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• Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus will host a free buyers seminar, “Solving Today’s Market” at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, at 114 Lovell Road, Suite 102. Speakers are Home Mortgage Consultant Tammy White and Certified Financial Planner Scott Kessler. For more information, call 865-474-7100. Seating is limited.

• 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.

• Ed Mahoney, PE, has been named business unit director of industrial and facility design services for the engineering, architecture, and planning firm Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc. Mahoney, who was previously senior project manager in the firm’s Chattanooga office, will oversee units in the Nashville and Knoxville offices.

• Tennessee Gold Buyers opened a kiosk at West Town Mall Feb. 1 in front of the Victoria’s Secret location.

• 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..

• Mary-Ann Linkowski, a realtor with Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus, has achieved the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors Silver Award of Excellence for 2009. The silver award of excellence is presented to realtors meeting specific sales volume criteria. Linkowski has earned this award five consecutive years.

• 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.

• Randy Hudgings, PE, vice president, has been named senior engineer in charge of all aeronautics projects at Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon. He is responsible for the engineering, design and construction of all aviation projects throughout Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi

• 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.

 • 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. 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.

• Members of the Utilities Management Federation have elected new board members. 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 to 10:30 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 at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18 with its Cabin Fever Singer/Songwriter Series. 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 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.


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