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Knoxville Biz Ticker: Regions Bank Launches ‘Regions Now Checking’ account

Check writing. Online banking. No overdraft fees. Regions Bank launches ‘Regions Now Checking’ account

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Sept. 30, 2021 – Regions Bank on Thursday announced the launch of Regions Now CheckingSM, a checking account that combines the convenience of modern banking with no overdraft fees.

The account meets the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund’s national standards for Bank On certification.

Regions Now Checking complements Regions’ Now Banking suite of financial solutions. With a low, flat $5 monthly fee, Regions Now Checking customers will not incur overdraft or non-sufficient funds fees. Regions Now Checking also offers features of a traditional checking account, such as check writing and mobile and online banking with bill pay and Zelle® – all in line with the Bank On National Account Standards. Further, Regions Now Checking accounts can be linked to other Regions accounts for overdraft protection with no overdraft protection transfer fees. 

“We’re here to meet people where they are and help them get to where they want to be in terms of reaching their financial goals,” said Scott Peters, head of the Consumer Banking group for Regions Bank. “Regions Now Checking is a natural extension of our commitment to making banking easier by helping people manage and grow their finances through innovative and convenient options. This account also complements the financial wellness and budgeting tools available to everyone for free through the Regions Next Step® program and Regions.com. Our teams work every day to connect people with customized financial insights and guidance, and we are excited to add Regions Now Checking to our comprehensive network of services and solutions.”

Bank On certification represents a focus on bringing banking solutions to the underbanked and ensuring everyone has access to a safe, affordable bank account. The CFE Fund supports financial empowerment strategies in communities across the country and works to improve the financial stability of low- and moderate-income households. This aligns with Regions’ focus on financial inclusivity and efforts to meet the financial needs of existing customers as well as people who are not yet served by the banking system.

“The Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund is delighted to award its national Bank On account certification to Regions Bank’s Regions Now Checking account,” said Jonathan Mintz, president and chief executive officer of the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund. “This account offers consumers in the Southeast, Midwest and Texas who are looking to improve their finances a safe, affordable, and truly useful mainstream banking product – this is especially important during COVID-19, as consumers need to access and manage their money both affordably and safely. Regions Bank’s offering of this terrific account brings them into the forefront of national banking access efforts, and we thank them.”

In addition to Regions Now Checking, other advancements made by Regions in the last year include moving to an enhanced time-order posting process. Through this process, Regions continues to apply each day’s available credits and deposits to accounts first – before debits, payments and withdrawals are processed – giving customers the highest available balance to cover the day’s payments or withdrawals. What’s new is a more real-time approach to processing debits, payments, transfers and withdrawals to better reflect the order in which those transactions were received by the bank.

Regions has also reduced the number of overdraft and non-sufficient funds fees customers can be charged on other account types each day. Further, the bank changed how checks are processed on personal accounts to show pending transactions sooner, and Regions improved account alerts to make it easier for customers to be aware of transactions and balances. Customers can set customized alerts, such as deposit and withdrawal alerts, to keep up with their transactions and balances.

Regions also enhanced its online and mobile banking by using simpler language to describe pending transactions and providing expiration dates to indicate when funds on hold from a deposited check will be available. Customers now see a projected available balance as well, which is their estimated available balance after the next nightly posting.

Advancing financial wellness is a key priority for Regions Bank. In addition to the Regions Next Step program, for many years, Regions has supported a variety of financial education opportunities across the Southeast, the Midwest and Texas. This includes Regions’ growing financial support for Operation HOPE and its free HOPE Inside counseling at various Regions branches and through community-based workshops. Regions also works with schools, colleges, universities and other organizations to connect people with free insights to help them build a secure financial future.

Customers interested in opening a Regions Now Checking account can learn more on regions.com, by visiting a Regions branch, or by dialing 1-800-REGIONS.

About Regions Financial Corporation

Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $156 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, and mortgage products and services. Regions serves customers across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates more than 1,300 banking offices and approximately 2,000 ATMs. Regions Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at www.regions.com.

Sustainable growth in Knoxville, Regions Bank unveils reimagined, environmentally friendly branch

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Sept. 29, 2021 – Regions Bank on Wednesday celebrated the grand opening of its redesigned Cumberland Avenue branch in Knoxville, highlighting a collaboration with the City of Knoxville to transform the location into a state-of-the art, sustainable facility.

Regions operated from a temporary space until the modern replacement branch was completed at the corner of Cumberland Avenue and 19th Street. The renovated branch also replaces Regions’ older Gay Street facility.

Regions Bank on Wednesday celebrated the grand opening of its redesigned Cumberland Avenue branch in Knoxville, highlighting a collaboration with the City of Knoxville to transform the location into a state-of-the art, sustainable facility. September 29, 2021.

The Cumberland Avenue branch is now one of Regions’ most modern locations anywhere, mixing enhanced technology with more personalized service. The result: a seamless customer experience for people on the go, including busy University of Tennessee students, local medical professionals, business customers and other clients who value the ability to bank at the time and place that works best for them.

“Our upgraded Cumberland Avenue branch better enables Regions to deliver a truly unique and beneficial customer experience for individual consumers, local business owners, and anyone who wants to speak with our team about ways they can reach their financial goals,” said Rob Stivers, Knoxville market executive for Regions Bank. “Over the past 18 months, Regions has increased our digital offerings to put more banking power in the palms of our customers’ hands. We’ve also drawn upon our digital experience to turn locations like Cumberland Avenue into branches of the future, where updated technology allows our local bankers to better customize services to fit individual needs.”

That tailored service begins as soon as customers arrive. There is no standing behind a traditional teller line or waiting to fill out deposit slips. Instead, when customers come in, they are immediately welcomed by a local Regions banker who can deliver a full range of services. Along with opening accounts or handling transactions, each banker is equipped to speak in-depth with customers about their unique financial goals while creating a customized plan to achieve them.

The Cumberland Avenue branch is also a testament to Regions’ commitment to preserving the environment. The bank worked with the City of Knoxville’s Office of Sustainability to install solar panels on the facility’s roof to generate power to reduce energy use, utility costs, and emissions.

Regions Bank Cumberland Avenue branch members celebrate the grand opening of its redesigned, state-of-the art, sustainable facility. September 29, 2021.

“Our goal at Cumberland Avenue is not just to make banking easier, but to do so in a way that contributes to the financial and environmental health and vitality of East Tennessee,” said Jamie Stogsdill, consumer banking manager for Regions. “We’ve combined this focus with investments in technologies and services that show how we value our customers’ time and their need for convenience.”

The branch also expands Regions’ Video Banking ATM service in East Tennessee. At a drive-through Video Banking ATM, Regions customers can choose standard ATM service, or they can connect with a Regions Video Banker via live, two-way video. Video Bankers deliver personal service during expanded hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays. The location also includes one drive-up and one walk-up DepositSmart ATM that can accept deposits of cash or checks any time, day or night.

While grand opening activities are taking place this week, the branch has already welcomed its first customers – just as the University of Tennessee welcomed back students to Rocky Top for the fall semester.

“With the students back, our traffic has picked up tremendously. They are all excited about the updated, fresh look and the whole vibe of the branch now,” said Linda Majors, Cumberland Avenue branch manager for Regions. Majors has worked at the location for the better part of 20 years.

“We now have the space, tools and resources that today’s customers expect,” she added. “Our bankers are ready and able to help students, professionals, business owners, and more, with any solution or recommendation they may need.”

After a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the renovated branch, Regions Bank honored its ties to the medical hub that surrounds the location. Regions associates safely delivered catered lunches for healthcare workers in the COVID-19 ward at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. In addition, associates delivered stuffed animals for the hospital’s pediatric patients.

“Banking is about more than opening accounts or handling financial transactions,” Stivers said. “It’s about providing important services to people and supporting a community. As we celebrate this latest milestone in our growth in Knoxville, it’s important for us to give back to a community we’re honored to serve.”

About Regions Financial Corporation

Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $156 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, and mortgage products and services. Regions serves customers across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates more than 1,300 banking offices and approximately 2,000 ATMs. Regions Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at www.regions.com.

Food City continues to grow and expand, hiring 1,500 new associates

Food City is proud to have celebrated the opening of several new store locations and store expansions this year, along with the continued growth of their GoCart curbside pick-up and in-store food service options, such as to-go meals.  These events have resulted in the creation of a number of new area jobs. 

We are hosting a company-wide hiring event to include both full-time and part-time positions.  The company is planning to hire 1,500 friendly, smiling faces in key customer and food service positions at store locations throughout their operation area and their Distribution Center.  The positions include, both entry-level positions and experienced, skilled positions, such as meat cutter, cake decorator, and retail management, as well as various warehousing/distribution positions, including truck drivers. 

Food City is a family owned and operated company that offers a generous benefits package to their associates including competitive salaries, comprehensive training, healthcare coverage with medical and dental plans, 401(k) with a 3% company match, vacation accrual, vision coverage, and company paid life and disability plans, and Employee Stock Ownership Plan. In addition, to these great benefits, Food City also offers advancement opportunities to associates who wish to progress within a growing company.

Interested candidates, can apply online at FoodCity.com or visit any Food City store to complete an application. Make plans to attend the event at your local Food City to find out how Food City is so much more than a grocery store. The hiring event will be Thursday, September 30, 2021, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at all Food City locations & distribution center.

Eggs Up Grill announces plans to expand in Knoxville 

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Eggs Up Grill, a breakfast, brunch and lunch brand with 50 restaurants in Georgia, Florida, the Carolinas and Virginia, plans to expand in Knoxville, Tenn. and is seeking multi-unit franchisees. The Brand identified the Knoxville market for expansion after plans were announced earlier this year to expand in Johnson City. Eggs Up Grill recently ranked as the no. 1 breakfast franchise by Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500. After a challenging 18 months for the restaurant industry, Eggs Up Grill is seeing explosive growth – both in sales and openings. 

"Eggs Up Grill reached milestones in 2021—not only opening our 50th restaurant but also achieving sales records proving out this successful business model for our franchise partners,” said Eggs Up Grill CEO Ricky Richardson. "We look forward to expanding in the growing community of Knoxville, and serving neighbors from sunup through lunch." 

From August 2020 through July 2021, average unit sales of the top 50 percent of franchised Eggs Up Grill restaurants amounted to $1,088,563. 2021's year-to-date same store sales averaged +10.5% through July (compared to the same period in 2019), with the May through July period averaging +18.8%.

Eggs Up Grill traces its roots to Pawleys Island, S.C., where it was founded in 1997 with a menu featuring classic, All-American dishes, along with twists on traditional favorites.  The restaurant takes pride in perfectly cooking fresh, hand-cracked eggs 14 different ways. Menu categories include made-to-order omelets and benedicts, pancakes, waffles and breakfast sandwiches, as well as famous home fries, the Founder’s recipe corned beef hash and buttery, grilled blueberry muffins. Lunch choices include juicy burgers, tasty sandwiches, wraps and salads.

For more information on Eggs Up Grill franchise opportunities, visit https://eggsupgrillfranchise.com/. 

Muinzer and T2 acquire The Heights of Knoxville

Los Angeles, CA (September 24, 2021) – Muinzer, a privately held real estate

investment firm founded by Marc Muinzer, together with T2 Capital Management,

today announced the acquisition of The Heights of Knoxville near the University of

Tennessee. The 636 bed student housing community is 100% leased and underpinned by 31 acres of land. The transaction was facilitated by Scott Clifton of JLL.

The purchase, which was acquired at a discount to replacement cost, marks the

continued nationwide expansion of the Muinzer student-housing platform and is it’s

first acquisition in the University of Tennessee market.

“The Heights of Knoxville is exactly the kind of asset we are looking to acquire. It

maintains a strong sense of community and has opportunities for sustained improvements over time. I am delighted with the near and long-term prospects for

this asset,” said Marc Muinzer, Founder and CEO, Muinzer.

Muinzer also announced a $325 million student-housing acquisition initiative. “As one of the fastest growing student housing investment firms in the nation, we are seeking acquisitions near rapidly expanding universities in the Big 10 and SEC,” added Mr. Muinzer. “Our team's 20-year track of executing across various economic cycles has been the backbone of our success. We intend to leverage this experience as we continue to expand our team and our portfolio."

Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville (HBAGK) 2021 Parade of Homes, October 1-17

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – September 27, 2021 – The Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville (HBAGK) 2021 Parade of Homes™ will take place each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from October 1 – 17 showcasing nearly 30 new homes across five counties.

The 2021 HBAGK Parade of Homes™ is co-sponsored by ORNL Federal Credit Union and Tindell’s Building Materials.

This is the 40th year for the HBAGK Parade of Homes™ and it is one of the longest-running Parade of Homes™ in the nation. Each year, HBAGK and its members contribute tens of millions of dollars to the local East Tennessee economy through the annual Parade of Homes™ event.

Attendees will find homes ranging from $266,000 to over $1.8 million in the 2021 HBAGK Parade of Homes™, including a “Foundation House” using a collaboration of (mostly) HBAGK members. Increased attendance is anticipated at the Parade this year due to reduced housing inventory and an extremely hot housing market with new customers arriving from across the country. Minor delays may occur at some homes.

“The pandemic has not decreased the demand for housing, and the 2021 Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville Parade of Homes™ is the region’s premier showcase of homes,” said Dan Mitchell, HBAGK Parade of Homes™ co-chair.

“Demand is higher than ever before. The Parade has starter homes, mid-range homes, retirement homes and multi-million-dollar dream homes … and everything in between. Even if you are not in the market for a new home, we spotlight all the latest offerings in kitchens, bathrooms, home entertainment, and living spaces at the HBAGK Parade of Homes. It truly is an event for everyone.”

The 2021 Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville Parade of Homes™ is free and provides one-on-one access to builders and their representatives at each showcase home, making it a must-see event for those actively building homes now and those thinking about building in coming years.

“The aftermath of the pandemic created unexpected challenges compared to 2020” said Byron Wood, 2021 Parade of Homes™ co-chair. “Last year everyone was concerned about the virus and health concerns, justifiably so. But this year we have experienced supply chain delays for everything from raw building materials to finishes, and almost everything in between. Appliances, cabinets, and window packages are among some of the most delayed items. Record-high lumber prices and labor shortages in an extremely hot housing market did not help anything either.”

These are the best, most innovative builders and vendors in the industry, and because they’re all Home Builders Association members, people know they are professional, experienced and trustworthy.”

This year’s HBAGK Parade of Homes™ includes 27 distinct showcase homes in Knox, Anderson, Blount, Loudon, and Monroe counties. A complete listing of homes is available in the official Parade of Homes magazine and on the HBAGK mobile website at TheParadeOfHomesKnoxville.com. Magazines are available at each Parade house, most ORNL Federal Credit Union branch locations, and select Tindell’s locations. The HBAGK mobile website includes GPS directions to each property.

The Parade of Homes™ showcases the work and capabilities of East Tennessee’s premier builders, the trusted members of HBAGK, and exposes consumers to the newest home-related products, technologies, and designs. Consumers see first-hand what they can get for their money at a variety of price-points.

“The Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville represents hundreds of the best builders and suppliers in Knox and 15 other surrounding counties,” Mitchell said. “These are the builders and suppliers anyone even thinking about a new home should be seeking out. You won’t find a more experienced or trustworthy group of professionals in this industry.”

For more information about the 2021 HBAGK Parade of Homes™, or for information about the Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville (and a complete directory of members listed by their area of expertise), please visit www.HBAKnoxville.com.

NewsBreak rebrands as Shep Digital Solutions

(KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE)— NewsBreak Media Networks, a digital shopper marketing platform for the fuel and convenience retail industry that converts fuel-only customers to multi-product purchasers, is now Shep Digital Solutions.

