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• June 3, in celebration of National Doughnut Day, Krispy Kreme is giving away one free doughnut to everyone who visits a participating U.S. Krispy Kreme location and will partner with The Salvation Army Knoxville Area Command to help raise money for the less fortunate.

• Parkwest Medical Center awarded Michael Dunning with its fifth annual 10-Foot Award for consistently being upbeat, positive and helpful to everyone he encounters. He was nominated by his peers to receive the 10-Foot Award, which is supported by The Wayne Heatherly Excellence in Patient Care Endowment, which advocates the idea that no employee should be within 10 feet of another employee, volunteer, patient or visitor without acknowledging each other in a pleasant manner.

• Knoxville Entrepreneurial Women’s Group members have moved into their new “The Avenue” building, just off Kingston Pike at 141 North Martinwood Road. The new facility will accommodate a larger group; next meeting will be a housewarming party at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 1. Speaker will be Kathi Browne, on “How to Choose the Right Social Media to Grow Your Business.” For more information, visit www.knoxvilleewg.com


• Bonavitas announces its nutritional company will donate 10 percent of all revenue directly to family farmers in Haiti. Funding the growth of moringa and neem trees will play a key role in Haiti’s reforestation efforts. For more information, visit www.bonavitas.com or call 801-207-8298.

• Mountain Commerce Bank announces the addition of Earl “Wendell” Barnette of Wise, Va., and Joel “Joe” Connell of Knoxville to the Bank and Holding Company Board.

• Charter announces the introduction of Charter Internet Ultra60 service with speeds up to 60 mbps.

• Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce announces the next speaker in its Speaker Breakfast Series will be Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. Breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m., Tuesday, June 14, at Fox Den Country Club. Tickets are $25 for chamber members and $35 for potential members and guests. Cost includes full breakfast buffet. Call 865-675-7057 by Thursday, June 9, for reservations.

• Enrichment Federal Credit Union recognizes Melissa Watkins for 35 years of service to the credit union, a milestone only two other employees have received. Watson is a graduate of The University of Tennessee.

• Kroger’s Atlanta Division announces its relief effort “Round-Up,” which will benefit those affected by the recent storms in the southeast, raised more than $151,000 for American Red Cross. From April 30 to May 14, Kroger shoppers rounded up their purchases to the nearest dollar, with the difference benefiting American Red Cross.

• Mercy Medical Center St. Mary’s has named Latoya Rogers, RN, as its first recipient of the DIASY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Rogers has been with Mercy St. Mary’s for more than six years and works on Third Central, a surgical-oncology floor.

• Primerica announces the promotion of Daniel and Heather Deck to regional vice president. Primerica is a leading distributor of financial products to middle income households in North America with approximately 95,000 licensed representatives.

• Mountain Commerce Bank announces earnings for first quarter 2011. Earnings for first quarter of 2011 were $890,000 before tax and $608,000 after tax, as compared to $230,000 after tax for the same period last year. As of March 31 MCB’s revenue totaled $4.8 million, in contrast to $4.4 million for the same quarter last year.

• FirstBank announces Robert Carter will serve the Knoxville area as city president based out of FirstBank’s Knoxville office. Carter brings more than 30 years of banking and finance experience to FirstBank and most recently was employed by American Trust Bank. 

• Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley has received a grant from Petfinder.com Foundation to vaccinate dogs for influenza. Canine Influenza Virus is a highly contagious disease that spreads easily from dog to dog, especially those in close proximity. For more information, visit www.doginfluenza.com

• FBI-LEEDA and LifeLock will present an all-day identity theft summit in Knoxville Tuesday, May 31. Event will be hosted by The University of Tennessee Police Department Knoxville and Knox County Sheriff’s Office. In addition to the event, identity theft experts will be available to do live demonstrations with credit/debit card skimming equipment, showing how thieves can duplicate cards and make fraudulent purchases.

• Public Relations Society of America Volunteer Chapter announces Mary Beth West Consulting, LLC, won J. Carroll Bateman Award, while Oak Ridge Associated Universities won Volunteer Chapter Judges Award.

• Sustainable Investing Conference, “SRI in the Rockies,” will be held Oct. 2–5 at Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. For conference information or to register, visit www.sriintherockies.com or call Krystala Kalil at 888-774-2663.

• Michael Broyles, president and owner of Michael Broyles Photography, recently became a certified professional photographer, the only one in Farragut and one of five in greater Knoxville. Aspiring CPPs must complete a written examination and an image evaluation. 

• Catholic Charities of East Tennessee announced Kimberly-Clark had donated $10,000 toward the 13th Annual Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk, which supports CCETN’s Columbus Home Children’s Services. More than 1,400 people attended this year’s Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk April 10.

• 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.

• American College of Critical Care Medicine announced 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.

• 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.

• 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. 

• 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.

• 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.

 

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