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• Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke announced the Water Quality Forum's Rainy Day Brush-Off; the Knox-Area Medication Collection Program and Pellissippi State Community College’s Green Schools initiative each have won a 2010 Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award.

• Food Marketing Institute has acknowledged Molly Stiles, manager of Kroger Marketplace, among the three grand-prize winners for 2010.

• Knoxville-based Prestige Cleaners was recognized as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Community Excellence Award winner. The Community Excellence Award highlights a small business that demonstrates excellence in the eyes of its community, customers and employees. Prestige received the award based on the number of online votes received.

• Tennessee Career Centers are announcing the availability of more than 2,000 area jobs to assist in the cleanup and restoration of flood-damaged properties. The jobs are mostly temporary, do not require experience, and offer pay rates averaging $8-10 per hour. Recent flooding has resulted in demand for a wide range of workers including general laborers, movers, plumbers, electricians and carpenters.

• Mercy Health Partners’ Web site,, now has a simple, 5-minute online test that can help determine if you are at risk for sleep apnea, a serious condition that can be associated with heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Visit to take the SLEEPaware online risk assessment, and at the end of the test you will receive a personalized report.  

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

• Kroger Atlanta Division — which includes Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Knoxville — 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 open 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.

• 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.

• May 13, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel cut the ribbon to officially open a new Motorcoach Lounge, accommodating greater numbers of group visitors.

• 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.

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• 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

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.


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