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February 16, 2015

Alvin Nance to join Lawler Wood Housing Partners, LLC

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – Feb. 16, 2015 – Officials with Lawler Wood Housing Partners, LLC, have announced that Alvin Nance will be joining the company as CEO of its Development and Property Management operating divisions, effective April 1, 2015. As part of the transition, Phil Lawson, […]
February 12, 2015

3 Minute Magic to Open Revolutionary Car Wash on the Airport Motor Mile This Saturday

Company Giving Away FREE Car Washes from February 14-20  Locally owned and operated, 3 Minute Magic Car Wash recently announced that it will open its revolutionary, double tunnel, car wash super center on the Airport Motor Mile in Alcoa, Tenn. this Saturday, and everyone that […]
February 3, 2015

Unique competition to honor Dolly Parton’s songwriting career

Mountain Soul Vocal Competition now accepting entries Sevierville, Tenn. – To honor the incredible songwriting of Dolly Parton, her hometown will once again host the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition, now in its 11th year. This year’s competition will be sponsored by Sound Biscuit Productions and […]
February 2, 2015

Free Community Shred Day sponsored by ORNL FCU scheduled for February 7th in Knoxville and Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – ORNL Federal Credit Union (ORNL FCU) will team up once again with Cintas Document Management Company for a Community Shred Day on Saturday, February 7th from 9:00 a.m. until Noon at both the Millertown Pike and Oak Ridge Main branches of […]
January 27, 2015

Random Acts of Flowers opens Chicago branch

  Non-profit brings hope and smiles to Windy City and surrounding communities Chicago, Ill. – Random Acts of Flowers (RAF) hosted a press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the Prentice Women’s Hospital on the campus of Northwestern Memorial Hospital to announce the launch of its […]
January 22, 2015

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede to unveil new look in 2015

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – The 28th season of Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede promises to be the most exciting and unique yet, as all-new sights and sounds will create an atmosphere unlike any other. “I want to dazzle our guests in 2015 with a completely new […]
January 22, 2015

New initiative launches to support growing demand for alternative fuel vehicles

Knoxville, Tenn. – Although gas prices have recently dropped, interest in alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) remains high, with plug-in electric car sales for 2014 climbing more than 22 percent from a year earlier. Recently, President Obama reminded the American public that gas prices will go […]
January 14, 2015

ORNL Federal Credit Union invests big in United Way of Anderson County

It was announced today that ORNL Federal Credit Union raised $64,861 during the United Way of Anderson County’s recent annual giving campaign, bringing the total for the last two years to over $131,000 in contributions. “At ORNL Federal Credit Union, we are committed to making […]
January 7, 2015

WAITING: The Lost Art

I don’t remember the movie I was watching the other day, but there was a memorable line that struck me, both on a personal and professional level. During one of the more docile scenes, the main character, whom I tragically can’t recall, calmly and confidently […]
December 18, 2014

That’s a Wrap

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … wait a second … it’s just 2014 flying by at one heck of a speed. As the end of the year approaches, I enjoy reading all of the How Did This Year Stack Up and What to […]
December 18, 2014

LaFollette Eye Clinic continues to grow

LaFollette, Tenn. – On the heels of relocating to a larger and brand new location, the LaFollette Eye Clinic staff is getting a new look as well, with the addition of Dr. Jacquelyn Short, OD. She comes to LaFollette after most recently serving as an […]
December 17, 2014

Area Credit Unions Join Together to Launch CU Community Title Company, LLC

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – CU Community and Credit Union Services of East Tennessee (CUSET) are pleased to announce they have teamed up to launch CU Community Title Company, LLC, effective January 2, 2015. The joint venture represents a groundbreaking collaboration between East Tennessee’s most successful […]
December 15, 2014

Steep Canyon Rangers headline 11th annual Sevierville Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass festival

Sevierville, Tenn. – Sevierville’s Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass festival (May 15 & 16, 2015) has announced the entertainment lineup for its eleventh annual event, including a headline performance from famed bluegrass group, Steep Canyon Rangers. Festivities and music get underway in downtown Sevierville on Friday, […]
December 4, 2014

Five ways to brighten up the holidays with Sevierville’s Winterfest

Sevierville, Tenn. – During Winterfest, Sevierville and the Great Smoky Mountains sparkle with millions of twinkling lights (now through Feb. 28). But the lights aren’t all that shine bright in this Smoky Mountain town. Here are five sure-fired ways to brighten up your holidays and get […]
November 25, 2014

Family and Thanksgiving

For the past 34 years of my life, I’ve known exactly what to expect relative to the Thanksgiving experience with my family.  It always begins with an abundance of family packed into my paternal grandmother’s home for Thanksgiving lunch.  At some point, a group of […]
November 13, 2014

