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• Town of Farragut will host the 14th annual Freaky Friday Fright Nite from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29, at Mayor Bob Leonard Park off Watt Road. Event will provide a safe place for children to participate in Halloween activities while benefiting the Knoxville Ronald McDonald House. Children ages 12 and under and in costume are invited to “trick or treat” around the walk trail at the park. Local businesses, community groups and Town volunteers will hand out the treats, provide games with prizes, assist with cookie decorating and serve refreshments. While Freaky Friday Fright Nite is free, participants are asked to donate one of the following items for Knoxville Ronald McDonald House: cleaning supplies including paper towels, detergents (laundry, Dreft for baby clothes, dishwasher), disinfectant spray and wipes; hand sanitizer; food items including individually wrapped snacks and breakfast bars, coffee, creamer, sugar, brownie mixes; household items including foil, gallon size freezer bags and 60 watt cfl light bulbs and gift cards to discount and grocery stores. Collection stations will be located at two areas: next to the cookie decorating station and next to the entrance from the Harrison Road parking lot. For more information, visit www.townoffarragut.org. In the case of inclement weather, call 865-966-2420 after 3 p.m. for the status of the event.  

• The Coalition of Oak Ridge Retirees will hold its annual meeting at 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 18, at the Heritage Fellowship Church, 121 N. Illinois Ave. in Oak Ridge. Parking is available at the Heritage Fellowship Church. All retirees, their spouses, and surviving spouses are urged to attend and are encouraged to bring other retirees. On the agenda for this meeting will be reports on 2010 activities, election of officers and a presentation by President W. D. “Dub” Shults, entitled “What Have We Done For You Lately?” A drawing will be held to award three $50 cash awards to retirees or spouses attending. For more information, visit www.corre.info





• Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International of East Tennessee’s 18th annual Jazzed to Cure the Blues Dream Gala will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, at Knoxville Convention Center. Event will feature a silent and live auction, dinner and entertainment, and will honor the William B. Stokely. For more information, visit www.jdrfdreamgala.com 

• Mercy Health Partners is sponsoring Farragut’s 2010 Hot To Trot 5K/10K Road Race on Parkside Drive beginning at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 25. This year’s race will benefit the Town of Farragut Department of Recreation as well as last year’s recipients Catholic Charities of East Tennessee and Sister Martha’s Food Pantry. More than $3,000 was donated to these worthy causes with proceeds from the 2009 race. Register at www.mercy.com or at www.fleetfeetknoxville.com/hottotrot. Early registrants are guaranteed a long-sleeve, technical t-shirt for participating in the race. Registration fee is $20 through Sunday, Nov. 7.  From Nov. 7 to Nov. 21, the registration fee is $25 and during the race week from Nov. 22 to Nov. 25, registration is $30.

• Steve Herzog, president of Sandler Training Herzog & Associates, has received Sandler Systems Inc.’s Gold Award for outstanding performance among the 250 plus franchisees worldwide.

• Tennessee School of Beauty has been selected for the 2010 Best of Knoxville Award in the Beauty Schools category by the U.S. Commerce Association. The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country.

• LBMC Technologies, LLC, announces Tim Morton has been added to its Knoxville office. Morton will be a network engineer in the Knoxville office. He will be working with clients to provide solutions to building proper infrastructure as well as special projects as needed. Morton previously worked as a system administrator at Pilot Travel Centers.

• Young Broadcasting president Deborah A. McDermott announced t she has appointed Dan Phillippi as general manager of Knoxville-based WATE-TV. Phillippi has served as the vice president and general manager of Acme’s WBXX-TV in Knoxville. Earlier in his career, Phillippi worked more than a decade with Jefferson-Pilot Communications. Phillippi has more than 30 years experience in television station sales and management.

• Julie Howlett has joined the Nashville office of Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc. as marketing information coordinator with responsibility for oversight of the firm’s contact management and marketing information systems. She will work with BWSC professional staff in all the firm’s office locations including Knoxville.

