November 5, 2015

Merchandise Your Merchandise

As Holiday shopping season quickly approaches, many of us will be scouring the sales catalogs and brochures seeking the best deals on the latest trends. What is it that lures us into making these purchases? What makes these products or services seem extra special? It’s […]
November 2, 2015

Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson Recognized as One of 2015’s Top Powersports Dealers in North America

MARYVILLE, Tenn. – November 2, 2015 – Already known for its large selection of motorcycles and merchandise, vibrant music venue and unique family atmosphere, Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson (SMH-D) was recently named a Power 50 dealer in North America by Powersports Business, the leading trade publication […]
October 30, 2015

BLOG POST: “Oh, I Forgot to Tell You…”

As some of you know, I am actively involved in coaching youth baseball when I’m not at my day job at Ackermann PR. I’ve spent considerable time over the last few years mentoring and being around 13-year old kids in a competitive environment, and the […]
October 26, 2015

ORNL FCU Sheds Pounds, Raises Money for Second Harvest Food Bank’s “Food for Kids” Program

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) recently presented a check for $1,789 to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee as the credit union concluded its two-month weight loss challenge to benefit the Food for Kids program. From August 17 to October […]
October 16, 2015

Christmas comes to life at Dixie Stampede

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – A new Christmas experience awaits guests planning their holiday visit to Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge. Earlier in the year, the dinner attraction unveiled a completely new look and treated guests to a new adventure. This winter, those all-new […]
October 9, 2015

UT Medical Center to host Tennessee’s first ever Health Literacy Forum

Knoxville, Tenn. – The Health Information Center at The University of Tennessee Medical Center will host Tennessee’s first-ever Health Literacy Forum Monday, Nov. 9 from 8 a.m. to noon. Dr. Cynthia Baur, Senior Advisor for Health Literacy and Plain Language for the Centers for Disease […]
October 7, 2015

Experience Art Come to Life through a Live, On-Stage Music Celebration: “Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas of Light”

Sevierville, Tenn. – Visitors traveling to experience the beauty and excitement of the Smoky Mountains this holiday season will have something new to include on their “must do” list as Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas of Light show will begin its two-month, 80-show run on Sunday, Nov.1 at […]
October 1, 2015

Dixie Stampede to feature top Southern Gospel groups

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – Dixie Stampede will be hosting Southern Gospel groups, Soul’d Out Quartet and Tribute Quartet, on Friday, Oct. 2, following terrific performances from both groups earlier in the week. These special performances are a part of gospel music’s largest annual event, the National Quartet Convention (NQC). Both of these […]
September 30, 2015

Cathy Ackermann: Time off can help keep things in perspective

Here’s an excerpt from Cathy’s latest column from the Knoxville News Sentinel – for the full column, visit: Cathy Ackermann: Time off can help keep things in perspective   “I believe that one of the missing ingredients of true business success is the ability to maintain […]
September 29, 2015

Sevierville’s Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival receives international honor

Sevierville’s Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival honored with the Grand Pinnacle Award from International Festival & Events Association Sevierville Chamber of Commerce also earns six other awards in the competition Sevierville, Tenn. – Sevierville’s Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass festival, produced by the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce, won the coveted […]
September 15, 2015

Local Harley-Davidson Dealer Contributing to East Tennessee’s Draw as Tourist Destination

MARYVILLE, Tennessee. – September 15, 2015 – With attractions like the Great Smoky Mountains National Park; Ober Gatlinburg; University of Tennessee athletics; and Dollywood; hundreds of hiking trails and fishing areas; a seasonably mild climate and as much shopping as one could ask for, it […]
September 9, 2015

Tommy Smith named Vice President at Ackermann PR

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Ackermann PR announced that Tommy Smith has been hired as Vice President of Marketing Strategy. Smith brings a wealth of marketing experience ranging from corporate strategy to advertising and brand management. “We are delighted to have Tommy join our team. He has […]
August 24, 2015

Cathy Ackermann: Brainstorming Starts With Critical Thinking

“It is better to debate a question without settling it than it is to settle a question without debating it.” – Joseph Joubert In her latest Knoxville News Sentinel column, Cathy defines what is needed for a good brainstorming session and what traits good critical thinkers […]
August 20, 2015

ORNL FCU Announces Annual Scholarship Award Winners

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – Austin Deitz and Laura Humphrey were announced today as the recipients of the 2015-2016 B.A. Candler/ORNL FCU Scholarship Award.  The $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually by ORNL Federal Credit Union to two deserving students who plan to continue their education at […]
August 7, 2015

Random Acts of Flowers receives their 100,000th vase donation

Non-profit continues their mission of delivering smiles nationwide Knoxville, Tenn. – On Wednesday, Aug. 5, Random Acts of Flowers (RAF) reached a major milestone, receiving their 100,000th vase donation, set to be recycled, repurposed and then utilized for bouquet deliveries. Headquartered in Knoxville, RAF was […]
July 31, 2015

