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• Friends of ORNL will hold its monthly luncheon lecture meeting at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 18, at The University of Tennessee Resource Center, 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike. Dr. Eli Greenbaum will provide an overview of DOE's award-winning Artificial Retina Project.

• UT Federal Credit Union announces two new members have been elected to the Board of Directors for 2011: Dr. Katie High and John Sheridan. Incumbent Mike McNeil also was re-elected.

• On Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 21, Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will be offering free rides on the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train to any current or former military person, including National Guard, Reserves and Veterans. Any form of proof of service will be accepted to get a ticket. For more information, and for train times, call 865-241-2140.

• Kroger Marketplace in Farragut now is home to New York’s famous Murray’s Cheese shop. Murray’s offers more than 400 specialty foods, including cheese, cured meat, antipasto, olives, crackers, dried fruit and nuts and other grocery items.

• 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.

• Coulter & Justus, P.C. announces Renee Harwell recently earned the Certified in Financial Forensics credential from American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Harwell has been with Coulter & Justus since 1999.

• 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. 

• American College of Critical Care Medicine announces the induction of Byron Turkett, PA-C, MPAS, FCCM, as a Fellow. Turkett, chief physician assistant with The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Trauma and Critical Care Services, is the only practitioner in the region to be recognized with this distinction.

• 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.

• 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 at 608 Business Park Lane.

• 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 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.


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