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• Howard Dean, former Vermont governor and former Democratic National Committee chairman, will visit The University of Tennessee, Wednesday, Sept. 23 to speak at two events. Dean will speak about health care reform at a noon luncheon in the Toyota Auditorium at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, 1640 Cumberland Ave. Cost for the luncheon is $15. To reserve a seat, contact Missy Jenkins at mjenki11@utk.edu or 865-974-0931, by Sept. 16. Dean’s evening lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in Cox Auditorium in Alumni Memorial Building. Event is free and open to the public. Dean will talk about “The 50-State Strategy.”

• Pilot Travel Centers has been awarded the Spirit Award for Community Outreach by Convenience Store News, a respected trade publication. The award recognizes convenience store companies that work to improve the communities they serve. Pilot received the award in the category for companies with 100 to 499 convenience stores.

• Town of Farragut is now accepting applications from members of the community who wish to serve on the town of Farragut’s Visual Resources Review Board. The appointed member will serve for one year, fulfilling the vacant seat’s two-year term. Completed applications must be returned to Town Hall by Wednesday, Sept. 30. Visual Resources Review Board makes recommendations to town of Farragut staff after reviewing landscaping plans for commercial, office and multi-family developments and ground mounted sign applications. The committee meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at Farragut Town Hall. Applications are available on the Town’s Web site, www.townoffar-ragut.org or by calling 865-966-7057. For more information, contact Sue Stuhl, Parks and Leisure Services Director, at 865-966-7057 or sue.stuhl@townoffarragut.org.

• Executive Women International elected its board of directors, including Sandy Richards of Lattimore Black Morgan and Cain, PC, as president and Lisa Coulter of Knoxville Chamber Partnership as vice president. Other officers are Brenda Humphrey, Selena Coker, Jana Davidson, Emily Cox, Connie Leggett, Kim Alt, Denise Smith, Kay Writer, Val Beers, Linda Austin and Terry Whittaker. EWI brings together individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of connecting and promoting member firms as well as enhancing personal and professional development. EWI is a nonprofit organization of leading business, service and professional companies. It is unique in that the firm is the member, as opposed to the individual.

• Knoxville Chamber and area Rotary clubs will present Michael Angelo Caruso, business consultant and author, from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct. 1, at Riviera Theater in downtown Knoxville. Seminar is entitled “How to Profit Even During Slow Times — Easy Change for Your Growing Business.” Tickets are $40 and can be ordered at kxrotary@bellsouth.net or 865-523-8252. All proceeds will go toward Rotary International’s “End Polio Now” campaign. 

• Mountain Commerce Bank welcomes three new employees: Debra Grecol, Virginia Dover, and Laura “Sissy” Kelly. Grecol, a mortgage consultant out of the Atlanta area, was named mortgage department manager. Dover, with 18 years of experience in the banking industry, will serve as training coordinator. Kelly is the newest teller at Limited Centre in Johnson City.

• Dr. Matthew Becker has joined Gallaher Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Becker has won several prestigious awards for his research and articles on breast cancer.

• The 6th Annual Pumpkinfest is in search of vendors for this year’s festival to be held in the historic Grove Center in Oak Ridge Saturday, Oct. 31. Grove Center Merchants’ Association hosts a safe harvest festival for children. Pumpkinfest is the only free city-wide event of its kind, with vendors, inflatables, costume contests, a dog parade, haunted house, trick-or-treating, and concerts featuring local musical talent. As part of the Oak Ridge Revitalization Effort, the Grove Center Merchants’ Association is dedicated to making Oak Ridge a more attractive, family-friendly community. Pumpkinfest is a perfect way to offer Oak Ridgers and visitors a taste of the positive changes coming to our city. Booth fees are $15. Interested vendors should contact Cathy Sloan, 865-599-8708, for an application.

• Billy Ford has recently joined Monarch Mortgage as the new director of operations. Ford will be overseeing the consultant staff and daily transactions.

• Kroger Pharmacies will offer convenient access to seasonal flu vaccines beginning in September for $25 per vaccine. During the 2008-2009 flu season, the Kroger Family of Pharmacies administered nearly 1 million flu vaccinations nationwide. For additional questions on seasonal flu vaccines, visit your local Kroger pharmacy. 

• Food City will offer seasonal flu vaccines at its pharmacies. Flu shots will be administered for $25, or $23 with Food City ValuCard. Medcare Part B will be accepted. Pneumonia shots will be available for $45. For more information, visit www.foodcity.com or contact a local Food City pharmacy.

• BB&T Payment Solutions will host a free educational webinar for small business owners on alerts and other mobile banking services from 2 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16. “Driving Business Success While on the Go,” the 12th in an ongoing series of payments-related webinars from BB&T, will be presented by BB&T Online Channel development manager Sumit Deshpande. Registration is available at www.BBT.com/paymentswebinar. Webinar has been approved for one CTP/CCM recertification credit by the Association for Financial Professionals.

