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December 13, 2012

Conde Nast Traveler names The Swag one of the Best Places on Earth

The awards keep coming in as Condé Nast Traveler has announced that The Swag has been recognized as one of the best hotels in the world via the magazine’s 2013 Gold List. Check out the full list here: http://www.cntraveler.com/gold-list/2013 According to announcement materials from Condé […]
December 5, 2012

Local pest control company employee becomes an Associate Certified Entomologist

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Russell’s Pest Control announced that its Lead Technician, Aaron Veal, has passed the Entomological Society of America certification program and become an Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE). ACE is a certification program run by the Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation (ESACC), which […]
December 3, 2012

Here Comes Santa Claus….Thousands of Them

Sevierville, Tenn. – Following the very successful inaugural event in 2011, the Santa Hustle is returning to the Wilderness at the Smokies resort on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 at 8 a.m.  This year’s event promises to bring even more Santa beards and hats to the […]
December 3, 2012

RIVR Media and Nest Features highlighted in Knoxville News Sentinel

The Knoxville News Sentinel recently featured news coming out of RIVR Media, a television production company headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn.  Featured were Nest Features and a “NFL Road Tested: The Cleveland Browns.” Nest Features is the first production company of its kind in Knoxville and […]
November 30, 2012

Paul Morris joins ORNL Federal Credit Union as Vice President of Information Technology

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU), East Tennessee’s largest credit union, has announced that Paul Morris has been appointed Vice President of Information Technology. Morris’s responsibilities include evaluating new technology and technology applications, establishing and implementing information systems security policies and procedures, […]
November 29, 2012

Crown outlines plan for protecting yourself from a fall from the fiscal cliff

ATLANTA, Ga. – Crown Financial Ministries CEO Chuck Bentley laid out a plan for surviving a fall from the fiscal cliff in an op-ed piece at Fox News this week. “I will make a prediction,” observed Bentley. “A phony fix is in the works. Disaster […]
November 27, 2012

Parents and kids pick their price with innovative gift that teaches money management

Knoxville, Tenn. – As part of an innovative campaign to help parents teach kids about money management, Crown Financial Ministries has developed a “Pick your Price” project with its creative My Money Town, a unique resource to help parents start the important task of teaching money […]
November 27, 2012

The Wall Street Journal names The Swag a top 10 getaway

The Swag, the highest mountaintop resort in the Eastern United States located in Waynesville, North Carolina, was recently recognized by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “Coziest Hotels in America.” The Swag was described as one of the “10 best getaways for becoming […]
November 26, 2012

Lisa Hood Skinner to appear on WBIR after return from Israel

Our very own Lisa Hood Skinner, Senior Vice President, will appear on Channel 10 WBIR TV’s “Newsmaker” segment Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 5:15 p.m. She’ll discuss how social and digital media, including strategic use of smart phones, assisted Ackermann’s clients as they dealt with missile […]
November 19, 2012

ORNL Federal Credit Union announces management changes

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU), East Tennessee’s largest credit union, has announced management changes within the credit union and its Credit Union Service Organization (CUSO), CU Community, LLC. As a result of the changes, Larry Jackson has been appointed President and […]
November 14, 2012

Wayne Hood joins ORNL Federal Credit Union as Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU), East Tennessee’s largest credit union, has announced that T. Wayne Hood, Esq. has been appointed Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Hood will provide senior leadership in regards to compliance, policy amendments, internal controls and overall […]
November 14, 2012

Uncle Maddio’s and Five Guys Set to Open at Northshore Town Center

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Northshore Town Center’s two newest tenants will be pleasing to the taste buds of many who visit this newly launched mixed-use community.  One of the more popular destinations for burgers in Knoxville, Five Guys, will be joined by a newcomer to the […]
November 9, 2012

Tennessee production pioneers launch feature-film production company in Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – Nest Features, a company dedicated to producing feature-length films in the American South, has launched in Knoxville, Tenn.  Nest Features is the first production company of its kind in Knoxville and is an outgrowth of television production pioneers Dee Haslam and Ross Bagwell, […]
November 5, 2012

Holiday gift giving for the fitness enthusiast made simple

Knoxville, Tenn. – It’s that time of year again, which means holiday get-togethers, celebrating with family and friends, and yes – gift-giving. And isn’t holiday shopping so much simpler and less stressful when you suit the present to the person? For example, do you have […]
November 2, 2012

The Swag named to top Conde Nast Traveler list

The Swag, a luxury mountaintop resort in Waynesville, North Carolina, was recently named to Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious “Top 40 Hotels in the South” list as part of its “Best in the World” issue. Based on rankings in the categories of rooms, service, food, location, […]
October 30, 2012

