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• The largest cattlemen’s conference and trade show in the state will be held in Murfreesboro, Jan. 21-23 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center. The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention and Tradeshow will feature nationally renowned speakers covering cattle health and wellbeing, price outlook, industry issues as well as cattle marketing and genetics. Pre-registration for the convention and trade show is only $25 and covers entry to the cow colleges, trade show and lunch for both days. Registration at the door is $35. For more information, call 615-896-2333 or email or visit

• St. Mary’s Medical Center is the only hospital in Tennessee to be named as an Epicenter Teaching Center for robotic-assisted gynecologic surgery using the da Vinci Surgery System. L. Michael Fields, MD, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist at St. Mary’s, is one of 17 physicians in the United States to be designated as an Epicenter Training Physician for Gynecologic Robotic Surgery by Intuitive Surgical, the maker of the da Vinci Surgical System.

• A new faculty position has been created at The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine to teach future veterinarians companion animal behavior.  The college has partnered with Knoxville-based Radio Systems Corporation, makers of the PetSafe and Invisible Fence brands, to create the PetSafe Chair in Clinical Animal Behavior.  Randy Boyd, Radio Systems Corporations founder and CEO, is a graduate of UT.  The position was created to help protect the human-companion animal bond through research to better understand companion animal behaviors that jeopardize a pet remaining in the home environment.

• The law firm of Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C. announces that Lawrence F. Giordano, a shareholder in the Knoxville office, has been selected to become a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only national trial lawyer honorary society.

• Above the Rest Event Designs, owned by local resident Dianna Glandon, was a first-place winner in a national business package competition at the FLOAT convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. FLOAT is an annual convention for intermediate and advanced balloon artists from the United States and abroad.

• Dr. Phillip B. Michael, MD, has opened a private practice, General-Integrative Medicine, in Farragut. Practice specializes in therapy with a focus on patient-centered methods to improve overall health, including methods considered alternative and complementary. Practice also uses the Ondamed system, an FDA-registered biofeedback device that uses pulsed electromagnetic therapy as a treatment.

• For the 17th consecutive year, Edward Jones ranked No. 1 in Registered Rep. magazine’s annual survey of the nation’s five largest financial services firms, according to John Gardner, AAMS. The magazine randomly selects financial advisors nationwide and asks them to rank their firms in various categories. Edward Jones’ overall score was 9.4 out of 10 possible points. The overall average for all firms was 7.6. The firm scored highest in all of the 17 categories ranked, including overall work environment and compensation, senior management, overall ethics and public image.

• Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC has added Mark Brumbelow in its Knoxville office.

• UT Federal Credit Union has announced the promotion of two employees. Malinda Wood, with two years at UTFCU and five years previously with K 25/Enrich-ment Federal Credit Union, has been promoted to VP of Marketing. Teri Branam, with 12 years at UTFCU, has been moved into the position of Business Development Manager.

• National Transplant Assistance Fund announces Louis Miner of Farragut has been awarded a $500 challenge grant in recognition of fundraising success. He raised funds for uninsured medical expenses related to organ transplants.

• Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace Bearden Hill Office announces Cindy Connor Fecher and Kim Bays have 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 and National Association of Realtors.

• Broker and owner Jeff Grebe of Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus has announced the company’s top agents for November 2009. Congratula-tions went to Top Buying Agent Mary-Ann Linkowski, Top Listing Agent Jacqueline Burg and Company Wide Agent of the Month Ted Fisher.

• 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.

• Merit Construction, Inc. was awarded the 2009 Associated General Contractors of Tennessee Safety Excellence Award for outstanding results achieved by their safety program. Candidates for the award were judged on corporate commitment to safety, overall program elements, level of employee involvement, and the company’s effectiveness in promoting safety to include uniqueness and creativity. Merit’s extensive safety training program is led by full-time safety director Theresa Adcock. Merit Construction also was honored with the AGC Safety Excellence Award award in 2003, 2005 and 2007. Candidates are not eligible to win two consecutive years.

• The Board of Directors of Professional Project Services, Inc. has announced several executive promotions to become effective Jan. 1, the beginning of the company’s fiscal year 2010. Dr. L. Barry Goss, Pro2Serve’s founder and current chairman of the Board and president, will assume the role of chairman and chief executive officer. Mark DeGraff, current executive vice president, will assume the role of president. Andy Smith, current vice president of business development services, will assume the role of senior vice president of business development. Kirk Ellard, current assistant vice president for Pro2Serve’s security programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will assume the role of vice president and senior program manager for Pro2Serve’s integrated physical security solutions division. Pro2Serve is an Oak Ridge-based company that provides critical infrastructure engineering services in support of national security.

• 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 its 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 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.

• 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.

• Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC, 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. 

• 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 has opened new office location, 105 Center Park Drive. 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.

• 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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