Gifts From Above to Host Next ORNL Federal Credit Union Cash Mob

WHAT: ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) is organizing a community cash mob at Gifts From Above in LaFollette to support business owner JB and Tina Purdie. WHEN: Friday, November 21, 2014 – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. WHERE: Gifts From Above 1926 Jacksboro Pike LaFollette, […]
November 6, 2014

FREE CAR WASH for Veterans and Military Personnel at All 3 Minute Magic Car Wash Locations on November 11th

Knoxville, Tenn. – November 6, 2014 – 3 Minute Magic Car Wash, in conjunction with more than 1,900 other car wash locations across the U.S., will provide FREE car washes to veterans and current military service personnel, through the Grace for Vets FREE Car Wash […]
November 4, 2014

ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU)’s Shop for Miracles Program Raises Over $1,900 for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

Oak Ridge, Tenn., November 4, 2014 – In celebration of International Credit Union Day on October 16th, ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) raised over $1,900 for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, through its participation in Shop for Miracles. As a […]
November 3, 2014

Free Document Shred Day sponsored by ORNL FCU and Cintas scheduled for November 8th in Bearden and North Knoxville

ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) will team up once again with Cintas Document Management Company for a free Document Shred Day on Saturday, November 8th, from 9 a.m. until Noon at both the Bearden and North Knoxville branches of ORNL FCU. ORNL FCU members, as […]
October 27, 2014

From the Knoxville News Sentinel: What is PR, really?

http://www.knoxnews.com/business/cathy-ackermann-what-is-pr-really_86632032 The definition of what I have done for a living most of my adult life has changed dramatically over the past several years, and it is interesting (and sad) to watch the demise of agencies and corporate communications departments which refuse to fully embrace […]
October 24, 2014

DON’T EVER HIRE A PR FIRM!

That’s right. You are reading the words of a public relations professional telling you not to hire a PR firm. While this headline may or may not have been written with the purpose of grabbing people’s attention (as we communications professionals like to do), my […]
October 23, 2014

Overseeding Relationships

Not only does fall mark the beginning of football season, but for me (a new homeowner) it has also meant spending countless hours in my yard trying to get thousands of small seeds to sprout into a lush, green lawn. Words that were once unfamiliar […]
October 20, 2014

ORNL Federal Credit Union creates new way of interacting with money with launch of Focus Money Manager application

Today, ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) announced the launch of Focus Money Manager, a highly integrated personal finance application, available on desktop and mobile devices, which offers a tool for its more than 160,000 members across East Tennessee to view and manage their finances all […]
October 17, 2014

When rubber stamping, scrapbooking and Corvettes collide in the Smokies

Sevierville, Tenn. – As the busy fall and leaf viewing season begins to pick up steam this weekend, visitors to the Smokies will also have the opportunity to attend two very different, but popular events occurring simultaneously at the Sevierville Convention Center. The venue will […]
October 10, 2014

Successful vs. Remarkable Leaders

In 1994, Barbra Streisand released an album called “The Concert,” which was the complete audio version of her live concert in Madison Square Garden during that same year.  During one of her introductions to a song, she said, “It’s much easier to criticize than to […]
September 30, 2014

EDP Biotech announces CE Mark Approval for ColoMarker an in vitro diagnostic aid in early detection of Colon Cancer and plans for commercialization in Europe

Knoxville, Tenn. – (September 30, 2014) – EDP Biotech Corporation, (“EDP,” or the “Company”), a global in vitro diagnostic innovator of life-saving, easy-to-use, cancer diagnostic tests using ELISA technology, has announced CE Mark approval for ColoMarker® , an aid in early detection of Colon Cancer. This […]
September 29, 2014

ORNL Federal Credit Union Commences Major Facilities Projects in Oak Ridge

ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) today announced that it has commenced its major facilities projects in Oak Ridge with the demolition of its 215 S. Rutgers Ave. location: the Credit Union’s sole branch between 1969 and 1987, before housing the Operations and Imaging Departments for […]
September 29, 2014

From the Knoxville News Sentinel: The Value of Patience in Crisis Response

http://www.knoxnews.com/business/cathy-ackermann-the-value-of-patience-in-crisis-response_09650387 I admit it: Patience is not my strong suit. As an inherent “fixer,” my automatic response to problems is to immediately go about the business of fixing them. I probably suffer from an overblown sense of confidence that if I just dig down deeply […]
September 26, 2014

NeXovation Launches Impactivate Networks in Atlantic City

The New Paradigm in Digital Out-of-Home Media Comes to Boardwalk Nashville, Tenn. – [September 26, 2014] – NeXovation, Inc., announced today the launch of its first broadcast out-of-home network, Impactivate Networks, along the Atlantic City Boardwalk. The network, a subsidiary of NeXovation’s NeXomedia division, comprises […]
September 24, 2014

Entrepreneurship: A Leadership Voyage

Some of my favorite clients over the years have been entrepreneurial companies, and I think in many ways, entrepreneurship is the ultimate leadership voyage.  Starting out alone, with whatever your great idea or business premise was and then building a cadre of people around you […]