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April 6, 2011

Knoxville Boys & Girls Club receives honorable mention for service project that benefited children affected by Haitian earthquake

The Knoxville News Sentinel published a story about Knoxville’s Haslam Family Club University, a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, earning honorable mention by participating in a national service project called Linking Hearts & Hands. Members of the Knoxville-area Torch Club, a character […]
March 31, 2011

Girl Scout Summer Resident Camp Registration Now Open

Knoxville, Tenn. –  We may just be a few weeks into Spring, but it’s not too early to be thinking about Summer, and specifically what your kids will be doing when school is out of session.  If swimming, hiking, crafting and canoeing sound like fun, […]
March 30, 2011

Alcoa Foundation Sponsors Collegiate Recycling Challenge

University of Tennessee at Knoxville to showcase donated bins at Recyclympics KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Alcoa Foundation has joined forces with Keep America Beautiful as a key partner of RecycleMania, a nationwide college and university recycling competition. During the 8-week challenge, colleges and universities compete to […]
March 28, 2011

Details of Golf Invitational to benefit Boys & Girls Club of Halls/Powell announced

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The 13th annual Halls/Powell Golf Invitational to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Halls/Powell is set to take place on Monday, May 23 at Beaver Brook Golf & Country Club. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a complimentary luncheon […]
March 17, 2011

The Smoky Mountain Region is quickly becoming a spring break hot spot

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — There are two reasons the Smoky Mountains Region is becoming a favorite spring break destination for visitors from all over the country: In the past three years, new attractions and resorts — like Wilderness at the Smokies and Titanic Museum Attraction — […]
March 16, 2011

Space Still Available for Gadget Girls Event at University of Tennessee

Knoxville, Tenn. – The United States is falling behind its foreign competitors in STEM subjects, which include Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  According to one study, American 15-year-olds ranked 21st in science and 25th in math compared to other countries.  And for girls, the statistics are […]
March 9, 2011

Proof the Boys & Girls Club is a positive place

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley recently released the exciting results of a study revealing that the organization’s programs significantly increase the odds of graduation for the student populations that it serves. Michele Silva of WVLT-TV caught up with the Boys & Girls Clubs […]
March 7, 2011

Ackermann PR’s Rick Laney draws national attention to Smokies as a hot spring break destination

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Because of its expertise in travel and tourism in the Great Smoky Mountain Region, Ackermann PR continues to be the primary source for major national media outlets wanting more information about the nation’s most visited national park and the communities that surround […]
March 4, 2011

Cardiopulmonary Imaging Specialist, John C. Texada, M.D., Joins Vista Radiology

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Cardiopulmonary imaging specialist and board certified radiologist, John C. Texada, M.D., is joining Vista Radiology P.C., from the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, Ala. Dr. Texada received his medical degree and completed his internal medicine internship at Louisiana State University Health […]
February 28, 2011

Susie Millar, descendant of RMS Titanic engineer, to visit Titanic Museum Attraction and unveil new exhibit

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – Thomas Millar of Belfast, Ireland was an engineer for Harland & Wolff, the British heavy industrial company that specialized in ship building.  In the early 1900s, the company designed and built the RMS Olympic and her sister-ships, the RMS Titanic and […]
February 23, 2011

Ackermann PR Joins Social Slam 2011 Sponsorship Team

Knoxville, Tenn. – Ackermann PR is proud to announce it has joined the sponsorship team for Social Slam 2011, a national digital media business conference to be hosted in Knoxville, Tennessee, on April 13, 2011. The event promises to bring together some of the brightest […]
February 21, 2011

Girl Scout Cookie Distribution Impresses UT Logistics Expert

Knoxville, Tenn.  — Stacked to the ceiling of a West Knoxville warehouse, hundreds of palettes of Girl Scout Cookies were ready to be sorted and distributed to Girl Scout Troops throughout the region on Monday.  “We’ve been looking forward to the arrival of these cookies […]
February 16, 2011

Monica Kessi, M.D., Joins Vista Radiology from Hawaii

KNOXVILLE, TENN. –Board certified radiologist, Monica Kessi, M.D.,  has joined Vista Radiology P.C. from Hawaii, working remotely from her Kihei office while improving Vista’s turnaround time, efficiency and patient service. Although Dr. Kessi will be a member of Vista Radiology in Tennessee, she will continue […]
February 16, 2011

Jason Brant Deen, M.D., Joins Vista Radiology

KNOXVILLE, TENN. –Diagnostic neuroradiologist, Jason Brant Deen, M.D., is joining Vista Radiology P.C., following his fellowship with the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston Salem, N.C., where he was a radiologic clinical instructor. Dr. Deen received his medical degree from East Carolina University […]
February 15, 2011

Titanic Museum Attraction’s First Class Maid Jaynee to perform and serve as judge for 2011 Dancing With The Knoxville Stars

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – When the 2011 Star 102.1 FM “Dancing with the Knoxville Stars” benefit for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital takes place this Thursday, Titanic Museum Attraction’s First Class Maid Jaynee will take center stage.  As both a judge and performer for the third annual […]
February 10, 2011

