January 12, 2010

Malak named Account Executive at Ackermann PR

Knoxville, Tenn. – Ackermann PR announced that Sarah Malak has been hired as an Account Executive. Malak brings several years of public relations experience, primarily in the hospitality industry, to the agency. “We are excited to announce Sarah’s employment. Her experience in the public relations […]
January 8, 2010

Cellular Sales Verizon Wireless opens five new stores in three states

Knoxville, Tenn. –  Cellular Sales, the nation’s largest retailer of Verizon Wireless, is expanding again in Texas, North Carolina and Virginia.  Five new Cellular Sales stores have opened during the past month. Cellular Sales Verizon Wireless is a 15-year old privately held company headquartered in […]
January 5, 2010

Clayton Homes, H&R Block Team Up to Make Home Ownership Easier

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – (January 5, 2010) – Just months after Congress extended the tax credit for first time homebuyers, the nation’s largest homebuilder and the nation’s largest tax services provider are teaming up to make the transition to home ownership easier. The partnership between Clayton […]
January 5, 2010

Tennessee Diamonds National Pro Fastpitch Softball Team Announced

Maryville, Tenn. – The National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) League announced today that a new professional women’s softball team, the Tennessee Diamonds, has been franchised and will begin play in 2010 in Blount County, Tenn.  The last time a professional sports team operated in Blount County, […]
January 5, 2010

Alcoa announces plans for work force reduction

Alcoa, Tenn. — Alcoa Tennessee Operations is working with local union representatives to align workforce needs with business volumes for 2010.  The plant’s Rigid Packaging Division plans to reduce employment by 90 positions to meet this need.  “This is a difficult, but necessary decision,” said […]
January 4, 2010

Radio Systems Corporation partners with University of Tennessee to promote study of clinical animal behavior

Knoxville, TN (January 4, 2010) – The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine has announced a partnership with Radio Systems Corporation to create the PetSafe Chair in Clinical Animal Behavior. The new faculty position, funded through support from Radio Systems, will help future veterinarians […]
December 30, 2009

Ackermann PR closes 2009 with impressive roster of new client acquisitions

Knoxville, TN (December 30, 2009) – Ackermann PR, one of the nation’s premier boutique marketing and public relations firms, has bucked industry trends with what company CEO and President Cathy Ackermann describes as a “banner quarter.” New client acquisitions for Ackermann include Oak Ridge Associated […]
December 28, 2009

Ruby Tuesday to give away Ruby Minis at the bar in 2010

Maryville, TN (December 28, 2009) – Ruby Tuesday will kick off the new year by giving bar guests a free Ruby Mini, a little burger masterpiece, and fresh, hot fries with their first $3 drink. The “Gimme a Mini” program, as it has been named, will […]
December 21, 2009

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee director shares information about neighbors in need

Knoxville, TN (Dec. 21, 2009) – Elaine Streno, executive director of the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, shared information about the organization’s outreach in the past year and its anticipated needs for the coming new year in an op-ed article published in the […]
December 21, 2009

Folkmoot USA welcomes Evergreen Packaging as presenting sponsor for 2010-2013 festivals

Waynesville, NC (December 21, 2009) – Folkmoot USA, North Carolina’s Official International Festival, has its first presenting sponsor. Evergreen Packaging has partnered with the Festival as its presenting sponsor for 2010 through 2013.  Evergreen Packaging, with facilities in Canton and Waynesville, employs more than a […]
December 17, 2009

FeistyLittleDroid.com celebrates launch with online contests

Knoxville, TN (December 17, 2009) – Cellular Sales, the nation’s largest Verizon Wireless retailer, is celebrating the launch of FeistyLittleDroid.com, its new online community for Droid users, with an internet contest sure to ignite the interest of fans in galaxies far, far away and close […]
December 15, 2009

Researchers announce medical breakthrough with simple, inexpensive blood test for colon cancer

Knoxville, Tenn. (December 15, 2009) – Medical researchers with EDP Biotech Corporation (EDP) have captured national attention with their revolutionary new technology for a simple blood test to detect early-stage colon cancer. Following the success of its pre-clinical trials for the ColoMarker™ assay, EDP has […]
December 15, 2009

Ruby Tuesday Wins Top Honor in the 2010 Cheers Beverage Excellence Award

Maryville, TN (December 15, 2009) – Ruby Tuesday has been recognized by Cheers magazine for something its customers have known for a while: it has the best overall beverage program. Cheers, the leading beverage publication devoted to full-service restaurants, bars, and hotels, is awarding Ruby […]
December 10, 2009

Alcoa takes first place for fundraising efforts

ALCOA, Tenn. – As part of Alcoa Inc.’s annual Worldwide Month of Service program, 177 local Alcoa Inc. employees and family members participated in the 2009 Race for the Cure, taking first place in the Extra Large Team Division, raising more than $17,000. The Oct. […]
December 9, 2009

Ruby Tuesday launches Sunday brunch nationwide

Maryville, TN (December 9, 2009) – With its nationwide launch of Sunday brunch, Ruby Tuesday is reintroducing its guests to a nearly forgotten classic: unhurried get-togethers and conversation with family and friends around the dining table. The new brunch menu offers a four-course meal from […]
December 8, 2009

