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• LBMC Employment Partners, LLC, a member of the Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC family of companies, has added Jennifer Luttrell in its Knoxville office.

• Knox-ville’s Weichert, Realtors-Advantage Plus owner and broker Jeff Grebe and manager Dan Evans were on hand for “Millennium Summit,” a gathering of representatives from top Weichert franchises, held in New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

• Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. announced it will release its fourth quarter 2009 financial results Tuesday, Jan. 19, after the stock market closes. It also will host a live Webcast at 8:30 a.m. CST, Wednesday, Jan. 20, to review its financial results, business outlook for the firm and other matters. The fourth quarter 2009 earnings release will be available on the investor relations page of Pinnacle’s Web site at

• Terry Massey, Davidia Moore and Starlene Williams have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners’ new office located at 241 Brooklawn St. in Farragut. Massey, a client service specialist, brings 10 years of experience from First Tennessee Bank to his role. Moore brings 33 years of experience to her role of service specialist. Williams brings more than 11 years of experience to her role of service specialist.

• West Town Mall will host the following events in January: Covenant Health Carotid Artery Screenings will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 14. Knoxville Area Summer Camp Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16. Sunburst USA Beauty Pageant, registration begins at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 24.

• Knoxville Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants will hold its first meeting of 2010 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Rothchild’s Conference and Catering, 8807 Kingston Pike. Featured program is titled “Achieving Life-Work Balance,” and will be presented by Eric Benson, a local seminar leader, workshop facilitator, and one-on-one business coach. Cost is $13 for members and $6.50 for students and first-time guests. Lunch is included. Make reservations by Friday, Jan. 15, with Opal Brown, 865-690-0096 or 865-693-4764 or

• The Little Gyms of Knoxville and Farragut announce their search for the 2010 Preschool Teacher of the Year. The Little Gym will honor outstanding teachers making a difference in the early learning environment. Each preschool may submit up to two applications. Each teacher must be employed as a teacher for children between ages 2 and 5. Applications must be received by March 31; winners will be announced in April. Prizes will be awarded for the Teacher of the Year, and for first and second runner up. The preschool of the teacher of the year will receive $300. Submit applications to either Little Gym location. Judges are Cory Smith, principal of Rocky Hill Elementary School, WBIR-TV anchor Robin Wilhoit and Julia Craze, principal of Farragut Primary School.

• Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC has added healthcare consultant Caryn Conklin Hawthorne to its Knoxville office. Conklin will serve healthcare clients across the state of Tennessee.

• Saturday, Jan. 16, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission will hold a special in-service training program for area teachers at the CDF Haley Farm in Clinton. Program will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Teachers will receive four service-learning credit hours. For registration details, contact Dr. Rodney Russell at Also Saturday, Jan. 16, school-age children may participate in a Youth Symposium, also at the CDF Haley Farm. Students will depart from Vine Middle Magnet School at 8 a.m. Students should pre-register and provide permission slips. Those forms, as well as complete information and a detailed schedule, can be found at or can be requested by calling 865-673-8988.

• Each year, a committee of Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop law firm staff members solicits the names of either worthy individuals or charitable organizations from its attorneys and staff members. Fundraising activities are held throughout the year and the proceeds and/or gifts are distributed to the worthy organizations or persons at Christmas time. Dec. 23, the Lewis King Charitable Giving Committee members delivered financial gifts of $2,225 apiece to the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home in Sevierville, the Serenity Shelter of Knox Area Rescue Ministries and the Interfaith Health Clinic in Knoxville.

• First Tennessee recently named Jun Lee as portfolio manager in the commercial banking division. Prior to joining First Tennessee, Lee served as a credit underwriter at Regions Bank for more than eight years. She received her MBA from The University of Tennessee. Lee has lived in Knoxville’s Cedar Bluff community for more than 10 years.

• John Abadier, M.D., FACS, has joined the medical staff of Fort Loudoun Medical Center, specializing in general surgery. Dr. Abadier opened his office to patients Monday, Jan. 4. Abadier is relocating to East Tennessee from Rhode Island, where he has had a private practice for more than 27 years. He is a member of the American Medical Association and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons.

• Knoxville Area Tennessee Small Business Development Center will sponsor several free programs in January, each at 17 Market Square, No. 201, with Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership. Register at or by calling 865-246-2663. “Small Business Start-up,” 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, Jan. 11; “IRS Tax Workshop,” 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13. Bring a calculator. “Government Contracting/8(a) Certification,” 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Jan. 20. “Search Engines 101,” from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Goins Auditorium at Pellissippi State Community College. All workshops are free.

• Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center with the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will offer a free workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business. Workshop will be held Jan. 28, Feb. 25 and March 25, each day from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike. Workshop will be led by Rob Karpick, business specialist at the local TSBDC office. To sign up, call 865-483-2668 or email

• Local Kroger customers and associates in Knoxville raised almost $30,000 to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure Knoxville Affiliate, through multiple promotions hosted by the retailer to provide vital screening services and research to eradicate breast cancer. Kroger began fundraising efforts in early October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, beginning with its “Giving Hope a Hand” program, which featured a store-wide sales promotion of popular items marked with special shelf tags to highlight their participation. Kroger also encouraged shoppers to purchase $1 pink ribbon icons and $2 pink reusable shopping bags.

• Kroger’s pharmacies in Knoxville now are offering H1N1 flu vaccinations to the local community, protecting customers and associates alike from the H1N1 virus.  Flu immunizations, available for $10 each, will be administered by Kroger certified-immunized pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, while supplies last.

• 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 resigned her position 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.


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