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• The Tennessee Association of Realtors, along with the Tennessee Real Estate Educational Foundation, recently was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Ira Gribin Workforce Housing Foundation.

• Jefferson Federal Bank’s Charitable Foundation has donated $35,000 to Helen Ross McNabb Center, after its merger with New Hope Recovery Center. When the entities merged, there was an existing mortgage on the New Hope Recovery Center Facility. This donation was used to pay off the mortgage that New Hope Recovery had been carrying and will allow the Helen Ross McNabb Center to operate debt free.

• Bonus Building Care announces it recently participated in a ribbon cutting Aug. 11 to celebrate its one year anniversary in business in conjunction with the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce.

• Foothills Bank and Trust announced its Board had elected Joe Hamdi as the institution’s executive vice president and chief lending officer.

• Volunt-eers from BB&T of East Tennessee will meet at John Tarleton Park to get the playground ready for next week’s opening of Knox County’s Youth Football season.  BB&T has agreed to help maintain the park in the County’s Adopt-A-Park program. 

• Chris Wallis has begun a career in real estate sales with Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus. He serves the residential needs of clients in West Knoxville and surrounding areas.

• Diane Marshall has returned to Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus in Knoxville. A specialist in residential sales, she serves clients in Knoxville and surrounding areas as a member of the Multiple Listing Service.

• The town of Farragut will host “What Now? 7 Steps for Surviving Unemployment,” led by Stephen Arnold, Storehouse Advisory Group founder and financial planner, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15. Participants will be equipped with practical tools for surviving unemployment, including effective stress management, making informed decisions, reducing expenses, leveraging trends in the job market, conducting a 21st century job search, getting your resume noticed and winning the interview. Class will be held in the Board Room. Cost is free; participants must register by calling 865-966-7057.

• Audrey Lee has joined Sustainable Future as architect for commercial and residential projects.  Lee is a LEED-certified architect (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a designation of achievement issued by the U.S. Green Building Council upon completion of a national standardization test.

• The University of Tennessee Medical Center recently named Tami Anderson, MSN, RN, CPHQ, CSHA, as director of Accreditation and Patient Safety. In this position, she is responsible for maintaining hospital-wide licensure with the State Department of Health and maintaining accreditation with The Joint Commission, as well as working to continually improve patient safety.

• Pellissippi State Community College is looking for individuals to teach developmental courses in math, writing and reading for the fall semester. Qualified applicants must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in the discipline or a related field. Positions also are available for adjunct faculty to teach art, college success, economics, English, math (especially statistics), sociology, Spanish and speech communications. These applicants must have a master’s degree with a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the subject field. Applications are being accepted now. To apply, go to the Pellissippi State Web site at or call Human Resources at 865-694-6607.

• The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concluded the 2008-2009 fiscal year with a small surplus. This marks the third consecutive year KSO has operated within a balanced budget. Of these results, KSO Executive Director Rachel Ford said, “Our generous community demonstrated the degree to which it embraces the K-S-O and believes in the programs and educational offerings we provide throughout East Tennessee.  The Symphony is deeply grateful for this support.”

• Roland B. Weast, M.D., recently joined Premier Surgical Associates, headquartered in Knoxville, and the region’s largest surgical group. Weast is a general surgeon and will practice at the group’s St. Mary’s and St. Mary’s North offices.

• Tennessee School of Beauty has been selected for the 2009 Best of Knoxville Award in the Beauty Schools category by the U.S. Commerce Association. The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

• 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.

• Out of more than 1,200 commonwealth financial advisers in the United States, Hoy Grimm and Kevin Painter, managing partners at LeConte Wealth Management, ranked fifth and sixth respectively in the Top 10 Club for highest-producing commonwealth advisers for Preferred Portfolio Services assets under management in June. The PPS ranking includes new clients and new assets brought to the firm in that month.

• After nearly three decades in broadcasting, WATE Production Manager Tim Petree is joining BST Concierge as marketing and sales director. BST Concierge is a personal assistance and professional lifestyle management business Petree and his wife, Lisa, started in 2007.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College will offer its next Conversational Chinese class Thursday evenings from Sept. 17 to Oct. 22. Class fee is $95. For more information, call Business and Community Services at 865-539-7167.

• 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.

• Farragut resident Charles Sells has joined the Tennessee branch of AXA Advisors, LLC. He will work with individuals to help them define their financial goals.


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