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• Jonathan Hart has joined the accounting firm in the audit department of Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC, one of the Southeast’s largest accounting and business consulting firms.

 • Pellissippi State Community College has launched “Nonprofit Fundraising Essentials,” an online non-credit course in which participants learn the basics of fundraising for nonprofit organizations. New sessions of each course run every month and last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167.


• First Tennessee Bank made a $5,000 contribution to Knoxville Area Tennessee Small Business Development Center July 14. TSBDC provides counseling and training to small-business managers and owners and those interested in starting a small business.

• Helen Ross McNabb Foundation has announced new Board of Directors members for 2010-2011: Fay Bailey, a realtor with Hop Bailey, Co. and member of Executive Women’s Association, Knoxville Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors and 2nd Presbyterian Church; Nancy Becker, a member of Heska Amuna Synagogue, Arnstein Jewish Community Center and Knoxville Jewish Alliance; Sandy Bertelkamp, a member of Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian; Jenny Brock, a member of Knoxville Racquet Club, Cherokee Country Club, Knoxville Garden Club, and St. John’s Cathedral; and Jeannie Dulaney, a business development manager with Lattimore, Black, Morgan, & Cain, PC, member of the Metro Board, YMCA and Executive Women’s Association and former president and CEO of Leadership Knoxville.

• King College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the College’s newest instructional site at The Village at Hardin Valley, 10950 Spring Bluff Way, Tuesday, Aug. 17. King will offer baccalaureate and master’s level programs in Knoxville specifically designed with the adult learner in mind through the College’s Graduate and Professional Studies program, as well as courses for students who wish to transition from an associate degree to a bachelor’s degree in as little as two years.

• Cameron Puckett has accepted the position of assistant vice president and commercial banking officer for GreenBank. A graduate of The University of Tennessee, Puckett has been employed for the past three years by BankEast in Knoxville. Puckett now will serve at the Parkside Drive location.

• East Tennessee-based Mountain Commerce Bank announced its numbers through the second quarter ended June 30, 2010. MCB achieved before-tax profits of $858,000 compared to $567,000 for the same period last year; after-tax profits of $532,000. MCB‘s results the first half of 2010 were highlighted by improvements in net interest margin, increasing capital growth and strong core deposit growth.



• First Horizon Insurance Group recently hired Joseph A. Warren as a commercial insurance producer to service the Knoxville market in its insurance division. First Horizon Insurance Group is part of the First Horizon National Corp. family of companies, which also includes First Tennessee Bank. Warren has been in the property and casualty industry since 2001.

• East Tennessee Public Television, a nonprofit, viewer-supported public television station and the local PBS affiliate, is changing its name to East Tennessee PBS. The change is an effort to clarify the station’s affiliation with PBS and its public service mission to provide educational opportunities for all East Tennesseans.

• Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concluded the 2010 fiscal year with a small surplus, marking the fourth consecutive year KSO has operated within a balanced budget. KSO Executive Director Rachel Ford credited the KSO Board for an 8 percent growth in gifts, giving the annual fund campaign a strong start. A solid Pops season, which saw 88 percent paid capacity, and record-breaking Clayton Holiday Concert revenues also contributed to the KSO’s success this past season.

• William C. Gibson, M.D., FACS, has joined Premier Surgical Associates as a general surgeon in the group’s Parkwest offices. Gibson lives with his wife, Carolyn, and their three children in the Farragut area.

• Maryville-based Rainscapes recently acquired Knoxville-based Duck Irrigation to create the largest irrigation contractor in the Greater Knoxville area with a customer base of more than 4,000.

As part of the acquisition, Duck Irrigation has been consolidated under the Rainscapes organization, which will honor all prior servicing agreements. 

• Mike Brummerstedt, a long-term care insurance specialist with Genworth Life Insurance Company, recently has been recognized as a member of Mid-South Million Dollar Club, individuals who have reached a production milestone with a minimum of a one million dollar book of business.

• Lewis King congratulates 16 of its top attorneys for 2010 by “Cityview” magazine: John K. King, John T. Buckingham, Linda Hamilton Mowles, Lawrence F. Giordano, Lawrence F. Giordano, Linda Hamilton Mowles, R. Loy Waldrop Jr., David A. Draper, Rodney A. Fields, Rodney A. Fields, Gregory S. McMillan, Richard W. Krieg, Benjamin W. Jones, Linda Hamilton Mowles, R. Loy Waldrop Jr., Gregory S. McMillan, Deborah C. Stevens, R. David Benner, Deborah C. Stevens, Leslie F. Bishop and Deborah C. Stevens.

• Foothills Bank and Trust recently announced the addition of Brent Watts to its lending team, serving at the bank’s new Farragut office, 11216 Kingston Pike. Watts graduated from Farragut High School in 1997. He went on to attend Maryville College, where he graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in international business. Watts currently is participating in The University of Tennessee’s Pro MBA program.

• Dawn Willis, of Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace, was awarded the coveted Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager Designation conferred by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers. The CRB designation is recognized as the highest level of professional achievement and symbol of excellence in brokerage management.

