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• Bill Frist, chairman of the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, announced Jamie Woodson will lead the organization as president and CEO, following a national search for the position. Woodson, an attorney who currently serves as Speaker Pro Tempore of the Tennessee State Senate, will resign from the General Assembly at the end of the current legislative session to begin her new role at SCORE.

• Tommy Hodge has been named general manager of Covenant Health’s five-star fitness facility, Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center. The newly created position includes oversight of all operations and strategic planning for the center. Hodge previously served as fitness director at Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center for 14 years.

• TDS Telecommunications Corp. announced it achieved the Cisco Master Managed Services Certification, which recognizes TDS’s investment in the Information Technology Infrastructure Library to provide high-quality managed services.

• ECOtality Inc. will partner with town of Farragut in hosting an educational forum at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 28, to describe its plans for electrifying nearly 425 miles of Tennessee roads and to provide updates on electric vehicle rollout plans for interested businesses and drivers in the Knoxville area. Forum is open to the public and will be held in the board room in Town Hall.

• Kroger’s Atlanta division thanks Knoxville-area customers and associates who helped raise more than $9,800 to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the one million Americans affected by the disease. Donations raised in Knoxville add to the division-wide total of more than $316,000 raised throughout Georgia, South Carolina, Northern Alabama and Eastern Tennessee.

• Comfort Supply, a wholesale distributor of Ruud HVAC products, announced the opening of a fifth location in Knoxville. The new warehouse and showroom, 608 Business Park Lane, opened this month. Comfort Supply has stores in Nashville, Murfreesboro, Cookeville and Clarksville.

• East Tennessee PBS is seeking college students for summer internships. Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter by 5 p.m,. Friday, April 22. For more information, call 865-521-2369.

• Mary Kay independent sales director Margaret Dean of Farragut earned the use of a new Chevy Equinox crossover as a result of her outstanding achievements in operating her independent Mary Kay business. This is Dean’s 12th Mary Kay career car earned.

• Carlton Moxley Long has been named vice president of development and community services for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, a newly created position to focus increasing attention on philanthropy, community relations, marketing and volunteer services at the pediatric medical center. Long will start in this new position in late May.

• Town of Farragut is seeking volunteers to serve on the 2011 Picnic on the Pike volunteer team, scheduled for Sept. 25 on the lawn of farragutpress, 11863 Kingston Pike. Picnic on the Pike is an annual event offering an afternoon of live entertainment, food vendors, inflatables, games and food provided by local non-profit organizations. Interested volunteers should contact Arleen Higginbotham at 865-966-7057 or arleen.higginbotham by Monday, April 25.

• Through April 30, consumers can receive free blood pressure and total cholesterol screenings at The Little Clinic, which also is offering free information regarding colon cancer awareness. The Little Clinic and Dulcolax also are offering a special gift to each screening participant while supplies last.

• Farragut is accepting registrations for the 24th annual Independence Day Parade, to be held beginning at 9:30 a.m., Monday, July 4. Deadline for registrations is Thursday, June 23, until the Town receives 95 entries, or the lineup area is full, whichever comes first. Entries can be submitted by businesses and community organizations and can include antique cars, floats and entertainment. Confirmation letters will be sent within two weeks of receiving registration forms or by June 23. Parade lineup numbers will be available on the Town’s website at and posted at the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, at 8 a.m., Friday, July 1. No parade lineup numbers will be given over the phone. 2011 grand marshals will be the family of the late Farragut High School coach Ryan Shoup. The parade will begin in the parking lot of FHS, travel down Kingston Pike and end at Farragut Towne Square Shopping Center. Registration forms are available at or at Farragut Town Hall; call Arleen Higginbotham at 865-966-7057 or e-mail

• 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.  

• McCamy Construction is relocating to 124 South Gay St. in Knoxville and will be opening in early April.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.


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