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• Knoxville Music Club, a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and Tennessee Federation of Music Clubs, showcased a concert of piano solos and duets composed by Jeanne Costello, president of the Knoxville Music Club, and Myra Brooks-Turner of MBT Productions. The selections performed are being considered as possible required compositions in the 2011-2013 National Federation of Music Clubs Festival Bulletin. For more information, e-mail myrabrooksturner@aol.com

• Supporters of the OUTLIVE Tennessee Fights to Beat Cancer program donated $130,000 to benefit cancer patients and their families at The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute. UT men’s athletic director Mike Hamilton presented the check for OUTLIVE to representatives of the Cancer Institute during halftime of the Kentucky at Tennessee basketball game in Thompson-Boling Arena.

• First Tennessee recently named Brooke Macy as vice president and relationship manager in its private client services division. Macy has been with First Tennessee since 2001 and most recently served as manager of First Tennessee’s downtown Knoxville financial center at First Tennessee Plaza.

• Outback Steakhouse, a longtime supporter of U.S. military troops, announced its commitment to donate $1 million to Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization that provides emergency and moral support for active troops, veterans and their families. Outback also is holding a month-long “Thanks for Giving” effort in participating restaurant locations in the U.S. Restaurant-goers are invited to express their appreciation to the country’s dedicated servicemen and women by visiting Outback restaurants this month and ordering from the “Red, White and Bloomin’” menu. Proceeds from menu sales during the month of March will help to meet the $1 million commitment to Operation Homefront. The menu will be available through March 31.

• Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus has announced the return of experienced realtor Larry Maso. He offers a full range of real estate services to clients in metropolitan Knoxville and surrounding areas. He is a member of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors and the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council and received the Knoxville Area Silver Award of Excellence for 2007.

• Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will be running Secret City Scenic Excursion Train tours in April. The train is heated and air conditioned, includes a commissary car where refreshments and souvenirs may be purchased, and has restrooms on board. The rides last about an hour and 15 minutes, and knowledgeable car hosts narrate part of the trip. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children, ages 3 through 12. Reservations are suggested; call 865-241-2140.

• Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus will host a free buyers seminar, “Solving Today’s Market” at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 20, at 114 Lovell Road, Suite 102. Speakers will be Home Mortgage Consultant Tammy White and Certified Financial Planner Scott Kessler. For more information or to make a reservation, call 865-474-7100 or 865-218-0230. Seating is limited.

• Tammy Hannan, RN, the ICU clinical leader at Mercy Medical Center West, has received a Patriotic Employer Award for her support of a Mercy associate who has been deployed to Iraq with the 278th Regimental Combat Team. The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve presented the Patriotic Employer Award to Hannan for her contributions to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force. Hannan said that David DiFranco, RN, a member of the 278th RCT, nominated her for the award.  

• Two long-practicing engineering and environmental firms, mainly serving the Southeast, have joined forces through the acquisition of Atlanta-based QORE Property Sciences by S&ME, Inc., headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. The acquisition, effective March 1, results from S&ME’s purchase of the assets of QORE, Inc. About 260 former QORE employees joined S&ME, increasing the company’s employment to 1,000.  This staff will work from 28 offices in North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. 

• Florida-based Saddle Creek Corporation, a third-party logistics company, has added a new director of business development: Brad Rolland, a graduate of Farragut High School. In his new role, Rolland will oversee the development of new customer relationships and maintain organic growth within existing accounts with a concentration on Saddle Creek’s transportation services. He will be based at the company’s headquarters in Lakeland, Fla.

• Matthew Bryan has joined the lending department of Foothills Bank and Trust, serving as vice president. Bryan, a Greenville native, earned a B.B.A. in Finance at East Tennessee State University. He currently resides in Knoxville and has been an active part of the Blount County community since 2005, previously working for two financial institutions.

• Three Knoxville Chamber members have been selected as 2010 Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Construction Plus, Knowledge Launch and Prestige Cleaners. The Knoxville Chamber nominated 14 local businesses for the U.S. Chamber Small Business Awards program and 11 companies applied. The three honorees now are eligible to be named as finalists for the Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award. Seven Blue Ribbon businesses will be named finalists – one from each region – on March 15.

The grand prizewinner will be announced by the U.S. Chamber at the America’s Small Business Summit on May 18, and will receive a $10,000 cash prize.

• Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold its next free bimonthly new business workshop on from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 17 at the department’s Knoxville regional office, 531 Henley Street, in suite 606. Free workshop is designed to assist those encountering business-related taxes for the first time. Tax specialists from various local and state agencies will provide the basic information needed to comply with registration and tax requirements. Areas of discussion will include business tax, sales and use tax, unemployment tax and tax enforcement procedures. Register at www.tn.gov/revenue or by calling 865-594-6100.

• Valarie Thompson with ReMax Preferred Properties has achieved the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors Gold Award of Excellence for 2009. Thompson has received this award every year since 1998. The Gold Award of Excellence is presented to realtors meeting specific sales volume criteria.  She also has received the Hall of Fame Service Award and the ReMax Hall of Fame Award. Thompson has been with Re/Max since April 1999, and began her realtor career in 1995 working in new construction for a builder/developer.

• 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

• 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.

• 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.

 

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