• Roane State Community College now offers MRI courses in addition to its selection of CT courses. These courses are specifically for registered radiologic technologists or those eligible to become registered radiologic technologists. An MRI course, “Physics and Instrumentation,” and a course in “Computed Tomography Physics” will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, at the Oak Ridge campus, beginning Aug. 28. For more information, call 865-481-2000 ext. 2015.

• Mike Martin has joined ResourceTek, the technical staffing and professional recruiting subsidiary of Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc., as senior account manager. Martin will be responsible for business development in the Knoxville and East Tennessee market, as well as an expansion of the firm’s technical and professional recruitment capabilities.

• Coulter & Justus, P.C. announces the promotion of Kevin McCollum to principal, effective July 1. Principal represents the highest level of accomplishment and responsibility and recognizes an individual for his experience, expertise and service to client and the firm. McCollum began his public accounting career in 1995 and joined Coulter & Justus, P.C. in 1998.

• Julie Thacker has joined Coulter & Justus, P.C. as a staff accountant in the audit department.  Thacker has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from The University of Tennessee and will receive her master’s degree from UT in August. Thacker completed an internship with the firm in 2009.

• BB&T Corporation reported earnings for the second quarter of 2010. Net income available to common shareholders totaled $210 million, or $.30 per diluted common share, compared with $121 million, or $.20 per diluted common share, earned during the second quarter of 2009. These results reflect increases of 73.6 percent and 50.0 percent, respectively. Results include $38 million, or $.03 per share, of merger-related charges.

• A new law required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will require all professionals who repair or renovate homes or other buildings constructed before 1978 to adhere to strict lead-safe work practices. Homeowners are not covered in the new ruling. Tips and complaints about safe lead practices can be made to the EPA on its hotline, 800-424-LEAD

• Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. reported its second quarter results. Loss per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders was $0.85 for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, compared to loss per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders for the quarter ended June 30, 2009 of $1.33. Pinnacle also reported a loss per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders of $1.02 for the six months ended June 30, 2010, compared to a loss per fully diluted common share of $1.34 for the six months ended June 30, 2009.

• Patsy Bragg has joined Coulter & Justus, P.C. as the firm’s business development and training coordinator. Bragg, a graduate of Concord College in West Virginia, holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and has more than nine years experience in project management. 

• Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will hold its last two dinner trains of 2010 at 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 18. Tickets are $65, which includes the train ride, dinner and all taxes. Dinner is provided by Oliver’s catering. Reservations are required; call 865-241-2140.

• Adriana Peñalba has joined Coulter & Justus, P.C. as a staff accountant in the tax department. Adriana, a Morristown native, received her bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Georgetown University and is a recipient of the Niswonger scholarship. 

• Larry W. Clark, assistant manager in Nuclear Fuel Supply for the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office, retired July 17 after serving nearly 40 years as a federal employee. Clark began his professional career at TVA in 1974 and joined the DOE in 1984.

• Chuck Tinker has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as vice president and credit analyst. He is based at the Northshore Drive office. Tinker brings more than six years of experience and comes most recently from United Community Bank in Lenoir City, where he served as a credit analyst.

• YMCA has changed its name to “The Y,” but is not altering its missions. Changes will include a new logo, and new language for all communications. The YMCA of East Tennessee has signed on to be an early implementer of the national plan, and will complete the transition by the end of 2010. Staff and volunteer training already has started.

• Dianna Glandon, owner of Above the Rest Balloon & Event Designs in Knoxville, and Rachel Glandon, Designer, recently earned Certified Balloon Artist status while attending the World Balloon Convention in Texas.  The CBA certification is the highest designation in the balloon industry.

• Steve Bostic, PE, vice president of Lamar Dunn & Associates, Inc., has been elected president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee for 2010-2011. David Harrell, PE, regional vice president of Tennessee operations of Vaughn & Melton Consulting Engineers, Inc., was elected second vice president of the organization.

• East Tennessee Technology Access Center, a regional nonprofit technology resource center for people with disabilities, announces it has received a grant from Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities to establish “Next Chapter Book Clubs” in several counties in East Tennessee. The purpose of the Next Chapter Book Clubs is to promote socialization and inclusion of people with disabilities in community settings through reading of books. 

• Doug Hamburger, district manager for Walgreens Knoxville, along with area store managers, presented a check for $68,485.15 to Dr. Steve Ross, senior vice president of strategic development at UT Cancer Institute at The University of Tennessee Medical Center. The check represented money raised from the sale of OUTLIVE T-shirts sold in area Walgreens store and from in-store donations.

• Mercy Health Partners CEO David Jimenez announced that MHP’s parent company, Catholic Healthcare Partners, has been named as one of the nation’s Top 10 Health Systems for clinical quality and efficiency by Thomson Reuters for the second year in a row. Jimenez said that data concerning the quality and efficiency of MHP’s seven hospitals in East Tennessee are included in the information studied by Thomson Reuters.  Mercy has three hospitals in Knoxville and one in LaFollette, Oneida, Jefferson City and Newport.

 

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