July 2, 2014

Break a leg: Conquering interview anxiety

Symptoms: Sweaty palms. Dry mouth. Flushed cheeks. Shaky voice. Trouble putting your thoughts into words. Shortness of breath. Any of the symptoms above sound familiar? While this list could sound strikingly similar to the side effects associated with the latest and greatest prescription drug (as […]
July 1, 2014

KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL: Proton Power expanding

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2014/jul/01/proton-power-expanding-lining-up-commercial/ By Ed Marcum Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Since setting up shop in a vintage home in Roane County about six years ago, entrepreneurs Sam Weaver and Dan Hensley now oversee a renewable energy business with 100 workers at three locations in East Tennessee. After […]
June 20, 2014

House-Hasson Hardware to unveil technology advancements at annual dealer market in Sevierville

Convention Center adds second House-Hasson event to 2014 schedule Sevierville, Tenn. – House-Hasson, America’s largest independent regional hardware distributor will host its Summer Mega Sale Dealer Market, the hardware industry’s premier buying event, Thursday, June 19 through Saturday, June 21 at the Sevierville Convention Center. […]
June 19, 2014

Branches Gallery & Re-Store to Host Next ORNL FCU Cash Mob

WHAT: ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) is organizing a community cash mob at Branches Gallery & Re-Store in Madisonville. All proceeds will benefit the Branches of Monroe County, Inc. non-profit organization. WHEN: Thursday, June 26th, 2014 – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. WHERE: Branches Gallery […]
June 18, 2014

LEADING in Today’s (Crazy) World

The challenging times in which we find ourselves call for today’s business leaders to stretch beyond their comfort zones. Several recent research studies show that strong and effective leaders do the following: They Know Themselves. They understand their leadership style and how to optimize their […]
June 12, 2014

TONIGHT: Loudon Ice Cream Shop to Host Next ORNL FCU Cash Mob

WHAT: ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) is organizing a community cash mob tonight at Tic-Toc Ice Cream Parlor in downtown Loudon. WHEN: Thursday, June 12th, 2014 – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. WHERE: Tic-Toc Ice Cream Parlor 504 Grove Street Loudon, TN 37774 For more than […]
June 4, 2014

You Reap What You Sow

Did you know that gardening is really good for you?  To support a healthy lifestyle, the National Institutes of Health recommends gardening for 30-45 minutes a day three to five times a week. I know what some of you are thinking – “Gardening is not […]
June 3, 2014

Sevierville Convention Center employee honored by ConventionSouth magazine

Faye Hughes receives 2014 Southern Hospitality Recognition of Excellence Award Sevierville, Tenn. – The Sevierville Convention Center’s Faye Hughes has been recognized for her dedication to excellence and professionalism in the meetings and hospitality industries by ConventionSouth magazine, a leading travel and tourism industry trade […]
June 2, 2014

StoneMill Log & Timber Homes Celebrates 40-Year Anniversary

Knoxville, Tenn. – StoneMill Log & Timber Homes, founded in 1974 by John R. Sterchi, Jr., is celebrating its 40th year in business. With more than 100 years of combined experience in the log and timber industry amongst its employees, this family-owned and operated business […]
June 2, 2014

Childhelp – Give the Gift of Family

I’ve been happily involved with the East Tennessee chapter of Childhelp for a little more than a year now, and it continues to startle me how many child abuse victims are in need of help right here in our own backyard. Check out Childhelp’s latest […]
May 30, 2014

Finances, Soccer and Fun Converge With $500 Prize from ORNL Federal Credit Union

Knoxville, Tenn. – Increasing your financial literacy this summer can earn you a chance to win $500 on the soccer field! That’s the offer of ORNL Federal Credit Union, provider of a free financial literacy program called “FoolProof” and title sponsor of the Knoxville Force, Knoxville’s […]
May 29, 2014

NeXovation, Inc. Announces Agreement to Acquire Nashville Superspeedway from Dover Motorsports, Inc.

Nashville, Tenn. – [May 29, 2014] – Nearly three years after reducing its public access and closing to competitive racing, the Nashville Superspeedway motor racing complex will have a new owner. U.S.-based NeXovation, Inc., a global innovation company and active pursuant (highest bidder) for the […]
May 22, 2014

BLOG: Teach Me How to Vaca…

I recently spent a sun-filled week in Port Orange, Florida on vacation – just me, my fiancé, friends, the fish, a few retirees AND my iPhone/iPad/laptop. Before leaving for Florida, I told myself I was going to do my best to “unplug” from the digital […]
May 22, 2014

Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass winners announced

Sevierville, Tenn. – Sevierville’s 10th Annual Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass festival, held May 16 and 17 in downtown Sevierville brought 40,000 local and out-of-town guests to downtown Sevierville for an opportunity to enjoy great food and world-class bluegrass music. Fifty-six cook teams attended the Bush’s […]
May 16, 2014

“Prepping” for Doomsday & much more: thousands expected for emergency preparedness event at Sevierville Convention Center

