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• Longtime financial services professional Doug Welch has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as senior vice president, financial advisor and office manager for Pinnacle’s Northshore Drive office. Welch is a graduate of The University of Tennessee and attended the LSU Graduate School of Banking. He is a licensed insurance agent for the state of Tennessee and is a member of Farragut Rotary Club.

• Destination Motorcycles in Dixie Lee Junction has relocated to 10612 Kingston Pike, sharing a building with Ultimate Motorsports. For more information, visit

• Muddoggs Cajun Grill, 138 West End Ave., has closed its doors after only three months in business.  Owners Mike and Linda Peacock, former franchisees of Beef O’Brady’s in Turkey Creek, opened the restaurant in late May at the location of the former Gondolier.

• Daniel P. Weiss has joined Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc. as aviation project manager, responsible for the management of projects in the firm’s aviation division. Weiss has more than 12 years of experience in the design, construction and project management of aviation, roadway, commercial and industrial projects. Most recently, he served as project manager for Aviation Services at PBS&J.

• Town of Farragut has partnered with Tennessee Stream Mitigation Program and The University of Tennessee in a research effort aimed to improve the tools that engineers, biologists and planners use for restoring degraded streams in East Tennessee. Little Turkey Creek in Farragut has been selected for this three-year study due in part to its stable condition in a partially urbanized setting.

• West Town Mall has added new retailers Francesca’s Collections and Pandora to its retail mix. Francesca’s Collections specializes in fashion-forward styles in women’s clothing, accessories, and gifts. The store opened Aug. 20 and is located across from J. Jill. Pandora offers versatile, sophisticated jewelry such as charm bracelets, rings, necklaces and earrings in 14 karat gold, sterling silver and some with semi-precious or precious gems. Pandora will be located in the former Barnie’s Coffee space and is scheduled to open at the end of September. 

• Garrett Hill, a property and casualty specialist for MetLife Auto & Home, recently attended an advanced sales class at the MetLife Auto & Home home office in Warwick, R.I. The intensive five-day training session was by invitation only and focused on providing the best protection for a customer’s personal assets. Garrett has an office at 509 N. Cedar Bluff Road.

• American Cancer Society staff member Katie Petersen was recognized recently as a top-performing member of the Society’s Mid-South Division, comprised of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Peterson works in the Nashville office.

• Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold its next free bimonthly new business workshop from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept.15, at the Knoxville regional office, 531 Henley St., suite 606. Workshop is free and designed to assist those facing business-related taxes for the first time. Register online at or call 865-594-6100.

• Pellissippi State Community College is offering a series of financial “survival” non-credit courses, ranging in price from $48 to $87. Sessions cover topics such as estate planning, wealth management, negotiation and retirement. All classes meet at the Pellissippi campus off 10915 Hardin Valley Road. For a complete list of classes, times and dates, or to register, visit or call 865-539-7167. 

• Local resident Gary Burleson is a new business partner of Bob Proctor and is now part of the local arm of LifeSuccess Consulting in Knoxville. Burleson recently completed training with Proctor and is certified to coach individuals one-on-one or in group settings.

• 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 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 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.


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