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• McCamy Construction is relocating to 124 South Gay St. in Knoxville and will be opening in early April. McCamy Properties re-launched as McCamy Construction last month.

• John Gargis has joined Knox Area Rescue Ministries as director of donor relations. Gargis will educate new and existing donors and supporters about the ministry and needs of KARM.  

• Concord Title and Landmark Title of East Tennessee announce their merge, effective April 1. Concord Title will unite the experienced teams from both companies; it also plans expansion into new territories that include North Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia.

• First Commercial Real Estate and Turley & Co. are assuming marketing and sales duties, as well as project management and development responsibilities, for the Town Creek development in Lenoir City. First Commercial and Turley & Company both are owned by John Turley, the primary developer of Turkey Creek

• Brixx Wood Fired Pizza of Knoxville has announced the appointment of David Rentschler as managing partner of the Knoxville stores. Rentschler comes to Brixx with more than 20 years of experience in restaurant management, including work at Baker Peters Jazz Club.

• First Tennessee has hired Thomas “Tom” C. Owens as senior vice president and commercial real estate market manager in East Tennessee.

• Knoxville Area Tennessee Small Business Development Center will conduct two free “Introduction to How to Start an Internet Business” seminars in April. First will be held at Rothchild Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 16. Second will be held at TSBDC, 17 Market Square, from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, April 18. Early registration is advised: visit, call 865-246-2663 or e-mail

• LBMC Technologies, LLC, a member of the Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain family of companies, announces James “Jim” Warren has been added to its Knoxville office as an account executive.

•  Secret City Scenic Excursion Train will operate three Easter Bunny specials at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Saturday, April 23. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 through 12. There is no cost for children under 3. Seating is limited. Reserve a spot by calling 865-241-2140.

• Valerie Guess announced the opening of her store, Val’s Boutique, at 7309 Kingston Pike in Bearden. Boutique will offer women’s fashion, shoes, jewelry and accessories. Guess is a Knoxville-area native who graduated Farragut High School in 1999.

• Kristina B. Hill has joined Charter Communi-cations as senior communications manager. Hill will develop and manage news media relations and communications for Charter, Charter Business and Charter Media in Tennessee.

• Chris Holbert has joined Modern Supply as an outside sales representative covering Knoxville and the surrounding area. Holbert is responsible for new business development in both the contractor and consumer markets.

• Jason R. Scott, engineering technician and Stormwater Matters program coordinator for town of Farragut, has earned the Certified Stormwater Manager designation from American Public Works Association. SMC certification is designed to promote excellence and commitment to public service by advancing the knowledge and practice of stormwater management to benefit the community, public agencies and the profession. CSM is intended for experts in public and private sectors who coordinate and implement stormwater management programs for city, county, state, provincial and federal agencies. For more information, visit, e-mail or call 865-966-7057.

• Town of Farragut is offering a “trunk show” presentation about Admiral James David Glasgow Farragut and the history of the Farragut/Concord area for civic organizations, clubs and homeowners’ association meetings. Farragut Folklife Museum coordinator Julia Jones-Barham and special events and program coordinator Anne LaGrow offer the 15-minute presentation that can be adapted to your meeting times. To schedule a time, or for more information, call Jones-Barham or LaGrow at 865-966-7057.

• TDS Telecommunications Corp. announced it is the recipient of a Cisco Partner Summit regional award for United States Service Provider Small Business Partner of the Year. Cisco unveiled the winners March 1 at its annual channel partner conference in New Orleans, La.

• Tennessee Public and Teaching Hospitals Association recently named John J. Sheridan as the 2011-2012 Chair of the Board. Sheridan is vice president of community and government relations at The University of Tennessee Medical Center.

• Jefferson Memorial Hospital announced its Imaging Services department has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound, as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology. Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help providers diagnose illness, injury or other medical problems.

• Through May 2, customers can donate $1 at Hardee’s to benefit Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, and will receive $10 worth of restaurant coupons in return for their generosity.

• Modern Supply Company announced the addition of Joan Hatcher as director of marketing and communications. Hatcher will be responsible for developing and executing marketing strategies and business development and training.

• Home Federal Bank of Tennessee announced the re-election of board members: Mack A. Gentry of Gentry, Tipton & McLemore; James M. Hart, president of Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park; John W. Lacey III, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer of UT Medical Center; Avice Reid, executive director of Knoxville Police Advisory & Review Committee; Henrietta Grant, retired manager of community relations at Knoxville Utilities Board, and Thomas M. Rentenbach, chairman of the board of Rentenbach Engineering Co.

• Impact Mercy Program of Mercy Health Partners Foundation is donating $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

• 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,, 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.


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