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• Farragut Business Alliance will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, at The Shrimp Dock in Farragut. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Discussion will include expansion of the Shop Farragut program to be a year-round program that includes discount cards and advertising. 

• Mountain Commerce Bank welcomes Christie Sheffield as vice president and mortgage loan consultant.

• East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association will have its monthly membership luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the Double Tree Hotel in Oak Ridge. Speaker is Dr. Matthew N. Murray, The University of Tennessee Center for Business & Economic Research on “UT Economic Impact on Oak Ridge.” Lunch for walk-ins is $22.50 for members, $24 for non-members. 

• Last legislative session, the 106th General Assembly enacted Public Chapter 530, shifting the administration and collection of business tax from local municipalities and counties to the Department of Revenue. Classification 4 taxpayers must file and pay with the Department of Revenue by Nov. 30. Businesses will continue to obtain business licenses from the county clerks and/or municipal officials. Classification 4 is for contractors and for the sale of certain farm products. For exempt services and more information, visit 

• Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publicity, LLC announces its relocation to Farragut. The firm, which was founded in Denver in 2003, is best known for successful, custom regional and nationwide book publicity and marketing campaigns. Clients have included The Library of Congress Publishing Office, Steerforth Press, and other publishing houses as well as individual authors. In addition, the company enjoys working with humanities and literary organizations. The firm handles partial and full campaigns and also is available for consultations. Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publicity, LLC welcomes new clients. For more information, call 865-675-3776 or visit

• The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Marketing and Public Relations departments earned four awards from Tennessee Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations. Announced in October, the annual Prism awards recognize outstanding achievement in healthcare public relations and marketing throughout Tennessee.

• Physical therapist Ruth Conlin, with The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Services Department, recently achieved Orthopedic Clinical Specialist certification. Conlin will be recognized for her accomplishment at the American Physical Therapy Association meeting in February 2011.

• Knoxville Area Tennessee Small Business Development Center will conduct a Small Business Start-Up Seminar from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, Nov. 8; an Introduction to Government Contracting Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Nov. 11, and a franchising panel discussion from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 15. For more information, visit or call 865-246-2663.

• Twenty-nine more names are being engraved on the granite pillars of the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial and will be officially dedicated in ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Veterans Day, Thursda,y, Nov. 11, at the Memorial in Knoxville’s World’s Fair Park. Ceremony is open to the public. 

• Donna Daye of ReMax Preferred Properties has traveled recently to Atlanta to earn the Certified Distress Property Designation by completing training in foreclosure avoidance and short sales.  

• The University of Tennessee Medical Center recently hired physical therapist Christie Noe as Outpatient Clinical Manager for Rehabilitation Services. In that role, Noe will manage eight outpatient clinics operated by the medical center throughout the East Tennessee region.

• Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC has added Rachel Zizka, CPA, to the accounting firm in a senior manager position in the accounting and assurance services department of its Knoxville office.

• Mary Beth West, APR, principal, Mary Beth West Consulting LLC, was selected as the recipient of the Public Relations Society of America’s 2010 David Ferguson Award, which was presented at the PRSA Educators Academy reception held during the PRSA 2010 International Conference in Washington, D.C. The David Ferguson Award recognizes outstanding contributions to public relations education by a practitioner.

• Members of the Schaad family gathered Sunday, Oct. 10, to celebrate Schaad Companies’ centennial with friends, business associates and community leaders. Schaad Companies is a holding company comprised of businesses owned and controlled by members of the John H. Schaad Jr. family.

• Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold its next free bimonthly new business workshop from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the department’s Knoxville regional office, 531 Henley St., suite 606. Register online at or call 865-594-6100.

 • Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. reported its third quarter results. Net income per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders was $0.02 for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2010, compared to net loss per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2009, of $0.15. 

• The Little Clinic is partnering with FUZE, an active lifestyle drink, to offer breast cancer educational information that focuses on warning signs and recommended safeguards against the disease during the month of October. For more information, visit

• 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.

• Deadline to join “Shop Farragut” is Monday, Nov. 1. Local businesses are invited to join the free, fifth annual “Shop Farragut” campaign — formerly the “Buy in Farragut” campaign — slated to run from Saturday, Nov. 20, to Friday, Dec. 31, by holding a sale, offering discounts or participating in another related activity that will help attract Farragut citizens and the surrounding communities to buy, dine or stay in Farragut. Register online at or call Sue Stuhl or Arleen Higginbotham at 865-966-7057.

• Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC, has added Julie Totten in its Knoxville office.

• Mercy Health Partners has partnered with American Heart Association for “Knoxville Goes Red.” Together, Mercy and AHA will “paint the city red” for seven months with dynamic events and programs including National Wear Red Day in February and the 8th Annual Go Red for Women luncheon next spring. Go Red For Women is a national movement by the American Heart Association to raise awareness of the effects of heart disease on women.

• Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold its next free bimonthly new business workshop from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 531 Henley St. in suite 606. Register online at or call 865-594-6100.

• In recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness month, The Little Clinic in select Kroger stores, including those in Knoxville, is partnering with FUZE, an active lifestyle drink, to offer breast cancer educational information that focuses on warning signs and recommended safeguards against the disease. The Little Clinic also will provide free blood pressure and body mass index screenings to consumers during October. For more information, visit

• Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. remains the fourth-largest out of 60 financial institutions in Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro metropolitan statistical area, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

• 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 

• 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 or at 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.

• 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 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.


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