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• American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program has recognized The University of Tennessee Medical Center as one of 26 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals in the United States that have achieved exemplary outcomes for surgical patient care.

• Tennessee Department of Transportation commissioner John Schroer has named Tanisha Johnson Hall, AICP, as the new long range planning division director. Hall will oversee the division that identifies transportation needs through analysis of travel and safety data, then engages communities to obtain public input on transportation investments.

• Civis Capital has hired Alan Hice as senior vice president and business development officer. Civis Capital, headquartered in Knoxville, is a Division of The Citizens Bank of East Tennessee and focuses on the Small Business Administration 7(a) loan program as well as the United States Department of Agriculture, Business and Industry loan program.

• City of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero has named Dawn Michelle Foster as deputy director of redevelopment. Foster, previously employed by Wilbur Smith Associates, is a transportation planner and certified environmental professional, and will be team leader for redevelopment of the south waterfront and Magnolia warehouse district, among other projects.


• Brad Stockton has joined Turkey Creek Medical Center as chief operating officer. With more than five years of healthcare management experience, Stockton most recently was vice president of support services at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and was previously an associate administrator at Riverview Regional Medical Center in Gadsden, Ala.

• Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC has added Amanda Hensley in its Knoxville office. Hensley joins the accounting firm in a staff position in the tax services department. She recently graduated from The University of Tennessee, completing both her bachelor and master of accountancy degrees.

• Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC has added Meredith Pratt in its Knoxville office. Pratt joins the accounting firm in a staff position in the tax services department.  She is a June 2011 graduate of The University of Tennessee, earning both her bachelor and master of accountancy degrees.

• The University of Tennessee announces the opening of its new 755-space parking garage, open for patients and visitors near the Heart Hospital and Emergency Department.

• Nick Meals, CPA, has joined Coulter & Justus, P.C. as a manager in the tax department. Meals holds a Master’s degree in accounting and a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from The University of Tennessee.

• Coulter & Justus, P.C. announces Josh Vehec, CPA, has joined the company as a senior in the audit department. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and business management from the University of Pittsburgh.

• Rather & Kittrell announces the addition of Jeff Hall as a partner. Hall has been a financial advisor with the firm since February 2002. Jeff Hall is a Certified Financial Planner professional.

• Rather & Kittrell announces Rus Hunt has been awarded the designation Certified Financial Planner, one of the industry’s most prestigious and demanding designations.

• Farrell A. Levy, of Farragut law firm McDonald, Levy and Taylor, has been named to the 2011 Mid-South Super Lawyers list as a top attorney in the Mid-South for the sixth consecutive year. Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

• Allegiant announced new low-cost, nonstop travel service between Knoxville and Las Vegas, Nev. Flights will operate twice weekly between McGhee Tyson Airport and McCarran International Airport, with service Monday and Friday.

•  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.

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

• 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. 

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

 

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