January 17, 2012

BioPet Vet Lab introduces tiered-pricing options for DNA Proof of Parentage

Knoxville, Tenn. – BioPet Vet Lab, a leading DNA animal testing laboratory, is helping DNA Proof of Parentage testing become an industry standard in the competitive world of dog breeding and dog shows. The company’s unveiling of new retail pricing structures of up to 80% […]
January 17, 2012

Nation’s best volleyball players converge on Sevierville for K2 Volleyball’s Wilderness at the Smokies Tournament

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. – K2 Volleyball Club is back at Wilderness at the Smokies resort for its second annual volleyball tournament. This year, it’s bigger than ever! This weekend, the nation’s best volleyball clubs will open the two-weekend tournament.  This weekend’s invitational will draw 78 teams […]
January 16, 2012

Planned Harmony Family Center earns media spotlight

Thanks to generous help from volunteers and donors, Harmony Adoptions is making exciting progress towards revitalizing historic Camp Montvale in Blount County. When work is completed the camp will become the Harmony Family Center at Montvale, a counseling resource for families with newly adopted children. […]
January 12, 2012

Web Video Series Shares Human Story of Historic Titanic Voyage

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – The crew and passengers of Titanic likely could not have imagined the technology that would one day be used to help people remember their stories a century after the ship’s fateful voyage. Stories that were forged in the day of early […]
January 6, 2012

Titanic Museum Attraction readies for world-class Ice Carving Competition on Saturday, Jan. 14

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. –  World-class professional ice sculptors will compete at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge this month as part of the museum’s amazing kick-off to the 100-Year Anniversary of Titanic’s maiden voyage.  This unique, family-oriented, outdoor special event takes place in the […]
January 4, 2012

Local developers announce plans for unique, urban retail development featuring Publix and Walmart

Knoxville, Tenn. – Plans are underway for Knoxville’s first urban, vertical retail complex, built over covered parking and featuring two major brands from the grocery and retail industries.  This distinctive multi-story structure will revive the look and feel of a turn of the century factory, […]
December 22, 2011

Vote for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley to win!

Knoxville, Tenn. – Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley are in the running to win $200k in free cloud computing services from Claris Networks, LLC. Please share the link below and cast your vote for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley! […]
December 19, 2011

Boys & Girls Club members to enjoy ice skating and lunch in downtown Knoxville

Knoxville, Tenn. – Tomorrow, one hundred youth from Boys & Girls Clubs in Blount, Loudon and North Anderson Counties will experience a day in downtown Knoxville full of fun and holiday memories – all sponsored by Regal Entertainment Group. The youth will be given hats, […]
December 15, 2011

Ackermann PR generates media for client new product launch

Knoxville, Tenn. – When the investment firm BPV Family of Funds needed to generate media interest in a pair of new mutual funds to be managed in Knoxville, they turned to the expertise of Ackermann PR. Some samples of the coverage related to the announcement […]
December 14, 2011

Peyton Manning and the PeyBack Foundation bring holiday cheer to teens at Boys & Girls Clubs

Knoxville, Tenn. – On Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 4:30 p.m., Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning will host a holiday party at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley‘s Moses Teen Center for 200 teens from Knox, Blount, and North Anderson Counties.  Due to pro […]
December 11, 2011

Wilderness at the Smokies Resort Will Open Indoor Waterpark for FREE to Sevier County Residents

SEVIERVILLE, Tennessee — Although Wilderness at the Smokies only allows registered resort guests to use its waterpark facilities, on Sunday, Dec. 18 – for only the second time ever – the Wild WaterDome indoor waterpark will be open to all Sevier County residents FREE of […]
November 29, 2011

Wilderness at the Smokies resort home to Santa Hustle Half-Marathon Run-and-Walk this Sunday

Sevierville, TN – Santa Claus is running to town, so don’t be a Grinch this holiday season!  The race will take place at the Wilderness at the Smokies hotel and waterpark resort on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 at 9 a.m. ET.  More than 1,200 participants […]
November 22, 2011

Titanic Snow Princess Brings Holiday Magic to the Mountains

Pigeon Forge, TN – The folklore of the Smokies tell of mystical characters traveling through the misty woods, bringing the winter snow and frost with them as they paint the region in sparkling crystal. From across the Atlantic, a new personality has arrived to bring […]
November 22, 2011

John D. Lee inducted into Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee Hall of Fame

Knoxville, Tenn. – John D. Lee, current President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley (BGCTNV), was recently inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee Hall of Fame. The Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee Hall of Fame is […]
November 18, 2011

BPV Family of Funds Introduces BPV Core Diversification and BPV Wealth Preservation Funds

Knoxville, Tenn. – BPV Family of Funds has announced the launch of two new, publicly traded mutual funds created specifically to achieve sustained wealth accumulation and preservation.  Both the BPV Core Diversification Fund and the BPV Wealth Preservation Fund utilize actively managed, macro investment strategies […]
November 4, 2011