Sevierville, Tenn. – An expo touted as “the largest Prepper Show east of the Mississippi River” is scheduled for this weekend, May 17-18, at the Sevierville Convention Center.  The Mountain Prepper Home, Gun & Outdoor Expo will feature dozens of speakers and numerous vendors, classes […]
May 14, 2014

Sevier County High School Teacher wins iMac as part of ORNL FCU Financial Literacy Initiative

Last month, ORNL Federal Credit Union sent baskets of apples to teachers at 64 high schools throughout East Tennessee with each basket containing information about a new, free, web-based financial literacy curriculum called FoolProof, including details about how one lucky teacher could win an Apple […]
May 14, 2014

BLOG: It’s ok to want to be Superwoman

Last week, I returned to work full-time from my maternity leave. Even though I’m so thankful for my new job as being a mother, I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve enjoyed coming back to my professional job. I say “professional job” because now have […]
May 8, 2014

MEDIA ALERT: Maynardville’s Pizza Parlor to Host Next ORNL Federal Credit Union Small Business Counts Cash Mob

Pizza Parlor, with its famous “cheezee” bread and hometown atmosphere, has been a local landmark in Maynardville for the last 25 years. Former employee and now owner, Mindy Hurst, is on a mission to revive the small business and hopes that the ORNL Federal Credit […]
May 6, 2014

NEWS RELEASE: Free Document Shred Day sponsored by ORNL FCU and Cintas scheduled for May 10 in East Knoxville and Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) will team up once again with Cintas Document Management Company for a free Document Shred Day on Saturday, May 10th, from 9 a.m. until noon at both the Millertown Pike and Oak Ridge branches of ORNL […]
April 30, 2014

BLOG POST: Embracing Change

Change is both energizing and scary. Meaningful change usually involves intense introspection, pushing the pause button on our “busy-ness,” and seriously rethinking how we have done things in the past. We human beings love our comfort zones. And we hate admitting that our prior great […]
April 29, 2014

MEDIA ALERT: Proton Power to Present Clean Energy Technology to the Public for the First Time at the University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center

WHAT: Proton Power, Inc. (PPI) co-founder, Dr. Sam C. Weaver, will present the company’s clean energy technology to the public for the first time at the University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. WHEN: Monday, May 5, 2014 — 1:00 p.m. to […]
April 24, 2014

Four new University Commons tenants announced

Fresh To Order, pioneer of the innovative, “fast-fine” concept to open first restaurant of its kind in Knoxville KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Yesterday, developers announced four new tenants – Fresh To Order, Blush Boutique, Great Clips, and Jersey Mike’s – had been added to University Commons, […]
April 24, 2014

MEDIA ALERT: Cutie Patootie’s Selected to Host Next ORNL FCU Cash Mob

Founded by owner and single mom, Wendy Holloway, Cutie Patootie’s Repeat Boutique in Oak Ridge is the epitome of small business with its local feel, loyal customers and personalized service. The resale boutique has been serving the Oak Ridge community for just over a year, […]
April 14, 2014

Proton Power to Present Clean Energy System for First Time at University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy

Proton Power, Inc. (PPI), the developer of a patented renewable energy system that produces inexpensive hydrogen on demand from biomass and waste sources and converts it into synthetic fuels and electricity, announced today that it will present its clean energy technology to the public for […]
April 11, 2014

New Sevierville Convention Center Sign Signals Completion of Rebranding

Sevierville, Tenn. – There’s a new sign at mile marker 17.4 on Route 66 in Sevierville.  More than just a sign, it signals the completion of the rebranding of the facility from “event” center to “convention” center. The sign will not only provide guests with […]
April 11, 2014

U.S.-Based NeXovation Has Filed Complaint Over The Sale of Nürburgring

MUNICH, Germany. – NeXovation Inc., a U.S.-based global innovation company, announced today it has filed a complaint with the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission regarding the sales process of the Nürburgring. Although NeXovation submitted a financially attractive binding offer of EUR 150 million (EUR […]
April 7, 2014

Sevierville’s Mountain Soul Vocal Competition Deadline Extended to April 16

Sevierville, Tenn. – The 10th Annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition has extended the entry deadline for the 2014 competition to April 16, 2014. This unique competition honors the songwriting of Sevierville native Dolly Parton by encouraging contestants from across the nation to sing one of […]
April 7, 2014

Success Tips from a New Perspective

According to PR Week, around 10% of public relations employees are between the ages of 18 to 24 – that’s us.  As interns at Ackermann PR, we can safely say that the intern experience has been a fantastic and unexpected ride.  That is common in […]
March 14, 2014

The 2014 Dogwood Arts Festival set to celebrate the natural canvas of the East Tennessee region

For more than 50 years, Knoxville has blossomed with the Dogwood Arts Festival, a celebration of the natural and cultural beauty of East Tennessee.  Throughout the month of April, this vibrant festival promotes the history and future of the region’s arts by featuring an exciting, […]
March 12, 2014

Tell Your Company Story

Spring is just around the corner! What better time to open ourselves up to taking a fresh, uncluttered look at who we are and what we’re doing. It seems that more and more frequently the work we are doing for our clients revolves around messaging and positioning, and […]