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• Panera Bread of East Tennessee, along with the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, is part of a national movement to raise awareness and take action to fight hunger in America. Individuals are asked to stop by their local Panera Bread to make a donation of non-perishable items during the month of September, which is Hunger Action Month. Panera also donates unsold bakery products to local food banks and charities through its Day-End Dough-Nation program.

• Clint Allison, president of Rainscapes, has partnered with the EPA’s WaterSense program to promote water-efficient landscapes and help consumers save water outdoors. Allison has achieved certification for landscape irrigation installation and maintenance through a certification program with WaterSense.

• Board certified radiologists, Steven Edward Repka, M.D., and Daniel R. Wenzke, M.D., have joined Vista Radiology, P.C.

• Gina Owen, owner of Gina’s Bernina Sewing Center, received top honors as the No. 4 Bernina dealer of the year at Bernina University in July. Owen’s commitments to customer service, education and quality products have been key factors in her success. Gina’s Bernina Sewing Center is located at 10816 Kingston Pike.

• Business Network International, a 25-year-old business and professional networking referral organization, will open membership in its Networking Success Chapter at a visitors day kickoff, at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Tusculum College, 1305 Centerpoint Blvd. For reservations, call 865-691-6083.

• Studio Arts for dancers, located in the Rocky Hill Shopping Center, celebrated its 20th anniversary in August. Artistic director Lisa Hall McKee opened Studio Arts in 1990 and has taught classical ballet, modern, jazz and tap to more than 1,000 children and adults in the West Knoxville area.

• Mercy Health Partners has announced its new Peyton Manning TV commercials are ready to hit the air on TV stations and cable outlets in the East Tennessee region, starting Sept. 7. The latest editions of the award-winning series of television ads with the UT All-American and four-time National Football League MVP Peyton Manning feature commercials on Mercy’s cardiac and orthopedic programs. The ads were shot at Lakeshore Park and one features players from Bearden High School’s baseball team.

• Douglas E. Law, Jr., PE, LEED AP BD+C, has joined the Knoxville office of Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc. as senior mechanical engineer. Law has more than 16 years of experience as a mechanical engineer.

• Terrah Foster, Ph.D., R.N., C.P.N.P., an assistant professor at the School of Nursing at Vanderbilt University, has won a competitive grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop an intervention that will allow children with advanced cases of cancer to create a remembrance about their lives to give to loved ones. Foster is one of 12 nurse educators to receive the three-year $350,000 “Nurse Faculty Scholar” award this year.

• The Tennessee Department of Revenue and The University of Tennessee will co-sponsor the annual 2010 Tennessee Business Tax Seminar from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 16, at the UT Conference Center, 600 Henley St. Continuing education credits may be offered by the University and each seminar has a registration fee. Please contact Barry Neal at UTK to register: 865-974-0280 or 

• Clint Allison, president of Knoxville-based Rainscapes, has partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program to promote water-efficient landscapes and help consumers save water outdoors. Allison achieved certification for landscape irrigation installation and maintenance with an emphasis on water efficiency through a certification program.

• Businesses are invited to set up a booth at Farragut’s Freaky Friday Fright Nite, to be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29, at Mayor Bob Leonard Park off Watt Road. Businesses can reserve a space for no cost, but should provide their own tables, chairs and decorations, as well as candy or goodies to hand out to children. Plan for about 1,600 children attending the event. Deadline for reserving a station is Monday, Oct. 11, or until all spots are full. For an application form, visit or call Town Hall at 865-966-7057.

• Tracy A. Bumpus has joined the Knoxville office of Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc. as marketing coordinator with responsibility for supporting business development and marketing activities for the firm’s 10 offices in three states. Bumpus graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in English. She lives in Maryville.

• Pellissippi Place is now open for business in Blount County. The overarching goal of Pellissippi Place is to accelerate the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley’s already considerable high tech momentum and, in the process, create 21st century jobs. Blount and Knox Counties and the cities of Maryville and Alcoa invested $5 million each to buy and develop the site. For more information, visit

• Knoxville has gained a new wellness center: The Wellness Center at Dowell Springs, a new state-of-the-art health and wellness facility, focused on creating a healthy body and mind through a balanced lifestyle. The philosophy of The Wellness Center is based on a six-point “sphere of wellness” that creates a totally balanced approach to a healthy, well-rounded life: including fitness, nutrition, peace of mind, restoration, knowledge and relationships. 

• The Knoxville Chamber announces Mike Edwards, President and CEO, has successfully completed the Fellowship for Regional Sustainable Development, funded by the Ford Foundation. The Fellowship is a unique 12-month program for regional leaders who build communities and economies that is organized by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

• 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.


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