The new name and branding better represents the company’s full range of customizable digital merchandising services for convenience stores and other retail businesses. While NewsBreak started primarily as a forecourt media company, Shep offers comprehensive digital shopper marketing solutions.

“In the last couple of years, we have expanded our services to address where the industry is going, and the new brand identity reflects that,” said Bob Bradley, CEO of Shep Digital Solutions. “We’ve been a leader in digital merchandising and shopper marketing, but now we can provide even more value to new and existing clients with a broad range of customizable options.”

In addition to a new name and logo, Shep is launching a new website, which highlights Shep’s core services like marketing automation and content procurement and production. Shep automates the forecourt media process and integrates it into the overall shopper marketing strategy with targeted messaging.

Shep’s content is curated locally and features local news, weather and lifestyle content, making it more engaging and relevant to customers. The consumer experience and merchandising messages are driven by Shep’s proprietary data analytics platform, which uses information like historical sales, loyalty program data, weather, time of day, neighborhood demographics and more to increase conversion rates.

“Our customizable platform helps convenience stores turn fuel-only customers into in-store, multi-product purchasers,” said Brian Nelson, president of Shep Digital Solutions. “Shep focuses on creating episodic transactions to convert visitors into higher profit margin customers.”

Newly named Petco Love invests in lifesaving work of PPAW

Greenback, Tennessee (September 21, 2021) – PPAW announced today a $16,500 grant investment from the newly named Petco Love to support their lifesaving work for animals in East Tennessee.

Petco Love is a nonprofit leading change for pets nationally by making communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since their founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, they’ve empowered organizations with $300 million invested to date in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. And they’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations nationwide.

“Today Petco Love invests in PPAW and hundreds of other organizations across the nation working to improve animal health and welfare as part of our commitment to creating a future in which no pet is unnecessarily euthanized,” said Susanne Kogut, President of Petco Love. “Our local investments are only one component. This year, we also launched the first of our national tools, Petco Love Lost, which empowers all animal lovers to drive lifesaving change right alongside us.”

“While we offer spay/neuter at low-cost, we also focus on spaying and neutering feral cats to reduce overpopulation. Thanks to the support of generous contributors, like Petco Love, we are able to offer services to pets in our community beyond spay/neuter who would not otherwise receive the care they need. Petco Love has been a major supporter of PPAW to help us continue this lifesaving mission,” said Karen Leonard, Outreach Manager of PPAW.

PPAW is a nonprofit organization located in Greenback, TN within Loudon County. The mission of our organization is to make spays and neuters affordable to everyone, serving East Tennessee and its surrounding areas. Since 1998, PPAW has spayed and neutered over 100,000 companion animals and significantly reduced the number of feral cat births.

For more information about PPAW, visit https://www.ppawspayneuterclinic.com/. To learn more about Petco Love, visit petcolove.org.

Dolly Parton and her Smoky Mountain businesses donate to benefit Middle Tennessee flood damage

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021) — Due to the recent flooding that has devastated much of Middle Tennessee, Dolly Parton and her Smoky Mountain businesses are reaching out to help, seeking to return the favor the area received after the 2016 wildfires.

Parton was moved to help after seeing the damage caused in Humphreys County, the home of her good friend, country music legend Loretta Lynn. Lynn was quick to offer her support to the Smokies in 2016, so Parton was inspired to reciprocate the gesture.

Parton through Dollywood and her Pigeon Forge dinner show properties—Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, and Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud—will each donate a portion of ticket sales from Oct. 2-3 to benefit the United Way of Humphreys County, the charity selected by Lynn.

“After the Sevier County wildfires in 2016, Loretta was one of the first who reached out to offer anything she could,” Parton said. “It meant so much to me that Loretta—and so many folks—were ready to give in any way they could. This was just one small way I could help Loretta’s people for all they did to help my people.”  

Several counties were affected, but Humphreys County received the most damage. More than 20 people lost their lives due to the catastrophic flooding caused by more than 15 inches of rain that fell in a relatively short period of time in late August. Lynn’s ranch in Hurricane Mills was severely damaged by the flooding that occurred. The foreman of Lynn’s ranch was swept away in the floodwaters.

For anyone interested in donating directly to the United Way of Humphreys County, please visit unitedwayhumphreys.org for more information.

Engel & Völkers expands into Knoxville

New York, N.Y. and Knoxville, Tenn.  [Sept. 21, 2021] – Engel & Völkers today announced its expansion into Knoxville, TN. The latest shop opening in the Americas for the global luxury real estate brand is led by Cindy Kraus, an experienced area real estate professional and certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist. The newly established Engel & Völkers Knoxville will service homebuyers and sellers in East Tennessee, specializing in lakefront and luxury properties in Knoxville and surrounding areas.

“Tennessee ranks among the top five states for inbound moves in the U.S., and Knoxville is a premier market that we’re thrilled to now be part of,” said Anthony Hitt, president and CEO, Engel & Völkers Americas. “With an influx of new residents driving this evolving market, Cindy is the ideal real estate professional to lead our brand presence in Knoxville. Her local, industry and leadership experience along with recognition for providing exceptional service and a luxury experience for all of her clients, are principles that align completely with those of Engel & Völkers.”

The Engel & Völkers Knoxville shop is located at the Pinnacle at Turkey Creek in West Knoxville and will service homebuyers and sellers drawn to the area for its magnificent lakefront and mountain properties, beautiful terrain, low property taxes, proximity to the Smoky Mountain National Park and accessibility to Nashville, Atlanta, Asheville and Gatlinburg. Knoxville is also home to the University of Tennessee and attracts a high level of professionals and engineers. The city also boasts a vibrant micro brewery and restaurant scene, and a full four-season year. Residents have their pick of housing inventory, ranging from rustic cabins to lakefront mansions, urban condos to historic homes, and starter and median priced homes to multi-family hunting properties. 

“Affiliating with Engel & Völkers has elevated our business to the next level,” said Kraus. “Our advisors have the tools they need to provide the highest quality of custom client service, along with the marketing exposure and reach that comes with being part of an established and respected global network. The Engel & Völkers brand is uniquely memorable, providing a distinct view of luxury as deeply personal and attainable to every individual, across all price points. It is the concierge approach to real estate that will set us apart in the Knoxville real estate market, for buyers, sellers and real estate professionals alike.”

For more information, visit knoxville.evrealestate.com.

About Engel & Völkers

Engel & Völkers is a global luxury real estate brand. Founded in Hamburg, Germany in 1977, Engel & Völkers draws on its rich European history to deliver a fresh approach to luxury real estate in the Americas with a focus on creating a personalized client experience at every stage of the home buying or selling process for today’s savvy homeowner. Engel & Völkers currently operates approximately 225 shop locations with 4,500 real estate advisors in the Americas, contributing to the brand’s global network of over 13,500 real estate professionals in more than 34 countries, offering both private and institutional clients a professionally tailored range of luxury services, including real estate and yachting. Committed to exceptional service, Engel & Völkers supports its advisors with an array of premium quality business services; marketing programs and platforms; as well as access to its global network of real estate professionals, property listings and market data. Each brokerage is independently owned and operated. For more information, visit www.evrealestate.com.

Southeastern H.O.G. Rally returns to Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson

MARYVILLE, Tennessee. – September 20th, 2021 –The rally begins September 28th and runs through October 2nd.  The Great Smoky Mountain H.O.G. Rally will be hosted at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, located in Maryville TN, the peaceful side of the Smoky Mountains. The purpose of this Rally for us, is to take people to places beyond their normal excursions. There are an endless variety of places to visit from the seat of a motorcycle.

The Great Smoky Mountains has some of the country’s most spectacular sites. These folks can check out the newly opened “Missing Link” section of the Foothills parkway. Explore the beautiful Cherohala Skyway and the experience the world-renowned Dragon on US HWY 129 with its 11-mile section of 318 consecutive switchback curves, just to name a few.

There will be live music at The Shed Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Thursday evening the city of Maryville and Downtown Association are allowing us to host a downtown block party. Open to the public, come check out some motorcycle games and Police riding skills.

Please help us in welcoming H.O.G. members from around the country next week, for a fantastic week of riding and fun.

Event web listing - https://www.smh-d.com/hog-rally-2021--hog-rally

Dollywood's Harvest Festival celebrates the beauty of the Smokies

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, September 20, 2021) — Dollywood, one of America’s favorite fall family destinations, celebrates the splendor of autumn in the majestic rolling foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains during the Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 24- Oct. 30). The annual guest-favorite event includes the family-friendly Great Pumpkin LumiNights presented by Covenant Health, which has quickly become a cherished experience for parkgoers.

A longstanding family tradition for so many, the Harvest Festival greets guests with the surrounding mountainsides draped in vibrant colors. Dollywood’s landscaping and fresh décor accent the autumn atmosphere and bring the beauty right into the park, making it ripe for families to create their picture-perfect pumpkin photo ops to share with friends!

Great Pumpkin LumiNights, one of the nation’s premier family-friendly harvesttime events, provides bushels of memories for guests, thanks to thousands of glowing and carved pumpkins throughout Dollywood. For those with small children—or anyone looking for a fun, not scary experience—this event is certainly the cream of the crop. Families can bask in the glow as they wander through displays in Dollywood’s Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass and upper Craftsman’s Valley areas. Beyond the impressive displays, guests can find a number of exciting activities to create thrilling memories together.

“Fall is a special time of year in the Smoky Mountains, because God’s handiwork is on full display for everyone to enjoy when they come to visit,” Dolly Parton, Dollywood’s Dreamer-in-Chief said. “It’s also the time when the heat of the summer fades and the crisp, cool evenings make it just right to enjoy the fresh mountain air. Some of my most treasured family memories took place during the fall, and I want our guests to make their own wonderful memories while they are here.

“Our team works so hard to bring the mountains right into the middle of the park with all those great decorations and experiences. You really are surrounded by the colors of fall the whole time you are here. It’s no wonder we won this year’s Golden Ticket award for Most Beautiful Theme Park in the whole world; no other park in the world is built right in the middle of the Smokies!”

Last season, reinvigorated decorations and visually-impactful landscaping techniques were implemented throughout the park to immerse visitors in a fresh, new look. One of the “biggest” additions to last season’s festival returns this year, as guests can peruse more than a dozen colossal pumpkins. Last year’s prize pumpkins ranged from 800 to 1500 lbs. each. The massive displays come from growers across the East Coast who look forward to sharing these gargantuan gourds with guests.  

No festival at Dollywood is complete without award-winning entertainment, and the Harvest Festival certainly delivers. With artists representing genres from Southern gospel and bluegrass to classic country and Americana, there is something to satisfy every musical taste. Performances take place on indoor and outdoor stages throughout the park, allowing the engaging sounds to echo through the surrounding hillsides and create a highly-engaging entertainment offering. Even more artists can be found roaming the park, literally taking the music to the streets!

Among the festival headliners are CeCe Winans (Oct. 9), Pam Tillis (Sept. 29), Jimmy Fortune (Oct. 2), Shenandoah (Oct. 20-21), Karen Peck and New River (Oct. 3), Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (Oct. 4), Taylor Red (Sept. 24), Rhonda Vincent and the Rage (Oct. 14-15), Janelle Arthur (Sept. 26) and the Lee University Singers (Oct. 17). A complete schedule can be found on Dollywood.com. Additionally, the new Night Time at the Back Porch offers some of the best up-and-coming performers from the Southeast an opportunity to share their talents during the park’s evening hours.

“Dollywood is one of our all-time favorite places to play and has been for years,” Gospel Hall of Fame member Karen Peck said. “We love how nice everyone is at the theaters and the awesome family-friendly feeling we get when we perform at Dollywood.  Sometimes, it’s like church breaks out at our concerts!”

Dollywood’s culinary team has created a smorgasbord of creations to take advantage of the bountiful supply of crops provided by the Smoky Mountain harvest. The smells of smoked bratwursts, turkey legs, or chicken and andouille sausage gumbo pair nicely with the fresh tastes of sweet potato poutine, spiced pumpkin bisque and BUSH’S three bean pumpkin chili. For sweet treats, the ever-popular pumpkin spice is in full supply with items ranging from pumpkin spice churros with pumpkin fluff to pumpkin spice salted caramel mocha iced coffee. Items like the maple pecan and bacon funnel cake, hot apple cider and the apple pie milkshake are perfect to carry and enjoy while admiring the beauty of Dollywood in the fall. 

Visiting artisans and makers display their handmade wares at locations throughout Dollywood. Many even demonstrate the talented skills and techniques they use as they create their one-of-a-kind treasures.

With so many opportunities for creating vibrant new family traditions, Dollywood’s Harvest Festival is a must-see experience this season.

Dollywood is open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. each day of operation (Sept. 24- Oct. 30) during the Harvest Festival. The park is closed on Tuesdays throughout the festival. For more information and a park operating calendar, visit Dollywood.com or download the Dollywood app.

CVS Health to hire 25,000 across the U.S. during one-day virtual career event 

WOONSOCKET, R.I., SEPT. 20, 2021 – CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced that it is recruiting qualified candidates to fill 25,000 clinical and retail jobs during a one-day national career event on Friday, September 24. These new and existing positions will help the company continue to respond to the needs of communities across the country during the fall and winter months when the incidence of flu is expected to increase and as COVID-19 vaccination and testing remain in high demand.

Most of the available positions are for full-time, part-time, and temporary licensed pharmacists, trained pharmacy technicians and nurses at CVS Pharmacy store locations and will be filled as soon as possible, helping increase support for patients and fellow pharmacy professionals. Additional roles that are part of the company’s recruiting efforts include retail store associates who provide attentive service, assist with purchases, and manage store inventory to ensure availability of desired health, wellness, and convenience products for customers.

In addition to flu vaccinations, the accelerated hiring campaign will aid the company in administering COVID-19 booster shots, pending regulatory approval, while continuing to offer shots to those who have yet to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and patients seeking testing at CVS Pharmacy locations across the country. CVS Health has administered more than 34 million COVID-19 vaccines and more than 32 million tests, with seamless online scheduling available at CVS.com.

“Every flu season we need additional team members,” said Neela Montgomery, Executive Vice President, CVS Health and President, CVS Pharmacy, “but this year we’re looking for even more. With the continued presence of COVID-19 in our communities, we’re estimating a much greater need for pharmacists, trained pharmacy technicians, nurses, and retail store associates. These jobs offer a rewarding opportunity to really make an impact on public health in our country.”

Qualified candidates can apply for these open positions using the company’s mobile apply feature by Texting “CVS” to 25000 or by visiting the CVS Health Career Website to learn about jobs in their local area and enter a streamlined digital screening process that facilitates an online application, virtual job tryout and immediate hiring. There will be no on-site applications or interviews as the entire hiring process is virtual.

“By leveraging CVS Health’s innovation and technology, we’re making it easier for qualified and caring candidates to join our team and contribute to the company’s ongoing efforts to help solve the country’s health care challenges,” said Jeffrey Lackey, Vice President of Talent Acquisition, CVS Health.

Opportunities for full-time employees include competitive pay, paid training, and a generous benefits package, including vacation, 7 paid holidays and one floating holiday, health/dental/vision insurance, employee discounted stock purchase program, 401K with company match, tuition reimbursement, career advancement opportunities, and a 20-30% employee discount at CVS retail stores.

CVS Health employees who refer full-time pharmacists or pharmacy technicians that are hired into the company will be eligible for a cash bonus. 

The nationwide hiring event represents the latest investment in the company’s employees, who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic and have been rewarded with bonuses and benefit enhancements. In August, CVS Health raised the corporate-wide minimum wage to $15 an hour, effective July 2022, with incremental increases to the company’s competitive hourly rates starting immediately.

CVS Health is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. The company does not discriminate in recruiting, hiring or promotion based on race, ethnicity, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability or protected veteran status or on any other basis or characteristic prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law.

