, quality, business processes and workforce matters. This is the third year of inclusion on the list for UT Medical Center.

• Y-12 Federal Credit Union employee Tonya McGimsey was recognized as STARfish! (employee of the quarter) at a luncheon July 21. She was chosen by her peers for going above and beyond to help a member by taking him to the local hospital to pick up his wife who was undergoing cancer treatment after that member’s car broke down. McGimsey has been employed at Y-12 Federal Credit Union for nearly 10 years.

• 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.

• Faculty member Scott Wall has been named as director of the School of Architecture in the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee. Adjunct Associate Professor Wall, a 1983 alumnus of UT Knoxville, has taught in the college for six years. He began his five-year term as director Aug. 1.

• Pellissippi State Community College is working to increase the number of RN and other health-profession graduates in Tennessee by offering a Nurse Aide Training program at the Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. Program offers two scheduling options, depending on the time of year: a four-week day and a seven-week evening curriculum. Instruction in both includes hands-on, real-life experience and thorough training designed to prepare students to take and pass the CNA exam. The next two sessions will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Aug. 31to Oct. 15 and Oct. 21 to Dec. 10. Clinicals take place at local nursing facilities for four days, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit

• Susan Cange has been named deputy assistant manager in the Office of Nuclear Fuel Supply at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office.

• Paula Craven, M.S., CTRS, has been named program director for The Lantern Alzheimer’s memory care program at Morning Pointe of Lenoir City. Craven will oversee operations for the 16-unit Lantern, including resident life enrichment activities, specialized programming and staffing oversight.

• State Farm Agency has announced the appointment of Josh Ellis as a multiple-line insurance and financial services agent. His office, 11826 Kingston Pike, Suite 120, opened for business July 1.

• First Tennessee recently hired Amy Gillen as vice president and portfolio manager in the bank’s corporate banking division. Before joining First Tennessee, Gillen worked in commercial banking in Knoxville for more than 18 years, serving as vice president for United Community Bank, senior vice president for Regions Bank, vice president for Bank of America and assistant vice president for SunTrust Bank.

• Richard Cawthorn, PT, CMP of Maryville recently was certified in the Mulligan Concept, a manual therapy technique developed by Brian Mulligan, PT. Mr. Mulligan’s concept of mobilization with movement and sustained facet glides in the spine are both therapist-assisted and patient active movements.

• 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.

• The University of Tennessee Medical Center announced the promotion of long-time employee Buddy Fain to vice president and chief information officer. Fain will provide executive leadership for the development and management of information, information resources and technologies to support and enable the mission and strategic goals of UT Medical Center and its partners. He will lead and direct the departments of information systems, medical records and transcription services.

• 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 currently is CEO of 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.


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