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• Knoxville Tennessee Small Business Development Center will introduce a new program, “How to Start an Internet Business,” from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, March 28, at 17 Market Square. Seminar includes planning, basics of website set-up, search engines, keyword research, marketing, monetizing and website maintenance. Register online at www.tsbdc.org or call 865-246-2663.

• Impact Mercy Program of Mercy Health Partners Foundation is donating $40,000 to several MHP service lines that assist seniors, cancer patients, congestive heart disease patients and surgery patients. Awards are: $20,000 for the Geriatric Assessment Program; $14,000 to Mercy Cancer Center’s Compassion in Action fund; $2,500 to Mercy Heart Institute, and $8,500 to Mercy Medical Center St. Mary’s Preadmission, Lab and Surgery departments.

• Greater Growth, LLC, a new aquaponics company, broke ground on its new 12,000 square foot Lenoir City facility March 17. Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines a traditional aquaculture — raising aquatic animals such as fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks — with hydroponics — cultivating plants in water — in a symbiotic environment.


• Verizon Wireless has implemented a mobile giving program for Japan relief efforts. Verizon customers can use their mobile phones to make $10 donations to a host of non-profit organizations responding to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami — just text a specific word to the organization’s designated short code: ADRA Relief: text SUPPORT to 85944; American Red Cross Relief: text REDCROSS to 90999; Convoy of Hope: text TSUNAMI or SUNAMI to 50555; GlobalGiving: text JAPAN to 50555; International Medical Corps: text MED to 80888; Mercy Corps: text MERCY to 25383; Salvation Army: text JAPAN to 80888; Save the Children Federation, Inc.: text JAPAN or TSUNAMI to 20222; World Relief Corp. of National Association of Evangelicals: text WAVE to 50555, and World Vision, Inc.: text 4JAPAN or 4TSUNAMI to 20222.

 • Junior Achievement presented the 2010 U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award to 19 corporate partners who provided the organization with significant volunteer resources during the year. Gold Level: AT&T, Capital One, Citi, Financial Services Roundtable, General Electric, HSBC, University of Central Florida and Wells Fargo. Silver Level: Deloitte. Bronze Level: Accenture, Bank of America, Destination & Travel Foundation, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, State Farm, UPS, U.S. Bank and Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club.

• Prestige Cleaners, Inc. has been named a finalist for the Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award. Seven Blue Ribbon businesses from across the nation — one from each region — now are in the running for the grand prize award.

• The University of Tennessee will increase its minimum starting pay rate to $8.50 an hour, effective July 1. Increase in the minimum starting pay rate was a recommendation from UT’s Compensation Advisory Board and is a first step in a long-term and strategic plan to address compensation at UT.

• Mercy Health Partners’ March Healthy In The City seminar will help individuals understand the relationship between vascular disease and dementia in an effort to help reduce their risk of dementia later in life. The “lunch and learn program” will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Café 4 in Market Square Monday, March 28, and is open to women who work or live downtown. Cost is $5 and includes a lunch, special gift and an opportunity to win a door prize. Space is limited; make a reservation by March 24: call 865-632-5200 or visit www.mercy.com

• Mountain Commerce Bank announced Frank Wood was elected to serve as director for the bank and holding company.

• Knoxville residents Gary and Karen Wahner have started a website, www.whatshappeninggeorge.com, as an aggregate for Knoxville-area events and activities. Site allows businesses, charitable organizations and event organizers to enter their events on the website free of charge, with an option to upgrade. Events are reviewed by the webmaster before posting.

 • Mercy Medical Center St. Mary’s has been ranked as the best hospital for knee and hip replacement in the state of Tennessee by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization. In the HealthGrades 2011 Quality Study, Mercy St. Mary’s also received the Joint Replacement Excellence Award for the fourth year in a row.

• Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation announces the addition of three new staff members: Pearl Dorsey, sales manager; Robin Holbrook, sales manager, and Arhonda Cason, accounts payable manager.

• First Tennessee has promoted Andy Brimer to Knoxville trust portfolio manager. Previously Brimer had served as a relationship manager in First Tennessee’s trust client services division.

• J.D. Power and Associates rated Verizon Wireless as the leader in five regions covering 44 states, according to measures of call quality among the major U.S. wireless service providers in six regions, based on factors that impact overall carrier performance. 