• Tennessee Department of Revenue and The University of Tennessee will co-sponsor the annual 2009 Tennessee Business Tax Seminar from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, at the UT Conference Center, 600 Henley St., Suite 400. Seminar is designed to provide current, in-depth information on Tennessee tax issues. Contact Barry Neal at UTK at 865-974-0280 or conferences@outreach.tennessee.edu

• Physical therapist John Dorset of The University of Tennessee Medical Center recently received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Dorset, a team leader, sees patients at the medical center’s Northshore Physical Therapy Clinic in Knoxville.

• James M. Downing, PE, of Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc., has been appointed to The University of Tennessee College of Engineering Board of Advisors. Downing serves as Chairman of the Board for BWSC, and has been with the firm since 1996. 

• Amy Smith has joined the Tennessee Bankers Association as associate counsel. Smith, who most recently was assistant general counsel for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, will work with TBA Senior Vice President and General Counsel Tim Amos in monitoring legislative and regulatory issues and policies that affect the banking industry and advising the TBA board of directors, officers and member banks.

• West Town Mall will host a “Christian Business Expo,” from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, and from noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 13. Event will introduce community to local businesses owned by Christians.

• First Tennessee launches its new Web site, the redesigned ftb.com. The site is more user-friendly, with streamlined content and upgraded functionality. Information is packaged in short, easy-to-absorb nuggets. Navigation is quicker and more intuitive. The redesign incorporates the look of the bank’s “powering your dreams” brand promise and provides tools to support that pledge. These new features include: a loan recommender, planning center, interactive smart savings calculator and business resource center. First Tennessee plans other enhancements to the Web site that include new online payments features, streamlined access to treasury management services and mobile banking capabilities.

• UT-Battelle has announced a gift of $175,000 to Oak Ridge Playhouse to help restore one of the oldest community theaters in the Southeast. The gift, presented by Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason prior to Friday’s Playhouse production of “The Graduate,” is part of the Oak Ridge Playhouse “Next Stage” fundraising campaign. Mason said the funds will be used for a new marquee and will help the Playhouse leverage the $2 million needed to renovate the theatre’s aging facilities.

• Chancey & Reynolds has been named a Top 10 Top Contractor from among the 950 members of the Rheem Team Top Contractors nationwide and in Canada. The award recognizes the Top 10 Contractor’s reputation in the marketplace, quality of work, demonstrating best practices and business ethics, ongoing technical training and customer responsiveness.

• Tammy Drain, a native and resident of Knoxville, has joined Weichert, Realtors -Advantage Plus. The five-year real estate professional serves the residential needs of clients in the Karns area.

• 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.

• The Franklin Square Merchants Association will host Pink Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Shops at Franklin Square, 9700 Kingston Pike. Coupons can be purchased for $5 ahead of time, or on that day, to receive discounts, special services and access to sidewalk sales from Franklin Square merchants. Special activities for children and refreshments will be provided. For a donation of $20 or more, coupon holders can participate in a drawing for other merchandise and services. Proceeds will go to Cathy L. Hodges Memorial Cancer Foundation and Knoxville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center Mobile Digital Mammography Coach will be available on site, as will representatives from The Breast Center at Fort Sanders West Diagnostic Center and The University Breast Center. Medic Regional Blood Center will have a bloodmobile on site.

• Directors of BB&T Corporation elected J. Littleton “Litt” Glover Jr., a metro Atlanta lawyer and commercial real estate developer, to its corporate board. Glover, 66, joins the BB&T corporate board after 10 years as a director of Branch Banking and Trust Company, the pricipal subsidiary of N.C.-based BB&T Corporation. Glover is president and a director of Glover & Davis, P.A.

• Modern Supply is marking 60 years with the launch of a new consumer Web site. The new site includes a 360-degree virtual tour of the company’s 10,000 square-foot showroom. Visit www.modernsupplyshowroom.com

• The board of directors of BB&T Corporation declared the 2009 fourth quarter dividend of $0.15 per share. Dividend will be paid Nov. 2 to shareholders of record as of Oct. 16. BB&T has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1903. June 30, BB&T had $152.4 billion in assets and was the nation’s 11th largest financial holding company.

• Rather & Kittrell announces the promotion of Chad Starliper to Chief Investment Officer. Starliper will have overall responsibility for heading Rather & Kittrell’s investment committee, which oversees the research and design of the firm’s global tactical investment strategies.

• Ellen Hubrig, president of The Society of Friendly Fellows and author of “Daily Thoughts for Friendly Fellows, Reflections on Seeing the Good in Ourselves and Others,” will talk with Hallerin Hilton Hill on WNOX News Talk Radio at 8 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 10. Following the radio interview a book signing event will be held at the Art & Frame Outlet, 10811 Kingston Pike, from 4 to 7 p.m.

• Through first quarter 2009, Allstate saw a 26.6 percent increase in the number of Tennessee homeowners switching to landlord policies over prior year. Evidence of the still struggling housing market is visible in the most recent data from the National Association of Realtors that shows existing-home sales were down 3.6 percent in May 2009 compared to the previous year.

 

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