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• Verizon Wireless will hold a complimentary Android workshop at its Turkey Creek store, 11146 Parkside Drive, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 21. Seating is limited, call 864-233-3776, ext. 13. A demonstration on how to use the Android devices will be followed by a Q&A period for customers to ask specific questions about their Android device.

• Mountain Commerce Bank announced the appointment of Kevin W. Horne, EVP/area president and chief credit officer, to its Board of Directors.

• East Tennessee-based Mountain Commerce Bank announced its numbers through the third quarter of 2009. Compared to a loss of $1.7 million during the same period last year, MCB’s before-tax profits of $689,000 and after-tax profits of $466,000 represented solid gains for the bank.

• Sparks Insurance Agency will open a new office location, 105 Center Park Drive, with a grand opening celebration through Friday, Nov. 20. Sparks specializes in auto, home and small business insurance, using only the highest rated carriers for claim satisfaction. Randy Sparks began the agency in Knoxville in 1983 and has other East Tennessee locations.

• The St. Mary’s Residential Hospice Program celebrated 10 years of service to the community. St. Mary’s Hospice House is a residential facility with 18 beds and approximately 14,000 square feet of space. The facility is designed to meet the needs of patients who have chosen palliative care and prefer to spend their last months in a home-like environment.

• Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Pellissippi State Community College released its semi-annual report, which highlights several milestones, including capital formation of nearly $10 million, an increase of 42 percent for the last half of 2008. As indicators of its economic impact, the organization also cited 115 new jobs and 19 new businesses in its 16-county service area.

• Knoxville Center and West Town Malls are now offering the American Express/Simon Giftcard. There are no fees after purchase: no fees for checking a balance, no fees for monthly servicing, no fees for card replacement, and the funds on the cards never expire. And just in time for the holidays are festive card options that include Santa, snowman or Christmas stocking. Any customer who purchases three American Express/Simon Giftcards will receive three decorative tin holders, while supplies last.

• Two local business professionals who serve on advisory committees for Pellissippi State Community College have been recognized for their contributions. Laura Barron, owner and president of The Barron Group, has served on the Business Administration Advisory Committee since 2005. She volunteers her time as a guest speaker in numerous Pellissippi State classes and assists in evaluating business plans in the capstone classes each spring. Glen Wright serves on the Video Production Technology Advisory Committee and is a senior systems engineer with Scripps Network. Wright was instrumental in implementing the technology in Pellissippi State’s Bagwell Center for Media and Art.

• Knoxville registered dietitian Susan Loy Brantley earned two national awards in recognition for the contribution she has made in her field throughout her career. Brantley, the Metabolic Support Coordinator with UT Medical Center’s Department of Pharmacy, received the 2009 Distinguished Nutrition Support Dietitian Award for Advanced Clinical Practice from the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and the 2009 Distinguished Service Award from the Dietitians in Nutrition Support Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. This was the inaugural year for the ASPEN award.

• Shangri-la Therapeutic Academy of Riding is looking for volunteers to help children and adults with disabilities during its winter session of therapeutic horseback riding.  Lesson Volunteer Training is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5. Attendees must be at least 13 years old.  Horse experience is not necessary.  Junior Volunteer Training, for ages 10 to 12, is from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec.10. For more information, call Melissa at 865-988-4711 or visit

• Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville currently is enrolling patients in a national study for Novilase Breast Therapy. The procedure is an advanced, FDA-cleared laser ablation therapy for fibroadenomas, which are the most common form of benign breast tumor. Premier is the third site in the nation and the first in the region to participate in the Novilase study. Aside from the effectiveness of the Novilase treatment, breast conservation is a key patient benefit, as no incision is made and no breast tissue is removed during the procedure.

• Mountain Commerce Bank has promoted Brice Chapman from Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering Analyst to BSA Officer. A graduate of Crown College, Chapman brings more than five years of experience in the financial industry and BSA certification to his new position.  

• Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus has announced the company’s top agents for October 2009. Honorees were Top Selling Agent Keith Allison, Top Listing Agent Terry Patton and, for the third consecutive month, Company-wide Agent of the Month Christie Sox. Allison, Patton and Sox 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.

• A Request for Proposal has been issued for anyone wanting to run the on-site café/snack shop space in the new Clayton Center for the Arts, currently under construction on Maryville College campus. Interested parties should complete the application process no later than Nov. 30. On-site interviews and vendor reference checks will be held from Dec. 20 until Jan. 22, 2010, with an announcement about the selected provider being made public in early February. Visit to download the Request for Proposal.

• Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus will host a free buyers seminar, “Solving Today’s Market” at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, at 114 Lovell Road, Suite 102. Featured speaker is Southeast Home Mortgage Manager Tammy White. White will explain foreclosures and short sales and also discuss the pros and cons of purchasing either. For more information or to make a reservation, call 865-474-7100.


• East Tennessee native and interior designer Todd Richesin will be honored as a “Top Designer Under 40” in an upcoming national magazine publication that will hit newsstands later this month. Richeson, originally from Sweetwater, attended Tennessee Wesleyan College and started his own interior design firm, Todd Richesin Interiors, in 1999 in West Knox County.

• Kroger celebrated the grand opening of the new Fountain City Kroger, 5201 N. Broadway, Thursday, Nov. 5.

• Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will offer Scenic City rides Nov. 27 and 28, with three departures each day at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 3 through 12. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling the museum at 865-241-2140. Passengers will hear a narrative about the world-changing development of nuclear energy that took place at Oak Ridge while the train rolls through the site and proceeds out the north gate into scenic Poplar Creek Valley.

• St. Mary’s HomeCare Services is the only agency in the Knoxville area to score at or better than the national average on the 12 quality measures in the Centers for Medicare and Medical Service’s Home Health Compare Program during the April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009 period.

• The directors of BB&T Corporation elected K. David Boyer Jr., co-founder and chief executive officer of information services company GlobalWatch Technologies Inc., to the corporate board. Boyer, 58, joins the BB&T corporate board after 11 years as a member of BB&T’s advisory board for Washington, D.C.

• Pellissippi State Community College’s Business and Community Service is offering a social media marketing class, conducted by Mark Schaefer, executive director of Schaefer Marketing Solutions. Seminar title is “Social Media Marketing Strategy and Twitter for Business.” The three-day, three-part class is designed for small-business owners who want to find and serve new customers. Schaefer will introduce sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn, and he will help participants decide which media are right for them. Pellissippi State will conduct the seminar twice daily on Thursdays, Nov. 12, Nov. 19 and Dec. 3. Time choices are 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Pellissippi campus. Cost is $150; space is limited. Call 865-539-7167.

• Best Buy has been 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 Highway

• 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 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, Fla.

• 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 recently was 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.

• 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.


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