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• Knoxville Area Tennessee Small Business Development Center will sponsor a free government contracting workshop from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct. 20, at Knoxville Chamber, 17 Market Square. Paul Middlebrooks of The University of Tennessee Center will present program for Industrial Services. Register at www.tsbdc.org or 865-246-2663.

• Knoxville Area Tennessee Small Business Development Center will conduct a free workshop, “30 Minute Business Plan,” from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 24, at Knoxville Chamber, 17 Market Square. Register at www.tsbdc.org or 865-246-2663.

• UnitedHealthcare and Tennova Healthcare have announced an expanded network relationship, giving UnitedHealthcare plan participants with individual and employer-sponsored health plan coverage in East Tennessee access to the system’s health care services. 

• Tennessee Department of Transportation commissioner John Schroer has completed the first annual statewide tour of projects in each of TDOT’s four regions. The tours were designed to give local, state, and transportation officials an opportunity to view projects under construction in their areas and to learn more about future projects announced this year in TDOT’s Three Year Program. 


• SmartBank has announced executive vice president Heather Hubbard Morgan has been named the Bank’s COO and C. Bryan Johnson has been named executive vice president, CFO. Morgan has a degree in business administration, is a CPA and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence, with honors, from The University of Tennessee College of Law. She’s worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Miller & Martin, PLLC, and has been named one of Knoxville’s “40 Under 40.” Johnson has an economics degree from United States Military Academy at West Point and a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Masters in business administration from UT; he is a chartered financial analyst and was an officer in the U.S. Army and adjunct professor at UT.  

• Tennessee Department of Transportation commissioner John Schroer named Scott C. Black as new director of TDOT’s project management division. Black will oversee project management offices at TDOT headquarters and in each of TDOT’s four regional offices.

• Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. is the sixth largest out of 44 financial institutions in the Knoxville metropolitan statistical area, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

• Kroger stores in the Atlanta Division — including East Tennessee — will host multiple campaigns in October to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During October, Kroger shoppers can purchase $1 pink ribbon icons at Kroger stores to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. As part of its “Giving Hope a Hand” campaign, Kroger will feature 53 associates on custom packaging and in-store marketing materials, including Kroger employee Lisa Baird Wright of Knoxville — a breast cancer survivor — who will be featured on boxes of Special K Protein Shakes’ French Vanilla flavor. For more information, visit www.sharingcourage.com/

• Susan G. Komen for the Cure is accepting applications for college scholarships. Scholarships are designed to aid students who would find attending college to be a significant financial burden due to the loss of a parent or guardian to breast cancer, or their own breast cancer diagnosis at age 25 or younger. Scholarship awards $10,000 per year for up to four years for a student to attend a state university in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Scholarship recipients serve as Komen Collegiate Ambassadors and must volunteer in breast cancer awareness activities for at least 20 hours per semester. For more information or to apply, visit www.komen.org/scholarship/ Applications must be received by Tuesday, Nov. 15.

• Tennessee Department of Transportation has been awarded the 2011 James B. Sorenson Excellence in Pavement Preservation Award. Award focuses on pavement preservation programs and is given annually by Foundation for Pavement Preservation, Inc. 

• Urban Outfitters will bring a “Store on Tour” to Downtown Knoxville Oct. 22-25 at 314 Church Ave. Mobile store will be open from noon to 8 p.m. each day, before traveling on to other southeastern cities, including Columbia, S.C., Athens, Ga. and Tallahassee, Fla.

• Adopt A Golden Knoxville has joined other animal welfare organizations in the area that list their homeless pets on www.petfinder.com. The site currently has over 359,000 homeless pets listed, and it is updated continuously.

• United Community Bank has announced it will expand its commercial lending capability in the greater Knoxville area, including its Farragut site, with the addition of four commercial lenders. Joining the United Community Bank lending team in Knoxville are Sam Hammett, Jamie Lewis, Stephen Shackelford and Roianne Thornley.

• Terry Hamrick, coordinator of missional visioning at Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2012, after more than 15 years as part of the Atlanta Resource Center’s senior leadership team.

• Tennessee Department of Transportation 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 www.townoffarragut.org. 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.

• 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.

• 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.

 

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