PYA Expands East Tennessee Area Business Coverage With Teknovation Weekend

PYA, a leading healthcare consulting and certified public accounting firm, is expanding its business coverage through its partner site, Teknovation.biz. After nearly 10 years of covering entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology in the East Tennessee region, PYA will add a weekend edition, Teknovation Weekend, that will include stories on local business owners, economic trends, and more.

Similar to the original Teknovation newsletter, which subscribers received once each weekday, subscribers of Teknovation Weekend will receive an email once each weekend with content written by PYA Chief Alliance Officer Tom Ballard and Marketing Content Writer and Editor Kailyn Lamb.

“Over the history of Teknovation, some articles tended to be more aligned with the interests of established business owners,” Ballard said. “Teknovation Weekend will allow us to spotlight topics of interest to those owners and the business executives themselves.”

Teknovation was launched to celebrate the progress achieved by entrepreneurs and business leaders through innovation, to engage with the local economic development community, and to play a leadership role in helping grow high-value jobs in the East Tennessee region. Expanding the range of coverage on the Teknovation site allows PYA to keep investing in that mission by spotlighting a growing network of businesses and talented professionals in our area.

“As our region continues to grow, PYA wants to keep investing in our community businesses by sharing their stories of success through Teknovation.biz,” said President and CEO Marty Brown. “Teknovation has always kept its readers up-to-date on the start-up community here. Teknovation Weekend will help provide more visibility to our local businesses and help educate readers on economic development in East Tennessee.”

Ballard and Brown discuss Teknovation Weekend during this special video announcement. Teknovation Weekend will launch September 18, 2021. Visit Teknovation.biz to subscribe.

About PYA

For more than 35 years, PYA, a national professional services firm providing management consulting and accounting, has helped its clients navigate and derive value amid complex challenges related to regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, governance, business valuations and fair market value assessments, multi-unit business and clinical integrations, best practices, tax and assurance, business analysis, and operations optimization. 

PYA’s steadfast commitment to an unwavering client-centric culture has served the firm’s clients well. PYA consistently is ranked among the Top 20 healthcare consulting firms in the U.S. by Modern Healthcare. PYA is also ranked by INSIDE Public Accounting as one of the Top 100 largest accounting firms in the U.S. Additionally, PYA has been consistently voted a “Top Workplace.” PYA’s affiliated companies offer clients world-class data analytics; professional real estate development and advisory resources for healthcare providers; and wealth management and retirement plan administration.

PYA is an independently owned consulting and accounting firm and is a member of HLB, the global advisory and accounting network.

PYA assists clients in all 50 states from offices in Atlanta, Kansas City, Knoxville, Nashville, and Tampa. For more information, please visit pyapc.com.

Black Diamond Pest Control opens new branch in Knoxville 

KNOXVILLE, TN – Black Diamond Pest Control’s newest branch in Knoxville, TN is now open and offering exceptional Pest Control Services to residential and commercial clients in Campbell, Anderson, Union, Grainger, Roane, Loudon, Blount, Sevier, Jefferson, Hamblen and Knox Counties!

Leading this expansion as the Branch Manager is highly skilled pest control specialist, Brian Thornton. After years of working with other companies in the field, Thornton says his time with Black Diamond has been the best he has experienced. “I came to Black Dimond Pest Control because, here, customers and teammates come first. The common thread throughout the entire company is customer service and team work.”

The task of finding the perfect Manager for Black Diamond’s newest branch fell to Director of Business Expansion Travis Donaldson, who is very pleased with his find in Thornton. “When we're looking to expand into an area to offer services, it's imperative that we choose the right individuals who reflect our core values as a company - The highest priority being customer service. I'm confident that Brian reflects these values. He understands the impact of delivering on the promise of a customer service experience that's second to none. With him at the helm, I’m excited to see where he takes Black Diamond in the Knoxville TN area!”

Black Diamond Pest Control Knoxville has a team of Office Agents standing by at 877-DEAD-BUG to take customer calls. Those interested in hiring a pest control company backed by 80 years of experience should contact Black Diamond today!

Black Diamond Pest Control is a full-service pest control company serving the Louisville, KY, and Southern Indiana market since 1940. The company has multiple branches and franchises throughout the United States offering outstanding customer service as well as one-time and ongoing control services specially created to meet the needs of its customers. Learn more at bdpest.com.

200 Plus volunteers expected for the East Knoxville Community Cleanup

This Saturday, September 18, Keep Knoxville Beautiful will be hosting its first East Knoxville Community Cleanup from 9am-12pm. The cleanup will kick off from the Eternal Life Harvest Center East, 2410 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.

Over 200 volunteers will be pitching in to remove litter from Martin Luther King Jr Avenue and the surrounding neighborhoods and parks.

About Keep Knoxville Beautiful

Founded in 1978 to help “clean up” prior to the 1982 World’s Fair, Keep Knoxville Beautiful is a local non-profit with a mission to promote a cleaner, greener, and more beautiful community.

Young-Williams Animal Center to ‘Clear the Shelters’ by discounting adoptions on Sept. 18

Young-Williams Animal Center will seek to “Clear the Shelters” on Sept. 18 by accepting financial donations in lieu of adoption fees for pets 6 months and older.

The annual event is sponsored by WBIR Channel 10 as part of the “Clear the Shelters” campaign nationwide. Since 2015, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear the Shelter campaign has helped more than 410,000 pets find new homes. Young-Williams Animal Center would like at least 50 animals to find their forever homes on the big day. 

“Campaigns like ‘Clear the Shelters’ are usually our most successful adoption events,” says Janet Testerman, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “We are hoping for our greatest turnout yet, so we can clear our shelter and see so many pets go to the loving family they deserve. We are grateful to partner with WBIR on this national initiative to find a home for every pet.”

Adopters will be able to donate any monetary amount and take home an animal 6 months or older the same day. Pets younger than 6 months are excluded from the promotion.

Adoption staff will help potential adopters find the right pet for their lifestyle and needs and assist with completion of the adoption application. Every animal adopted during Clear the Shelters will receive the same services covered by the regular adoption fees, which include a veterinary exam, spay/neuter surgery, some standard vaccinations, a microchip with registration and more.

“This campaign is a great opportunity to help many pets find their forever homes and open up much needed space in the shelter,” Testerman says. “We encourage the community to take advantage of this day and set up an appointment to adopt. Stop by either of our adoption locations to find your new family member.”

About Young-Williams Animal Center

The vision of Young-Williams Animal Center is “a home for every pet.” It is the municipal shelter of the City of Knoxville and Knox County, and each year takes in more than 9,000 animals.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Young-Williams Animal Center serves the needs of lost, unwanted, abandoned and neglected animals. The center’s mission is to lead the community to end pet homelessness, promote animal welfare and enhance the human-animal bond through the shelter and placement of animals, spay/neuter initiatives and public education of companion animal issues. Young-Williams Animal Center reminds pet owners to spay and neuter their pets.

Young-Williams Animal Center’s main facility is located off Sutherland Avenue at 3201 Division Street. For more information about Young-Williams Animal Center, including hours of operation, call 865-215-6599 or visit https://www.young-williams.org/.

About Clear The Shelters

Clear The Shelters™ / Desocupar Los Albergues® is an annual, nationwide pet adoption campaign that is spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal. Every year, NBCUniversal’s TV stations (NBC and Telemundo owned stations), plus affiliated stations partner with local animal shelters and rescues in their communities to host Clear The Shelters events. NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear The Shelters campaign was inspired by a 2014 North Texas pet adoption event hosted by NBC 5 / KXAS and Telemundo 39 / KXTX and dozens of area shelters that resulted in the most adopted pets in one day for North Texas. Since 2015, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign has resulted in more than 410,000 pets finding new homes. Visit ClearTheShelters.com, DesocuparLosAlbergues.com for more information. 

FirstBank breaks ground on new Knoxville-area financial center

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 13, 2021) –FirstBank has begun development on its newest full-service financial center in the Greater Knoxville area. The branch will be located in the new Emory View development at 233 E. Emory Road in Powell and is set to open in fall 2022.

The 3,120-square-foot Emory Road financial center will make FirstBank’s full suite of services more available to customers in the community. These services include personal and business banking, mortgage lending, and investment services. Financial Center Manager Nicholas Blair will lead the team, which will include members of the existing Clinton Highway location.

FirstBank is also financing the Emory Road development, which began construction in August.

“FirstBank has been growing quickly in the Knoxville area, including the opening of the new Knoxville headquarters last year,” said FirstBank Knoxville Market President Brent Ball. “Our priority is helping our customers meet their financial goals, and the Emory Road team is well equipped to provide the highest level of customer service. This expansion is a great next step in bringing our community-focused style of banking to the Greater Knoxville area. We’re looking forward to opening this new location in the Powell community.”

SmartBank continues Alabama expansion, announces plans for Montgomery, Dothan and Birmingham 

KNOXVILLE, TN – September 10, 2021 – SmartBank, a subsidiary of SmartFinancial, Inc. ("SmartFinancial” or the "Company"; NASDAQ: SMBK), announces the hiring of several banker teams in the state of Alabama, continuing to capitalize on unique opportunities to expand into key MSAs.  Following the recent announcement of its expansion into Auburn and Mobile (Gulf Coast), SmartBank has hired several long-tenured, experienced bankers to lead expansion efforts in Montgomery, Dothan and Birmingham, Alabama.  

Donna Cooper, former BBVA Government Relationship Manager, will lead SmartBank Montgomery as Market President.  Cooper has 40 years’ experience in the Montgomery market and will lead a team of seven associates, consisting of commercial and private bankers along with their support teams. 

Montgomery, the state capital, is Alabama’s hub for government related banking and is strategically located at the intersection of I-65 and I-85 making it a rapidly expanding economic region. In 2020, 26 new and expanding industrial projects announced capital investment and job growth in Montgomery. This pro-business approach has led to the Montgomery Chamber being named a top 20 economic development organization for the second year in a row. 

Jeff Williams, former BBVA Dothan Market President, will lead SmartBank Dothan, as the bank’s Regional President for Southern Alabama.  Williams has 29 years’ experience in the Southern Alabama region and will initially be joined by a senior commercial banker, a private banker and their support team. 

Dothan, ranked in the Milken Institute’s report on top-performing cities in 2021, serves as a regional hub for retail and medical services and continues to see major investment by a diverse spectrum of manufacturers.  Dothan is also located on “South Alabama’s Aviation Business Corridor” close to Fort Rucker, which has a $1.97 billion economic impact on the Wiregrass region.  

“We are extremely excited to enter both Montgomery, the state’s capital, as well as Dothan, one of Alabama’s strongest MSAs,” said Billy Carroll, SmartBank’s President & CEO. “This, coupled with our existing Alabama markets and recent announcements in Auburn and Mobile, provides us the density needed to now bank the state.” 

In addition, SmartBank also plans to expand into Birmingham with the hiring of long-time Alabama banker Lee Smith.  Smith, former BBVA Executive Vice President and East Region CEO, joins SmartBank as Alabama Chairman, where he will lead the future expansion into Birmingham and provide SmartBank an outstanding catalyst throughout the entire state with long-tenured, experienced bankers to accelerate growth throughout the Alabama market. 

“Lee is one of the most respected bankers in the state of Alabama.  Adding him to our team will not only assist in Alabama expansions but bring tremendous experience to our bank as we look to grow our market share in the Southeast,” said Carroll. “SmartBank’s strategy is to recruit great bankers in great markets.  As consolidation continues to change the banking landscape, the bank’s ability to attract experienced bankers has been one of our keys to successful growth.  The ability to add this level of talent in such a short period of time is a once in a decade opportunity.” 

About SmartFinancial, Inc. 

SmartFinancial, Inc., based in Knoxville, Tennessee, is the bank holding company for SmartBank.  Founded in 2007, SmartBank is a full-service commercial bank, with branches across Tennessee, Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, and Virginia. Recruiting the best people, delivering exceptional client service, strategic branching and acquisitions, and a disciplined approach to lending have contributed to SmartBank’s success. More information about SmartFinancial can be found on its website: www.smartfinancialinc.com. 

Forward-Looking Statements  

This news release may contain statements that are based on management’s current estimates or expectations of future events or future results, and that may be deemed to constitute forward-looking statements as defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements are not historical in nature and can generally be identified by such words as “may,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “will,” “should,” “plan,” “estimate,” “predict,” “continue” and “potential” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause the actual results of SmartFinancial to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties, and other factors include, among others, (1) risks associated with our growth strategy, including a failure to implement our growth plans or an inability to manage our growth effectively; (2) claims and litigation arising from our business activities and from the companies we acquire, which may relate to contractual issues, environmental laws, fiduciary responsibility, and other matters; (3) the risk that cost savings and revenue synergies from recently completed acquisitions may not be realized or may take longer than anticipated to realize; (4) disruption from recently completed acquisitions with customer, supplier, employee, or other business relationships; (5) our ability to successfully integrate the businesses acquired as part of previous acquisitions with the business of SmartBank; (6) risks related to the our recently-completed acquisition of Sevier County Bancshares, Inc. These and other factors that could cause results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in SmartFinancial’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and current reports on Form 8-K, in each case filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and available on the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov). Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements.  SmartFinancial disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this release, which speak only as of the date hereof, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. 

Realty Trust Group advises Cone Health in strategic hospital disposition

(September 2021) On August 31st, 2021 Cone Health closed on a transaction to acquire approximately 7-acres of land in Green Valley Office Park, Greensboro’s premier general and medical office corridor, and dispose of the facility operated by Cone Health and previously known as Women’s Hospital. Realty Trust Group (“RTG”) served as Cone Health’s exclusive real estate advisor in the transactions.

The project initially began in early 2019 as an evaluation of opportunities available to Cone Health for the facility once services were relocated to the Moses Cone Hospital campus in 2020, culminating with a strategy to buy a 140,000 square foot general office building and additional land for future development in exchange for the vacant hospital.  The first phase of the transaction, an $18.5M building acquisition, closed in October 2020.  The remaining property swap was deferred due to the COVID-19 Pandemic as Cone Health converted the former Women’s Hospital to a COVID treatment facility.  Following treatment of over 4,700 COVID-19 patients, testing and other COVID-related services have been relocated to other Cone Health facilities in the area.

Adam Luttrell, Vice President with RTG, led the strategic analysis and multi-phase transaction through completion.  Cone Health’s executive team recognized Luttrell and the RTG team noting their “…expertise to guide us through these transactions including managing negotiations and planning while we navigated a pandemic and merger exploration”.

For more information on RTG’s advisory services, please visit our website here.

For more information on RTG’s transaction services, please visit our website here.

About Realty Trust Group

Realty Trust Group, LLC (“RTG”) is a real estate advisory and services firm offering a full spectrum of real estate  services including advisory, development, transactions, operations and compliance.

Since 1998, RTG has helped hospitals, physician groups, and property owners navigate the rapidly changing  industry with growth strategies that gain market leadership as well as enhance patient and physician  experiences for better delivery of care. Our philosophy is to provide innovative solutions to the complex and  challenging issues found in today’s healthcare real estate market. These solutions include strategic campus  and facility planning, portfolio optimization, portfolio monetization, project development, leasing, acquisition  and disposition services, portfolio management, regulatory compliance and many other ideas and services. For  more information about RTG and our innovative healthcare real estate services, visit www.realtytrustgroup.com, Facebook, LinkedIn, or call 865-521-0630.

Cheezus is coming to Knoxville September 17-18th

Knoxville, TN - Cheeselovers rejoice. Cheezus is coming to Knoxville September 17 and 18th to the TAPestry, the event center located at the Barrelhouse by Gypsy Circus at 621 Lamar Street in North Knoxville.

Come to Cheezus, Knoxville’s first cheese festival, promises to be a unique and educational event, says event organizer Stephanie Carson.

