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• Mountain Commerce Bank has hired Miles Snider as vice president and relationship manager. Snider has more than 23 years of banking experience.

• West Town Mall will host Fashion’s Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Mall, 7600 Kingston Pike. Event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.simon.com or call 865-693-4731.

 • Jason Daniel has joined Vista Radiology, P.C., as information technology manager. Prior to Vista, he was employed as IT director by Southeastern Retina Associates.

• Department of Transportation announced it would eliminate or extend the majority of compliance dates for replacing street signs. The proposed changes will eliminate 46 deadlines mandated by federal traffic control regulations, and instead, the DOT is proposing that communities replace traffic signs when they are worn out rather than requiring signs to be replaced by a specific deadline.

• Three of Oak Ridge and East Tennessee’s most prominent organizations have pledged $1 million in support toward Emory Valley Center’s $4 million capital campaign for a new building. UT-Battelle and B&W Y-12 each pledged $250,000 and ProVision Health Alliance pledged $500,000 toward the campaign.


• Knoxville native and actor David Keith has partnered with Morris Animal Foundation for the inaugural K9 Cancer Walk Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Cove at Concord Park. Proceeds from the event will benefit Morris Animal Foundation and its effort to help dogs lead longer, healthier, cancer-free lives. Registration is now open at www.k9cancerwalk.org/

• Mercy Health Partners’ Sisters of Mercy are being honored with Special Recognition for Community Service Award by the 2011 Health Care Heroes Project, sponsored by The Greater Knoxville Business Journal.

• SmartBank president and CEO Billy Carroll has been appointed to the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Nashville Branch. The term will run through Dec. 31, 2013.

• H.T. Hackney Co. announced it has hired former Volunteers men’s head basketball coach Bruce Pearl as vice president of marketing beginning Sept. 1. Pearl was a marketing and economics major at Boston College School of Management.

• Jamie Burgess has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a receptionist at the Northshore Drive office.

• Mercy Health Partners announced the formation of a new home infusion and specialty pharmacy joint venture with ContinuumRx that will serve its affiliated providers and patients. Home infusion services typically are ordered for those patients with high-cost chronic disease states such as cancer, gastrointestinal problems, heart failure, immunodeficiency disorders, neuromuscular disorders and serious infections.

• J.D. Power and Associates ranked Verizon Wireless highest in network quality in five regions, including the southeast, in its 2011, Volume 2 study. 

• Southern Appalachia Railway Museum announces it is the new owner of former Southern Railway Coach No. 829, a 52-seat passenger car, through a donation from the Bluewater, Mich., chapter of National Railway Historical Society. SARM expects to place the coach in service on its Secret City Scenic Excursion Train during the Fall Colors trips in October.

• Kroger’s Atlanta Division – which includes Georgia, South Carolina, Eastern Tennessee and Northern Alabama – raised more than $385,000 during a three-week fundraiser benefitting Children’s Miracle Network, surpassing its goal of $300,000.



• East Tennessee Chapter of the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals is presenting “Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management,” a three-day course covering a broad range of environmental regulations and topics included in the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager certification examination. Course will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Oct. 11-13, at V3Technical Services, 2210 Award Winning Way, off Hardin Valley Road. Register at www.etahmp.org/education.php/ Class also will be offered in April and October 2012.

• Physicians at Mercy Medical Center West enrolled their first patient in LEVANT 2, a global, multicenter, randomized clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of the Moxy Drug-Coated Angioplasty Balloon for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease.  Malcolm Foster, MD, an interventional cardiologist, performed the procedure at Mercy West.

• Gordon Food Service announces it open a Marketplace Store near Cedar Bluff and North Peters roads, in the Sherrill Hills development. The 16,000 square foot grocery store is scheduled to open in January 2012; construction is underway. The store would be the first Marketplace in East Tennessee. The Sherrill Hills development also will include an Aldi Food Store.

• Susanne Dalton Dupes will present a “Getting the Most from the Media” workshop Tuesday, Sept. 27, at The Avenue, 141 N. Martinwood Road in Knoxville. Cost is $197, with a $30 discount for registering before Sept. 6. Register at www.daltondupes.com/

• Knoxville Entrepreneurial Women’s Group members will host their inaugural Bake-Off, Wednesday, Sept. 7, when attendees show off their culinary baking skills in a competition to win the Pink Ribbon first prize. All proceeds will be donated to Child & Family Tennessee’s Kent C. Withers Family Crisis Center, Knoxville’s largest battered women’s facility. Cost to attend this meeting is free; donations are accepted. Regular meetings have a $10 attendance fee.

• Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC, has added Martha B. Norris, CPA, in its Knoxville office in a senior position in the accounting and assurance services department. 

• Town of Farragut is participating in the AmeriCorps national service program: Joshua Cunningham of Mount Holly, N.C., will be the inaugural member of the Town’s AmeriCorps Water Quality Assistant Program. Cunningham will receive comprehensive training in stormwater management operations, including GIS mapping and stream analysis and will be responsible for coordination of a variety of education and public engagement activities including the Town’s Adopt-A-Stream program.

 • Tennessee Department of Transportation announced the bid letting for a future construction project on State Route 73 in Loudon County has been postponed. The project will widen State Route 73 to four lanes; a new bridge will be constructed over the Tennessee River downstream from the Fort Loudoun Dam. The existing bridge on top of the dam will be removed. The letting was postponed to allow for a redesign to adhere to current standards.

• Mountain Commerce Bank announced the promotion of three personnel. Whit Whitehurst has been promoted to vice president. Brad Pollock has been promoted to special assets recovery officer. V.V. Elliott has been promoted to assistant vice president. 

• Doug Carter and Jessica White Phillips, two recent graduates of Maryville College, joined the College’s admissions staff as admissions counselors Aug. 1.

• Mercy’s Red Hot Mamas program will discuss foot problems and treatments at a free luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25, at The Foundry at World’s Fair Park. Space is limited; register at www.mercy.com/

• Lumberjack Sports International’s Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud will host a benefit aimed at raising $50,000 for Helen Ross McNabb Center’s Service County Services Thursday, Aug. 25. General admission tickets are $25 and include a show at 7 p.m.; call 865-329-9120.

• The Little Clinic, in Kroger stores in the Knoxville area, will donate $10,000 to the USO to help lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families.

• Public schools in Tennessee are invited to apply for $50,000 in grants for programs that use the free resources from the Verizon Foundation’s Thinkfinity.org, to improve students’ skills in science, technology, engineering and math. Verizon Foundation will award grants of $5,000 each to 10 public schools in Tennessee to integrate Thinkfinity.org, an online education resource, into the classroom. Apply by Sept. 30. For more information, visit www.verizon.com/foundation/

• Tennessee Department of Transportation chief engineer Paul Degges, P.E., has been selected to serve a two-year term as vice chairman of American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Standing Committee on Highways. 

• The Town currently is seeking food concessions, art and craft vendors, non-profit organizations and Farragut businesses to participate in second annual “Picnic on the Pike” from 1 to 5 p. m., Sunday, Sept. 25, on farragutpress grounds, 11863 Kingston Pike. Event will feature art, craft and food vendors; entertainment including the Atomic Horns and the 75-member East Tennessee Concert Band, and children’s activities including inflatables and games. For more information, call Lauren Cox or Arleen Higginbotham at 865-966-7057, visit www.townoffarragut.org, or visit Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive.

• Johnson Architecture welcomes new architecture intern Emily Haire. Haire is a graduate of The University of Tennessee and became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2008.

• Kroger broke ground on construction of its new Knoxville-area Marketplace Aug. 2. The new Kroger Marketplace will anchor the up-and-coming development – The Shops at Cedar Bluff – at the intersection of Cedar Bluff Road and Kingston Pike.

• Three Edward Jones branch offices in Farragut recently were ranked within the top 25 percent of the country for excellence in client service at Edward Jones. Those receiving the recognition are financial officers Jim Dickerson, Wendy Schopp and John Gardner and branch office administrators Bettye Jo Purda, Barbara Slaven, Anna Fowlkes and Jonna Pye.

• Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation announces senior vice president of sales and marketing, Kim Bumpas, has earned the designation of certified destination management executive from Destination Marketing Association International.

• Yong Bradley, MD has joined University Radiology, P.C., as medical director for the molecular imaging and translational research program under the department of radiology. 

• 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 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. 

• 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, took over the role July 1, replacing Bernard E. Bernstein, the first board chair in the medical center.

 

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