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• Best Buy is named a Knox County Schools Partner in Education after donating technology to Hardin Valley Elementary School. The students of Hardin Valley Elementary School raised more than $40,000 towards the school’s technology fund, exceeding their goal. “Thanks to Best Buy’s support of our sales incentive program, Hardin Valley Elementary earned over $43,000 profit for our school to purchase educational materials and technology,” Tod Evan, Hardin Valley Elementary School principal, said.

• ABC Supply Co. Inc. has named brothers Eric and Adam Watson as branch managers of two stores in the Knoxville area. Eric was named branch manager of ABC Supply’s Knoxville store, 220 Royal Crown Drive. Adam was selected to succeed his brother as branch manager of the company’s Talbott store, 6940 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy.

• West Town Mall will host “Santa’s Very Merry Red Carpet Arrival” at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12.

• Sam French joined Rodefer Moss in September as audit manager. He received his B.S. in Accounting from The University of Tennessee in 2004 and graduated with his Masters of Professional Accountancy from Georgia State University. Erica Trausch joined Rodefer Moss in September as a property manager. She has more than seven years of management experience. Erica graduated with her B.A. in English from Indiana University in 2000. 

• DOE ORISE was awarded the “Star of Excellence” at a recent meeting of the U.S. Department of Energy Voluntary Protection Program in Texas. This was the fourth consecutive year that ORISE has earned this distinction. Award signifies ORISE has sustained an outstanding level of performance in meeting established safety and health goals and has actively mentored other companies and achieved an injury and illness rate significantly below the national average of similar businesses and operations.

• Pellissippi State Community College employee Paul Wise has become the third person in Tennessee to be certified as a Digidesign ProTools operator in professional post-production audio techniques and workflow. Wise is a multimedia specialist who manages the state-of-the-art television, audio and photography studios in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art at the college.

• BB&T Corporation today announced that Jeff Ellison has been named president of its Mortgage Warehouse Lending Division, which provides short-term financing to mortgage companies. Ellison, 47, will oversee daily operations and nearly 60 employees based in Orlando.

• BB&T Corporation reported $157 million in net income for the third quarter, or $.23 per diluted common share, compared with $362 million, or $.65 per diluted common share, earned during the third quarter of 2008.

• Mountain Commerce Bank welcomes Stephanie Davenport Larkin to its team. Larkin will work at MCB’s Morristown office.

• J. Rod Gimbel, M.D., with East Tennessee Heart Consultants is the first physician in the Knoxville area to implant a new pacemaker with wireless technology that can notify physicians of changes in their patient’s device or medical condition.

• Pat Valentine was recently inducted into Tennessee School of Beauty’s Hall of Fame. Valentine, a long-time resident of Sevier County, is the seventh person in the school’s 79-year existence to receive such an honor. Award is presented to an individual deemed to have had a profound and significant impact on the cosmetology profession, and specifically to cosmetology education.

• Tennessee chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects has presented two awards to Knoxville’s Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc. The Summit of Softball Complex in Chattanooga received the Honor Award in the category of the Built Environment: Parks and Recreation. The Cherokee Removal Memorial Park in Meigs County received the Merit Award in the Historical or Cultural category. 

• Kevin Le Blanc, chairman of Le Blanc Financial Group, LLC, has announced Dr. William B. Campbell as firm partner. Campbell joined the firm in June 2007 as CEO of Legacy Benefits, LLC, a company specializing in life insurance asset recovery and management, endowment leadership and volunteer training. He joins the firm’s team of equity owners, which include: Le Blanc, Russell Hale and Matthew Allin. In addition to directing strategic operations for Legacy Benefits, Campbell will now share responsibility in shaping firm policy.

• West Town Mall, 7600 Kingston Pike, will host a Trick-or-Treating event from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31. Cost is free. Trick or treating will be followed by the Dr. Despicable magic show at 8 p.m.

• HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Clinic, PLLC, which provides veterinary services in the home, is now open. Dr. Kim Bordelon, owner, will provide veterinary services for dogs and cats in the greater Knoxville area. For more information, call 865-441-6556 or visit

• Scott Kessler has joined Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus, bringing 26 years of real estate experience. With expertise in residential sales and relocation, he serves Knox and surrounding counties. Kessler, a native of Coral Springs, Fla., resides in Farragut. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is a certified financial planner, and volunteers as a baseball and basketball coach.

• 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 recently was 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.


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