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• Town of Farragut will host two public forums regarding the photo enforcement program from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24, and from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1. Both forums will be held at Farragut Town Hall. Forums will provide attendees a brief presentation on the new red light camera system as well as informational packets on the implementation of the photo enforcement program. A question and answer session will follow each presentation. For more information, contact Ben Harkins, photo enforcement program manager, at bharkins@townoffarragut.org or at 865-966-7057.

• Fleming’s Steakhouse is holding its “Month of Discovery” throughout September. For more information, visit www.flemingssteakhouse.com

• Glyn Ed Newton, a resident of Farragut and 35-year Dale Carnegie Training franchise owner, has been awarded the Dorothy Carnegie Award for outstanding contributions to the company. Newton began his career after graduation from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, organizing classes for college students at UT. Award is named for the late Dorothy Carnegie, who is credited with taking the company world-wide after her husband began the training in 1912 as a public speaking course for businessmen.

• The American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee is accepting entries from all Tennessee engineering firms for its 21st annual Engineering Excellence Awards program. A one-page entry form must be received by Friday, Nov. 6, to participate in the statewide competition. Official entry form is available at www.acectn.org

• Sept. 16, Enrichment Federal Credit Union received the 2009 Dora Maxwell Award for Social Responsibility from the TN Credit Union League.  The credit union submitted the recent Dog Days of Summer project that ran the month of July. 

• Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus will host a free buyers seminar, “Solving Today’s Market,” at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, at 114 Lovell Road, Suite 112. Call 865-474-7100.

• Sue Wilburn has been named vice president of human resources for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, succeeding Paul Bates, who is stepping down in September after 17 years with the pediatric medical center.

• Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has named Rita Westbrook, M.D., pediatric emergency medicine specialist at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, as this year’s Tennessee Pediatrician of the Year.

• Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee recently received $40,000 in conjunction with a larger $250,000 grant given by Tennessee Department of Corrections to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Tennessee Amachi Initiative. Funds will provide more mentors to area children with incarcerated family members.

• Augustine Gattuso and Tom Namey, both of Knoxville, have started www.fairmechanics.com, an online connection tool between consumers and vehicle mechanics. The site allows consumers to enter an e-mail address, which mechanics use to issue quotes.

• Ginger Garrett of Farragut and Shanda Hayden of Oak Ridge have formed an interior restyling business called It’s All Arranged! Services include real estate staging, furniture planning and placement, paint and fabric selection and shopping services. For more information, visit www.itsallarrangedforyou.com

• Ryan Childress, a physical therapist at The University of Tennessee Medical Center, recently received his Orthopedic Clinical Specialist certificate from the American Physical Therapy Association.

• Maryville College is beginning a School for Nonprofits, Thursday, Sept. 24. The year-round program will offer workshops and seminars for nonprofit leaders to develop their skills in nonprofit management and community leadership and to participate in cultural and contextual discussions. Schedule will include two-hour long classes, scheduled bi-weekly and supplemented by Executive Director’s Roundtables on the third Thursday of each month. Enrollment is open to nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers. Michelle Hankes, executive director of United Way of Blount County, will lead the Sept. 24 workshop, “Writing Outcomes for Programs and Proposals.” For more information, visit http://billynewton.wordpress.com (click on the School for Nonprofits tab) or call 865-273-8894. 

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College will offer solar installation and other ‘green’ courses to meet growing demand. Solar Photovoltaics Technology, a series of four courses, begins Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Pellissippi Campus off Hardin Valley Road. The four-part series will include “Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics,” “Math for Industry,” “Basic Electricity” and “Photovoltaic System Design and Installation.” For more information, call Business and Community Services at 865-539-7167.

• Southern Appalachia Railway Museum announces its Secret City Scenic Excursion Train will be running fall colors trips every full weekend during October, on Saturdays and Sundays. Saturday departures will be at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and Sunday departures will be at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Each trip will last about one hour. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 through 12. Payment can be made with cash or personal check only, and reservations are strongly suggested. Reserve a space by calling 865-241-2140 or visiting www.southernappalachia.railway.museum

• The University of Tennessee Medical Center recently named Garlena Lee director of the Sleep Disorders Center. In this position, she is responsible for managing a six-bed sleep lab and clinic that serves five physicians. In addition, Lee will develop strategies and tactics to secure leadership position in the sleep medicine market.

• Aaron Soave, a real estate appraiser for four years, has earned a real estate sales license and joined Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus. He specializes in residential and commercial sales serving the Greater Knoxville area. Soave is a member of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors.

• Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus has named the company’s top agents for August 2009. Honorees were top selling agent Mike Bowers and company-wide agent of the month Terry Patton. Elizabeth McDaniel and J. Corbitt shared top billing as top listing agents of the month.

• Pilot Travel Centers was awarded the Spirit Award for Community Outreach by Convenience Store News, a respected trade publication. Award recognizes companies that work to improve their communities.

• 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.

• 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.

 

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