• Bory Cain’s performance as a security officer at Pellissippi State Community College has earned him “Officer of the Year 2010” for Walden Security, the company that provides security services to the college’s four campus locations.

• West Fleet Service, a new division of Alcoa-based West Chevrolet, announced the opening of its service center for any make or model of commercial medium to heavy-duty vehicles in operational fleets of businesses, government agencies or non-profit organizations.

• Jim Dickerson of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Farragut has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the certification mark CFP.

• State Rep. Ryan Haynes (Dist. 14) is accepting resumes and letters of interest for Knox County Election Commission. Send to Rep. Ryan Haynes, Chairman, Knox County Legislative Delegation, 301 6th Ave. North, Suite 214, War Memorial Building, Nashville TN 37243.

• Cardiopulmonary imaging specialist and board certified radiologist, John C. Texada, M.D., is joining Vista Radiology P.C., from University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham.

• Pellissippi State Community College is offering a Solar Photovoltaic Training Series: “Math for Solar,” from 8 a.m. to noon, April 4, “Basic Electricity and Electronics for Solar,” from 1 to 5 p.m., April 4 and “Photovoltaic System Design and Installation,” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 5-9. The series offers a total of 4.8 continuing education units. Fee for each four-hour review class is $99 and fee for 40-hour design and installation class is $799. Additional fee of $125 for optional NABCEP exam. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167.

• Physicians at the Mercy Health Partners Pain Management Centers are the first in the Knoxville area to offer an advanced procedure for providing relief for certain types of back pain that have traditionally been difficult to treat. Procedure is an advanced form of radiofrequency lesioning, which uses no incisions and works by inserting a small probe that transmits a minimal radiofrequency current to the area at the source of the pain.

• Robert Brown, deputy manager for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge office, retired from federal service on March 3. Brown dedicated more than 38 years of service as a federal employee to DOE and its predecessor agency, the Atomic Energy Commission.

• Stephen Hackney announced the launch of SWH Landscape Architecture, LLC, which will provide residential landscape architectural services for discriminating home owners in Knoxville and the surrounding areas.

• Covenant Health has announced Larry Kleinman is the health system’s new executive vice president for human resources. He succeeds Sam Buscetta, who is retiring. Kleinman most recently served as senior vice president for Kenexa, a Pennsylvania-based company.

• Mountain Commerce Bank has named Dwight B. Ferguson, Jr. chairman of the board for Mountain Commerce Bank and Mountain Commerce Bancorp. 

• Peninsula, a Division of Parkwest Medical Center, recently announced Liz Clary as its director of patient care services for Peninsula Hospital. Clary has served Covenant Health in many roles since her tenure began in 1983, most recently by administrating nursing operations at Peninsula.

• Pellissippi State Community College pumped an average of $184.5 million each year into the local economy during the past five years, a recent study shows. The 23rd annual analysis of the economic impact of Pellissippi State on the Knox and Blount county area revealed that the value of business volume, jobs and individual income amounted to about $923 million in the 2005-2010 period, or an average of $184.5 million annually.

• Coulter & Justus, P.C. announces the promotion of Adam Allen, CPA to audit senior manager. Adam holds both a Bachelors and Masters degree in accounting from The University of Tennessee.

• Diagnostic neuroradiologist, Jason Brant Deen, M.D., is joining Vista Radiology P.C., following his fellowship with Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston Salem, N.C., where he was a radiologic clinical instructor.

• Board certified radiologist, Monica Kessi, M.D., has joined Vista Radiology P.C. from Hawaii, working remotely from her Kihei office while improving Vista’s turnaround time, efficiency and patient service.

• Tennessee Public Television Council, made up of Tennessee’s six public television stations including East Tennessee PBS, presented State Sen. Jamie Woodson and State Rep. Harry Tindell with its Legislator of the Year Award recently in Nashville.

• TDS Telecommunications Corp. was recognized at the J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Roundtable in Las Vegas as a J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champion — one of only 40 companies to have earned the distinction this year.

• Coulter & Justus, P.C. announces Claudia Depew, CPA, senior manager in the audit department, recently received certification as a Certified Fraud Examiner from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

 

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