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May 16, 2014

“Prepping” for Doomsday & much more: thousands expected for emergency preparedness event at Sevierville Convention Center

Sevierville, Tenn. – An expo touted as “the largest Prepper Show east of the Mississippi River” is scheduled for this weekend, May 17-18, at the Sevierville Convention Center.  The Mountain Prepper Home, Gun & Outdoor Expo will feature dozens of speakers and numerous vendors, classes […]
May 14, 2014

Sevier County High School Teacher wins iMac as part of ORNL FCU Financial Literacy Initiative

Last month, ORNL Federal Credit Union sent baskets of apples to teachers at 64 high schools throughout East Tennessee with each basket containing information about a new, free, web-based financial literacy curriculum called FoolProof, including details about how one lucky teacher could win an Apple […]
May 14, 2014

BLOG: It’s ok to want to be Superwoman

Last week, I returned to work full-time from my maternity leave. Even though I’m so thankful for my new job as being a mother, I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve enjoyed coming back to my professional job. I say “professional job” because now have […]
May 8, 2014

MEDIA ALERT: Maynardville’s Pizza Parlor to Host Next ORNL Federal Credit Union Small Business Counts Cash Mob

Pizza Parlor, with its famous “cheezee” bread and hometown atmosphere, has been a local landmark in Maynardville for the last 25 years. Former employee and now owner, Mindy Hurst, is on a mission to revive the small business and hopes that the ORNL Federal Credit […]
May 6, 2014

NEWS RELEASE: Free Document Shred Day sponsored by ORNL FCU and Cintas scheduled for May 10 in East Knoxville and Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) will team up once again with Cintas Document Management Company for a free Document Shred Day on Saturday, May 10th, from 9 a.m. until noon at both the Millertown Pike and Oak Ridge branches of ORNL […]
April 30, 2014

BLOG POST: Embracing Change

Change is both energizing and scary. Meaningful change usually involves intense introspection, pushing the pause button on our “busy-ness,” and seriously rethinking how we have done things in the past. We human beings love our comfort zones. And we hate admitting that our prior great […]
April 29, 2014

MEDIA ALERT: Proton Power to Present Clean Energy Technology to the Public for the First Time at the University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center

WHAT: Proton Power, Inc. (PPI) co-founder, Dr. Sam C. Weaver, will present the company’s clean energy technology to the public for the first time at the University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. WHEN: Monday, May 5, 2014 — 1:00 p.m. to […]
April 24, 2014

Four new University Commons tenants announced

Fresh To Order, pioneer of the innovative, “fast-fine” concept to open first restaurant of its kind in Knoxville KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Yesterday, developers announced four new tenants – Fresh To Order, Blush Boutique, Great Clips, and Jersey Mike’s – had been added to University Commons, […]
April 24, 2014

MEDIA ALERT: Cutie Patootie’s Selected to Host Next ORNL FCU Cash Mob

Founded by owner and single mom, Wendy Holloway, Cutie Patootie’s Repeat Boutique in Oak Ridge is the epitome of small business with its local feel, loyal customers and personalized service. The resale boutique has been serving the Oak Ridge community for just over a year, […]
April 14, 2014

Proton Power to Present Clean Energy System for First Time at University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy

Proton Power, Inc. (PPI), the developer of a patented renewable energy system that produces inexpensive hydrogen on demand from biomass and waste sources and converts it into synthetic fuels and electricity, announced today that it will present its clean energy technology to the public for […]
April 11, 2014

New Sevierville Convention Center Sign Signals Completion of Rebranding

Sevierville, Tenn. – There’s a new sign at mile marker 17.4 on Route 66 in Sevierville.  More than just a sign, it signals the completion of the rebranding of the facility from “event” center to “convention” center. The sign will not only provide guests with […]
April 11, 2014

U.S.-Based NeXovation Has Filed Complaint Over The Sale of Nürburgring

MUNICH, Germany. – NeXovation Inc., a U.S.-based global innovation company, announced today it has filed a complaint with the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission regarding the sales process of the Nürburgring. Although NeXovation submitted a financially attractive binding offer of EUR 150 million (EUR […]
April 7, 2014

Sevierville’s Mountain Soul Vocal Competition Deadline Extended to April 16

Sevierville, Tenn. – The 10th Annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition has extended the entry deadline for the 2014 competition to April 16, 2014. This unique competition honors the songwriting of Sevierville native Dolly Parton by encouraging contestants from across the nation to sing one of […]
April 7, 2014

Success Tips from a New Perspective

According to PR Week, around 10% of public relations employees are between the ages of 18 to 24 – that’s us.  As interns at Ackermann PR, we can safely say that the intern experience has been a fantastic and unexpected ride.  That is common in […]
March 14, 2014

The 2014 Dogwood Arts Festival set to celebrate the natural canvas of the East Tennessee region

For more than 50 years, Knoxville has blossomed with the Dogwood Arts Festival, a celebration of the natural and cultural beauty of East Tennessee.  Throughout the month of April, this vibrant festival promotes the history and future of the region’s arts by featuring an exciting, […]
March 12, 2014

