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• Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding received East Tennessee Public Television’s Be More Award for Local Service, recognizing STAR for demonstrating outstanding achievement and an extraordinary approach toward addressing a local community need through the preservation, promotion or engagement of community members. STAR provides therapeutic experiences using horse-related activities for persons with disabilities or other special challenges, and serves about 150 clients per week with the help of more than 300 volunteers and certified instructors.

• Knoxville Area Tennessee Small Business Development Center will sponsor three free events in March: a Small Business Start-Up seminar from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, March 8, at the Market Square location; a Marketing BootCamp I workshop from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Wednesday, March 10, at the Pellissippi Magnolia Campus; and a Government Contracting program Thursday, March 11, at the Market Square location. For more information, visit www.tsbdc.org, e-mail-jshelton@tsbdc.org or call 865-246-2663.

• Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. management participated in the KBW 2010 Regional Bank Conference in Boston, Mass. M. Terry Turner, president and chief executive officer, and Harold R. Carpenter, executive vice president and chief financial officer, represented the company.

• West Town Mall will host a number of events in March: Simon Kidgits Club Book Blast at noon, Saturday, March 6; Simon Kidgits Club Stroller Parade at noon, Saturday, March 20; Photos with the Easter Bunny, Saturday, March 20 through Saturday, April 3 (times are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m., Sundays). Final event is Sunburst USA Beauty Pageant at 4 p.m., Sunday, March 28. Registration begins at 3 p.m. 

• ABS Consulting and Oak Ridge National Laboratory has formalized, in a memorandum of understanding, ongoing research and collaborations pooling the resources of ABS and the DOE. ABS and ORNL will provide security and crisis management solutions to companies and agencies

and critical infrastructure owners and operators. The two companies next will prepare a business plan.

• A Mercy Medical Center St. Mary’s surgeon is the first in the Southeast to use just one small incision to perform a hysterectomy using the daVinci SI Robotic Surgical System. Michael Fields, M.D., a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist who performed this first single site procedure on Tuesday, Feb. 23, said the LESS (laproendoscopic single site surgery) procedure is the next evolution of minimally invasive surgery using the recently installed daVinci SI robotic system at Mercy Medical Center St. Mary’s. For more information, visit www.mercy.com

• Knoxville Bar Foundation will award grants for local law-related programs to deserving applicants in May 2010. Individual grant awards normally do not exceed $5,000; grants are not available for operating costs or endowments. Deadline for submitting an application is March 19. Application forms are available at www.knoxbar.org/KnoxvilleBarFoundation_Grant.html. For more information, contact KBF chairman Thomas M. Hale at tomhale@kramer-rayson.com or 865-525-5134.

• Broker/Owner Jeff Grebe of Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus has announced the Knoxville agency’s top ten honorees for the year 2009. Elizabeth McDaniel was honored as the top agent of the year, followed by Christie Sox, J. Corbitt, Terry Patton, Marcy Halberstadt, Carol Zimmerman, Mary-Ann Linkowski, Ted Fisher, Dottie Webb and Jacqueline Burg, who are listed in order of achievement. Grebe congratulated the recipients on “their dedication to customer service and their thorough knowledge of the real estate market and community needs.”

• Charles Garvey of Garvey Photography in Knoxville has earned the Photographic Craftsman degree from Professional Photographers of America. PPA President Ron Nichols presented the degree to Garvey at the association’s annual convention, Imaging USA, held in January in Nashville. The Photographic Craftsman degree recognizes Garvey’s service to the photographic profession as an orator, author and mentor.

• Dana Dalton, a 31-year-old Knoxville attorney, will be taking the “trip of a lifetime” when she and her husband board a plane next month to attend the 2010 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. after winning the grand prize in Cellular South’s recently completed Cellular South Cup “Getaway” contest and promotion.

• Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Tennessee has designated Mercy Medical Center St. Mary’s as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement.  Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery and Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement are part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association’s expansion of its Blue Distinction designation.

• Award winning hairstylist, author, and premier educator, with more than 47 years in the beauty industry, Yosh Toya’s background reads like a page from cosmetology history.  Recently named Modern Salon’s readers choice “75 Top Educators of the Century,”

• Tammy J. Pierson, senior project manager for Scripps Networks, has earned the Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute. The designation is the most recognized and respected global project management credential. To obtain a PMP credential, an individual must satisfy education (35 hours) and experience (no less than 4,500 hours) requirements, agree to adhere to a professional code of conduct and pass the PMP examination.

• Dr. John McEllligott, president and CEO of Occupational Health Systems, Inc. in Knoxville, was recently appointed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Office of Medical Programs to a one year position on the Medical Examiner Work Group. McElligott is one of three Tennesseans on the board of 13 physicians nationwide. 

• 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 www.knoxvillemarathon.com

• 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 observer@lwvknoxville.org

• 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 www.ornlfcu.com. 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 www.ihoppancakeday.com

• 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 www.traditionalhome.com/duralee/. 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.

 

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