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• Maryville College’s $47-million Clayton Center for the Arts recently installed 17 brand-new Yamaha pianos in various shapes and sizes from Knoxville’s Bill Jones Music. These new Yamaha pianos will replace pianos held in storage since Maryville College’s Fine Arts Center was torn down in August 2007. Most of the pianos used in the Fine Arts Center were at least 40 years old.

• Margi A. Milburn has joined The Assur-ance Center, 10325 Technology Drive in Knoxville. Milburn brings 30 years of experience in the insurance industry.

• Lee Finch, a pioneer in the Re/Max system, has joined Re/Max of Kentucky/Tennessee, Inc., Re/Max of Georgia, Inc., Re/Max of Southern Ohio, Inc. and Re/Max Detroit Metro, Inc., as a consultant. Finch became a real estate agent in 1971 and a RE/MAX franchise owner in 1982.

• West Town Mall will host Ladies Night Out from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4. Event will feature food, fashion, music, beauty advice, wine and chocolate tastings and great Valentine’s Day gift and date night ideas.

• Town of Farragut will sponsor “How to Discover and Utilize Resources for Improving Your Life,” at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 15, at Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Participants will learn what to do to improve their situation, what the resources are, where to find them and how to utilize them. Speaker is Dr. Mark G. Barkan; cost is free. Registration is preferred; call 865-966-7057.

• East Tennessee native Dr. Larry Kilgore recently returned home to practice at The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute. Kilgore, a gynecologic oncologist, moved back to Tennessee after practicing for 20 years at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

 • Knox County Health Department’s Diabetes Management classes, part of KCHD’s Comprehensive Approach to Reducing Diabetes Program, will be held at noon on Thursdays in February (Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25 and March 4) at 140 Dameron Ave. Every class includes a diabetic-appropriate meal for each participant. Door prizes will be drawn weekly. Classes are free and open to the public. Parking is free and convenient. Anyone interested should call 865-215-5170 to reserve space.

• Amber Cox and Kristy Jones have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners. Cox is a service specialist for the Fountain City office. She was an operations manager for First Tennessee Bank. Jones is a mortgage advisor assistant for Pinnacle’s office off Northshore Drive. She comes from Wells Fargo, where she was a mortgage specialist.

• Fairview Technology Center business incubator and its sponsors have announced a call for entries for its 2009 Start-up Business Plan Competition. The competition will serve to highlight the best and brightest technology-based business plans and reward those judged to have the most potential for local growth and job creation in the Greater Knoxville area. First and second place honorees will receive business development packages including free rent at the FTC facility, a lengthy listing of complimentary business consulting services from local providers, and even cash grant reimbursements for start-up costs. Initial entry applications for the competition are due on or before March 12, 2010. For more information, visit

• Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC has added David Babb in its Knoxville office.

• J. Joseph Ferowich, a Realtor and civil engineer, has joined Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus. A member of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors, he serves Knoxville and surrounding areas.

• Kevin Painter, managing partner of Alcoa-based LeConte Wealth Management, has been awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation from Fiduciary360, an organization offering training, tools and resources to promote a culture of fiduciary responsibility and improve the decision-making processes of fiduciaries.

• Joseph A. “Joe” Ledford, PE, has been named Manager of the Knoxville office of Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc., announced Bob Higgins, CEO of BWSC.  Ledford, vice president of the firm and a member of its Board of Directors, is a structural engineer who joined BWSC in 1985. He has worked in its Knoxville office for 25 years.

• Members of the Utilities Management Federation have elected new board members for one-year terms effective January 2010. Rodney Blake, general manager of First Utility District, will serve as president. Other new officers include vice president Richard Phillips, general manager of Northeast Knox Utility District; second vice president Jimmy Langley, general manager of Luttrell Blaine Corryton Utility District; secretary Mike Banks, general manager of West Knox Utility District and treasurer Gary Jones, general manager, Knox Chapman Utility District.

• Pellissippi State Community College’s non-credit division, Business and Community Services, is offering a lively three-part workshop on social media and their tangible business value. The class meets Tuesdays, Feb. 16 and 23 and March 9. Students may choose to attend from 8:30 to10:30 a.m. or 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pellissippi Campus off Hardin Valley Road. Class size is limited. Instructor is Mark Schaefer, executive director of Schaefer Marketing Solutions. Cost of the class is $175. To register, call 865-539-7167 or visit

• The Volunteer Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America recently welcomed its 2010 Board Officers. The 2010 Volunteer Chapter of PRSA officers are: Susanne Dupes, president; Seth Linkous, past president; Chris Davis, president elect; Julia Wood, secretary; Lorna Norwood, treasurer; Michael Holtz, ethics officer; assembly delegates Laura Bower and Megan Brown; and directors at large Jonathan Haskell, John Cherry and Jeff Cuellar.  

• BB&T Corporation reported earnings for the fourth quarter and the full year 2009.  For the fourth quarter, net income totaled $194 million, or $.27 per diluted common share, compared with $307 million, or $.51 per diluted common share, earned during the fourth quarter of 2008. Results for the fourth quarter of 2009 produced annualized returns on average assets and average common shareholders’ equity of .47 percent and 4.52 percent, respectively.

• Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. reported its preliminary fourth quarter results. Loss per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders was $0.12 for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2009, compared to earnings per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2008, of $0.31. Fully diluted loss per common share available to common stockholders was $1.46 for the year ended Dec. 31, 2009, compared to earnings per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders for the year ended Dec. 31, 2008, of $1.27.

• Keith Allison and Linda Kelly, of Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus, have been awarded the Accredited Buyer Representation designation by Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council, Inc. of the National Association of Realtors.

• Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus has announced the addition of Realtor Allison Walker to its sales team. The residential sales specialist serves clients in West Knoxville, Farragut and surrounding areas. She is a member of the Knoxville Area Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of Realtors. Walker resides in Farragut with her husband and two children.

• First Tennessee recently named Farragut resident Heather McKinney as vice president and relationship manager in its private client services division. Prior to joining First Tennessee, McKinney served as a financial advisor at Charles Schwab Brokers and as a private banker for the wealth management division at Regions Morgan Keegan.

• Kellyann Tatum, a realtor with Corporate Quarters, has been awarded the Accredited Buyer’s Representation designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council of the National Association of Realtors.

• 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.


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