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• Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus has added Jessica Kivett to its sales team. As a specialist in residential sales, she serves clients in Knoxville and surrounding areas. She is a member of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors the Tennessee Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

• Opening ceremony for the Region's Dedicated Heart Hospital at The University of Tennessee Medical Center will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 22. Following the ceremony, guests will be invited in to tour the facility and enjoy refreshments. Additionally, an open house for the community is set from 4 to 7 p.m. that afternoon. The $26 million facility is the first new inpatient building to open at UT Medical Center since the 12-story East Tower opened in 1984. The Heart Hospital will serve to further expand the inpatient services of UT Medical Center's Heart Lung Vascular Institute.

• Farragut interior designer Alfie Rowan, of Eden Rowe Designs, is one of more than a dozen of the area’s top designers featured in the 2010 Knoxville Symphony League Show House in The Summit at Rocky Hill. The Show House is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m., Sundays until April 25. Rowan collaborated with Debbie Zimmerman of DZigns in designing the kitchen and a third bedroom.

• Thanks to a record-breaking fall 2009 enrollment of 10,297 students at Pellissippi State Community College, employment opportunities have increased for area adjunct faculty and non-credit instructors. The school will hold a job fair from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, in the Goins Administration Building on Pellissippi campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. For more information, call human resources at 865-539-7082. 

• Local educator and award-winning author Mark Schaefer will offer “Social Media Marketing Workshop for Business” at Pellissippi State Community College, beginning April 13 and running for four Tuesdays. Workshop series offers an interactive approach for those interested in unraveling the business benefits offered by social media such as Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Class times are 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. or 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; students may choose either option. Classes will be held in Room 129 of the Alexander Building on the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Cost is $175. For more information or to register, call 865-539-7167 or visit

• Mercy Health Partners announced plans to open a new physician, imaging and diagnostic center in South Knoxville at 7323 Chapman Highway, the old Food City location. The new center will be called Mercy South and will house a CT scanner, x-ray, ultrasound, mammography, bone density and lab facilities as well as providing primary care and specialty doctors’ offices. Mercy plans to spend $2.3 million to convert the old Food City building into medical office space with about 37,000 square feet of space and a completion date of September 2010.

• Pellissippi State Community College’s upcoming design showcase and portfolio exhibit features the work of 23 students in the Communication Graphics Technology program. Event is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 22, at the Bagwell Center for Media and Art. Event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 865-694-6750.

• Readers of the Greater Nashville “House & Home & Garden” magazine have voted RE/MAX of Tennessee as their favorite Realty Company for 2010. The prize is awarded following a ballot of readers.

• Volunteer Ministry Center, in partnership with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, presents “Carry the Torch Knoxville,” featuring Steve Lopez, the author of the book “The Soloist.” This luncheon will be held at noon Tuesday, May 11, at the Knoxville Convention Center, and will shine a spotlight on the issues of homelessness and mental illness.

• A Mercy Health Partners’ robotic surgery specialist is going to present two lectures on robotic-assisted hysterectomy at the second annual World Robotic Gynecology Congress in Orlando, Fla. L. Michael Fields, M.D., a board-certified gynecologist, is presenting papers on robotic-assisted procedures for a woman with a large uterus and for morbidly obese patients.

• The Knoxville office of Keller Williams, which opened in August 2008, won the coveted Home Run Launch award and Top Office for Profit Share in Launch Phase. Home Run Launch is awarded to the most successful new franchise in the United States and Canada.

• The public relations campaign surrounding Dolly Parton’s honorary degree from The University of Tennessee earned UT’s Marketing & Communications department the 2010 “Best of Show” award for public relations achievement in East Tennessee. Award was presented at the Public Relations Society of America Volunteer Chapter V Awards April 15 at Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville.

• Top agents from Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus in Knoxville took bows at the annual banquet hosted by the Weichert Tennessee-Kentucky Broker Council. Christie Sox, Elizabeth McDaniel, James Corbitt, Marcy Halberstadt and Terry Patton were awarded plaques for their membership in the 2009 Executive Club. Agents named to the Certificate Club, receiving sales achievement awards, were Carol Zimmerman, Dottie Webb, Jacqueline Burg, Mary-Ann Linkowski and Ted Fisher. Lillian Rayson was honored as the council’s 2009 Rookie of the Year.

• Legacy Firms, The Le Blanc Financial Alliance of Companies, opened at its new location at Advantage Place, near Cedar Bluff Road, April 1. The Legacy team invites the public to visit its new location at 308 North Peters Road, Suite 100.

• The Knox County Council of Garden Clubs and The Franklin Square Merchants Association will host the 17th Annual Spring Garden Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 24, at The Shops at Franklin Square, 9700 Kingston Pike. The Festival is a featured event of the 2010 Dogwood Arts Festival. Event features local vendors of annuals, perennials, day lilies, native plants, herbs; garden related arts and crafts and gardening services and information in a distinctive architectural setting. Master gardeners will be available for consulting. Art from local schools, including Cedar Bluff Middle School, Christian Academy of Knoxville and Webb School of Knoxville will be displayed. For more information, visit

• 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 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 those interested 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.

• West Town Mall will host several events in April and May. “Star 102.1 Radiothon for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital” from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23. “The Restoration House’s Fourth Annual Mother’s Day Celebration” will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 1. “Simon Kidgits Club Dino Days” wil begin at noon, Saturday, May 15. “Ladies Night Out” will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 27.

• 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.


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