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• Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. has grown market share and total deposits faster than its larger regional bank competitors, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation report for June 30, 2008, through June 30, 2009. Pinnacle grew market share to 10.52 percent in 2009, remaining the fourth-largest financial institution in the Nashville MSA. Pinnacle’s market share for 2008 was 9.56 percent after its acquisition of Prime Trust and Bank of the South in late 2007.

• First Tennessee has hired Steven E. Kitts as senior vice president and relationship manager in the bank’s commercial banking division. Before joining First Tennessee, Kitts served as senior vice president and senior credit officer for American Trust Bank. He serves as president of the Downtown Exchange Club in Knoxville and is active with the East Tennessee Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the Knoxville Area Urban League. Kitts currently resides in West Knoxville with his wife, Jenny.

• New payment kiosks in area E-Z Stop and Ken-Jo stores offer KUB customers convenient locations and extended hours to pay their utility bills. The Paysite kiosks also communicate immediately with KUB to give customers real-time credit for payments. Most stores housing the kiosks are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Paysite kiosk provider, U.S. Payments Inc., charges a convenience fee of $1.95 per transaction. For a list of kiosk locations, visit

• Kimberly Haga was recently named Tennessee School of Beauty’s Most Outstanding Cosmetology Student for 2008-2009. Award is presented to the graduate who has shown strong technical skills, achieved high academic honors and has displayed the attitude and personality required to achieve success during her entire time at the school. The school’s educators and administrators vote for award recipient. Haga currently is working at West Knox County’s Salon Biyoshi.

• St. Mary’s Medical Center ranked among the top five percent in the nation for overall orthopedic services and for joint replacement by a new study released today by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The HealthGrades study evaluates objective patient outcomes in the nation’s 5,000 hospitals. This is the third consecutive year St. Mary’s Medical Center ranked among the top five percent.

• Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold its next free bi-monthly new business workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the department’s Knoxville regional office, 531 Henley St., Suite 606. Free workshop is designed to assist those encountering business-related taxes for the first time. Register online at or call 865-594-6100.  

• Knoxville area Tennessee Small Business Development Center will sponsor “Sales Boot Camp: Turning Prospects Into Customers” from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct. 29, at Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, 17 Market Square, No. 201. Bill Jones, Bill Jones Music, and Fred Hess will present seminar. Register at or by calling 865-246-2663.

• Alan Wilson, chairman, president and CEO of spice manufacturing giant McCormick & Co., and his wife, Wendy, have contributed $100,000 to fund an endowed scholarship for undergraduates in College of Communication and Information. The Wilsons’ gift to UT also included $25,000 for the Debby Schriver Endowment for Student Orientation and $75,000 for an endowed scholarship program in the College of Business Administration, expected to begin awarding scholarships in 2012. 

• Knox County Chief of Staff Mike Arms has again been tapped to serve on the prestigious Community and Economic Development Steering Committee for the National Association of Counties.  According to NACo President Valerie Brown, this is a critical time for membership on this committee, “with a federal administration engaged in developing policy on a number of issues facing counties.” This is the third consecutive nomination for Arms to serve as the state’s representative to the Steering Committee. The nomination came through the Tennessee County Services Association.

• Pilot Travel Centers, in an agreement with Walgreens, is offering free seasonal flu shots to all 14,000 of the company’s employees nationwide in order to protect the health of associates and customers alike. The free influenza vaccine is being offered to all Pilot Travel Center employees whether they participate in the company’s medical plan or not.

• Innovation Imperative, which will be held Oct. 20-22 at the Knoxville Convention Center, will connect a series of regional leaders and national experts to discuss strategies, education and best practices to further promote and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship within the Innovation Valley region. 

• Planning for significant budget cuts, The University of Tennessee has established a Lean Management Office as a permanent function of the campus administration, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek announced. The move formalizes the university’s commitment to enhancing efficiency and improving processes as it prepares to weather a $40 million cut to its annual state appropriation by July 2011. Federal stimulus dollars have filled the gap, but the one-time funds expire June 30, 2011.

• Broker/Owner Jeff Grebe of Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus has announced the company’s top agents for September 2009. Congratulations went to Top Selling Agent Ted Fisher, Top Listing Agent Ella Kozyr and Company-wide Agent of the Month for September Christie Sox. The agents offer a full range of real estate services to clients in Knoxville and surrounding areas. They are members of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors.

• Kroger stores will participate in multiple promotions to raise money for breast cancer research during October’s Breast Care Awareness Month. Kroger has committed $3 million in donations to support breast cancer initiatives in communities across the country. Kroger’s “Giving Hope a Hand” campaign features a store-wide sales promotion of popular items, many of which will feature exclusive specially marked yellow packaging. This year, 2,000 items will be marked with special shelf tags to highlight their participation to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Customers also can purchase $1 pink ribbon icons and $2 pink reusable shopping bags at Kroger stores to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

• 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,, 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 

• 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


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