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• East Tennessee Association for Female Executives will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, at The Orangery. Speaker is Mark W. Schaefer, blogger, educator, business consultant and author, on the topic “Three Things Every Business Should Know about Social Media.” Reserve a spot at www.etafe.org/

• Tennova Healthcare announced the appointment of East Tennessee native Michael W. Garfield as Tennova Healthcare Market CEO. Garfield will oversee Tennova’s seven hospitals located in Knox, Campbell, Cocke, Jefferson and Scott counties.

• East Tennessee Chapter of National Contract Management Association will have its monthly membership luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Double Tree Hotel in Oak Ridge. Speaker is Kate Vitasek of The University of Tennessee on the topic “Vested Outsourcing.” Lunch for members is $15 and $16 for non-members. RSVP by 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8 to Vicki Dyer, 865-483-9332. Cost for late reservations or walk-ins is $22.50 for members, $24 for non-members.

• Tennessee Department of Transportation announced federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $10,154,989 have been approved for five Tennessee airports, including McGhee-Tyson.


• Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation commissioner John Schroer announced more than $16.2 million to support highway safety in Tennessee.

• Town of Farragut received a New Facility Four Star Award for McFee Park Phase II from Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association. McFee Park encompasses 50 acres in the southwest quadrant of Farragut. Phase II offers a playground, splash pad, pavilions and walking trail, and includes 10 different “green” products or techniques including solar panels, LED lighting, permeable pavers, bioswales, drip irrigation, sun tunnels, rubber mulch made from recycled tires, re-circulating splash pad, grass overflow parking and the exclusive use of native plants.

• Tennessee Department of Transportation commissioner John Schroer has named Adetokunbo “Toks” Omishakin as the new chief of environment and planning for the department.

• Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. reported its net income per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders was $0.72 for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2011, compared to net income per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders of $0.02 for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2010, and net income per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders of $0.14 for the quarter ended June 30, 2011. 



• Kroger has launched “Choice at the Pump,” a new option that will give Kroger Plus Card holders the choice of how they want to redeem fuel reward points — use them all at once or save for a future fill-up.

• Mountain Commerce Bank announced the promotion of Donnie Blair to vice president and director of technology and information security. 

• 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.

• 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. 

• 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.

 

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