Meet Titanic Museum Attraction’s “Rose” in Pigeon Forge during Sweetheart Month

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. –  In James Cameron’s 1997 record-shattering movie “Titanic,” the character “Rose” – played by Kate Winslet – was the primary reason the movie is still regarded today as one of the most romantic films ever produced.  Titanic Museum Attraction’s own “Rose” will […]
February 3, 2011

All Girl Scout Cookie Varieties Still Available

Knoxville, Tenn. – Despite a widely syndicated article in the Wall Street Journal that claimed the Girl Scouts were dropping unpopular cookie flavors, the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians is selling all eight cookie varieties.  Of 112 Girl Scout councils in the country, only 12 […]
February 2, 2011

IAAPA Funworld Magazine says ‘Pigeon Forge getting a water-powered funhouse on steroids’

From the February 2011 issue of IAAPA Funworld Magazine — As everyone knows, bad things happened to the Titanic when it ventured out onto the water. The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, however, is hoping very good things will happen to its guests in […]
February 1, 2011

The first-ever K2 Wilderness at the Smokies Volleyball Tournament draws more than 6,000 people to Sevierville

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — Local, regional and national sporting events are flocking to the new Wilderness at the Smokies resort in Sevierville, Tenn.  Within a one-day drive for 75 percent of the Eastern U.S. population, Wilderness at the Smokies resort provides a perfect year-round location for […]
January 31, 2011

Romance blossoms at Titanic Museum Attraction in February and someone will win a free romantic getaway trip

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – Romance and adventure were in the air when Titanic set sail on April 10, 1912.  Fourteen couples traveling on Titanic were on their honeymoon, including nine in first class.  There were also many young brides-to-be sailing to America to start a […]
January 31, 2011

East Tennessee Medical Group Achieves MGMA “Better Performer” Status

ALCOA, Tenn.—  East Tennessee Medical Group (ETMG), voted for the last two years as Blount County’s leading healthcare facility, has been named a “better performer” for 2010 by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). ETMG was recognized by Performance and Practices of Successful Medical Groups: […]
January 25, 2011

Wilderness at the Smokies draws major sporting events including the upcoming K2 Volleyball Tournament

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — Local, regional and national sporting events are flocking to the new Wilderness at the Smokies resort in Sevierville, Tenn.  Conveniently located, Wilderness at the Smokies resort provides a perfect year-round location for sporting events large and small and is quickly becoming a […]
January 19, 2011

Ackermann’s Rick Laney talks travel and tourism changes in the Smoky Mountain Region with WBIR (NBC) television

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Ackermann PR ‘s Rick Laney sat down to talk with WBIR (NBC) television about dramatic changes taking place in the tourism industry in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  In recent years, Ackermann identified some significant shifts taking place in […]
January 18, 2011

Titanic Museum Attraction sponsors romantic Valentine’s Day vacation giveaway

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – Romance and adventure were in the air when Titanic set sail on April 10, 1912.  Fourteen couples traveling on Titanic were on their honeymoon, including nine in first class.  There were also many young brides-to-be sailing to America to start a […]
January 14, 2011

New Name, New Start for Favorite Neighborhood Restaurant

Carly Harrington of the Knoxville News Sentinel shares a story today of how a favorite neighborhood restaurant was saved and relaunched by local owners. Find out more about the story behind the re-opening (and renaming) of the Sequoyah Grille on the KNS website. The Sequoyah […]
January 11, 2011

Climbing the Fence of Success

Knoxville, Tenn. – Before closing the book on 2010, Invisible Fence® Brand recognized their most successful dealerships of the year during the company’s 2010 International Dealer of the Year Awards.  Recipients from across the United States and Canada were honored during a ceremony in Naples, […]
January 11, 2011

Cityview Magazine’s new issue features Titanic Museum, Wilderness at the Smokies and McGhee Tyson Airport

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The new issue of Cityview Magazine (Jan./Feb. 2011) is packed with great information.  The “Knoxville’s Top Entrepreneurs” story features 9-year old Luke Copas, who wrote a book about the Titanic last year that was published with some help from Titanic Museum Attraction […]
January 5, 2011

Ackermann PR names Laney Vice President

Knoxville, Tenn. – Cathy Ackermann, president and CEO of Ackermann PR, announced today that Rick Laney has been promoted to Vice President, Ackermann PR, effective immediately. With two decades of senior-level marketing management experience – combined with a background in print and broadcast journalism – […]
January 4, 2011

Titanic Museum Attraction prepares for world-class ice carving competition on Saturday, January 22

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – World-class professional ice sculptors from around the globe will compete at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge this month as part of the museum’s amazing kick-off to 2011.  This unique, family-oriented special event at the World’s Largest Titanic Museum Attraction […]
December 27, 2010

Ackermann PR is leading the way in changing Smoky Mountain Regional tourism

Tourism transition: Survey shows that times, they are a changin’ By BOB MAYES Managing Editor, The Mountain Press SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — Dec. 26, 2010 — Laura Hall grew up in Canada, then moved to Florida, married and now has a 9-year-old son. When her sister, […]

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