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• The Small Business Commerce Association announces Tennesse School of Beauty has been selected for the 2009 Best of Business Award in the cosmetology school category. The SBCA Best of Business Award Program recognizes the best of small businesses throughout the country. Using federal, state, city and county government data and other research, the SBCA selection committee chooses the award winners that are believed to have demonstrated what makes small businesses a vital part of the American economy.

• The new Bailey International Corporation corporate offices, distribution center and manufacturing operation are located in the WestBridge Business Park at 2527 Westcott Blvd. in Knoxville. The corporate groups at this location consist of sales and customer service, engineering, finance and accounting and executive management. Bailey was established in 1976 and has become one of the world’s most extensive manufacturing and distribution networks of hydraulic cylinders and components.

• Doyle Hensley with Realty Executives Associates has earned the nationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource certification. The National Association of Realtors offers the SFR certification to Realtors who want to help both buyers and sellers navigate these complicated transactions, as demand for professional expertise with distressed sales grows.

• Brandi Matson is now a member of the sales team at Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus in Knoxville. Matson specializes in residential sales to clients in Knoxville and surrounding areas as a member of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors. Matson holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing/business training from The University of Tennessee.

• 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 Knoxville Music Club, and Myra Brooks-Turner of MBT Productions. 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

• 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.

• 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 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.

• 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.

• Tammy Hannan, RN 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.

T• 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.


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