Wilderness at the Smokies’ Expansion Provides Something New this Fall/Winter

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. – Falling temperatures and winter’s arrival won’t put a damper on family vacation fun in the Smokies this year as Adventure Forest, Wilderness at the Smokies’ new multi-million dollar indoor fun park, celebrates its first fall and winter seasons entertaining guests. Adventure Forest […]
October 24, 2012

The Swag’s “autumn elegance” touted in Knoxville News Sentinel

The Swag, a mountaintop resort in Waynesville, N.C., was recently featured in a Knoxville News Sentinel article written by Amy McRary.  The article was highlighted by beautiful photography capturing the mountaintop retreat’s landscape at its peak during the fall season. Follow in the link to […]
October 23, 2012

IRS regulations verify more people doomed to part time employment, says Crown’s Chuck Bentley

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – New regulations issued recently by the IRS prove that Crown Financial Ministries CEO Chuck Bentley was right when he wrote earlier this year that the economic circumstances developing as a result of Obamacare’s passage could doom a nation of potential employees to […]
October 18, 2012

Local family-owned company raises breast cancer awareness

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A local family-owned pest control company is dedicated to showing Knoxville that it values the community in more ways than just protecting homes. The staff at Russell’s Pest Control, owned by husband-and-wife team Mark and Vickie Bull Nadolski, is leading an effort […]
October 16, 2012

SMC Knoxville Local Talent series spotlights Bush’s Beans and social media

Knoxville, Tenn. – In a fragmented world of communications and marketing, can today’s businesses unite offline marketing and digital media into a successful customer communications plan? Social Media Club Knoxville (SMC Knoxville) is hosting a free business program on Thursday, November 15, with guest speaker […]
October 15, 2012

Has our definition of real beauty been distorted by supermodels and bodybuilders?

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The industry leader in fitness and sports equipment is dedicated to changing the way the fitness industry portrays “fit and healthy” people – and they’re starting at “home.” Power Systems is committed to presenting realistic images of fitness in the sports and […]
October 11, 2012

On Politico, Crown’s Chuck Bentley outlines a way forward for debt-burdened America

A national crisis in spending beyond our means reaches from the White House to the home front. Crown CEO Chuck Bentley talks about tackling our debt addiction.
October 11, 2012

Titanic Museum Attraction wraps up centennial year with fireworks

A year of paying tribute to the 2,208 souls aboard Titanic comes to a dramatic and energetic conclusion this Thanksgiving at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, with the largest fireworks event on the Smoky Mountain Parkway since the museum's grand opening in 2010.
October 10, 2012

UT PR Day to Feature NFL Communicator, Local Public Relations Pros

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – The top communicator for the National Football League (NFL) will be the featured speaker at UT’s PR Day, October 19 at the UT Conference Center on Henley Street. Paul Hicks, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications, will deliver the Ackermann PR […]
October 8, 2012

Titanic Museum Attractions’ centennial commemoration wins marketing honors

Titanic Museum Attraction has earned the 2012 Missouri Tourism Marketing Campaign Award for its efforts to draw worldwide media attention to Branson, Missouri, during the Titanic centennial commemoration.
October 4, 2012

Crown Financial Ministries and HOPE International train business leaders to prosper in today’s economy

An innovative series of national events continue in October as Crown Financial Ministries and HOPE International bring their “New Normal” Entrepreneur’s Conference to Duluth, Ga. on October 23, offering insightful advice and inspiration to those doing the real work in America.
October 4, 2012

Girl Scouts enjoy activities, crafts and more at Bristol Motor Speedway

BRISTOL, Tenn. – More than 500 Girl Scouts and their families gathered at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend for Bristol Motor Speedway Overnight, an event produced by the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians to celebrate 100 years of the Girl Scouts organization. Participants […]
October 1, 2012

Aaron Shoopman Named Vista Radiology’s New Administrator

                                KNOXVILLE, TN Aaron Shoopman, CPA, has been named administrator at Vista Radiology, the largest and most sub-specialized radiology practice in East Tennessee. As the former chief financial officer for East Tennessee Heart Consultants, Inc., he was responsible for the management and financial operations of […]
September 24, 2012

RomanticAsheville.com features The Swag

The Swag, an upscale retreat in Waynesville, N.C., was recently featured by RomanticAsheville.com as part of its “OVER THE mountainTOP” getaway series.  The series, which highlights “favorite and the most fabulous rooms, suites and cabins in and near Asheville, N.C.,” showcased The Swag’s “Woodshed” cabin. […]
September 24, 2012

WonderWorks Pigeon Forge’s newest iconic attraction, Wonders of Flight, opens to the public

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – After being delayed due to a national helium shortage, WonderWorks’ Pigeon Forge’s newest iconic attraction, Wonders of Flight, opened to the public on Friday, Sept. 21. Guests to the Great Smoky Mountains are now able to view the area in a […]

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