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• The town of Farragut now is accepting registrations for the 23rd annual Independence Day Parade, planned for 9:30 a.m., Saturday, July 3. Deadline for registration is Thursday, June 24, until the Town receives 95 entries or the lineup area is full, whichever comes first. Entries can be submitted by groups such as businesses and community organizations, and can include antique cars, floats and entertainment. The Town especially encourages the participation of musical groups and bands in the parade. For more information, visit www.townoffarragut.org or call Town Hall at 865-966-7057.

• For the third consecutive year, The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Stroke Center will receive national attention for earning a prestigious award through the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Representatives with the medical center recently learned that UT Medical Center’s Stroke Center is the only certified primary stroke center in the Knoxville region to earn the 2010 Get With the Guidelines Gold Award.

• Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus will host a free buyers seminar, “Solving Today’s Market” at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 17, at 114 Lovell Road, Suite 102. Featured 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. Seating is limited.

• The University of Tennessee College of Communication and Information will hold its annual Experience Diversity Banquet at 7 p.m. Friday, April 9, at Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Keynote speaker is Phyllis Y. Nichols, president and CEO of the Knoxville Area Urban League. Nichols also will be presented with the 2010 College of Communication and Information Diversity Award.

• Pellissippi State Community College’s new Blount County Campus will bear the name of a trusted long-term-care provider and key community supporter: Shannondale. Administered by Presbyterian Homes of Tennessee, Inc., Shannondale of Maryville and Shannondale of have made a gift to the Pellissippi State Foundation that includes funds to equip the new campus’s nursing classroom and to support scholarships for nursing students.

• Tony Pecoraro has been named executive vice president of sales for Knoxville-based Purely Products, according to the company’s president, Myron Mullins. Purely Products is a leader in bringing innovative, eco-friendly, healthy living products to market while helping kids.

• After five years in business, iSold It on eBay owner Jackie Jacobs has decided not to renew her lease in Turkey Creek. The store stopped accepting items April 1, and is calling customers to pick up any unsold items. The store’s last day in Turkey Creek will be April 30. For customers that still have items to sell, Jacobs will be conducting seminars during the month of April at the store to train and empower individuals to tackle the eBay selling process themselves. Spaces will be very limited, so folks are encouraged to call or stop by the store to sign up for the classes.

• Keller Williams Realty recently held its inaugural awards meeting at Gettysvue Country Club. Southeast region leaders Bob Kilinski and Cheryl Sadoti were on hand to celebrate the personal achievement of agents in the No. 1 New Market Center in the Keller Williams family. Top honors went to Judy Teasley, who was recognized as the top agent and received gold level honors. Johnnie Creel was recognized for achieving the silver level. Kathleen Archer, Doris Ann Farmer, Chris Hauck, Lucas Haun, Connie McNamara, Gary Moss, Janice Presnell, Becky Sexton and Christine Sparks were bronze level. Team Awards were presented to Hollie McRay Verdeaux and John Verdeaux for silver and Jennifer Halinkowski and Christine McInerney for bronze. Market Center Analyst Elaine Maynard was awarded triple gold for her achievements in financial reporting.

• Amputee Coalition of America announces its 2010 officers of the board of directors and two new board members: Marshall J. Cohen as chairman of the board, Pat Chelf as vice-chair, Art Bassin as treasurer and Rick Myers as secretary. Each officer will serve a one-year term.



• West Town Mall will host “2010 Apartment Fair” from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11.



• West Town Mall 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.

 

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