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• Valarie Thompson, MBA, Realtor with ReMax Preferred Properties, announces Joni Overby will be joining her as an assistant. Overby has been in real estate for several years working primarily in new development communities, and is a member of Knoxville Area Association of Realtors.

• Belk began offering the Not Your Daughter’s Jeans line in October.

• bath junkie in Turkey Creek, 11655 Parkside Drive, is celebrating its second year with a birthday party from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9. Birthday celebration will feature special promotions, as well as refreshments from Menchie’s. bath junkie guests can donate $5 to the American Diabetes Association and receive a free large bath junkie recycle bag. Visit 

• Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will run its “Spooktacular” Halloween rides at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30; 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31; and 1 and 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 1. For the daytime trips, children are encouraged to wear their costumes and will receive treats and a chance to win the prize for best costume. Evening trips will accommodate those seeking additional thrills and chills. Free Halloween treats will be available for all riders. Reservations are suggested; call 865-241-2140. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 through 12.

• John Cherry has been named director of marketing for Clayton Center for the Arts. Cherry, a Maryville native, is expected to join the staff Oct. 12, and will coordinate the marketing and public relations activities for the arts facility that is currently under construction on the Maryville College campus. Cherry has served as public relations manager for Tellico Village Property Owners Association in Loudon County and retired from a career in the United States Air Force in 2005. Cherry also is a founding member of the Foothills Community Players and a board member and director for Primary Players Children’s Theatre Group. Grand opening of the Clayton Center for the Arts is scheduled for Spring 2010. Visit

• Connie Kuykendall, a three-year veteran of the Knox County Clerk’s office, has been named Employee of the Month for October. Connie was nominated by her new manager, Tress Patton, who praised her initiative, professionalism and enthusiasm.

• The Heart of Knoxville Career and Resource Center is seeking employers to participate in its annual Fall Career Festival, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. Registration is free, but space is limited. The recruiting event is for employers seeking full- and part-time employees in such areas as administration, customer service, health care, construction, business and technology. For more information, call 865-329-3166.

• Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus and Southeast Home Mortgage co-hosted a tailgate party in September to kick off the 2009 Tennessee Volunteers football season. Event provided the perfect opportunity to celebrate the agency’s Gold Service Manager Tammy White’s new affiliation with Southeast Home Mortgage.

• Knoxville Area Tennessee Small Business Development Center will sponsor several free programs in October at Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, 17 Market Square, Suite 201. The University of Tennesese Procurement Technical Assistance Center and Small Business Administration will present “Introduction to Government Contracting/8(a) Certification,” from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct. 8. “Small Business Start-up” will be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, Oct. 12. Dwight DeWeaver will present “How to do Business with the Department of Defense for Manufacturers and Distributors,” from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13. Fred Hess, Grass Roots Marketing, and Bill Jones, Bill Jones Music, will present “Sales Boot Camp: Turning Prospects into Customers,” from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct. 29. Register at or by calling 865-246-2663.

• The Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Tennessee will partner with the Federal Trade Commission this fall on the 2009 “We Don’t Serve Teens” campaign, a public awareness initiative aimed at curbing underage drinking. Tennessee wholesalers will distribute “We Don’t Serve Teens” campaign materials to restaurants and retail wine and spirits outlets across the state.  The retail outlets will display the materials, which include stickers, posters and vinyl “clings,” to remind customers that it is not only illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to buy alcoholic beverages, but it is also illegal for underage persons to consume alcohol.

• Brothers Brian Brown, CCIM, and Jason Brown, CCIM, for Knoxville-based Capital Commercial Real Estate, were awarded the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation by the CCIM Institute, one of the leading commercial real estate associations in the world. Each designation was awarded on Aug. 26 during examinations held in Chicago, Ill. The Browns were among the 199 commercial real estate professionals who earned the designation by passing the Institute’s Comprehensive Examination, the final element in the designation process. The Brown brothers grew up in Knoxville and are active in commercial real estate brokerage, with Brian specializing in property management and Jason in development.

• 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

• 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.


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