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• The University of Tennessee Anderson Center for Entrepreneur-ship and Innovation in the College of Business Administration is providing students, faculty and friends the opportunity to learn from entrepreneurs and business experts about the “nuts and bolts” of how to start a business. Vol Court Spring 2011 session is a seven-part series of in-depth, hands-on, one-hour workshops focused on the mechanics of starting a business, and will meet at 5:15 p.m. for seven consecutive Tuesdays in Room 701 of Stokely Management Center. Dates are Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 and March 1, 8 and 22. For more information, visit

• Knoxville Area Association of Realtors recognized its 2011 Realtor of the Year, naming George Wallace of Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace.

• Ralph Lehman, CFA, has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a senior vice president and trust services advisor. Lehman is based at Pinnacle’s Northshore Drive office.

• Internal Revenue Service and town of Farragut will sponsor Volunteer Income Tax Assistance at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, beginning in February. At no charge, volunteers will complete and e-file IRS forms 1040, 1040A and 1040 EZ during this assistance program for lower income and senior taxpayers. Service is available by appointment only; call 865-748-0151. Dates are Fridays, Feb. 4 through April 15; Saturdays, Feb. 5 through April 9; Tuesday, Feb. 15, and Tuesday, Feb. 22. Taxpayers should bring federal tax packets received; wage and earnings statements (Form W-2) from all employers; interest, dividend, capital gains, pension, IRA and Social Security statements (Form 1099); list of items that might be considered for itemized deductions; support for other income and credits and a copy of last year’s tax return. Taxpayers also should bring social security numbers and correct birth dates for all taxpayers and dependents to be listed on the return. 

• Dr. C. Bryce Bowling, a urogynecologist, recently joined the medical staff at The University of Tennessee Medical Center. A urogynecologist is a gynecologist with advanced training and education in the evaluation and treatment of women with urinary symptoms, bowel symptoms and pelvic relaxation defects.

• Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. reported its net income per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders was $0.07 for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2010 compared to net loss per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders of $0.12 for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2009. Pinnacle also reported a net loss per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders of $0.93 for the year ended Dec. 31, 2010, compared to a net loss per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders of $1.46 for the year ended Dec. 31, 2009.

• 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 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


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