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• Farragut Business Alliance will host a Membership Mingler and Business Meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, at Comfort Suites, 811 N. Campbell Station Road. Meeting is open to all Farragut businesses, non-profits, churches, schools and to other stakeholders. Tentative agenda includes panel discussion with Farragut High School and teaser for a Farragut business Android/iPhone app. For more information, visit

• The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Sleep Disorders Center in Knoxville recently received accreditation from American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The Standards for Accreditation ensure that sleep medicine providers display and maintain proficiency in areas such as testing procedures and policies, patient safety and follow-up and physician and staff training.

• East TN Chapter of the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals will teach “Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management” April 10-12 at the offices of StrataG off Hardin Valley Road. Course is a comprehensive regulatory review to prepare students for Certified Hazardous Materials Manager examination. For more information, contact Adonia Phillips at 865-594-7627,, or visit

• Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. reported that its net income per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders was $0.17 for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011, compared to net income per fully diluted common share available to common stockholders of $0.07 for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2010, an increase of 143 percent.

• Turkey Creek Medical Center physicians performed a groundbreaking robotic surgical procedure early this month using fluorescence imaging. Fluorescence imaging used in the da Vinci Si Surgical System offers the capability of providing real-time, image guided identification of key anatomical landmarks using near-infrared technology.

• Kroger congratulates its Knoxville area customers and associates for participating in the 2011 Can Hunger campaign, which raised more than $73,200 to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee.

• 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 a staff position in the tax services department. 

• 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.


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