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• Lindsey Macklin, R.A., CDT, LEED AP, of Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc., has become a registered architect in the state of Tennessee. Macklin has been with BWSC since 2005 as an Architectural Graduate and Intern Architect. She has seven years of experience in architectural design including producing design, construction document and construction administration activities.

• WellCheck Medical Center will be offering The Flu Defense Clinic at West Town Mall from noon to 4 p.m., Saturdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, each weekend from Oct. 17 through Nov. 1. Seasonal flu vaccinations will cost $30 per dose and pneumonia vaccinations will be $50. Seasonal flu vaccine is available for anyone over age 2. Vaccines for H1N1 are expected by mid-October, subject to the government’s release of the vaccine, with the cost to be determined soon. Cash, check and credit or debit cards are accepted for payment and Medicare and some private insurance will be accepted. 

• West Town Mall will host a Ladies Night Out from 4 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15. Evening will includes “much-deserved pampering” in the form of wine, chocolate and gourmet food tastings, makeovers, dance and women’s health and fitness information.

• Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers purchasing a new car, light truck, motor home or motorcycle could qualify them for a special deduction for the state and local sales and excise taxes on their 2009 tax returns. Purchases made after Feb. 16, 2009, and before Jan. 1, 2010, will qualify for this deduction under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009. Deduction is limited to the sales and excise taxes and similar fees paid on up to $49,500 of the purchase price of a new vehicle.

• The University of Tennessee’s supercomputer, Kraken, has broken a major barrier to become the world’s first academic supercomputer to enter the petascale, performing more than 1 thousand trillion operations per second, a landmark achievement. Kraken is only the fourth supercomputer of any kind to break the barrier, and that computing power already is being applied to high-level science that is changing the way researchers study everything from the innermost workings of our cells to giant astrophysics questions that shed light on the origins of the universe. Along the way, the computer, funded by a $65 million grant to UT Knoxville from the National Science Foundation, has created more than 25 full-time jobs and helped place Tennessee at the center of big science. Kraken first entered operation in late 2007.

• Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus has added new realtor Brent Hemsley to its sales team. He serves the residential needs of clients in Knoxville and surrounding areas. He is a member of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors. Hemsley is a native and life-long resident of Knoxville.

• Knoxville’s Community Develop-ment Corporation Chief Operating Officer Arthur “Art” Cate, Jr. recently was elected board president for the Tennessee Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities. TAHRA is a nonprofit membership association whose members include the public housing authorities in Tennessee, including KCDC.

• The Counseling Center at The University of Tennessee has received funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration through the organization’s Campus Suicide Prevention Grants Program. The Counseling Center, in partnership with the university’s counseling psychology department and the Safety, Environment and Education Center, will receive $99,999 of the $6.3 million being awarded by SAMHSA to 22 universities across the country. The funds will be used to enhance the campus’ VolAware initiative. VolAware began in 2006 as a two-day event, sponsored by the SEE Center, targeting mental health awareness, suicide prevention and wellness. Now a yearlong initiative, VolAware aims to provide the campus community with skills to intervene when someone they know is in distress.

• Ovarian Cancer National Alliance has taken the lead in posting guidance for diagnoses on its Web site, ovarian-cancer.org/diary, in an effort to provide women and their doctors with better information about how and when to take the necessary steps to obtain an early diagnosis for ovarian cancer,

• Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel now is serving wine and beer in its restaurants and lounge, and through room service. 

• USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode announced 15 projects across the state will receive their parts of $1.5 million awarded under the Rural Energy for America Program. The announcement was made at a REAP recipient event at Wampler’s Farm Sausage Company in Lenoir City. In addition to Wampler’s, Goode also announced Hometown Medical Clinic in Madisonville and Apalachee Nursery, an agriculture producer in Turtle Town, as REAP recipients. All three are working with Sustainable Future, a Knoxville-based solar power installation company.

• Ackermann PR announced Shane Rhyne has been hired as the company’s digital communications associate. Rhyne brings a background in print, broadcast and digital media to the company’s expanding services in digital and social media.

• Pellissippi State Comm-unity College’s new nursing degree program is in the capable hands of two people with diverse backgrounds in health care and education: Larry Goins and Katrenia Hill. Goins has been recruited as dean of nursing, and Hill is coordinator of pre-nursing/nursing activities. Program was approved by Tennessee Department of Health’s Board of Nursing, Sept. 25. Susan McMahon is program coordinator of pre-nursing education at Pellissippi State.

• Food City locations now are offering a new pink reusable shopping bag, available while supplies last throughout the month of October. Bags are machine washable, and retail for $1.99 each. Portion of the procees will benefit local affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

• Joni Overby will be joining Valarie Thompson, realtor with ReMax Preferred Properties.

• 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 www.bathjunkie.com 

• 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 www.Clayton-ArtsCenter.com

• 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 www.tsbdc.org 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 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.

 

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