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• Join the Tennessee Izaak Walton League for building bluebird birdhouses from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 4, at Tennessee Izaak Walton League headquarters, 10932 Murdock Road. Fee is $5. Supplies are limited; register at www.tnizaakwalton or call 865-671-6876.

• As part of the town of Farragut’s fifth annual Shop Farragut, participating businesses are offering special events: Renaissance | Farragut Unit Owners Association’s Christmas Open House from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7, at Renaissance, 12700-12800 block of Kingston Pike. Snooty Anti-Aging Boutique’s Holiday Open House from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, at 11677 Parkside Drive. Cool Sports: Home of the Icearium’s Holiday Ice Show & Skate with Santa from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, at 110 S. Watt Road. Campbell Station Wine & Spirits and American Piano Gallery’s Second Saturday for Second Harvest Wine Tasting, from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, at 11651 Parkside Drive. Meksiko Cantina’s Mexican Christmas Party from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 16, at 102 West End Ave. For a full list of participating businesses and an updated list of events, visit 

• Representatives of Pugh & Company, certified public accountants and business advisors, will conduct a workshop with an overview of the enhanced responsibilities non-profit board members and governing bodies now are required to know. Workshop will be held at the United Way Building, 1301 Hannah Ave., from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 9. All nonprofits are invited, but reservations are required by Dec. 7, as space is limited.  To reserve a spot, call 865-523-9131, or e-mail

• 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.

• 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

• 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

• 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.

• 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, 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.

• 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.

• 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, 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.

• 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.


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