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• Farragut businessman and author Mark Schaefer was a featured speaker at the American Public Power Association national conference in Indianapolis May 7. Schaefer spoke on using new social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter as tools to promote local economic development.

• UT Federal Credit Union is reaching out through Facebook, Twitter and Smokey Saver accounts to help the UT Medical Center Pediatrics department. UTFCU will donate $1 for every new person that visits their Facebook page and “likes” the campaign. They’ll also make donations for re-tweeting specific messages, and will donate $5 for every Smokey Saver account opened at any branch. Campaign goes through Wednesday, May 19 and UTFCU will donate up to $2,000. Visit www.utfcu.org

• Kroger Atlanta Division — which includes Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Knoxville, Tenn. — is not affected by the Freshway Foods romaine lettuce recall.

• East Tennessee Heart Consultants has joined with Mercy Health Partners to form a division called MPS-Cardiology, which will be a key component of the newly formed Mercy Heart Institute. The partnership with 21 cardiologists brings together the legacy of the Baptist Heart Institute and St. Mary’s cardiovascular program to create the most experienced team of heart experts in the region.

• UT Federal Credit Union has partnered with the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army to help provide relief to victims of the recent floods that swept through Middle and West Tennessee. UTFCU has created an account for members to make donations to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, ensuring that donations are quickly and efficiently in the hands of who needs it most. All funds collected will be given to those in need within the state.

• Ruth’s Chris Steak House will unveil its culinary offerings to guests when it opens at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel during fall of 2011. Ruth’s Chris Steak House is the latest culinary addition to the growing Harrah’s Cherokee portfolio under construction. The property’s three-year, $633 million expansion also will include the opening of Paula Deen’s Kitchen and retail shop.

• The first Bare Escentuals Boutique in Knoxville will join the diverse retail lineup at West Town Mall this summer. The 760-square-foot store is set to open in June and will be located next to Barnie's Coffee & Tea.

• West Town Mall announces Crazy 8, the newest addition to The Gymboree Corporation’s family of brands, is slated to open in June 2010. Crazy 8 offers fashionable clothing and accessories for girls and boys sizes 0 to 14.  

• First Tennessee Bank President Pam Fansler will deliver the keynote address during the 2010 East Tennessee Regional Women’s Economic Summit Thursday, June 3, at the Clayton Center for the Arts on the Maryville College campus. The one-day Summit offers two learning tracks: business and career and personal prosperity. Registration is $40 and includes breakfast, lunch and event materials. To register, mail a $40 check to Maryville College, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Maryville, TN  37804. For more information, call the Center for Strong Communities at 865-273-8894.

• A select group of leaders from across Loudon County has been named as the first Development Council for Fort Loudoun Medical Center. Pediatrician Dr. Bud Guider serves as chair of the council. Other members include Dorothy Brozak, Bruce Martin, veterinarian Dr. Heather O’Brien, Harvey Sproul and John Edd Wampler. Fort Loudoun staff members Jeffrey Feike, Diane Oliver, Greg Sommers and Robin Whitson, along with Covenant Health Office of Philanthropy staff Ginny Morrow, Jeff Elliott and Delana Baughman will work with the group as it leads in building community support for the hospital.

• The American Cancer Society has named Mary Ann Upchurch as state vice president for Tennessee. Upchurch brings more than 13 years of American Cancer Society experience to the position.

• Rozella Tallent was the first to check in to The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s dedicated Heart Hospital as a patient for heart surgery. She’ll go home feeling better and holding an important place in the history of both the medical center and cardiovascular disease care in the East Tennessee region.

• State and national mortgage industry leader Guaranty Trust now is serving homebuyers and real estate professionals from a new full-service office in West Knox County. Aimee MacIlveen is leading the staff at 200 Prosperity Drive in the Cedar Bluff area. The Knoxville office is Guaranty Trust’s first to be located outside of the mid-state area.

• Top agents from Weichert, Realtors — Harold Long Realty in Knoxville took bows at the annual banquet hosted by Weichert Tennessee-Kentucky Broker Council. Event named the recipients of awards from Weichert Real Estate Affiliates in several categories. Billy Breeden was inducted into the national organization’s 2009 Ambassador Club, receiving a trophy for his achievement. He also was honored for Top Listing Units council-wide. Agents named to the Certificate Club, receiving Sales Achievement Awards, were Jennifer Welch, Jerry Bledsoe and Mark Hudgen.

