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•  Executive Women International Knoxville Chapter recently partnered with Weekend Academy and Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee to promote literacy through the EWI Reading Rally program. EWI Knoxville Chapter purchased copies of “A Friend Indeed” for each of the Weekend Academy students and provided lunch.

• Amanda Shell, graduate of The University of Tennessee, recently joined Moxley Carmichael as a public relations specialist. Shell served two terms as a Moxley Carmichael intern. After she returned from her last semester abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she joined Moxley Carmichael full-time.

• FirstBank announces the addition of Matt Webster as relationship manager, serving customers out of the Knoxville office.

• Through Dec. 24, Kroger stores throughout the Atlanta Division — which includes East Tennessee — will host The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign to raise funds to provide toys for children, meals for the hungry, coats for the homeless and help for communities facing natural disasters throughout the New Year.

• As part of the state’s new “More Cops. More Stops.” campaign, Governor’s Highway Safety Office is teaming with Tennessee Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies across the state through the busy Thanksgiving travel season to crack down on traffic safety violations.

 • Through Dec. 31, Sears Hometown Stores are holding food drives to benefit their community and charitable organizations. Customers who donate a non-perishable food item will receive $5 off a purchase of $75 or more.

• Mountain Commerce Bank announced Todd Jones, senior vice president/director of investments and financial planning, was named first recipient of annual Stuart E. Wood, Jr. Memorial Award. 

• Tennessee Department of Transportation commissioner John Schroer has named William B. Orellana as new aeronautics division director.

• Simon Property Group, Inc. has joined forces this holiday season with American Red Cross to send messages of thanks to service members, their families and veterans through the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. For every American Express Simon Candy Cane gift card purchased, $1 will go to American Red Cross through Dec. 31. 

• Kroger’s Atlanta Division customers and associates in Georgia, South Carolina, Northern Alabama and Eastern Tennessee donated more than $375,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and more than $251,000 to Kroger’s “Giving Hope a Hand” campaign, during October more than $626,000 in donations benefiting breast cancer awareness, treatment and research.

• Rainscapes has been named a winner in Irrigation Association’s Smart Marketing Contest for having one of the best 2011 Smart Irrigation Month campaigns in the nation. • This holiday shopping season, Kroger will offer quadruple fuel reward points for every gift card purchased at Kroger through Dec. 11.

• Knox-area Kroger store customers can donate to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee by purchasing $1, $3 or $5 icons to help provide food for area families in need during Kroger’s annual “Can Hunger” drive through Dec. 24.

• Alcoa Inc. volunteers helped spread the word about aluminum can recycling before The University of Tennessee versus South Carolina college football game, Oct. 29. An estimated total of 25,000 pounds, or 12.5 tons, of materials were recycled.  

• Robyn J. Askew has joined Knoxville office of the law firm Lewis, King, Krieg and Waldrop, P.C. as special counsel. Askew brings more than 28 years of experience in the areas of commercial real estate, banking and business transactions, as an attorney and real estate developer.

• Blount County-based Foothills Community Development Corporation recently welcomed Tim S. Dimick as executive director, where he will oversee the non-profit affordable housing agency’s mission to provide safe, affordable and decent housing for qualified Blount County and surrounding area families. 

• Marketing and communications office of Pellissippi State Community College was recognized recently with four awards for excellence in public relations. Two of the awards were gold, one was silver and one was bronze. The recognition was bestowed by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations at the District 2 2011 Conference, which took place Oct. 16-19 in Atlanta.

• Tennessee Department of Transportation commissioner John Schroer has named Lyndsay Thurston Botts as chief of staff. Botts was director of communications and community relations for TDOT. 

• Todd Richesin and business partner Bobby Brown, co-owners of Upstairs, recently received an Orchid Award from Keep Knoxville Beautiful, in recognition of renovations at their building, the “historic ‘up and down’ gas station in Sequoyah Hills.

• Tennessee Department of Transportation commissioner John Schroer has named Juan J. Flores Jr. as new director of multimodal transportation resources, overseeing office of passenger transportation and office of rail and waterway freight transportation.

• Jim Dickerson and Bettye Jo Purda, both of financial services firm Edward Jones in Farragut, recently received the firm’s Client Service Excellence award for being the No. 1 client service provider in their region and in the top 25 percent of client service providers in the country.

• 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.

• Verizon Wireless will host free local workshops to educate consumers on the basics of wireless platforms and devices. For more information, visit

• 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. 

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

• Tennova Healthcare announced today 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.

• 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.


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