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 […]
January 30, 2014

ORNL Federal Credit Union brings revolutionary FoolProof® financial literacy curriculum to teachers statewide

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – [January 30, 2014] – ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) today announced it is sponsoring a free financial literacy curriculum called FoolProof® Tennessee for all high school teachers throughout the State, with the sole purpose of arming students with the truth about […]
January 24, 2014

Sevierville to Receive “Bump” from Elite Volleyball Tourneys

Sevierville, Tenn. – More than 350 girls’ volleyball teams from Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Kentucky, including 18,000 players, family members and spectators, will call Sevierville home over the next two weekends, as K2 Volleyball Club and the Sevierville Convention Center […]
January 23, 2014

Monster Jam announces $10 ticket discount

Knoxville, TN – Feld Motor Sports & Monster Jam are happy to announce that from today, January 23rd until tomorrow, January 24th at 5 p.m. you can save $10 on all $25 adult tickets by using the code SAVE10. Great tickets are still available and […]
January 23, 2014

Children’s Shop in Farragut selected to host next Small Business Counts Cash Mob

ORNL Federal Credit Union will help The Adorable Child in Farragut celebrate the first day of its Spring Debut on Thursday, January 30th by hosting its next Small Business Counts Cash Mob at the store. The cash mob is scheduled from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 […]
January 22, 2014

Sevierville Named the “South’s #1 Cool Spot for Summer Meetings”

When looking for a place to keep cool during the heat of the summer, meeting planners and event organizers agree that Sevierville, Tenn. has become a premiere destination. In this month’s issue of ConventionSouth magazine, Sevierville is highlighted as the top pick among the magazine’s […]
January 17, 2014

What Does ‘Connecting’ Really Mean?

One evening last week, I sat down on the couch to watch a movie called Paranoia starring young celeb Liam Hemsworth and acting legends Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman. The flick was fairly entertaining, but what I got out of it is more than I […]
January 15, 2014

A Note from President and CEO Cathy Ackermann…

Most good leaders have studied and internalized the fine points of how to best lead their organizations to greatness and have learned from history’s masters. However, I would opine that the best leaders also add in a more intangible factor that blends charismatic messaging with […]
January 10, 2014

Southeast’s Largest Indoor RV Show Set for Sevierville Convention Center

Sevierville, Tenn. – The Smoky Mountain RV Show, formerly known as the Knoxville RV Show, has expanded and is now the largest indoor RV show in the Southeast. The event will feature more than 200,000 square feet of motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, vans, and pop-ups, […]
January 9, 2014

ORNL FCU’s first Small Business Counts Cash Mob of 2014 slated for The Treasure Chest Boutique in Lenoir City

After nine highly successful cash mobs in 2013, ORNL Federal Credit Union is continuing its growing Small Business Counts Cash Mob program with its first event of 2014 at The Treasure Chest Boutique within Livewell Pharmacy in Lenoir City. The cash mob event is scheduled […]
January 9, 2014

HBAGK Home Show™ kicks off benchmark year for local home building industry

Area’s first event presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union Knoxville, Tenn. – East Tennessee’s housing industry has seen a slow but positive turn over the last few years, which is one reason why many local real estate and home building experts are pointing towards 2014 […]
January 7, 2014

Council of PR Firms unveils “What’s Hot for 2014” from content to media competition

At the beginning of each year, you see many “What’s Hot for 2014” lists in the headlines.  The Council of Public Relations Firms, of which Ackermann PR is a member, has unveiled its own list.  In the form of content, here are the top 10 […]
December 20, 2013

Employees and members of ORNL FCU sponsor 55 Angel Tree children

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – Each year, employees and members of ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) support the Family Resource Center’s Angel Tree program as one way to give back to the Oak Ridge community, and 2013 was no exception. “Our involvement in the Angel Tree […]
December 20, 2013

ORNL FCU’s latest Small Business Counts Cash Mob a huge success!

