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• The Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace Bearden Hill Office announces Cindy Connor Fecher and Kim Bays have recently joined their firm. Bays and her family recently moved to Knoxville from the Kingsport area. Fecher is a fifth generation Knoxvillian and her experience in the insurance and banking business will help facilitate the ease of purchasing a new home. Both Bays and Fecher are members of the Knoxville, Tenn., and National Association of Realtors.

• First Tennessee recently named Blake Hauk as senior vice president of the special assets division. Hauk joined First Tennessee in 1994. He resides in Farragut with his wife, Susanne.

• Mercy Health Partners president and CEO Debra London has resigned her position, as of Nov. 30. In August, London announced she would take a sabbatical from her duties. Catholic Healthcare Partneers COO A. David Jimenez will continue serving as president and CEO of Mercy through the end of 2010. A search for a permanent president and CEO likely will begin in the summer of 2010.

• East Tennessee Victims’ Rights Task Force is sponsoring a Remembrance Tree during the 2009 Holiday Season. This tree will honor and commemorate those lost to violent crime. For more information, e-mail or call 865-215-3877.

• General Shale Brick has combined its Knoxville showroom and distribution operations into one center and moved into a new facility at 9714 Parkside Drive. The center opened its doors for business Dec. 7.

• The Great Smoky Mountain Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals celebrated National Philanthropy Day Nov. 12 with an awards luncheon honoring local volunteers and philanthropists. U.S. Cellular received the Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist award; Bearden High School was named one of two Calling All Communities champions. William “Bill” Jolly was named Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser. He has raised more than $50,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters through soliciting donations by swimming long distances. Dean Winegardner, president and CEO of Knoxville-based American Book Company, received the Outstanding Philanthropist award.

• Johnson Architecture welcomes new business development assistant Heather Overton to their staff. Overton comes to the firm with eight years experience in marketing and promotional coordination efforts with local companies such as Denark Construction and Clayton Homes. 

• Recently, local orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gregery Hoover performed a new procedure specifically designed for “Baby Boomers” who have early arthritis and are looking to avoid a total knee replacement. This procedure resurfaces only the part of the knee that is damaged from everyday wear and tear or a traumatic event.

• Mayfield Dairy is recruiting additional farmers to supply milk directly to the plant. Called Dairy Direct, Mayfield’s direct sourcing program will allow the plant to build stronger business relationships with local dairy farmers it knows and trusts, while providing the plant with more information about the farms and cows behind the Mayfield brand. Mayfield’s Dairy Direct program expansion launched in October and farmer interest has been very strong. The company continues to meet with interested farmers, and the program is expected to reach capacity soon.

• East Tennessee native and interior designer Todd Richesin was honored as a “Top Designer Under 40” in November’s “House Beautiful” magazine. Richeson, originally from Sweetwater, attended Tennessee Wesleyan College and started his own interior design firm, Todd Richesin Interiors, in 1999 in West Knox County.

• At the 35th Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Dermatology Society Meeting in October, Clark E. Julius, M.D. was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for his many years of care to patients and his support of dermatology on local, state and national levels. Julius founded 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 also is extending a promotion for free HD channels through the end of the year. Farragut is 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.

• Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC, one of the Southeast’s largest accounting and business consulting firms, has added Angie Pruitt in its Knoxville office.

• 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.


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