• Coulter & Justus, P.C. recently was named as one of the 2010 Best Accounting Firms to Work for. “Accounting Today” and Best Companies Group create the annual list. The firm also received this recognition in 2009.

• Stephanie Garmer, CPA, has joined Coulter & Justus, P.C. as a senior accountant in the tax department. Garmer holds a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from East Tennessee State University and has two years professional accounting experience, most recently with Burkhart & Company in Knoxville. 

• Lisa Nichols has joined Coulter & Justus, P.C. as the firm’s receptionist. Nichols has more than seven years experience providing executive level administrative support. Prior to joining Coulter & Justus, she was with the Wakefield Corporation. 

• Mercy Health Partners Cancer Centers need your vote to help win a grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project, where nonprofits can win up to $250,000 in funding if they get the most votes. Mercy Cancer Centers’ Integrative Medicine and Compassion In Action Project has been selected as a finalist in the Pepsi Refresh Grant Program for the month of October. From Oct. 1-31, cast a vote every day for the Mercy project by visiting http://pep.si/bfpsqW or sending a text message with “103287” in the message field to 73774. Mercy’s Integrative Medicine Project provides helps cancer victims going through rigors of treatment and the Compassion In Action Program provides funds for people who can’t afford treatment or tests.

• Dr. Keith E. Campbell has opened Tennessee Vein Center, a state-of-the-art treatment facility, at 203 Corporate Place in the Springbrook Corporate Center off North Hall Road in Alcoa. Campbell is a native East Tennessean and graduated from ETSU’s Quillen College of Medicine.

• The Federal Trade Commission’s “We Don’t Serve Teens” campaign, a public awareness initiative aimed at curbing underage drinking, has launched this month nationwide. The Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Tennessee has partnered with FTC and will distribute campaign materials to restaurants and wine and spirits retail outlets across the state to remind customers that it is unsafe, illegal and irresponsible to provide alcohol to teens under any circumstances.

 • The town of Farragut Parks and Leisure Services Department is seeking class instructors for the 2011 winter quarter, scheduled from Jan. 18 to March 10. The Town specifically is seeking instructors for the following classes: kids’ art class, adult watercolor art class and a Zumba exercise class on weekday evenings. The Town also will accept applications from qualified instructors for all types of art, fitness and educational classes and workshops.

Those interested should submit an outline of the proposed class, a brief biography including qualifications and proof of any necessary certifications or licenses. Deadline is Friday, Oct. 29. Contact Anne LaGrow at anne.lagrow@townoffarragut.org or 865-966-7057.

• Knoxville Center announces Famous Labels will join the property in late 2010. The store’s 18,000 sq. ft. space will be in Knoxville Center’s lower level near Sears. The store will sell a variety of well-known name brands and designer label merchandise at 70 to 80 percent off their original retail prices.

• Pellissippi State Community College President Allen G. Edwards has announced his intent to retire. In an e-mail to faculty, staff and the Pellissippi State Foundation Board of Trustees, he said that after 40 years of service in community colleges, he thought it was time to retire. Edwards has been president of Pellissippi State since 1993. His retirement becomes effective June 30, 2011.

• Randstad US has awarded the YMCA of East Tennessee a grant for $3,000 to provide teens with career mentoring and workforce skills development. The gift will be used to enhance the Y-Achievers, an academic achievement and college readiness program designed to help teens set and pursue high educational and career goals.

