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• Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. reported its net income per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders was $0.14 for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, compared to net loss per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders of $0.85 for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, and net income per fully diluted common share available to common shareholders of $0.06 for the quarter ended March 31, 2011. 

• Mercy Medical Center West is the first hospital in the Knoxville area to post its average emergency room wait time on a billboard for the public’s information. The average ER wait time posted on the billboard, located along westbound Interstate-40/75 near the Lovell Road exit, and is based on a patient’s time of arrival at registration to the time when seen by a healthcare professional. The wait time updates every 20 minutes.

• Summit View Health Management Inc., which manages businesses such as Summit View of Farragut and Summit View of Lake City, announces the recent appointment of Jessica Watson as its new public relations specialist.

• Dianna and Rachel Glandon, of Above the Rest Balloon & Event Designs, served vital roles on a 10-member professional balloon artist USA team that won first place in the large sculpture competition of the West Coast Balloon Arts Convention July 10. This international convention, held every two years in Costa Mesa, Calif., gathers professional balloon artists from around the world to teach new designing skills, provide network opportunities and encourage competition.

• Verizon Communications Inc. reported accelerated revenue growth and improved margins across its business groups, leading to a strong earnings performance in second-quarter 2011. Verizon reported 57 cents in EPS in the quarter, compared with a second-quarter 2010 loss of 42 cents per share. 

• Tennessee Department of Transportation has been notified by Federal Highway Administration that $51.9 million in federal funds will be rescinded from the department’s federal allocation of funds for fiscal year 2011. A rescission of funds means that federal dollars promised to Tennessee have now been cancelled and will not be received. The rescission of funds is a separate issue from the debt limit discussions currently underway by federal lawmakers.

• Kroger’s Atlanta Division continues its mission of “Bringing Hope to the Table” with the announcement of a $28,000 donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee.

• 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. Julian 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.

• Choices in Senior Care announces the addition of two new team members. Brenda Sutherland, LCSW, CCM, is joining community relations and Diane Mullinix, RN, CCM, 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.  


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