Yesterday’s Small Business Counts lunch cash mob hosted by ORNL Federal Credit Union at Hot Bagel Co. in Oak Ridge was a success in every way, from the Channel 8 morning interview, to the 77 people that attended, to the fact that the 30 gift […]
December 16, 2013

The Steeldrivers Headline Sevierville’s Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass

Sevierville, Tenn. – Sevierville’s Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 16 & 17, 2014) festival has announced the entertainment lineup for its tenth annual event, including a headline performance from rising bluegrass supergroup, The SteelDrivers. Festivities and music get underway in downtown Sevierville, Tennessee on Friday, May […]
December 16, 2013

Sevierville, TN Named South’s #1 Cool Spot for Summer Meetings by ConventionSouth Magazine

Sevierville, Tenn. – Sevierville, Tennessee has been named the South’s top cool spot for summer meetings by ConventionSouth magazine. All total, 12 destinations were highlighted, with Sevierville earning the top spot by garnering the most votes from ConventionSouth readers and Facebook followers. “Sevierville is thrilled […]
December 6, 2013

Knoxville Monster Jam® Tickets Now Available

Feld Motor Sports℠ announced today that tickets for Monster Jam®, the world’s premier monster truck series, are on sale. Monster Jam events are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at $10 for kids, $25 for adults. Special VIP seating is available for […]
December 3, 2013

Ackermann PR recognized as a leader in Croft Society of PR firms

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Ackermann PR has been selected to be part of The Croft Society, a newly-formed coalition of regional public relations firms across the country, announced Cathy Ackermann, founder and CEO of Ackermann PR.  The membership is by invitation only, and the organization is […]
November 26, 2013

HGTV.com showcases fall at The Swag Mountaintop Inn

All things fall at The Swag, an upscale mountaintop inn in Waynesville, N.C., were recently featured via HGTV.com.  From “how-tos” on hosting a fall farm-to-table dinner party and creating a rustic fall table setting, to showcasing the finest of fall menus from The Swag’s executive […]
November 26, 2013

Tea & Treasures in South Knoxville selected to host next Small Business Counts Cash Mob on December 5th

Thanksgiving typically marks the start of the holiday season. With this sentiment in mind, ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) has announced the next installment of its Small Business Counts Cash Mob program – Tea & Treasures on Martin Mill Pike in South Knoxville on Thursday, […]
November 25, 2013

Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville (HBAGK) Calls on Ackermann PR to Support 2014 HOME SHOW™

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (November 25, 2013) – The Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville (HBAGK) has selected Ackermann PR to support its annual Home Show™ in 2014. The Show is in its 64th year and is scheduled for January 24-26 at the Knoxville Convention Center making […]
November 20, 2013

Credit Union Times highlights ORNL Federal Credit Union executive VP & COO Melodie Godfrey as one of its “Women to Watch”

Melodie Godfrey Ready to Fuel Momentum of CU Industry: Women to Watch ORNL FCU Exec Has Discovered the Power of Thinking Globally, Executing Locally BY MYRIAM GIOVANNI November 20, 2013 In her efforts to leave the world a little bit better, Melodie Godfrey, executive vice […]
November 6, 2013

Sevierville’s Winterfest Kick-Off (Nov. 12) A Fun Smoky Mountain Winterfest Tradition

Sevierville, Tenn. – Sevierville will kick off Smoky Mountain Winterfest with the annual Music, Lights & Magic event on November 12 at the Sevierville Municipal Complex. This completely free event annually draws around 7,000 spectators who enjoy entertainment, free food, kids’ games, fireworks and plenty […]
October 10, 2013

Hampton Inn West volunteers join thousands of Hilton Worldwide team members in serving The Ronald McDonald House

Knoxville, TN – In celebration of Hilton Worldwide’s second annual Global Week of Service, October 6 – 12, more than 25 volunteers from The Hampton Inn West at Cedar Bluff are doing a donation drive and hands on evening of service, at the Ronald McDonald […]
October 7, 2013

The Swag named to Southern Living Hotel Collection

Atlanta, GA – The Southern Living Hotel Collection, (www.SouthernLivingHotelCollection.com) a small, curated group of independent, four-and five-star level hotels, resorts and inns that span 18 Southern states and offers the best in authentic Southern hospitality is pleased to welcome its newest members delete: to the […]
October 3, 2013

North America’s most elite adventure racers to compete in Knoxville, Tenn. for the 2013 Checkpoint Tracker Adventure Racing Championship

Knoxville, Tenn. — More than 150 of the best adventure racers in North America are set to compete for the 2013 Checkpoint Tracker Adventure Racing Championship in Knoxville, Tenn. Thursday, Oct. 10 through Saturday, Oct. 12.  Checkpoint Tracker is a multi-faceted adventure racing organization. It […]
October 2, 2013

Mountain Communities “Open for Business” Despite Park Shutdown

Mountain Communities “Open for Business” Despite Park Shutdown TOWNSEND, Tenn.—While the Great Smoky Mountains National Park may be in the process of closing due to the government shutdown, the adjacent community of Townsend remains open with outdoor activities, accommodations and scenery to provide visitors with […]