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• At the 35th Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Dermatology Society Meeting in October, Clark E. Julius, M.D. was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the society. Award was given for his many years of care to patients and his support of dermatology on local, state, and national levels. Dr. Julius founded and practices at Knoxville Dermatology Group, P.C.

• TDS TV has gone live with NFL Network for customers in Farragut. Subscribers can now watch the NFL Network 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Announcement is in addition to 30 new channels, including 26 high-definition TV channels the company added to its line-up this summer. This brings the total channel count for TDS TV to more than 300. Perhaps, most importantly to HD fans, TDS TV now offers 55 HD channels, more than any other local TV provider. TDS TV is also extending a promotion for free HD channels through the end of the year. Farragut is now wired with fiber optic technology from TDS.

• The Society of Friendly Fellows’ re-establishment celebrated its one-year anniversary Oct. 25. Proceeds from sales of “Daily Thoughts for Friendly Fellows” benefit National Parkinson Foundation, and Friendly Fellows has reached its goal this year of $1,111.41. Founder Ellen Hubrig will be signing books from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, at Coldwell Banker Open House, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, at Turkey Creek’s LifeWay Christian Bookstore.

• Santa trades his sleigh for the comfort of classic 1940s era railway coaches on the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train in Oak Ridge, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-6 and Dec. 12-13. Saturday departures are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday departures are at 1 and 3 p.m. Rides are approximately an hour long; cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children age 3 to 12. Reserve a spot at 865-241-2140.


• Art Gallery of Farragut will host a “Paint a Piggy Bank” event from 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5. Spots are limited to six children, age 9 or older. Prepay to reserve a spot. Cost is $20. Call 865-777-2787.

• 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, 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.

• 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 www.rideatstar.org

• 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. Chapman brings more than five years of experience 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 www.claytonartscenter.com to download the Request for Proposal.

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

• 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.

• 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.

• 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

• 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.

 

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