Alcoa Inc. employees promote recycling to UT’s ‘sailgaters’

Knoxville, Tenn. – Alcoa Inc. volunteers ‘gathered by the river’ on Oct. 29 to help spread the word about aluminum can recycling before the University of Tennessee versus South Carolina college football game. Building on the success of its “Let’s Tackle Recycling” program with the Pittsburgh […]
November 4, 2011

Alcoa Foundation’s local grants announced

Alcoa, Tenn. — Alcoa Foundation has granted more than $250,000 to 12 non-profit organizations in Blount, Knox, and Sevier counties in Tennessee and Graham County, N.C.  Alcoa’s Community Advisory Board –  a group of 11 business, community and government leaders responsible for evaluating and making […]
October 21, 2011

Alcoa to Welcome Joe Cahn, the Commissioner of Tailgating and Champion of Recycling

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Commissioner of Tailgating, Joe Cahn, is on a mission–a crusade of sorts, and on Oct. 23, Cahn will be in Nashville when the Tennessee Titans take on the Houston Texans on behalf of the Aluminum Association’s Can Crusade, a 17-city tour […]
October 19, 2011

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley receives $15,000 donation

Knoxville, Tenn. – Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley’s Haslam Family Club University got a facelift on Tuesday when a dozen volunteers from Alcoa Inc. came to plant trees and flowers, interact with Club members and present a $15,000 check for the LEGO […]
October 18, 2011

Wilderness at the Smokies resort announces multi-million dollar expansion

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. –  Following a spring and summer tourism season that resulted in record-breaking attendance numbers at Wilderness at the Smokies resort, the Southeast’s largest indoor and outdoor waterpark announced that it is about to get bigger – considerably bigger. This week, Wilderness at the […]
October 11, 2011

Lisa Hurst named new President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley

Knoxville, Tenn. – Lisa Hurst has been named the new President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley (BGCTNV).  Hurst has been with the organization for 25 years, currently serving as the Executive Vice President. “The board is thrilled that Lisa […]
October 11, 2011

Community stories hold key to region’s future

Knoxville, Tennessee – When Plan East Tennessee (PlanET) begins a series of community-oriented conversations this fall to help define a shared vision for the region’s future, the project will take an innovative approach combining new technology and old-fashioned storytelling. To showcase how the process will […]
October 11, 2011

Knoxville philanthropist receives award for improving quality of life for at-risk youth

Knoxville, Tenn. – Edfinancial Services and its Chairman, President and CEO Tony Hollin have been named recipients of the Boys & Girls Clubs Tennessee Area Council C.A.R.E. (Children Are Reason for Excellence) Service Award. The state-wide C.A.R.E. Award provides recognition to individuals who have made […]
October 7, 2011

Cellular Sales now has 450 stores in 23 states, opens 15 new stores in September

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Cellular Sales continued expanding its role as the nation’s largest Verizon Wireless premium retailer with the addition of 15 new stores in nine states in September 2011. September also marked the opening of the company’s 450th store nationwide. The new stores were spread […]
October 6, 2011

Cellular Sales continues nationwide growth, expands into Massachusetts and Rhode Island markets

Knoxville, TN – Cellular Sales, the nation’s largest Verizon Wireless premium retailer, is expanding its retail footprint in New England with a new management agreement to operate a cellular phone store in Fall River, Massachusetts. Cellular Sales assumed management of Cell in a Box, a wireless […]
September 26, 2011

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley announces new board members

Knoxville, Tenn. ― Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley has announced the following new members of its Corporate Board of Directors:  Ray Evans, Owner and Chairman of The Anesis Group, Inc. Michelle Hardin, Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager, Medical Private Banking, First Tennessee […]
September 20, 2011

Titanic Museum Attraction hosts President of Titanic Historical Society for memorial rose petal ceremony

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – Edward Kamuda, founder and president of the Titanic Historical Society, came to the Titanic Museum Attraction today to participate in the museum’s memorial rose petal ceremony, part of the museum’s special way of honoring the passengers aboard the world’s most famous […]
September 19, 2011

Alcoa Wins Large Business of the Year at Blount Partnership Business Excellence Awards

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Congratulations to Alcoa for winning the Large Business of the Year category of this year’s Blount Partnership Business Excellence Awards. Ken McMillen, Alcoa operations manager, accepted the honor on behalf of the company at the Chamber’s Business Excellence Awards breakfast last week. […]
September 19, 2011

President/CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley retiring

Knoxville, Tenn. ― After spending four decades of his professional career with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, John D. Lee is announcing his retirement.  He is only the second President/CEO in the organization’s history since its inception in 1943. A native […]
September 16, 2011

Verizon Wireless DROID BIONIC available at Cellular Sales

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – When Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility Inc. introduced the DROID BIONIC™ this month exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers, they were not debuting just any new smartphone. The groundbreaking new phone is setting the standard for speed, design and multi-feature functions among power […]