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• Businesses participating in the fifth-annual “Shop Farragut” are offering special events: Lescotti’s Pizza at 138 West End Ave. will host complimentary gift-wrapping from 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 28. Following Sunday brunch, staff will complimentary wrap Christmas gifts for customers. For more information, visit www.townoffarragut.org

• Karen K. Tenfelde has joined the corporate marketing staff of Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon as senior proposal writer and leader to support business development activities in the areas of energy and environment working with all the firm’s offices — including the Knoxville office. 

• David Dugger, president and CEO of ShoffnerKalthoff Mechanical Electrical Services in Knoxville, was elected 2010-2011 National Vice President of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association during the National PHCC Convention-CONNECT 2010 and annual business meeting. He is the third national vice president from Tennessee.


• Franklin Square Merchants Association will host Holiday on the Square from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, at Franklin Square, 9700 Kingston Pike. Event will feature performances by Farragut Admiral Singers, Hardin Valley Academy ensemble, Webb Chamber Singers, Episcopal School of Knoxville’s middle school choir, Christian Academy of Knoxville’s Elementary Junior Praise Choir, Knoxville Children’s Choir and The Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan’s choir. Event also will feature carriage rides and string quartet from Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Proceeds from carriage rides will benefit Knox Area Rescue Ministries.

• East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association will have its monthly membership luncheon oat 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1, at the Double Tree Hotel in Oak Ridge. Speakers are Rachel Carvell, program coordinator of Connect Y-12 Early Career Professionals; Kenneth Herring, president of Young Professionals of Oak Ridge and Carri Hilson, promotions officer of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Early Career Professionals. Topic is Young /Early Career Professionals in the Oak Ridge Community. Walk-in cost is $22.50 for members or $24 for non-members.

• Former Speaker of the House and General Chairman of American Solutions, Newt Gingrich, announced the appointment of Knoxville’s Kevin LeBlanc to the advisory board of his Jobs and Prosperity Task Force.

• Ellen Hubrig will be signing copies of her book, “Daily Thoughts for Friendly Fellows,” at Borders in Turkey Creek from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4. Portions of the proceeds go to National Parkinson Foundation. Donations are appreciated; visit www.friendlyfellows.com

• Santa Claus will be on board the Secret City Scenic Excursion train Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4-5 and Dec. 11-12. Rides last for about an hour and cost $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 3-12. For more information, visit www.southernappalachia.railway.museum

• Farragut will hold Celebrate the Season, in its 17th year, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2, at Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Event will feature photos with Santa from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., plus musical performances by the TNT Mountain Dulcimer Trio, local pianist Brandon Coffer and the Farragut High School Madrigal Singers. Other activities will include cookie decorating, kid’s crafts and Farragut Folklife Museum tours. Celebrate the Season is free; however, a canned good donation is requested for the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. 

• First Tennessee’s Andy Brimer has obtained the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designation. Brimer is a vice president and trust officer in First Tennessee’s Trust Administration division. He holds a B.S. in Finance from The University of Tennessee and is a member of the Knoxville Estate Planning Council.

• Knoxville-based Radio Systems Corporation has purchased the largest distributor of its Invisible Fence Brand products, JGB Distributing. JGB Distributing has expanded rapidly over the past few years and now provides Invisible Fence Brand products and services to more than 105 dealers in 22 states and 11 Canadian provinces and territories. 

• The SunTrust Foundation has gifted $25,000 to the College of Business Administration Finance Department Enrichment Fund at The University of Tennessee. The SunTrust gift is part of Campaign for Tennessee, UT’s $1 billion fundraising effort.

• Weigel’s, Knoxville’s only local dairy, has opened a new store at 10625 Hardin Valley Road. It is the 54th store in the Weigel’s family-owned dairy convenience store group and features an expanded self-serve, gourmet coffee center and 16 fueling positions. Grand opening celebrations are planned through Nov. 21.

• John Jordan, president and CEO of The Community Bank of East Tennessee, was elected to the position of president-elect of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University and Bradley L. Barrett, president and CEO of the Tennessee Bankers Association, was named chairman-elect by the school’s board of trustees during its annual meeting in Marco Island, Fla., in October.

• Kroger’s “Giving Hope a Hand” campaign raised over $330,000 throughout Georgia, South Carolina, northern Alabama, and eastern Tennessee.  The donations raised within Kroger’s Atlanta Division will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and help increase breast cancer awareness and research initiatives.

• Southern Appalachia Railway Museum is conducting a fund-raising drive for construction of a museum/depot on land that has been transferred to museum ownership. Any and all contributions are gratefully accepted and are fully tax-deductible. Anyone wishing to make a contribution may contact the museum at SARM, P.O. Box 6756, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, or by calling 865-241-2140.

• LBMC Employment Partners, LLC, has added Deitra McComas in its Knoxville office as an HR assistant.

• Pellissippi State Community College will hold a “Social Media Marketing Workshop for Business” class, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Nov. 9, 16, 23 and 30. Cost is $189. Register at 865-539-7167 or www.pstcc.edu/bcs/new/

• EDP Biotech Corporation, based in Knoxville, was awarded a $244,000 grant from the federal government under the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project program as a result of the company’s work in the development of their ColoMarker test, an early detection blood test for colon cancer. 

• Amanda Busby has been elected to the Tennessee Bar Association Health Law Section Executive Council 2011-2012 as an East Tennessee Delegate. Busby is a founding member of Anderson Busby PLLC.

• Gary Curtis has joined Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc. as vice president and director of energy and environment with responsibility for the overall direction and strategic oversight of the firm’s work with nuclear, fossil and alternative power generation projects.

• A Pinsch of Heaven Doberman Rescue in Knoxville has joined other animal welfare organizations in the area that list their homeless pets on ww.petfinder.com, the oldest and largest database of adoptable animals on the Internet.

• Jack’s Harvest frozen organic baby food is now available in the freezer section of Earth Fare stores in Knoxville.

• Franklin Square Merchants Association will sponsor a “Coats for the Cold” donation drive through Nov. 19. Coats will be given to Knox Area Rescue Ministries. Drop off your donated coats at participating merchants in Franklin Square.

• Hedstrom Design recently named Chase Dettorre as landscape designer. Dettorre is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional.

• LeConte Wealth Management accepted a business excellence award from the Blount County Chamber of Commerce at a recent awards ceremony. LeConte Wealth Management was nominated by other chamber members and won an award in the “5 Under 5” business category. 

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

• 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 TN.gov/revenue 

• Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publicity, LLC announces its relocation to Farragut. The firm, which was founded in Denver, Colo., 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 individual authors. 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 www.caitlinhamiltonmarketing.com

• 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.

• Twenty-nine more names are being engraved on the granite pillars of the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial and will be officially dedicated at 2:30 p.m., Veterans Day, Thursday, 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.

• 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 www.thelittleclinic.com

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 www.thelittleclinic.com

• 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.

 

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