Tell Your Company Story

Spring is just around the corner! What better time to open ourselves up to taking a fresh, uncluttered look at who we are and what we’re doing. It seems that more and more frequently the work we are doing for our clients revolves around messaging and positioning, and […]
March 6, 2014

Ackermann PR, DMG Bluegill form strategic alliance

Ackermann PR and DMG|Bluegill have formed a strategic partnership to help growth-oriented companies “go to market” with a customized approach that boosts their sales and revenues by integrating traditional marketing communications and sophisticated digital strategies. Ackermann PR is East Tennessee’s oldest and largest full-service marketing […]
March 4, 2014

HR Comp Names Larry Stephens Chief Strategy Officer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – HR Comp is announcing the addition of Larry F. Stephens to its staff. Stephens will serve as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) with a focus on assisting HR Comp CEO, Andrea Rudd with creating, communicating, and executing the professional employer organization’s (PEO) corporate […]
February 26, 2014

Don’t Mess with Mr. In-between

Sure you’re successful and smart, but are you emotionally intelligent? I recently read a number of articles by Abraham Carmeli, a professor of strategy and management, which noted the differences between intellectual and emotional intelligence. Carmeli asserts that emotional growth is essential to promoting performance […]
February 24, 2014

The Alpacalypse is Upon Us

Sevierville Convention Center Set to Host the Southern Select Alpaca Show Sevierville, Tenn. – Pop quiz…What has no top teeth, hails from South America, stands 5-feet tall and has better hair than Jennifer Aniston? If you guessed ‘alpaca,’ you win! And this weekend, more than […]
February 21, 2014

ORNL Federal Credit Union wins 2013 Credit Union Magic Minute Loyalty Sweepstakes™, donates winnings to Girls Inc. of Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – During the Credit Union Magic Minute Loyalty Dash sponsored by PSCU, ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) collected thousands of dollars in electronics and household goods and donated their winnings to Girls Inc. of Oak Ridge on Thursday, Feb. 6. PSCU, the […]
February 12, 2014

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents Super Circus Heroes! coming to the Knoxville Civic Coliseum Feb. 20-23

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey invites families to a super circus experience like no other at Ringling Bros. Presents Super Circus Heroes! All of the high-flying fun and excitement is coming to the Knoxville Civic Coliseum February 20-23, 2014. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & […]
February 12, 2014

Cute Kids & Puppies Are Always the Answer

Early last week, I was on WBIR-TV (Channel 10) discussing this year’s Super Bowl commercials. Of course, we talked about the best and worst commercials, but I was also asked if I thought it was worth making such a huge ad buy for the Super […]
February 12, 2014

ORNL Federal Credit Union announces major facilities projects for Northshore and Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – [February 12, 2014] – Building on 65 years of growth and a strong commitment to serving over 160,000 members, ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) today announced its plans for multiple facilities projects: the opening of a new regional center at Northshore […]
February 11, 2014

10th Annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition in Sevierville Now Accepting Entries

Bloomin’ Barbecue & Bluegrass Festival’s Featured Event Pays Tribute to Hometown Legend Dolly Parton  Sevierville, Tenn. – The anticipation has begun as the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce announced today that the entry period for the 10th Annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition, celebrating the legendary songwriting […]
February 11, 2014

Builder of Knoxville Landmarks Achieves 100 Year Milestone

Johnson & Galyon Celebrates Century of Valued Relationships, Successful Projects and Community Involvement Knoxville, Tenn. – [February 11, 2014] – Few companies have played as significant a role in building Knoxville as Johnson & Galyon over the last 100 years. Not only has the company […]
February 6, 2014

Cathy Ackermann recognized in UT CCI’s “Circle Park News”

Cathy Ackermann, president and CEO or Ackermann PR, was recognized in this month’s edition of the University of Tennessee’s College of Communications and Information’s “Circle Park News” for her Jan. 26 column in the Knoxville News Sentinel titled “A Good Year Means Knowing Your Customer.” […]
February 6, 2014

Next Small Business Counts Cash Mob to Shine Spotlight on Archer’s BBQ in Karns

ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) is calling all small business supporters to participate in a ‘dinner’ cash mob at Archer’s BBQ in Karns next Thursday, February 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Founded by Memphis native Archer Bagley, Archer’s BBQ joined the competitive Knoxville […]
February 5, 2014

Stress, the PR Professional and the Audiologist?

An article recently published by CareerCast caused quite a buzz amongst my colleagues in the PR-world as it claimed that we, as PR executives, have the sixth most-stressful job in America for 2014.  The good news is that we’re down one notch as our profession […]
February 4, 2014

Sevierville’s Rose Glen Literary Festival Moves to Sevierville Convention Center

Sevierville, Tenn. – Sevierville’s fifth annual Rose Glen Literary Festival is moving to a new location. After four successful years at Walters State Community College, Sevier County Campus, the festival is now relocating to the much larger Sevierville Convention Center. “The Rose Glen Literary Festival […]