• Pinnacle clients now can start using their debit cards within minutes of opening a checking account or requesting a replacement card. Pinnacle is the first bank in Tennessee to offer un-embossed instant issue debit cards at all of its locations. Each of Pinnacle’s offices can issue a debit card with a personal PIN number in two to three minutes.

• Pellissippi State Community College is offering a Building Performance Institution Analyst Home Energy Auditor course, beginning May 31. Graduates will be able to conduct energy audits and recommend retrofitting that will make homes or buildings more energy efficient. Instruction will last from May 31 to June 6, with a break from June 7 to 10. June 11 through 13 will be testing. Cost of the $72-hour class is $1,699. For more information, call Brad Coburn at 865-694-6666.

• 360Knoxville.com provides businesses with an economical way to have an Internet presence with many of the “bells and whistles” of larger sites.

• Knoxville Association of Women Executives seeks nominations to recognize a Notable Woman who has distinguished herself by achieving a position in which she can affect the strategic direction of an organization, contribute to her community and maintain a life balance in a profession, business, charity, creative art or sport.  A $500 award will be contributed to a charity of the winning nominee’s choice. Eligibility is limited to women living in or contributing to the Greater Knoxville area. Nominations must be received by June 1; e-mail LWGibson47@aol.com

• Sharon Pavón has opened Queen’s Lair - Fine Lingerie & Bra Fitting Boutique off Kingston Pike in Bearden.

• Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc. has been ranked No. 195 on the 2010 Engineering News Record Top Design Firms list. The new ranking is 24 places higher than the 2009 ranking of 219.

• RE/MAX Elite has been named as one of the top brokers in the United States for transactions and sales volume by a top Real Estate Industry survey released last week. The RISMedia 2010 Power Broker Survey, which ranks the performance of the top 300 Real Estate brokerages in the US, ranks RE/MAX Elite as the 176th most successful broker in the country in 2009.

• Y-12 Federal Credit Union employee Mary Dickens was recognized as STARfish! Employee of the Quarter in April. She was chosen by her peers for going above and beyond to help a member who was having trouble with a VISA reloadable gift card.

• Knoxville-based business Cadre5 is celebrating 10 years as a full-service technology and design firm with an impressive array of engineering, information architecture and interface design talent.

• Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. reported its preliminary first quarter results. Loss per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders was $0.16 for the quarter ended March 31, compared to earnings per fully diluted common share for March 31, 2009 of $0.03.

• Heather Dixon has joined AuPairCare as a local area director for the popular au pair live-in childcare program. She will be responsible for providing service and support to local host families in the Knoxville area. AuPairCare is a leading au pair agency in the United States providing affordable, live-in au pair childcare.

• SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. announces officer title promotions for several loan consultants in the Knoxville area and surrounding counties. Eva Brown was promoted to Assistant Vice President at Lenoir City Branch, Karen Hackney was promoted to assistant vice president at West Town Office, David O’Block was promoted to assistant vice president at Knoxville Financial Center, Jeneane Stomm was promoted to assistant vice president at Merchants Road Branch, Kim Swann was promoted to assistant vice president at Morris Blvd. Branch, Debbie Windisch was promoted to assistant vice president at Farragut Branch and Jamie Rice was promoted to vice president at Halls Branch.

• Knoxville-based business Cadre5 is celebrating 10 years as a full-service technology and design firm with an impressive array of engineering, information architecture and interface design talent.

• Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. reported its preliminary first quarter results. Loss per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders was $0.16 for the quarter ended March 31, compared to earnings per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders for the quarter ended March 31, 2009 of $0.03 and a loss per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders of $0.12 for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2009.

• On Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will be offering free train rides to all current and former military personnel, including Guard and Reserves. Any form of proof of service will be accepted to get a ticket. The train rolls through the former K-25 site and past the original K-25 building, travels through Poplar Creek Valley and stops at Blair, Tenn. Trains run at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Normal ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for children 3 to 12. Reservations are suggested and riders are asked to be at the boarding site a half-hour before departure time. Information and reservations are available at 865-241-2140.

• 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.

• The University of Tennessee Medical Center has opened the Region’s Dedicated Heart Hospital. 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 www.pstcc.edu/bcs

• 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 www.franklinsq.com

• 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.

• 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.

 

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