• Mercy Medical Center North CEO Jeremy Biggs has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of 256 Hospital and Healthcare Industry Leaders to Know in the nation. The September/October edition of Becker’s Hospital Review cites Biggs’ work in planning and developing Mercy North and notes he is also on the publication’s Top Ten list for Hospital CEO’s under the age of 40.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College will hold “Social Media Marketing Workshop for Business,” offered from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Class costs $189. To register, call 865-539-7167 or visit www.pstccc.edu/bcs/new

• Mountain Commerce Bank announced the promotions of six of its key personnel: Marie Patterson was promoted to chief financial officer and first vice president; Ken Adams assumed the new role of chief deposit officer; Todd Jones has been promoted to senior vice president; Tracy Jones was promoted to first vice president; Caroline Strader was promoted to first vice president as the bank’s treasury management sales manager and Matt Lorencen now is relationship manager.

• Adrienne Anderson and Amanda Busby celebrate the first anniversary of the formation of Anderson Busby PLLC. Anderson Busby PLLC is a law firm that assists individual and corporate clients with business matters, including contracts, health care, employment and construction.

• Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. management participated in the FIG Partners’ 6th Annual Bank CEO Forum in Atlanta, Ga., Tuesday, Sept. 21, and in the Wunderlich Securities Bank Tour in Memphis, Wednesday, Sept. 22. Pinnacle’s investor presentation for the conferences are available on www.pnfp.com.

• Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will be running fall colors trips on four weekends during October, starting Saturday, Oct. 2. Trains will run on Saturdays and Sundays, with Saturday departures at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and Sunday departures at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Each trip will last about one hour. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 through 12. Payment can be made with cash or personal check only and reservations are strongly suggested. Call 865-241-2140 or visit www.southernappalachia.railway.museum

• Cool Sports, Home of the Icearium, will host a fall festival from 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, with a free public session from 3 to 5 p.m.

• Saladworks announces the opening of a West Town Mall location Oct. 18, one of three locations slated to open in Knox County.

• The American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee is accepting entries from all Tennessee engineering firms for its 22nd annual Engineering Excellence Awards program. Send a one-page entry form by Friday, Nov. 5, to participate in the statewide competition. All Tennessee engineering firms engaged in private practice are encouraged to enter, whether or not they are members of ACEC. Official entry form is available at www.acectn.org or by contacting Judy Logue at 615-242-2486 or at jlogue@tnec.org. Winners of the prestigious awards will be announced during a banquet March 8, 2011, in Nashville.

• Mercy Health Partners Web site, www.mercy.com, now has 12 health risk assessment tools online to help individuals understand and lower their risk for a variety of different medical diseases. In addition to the previously available HEARTaware and SLEEPaware assessments, the Mercy Web site now offers these free health risk assessments: DIABETESaware, LUNGaware, VASCULARaware, CANCERaware Breast, Colon, Prostate and Lung, SPINEaware, JOINTaware and WEIGHTaware.

• The Metropolitan Drug Commission, in partnership with TopShelf Responsible Beverage Service, is offering free “Minors: Reducing a Major Liability” DVD training toolkits to help local business educate their employees about proper alcohol serving laws and procedures. A $250 value, the toolkits are distributed at no charge to local businesses by request. Each DVD kit contains important training materials including ID coders, information on state and local laws, posters, lighted magnifiers and more. Interested merchants can visit www.topshelfrbs.com to preview scenes from the DVD. Toolkit reservations can be made by e-mailing Holly Fuquay at bookkeeper@metrodrug.org or by calling 865-588-5550.

• Muscular Dystrophy Association is teaming up with Walgreens to offer free flu shots with vouchers that can be requested from MDA. Flu shots are available at all Walgreens pharmacies and Take Care Clinics nationwide. The flu is particularly hazardous for those with muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

• Mountain Commerce Bank welcomes Louise Means as vice president and mortgage loan consultant. Means is an experienced mortgage lending professional with more than 12 years of experience and is a top producer in the residential mortgage industry. She specializes in conventional and government loans.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College will host an “Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People” class from 6 to 9:30, Thursday, Sept. 23. Class covers beginning chords and “how to embellish songs” and teaches students to play piano by looking at guitar chord symbols. Instructor is David Haynes. Register by calling 865-539-7167.

• 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 bneal@utk.edu

 

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