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• The Greater Knoxville Chapter of SCORE will hold a two-session workshop, “Should I Start My Own Business,” to be held the first and third Saturdays of each month, beginning Saturday, March 5, at Roane State Community College. For more information, visit

• Town of Farragut Community Development staff will hold two development informational meetings at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, and 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, at Town Hall.  The meetings will give people an opportunity to ask questions about the Town’s development process and to give suggestions on how to improve the development process.

• Tennessee State Bank recognizes Krista Marshall and Darcy McNeal as its 2010 Staff Members of the Year. Both individuals were selected by fellow employees and executive management to receive this award. Marshall has been with Tennessee State Bank for seven years and currently holds the position of loan analyst at the corporate office in Pigeon Forge. McNeal is assistant head teller at the corporate branch in Pigeon Forge and has been with TSB for five years.

• Pathway Lending announced Brad Fitch has joined the statewide non-profit as regional program and client manager for the Knox County region. Fitch will focus on small business lending and partnership development. He will be responsible for lending activities through the Knox County Technology and Jobs Fund as well as the recently announced Tennessee Small Business Jobs Opportunity Fund, a $25 million public-private partnership between the State of Tennessee, Tennessee Bankers Association and Pathway Lending. Fitch is a member of Farragut’s Economic Development Committee. 

• The University of Tennessee Medical Center recently hired Kristy Thompson Hoffecker as clinical audiologist for rehabilitation services. In that role, Hoffecker will evaluate patients with hearing and balance disorders as well as fit and prescribe these patients with hearing aids.

• As part of Heart Month activities, Mercy Health Partners is sponsoring “Know Your Numbers” at Mercy West from 7:30 to 9 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Judy and Joe Johnson Conference Center. Featured speaker is Kelly Caldwell-Chor, MD.

• WOW! Massage has opened at 189 Brooklawn St. in Farragut. Manager is Rock Gurney.

• Food City officials recently announced the addition of a new position to their executive management staff. Scott Poole, formerly of Springdale, Ark., has been named to fill the new spot of vice president of center store operations. Poole brings more than 25 years of industry experience to the Food City team.

• Anthony “Tony” L. Spezia, president and CEO of Covenant Health, is 2011 chair of the American Hospital Association’s Section for Health Care Systems, a section representing health systems across the country that assists the AHA with advocacy, public policy issues and member service strategies with regard to health care systems.

• East Tennessee PBS’ second annual Be More Awards, a special event designed to recognize nonprofit organizations and individuals who inspire others to be more, takes place at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, at Knoxville Convention Center. Tickets are $50 and are available at or at 865-521-2369.

• Based on the results of a clinical trial conducted at Mercy Medical Center West, a committee of the Federal Drug Administration recently has approved a carotid stent system for expanded use. Malcolm Foster, MD, a board-certified cardiologist with Mercy Heart Institute, implanted the Acculink Carotid Stent in patients as part of the Carotid Revascularization Endarterectomy Versus Stenting Trial. Foster and his team of research coordinators have committed to 10 years of long-term follow-up at Mercy West, the only clinical trial location in Tennessee for the CREST study.

• MiniCo — publisher of “Mini-Storage Messenger,” the leading monthly trade magazine covering the global self-storage industry — announced in December that Northshore Pellissippi Storage has been named National Construction Winner in their 2010 “Self-Storage Facility of the Year” Award, for overcoming zoning obstacles, site preparation challenges and community issues by working closely with Knox County, MPC and their local neighbors.  

• Rodefer Moss & Co. PLLC has promoted Rickey Luttrell to principal, a new position for the three-state accounting firm headquartered in Knoxville. As a principal, Luttrell will be able to carry out many of the responsibilities of a partner in the firm.

• Knoxville area engineering firms have entered nine projects completed in Knoxville and locations throughout East Tennessee in the statewide 2011 Engineering Excellence Awards competition sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee. Knoxville firms include: Cannon & Cannon, Inc., CDM, Gresham Smith and Partners, S&ME, Inc., S&ME/PDC Consultants, Vaughn & Melton and Wilbur Smith & Associates.

• Associated Construction Women will meet at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at Rothchild Catering & Conference Center. Featured speaker will be Tim Desjardins, OSHA instructor, on how to effect change in a safety culture. Cost is $20 and includes dinner. For more information, visit or call 865-266-3282.

• Knoxville resident Paul Sponcia has been named principal and chief executive officer of CSK Technologies, LLC, a local information technology, managed cervices and cloud computing hosting provider.

• Tennessee Valley Fair has been selected as one of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for September 2011. Each year, thousands of events across the Southeast compete to receive the prestigious Top 20 Events designation. Tennessee Valley Fair has received this distinction six of the last seven years.

• 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. 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.


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