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• Tennessee Depart-ment of Transportat-ion commissioner John Schroer named Joseph Galbato, III, as the new chief of administration for the department. Galbato also will assume the role of deputy commissioner for TDOT. 

• Town of Farragut now is offering citizens a unique Citizen Request Tracker as part of its newly designed website at Using this module allows those making a citizen request an easy method to report and track requests or problems such as potholes, missing road signs, overgrown lots, vandalism, playground safety issues and more. Citizens can log in at any time to their profile to review the progress of their request, submit a new request or concern, or update their contact information.

• Laimon Godel, CPA, has joined Service Corps of Retired Executives and other major corporations in the new “Veteran Fast Launch Initiative.”

• Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC has added Dustin Millaway as a senior accountant in its Knoxville office.

• Neurosurgeon Dr. Joel Norman recently joined The University of Tennessee Medical Center. Norman, who joins the Neurological Surgery practice of Dr. William Reid at the medical center, is a board eligible neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive spine and brain surgery.

• City of Maryville has received the Blount Partnership 2011 Tourism Award for its performance impacting local tourism and economic development, centered in Maryville’s Downtown, and in recognition of Foothills Fall Festival.

• Morning Pointe Assisted Living announces Angela Smith as its new campus executive director of its Lenoir City assisted living and Alzheimer’s Memory Care communities. Smith brings more than 20 years’ experience in senior healthcare, including executive director roles at other senior living facilities.

• Victory Over Violence Parade and Rally will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, in Knoxville. Parade begins at 1 p.m. on Depot Street and is hosted by Word of Life Ministries, with Hope for Victims participating. Rally will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Amphitheater in World’s Fair Park, including a candle vigil in honor of National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.

• Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced the award of an $818,880 transportation enhancement grant to the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development for Phase III of the Civil War Driving Trail. The Civil War Driving Trail is a multi-phased program that has established a statewide network of directional and historical signage to be used in conjunction with the Tennessee Civil War map/guide and applicable map/guides developed by individual localities.  

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

• 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.

• 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 basketball head 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 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 Class also will be offered in April and October 2012.

• Physicians at Mercy Medical Center West enrolled their first patient in LEVANT 2, a 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.

• 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

• 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. 


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