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• Kevin J. Le Blanc, chairman of Le Blanc Financial Group, has been recognized by GAMA International with a Platinum Level International Management Award.

• United Community Bank announces that Gregory L. Byrd, senior vice president of commercial lending in the bank’s Farragut office, has graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. Byrd is one of 194 bankers from throughout the south who completed the three-year program, which covers all aspects of banking, economics and related subjects.

• Jeff Loos has joined Coulter & Justus Financial Services, LLC as a personal wealth consultant. Loos, a UTK graduate, has more than 20 years experience in providing wealth management services to a diverse group of professionals and business owners.

• Y-12 National Security Complex will help veteran-owned companies learn how to do business with federal, state and local governments, agencies and other companies, from small businesses to prime federal contractors. The 4th Annual East Tennessee Veterans Business Conference will be held Aug. 3 at Y-12’s New Hope Center in Oak Ridge. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.; conference ends at 4 p.m. Registration is free but required. Interested businesses are encouraged to sign up early — space is limited. For more informraiton, visit

• BB&T presented Farragut High School teacher Angela Breeding with the 2010 Teacher of the Year award. Breeding is credited with creating the Renaissance Academy for Historical Research, being named to represent the state of Tennessee at the Presidential Academy for American History and Civics and being recognized as the Tennessee Teacher of the Year by Daughters of the American Revolution.

• Parkwest Medical Center recently awarded Doris King, who works in environmental services, with its third annual 10-Foot Award for consistently being upbeat, positive and helpful to everyone she encounters. The 10-Foot Award is supported by The Wayne Heatherly Excellence in Patient Care Endowment, established by family, friends, colleagues, medical staff and employees in recognition of the more than two decades Heatherly led Parkwest.

• Metropolitan Drug Commission announces its two newest staff members, Heather Sutton and Sarah Harder. Sutton has been working as an intern for the Metropolitan Drug Commission since January. She recently was promoted to media relations and project director. Harder, former public health educator for Knox County Health Department, joins the Metropolitan Drug Commission as its project director.

• Kendra Teffeteller has joined Coulter & Justus, P.C. as a staff accountant in the Audit Department. She is a graduate of The University of Tennessee Chattanooga and has about two years experience in audit. While in Chattanooga, she was with Ernst & Young LLP. 

• Green job training, campus recycling initiatives and sustainable building practices at the new Blount County Campus have garnered Pellissippi State Community College a 2010 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award. Pellissippi State won the Green Schools – Higher Education category.

• Thomas Brown has joined the Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace office in Oak Ridge. Brown is a native of Anderson and Roane counties and received his real estate affiliate broker license in April after a brief retirement.

• Mike Brummerstedt, certified long term care specialist of the Mid-South Office of Genworth Financial, is a recipient of the 2010 “Nation’s Top-100” Long-Term Care Sales Achievement Award and is ranked sixth in the state of Tennessee for individual premium.

• 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.

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

• Coulter & Justus PC announces promotions: Jeannie Kwong, CPA, has been promoted to manager in the audit department. Keith Jackson, CPA, has been promoted to manager in the tax department. Hal Bibee, CPA, has been promoted to manager in the audit department. Susan Beavers, CPA, has been promoted to senior manager in the audit department. David Murray, CPA, has been promoted to manager in the audit department. Greg Minardo has been promoted to senior accountant in the tax department. Angie Martin has been promoted to senior accountant in the tax department. 

• The Marketing and Communications Office of Pellissippi State Community College recently was recognized with eight awards for excellence in public relations — two of the awards were gold, five were silver and one was bronze. The recognition was bestowed by the Tennessee College Public Relations Association at Meeting in the Mountains/TCPRA Spring Conference 2010, held at Maryville College.

• Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold its next free bimonthly new business workshop from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 14, at the department’s Knoxville regional office, 531 Henley Street, in suite 606. Workshop is designed to assist those encountering business-related taxes for the first time. Visit or call 865-594-6100. 

• 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.


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