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• Choices in Senior Care announces the addition of two new team members. Brenda Sutherland, LCSW, CCM, and Diane Mullinix, RN, CCM. Sutherland is joining community relations and Mullinix will be lead geriatric care manager in Cumberland County.

• Karen Queener, director of human resources and affirmative action at Pellissippi State Community College, has been elected chair-elect to the board of the Southern Region’s College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. Her appointment starts July 1.

• Tennessee College Public Relations Association has recognized Pellissippi State Community College’s marketing and communications office with 12 awards for excellence in public relations. Awards include gold in photography, print advertisement, social media usage, web page or website; silver in photography, postcard or invitation, overall promotional campaign, vide advertisement or PSA, web page or website; bronze in banner or outdoor media, college promotional video and poster.

• Y-12 Federal Credit Union announces the selection of Michelle Byrd as human resources manager. Byrd previously was HR supervisor at Exedy America Corporation and an HR administrator at Vulcan Materials Company in Knoxville.

• Hurricane Grill & Wings announces Dick Ren has been named area director for Tennessee, North and South Carolina. A new development agreement will contribute to the company’s accelerated growth plan to add 233 new franchise restaurants in 19 states coast to coast.

• Tennessee Department of Transportation commissioner John Schroer announces his plans for week-long tours of major construction projects across the state. Schroer will travel on a bus, along with elected officials and transportation officials, to each of the four TDOT regions in separate tours. Tour of Region 1, based in Knoxville, will be held Sept. 26-30.

• Penny Rader, a Lenoir City pet sitter who is the owner of Critter Sitters, LLC, has earned the distinction of being a PSI Certified Professional Pet Sitter, according to an announcement from Pet Sitters International.

• Mercy Health Partners has been honored with the fifth annual Supply Chain Innovation Award by Premier healthcare alliance. Mercy is one of 14 of Premier’s 2,500 members to receive the award, which recognizes successful innovations that have created new levels of performance and competitive advantage while improving patient care and safely reducing costs. Premier cited Mercy’s value analysis process, which saved more than $3 million in supply costs in 2010 and an additional $1.6 million so far in 2011.

• Andy Irwin recently was promoted to manage Scottrade’s Farragut branch office, 11609 Parkside Drive.

• The University of Tennessee Medical Center recently opened an adult Cystic Fibrosis Center to provide care for the growing number of adults with the disease in East Tennessee.

• Robert J. Brown, PE, retired deputy manager of U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge operations office, has joined Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc. as client manager in the firm’s federal business unit.

• Dr. John L. Bell, FACS, director of Cancer Institute and professor in department of surgery at The University of Tennessee Medical Center, recently was elected president of National Consortium of Breast Centers for 2011-2013. NCBC promotes excellence in breast health care for professionals and the general public through a network of diverse caregivers, individuals and organizations each dedicated to the active exchange of ideas and resources.

• Lee Rainie, director of PEW Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, will speak at a Friends of ORNL Community Lecture on The Social Impact of Technology at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 23, at American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge. Reception begins at 5:30.

• The Little Clinic is wrapping up three months of free health screenings by offering free blood pressure and body mass index screenings to consumers during the month of June. Additionally, educational information on heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease will be available. For more information, visit

• Connected Tennessee’s Computers 4 Kids “Preparing Tennessee’s Next Generation for Success” program recently awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Tennessee with 350 brand new computers. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded project deploys computers, academic support programs and workforce training to two disparate, but especially at-risk, populations: those in the state’s foster care system who are turning 18, and youth who are active in the state’s 76 Boys & Girls Clubs.  

• Ruby Tuesday has opened its Asian concept, Wok Hay, at its new Turkey Creek location, the space formerly occupied by Stir Fry Café.

• West High School students will be able to run their own credit union, named “The Rebel Union,” during the 2011-2012 school term with help from UT Federal Credit Union. The in-school bank will be open for a couple of hours a day, several days a week for students, faculty and staff members at West High School. Branch will not be open to the general public. Along with UTFCU staff, students from a business class at West will be working the teller line, giving students a valuable opportunity to gain a financial education that includes understanding credit reports, reading bank statements and the value of a budget.

• 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.

• 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 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.

• 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.

• 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 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

• 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 or call 888-774-2663.


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