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• After expanding to the Knoxville market four years ago, Pinnacle Financial Partners has grown to $500 million in loans here. The financial services firm’s leaders launched in Knoxville in 2007 because they thought they could build a $500 million operation by 2012. Pinnacle hit that milestone at the end of second quarter 2011, last week.

• The University of Tennessee Medical Center named William S. Rukeyser as its new board chair. Rukeyser, an internationally known financial journalist and business leader, takes over the role July 1, replacing Bernard E. Bernstein, the first board chair in the medical center.

• Kroger customers in the Atlanta Division — Georgia, South Carolina, Northern Alabama and Eastern Tennessee — donated more than $163,600 in support of the United Service Organization. From June 26 to July 9, Kroger customers rounded up purchases to the nearest dollar with the difference benefitting the USO, which provides financial assistance to brave service men, women and their families.

• Retired Tennessee Air National Guard Col. Richard Julian, 67, has been named Knox County’s assistant veteran service officer, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett announced Wednesday. Julian spent nearly four decades of his life in the military. He retired in 2004 after spending 38 years in the Air National Guard.

• Mercy’s American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center celebrated its first birthday at Mercy North Cancer Center. It is the only ACS Cancer Resource Center in the Knoxville area.

• 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 Carolina 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 weeklong 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.

• 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.


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