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• West Town Mall will host “2010 Apartment Fair” from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11. West Town also will host “Simon Kidgits Club Eco Event” at noon Saturday, April 17. “Star 102.1 Radiothon for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital” will be held from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23.

• David Key, assistant professor of history at Pellissippi State Community College, will present “In Response to Industrialism,” from 11:50 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Thursday, April 1, in the Goins Building Auditorium at Pellissippi off Hardin Valley Road. The next Common Academic Experience event is scheduled 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, in the Goins Building Auditorium. Author and Knoxville native David Madden will do a dramatic reading from his newly published thriller, “Abducted by Circumstance.” Both events are free.

• Veteran Knoxville banker Phil Gardial has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a senior vice president and special assets officer. Gardial most recently served as a senior vice president and manager of the special assets division for First Security Group in Knoxville.

• Jim “J.T.” Fanning is the newest member of the sales team at Weichert, Realtors- Advantage Plus. He specializes in residential sales serving Knoxville and surrounding areas. He is a member of the Knoxville Association of Realtors. Fanning, a 10-year area resident, lives in Knoxville.

• Vicki Lynn Haggard is a new Realtor with Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus. Serving Knoxville and surrounding areas, she specializes in residential sales. She is a member of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. A native and long time resident of Knoxville, Haggard holds an associate degree in legal administration in business.

• Roland B. Weast, M.D., general surgeon with Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville, recently received his board certification from the American Board of Surgery. Weast joined Premier in 2009 and practices at Mercy Medical Center St. Mary’s and Mercy Medical Center North.

• Mercy Medical Center St. Mary’s has opened a new Chest Pain Center in the Emergency Department to help speed the diagnosis and treatment of individuals suffering from chest pain or other heart attack symptoms.

• The Tennessee Weight Loss & Surgery Center at The University of Tennessee Medical Center has been accredited as a Level 2a facility by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons. This designation means that the Tennessee Weight Loss & Surgery Center has met the essential criteria that ensure it is fully capable of supporting a bariatric surgery care program and that its institutional performance meets the requirements outlined by the ACS BSCN Accreditation Program.

• Bimbo Bakeries USA is throwing a kick-off party to launch its nutrition and value-focused Bimbo bread products at Knoxville-area Kroger stores. Raffle prizes will be given in each location, including a one-year supply of Bimbo bread and a donation of 300 loaves bread to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

 • United Way of Greater Knoxville has received a grant from United Way Worldwide to further efforts in the East Tennessee region to cut high school dropout rates and graduate all students ready for college or the workforce. Three other metropolitan United Ways and the state organization, United Ways of Tennessee, also received grants to ensure statewide implementation.

• Kenny Jordan of the North Peters location of Panera Bread in Knoxville recently was named top general manager in the East Tennessee region for 2009. Jordan was chosen for this award by the local Panera Bread franchise organization, CSC Investments, because of his track record of consistent strong sales and developing a dedicated team of associates.

• UT Federal Credit Union wants to be “friends,” and support East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in the process. UTFCU will donate to the Hospital $1, up to $3,000, for each Facebook fan who joins UT Federal Credit Union on Facebook before March 31. At the time of launching the campaign, UTFCU had 138 Facebook fans.

• Veteran banker and Lexington native Christopher T. Holmes has been named chief banking officer of FirstBank as part of an expansion of the statewide community bank’s executive team, FirstBank President and CEO Doug Cruickshanks announced today.

• Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus was honored by Weichert Real Estate Affiliates as a 2009 Ambassador’s Club office, one of the two Awards of Excellence given by the organization to franchised offices nationwide. The Knoxville agency was one of nine offices to earn the award in 2009, based on meeting gross commission income or units sold during the year. An engraved Ambassador’s Cup was presented to Broker Jeff Grebe and Manager Dan Evans at the annual awards banquet held March 13 at The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville.

• Junior Achievement of East Tennessee will be honoring five professionals who have mentored many individuals in our area and beyond.  Tim Williams, Ted & Avis Phillips, and William “Bill” Carroll, Sr., and William “Billy” Carroll, Jr., will be recognized for their many accomplishments on Thursday, April 8, at the Marriott Knoxville at the 22nd Annual Business Hall of Fame. 

• Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus has announced the agency’s top producing agents for Feb. 2010. For the second consecutive month, Elizabeth McDaniel and J. Corbitt shared top billing as Top Listing Agents. Top Selling Agent Gene Sims and Company-Wide Agent of the Month Mike Bowers earned congratulations for their achievements.

• Knoxville Center is pleased to announce the opening of Fort Sill National Bank this April. FSNB is a full service bank with a 60-year tradition of distinguished banking service to both the military and civilian communities.

• RE/MAX of Tennessee held a celebration at Embassy Suites in Nashville on Wednesday, Feb. 24 to celebrate the achievements of its top 10 individuals and top 10 teams from across the state for 2009. The top three individual agents were John J. Quinn of RE/MAX Elite in Memphis, Gary D. Andrews from RE/MAX Preferred Properties, Inc in Knoxville and Rhonda R. Vineyard of RE/MAX Preferred Properties, Inc in Knoxville.

• The Small Business Commerce Association announces Tennessee 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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