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• Nathan A. Brown, PE, and David Korda, PE have joined Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc. Brown is manager of electrical services and Korda is manager of structural design services.

• The Tennessee Road Builders Association has elected a new board of directors for 2010-11, among them Wes Stowers, associate division director of Stowers Machinery Corporation and Stan Bass, aggregate division director of Vulcan Materials, both from Knoxville.

• Knox Heritage has named to Farragut-area landmarks to its “Fragile Fifteen” list: coming in at No. 2 is the Martin-Russell House, which sits at the corner of Kingston Pike and Campbell Station Road. Ranking 15th is Adm. James David Glasgow Farragut’s birthplace, Stoney Point Farm, off Northshore Drive.

• Farragut Rotary Club honored Sharon Alley, owner of New Balance of Knoxville, as the May Business Person of the Month. Sharon was born and raised in South Knoxville and graduated from Doyle High School. After attending Carson-Newman for one year on a basketball scholarship, she switched to The University of Tennessee and graduated with a B.S. degree in finance. She opened New Balance Knoxville in May 2000.

• West Town Mall officials announced tea emporium Teavana is planning its grand opening for Sept. 24. The West Town Mall store is the first location for the merchant in the region. Teavana offers a tea bar where customers can order a variety of different teas and a retail store selling fine loose leaf tea and tea-related merchandise such as tea pots, gifts and accessories. Officials also confirmed that Tommy Hilfiger will open a store at the mall’s main entrance, across from Forever 21, also in September.

• Pellissippi State Community College recently hosted its annual employee awards ceremony in recognition of outstanding service, longevity and retirements. Excellence in Teaching Award was presented to Laxman Nathawat; Innovations Award was bestowed on Greg Walters and Judy Gosch and Pat Riddle were honored with the Gene Joyce Visionary Award. Additional award recipients include: Outstanding Administrator, Judy Gosch; Outstanding Full-time Faculty, David Key; Outstanding Adjunct Faculty, Rebecca Napier; Outstanding Contract Worker, Tracy Smith; Outstanding Support Professional, Barbara Bailes and Outstanding Technical/Service/ Maintenance Employee, Regina Collins. Retirees include Marcia Athens, Carol Brenner, Mary Hoss, Anne Kinggard, Kathryn Peery and Carolyn Renier.

• Heather Mays, farragutpress staff writer, was recognized with an Award of Excellence for investigative reporting in the 2009 Golden Press Card Competition, in the non-daily newspaper category. The competition is held yearly and judged by a panel of journalists from a different SPJ region, usually located in a different state.

• Knox area workers who have lost jobs due to company closings or layoffs are receiving free career readiness training, thanks to Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., Pellissippi State Community College and Global Corporate College. Each class meets three times a week for four weeks. Class teaches professional skills, computer skills and other skills useful in manufacturing. For more information, visit or call 865-539-7167.

• Christopher “Chris” W. Umberger, RA, PMP, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, an architect and senior project manager in the Knoxville office of Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, has been certified as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute after successfully completing the PMP program and examination

• Farragut resident Todd Richesin, Todd Richesin Interiors, has been featured in “Traditional Home” for a project of his in Florida.

• ShoffnerKalthoff Mechanical Electrical Service announces Mark Brown has joined the company as lead estimator. Brown has more than 29 years of experience in mechanical contracting and is a member of the American Society of Professional Estimators, Leeds Green Associate, and a member of the National Asbestos Council.

 • First Tennessee recently promoted Bradford H. Buckshorn III to financial center manager over its Middlebrook financial center. Prior to joining First Tennessee, Buckshorn served as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley. He received his undergraduate degree from The University of Tennessee and resides in Knoxville with his wife, Mary Elizabeth.

• Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence announced that Terri L. McGuire, senior vice president and manager for Trust Client Services with First Tennessee, was appointed to the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence board of directors.

• First Tennessee recently named Adam Hutsell as business strategist for its business banking division. Hutsell and his wife, Dianna, reside in Hardin Valley and he is active with the Tennessee Networking Team and Knoxville Chamber and is a volunteer with the FISH Pantry and Junior Achievement.

• Missy Ratliff has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a service specialist. Ratliff brings 10 years of experience and comes most recently from First Tennessee Bank, where she served as a teller. She is based at the Northshore Drive office.

• Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel has announced BRIO Tuscan Grille will open at the property in early 2012. BRIO, which translates from Italian to mean “full of life,” is a renowned Northern Italian restaurant that will bring its unique brand to Harrah’s Cherokee as part of the property’s $633 million, three-year expansion program.

• 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.

• 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 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.  

• 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.


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