“Artisan cheeses can expand your ability to enjoy your meal, beer, wine and cider. This event will give people the information they need to go to their local cheese purveyor or grocery store and choose cheeses to match their tastes,” she said.

More than 25 local, national and international cheeses will be represented, including locally produced Cooks on the Curb Pimento and Sequachie Cove Creamery. Farragut’s Euphoric Cheese Shop will also be on hand to introduce people to their wide variety of cheeses. The cheeses will be expertly paired by World Cheese Judge and Dean of the Institute of Fromage Michael Landis.

“On Saturday, attendees will have their pick of the cheeses and receive a recommendation of which craft cider or beer to pair them with. They’ll then take their sampling ticket to the bar to redeem it for the recommended pour,” explains Carson.

Sampling is from 12:00 to 5:00pm Saturday, Sept. 18th and tickets include 5 or 7 sampling tickets for beer or cider. Early entry tickets are $60 and General Admission tickets are $45.

If people need more cheese, they can attend the Cheese Dinner Friday night for $40 per

person, or $75 per couple. That will include pairings of five ciders or beers and cheeses curated and explained by Landis. Cooks on the Curb will also sample their pimento cheese and The Bohemian Restaurant has a “cheese forward” menu planned with smoked chicken and truffle ravioli and an apple cheddar dessert.

Tickets can be purchased at https://barrelhouse.simpletix.com/ or at the Barrelhouse by Gypsy Circus Taproom.

More information can be found by emailing [email protected]

Service Line Protection available for Hallsdale-Powell Utility District homeowners

Knoxville, TN – September 9, 2021 – Hallsdale-Powell Utility District has partnered with Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA) to make available a new program that provides protection for the water and sewer service lines that connect customer homes to the District’s systems. This new Service Line Program builds upon the District’s Leak Protection Program, launched in March 2021, that protects customers from high water bills due to leaks on the customer side of the meter. The new SLWA Program takes this a step further by providing service plans to assist customers with the cost and management of repairs needed on leaking water lines and blocked or collapsed sewer lines. The Program is entirely voluntary and available at affordable monthly prices.

“Many homeowners do not know that repairs to the water or sewer service pipes on their property are their responsibility,” said Darren Cardwell, Hallsdale-Powell Utility District General Manager. “In the event of a service line failure, the homeowner is responsible for scheduling the repair and covering the associated cost. As homes in our territory age along with the infrastructure serving them, these SLWA repair service plans provide our customers with an optional solution so they can be prepared for this type of unexpected repair.”

The SLWA Service Line Program protects against repairs needed to these service line pipes on homeowners’ property. These are repairs not covered by basic homeowners insurance or by Hallsdale-Powell Utility District. If a customer’s service line needs a repair, a simple call to the SLWA 24-hour hotline will dispatch a local, licensed contractor familiar with local codes to make the covered repairs. There are no service fees or deductibles. This Program is voluntary, provided at no cost to the District and no utility funds are used to promote or administer it.

“Our service plans not only cover the cost of the repair; they also provide homeowners with reputable, local contractors who will do the best possible job,” said Tom Rusin, CEO of SLWA parent HomeServe USA. “We’re honored to be partnering with Hallsdale-Powell Utility District and look forward to providing local homeowners with the assistance they need when faced with a repair emergency.”

SLWA, a Hallsdale-Powell community partner supporting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Eastern Tennessee, is part of HomeServe USA Corp (HomeServe), a leading provider of home repair solutions serving over 4.7 million customers across the US and Canada. Founded in 2003, SLWA is the trusted source of utility line protection programs endorsed by the National League of Cities. Together with HomeServe, SLWA is dedicated to supplying best-in-class repair plans and delivering superior customer service to consumers through over 1,000 leading city, municipal and utility partners.

Hallsdale-Powell Utility District customers with questions about this service, or interested in enrolling, can contact SLWA at 866-922-9006 or visit www.slwofa.com.

UPS to hire nearly 600 for holiday season in Knoxville area

[KNOXVILLE, TN] Sept. 9, 2021 – UPS (NYSE: UPS) announced today that it expects to hire nearly 600 seasonal employees in the Knoxville area to support the anticipated annual increase in package volume that will begin in October 2021 and continue through January 2022. Nationally, UPS expects to hire over 100,000 essential seasonal workers.

“We’re preparing for another safe, record peak holiday season. With COVID-19 continuing to impact Americans, our services are more important than ever,” said Nando Cesarone, President, U.S. Operations. “We plan to hire more than 100,000 people for seasonal jobs, many of whom will have an offer in hand within 30 minutes of applying. Our seasonal hires will help us provide the most reliable service in the industry, just like we did last year.”

The company is filling full- and part-time seasonal positions – primarily package handlers, drivers, driver helpers and personal vehicle drivers – by offering competitive wages across multiple shifts in hundreds of locations across the country.

UPS has a track record of turning seasonal jobs into careers. Over the last three years, about one-third of people hired by UPS for seasonal package handler jobs were later hired in a permanent position when the holidays were over, and about 138,000 current UPS employees – nearly a third of the company’s U.S. workforce – started in seasonal positions.

That opportunity for a permanent job is important to many. Nearly three-quarters (74%) of seasonal hires want their job to turn into a long-term position, according to a recent survey of Americans who hold, held or would consider a seasonal job.

UPS encourages all candidates applying for a seasonal job to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The company has followed all World Health Organization guidelines for essential workers since the pandemic began.

Through the company’s Earn and Learn program, eligible seasonal employees who are students can earn up to $1,300 towards college expenses, in addition to their hourly pay, for three months of continuous employment.

Interested applicants should apply at www.upsjobs.com.

* TRUE Global Intelligence, the in-house research practice of FleishmanHillard, conducted an online survey of 1,000 past, present and potential American seasonal workers on behalf of UPS.

About UPS

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is one of the world’s largest package delivery companies with 2020 revenue of $84.6 billion, and provides a broad range of integrated logistics solutions for customers in more than 220 countries and territories. The company’s more than 540,000 employees embrace a strategy that is simply stated and powerfully executed: Customer First. People Led. Innovation Driven. UPS is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and supporting the communities we serve around the world. UPS also takes a strong and unwavering stance in support of diversity, equality, and inclusion. The company can be found on the Internet at www.ups.com, with more information at www.about.ups.com and www.investors.ups.com.

Hurricane Ida animal rescues arrive at Young-Williams Animal Center, 100 fosters step up

Young-Williams Animal Center has accepted 40 animals evacuated from the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. The Humane Society of Louisiana and South Central region staff of Best Friends worked together to transport the animals to East Tennessee, where they arrived Tuesday evening and underwent health evaluations. Shelter staff members are working to place the pets in local emergency foster homes.

Young-Williams Animal Center asked for help and received more than 100 applications from new fosters thanks to a public appeal with the help of media and community advocates. Many of these new fosters already have been matched with an animal from the hurricane evacuation or from Young-Williams Animal Center to help open space at the shelter.

Millions of Gulf Coast residents and businesses have been affected after Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi on Aug. 29. Animal shelters and rescue groups have been transporting adoptable pets to other shelters because of the effects of the hurricane – including flooding, major property damage and loss of power and utilities – and to create space for the influx of lost and stray animals in the region.

“The animals, which include 20 dogs and 20 cats and kittens, made it safely to our shelter,” says Janet Testerman, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “Thanks to emergency fosters who applied to take in the rescues, all of these animals will be staying with people in our community. We are so grateful to them for stepping up and opening their hearts in a tough situation. Every pet who can be placed with a foster family frees up space so we can care for the animals that we take in daily as the official shelter for the City of Knoxville and Knox County.”

Many of the rescued pets also will be available for adoption soon at young-williams.org.

Young-Williams Animal Center provides all supplies, including food, to pet fosters free of charge. The shelter is accepting donated supplies for the evacuated animals, including canned kitten food; fleece blankets; collapsible wire dog crates; cat litter; reusable grocery totes and gallon Ziploc bags; and cat and dog toys.

All donations can be dropped off at Young-Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division St., Knoxville, TN 37919. Monetary donations of any amount also can be made at young-williams.org/donations.

KCDC breaks ground on future Head Start facility at Western Heights

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC), along with business and community leaders and members of the Western Heights community, officially broke ground Sept. 8 on a Head Start facility that will provide comprehensive preschool programs for neighborhood children.

The new $5.4 million facility, located at the intersection of West Oldham Avenue and Reed Street, will provide Head Start and Early Head Start programming by the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) and will serve children from infant to age 5.

The groundbreaking also marks the start of significant revitalization planned for Western Heights and the broader Beaumont neighborhood. Construction of the Head Start facility is expected to be completed in late 2022.

“Head Start changes the lives of children and their families living in the community, because it provides an early start to education,” KCDC Executive Director and CEO Ben Bentley said. “We want to provide neighborhoods where families can thrive, and today’s groundbreaking is made possible because of the combined efforts of our business and community partners. We especially appreciate the commitment of Western Heights residents to help lead the renewal of their neighborhood.”

Bentley was joined at the ground-breaking celebration by Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon; Knoxville Vice Mayor Gwen McKenzie; Bob Whetsel, KCDC board chair; Barbara Kelly, executive director of CAC; and representatives of Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) and design, construction and financing partners.

“The City supports investment in revitalization and recognizes the hard work and passion that already has gone into re-energizing this neighborhood in support of its families,” Mayor Kincannon said. “Investing in children means a better tomorrow for the whole community.”

The Head Start facility, which will serve more than 130 children, will include four classrooms for infants and toddlers and six preschool classrooms inside 22,000 square feet of space. The site also features two playgrounds with covered and uncovered portions, a large multipurpose room and an expanded parking lot.

“Head Start programs are proven to help get young children ready for school and also promote social, emotional and physical growth and development,” Kelly said. “We appreciate the efforts of KCDC, all stakeholders and members of the community who have worked together to bring us to this ground-breaking celebration.”

The building will be leased by KCDC to CAC, which will operate the center and provide early childhood education; family services; health screenings; assistance with mental health and disabilities; free and nutritious meals; transportation to and from the Head Start; and dual-language learning programs.

The addition of a Head Start center is part of KCDC’s upcoming transformation of the Western Heights site and Beaumont neighborhood through the Transforming Western initiative, a 15-month planning process for the future of Western Heights housing, neighborhood and people. The process will culminate with KCDC applying in November for a $30 million HUD Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant to fund neighborhood transformation.

Construction costs will be partially funded through Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC), which allows KCDC to raise private equity for the Head Start facility. Home Federal Bank of Tennessee is the mortgage lender, and the Knoxville Housing Development Corporation, a wholly owned instrumentality of KCDC, will be the borrower.

McCarty Holsaple McCarty designed the Western Heights Head Start facility, and the construction contractor is Jenkins & Stiles. KCDC’s owner’s representative on the project is Blackburn Development Group.

The larger Transforming Western initiative is more than just replacement affordable housing. While the plan will include rebuilding or significantly renovating the affordable housing already available at Western Heights – which was originally constructed in the 1930s – it includes more affordable housing units than currently on-site; additional units for people of varied income levels; and revitalization of the surrounding Beaumont neighborhood. The planning process began last February and also includes months of input from Western Heights residents and Beaumont neighborhood stakeholders.

About Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation

Since 1936, KCDC has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Knoxville and Knox County. KCDC’s mission is to improve and transform neighborhoods and communities by providing quality affordable housing, advancing development initiatives and fostering self-sufficiency. For more information, call 865-403-1100 or visit http://www.kcdc.org.

New sidewalks to be built in Lonsdale

City Council last night (Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021) authorized Mayor Indya Kincannon to proceed with a nearly $1 million project to build 1,300 linear feet of sidewalk, curb, a retaining wall and drainage infrastructure along the east side of Texas Avenue between Western Avenue and Gerald Drive.

The new sidewalk will connect two existing sidewalks and provide a safe pedestrian walkway in the heart of Lonsdale. The work is being done by Morgan Contracting, selected as the most responsive bidder of the five companies that submitted contract proposals.

The City-funded new sidewalk is a part of the more than $30 million being invested in public-private collaborations in Lonsdale designed to create new youth- and family-serving amenities and opportunities.

Those investments include a new Lonsdale Elementary School now under construction, a newly-designed City park and the Emerald Youth Foundation Haslam-Sansom Ministry Complex at 1740 Texas Ave.

As part of a swap of properties and shared funding commitments, Knox County assumed ownership of the City’s Lonsdale Park and Recreation Center on Stonewall Street. Knox County Schools used the property to build a new larger Lonsdale Elementary School, approximately a $20 million investment.

The new school will include dedicated space for a new City recreation center with access to a full-sized gymnasium.

As part of the strategic planned investment, the Sam E. Hill property on Delaware Street will be transferred to the City by Knox County. Once the new Lonsdale Elementary School is built and Sam E. Hill is vacated, the City will create a new park and a community meeting space there. The City is working with the Lonsdale community on the design of this new park space.

The Haslam-Sansom Ministry Complex, opened in December 2019, represents a $10 million private investment to create new opportunities for the families of Lonsdale.

The complex includes two multipurpose synthetic turf fields and a 36,000-plus-square-foot multipurpose facility with a learning center, two full-size gymnasiums with basketball courts and a fitness area, as well as a community health center operated in partnership with Cherokee Health Systems.

As new school year starts, Downtown Knoxville businesses announce job opportunities

More than 50 businesses in downtown Knoxville are hiring as college students start the new school year. The Downtown Knoxville Alliance has compiled a list of opportunities on its website for those seeking the flexibility and convenience of working in the city center.

“Just like the university, Downtown Knoxville is open for business,” said Michele Hummel, executive director of the Downtown Knoxville Alliance. “There are multiple ways to work in this nearby district, including retail, hospitality and restaurant positions. The ample job openings at established and new businesses show the strength of the downtown business recovery as more people are exploring and visiting.

“We want to give a boost to all of the great businesses that are hiring and invite job seekers, especially those returning to Knoxville for the school year, to apply.”

Downtown businesses are within walking distance, a free trolley ride or a short drive from the University of Tennessee campus. Student workers will be in the heart of Downtown Knoxville happenings, and many positions offer flexible schedules.

Downtown Knoxville’s website provides a compilation of businesses with open positions as well as links with additional information to make it easier for those seeking employment.

Part- and full-time positions for bartenders, cooks, hosts, housekeeping, massage therapists, sales, servers and more are available.

Applicants should visit downtownknoxville.org/hiring for the full list, which currently includes:

  • Anaba Japanese Cuisine
  • ASM Knoxville
  • Babalu
  • Balter Beerworks
  • Bernadette’s Crystal Gardens
  • Bijou Theatre
  • Bistro at the Bijou
  • Blackhorse Pub & Brewery
  • Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes
  • Boyd’s Jig & Reel
  • Brass Pearl
  • Brother Wolf
  • Calhoun’s on the River
  • Chesapeake’s Seafood House
  • Chivo Taqueria
  • Corks Wine & Spirits
  • Crowne Plaza Knoxville
  • Dazzo’s Pizzeria
  • Downtown Grill & Brewery
  • Downtown Marriott
  • Emilia
  • Five Thirty Lounge
  • Fizz
  • French Market Creperie
  • Good Golly Tamale
  • Hyatt Place
  • J.C. Holdway
  • Knox Mason
  • Knoxville Area Transit
  • Lost Tavern
  • Maple Hall Bowling Lanes
  • Meadowsweet Massage
  • Nail Room
  • Nama Sushi Bar
  • Old City Sports Bar
  • Osteria Stella
  • Phoenix Pharmacy & Fountain
  • Preservation Pub
  • Ruby Sunshine
  • Scruffy City Hall
  • Southbound Nightclub
  • Starbucks on Gay Street
  • Stock & Barrel
  • Sweet P’s Downtown Dive
  • Tennessean Hotel
  • Tennessee Theatre
  • Tomato Head
  • Tommy Trent’s
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Wake Foot Sanctuary
  • Wicked Chicken
  • Yassin’s Falafel House

About the Downtown Knoxville Alliance

Ensuring a vibrant, flourishing downtown is the primary mission of the Downtown Knoxville Alliance (DKA). Formed in 1993 as a Central Business Improvement District (CBID), the district encompasses a 0.67-square-mile area and is supported by a special assessment to property owners that is used to make improvements, enhance services and promote downtown. The DKA continually focuses on attracting and retaining a thriving community of residents, businesses and visitors in Downtown Knoxville. For more information, visit https://www.downtownknoxville.org.