Free Community Shred Day sponsored by ORNL FCU scheduled for August 8th in Alcoa and Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – ORNL Federal Credit Union (ORNL FCU) will team up once again with Shred Company for a Community Shred Day on Saturday, August 8th from 9:00 a.m. until Noon at both the Alcoa and Oak Ridge Main branches of ORNL FCU. ORNL […]
July 30, 2015

FSG Vice President receives commercial lending certification

Knoxville, Tenn. – Debbie Stepp, a vice president and commercial banking officer with FSG Bank, recently graduated from The Southeastern School of Commercial Lending. She completed the intensive, one-week program concentrated on all aspects of commercial lending at the Owen Graduate School of Management at […]
July 27, 2015

Cathy Ackermann: Your marketing plan should reflect your brand culture

“If you don’t know who you really are and what you really stand for at your very core, it is impossible to create branded messaging that connects to your customers.” In yesterday’s Knoxville News Sentinel, Cathy tackles the topic of branding and offers a number of […]
July 16, 2015

ORNL Federal Credit Union Selects President & CEO

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – ORNL Federal Credit Union (ORNL FCU) today announced that Colin D. Anderson has been selected by the Credit Union’s Board of Directors as President & CEO. Mr. Anderson previously held the position on an interim basis. “Colin Anderson has done an […]
July 13, 2015

Cathy Ackermann: Is Your Story Worthy of National Attention?

We pitch client stories to the national media on a regular basis, but we always ask ourselves a number of key questions about the pitch before reaching out to an editor or reporter at a major publication. Check out Cathy’s column from yesterday’s Knoxville News Sentinel for some […]
July 10, 2015

LaFollette Eye Clinic honored as a top U.S. eye care business

LaFollette, Tenn. – INVISION, a national magazine for American eye care professionals, recently announced that LaFollette Eye Clinic has been named one of “America’s Finest Optical Retailers” for 2015. This distinction comes less than a year after the clinic’s move to a new facility and […]
July 1, 2015

ORNL FCU names new Vice President of Investment Services

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – Today, ORNL Federal Credit Union (ORNL FCU) announced that Alex Minge has been appointed as the Credit Union’s new Vice President of Investment Services. In this role, Minge will be responsible for managing and overseeing all of ORNL FCU’s non-deposit investment […]
June 15, 2015

2nd Annual Seersucker Day set for June 25 across East Tennessee

One-of-a-kind fundraiser to help protect victims of child abuse KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – It is said that a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds, and five children die from abuse and neglect every day. This is the driving force behind Childhelp’s East Tennessee […]
June 3, 2015

Official Groundbreaking for New ORNL FCU Branch in Oak Ridge

WHEN: Tuesday, June 9th – 11:30 a.m. WHERE: 215 S. Rutgers Ave Oak Ridge, TN 37830 ABOUT: ORNL FCU will be breaking ground on its new high-efficiency, forward-looking branch in Oak Ridge, adjacent to the Credit Union’s headquarters. This step comes after the original branch […]
May 21, 2015

Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Winners Announced

Sevierville, Tenn. – Sevierville’s 11th Annual Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass festival, held this past weekend attracted more than 40,000 local and out-of-town guests to downtown Sevierville for two full days and nights filled with arts, crafts, toe-tapping music and some of the best barbeque in […]
May 21, 2015

Senator Howard H. Baker Jr.’s Private Estate to be Sold – Rare Personal Property also to be Auctioned

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – May 20, 2015 – Officials with Furrow Auction Company have announced they will be selling the 11.52-acre home place and personal property of the late Sen. Howard H. Baker, Jr., at auction on Saturday, June 20 at 10:30 a.m. in Huntsville, Tenn. […]
May 14, 2015

Realtree® Outdoor Energy introduces innovative new drink flavors for growing fan base

Columbus, Ohio. – May 14, 2015 – Today, Realtree® Outdoor Energy, the #1 energy drink brand for living life outdoors, introduced two new innovative flavors to its consumers – Emerald Ice™ and Bush Master™. Each flavor is bold and exciting and provides the refreshing taste […]
May 13, 2015

Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson to give away $3,250 to area high schools this Saturday in annual “Bike Build-Off” competition

Maryville, Tenn. – May 13, 2015 – Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson (SMH-D), the number one Harley-Davidson dealer in the Knoxville and Sevierville areas, will be giving away $3,250 to area high schools this Saturday, May 16, as its annual “Bike Build-Off” comes to a close. For […]
May 7, 2015

10 Important Mortgage Tips for 2015 from ORNL Federal Credit Union’s CU Community, LLC

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – May 7, 2015 – With mortgage originations forecasted to reach $1.3 trillion in 2015, and the spring home buying season upon us, CU Community, LLC – a credit union service organization (CUSO) wholly-owned by ORNL Federal Credit Union – has released […]