Making move happen: KAM

Knoxville Academy of Music is making a bold move and is hoping to offer classes in its new West End location in early July.

The studio, which has been in the former Kroger shopping center since 2014, is moving to 165 West End Ave., taking the place of EXIT Realty, which recently relocated to Cogdill Drive.

Owner Jeffrey Comas said he had been actively looking for a new site for about two years, but two factors recently hastened the planned move.

“They are building a new development here (tentatively labeled Farragut Town Center at Biddle Farms) and I’m not sure how much of the current building will survive,” he said.

“If they tear it down, we just don’t have time to wait for the rebuilding,” Comas added.

A recent air-conditioning failure further sped up the process.

“It was really good that we waited to move because what we found was just perfect,” he said. “We didn’t want to go far from where we already are, especially since our clients are used to our location.

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Food truck events offer personal chef experience

Choto resident Dale Akins is bringing the personal chef experience to three Knox County communities using his business, The Chef’s Workshop.

“The whole concept is to bring a personal chef experience into a neighborhood,” said Akins, president of The Chef’s Workshop, 10433 Hickory Path Way in Knoxville.

“That’s the whole idea, and to give people – especially during COVD — a different dinner option.”

Akins’ concept offers another win for area residents and other subscribers: The events are drive-through.

“Most of our customers never get out of their cars,”

he said. “Everything is online. We don’t go all over town. We don’t go to different subdivisions. We only stay in our three sites.”

He set up community food truck events at Montessori Internationale School, 10019 S. Northshore Drive, on Wednesdays, Pellissippi State Community College AYSO soccer fields, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, on Thursdays, and a private Choto residence, the Boyd-Harvey house, on Sundays.

Local chefs rent his food trucks and provide food.

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business briefs

• The University of Tennessee Medical Center has named Dr. Brian Wiseman as vice president of the Brain & Spine Institute, one of the medical center’s seven Centers of Excellence. Wiseman replaces retired leader, Dr. J. Russell Langdon, who had worked at UTMC since 1984.

• Beginning June 1, Staffing Solutions, Medical Solutions and Resource Accounting in Knoxville operated as RemX, The Workforce Experts. RemX is the professional division of parent company EmployBridge. This change allows the brands to expand their access to the RemX branch network and leverage the strength and stability of a national brand.

• EXIT Real Estate Professionals Network, 9821 Cogdill Road, Suite 1A in Knoxville, announces Carol Bush, Joe Presz, Michelle Anderson and Tony Anderson have joined its growing team of real estate sales professionals.

• Susan Hamilton, the recently retired director of the UT Gardens, recently received the American Public Gardens Association Award of Merit for 2020, which will be presented at the American Public Gardens Association 2020 virtual conference held online through July 9. The award recognizes an APGA member who has performed with distinction in the field of public horticulture and excelled as a public garden professional. The award is a career capstone Hamilton.

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