After more than three decades, Cornerstone of Recovery changes hands

Louisville, Tennessee (September 1, 2021) — Cornerstone of Recovery, East Tennessee’s largest drug and alcohol treatment provider located in Blount County, has been acquired by Birmingham, Alabama-based Bradford Health Services, the Southeast's largest provider of addiction treatment programs, representatives from both companies announced today.

Founded in 1989 by the late Bill Hood, Cornerstone has grown from an 18-bed facility in a strip mall just outside of Knoxville to one of the largest residential addiction and alcoholism treatment providers in the state, operating out of a four-facility, 24-acre campus on Alcoa Highway. Despite its impressive growth, however, the facility has stayed true to Hood’s vision of offering a full spectrum of 12-Step and clinical treatment options for people recovering from addiction.

The new partnership with Bradford will allow Cornerstone to make an even greater impact in East Tennessee and beyond, says John Hood, the Executive Vice President of Cornerstone and the late founder’s son.

“When we look at Bradford’s strengths and Cornerstone’s strengths, they dovetail together nicely, and our philosophies are very similar,” Hood said. “They have the same ideas about what recovery is and what treatment should be that we do, and with the guidance and oversight of Bradford, Cornerstone is going to be able to accomplish even more than what we have in the past. They know the patients we treat, they know the industry, and this will be beneficial to both our patients and staff.”

The acquisition strengthens both Cornerstone’s and Bradford's positions in the addiction treatment industry, expanding in-network access to care and providing unparalleled treatment opportunities for patients, families, and referring providers across a full continuum of care. The combined company will offer programming and support services through over 25 facilities across Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

"We are proud to add an organization as well respected as Cornerstone of Recovery to the Bradford portfolio," said Mike Rickman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bradford Health Services. "This partnership brings together two teams that share a passion for supporting recovery. We are excited to combine our collective knowledge and experience to provide even greater access to the best care in the industry."

The acquisition also includes Stepping Stone to Recovery, Cornerstone’s full-spectrum treatment program that’s in network with all three managed care organizations under the TennCare umbrella, the State of Tennessee’s Medicaid program.

"Whether we're serving East Tennessee or patients from all across the country, our mission has always been the same: to save lives, families, and jobs by providing hope, healing, and recovery for those impacted by the disease of addiction," said Cornerstone of Recovery Chief Executive Officer Steve McGrew. "With this new partnership, we look forward to furthering this mission, drawing on new resources and opportunities under the Bradford umbrella to continue to provide comprehensive, affordable, and effective treatment for those in need."

For more information, visit bradfordhealth.com or cornerstoneofrecovery.com.

About Bradford Health Services

Bradford Health Services has been successfully treating alcohol and drug addiction for more than 40 years. With locations across the Southeast, Bradford offers affordable, clinically proven programs at all levels of care, including residential, inpatient, extended care, and outpatient services. Drawing from best-in-class medical and clinical research, Bradford's experienced staff tailors every treatment plan to the individual patient, resulting in patient outcomes that significantly exceed national averages. Bradford's 24-hour crisis center is available by calling 1-888-SOBER-40 (888-762-3740). For more information, visit bradfordhealth.com.

About Cornerstone of Recovery

From humble beginnings, Cornerstone of Recovery has grown into one of the largest residential drug and alcohol treatment centers in the state of Tennessee. With services ranging from safe, medically supervised detox, inpatient treatment for a broad cross-section of clients to outpatient programs and sober living support, Cornerstone combines both traditional methods and evidence-based psychotherapeutic tools to fulfill our primary mission: to save lives, families, and jobs by providing hope, healing, and recovery for those impacted by the disease of addiction. For more information, call 1-866-631-5209 or visit cornerstoneofrecovery.com.

Shop Farragut in partnership with the Town of Farragut is invites the community to join the Farragut Harvestfest

Shop Farragut in partnership with the Town of Farragut is inviting the community to join in the new autumn tradition - the Farragut Harvestfest.

On Sunday October 3, between the hours of 3 and 7pm, Shop Farragut will assemble vendors from all across the Farragut Business Community.  The Festival will feature 4 dozen retail and promotional booths including food and beverage vendors and 4 hours of “live” entertainment.  Merchants will showcase their products and services in the Village Green Shopping Center, 11505 Kingston Pike, in Farragut for the first Farragut Harvestfest.

Participating businesses include a wide variety of retailers, foodies and personal services.  Patrons can get food and drink from The Admiral Pub, Water Into Wine, The Farragut Table, Kiki's Hawaiian Shave Ice, Mucho Gusto, Lulu’s Liquor Cakes, Cruisin Cuisine, and Toney’s Italian Ice.  Patrons will also be able to get information, discounts, or merchandise from these Farragut area businesses:

  • SouthEast Bank
  • TDS Telecomm
  • Angie Cody Real Estate Team
  • Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union
  • EPA: Ella Pinchok Art
  • SeaStar Jewelry
  • 865LIFE
  • Edward Jones
  • Saintly Stitches
  • Kimmie's Kitchen
  • Tutor Doctor
  • Root Journey & Crunchy Mama
  • James Farmer Books
  • Snooty Patootie
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four Boutique
  • Melalenca, Inc.
  • Knoxville Academy of Music
  • The Snug Suit
  • Hudson & Harper Designs
  • SeaStar Jewelry
  • Premier Martial Arts
  • Teleri Athletics
  • Medi Spa at Choto
  • Scentsy
  • Steel Threads Boutique
  • Guys with Scents
  • Art House, Inc.
  • Pursuit School of Dance
  • Bird & Baby Candle Co.
  • Edward Jones
  • Mary Kay
  • Sir Goony's
  • Quintessential Biosciences
  • Spoiled Dog Pupcakery
  • Pursuit School of Dance
  • Top Dog Bracing
  • Raven Originals
  • KL Designs & Canvases

This new outdoor event is free to the public.  “The Festival is a new Fall tradition for our community that basically fills a calendar gap in Shop Farragut’s favorite annual activities,” states Farragut Business Alliance, Executive Director, Steve Krempasky.  “This will be a celebration of Farragut community life here in East Tennessee.”

Shop Farragut will supply a large Festival Tent providing seating for patrons to enjoy their food and drinks.  The stage will feature continuous live entertainment.  The musical entertainment includes:

  • 3pm, Common Interest
  • 4:15pm, Solstice
  • 5:30pm, Mighty Blue

All of this is possible through the generous support of our sponsors including presenting sponsor SouthEast Bank.  You can visit booths by Gold sponsors TDS Telecom and The Angie Cody Group, plus Silver sponsor MLILLY Mattress.  Our Community sponsors include Knoxville TVA Employee Credit Union, and Junk Bee Gone.  Media sponsors include B97.5 fm, The Farragut Press and WFIV 105.3fm.

Источник: https://www.knoxnews.com/story/money/2021/09/07/shop-farragut-partnership-town-farragut-invites-community-join-farragut-harvestfest/5757334001/

Grayson Hall’s time as Regions Financial Corp.'s executive chairman officially ends today, closing out a 38-year career in banking that began with company predecessor AmSouth and saw momentous changes wrought by government regulation, technology and the economy.

“I’d like to think I’ve left Regions in a better place,” Hall, 60, said. “I have a lot of confidence in the company. I love the company. I love the team that’s taking over. They’re a great group of people, and they have an extremely bright future.”

John Turner, 56, was named back in July to succeed Hall as Chairman and CEO. Hall stayed on as executive chairman through the end of the year as part of the transition. He said he still expects to talk regularly with Turner and considers himself part of the Regions team, though his position is more in “cheering” for its success. He says he’s looking forward to spending more time with his three children and four grandchildren, with one more grandchild on the way.

“You reach a point where it’s the right decision at the right time,” Hall said. “I’m placing a lot more priority on family and I’m looking forward to that.”

Even so, Hall remains on the boards of Alabama Power, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Birmingham Business Alliance, among other boards.

His career started back in 1980 with AmSouth as a participant in the management trainee program. He worked his way through operations, technology, consumer and commercial banking, and wealth management. By October 2009, he was named president and chief operating officer. By May 2013 he filled the roles of chairman, president and chief executive officer. Hall holds degrees from the University of the South, an MBA from the University of Alabama and attended Stonier Graduate School of Banking and executive development programs at Harvard Business School.

He ascended to the highest ranks of the company in the midst of the recession, and Turner said the company reflects Hall’s “strength of character” because of his leadership during that time and beyond.

“He led us through a really challenging time in the industry’s history and the company’s history,” Turner said.

Birmingham’s financial landscape was very different a little more than decade ago. Regions and AmSouth merged about the time that national housing prices began to fall and foreclosure rates rose.

For his part, Hall said his proudest achievement in eight years as CEO was “refocusing the culture of the Regions on a foundation of trust and integrity.” In a 2016 profile of Hall for Birmingham Magazine, he said he tried to read every customer complaint that reached his desk, while inculcating in the company a “shared value” culture. Initiatives were conceived in a way that looked at how they would benefit the customer, while creating value for the company and community.

“I think culturally, we are a different company than we were,” he said. “We’ve tried to structure our business in a way that we have a sustainable business that can endure for an extended period of time. We have endured some challenging economic times. We’ve tried to build our bank in a way that we can sustain our business through the economic cycles that are inevitable in our economy. It’s been a long recovery, but it’s a been a slow recovery. Many of the metrics we follow remain positive.”

Hall said the biggest changes he’s seen in his time deal with regulation and technology. There are less banks nationally now than there were when he began his career, but Regions' footprint extends into 15 states and around 1,500 branches. In 1980, a customer did most business in checks and regularly visited branches to get cash. A monthly statement arrived in the mail along with the month’s written checks.

Today, fewer customers use cash, many never visit a branch, and check volume is about 40 percent of what it once was. Many customers regularly wield a debit card when making purchases. Now Regions, like other banks, employs a strategy of serving customers across many platforms - branches, online, mobile, and through ATMs and telephone. At the end of the day, though, some customers still want to receive information and advice from a human face.

“All of our customers, even millennials, want to come in and talk to a real Regions banker,” he said. “While how we do business has changed, what hasn’t changed it still the financial advice, guidance, education and assistance we give customers.”

Источник: https://www.al.com/business/2018/12/grayson-hall-reflects-on-career-with-regions.html

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR OPENING A CARD ACCOUNT: To help the federal government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, the USA PATRIOT Act requires us to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person who opens a Card Account. WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU: When you open a Card Account, we will ask for your name, address, date of birth, and your government ID number. We may also ask to see your driver’s license or other identifying information. Card activation and identity verification required before you can use the Card Account. If your identity is partially verified, full use of the Card Account will be restricted, but you may be able to use the Card for in-store purchase transactions. Restrictions include: no ATM withdrawals, international transactions, account-to-account transfers and additional loads. Use of Card Account also subject to fraud prevention restrictions at any time, with or without notice. Residents of Vermont are ineligible to open a Card Account.

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Bank of America

American multinational banking and financial services corporation

This article is about a commercial bank unaffiliated with any government. For the central bank of the United States, see Federal Reserve System.

"BofA" redirects here. For the French illustrator, see Gus Bofa.

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The Bank of America Corporate Center, headquarters of Bank of America in Charlotte, North Carolina

TypePublic company

Traded as

ISINUS0605051046
IndustryFinancial services
PredecessorBank America
NationsBank
Founded1998 (via the merger of BankAmerica & NationsBank)
1956 (as BankAmerica)
1784 (as its predecessor, the Massachusetts Bank, through the merger with FleetBoston in 1999)
FounderAmadeo Giannini (BankAmerica)
Hugh McColl
(NationsBank)
HeadquartersCharlotte, North Carolina, U.S. (Corporate)
New York, NY (Investment banking)

Number of locations

4,600 retail financial centers & approximately 16,200 ATMs[1]

Area served

Worldwide

Key people

ProductsAsset management, banking, commodities, credit cards, equities trading, insurance, investment management, mortgage loans, mutual funds, private equity, risk management, wealth management
RevenueDecreaseUS$85.52 billion (2020)[1]

Operating income

DecreaseUS$18.99 billion (2020)[1]

Net income

DecreaseUS$17.89 billion (2020)[1]
Total assetsIncreaseUS$2.819 trillion (2020)[1]
Total equityDecreaseUS$272.92 billion (2020)[1]
OwnersBerkshire Hathaway (11.9%) The Vanguard Group (7.1%) BlackRock (6.2%)[2][3]

Number of employees

200,000 (2020)[1]
DivisionsBofA Securities
Merrill
Bank of America Private Bank
Websitebankofamerica.com

The Bank of America Corporation (simply referred to as Bank of America, often abbreviated as BofA or BoA) is an American multinational investment bank and financial servicesholding company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. The bank was founded in San Francisco, and took its present form when NationsBank of Charlotte acquired it in 1998. It is the second largest banking institution in the United States, after JPMorgan Chase, and the eighth largest bank in the world. Bank of America is one of the Big Four banking institutions of the United States.[4] It serves approximately 10.73% of all American bank deposits, in direct competition with JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo. Its primary financial services revolve around commercial banking, wealth management, and investment banking.

One branch of its history stretches back to Bank of Italy, founded by Amadeo Pietro Giannini in 1904, which provided various banking options to Italian immigrants who faced service discrimination.[5] Originally headquartered in San Francisco, California, Giannini acquired Banca d'America e d'Italia (Bank of America and Italy) in 1922. The passage of landmark federal banking legislation facilitated a rapid growth in the 1950s, quickly establishing a prominent market share. After suffering a significant loss after the 1998 Russian bond default, BankAmerica, as it was then known, was acquired by the Charlotte-based NationsBank for US$62 billion. Following what was then the largest bank acquisition in history, the Bank of America Corporation was founded. Through a series of mergers and acquisitions, it built upon its commercial banking business by establishing Merrill Lynch for wealth management and Bank of America Merrill Lynch for investment banking in 2008 and 2009, respectively (since renamed BofA Securities).[6]

Both Bank of America and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management retain large market shares in their respective offerings. The investment bank is considered within the "Bulge Bracket" as the third largest investment bank in the world, as of 2018[update].[7] Its wealth management side manages US$1.081 trillion in assets under management (AUM) as the second largest wealth manager in the world, after UBS.[8] In commercial banking, Bank of America operates—but does not necessarily maintain retail branches—in all 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia and more than 40 other countries.[9] Its commercial banking footprint encapsulates 46 million consumer and small business relationships at 4,600 banking centers and 15,900 automated teller machines (ATMs).

