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• Weichert, Realtors- Advantage Plus has announced the agency’s top producing agents for December 2009. Congratulations went to top listing agents Elizabeth McDaniel and J. Corbitt, top selling agent Keith Allison and company-wide agent of the month Mary-Ann Linkowski. McDaniel, Corbitt, Allison and Linkowski are specialists in residential sales serving Knoxville and surrounding areas. They are members of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors.

• Beat cabin fever at Hard Rock Cafe Gatlinburg Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Feb. 4 and Feb. 18 with its Cabin Fever Singer/Songwriter Series. Event begins at 7 p.m. each night. Admission is free; all ages welcome. Entrants must pay $25 entrance fee and must be over 18 years old. For more information, visit or call Gatlinburg’s Hard Rock at 866-235-7625.

• Chick-fil-A customers can receive free breakfast items in exchange for cereal box tops each Thursday throughout January and February at all 12 of the restaurant’s locations in the Knoxville area. Free breakfast food giveaways include a yogurt parfait Thursday, Jan. 28; chick-n-minis Thursday, Feb. 4; chicken egg and cheese on sunflower multigrain bagel Thursday, Feb. 11; yogurt parfait Thursday, Feb. 18 and chicken biscuit Thursday, Feb. 25. No purchase necessary; limit one free item per customer per day. 

• The Historic Bijou Theatre announces that Martha Boggs, long-time manager of the Bistro at the Bijou restaurant, has purchased the business previously owned by the Millwood Group. As of the beginning of 2010, the Bistro has entered into a multi-year lease with the non-profit Bijou Theatre, according to Bijou Theatre Board of Directors President Larsen Jay. Renovations will take place at Bistro throughout the year. Currently, the Bijou Theatre is owned and operated as a non-profit performing arts venue and is managed by AC Entertainment.

• AC Entertainment announces Patrick M. M. Roddy has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer as of the first of the year. Previously, Roddy worked at UBS and Merrill Lynch, the Knoxville Zoo and Roddy Coca-Cola. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Knoxville Zoo, is Alumni Chairman of Leadership Knoxville and a Knoxville Area Transit Commissioner.

• Rural/Metro firefighter Matt Kinney won first place in the sixth Annual Tennessee Ultimate Fire Fighters Challenge held recently at the Tennessee State Fire School in Bell Buckle, Tenn. The challenge, which is open to all Tennessee firefighters and fire departments, tests the speed, strength and general fitness of the participants. Proceeds of the challenge benefit the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Fund. The TUFF Challenge consists of individual and team relays incorporating victim rescue, ventilation and climbing techniques that firefighters use daily in the course of their duties. Kinney completed the course with his personal best time of 2:01 to take first place, and was given a bronze-plated traveling axe, which he will hold until next year’s competition. Rural/Metro policy states that employees must pass an annual physical aptitude test. Firefighters are free to follow any fitness regimen they choose in order to meet this requirement.

• Southern Appalachia Railway Museum again will be running its popular Valentine Dinner Train. Scheduled departures are at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12; at 1 and 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, and at 1 and 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 14. Rides last approximately one-and-a-half hours and take diners leisurely through the former Manhattan Project K-25 plant site and rural Poplar Creek Valley. Reservations are required; seating is limited. Tickets are $140 per couple. Call 865-241-2140.

• Robert “Rob” Vance, partner in the Valuation, Litigation & Business Transition Services Group with Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC, has been approved as a financial industry regulatory authority dispute resolution arbitrator.

• American Society of Agricultural Appraisers will offer a Personal Property Appraisal seminar Feb. 10-14 in Nashville. Seminar is approved by Appraiser Qualifications Board and meets 35 hours of core education requirements of “Personal Property Appraiser Minimum Qualifications Criteria.” For more information, call 800-488-7570 or visit

• LBMC Employment Partners, LLC has added Jennifer Luttrell in its Knoxville office.

• Knoxville’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.

• 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 Sunburst USA Beauty Pageant, registration begins at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 24.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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. “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.

• 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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