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• Kroger Marketplace in Farragut soon will be home to New York’s famous Murray’s Cheese shop, which will open a specialty food counter in the store Sunday, May 1. Murray’s will offer more than 400 specialty foods, including cheese, cured meat, antipasto, olives, crackers, dried fruit and nuts and other grocery items. The May 1 grand opening will feature an afternoon tasting, and a “Cheese 101” class will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 2. Class is free but space is limited; RSVP by calling 865-571-7910 and press 0 for the cheese shop.

• Fifteenth Annual Mercy Nautical Mile will be held at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, May 14, at Two Rivers Pavilion. Individual tickets are $250; tables of 10 cost $2,250. Event will feature a live performance by Little River Band, dinner and auction. Proceeds from event benefit Mercy Cancer Centers and Compassion In Action Fund. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 865-632-5678.

• Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. reported its net income per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders was $0.06 for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, compared to net loss per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders of $0.16 for the quarter ended March 31, 2010, and net income per fully diluted common share available to common shareholders of $0.07 for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2010. 


• Microsoft SharePoint Developer Group will first meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, at South College, 400 Goody’s Lane. Group will continue to meet every other month. Co-presenting at the May meeting will be Sam Mashburn and Mark Gabriel of Layered Solutions; topic will be “branding.” To register, call Drew Still at 865-696-9474 or visit www.sharepointdevelopers.eventbrite.com

• Jamie Woodson will lead State Collaborative on Reforming Education as president and CEO. 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@townoffarragut.org 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 townoffarragut.org 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 www.townoffarragut.org or at Farragut Town Hall; call Arleen Higginbotham at 865-966-7057 or e-mail arleen.higginbotham@townoffarragut.org

• 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.

 

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