The bank's large market share, business activities, and economic impact has led to numerous lawsuits and investigations regarding both mortgages and financial disclosures dating back to the 2008 financial crisis. Its corporate practices of servicing the middle class and wider banking community has yielded a substantial market share since the early 20th century. As of August 2018[update], Bank of America has a $313.5 billion market capitalization, making it the 13th largest company in the world. As the sixth largest American public company, it garnered $102.98 billion in sales as of June 2018[update].[10] Bank of America was ranked #25 on the 2020 Fortune 500 rankings of the largest US corporations by total revenue.[11] Likewise, Bank of America was also ranked #8 on the 2020 Global 2000 rankings done by Forbes. Bank of America was named the "World's Best Bank" by the Euromoney Institutional Investor in their 2018 Awards for Excellence.[12]

History[edit]

The Bank of America name first appeared in 1923, with the formation of Bank of America, Los Angeles. In 1928, it was acquired by Bank of Italy of San Francisco, which took the Bank of America name two years later.[13]

The eastern portion of the Bank of America franchise can be traced to 1784, when Massachusetts Bank was chartered, the first federally chartered joint-stock owned bank in the United States and only the second bank to receive a charter in the United States. This bank became FleetBoston, with which Bank of America merged in 2004. In 1874, Commercial National Bank was founded in Charlotte. That bank merged with American Trust Company in 1958 to form American Commercial Bank.[14] Two years later it became North Carolina National Bank when it merged with Security National Bank of Greensboro. In 1991, it merged with C&S/Sovran Corporation of Atlanta and Norfolk to form NationsBank.

The central portion of the franchise dates to 1910, when Commercial National Bank and Continental National Bank of Chicago merged in 1910 to form Continental & Commercial National Bank, which evolved into Continental Illinois National Bank & Trust.

Bank of Italy[edit]

Main article: Bank of Italy (United States)

From a naming perspective, the history of Bank of America dates back to October 17, 1904, when Amadeo Pietro Giannini founded the Bank of Italy in San Francisco.[13] In 1922, Bank of America, Los Angeles was established with Giannini as a minority investor. The two banks merged in 1928 and consolidated with other bank holdings to create what would become the largest banking institution in the country.[15] In 1986, Deutsche Bank AG acquired 100% of Banca d'America e d'Italia, a bank established in Naples, Italy, in 1917 following the name-change of Banca dell'Italia Meridionale with the latter established in 1918.[citation needed] In 1918, another corporation, Bancitaly Corporation, was organized by A. P. Giannini, the largest stockholder of which was Stockholders Auxiliary Corporation.[15] This company acquired the stocks of various banks located in New York City and certain foreign countries.[15][16] In 1918, the Bank opened a Delegation in New York in order to follow American political, economic and financial affairs more closely.[15] In 1928, Giannini merged his bank with Bank of America, Los Angeles, headed by Orra E. Monnette. Bank of Italy was renamed on November 3, 1930, to Bank of America National Trust and Savings Association,[17] which was the only such designated bank in the United States at that time. Giannini and Monnette headed the resulting company, serving as co-chairs.[18]

Expansion in California[edit]

Giannini introduced branch banking shortly after 1909 legislation in California allowed for branch banking in the state, establishing the bank's first branch outside San Francisco in 1909 in San Jose. By 1929 the bank had 453 banking offices in California with aggregate resources of over US$1.4 billion.[19] There is a replica of the 1909 Bank of Italy branch bank in History Park in San Jose, and the 1925 Bank of Italy Building is an important downtown landmark. Giannini sought to build a national bank, expanding into most of the western states as well as into the insurance industry, under the aegis of his holding company, Transamerica Corporation. In 1953 regulators succeeded in forcing the separation of Transamerica Corporation and Bank of America under the Clayton Antitrust Act.[20] The passage of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 prohibited banks from owning non-banking subsidiaries such as insurance companies. Bank of America and Transamerica were separated, with the latter company continuing in the insurance sector. However, federal banking regulators prohibited Bank of America's interstate banking activity, and Bank of America's domestic banks outside California were forced into a separate company that eventually became First Interstate Bancorp, later acquired by Wells Fargo and Company in 1996. Only in the 1980s, with a change in federal banking legislation and regulation, could Bank of America again expand its domestic consumer banking activity outside California.

New technologies also allowed the direct linking of credit cards with individual bank accounts. In 1958, the bank introduced the BankAmericard, which changed its name to Visa in 1977.[21] A coalition of regional bankcard associations introduced Interbank in 1966 to compete with BankAmericard. Interbank became Master Charge in 1966 and then MasterCard in 1979.[22]

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Following the passage of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956,[23] BankAmerica Corporation was established[by whom?] for the purpose of owning and operating Bank of America and its subsidiaries.

Bank of America expanded outside California in 1983, with its acquisition, orchestrated in part by Stephen McLin, of Seafirst Corporation of Seattle, Washington, and its wholly owned banking subsidiary, Seattle-First National Bank.[24] Seafirst was at risk of seizure by the federal government after becoming insolvent due to a series of bad loans to the oil industry. BankAmerica continued to operate its new subsidiary as Seafirst rather than Bank of America until the 1998 merger with NationsBank.[24]

BankAmerica experienced huge losses in 1986 and 1987 due to the placement of a series of bad loans in the Third World, particularly in Latin America.[citation needed] The company fired its CEO, Sam Armacost in 1986. Though Armacost blamed the problems on his predecessor, A.W. (Tom) Clausen, Clausen was appointed to replace Armacost.[citation needed] The losses resulted in a huge decline of BankAmerica stock, making it vulnerable to a hostile takeover. First Interstate Bancorp of Los Angeles (which had originated from banks once owned by BankAmerica), launched such a bid in the fall of 1986, although BankAmerica rebuffed it, mostly by selling operations.[25] It sold its FinanceAmerica subsidiary to Chrysler and the brokerage firm Charles Schwab and Co. back to Mr. Schwab. It also sold Bank of America and Italy to Deutsche Bank. By the time of the 1987 stock-market crash, BankAmerica's share price had fallen to $8, but by 1992 it had rebounded mightily to become one of the biggest gainers of that half-decade.[citation needed]

BankAmerica's next big acquisition came in 1992. The company acquired Security Pacific Corporation and its subsidiary Security Pacific National Bank in California and other banks in Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, which Security Pacific had acquired in a series of acquisitions in the late 1980s. This represented, at the time, the largest bank acquisition in history.[26] Federal regulators, however, forced the sale of roughly half of Security Pacific's Washington subsidiary, the former Rainier Bank, as the combination of Seafirst and Security Pacific Washington would have given BankAmerica too large a share of the market in that state. The Washington branches were divided and sold to West One Bancorp (now U.S. Bancorp) and KeyBank.[27] Later that year, BankAmerica expanded into Nevada by acquiring Valley Bank of Nevada.[28]

In 1994 BankAmerica acquired the Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Co. of Chicago. At the time, no bank possessed the resources to bail out Continental, so the federal government operated the bank for nearly a decade.[29]Illinois then regulated branch banking extremely heavily, so Bank of America Illinois was a single-unit bank until the 21st century. BankAmerica moved its national lending department to Chicago in an effort to establish a financial beachhead in the region.[30]

These mergers helped BankAmerica Corporation to once again become the largest U.S. bank holding company in terms of deposits, but the company fell to second place in 1997 behind North Carolina's fast-growing NationsBank Corporation, and to third in 1998 behind First Union Corp.[citation needed]

Bank of America logo used from 1998 to 2018

On the capital markets side, the acquisition of Continental Illinois helped BankAmerica to build a leveraged finance origination- and distribution business, which allowed the firm's existing broker-dealer, BancAmerica Securities (originally named BA Securities), to become a full-service franchise.[31] In addition, in 1997, BankAmerica acquired Robertson Stephens, a San Francisco–based investment bank specializing in high technology for $540 million.[32] Robertson Stephens was integrated into BancAmerica Securities, and the combined subsidiary was renamed "BancAmerica Robertson Stephens".[33]

Merger of NationsBank and BankAmerica[edit]

Logo of the former Bank of America (BA), 1969–1998

In 1997, BankAmerica lent hedge fundD. E. Shaw & Co. $1.4 billion in order to run various businesses for the bank.[34] However, D.E. Shaw suffered significant loss after the 1998 Russia bond default.[35][36]NationsBank of Charlotte acquired BankAmerica in October 1998 in what was the largest bank acquisition in history at that time.[37]

While NationsBank was the nominal survivor, the merged bank took the better-known name of Bank of America. Hence, the holding company was renamed Bank of America Corporation, while NationsBank, N.A. merged with Bank of America NT&SA to form Bank of America, N.A. as the remaining legal bank entity.[38] The combined bank operates under Federal Charter 13044, which was granted to Giannini's Bank of Italy on March 1, 1927. However, the merged company was and still is headquartered in Charlotte, and retains NationsBank's pre-1998 stock price history. All U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings before 1998 are listed under NationsBank, not Bank of America. NationsBank president, chairman, and CEO Hugh McColl, took on the same roles with the merged company.[citation needed]

In 1998, Bank of America possessed combined assets of $570 billion, as well as 4,800 branches in 22 states.[citation needed] Despite the size of the two companies, federal regulators insisted only upon the divestiture of 13 branches in New Mexico, in towns that would be left with only a single bank following the combination.[39] The broker-dealer, NationsBanc Montgomery Securities, was named Banc of America Securities in 1998.[citation needed]

2001 to present[edit]

Typical Bank of America branch in Los Angeles

In 2001, McColl stepped down and named Ken Lewis as his successor.

In 2004, Bank of America announced it would purchase Boston-based bank FleetBoston Financial for $47 billion in cash and stock.[40] By merging with Bank of America, all of its banks and branches were given the Bank of America logo. At the time of merger, FleetBoston was the seventh largest bank in United States with $197 billion in assets, over 20 million customers and revenue of $12 billion.[40] Hundreds of FleetBoston workers lost their jobs or were demoted, according to The Boston Globe.

On June 30, 2005, Bank of America announced it would purchase credit card giant MBNA for $35 billion in cash and stock. The Federal Reserve Board gave final approval to the merger on December 15, 2005, and the merger closed on January 1, 2006. The acquisition of MBNA provided Bank of America a leading domestic and foreign credit card issuer. The combined Bank of America Card Services organization, including the former MBNA, had more than 40 million U.S. accounts and nearly $140 billion in outstanding balances. Under Bank of America, the operation was renamed FIA Card Services.

Bank of America operated under the name BankBoston in many other Latin American countries, including Brazil. In May 2006, Bank of America and Banco Itaú (Investimentos Itaú S.A.) entered into an acquisition agreement, through which Itaú agreed to acquire BankBoston's operations in Brazil, and was granted an exclusive right to purchase Bank of America's operations in Chile and Uruguay, in exchange for Itaú shares. The deal was signed in August 2006.

Prior to the transaction, BankBoston's Brazilian operations included asset management, private banking, a credit card portfolio, and small, middle-market, and large corporate segments. It had 66 branches and 203,000 clients in Brazil. BankBoston in Chile had 44 branches and 58,000 clients and in Uruguay, it had 15 branches. In addition, there was a credit card company, OCA, in Uruguay, which had 23 branches. BankBoston N.A. in Uruguay, together with OCA, jointly served 372,000 clients. While the BankBoston name and trademarks were not part of the transaction, as part of the sale agreement, they cannot be used by Bank of America in Brazil, Chile or Uruguay following the transactions. Hence, the BankBoston name has disappeared from Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. The Itaú stock received by Bank of America in the transactions has allowed Bank of America's stake in Itaú to reach 11.51%. Banco de Boston de Brazil had been founded in 1947.

On November 20, 2006, Bank of America announced the purchase of The United States Trust Company for $3.3 billion, from the Charles Schwab Corporation. US Trust had about $100 billion of assets under management and over 150 years of experience. The deal closed July 1, 2007.[41]

On September 14, 2007, Bank of America won approval from the Federal Reserve to acquire LaSalle Bank Corporation from ABN AMRO for $21 billion. With this purchase, Bank of America possessed $1.7 trillion in assets. A Dutch court blocked the sale until it was later approved in July. The acquisition was completed on October 1, 2007. Many of LaSalle's branches and offices had already taken over smaller regional banks within the previous decade, such as Lansing and Detroit-based Michigan National Bank. The acquisition also included the Chicago Marathon event, which ABN AMRO acquired in 1996. Bank of America took over the event starting with the 2007 race.

The deal increased Bank of America's presence in Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana by 411 branches, 17,000 commercial bank clients, 1.4 million retail customers, and 1,500 ATMs. Bank of America became the largest bank in the Chicago market with 197 offices and 14% of the deposit share, surpassing JPMorgan Chase.

LaSalle Bank and LaSalle Bank Midwest branches adopted the Bank of America name on May 5, 2008.[42]

Ken Lewis, who had lost the title of Chairman of the Board, announced that he would retire as CEO effective December 31, 2009, in part due to controversy and legal investigations concerning the purchase of Merrill Lynch. Brian Moynihan became president and CEO effective January 1, 2010, and afterward credit card charge offs and delinquencies declined in January. Bank of America also repaid the $45 billion it had received from the Troubled Assets Relief Program.[43][44]

Acquisition of Countrywide Financial[edit]

On August 23, 2007, the company announced a $2 billion repurchase agreement for Countrywide Financial. This purchase of preferred stock was arranged to provide a return on investment of 7.25% per annum and provided the option to purchase common stock at a price of $18 per share.[45]

On January 11, 2008, Bank of America announced that it would buy Countrywide Financial for $4.1 billion.[46] In March 2008, it was reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was investigating Countrywide for possible fraud relating to home loans and mortgages.[47] This news did not hinder the acquisition, which was completed in July 2008,[48] giving the bank a substantial market share of the mortgage business, and access to Countrywide's resources for servicing mortgages.[49] The acquisition was seen as preventing a potential bankruptcy for Countrywide. Countrywide, however, denied that it was close to bankruptcy. Countrywide provided mortgage servicing for nine million mortgages valued at $1.4 trillion as of December 31, 2007.[50]

This purchase made Bank of America Corporation the leading mortgage originator and servicer in the U.S., controlling 20–25% of the home loan market.[51] The deal was structured to merge Countrywide with the Red Oak Merger Corporation, which Bank of America created as an independent subsidiary. It has been suggested that the deal was structured this way to prevent a potential bankruptcy stemming from large losses in Countrywide hurting the parent organization by keeping Countrywide bankruptcy remote.[52] Countrywide Financial has changed its name to Bank of America Home Loans.

Chart showing the trajectory of BOA share value and transaction volume during the 2007–2009 financial crisis

In December 2011, the Justice Department announced a $335 million settlement with Bank of America over discriminatory lending practice at Countrywide Financial. Attorney GeneralEric Holder said a federal probe found discrimination against qualified African-American and Latino borrowers from 2004 to 2008. He said that minority borrowers who qualified for prime loans were steered into higher-interest-rate subprime loans.[53]

Acquisition of Merrill Lynch[edit]

On September 14, 2008, Bank of America announced its intention to purchase Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. in an all-stock deal worth approximately $50 billion. Merrill Lynch was at the time within days of collapse, and the acquisition effectively saved Merrill from bankruptcy.[54] Around the same time Bank of America was reportedly also in talks to purchase Lehman Brothers, however a lack of government guarantees caused the bank to abandon talks with Lehman.[55] Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy the same day Bank of America announced its plans to acquire Merrill Lynch.[56] This acquisition made Bank of America the largest financial services company in the world.[57]Temasek Holdings, the largest shareholder of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., briefly became one of the largest shareholders of Bank of America, with a 3% stake.[58] However, taking a loss Reuters estimated at $3 billion, the Singaporesovereign wealth fund sold its whole stake in Bank of America in the first quarter of 2009.[59]

Shareholders of both companies approved the acquisition on December 5, 2008, and the deal closed January 1, 2009.[60] Bank of America had planned to retain various members of the then Merrill Lynch's CEO, John Thain's management team after the merger.[61] However, after Thain was removed from his position, most of his allies left. The departure of Nelson Chai, who had been named Asia-Pacific president, left just one of Thain's hires in place: Tom Montag, head of sales and trading.[62]

The bank, in its January 16, 2009, earnings release, revealed massive losses at Merrill Lynch in the fourth quarter, which necessitated an infusion of money that had previously been negotiated[63] with the government as part of the government-persuaded deal for the bank to acquire Merrill. Merrill recorded an operating loss of $21.5 billion in the quarter, mainly in its sales and trading operations, led by Tom Montag. The bank also disclosed it tried to abandon the deal in December after the extent of Merrill's trading losses surfaced, but was compelled to complete the merger by the U.S. government. The bank's stock price sank to $7.18, its lowest level in 17 years, after announcing earnings and the Merrill mishap. The market capitalization of Bank of America, including Merrill Lynch, was then $45 billion, less than the $50 billion it offered for Merrill just four months earlier, and down $108 billion from the merger announcement.

Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis testified before Congress[6] that he had some misgivings about the acquisition of Merrill Lynch and that federal official pressured him to proceed with the deal or face losing his job and endangering the bank's relationship with federal regulators.[64]

Lewis' statement is backed up by internal emails subpoenaed by Republican lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee.[65] In one of the emails, Richmond Federal Reserve President Jeffrey Lacker threatened that if the acquisition did not go through, and later Bank of America were forced to request federal assistance, the management of Bank of America would be "gone". Other emails, read by Congressman Dennis Kucinich during the course of Lewis' testimony, state that Mr. Lewis had foreseen the outrage from his shareholders that the purchase of Merrill would cause, and asked government regulators to issue a letter stating that the government had ordered him to complete the deal to acquire Merrill. Lewis, for his part, states he didn't recall requesting such a letter.

The acquisition made Bank of America the number one underwriter of global high-yield debt, the third largest underwriter of global equity and the ninth largest adviser on global mergers and acquisitions.[66] As the credit crisis eased, losses at Merrill Lynch subsided, and the subsidiary generated $3.7 billion of Bank of America's $4.2 billion in profit by the end of quarter one in 2009, and over 25% in quarter 3 2009.[67][68]

On September 28, 2012, Bank of America settled the class action lawsuit over the Merrill Lynch acquisition and will pay $2.43 billion.[69] This was one of the first major securities class action lawsuits stemming from the financial crisis of 2007–2008 to settle. Many major financial institutions had a stake in this lawsuit, including Chicago Clearing Corporation, hedge funds, and bank trusts, due to the belief that Bank of America stock was a sure investment.

Federal Troubled Asset Relief Program[edit]

On January 16, 2009, Bank of America received $20 billion and a guarantee of $118 billion in potential losses from the U.S. government through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).[70] This was in addition to the $25 billion given to the bank in the fall of 2008 through TARP. The additional payment was part of a deal with the U.S. government to preserve Bank of America's merger with Merrill Lynch.[71] Since then, members of the U.S. Congress have expressed considerable concern about how this money has been spent, especially since some of the recipients have been accused of misusing the bailout money.[72] Then CEO Ken Lewis was quoted as claiming "We are still lending, and we are lending far more because of the TARP program." Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, however, were skeptical and quoted many anecdotes about loan applicants (particularly small business owners) being denied loans and credit card holders facing stiffer terms on the debt in their card accounts.

According to an article in The New York Times published on March 15, 2009, Bank of America received an additional $5.2 billion in government bailout money via the bailout of American International Group.[73]

As a result of its federal bailout and management problems, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Bank of America was operating under a secret "memorandum of understanding" (MOU) from the U.S. government that requires it to "overhaul its board and address perceived problems with risk and liquidity management". With the federal action, the institution has taken several steps, including arranging for six of its directors to resign and forming a Regulatory Impact Office. Bank of America faces several deadlines in July and August and if not met, could face harsher penalties by federal regulators. Bank of America did not respond to The Wall Street Journal story.[74]

On December 2, 2009, Bank of America announced it would repay the entire $45 billion it received in TARP and exit the program, using $26.2 billion of excess liquidity along with $18.6 billion to be gained in "common equivalent securities" (Tier 1 capital). The bank announced it had completed the repayment on December 9. Bank of America's Ken Lewis said during the announcement, "We appreciate the critical role that the U.S. government played last fall in helping to stabilize financial markets, and we are pleased to be able to fully repay the investment, with interest.... As America's largest bank, we have a responsibility to make good on the taxpayers' investment, and our record shows that we have been able to fulfill that commitment while continuing to lend."[75][76]

Bonus settlement[edit]

On August 3, 2009, Bank of America agreed to pay a $33 million fine, without admission or denial of charges, to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the non-disclosure of an agreement to pay up to $5.8 billion of bonuses at Merrill. The bank approved the bonuses before the merger but did not disclose them to its shareholders when the shareholders were considering approving the Merrill acquisition, in December 2008. The issue was originally investigated by New York Attorney GeneralAndrew Cuomo, who commented after the suit and announced a settlement that "the timing of the bonuses, as well as the disclosures relating to them, constituted a 'surprising fit of corporate irresponsibility'" and "our investigation of these and other matters pursuant to New York's Martin Act will continue." Congressman Kucinich commented at the same time that "This may not be the last fine that Bank of America pays for how it handled its merger of Merrill Lynch."[77] A federal judge, Jed Rakoff, in an unusual action, refused to approve the settlement on August 5.[78] A first hearing before the judge on August 10 was at times heated, and he was "sharply critic[al]" of the bonuses. David Rosenfeld represented the SEC, and Lewis J. Liman, son of Arthur L. Liman, represented the bank. The actual amount of bonuses paid was $3.6 billion, of which $850 million was "guaranteed" and the rest was shared amongst 39,000 workers who received average payments of $91,000; 696 people received more than $1 million in bonuses; at least one person received a more than $33 million bonus.[79]

On September 14, the judge rejected the settlement and told the parties to prepare for trial to begin no later than February 1, 2010. The judge focused much of his criticism on the fact that the fine in the case would be paid by the bank's shareholders, who were the ones that were supposed to have been injured by the lack of disclosure. He wrote, "It is quite something else for the very management that is accused of having lied to its shareholders to determine how much of those victims' money should be used to make the case against the management go away," ... "The proposed settlement," the judge continued, "suggests a rather cynical relationship between the parties: the S.E.C. gets to claim that it is exposing wrongdoing on the part of the Bank of America in a high-profile merger; the bank's management gets to claim that they have been coerced into an onerous settlement by overzealous regulators. And all this is done at the expense, not only of the shareholders but also of the truth."[80]

While ultimately deferring to the SEC, in February 2010, Judge Rakoff approved a revised settlement with a $150 million fine "reluctantly", calling the accord "half-baked justice at best" and "inadequate and misguided". Addressing one of the concerns he raised in September, the fine will be "distributed only to Bank of America shareholders harmed by the non-disclosures, or 'legacy shareholders', an improvement on the prior $33 million while still "paltry", according to the judge. Case: SEC v. Bank of America Corp., 09-cv-06829, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.[81]

Investigations also were held on this issue in the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform,[80] under chairman Edolphus Towns (D-NY)[82] and in its investigative Domestic Policy Subcommittee under Kucinich.[83]

Fraud[edit]

In 2010, the U.S. government accused the bank of defrauding schools, hospitals, and dozens of state and local government organizations via misconduct and illegal activities involving the investment of proceeds from municipal bond sales. As a result, the bank agreed to pay $137.7 million, including $25 million to the Internal Revenue Service and $4.5 million to the state attorney general, to the affected organizations to settle the allegations.[84]

Former bank official Douglas Campbell pleaded guilty to antitrust, conspiracy, and wire fraud charges. As of January 2011[update], other bankers and brokers are under indictment or investigation.[85]

On October 24, 2012, the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan filed a lawsuit alleging that Bank of America fraudulently cost American taxpayers more than $1 billion when Countrywide Financial sold toxic mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The scheme was called 'Hustle', or High Speed Swim Lane.[86][87] On May 23, 2016, the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the finding of fact by the jury that low quality mortgages were supplied by Countrywide to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the "Hustle" case supported only "intentional breach of contract," not fraud. The action, for civil fraud, relied on provisions of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act. The decision turned on lack of intent to defraud at the time the contract to supply mortgages was made.[88]

Downsizing (2011 to 2014)[edit]

During 2011, Bank of America began conducting personnel reductions of an estimated 36,000 people, contributing to intended savings of $5 billion per year by 2014.[89]

In December 2011, Forbes ranked Bank of America's financial wealth 91st out of the nation's largest 100 banks and thrift institutions.[90]

Bank of America cut around 16,000 jobs in a quicker fashion by the end of 2012 as revenue continued to decline because of new regulations and a slow economy. This put a plan one year ahead of time to eliminate 30,000 jobs under a cost-cutting program, called Project New BAC.[91] In the first quarter of 2014, Berkshire bank purchased 20 Bank of America branches in Central and eastern New York for 14.4 million dollars. The branches were from Utica/Rome region and down the Mohawk Valley east to the capital region.

In April and May 2014, Bank of America sold two dozen branches in Michigan to Huntington Bancshares. The locations were converted to Huntington National Bank branches in September.[92]

As part of its new strategy Bank of America is focused on growing its mobile banking platform. As of 2014[update], Bank of America has 31 million active online users and 16 million mobile users. Its retail banking branches have decreased to 4,900 as a result of increased mobile banking use and a decline in customer branch visits. By 2018, the number of mobile users has increased to 25.3 million and the number of locations fell to 4,411 at the end of June.[93]

Sale of stake in China Construction Bank[edit]

In 2005, Bank of America acquired a 9% stake in China Construction Bank, one of the Big Four banks in China, for $3 billion.[94] It represented the company's largest foray into China's growing banking sector. Bank of America has offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Guangzhou and was looking to greatly expand its Chinese business as a result of this deal. In 2008, Bank of America was awarded Project Finance Deal of the Year at the 2008 ALB Hong Kong Law Awards.[95] In November 2011, Bank of America announced plans to divest most of its stake in the China Construction Bank.[96]

In September 2013, Bank of America sold its remaining stake in the China Construction Bank for as much as $1.5 billion, marking the firm's full exit from the country.[97]

$17 billion settlement with Justice Department[edit]

In August 2014, Bank of America agreed to a near–$17 billion deal to settle claims against it relating to the sale of toxic mortgage-linked securities including subprime home loans, in what was believed to be the largest settlement in U.S. corporate history. The bank agreed with the U.S. Justice Department to pay $9.65 billion in fines, and $7 billion in relief to the victims of the faulty loans which included homeowners, borrowers, pension funds and municipalities.[98] Real estate economist Jed Kolko said the settlement is a "drop in the bucket" compared to the $700 billion in damages done to 11 million homeowners. Since the settlement covered such a substantial portion of the market, he said for most consumers "you're out of luck."[99]

Much of the government's prosecution was based on information provided by three whistleblowers – Shareef Abdou (a senior vice president at the bank), Robert Madsen (a professional appraiser employed by a bank subsidiary), and Edward O'Donnell (a Fannie Mae official). The three men received $170 million in whistleblower awards.[100]

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Bank of America has formed a partnership with the United States Department of Defense creating a newly chartered bank DOD Community Bank[101] ("Community Bank") providing full banking services to military personnel at 68 branches and ATM locations[102] on U.S. military installations in Guantanamo Bay Naval BaseCuba, Diego Garcia, Germany, Japan, Italy, Kwajalein Atoll, South Korea, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Even though Bank of America operates Community Bank, customer services are not interchangeable between the two financial institutions,[103] meaning that a Community Bank customer cannot go to a Bank of America branch and withdraw from their account and vice versa. Deposits made into checking and savings accounts are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation up to $250,000 despite the fact that none of Community's operating branches are located within the jurisdictional borders of the United States.

Decision not to finance makers of military-style guns[edit]

In April 2018, Bank of America announced that it would stop providing financing to makers of military-style weapons such as the AR-15 rifle.[104] In announcing the decision, Bank of America referenced recent mass shootings and said that it wanted to "contribute in any way we can" to reduce them.

Return to expansion (2015–present)[edit]

In 2015, Bank of America began expanding organically, opening branches in cities where it previously did not have a retail presence. They started that year in Denver, followed by Minneapolis–Saint Paul and Indianapolis, in all cases having at least one of its Big Four competitors, with Chase Bank being available in Denver and Indianapolis, while Wells Fargo is available in Denver and the Twin Cities.[105] The Twin Cities market is also the home market of U.S. Bancorp, the largest non-Big Four rival.

In January 2018, Bank of America announced an organic expansion of its retail footprint into Pittsburgh and surrounding areas, to supplement its existing commercial lending and investment businesses in the area. Before the expansion, Pittsburgh had been one of the largest US cities without a retail presence by any of the Big Four, with locally based PNC Financial Services (no. 6 nationally) having a commanding market share in the area;[105][106] this coincided with Chase making a similar expansion into Pittsburgh.[107] By the end of the fiscal year 2020, Bank of America had become Pittsburgh's 16th largest bank by deposits, which considering the dominance of PNC and BNY Mellon in the market is considered relatively impressive.[108] By 2021, Bank of America had moved up to 12th in the market.[109]

In February 2018, Bank of America announced it would expand into Ohio across the state's three biggest cities (Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati), which are strongholds of Chase.[110][111] Columbus serves as the bank's hub in Ohio due to its central location as the state's capital, its overall size and growth, and an existing Bank of America call center for its credit card division in suburban Westerville. Within a year of entering Ohio, Columbus quickly saw the bank become the 5th largest in the market by deposits, behind only banks either based in Ohio (Fifth Third Bank and locally-based Huntington Bancshares) or have a major presence as a result of an acquisition of an Ohio-based institution (Chase and PNC), and ahead of US Bancorp (also with a large presence due to acquiring an Ohio-based bank), Ohio-based KeyBank, and several local institutions.[112] As of 2021, Bank of America is the 9th largest bank by deposits in all of Ohio.[113]

Operations[edit]

Bank of America generates 90% of its revenues in its domestic market. The core of Bank of America's strategy is to be the number one bank in its domestic market. It has achieved this through key acquisitions.[114]

Consumer Banking[edit]

Consumer Banking, the largest division in the company, provides financial services to consumers and small businesses including, banking, investments, and lending products including business loans, mortgages, and credit cards. It provides stockbroker services via Merrill Edge, an electronic trading platform. The consumer banking division represented 38% of the company's total revenue in 2016.[1] The company earns revenue from interest income, service charges, and fees. The company is also a mortgage servicer. It competes primarily with the retail banking arms of America's three other megabanks: Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo. The Consumer Banking organization includes over 4,600 retail financial centers and approximately 15,900 automated teller machines.

Bank of America is a member of the Global ATM Alliance, a joint venture of several major international banks that provides for reduced fees for consumers using their ATM card or check card at another bank within the Global ATM Alliance when traveling internationally. This feature is restricted to withdrawals using a debit card and users are still subject to foreign currency conversion fees, credit card withdrawals are still subject to cash advance fees and foreign currency conversion fees.

Global Banking[edit]

The Global Banking division provides banking services, including investment banking and lending products to businesses. It includes the businesses of Global Corporate Banking, Global Commercial Banking, Business Banking, and Global Investment Banking. The division represented 22% of the company's revenue in 2016.[1]

Before Bank of America's acquisition of Merrill Lynch, the Global Corporate and Investment Banking (GCIB) business operated as Banc of America Securities LLC. The bank's investment banking activities operate under the Merrill Lynch subsidiary and provided mergers and acquisitions advisory, underwriting, capital markets, as well as sales & trading in fixed income and equities markets. Its strongest groups include Leveraged Finance, Syndicated Loans, and mortgage-backed securities. It also has one of the largest research teams on Wall Street. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is headquartered in New York City.

Global Wealth and Investment Management[edit]

The Global Wealth and Investment Management (GWIM) division manages investment assets of institutions and individuals. It includes the businesses of Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management and U.S. Trust and represented 21% of the company's total revenue in 2016.[1] It is among the 10 largest U.S. wealth managers. It has over $2.5 trillion in client balances.[1] GWIM has five primary lines of business: Premier Banking & Investments (including Bank of America Investment Services, Inc.), The Private Bank, Family Wealth Advisors, and Bank of America Specialist.

