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• Diane Oliver returned to Parkwest Medical Center as vice president and chief nursing officer Jan. 3. Oliver served as director of patient care services at Parkwest until she was tapped to be CNO at Fort Loudoun Medical Center in 2008.

• The Uptain Group, Inc., a provider of medical outsourcing and collection services, announces the opening of a new regional office in Knoxville and the hiring of Michael Rainwater, a Farragut resident, as administrator of that office. Rainwater is a 1986 graduate of Lenoir City High School. He and his wife, Amy, have two children and reside in West Knoxville.

• Verizon Wireless and Apple announced the iPhone 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning on Thursday, Feb. 10. 

• Elizabeth Moody, a Farragut resident, has joined SailAway Learning Academy team as an educational and behavioral specialist. Moody received her Masters of Education from the University of Arkansas and is dual-certified in Tennessee in Special Education and Administration and Supervision, K-12.

• Secret City Scenic Excursion Train will offer its Valentine’s Dinner Train Ride at 6 p.m, Friday, Feb. 11; 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12; 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13, and 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14. Tickets are $140 per couple and include the train ride, complete dinner and all taxes. For more information, or to make reservations, call 865-241-2140. Full payment by check made out to SARM must be mailed to arrive at least one week before the event. 

• Kroger’s 2010 Can Hunger campaign will donate $46,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee.

• Brian D. Brown, CPM, CCIM, of Knoxville-based Capital Commercial Real Estate, a Schaad Company, has earned Certified Property Manager designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.

• Town of Farragut wants amateur and professional photographers to submit photos of places and people in the Town for possible use on Farragut’s re-designed website, which will launch in July 2011. Photos must be of places located within Farragut limits. All photos must be in a digital format and either e-mailed ( or on a CD or flash drive. Photos will not be returned. Each submitted photo must be accompanied by a signed application and, if the photo is of people or a business, a signed release from each person in the photo or the business owner/manager. Farragut Website Evaluation Team will judge photos and select winners. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Jan. 21. Photo credit will be given to each participant on a specific page on the Town’s website. Contest application, contest rules and release forms can be found at (click on “Website Photo Contest Information” icon at top of homepage) or by calling Chelsey Riemann at 865-966-7057.

• Mercy Cancer Centers will offer a seven-week “Freedom From Smoking” class at Mercy Medical Center St. Mary’s. First class meets from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Mondays, beginning Jan. 3. Second class meets from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 4. Fee is $25; class is designed for people 18 and older with a limit of 16 people per class. Register by calling Marla Thode at 1-877-599-9355.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 WUOT 91.9 FM.

• 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. 


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