Cellular Sales Verizon Wireless opens eight new stores in seven states over past month

Knoxville, Tenn. –  Cellular Sales, the nation’s largest retailer of Verizon Wireless, is expanding in Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia.  The eight new Cellular Sales stores opened during the past month. Cellular Sales is a 15-year old privately held company […]
December 8, 2009

B&W Y-12 donates food, money to help increasing demand for Second Harvest Food Bank

Knoxville, TN – B&W Y-12 employees delivered food, a $6,500 corporate contribution and more than $2,100 in employee donations to Second Harvest Food Bank today. The delivery is aimed to draw attention to Second Harvest’s efforts to feed the hungry and to encourage other individuals […]
December 8, 2009

Santa Spotted Surfing, Sliding and Splashing at Secret Sevierville Getaway

Sevierville, Tenn. –  Everyone knows December is a busy month for Santa Claus.  With all of the festivities leading up to the holidays, the always-elusive Santa was spotted this week at Wilderness at the Smokies resort in Sevierville, Tenn. enjoying summertime fun in the middle […]
December 8, 2009

Clayton Homes Expands Its Energy Efficient Housing Line

New ehome Boasts Energy-Efficient Features in Affordable Setting Maryville, Tenn. (December 8, 2009) – The nation’s largest homebuilder, Clayton Homes, is unveiling a new product in their line of energy-efficient housing, called the ehome. These fully customizable homes feature an Energy Saver Plus package which […]
December 8, 2009

Southeast’s Largest Indoor and Outdoor Waterpark Opens New Attraction – Runaway Canyon

Sevierville, Tenn. – Wilderness at the Smokies in East Tennessee, the southeast’s largest indoor and outdoor waterpark resort, opened its newest attraction, Runaway Canyon, last week.  Runaway Canyon is located in the Wild WaterDome indoor waterpark at Wilderness at the Smokies resort. Runaway Canyon is […]
December 7, 2009

FeistyLittleDroid.com Provides Online Community for Droid Phone Users

Fans, users and developers of the popular Google Android smartphone now have a brand new online community where they can learn from each other, share ‘Droid apps and tips, get expert advice, and catch up on the latest Droid-related news and blogging. FeistyLittleDroid.com will open […]
November 30, 2009

Cardwell Named COO for Ackermann PR

Knoxville, Tenn. — Longtime Chief Financial Officer Crystal Cardwell has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Ackermann PR. “Crystal has been a critical part of the company for more than 25 years,” said President and CEO Cathy Ackermann. “This promotion acknowledges and formalizes a […]
November 23, 2009

Clayton Homes Receives LEED Green Building Certification

Maryville, TN – Clayton Homes announced today is has been awarded LEED certification, established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute.  LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green building. […]
November 19, 2009

Ron German named chairman of MGMA Investment Advisory Board

ALCOA, Tenn. – Ron German, Chief Executive Officer at East Tennessee Medical Group (ETMG), has been named Chairman of the Medical Group Management Association’s (MGMA) Investment Advisory Committee. The Investment Advisory Committee oversees the corporate investments and retirement plans of the Association.  MGMA is a […]
November 16, 2009

International Franchisees Have Appetite for Ruby Tuesday

MARYVILLE, TN – Casual-dining restaurant leader Ruby Tuesday, Inc. has announced new international franchise agreements for the development of its flagship brand in the Middle East and the United Kingdom. The company has also granted franchise rights for Wok Hay, an Asian-focused casual dining concept, […]
November 10, 2009

Moving Picture Books help create and inspire young readers

Knoxville, Tenn.  – These aren’t the children’s books you grew up with.  A new line of “books” engage young readers by combining classic children’s stories with viewing options that meet the demanding needs of today’s digital families.  Instead of pure entertainment and games, Moving Picture […]
November 10, 2009

Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge launches national search for ship’s legendary commander

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee –  He’s out there somewhere—a tall, distinguished  middle-aged gentleman with a nicely trimmed grey beard and a quiet flamboyance.  The search is on:  Titanic Pigeon Forge is looking for a special actor to fill the shoes of the legendary Captain Edward J. […]
November 9, 2009

Ruby Tuesday Unveils Fresh Tastes on New Menu

Maryville, TN  – When it comes to offering new choices and tantalizing flavors, Ruby Tuesday is once again emerging as a trendsetter. This month, the popular casual dining restaurant chain debuts a new menu, with more than 27 brand new items, including an expanded selection […]
November 9, 2009

Economic Boost: Clayton Believes Extending Home Buying Tax Credit Will Help Economy

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The President/CEO of America’s largest homebuilder said today that extending and expanding the tax credit for homebuyers has the potential to help businesses across the nation. “Building homes helps build a growing economy,” said Kevin Clayton, President and CEO. “The tax credit […]
November 6, 2009

Walmart Donates $85,000 Refrigerator Food Truck to Second Harvest East Tennessee

Knoxville, Tenn. – As Walmart and the Walmart Foundation continue “Walmart Gives Back,” a holiday giving initiative that will provide $32 million in monetary and in-kind donations to charitable organizations across the U.S., a refrigerator truck donated by the Walmart Foundation will arrive at Second Harvest […]