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• Chad and Jeannine Brown have opened a Caring Transitions site in Knoxville. Caring Transitions is a national franchising concept specializing in senior relocation and transition services and providing a total solution for families.

• Jack Bryan, COO of Mercy Health Partners community division and president of Mercy West, has announced he will retire from his current role at the end of the year. Jeff Potter, senior vice president for planning and development, will serve as president of Mercy West, with responsibility for the Mercy West Surgery Center.

• The University of Tennessee Medical Center and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital have entered into a collaboration involving the provision for nurse staffing for the UT Medical Center pediatric intensive care unit. Beginning Jan. 15, this unit, which provides Level I pediatric trauma care as well as advanced care for pediatric patients undergoing heart surgery and/or renal transplants, will be staffed by intensive care nurses from Children’s.

• LBMC Employment Partners, LLC, has added Regina Cotton in its Knoxville office. Cotton will work as a senior level HR manager managing the HR team in the Knoxville office.

• Knoxville Bar Association elected its 2011 officers: J. William Coley as president-elect, Heidi A. Barcus as treasurer and Wade V. Davies as secretary. The membership also elected KBA members to four open positions on the Board of Governors: Amanda M. Busby, Loretta S. Harber, Wayne R. Kramer and Debbie C. Poplin. Michael J. King also assumed the presidency of the KBA.

• Roane State Community College will begin offering courses in contracts management. First course, “Introduction to Government Contracts,” will begin Jan. 13, 2011 and will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Thursdays, at the Oak Ridge campus. Two additional courses also will be offered: “Mission Directed Contracting” and “Mission-Performance Assessment.” To enroll in the courses, a student must be admitted to the college; visit

• Heather Hirschfeld, a University of Tennessee Knoxville associate professor of English, has been named the new Riggsby Director of The University’s Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Hirschfeld is set to begin work Jan. 1.

• Commonwealth Financial Network ranked “Highest in Independent Advisor Satisfaction among Financial Investment Firms” in the 2010 U.S. Financial Advisor Satisfaction Studysm by J.D. Power and Associates. This is the first year the study has been segmented to include independent advisor satisfaction. 

• Brandon Hollingsworth has been named the local host for NPR’s “All Things Considered” at The University of Tennessee’s public radio station, WUOT 91.9 FM. In addition to hosting the popular nationally syndicated program for the station, Hollingsworth will serve as a reporter in WUOT’s award-winning news department.

• BB&T has promoted John Ley to senior vice president. Ley, who joined the bank in May, is the city executive for the Knoxville market, and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from The University of Tennessee.

• Knology will join Mothers Against Drunk Driving for their annual “Tie One On For Safety” public awareness campaign this holiday season, which asks drivers to place a red MADD ribbon or window decal on vehicles as a pledge to be safe during the festive season and throughout the year. MADD decals and ribbons are available at local Knology offices during regular business hours throughout December.

• Knoxville’s Todd Richesin, owner of Todd Richesin Interiors, along with nearly 100 other decorators, helped decorate the White House for the holidays this year. Theme for this year’s White House holiday décor was “Simple Gifts,” and Richesin helped with ornaments, trees, garland and making bows. 

• Jessica O’Dell, CPA, has joined Coulter & Justus, P.C. as a senior accountant in the Tax Department. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University and has more than three years professional accounting experience.

• Cheryl Yurek has joined Coulter & Justus, P.C. as a tax administrative assistant. Yurek has more than 10 years experience in providing administrative assistance in a public accounting firm.

• By the first of next year, Knoxville area hospitals will be tobacco-free campuses. The unified effort among the five major health systems in the Knoxville area — Blount Memorial Hospital, Covenant Health, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Mercy Health Partners and The University of Tennessee Medical Center — is intended to provide the optimal healing environment for patients, visitors and staff at the hospitals. The change will be effective Jan. 1, 2011 and will extend the ban to all patients, families and visitors both inside and on the grounds of the hospitals.

• Susan Cook, coordinator of Safe Kids of the Greater Knox Area, was recently recognized as “Outstanding Local Coordinator,” one of the coveted Safe Kids Champion Awards. Additionally, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital was chosen as “Outstanding Lead Organization” by Safe Kids USA.

• FirstBank announces the addition of Knoxville native Jonathan Schwartz, who will serve as an investment representative based out of FirstBank’s Knoxville office.

• 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.

• 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.

• Santa Claus will be on board the Secret City Scenic Excursion train Saturday and Sunday, 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.

• 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.


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