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• The town of Farragut now is accepting applications from members of the community who wish to serve on the following Town of Farragut committees, councils and boards currently with vacancies: Arts Council, Beautification Committee, Board of Zoning Appeals, Folklife Museum Committee, Parks and Athletics Council and Stormwater Advisory Committee. Completed applications must be returned to Town Hall by Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. Note that applicants to the Folklife Museum Committee must be residents of the Town of Farragut. The vacancy on the Stormwater Advisory Committee is for an “at-large” member who has enthusiasm and interest in environmental issues. Applicants should be willing to attend monthly meetings and assist with planning and executing committee projects and events. For applications, call Town Hall at 865-966-7057 or visit Return applications in person or by mail to Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, by fax to 865-675-2096 or e-mail to

• 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.


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