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• The tallies are in and Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus has named the company’s top agents for January 2010. Honorees Elizabeth McDaniel and J. Corbitt tied as Top Listing Agents for January. Also off to a running start for the year were Top Selling Agent Marcy Halberstadt and Company-wide Agent of the Month Jacqueline Burg. The agents offer a full range of real estate services to clients in Knoxville and surrounding areas. They are members of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors.

• Kroger is teaming up with Shell to enable customers in the Greater Knoxville area to earn fuel savings at the pump. Beginning Feb. 15, every time Kroger customers in the Greater Knoxville area make a purchase with their Kroger Plus Card they not only save money on their grocery bill, but also earn Fuel Points to be used at the pump. The grocer rewards program provides Kroger customers the opportunity to redeem 100 points to earn 10 cents per gallon, or up to 1,000 Fuel Points per visit to earn up to $1 per gallon at Kroger Fuel Centers and participating Shell stations. This offer is valid up to 35 gallons per fuel purchase.

• The Fittest Company Challenge is a featured activity of Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, which will be held Sunday, March 28. The challenge is open to area employers and encourages employees of all fitness levels to participate in marathon events. For this competition, speed doesn’t matter. Winners are determined by the total combined miles completed by the company’s employees. The challenge awards 3.1 points for completing the 5k, 6.55 points for each person in the four-person relay, 13.1 points for the half marathon and 26.2 points for the full marathon. First, second and third place awards are presented to companies in small (1-100 employees), medium (101-500 employees) and large (more than 500 employees) categories. For more information, visit

• Certified Credit Union Executive designations recently were awarded to 27 individuals from 10 different states. Among those was Amber Price, a regional manager at Y-12 Federal Credit Union. Price was first employed at Y-12 FCU as a teller, moving to the marketing department and then serving as a branch manager in Farragut from 2006 to 2008. She has served as regional branch manager since 2008.

• The League of Women Voters is trying to train League members as volunteer observers who would observe and report on County Commission, City Council, School Board, Metropolitan Planning Commission, Election Commission, and other public meetings. Observers evaluate specific features of each meeting, including whether actions appeared to have been discussed in closed instead of open sessions, if background information was publicly available, if members appeared to have done their homework and so on. or more information, call Barbara Nicodemus at 865-688-4694 or e-mail

• ORNL Federal Credit Union will hold its on-line election to fill the three open seats on its board. On-line voting will begin Tuesday, Feb. 23, and will end at Thursday, March 4. Incumbents Marcy Catron, Sam McKenzie and James Payne, along with Tom Berg, will run for the three available three-year terms on the board. Winners of the election will be announced at the Annual Meeting of the Membership at 6 p.m., March 11, at Doubletree Hotel in Oak Ridge, and at Voters must be 18 or older and have an established account as of Jan. 31, 2010.

• Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain has worked extensively for nearly a year to understand and address the requirements of the Hitech Act of 2009 through the efforts of the LBMC Hitech Task Force.  The LBMC Hitech Task Force will assist both hospitals and physician practices in successfully meeting the Hitech requirements. In addition to a number of planned Web-casts and presentations offered at no cost to interested parties, LBMC also is providing a low-cost Hitech Roadmap program for organizations and individuals that want to start the planning and budgeting process.

• Knox County Republican Party announces Sen. John Thune of South Dakota will be keynote speaker for its annual Lincoln Day Dinner, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, at Rothchild Catering and Conference Center. Thune was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, defeating Sen. Tom Daschle, and is GOP Chief Deputy Whip. Tickets are $25 per person; call 865-689-4671.

• Susannah B. Dunn, 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.

• Pellissippi State Community College is offering a preparation class for taking the Certified Welding Inspector exam. The CWI exam prep course is Feb. 23 through April 15. Classes will meet from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, in the Lamar Alexander Building, Room 206, at the Pellissippi Campus off Hardin Valley Road. Cost is $995, which includes the welding inspectors handbook, API Standard 1104: code book and other course materials. CWI exam will be offered at Pellissippi State April 17. For more information, call Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services office at 865-694-6663.

• In celebration of National Pancake Day, IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer each guest a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. IHOP restaurants will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., on National Pancake Day, Tuesday, Feb. 23. For every short stack of buttermilk pancakes served on National Pancake Day, IHOP guests are invited to make a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network. Donations made at IHOPs in the Knoxville area will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network program at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. This year, IHOP is hoping to raise $1.75 million. To find a local IHOP or to donate online, visit

• Business Network International, a 25 year-old business and professional networking referral organization, will open membership in two local West Knoxville chapters: the Networking Success Chapter and the Riverside Chapter. BNI will hold a visitors day kick-off, beginning at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Tusculum College.

• Knoxville’s Todd Richesin has been honored as one of the “20 Young Designers to Watch” in the March 2010 issue of Traditional Home. “This is a huge honor in the interior design world,” said Richesin, owner of Knoxville-based Todd Richesin Interiors. Cast a vote for Richesin at Voters have the chance to win a custom room design makeover and $5,000 worth of Duralee fabric.  Richesin is among 20 designers nationwide vying for the prestigious title.

• Maryville College has been chosen to be the administrator of a National Science Foundation grant valued at $440,000 spanning three years. According to Dr. Jennifer Brigati, assistant professor of biology and one of the principal investigators of the grant, the money will fund yeast cell research led by herself, Dr. Steven Wright from Carson-Newman College, Dr. D. Grant Willhite from Tennessee Wesleyan College and Dr. Jeffrey Becker from The University of Tennessee. The project will be focused on studying the interactions of a yeast cell’s two G protein-coupled receptors. One is glucose-sensing and concerned with detecting nutrients required for survival; the other is pheromone-sensing and responsible for mating. The project will examine the hypothesis that the two receptors are interdependent. Human applications of the proposed research include a better understanding of medical issues, including diabetes. NSF also is funding a total of 18 student stipends for three summers starting in 2010, allowing them to collaborate with the professors on the project (at Maryville College or UT) and then at their home institutions during the academic year.

• Kohl’s department stores announces its tenth Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship Program, recognizing youths who make a difference by volunteering in their communities. Nominations for children ages 6 to 18 will be accepted Feb. 1 through March 15 at Nominators must be 21 years or older. Two nominees from each of Kohl’s 1,059 stores nationwide will win a $50 Kohl’s gift card, and more than 190 contestants will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward post-secondary education. Ten national winners each will receive $10,000 in scholarships, and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each winner’s behalf.

• Build-A-Bear Workshop is accepting nominations for the Huggable Heroes program, which recognizes youth throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada who have done wonderful things to help the community around them. It is the seventh year of the program. Nominations can be made for youth ages 8 through 18. For more information, or to make a nomination, visit

huggableheroes or pick up an entry form at a participating Build-A-Bear Workshop store. Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 26, 2010.

• Hibbett Sports, Inc. has opened seven new stores, Hibbett Sports Chief Executive Officer Mickey Newsome has announced, including two in Tennessee, two in Arkansas, one in Illinois, one in Wisconsin and one in Missouri. There are now 52 Hibbett Sports stores in Tennessee, 39 in Arkansas, 18 in Illinois, two in Wisconsin and 24 in Missouri.

• 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 previously was 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

• East Tennessee native Dr. Larry Kilgore recently returned home to practice at The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute.



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