Global Markets[edit]

The Global Markets division offers services to institutional clients, including trading in financial securities. The division provides research and other services such as market maker, and risk management using derivatives. The division represented 19% of the company's total revenues in 2016.[1]

Labor[edit]

On April 9, 2019, the company announced minimum wage will be increased beginning May 1, 2019, to $17.00 an hour until it reaches a goal of $20.00 an hour in 2021.[115]

Offices[edit]

The Bank of America principal executive offices are located in the Bank of America Corporate Center, Charlotte, North Carolina. The skyscraper is located at 100 North Tryon Street, and stands at 871 ft (265 m), having been completed in 1992.

In 2012, Bank of America cut ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).[116]

International offices[edit]

Bank of America's Global Corporate and Investment Banking has its U.S. headquarters in Charlotte, European headquarters in Dublin, and Asian headquarters in Hong Kong and Singapore.[117]

Corporate Governance[edit]

Charitable efforts[edit]

Bank of America volunteers at the Los Angeles LGBT pride parade in 2011

In 2007, the bank offered employees a $3,000 rebate for the purchase of hybrid vehicles. The company also provided a $1,000 rebate or a lower interest rate for customers whose homes qualified as energy efficient.[119] In 2007, Bank of America partnered with Brighter Planet to offer an eco-friendly credit card, and later a debit card, which help build renewable energy projects with each purchase.[120] In 2010, the bank completed construction of the 1 Bank of America Center in Charlotte center city. The tower, and accompanying hotel, is a LEED-certified building.[121]

Bank of America has also donated money to help health centers in Massachusetts[122] and made a $1 million donation in 2007 to help homeless shelters in Miami.[123]

In 1998, the bank made a ten-year commitment of $350 billion to provide affordable mortgages, build affordable housing, support small businesses and create jobs in disadvantaged neighborhoods.[124]

In 2004, the bank pledged $750 million over a ten-year period for community development lending and affordable housing programs.[125]

Chief Executive Officer[edit]

List of CEOs[edit]

  1. Hugh McColl (1998–2001)[126]
  2. Ken Lewis (2001–2009)[127]
  3. Brian Moynihan (2010– )[128]

CEO Pay Ratio[edit]

Pursuant to Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, publicly traded companies are required to disclose (1) the median total annual compensation of all employees other than the CEO and (2) the ratio of the CEO's annual total compensation to that of the median employee (CEO Pay Ratio).[129]

Total 2018 compensation for Brian Moynihan, CEO, amounted to $22,765,354, and total compensation of the median employee was determined to be $92,040. The resulting pay ratio is estimated to be 247:1.[130]

Lawsuits[edit]

In August 2011, Bank of America was sued for $10 billion by American International Group. Another lawsuit filed in September 2011 pertained to $57.5 billion in mortgage-backed securities Bank of America sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.[131] That December, Bank of America agreed to pay $335 million to settle a federal government claim that Countrywide Financial had discriminated against Hispanic and African-American homebuyers from 2004 to 2008, prior to being acquired by BofA.[132] In September 2012, BofA settled out of court for $2.4 billion in a class action lawsuit filed by BofA shareholders who felt they were misled about the purchase of Merrill Lynch.[133]

On February 9, 2012, it was announced that the five largest mortgage servicers (Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo) agreed to a historic settlement with the federal government and 49 states.[134] The settlement, known as the National Mortgage Settlement (NMS), required the servicers to provide about $26 billion in relief to distressed homeowners and in direct payments to the states and the federal government. This settlement amount makes the NMS the second largest civil settlement in U.S. history, only trailing the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.[135] The five banks were also required to comply with 305 new mortgage servicing standards. Oklahoma held out and agreed to settle with the banks separately.

On October 24, 2012, American federal prosecutors filed a $1 billion civil lawsuit against Bank of America for mortgage fraud under the False Claims Act, which provides for possible penalties of triple the damages suffered. The government asserted that Countrywide, which was acquired by Bank of America, rubber-stamped mortgage loans to risky borrowers and forced taxpayers to guarantee billions of bad loans through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The suit was filed by Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan, the inspector general of FHFA and the special inspector for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.[136] In March 2014, Bank of America settled the suit by agreeing to pay $6.3 billion to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and to buy back around $3.2 billion worth of mortgage bonds.[137]

In April 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered Bank of America to provide an estimated $727 million in relief to consumers harmed by practices related to credit card add-on products. According to the Bureau, roughly 1.4 million customers were affected by deceptive marketing of add-on products, and 1.9 million customers were illegally charged for credit monitoring and reporting services they were not receiving. The deceptive marketing misconduct involved telemarketing scripts containing misstatements and off-script sales pitches made by telemarketers that were misleading and omitted pertinent information. The unfair billing practices involved billing customers for privacy-related products without having the authorization necessary to perform the credit monitoring and credit report retrieval services. As a result, the company billed customers for services they did not receive, unfairly charged consumers for interest and fees, illegally charged approximately 1.9 million accounts, and failed to provide the product benefit.[138]

A $7.5 million settlement was reached in April 2014 with former chief financial officer for Bank of America, Joe L. Price, over allegations that the bank's management withheld material information related to its 2008 merger with Merrill Lynch.[139] In August 2014, the United States Department of Justice and the bank agreed to a $16.65 billion agreement over the sale of risky, mortgage-backed securities before the Great Recession; the loans behind the securities were transferred to the company when it acquired banks such as Merrill Lynch and Countrywide in 2008.[140] As a whole, the three firms provided $965 billion of mortgage-backed securities from 2004 to 2008.[141] The settlement was structured to give $7 billion in consumer relief and $9.65 billion in penalty payments to the federal government and state governments; California, for instance, received $300 million to recompense public pension funds.[140][142] The settlement was the largest in United States history between a single company and the federal government.[143][144]

In 2018, former senior executive Omeed Malik filed a $100 million arbitration case through FINRA against Bank of America after the company investigated him for alleged sexual misconduct.[145] His defamation claim was on the basis of retaliation, breach of contract, and discrimination against his Muslim background.[146] Malik received an eight-figure settlement in July.[147][148]

Controversies[edit]

Parmalat controversy[edit]

Parmalat SpA is a multinational Italian dairy and food corporation. Following Parmalat's 2003 bankruptcy, the company sued Bank of America for $10 billion, alleging the bank profited from its knowledge of Parmalat's financial difficulties. The parties announced a settlement in July 2009, resulting in Bank of America paying Parmalat $98.5 million in October 2009.[149][150] In a related case, on April 18, 2011, an Italian court acquitted Bank of America and three other large banks, along with their employees, of charges they assisted Parmalat in concealing its fraud, and of lacking sufficient internal controls to prevent such frauds. Prosecutors did not immediately say whether they would appeal the rulings. In Parma, the banks were still charged with covering up the fraud.[151]

Consumer credit controversies[edit]

In January 2008, Bank of America began notifying some customers without payment problems that their interest rates were more than doubled, up to 28%. The bank was criticized for raising rates on customers in good standing, and for declining to explain why it had done so.[152][153] In September 2009, a Bank of America credit card customer, Ann Minch, posted a video on YouTube criticizing the bank for raising her interest rate. After the video went viral, she was contacted by a Bank of America representative who lowered her rate. The story attracted national attention from television and internet commentators.[154][155][156] More recently, the bank has been criticized for allegedly seizing three properties that were not under their ownership, apparently due to incorrect addresses on their legal documents.[157]

Purchasing of 300 Internet Domains in apparent premtive PR campaign.[edit]

In October 2009, Julian Assange of WikiLeaks claimed that his organization possessed a 5 gigabyte hard drive formerly used by a Bank of America executive and that Wikileaks intended to publish its contents.[158]

In November 2010, Forbes published an interview with Assange in which he stated his intent to publish information which would turn a major U.S. bank "inside out".[159] In response to this announcement, Bank of America stock dropped 3.2%.[160]

In December 2010, Bank of America announced that it would no longer service requests to transfer funds to WikiLeaks,[161] stating that "Bank of America joins in the actions previously announced by MasterCard, PayPal, Visa Europe and others and will not process transactions of any type that we have reason to believe are intended for WikiLeaks... This decision is based upon our reasonable belief that WikiLeaks may be engaged in activities that are, among other things, inconsistent with our internal policies for processing payments."[162]

Later in December, it was announced that Bank of America purchased more than 300 Internet domain names in an attempt to preempt bad publicity that might be forthcoming in the anticipated WikiLeaks release. The domain names included as BrianMoynihanBlows.com, BrianMoynihanSucks.com and similar names for other top executives of the bank.[163][164][165][166]

Sometime before August 2011, WikiLeaks claimed that 5 GB of Bank of America leaks was part of the deletion of over 3500 communications by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a now ex-WikiLeaks volunteer.

Settled $228 million lawsuit claiming involvement in kickbacks and inflating insurance costs forced on homeowners.[169][edit]

On March 14, 2011, members of hacker group Anonymous began releasing emails said to be from a former Bank of America employee. According to the group, the emails documented alleged "corruption and fraud". The source, identified publicly as Brian Penny,[170] was a former LPI Specialist from Balboa Insurance, a firm which used to be owned by the bank, but was sold to Australian Reinsurance Company QBE.[171]

On April 7, 2014, Bank of America and QBE settled a class-action lawsuit stemming from the leak for $228 million.[172]

"Repeatedly has deceived" Mortgagors, and Then "impeding" Investigation - said State of Arizona[edit]

In 2010 the state of Arizona launched an investigation into Bank of America for misleading homeowners who sought to modify their mortgage loans. According to the attorney general of Arizona, the bank "repeatedly has deceived" such mortgagors. In response to the investigation, the bank has given some modifications on the condition that the homeowners remove some information criticizing the bank online.[173]

Investment in coal mining[edit]

On May 6, 2015, Bank of America announced it would reduce its financial exposure to coal companies. The announcement came following pressure from universities and environmental groups. The new policy was announced as part of the bank's decision to continue to reduce credit exposure over time to the coal mining sector.

Competition[edit]

Bank of America's major competitors are Wells Fargo, Santander, PNC Financial Services, Ally Financial, Capital One, Chase Bank, US Bank, Citizens Financial Group, Citigroup and M&T Bank.

Notable buildings[edit]

Notable buildings which Bank of America currently occupies include:

  • Bank of America Tower in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Bank of America Center in Los Angeles, California
  • Transamerica Pyramid, in San Francisco
  • 555 California Street, formerly the Bank of America Center and world headquarters, in San Francisco, California
  • Bank of America Plaza in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Bank of America Tower in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Bank of America Financial Center (Brickell) and Bank of America Museum Tower (Downtown Miami) in Miami, Florida
  • Bank of America Center in Orlando, Florida
  • Bank of America Tower in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Bank of America Plaza in Tampa, Florida
  • Bank of America Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Bank of America Building, formerly the LaSalle Bank Building in Chicago, Illinois
  • One City Center, often called the Bank of America building due to signage rights, in Portland, Maine
  • Bank of America Building in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Bank of America Plaza in St Louis, Missouri
  • Bank of America Tower in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Bank of America Tower in New York City
  • Bank of America Corporate Center in Charlotte, North Carolina (the corporate headquarters)
  • Bank of America Plaza in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Bank of America Tower in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Hearst Tower in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Bank of America Plaza in Dallas, Texas
  • Bank of America Tower in Midland, Texas
  • Bank of America Plaza in San Antonio, Texas
  • Bank of America Fifth Avenue Plaza in Seattle, Washington
  • Columbia Center in Seattle, Washington
  • Bank of America Tower in Hong Kong
  • City Place I, also known as United Healthcare Center, in Hartford, Connecticut (the tallest building in Connecticut)
  • 9454 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California

Former buildings[edit]

The Robert B. Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska, was at one time named the Bank of America Center, renamed in conjunction with the bank's acquisition of building tenant Security Pacific Bank. This particular branch was later acquired by Alaska-based Northrim Bank and moved across the street to the Linny Pacillo Parking Garage.

The Bank of America Building (Providence) opened in 1928 as the Industrial Trust Building and remains the tallest building in Rhode Island. Through a number of mergers it was later known as the Industrial National Bank building and the Fleet Bank building. The building was leased by Bank of America from 2004 to 2012 and has been vacant since March 2013. The building is commonly known as the Superman Building based on a popular belief that it was the model for the Daily Planet building in the Superman comic books.

The Miami Tower iconic in its appearance in Miami Vice was known as the Bank of America Tower for many years. It is located in Downtown Miami. On April 18, 2012, the AIA's Florida Chapter placed it on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places as the Bank of America Tower.[175]

TC Energy Center in Houston, Texas, was previously known as Bank of America Center until Bank of America ended its tenancy in the building in June 2019. Designed in the postmodern architecture style by renowned architect Philip Johnson, the building has been one of the most iconic and recognizable landmarks of the downtown Houston skyline since it was completed in 1983.[176]

See also[edit]

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    At Regions, the Financial Relationship Associate is responsible for providing an exceptional customer experience and contributing to improving the financial wellness of our customers. The purpose of this role is to create meaningful personal connections with customers, identify ways for Regions to service customer needs, and assist in resolving end to end customer service inquiries.

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    • Provides a consistent optimal customer experience, primarily handling customers’ transactional needs, including but not limited to processing teller transactions such as deposits, withdrawals, payments, and balancing
    • Works to create and establish relationships with customers, remaining well-informed about the customer’s relationship with the bank
    • Educates customers on emerging bank technology and digital solutions such as mobile, online, and ATM offerings, all designed to make banking easier
    • Supports branch and fellow team members with achieving goals by assisting with basic tasks to aid in customer problem resolution
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    Knoxville Biz Ticker: Regions Bank Launches ‘Regions Now Checking’ account

    Check writing. Online banking. No overdraft fees. Regions Bank launches ‘Regions Now Checking’ account

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Sept. 30, 2021 – Regions Bank on Thursday announced the launch of Regions Now CheckingSM, a checking account that combines the convenience of modern banking with no overdraft fees.

    The account meets the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund’s national standards for Bank On certification.

    Regions Now Checking complements Regions’ Now Banking suite of financial solutions. With a low, flat $5 monthly fee, Regions Now Checking customers will not incur overdraft or non-sufficient funds fees. Regions Now Checking also offers features of a traditional checking account, such as check writing and mobile and online banking with bill pay and Zelle® – all in line with the Bank On National Account Standards. Regions bank jobs mobile al, Regions Now Checking accounts can be linked to other Regions accounts for overdraft protection with no overdraft protection transfer fees. 

    “We’re here to meet people where they are and help them get to where they want to be in terms of reaching their financial goals,” said Scott Peters, head of the Consumer Banking group for Regions Bank. “Regions Now Checking is a natural extension of our commitment to making banking easier by helping people manage and grow their finances through innovative and convenient options. This account also complements the financial wellness and budgeting tools available to everyone for free through the Regions Next Step® program and Regions.com. Our teams work every day to connect people with customized financial insights and guidance, and we are excited to add Regions Now Checking to our comprehensive network of services and solutions.”

    Bank On certification represents a focus on bringing banking solutions to the underbanked and ensuring everyone has access to a safe, affordable bank account. The CFE Fund supports financial empowerment strategies in communities across the country and works to improve the financial stability of low- and moderate-income households. This aligns with Regions’ focus on financial inclusivity and efforts to meet the financial needs of existing customers as well as people who are not yet served by the banking system.

    “The Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund is delighted to award its national Bank On account certification to Regions Bank’s Regions Now Checking account,” said Jonathan Mintz, president and chief executive officer of the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund. “This account offers consumers in the Southeast, Midwest and Texas who are looking to improve their finances a safe, affordable, and truly useful mainstream banking product – this is especially important during COVID-19, as consumers need to access and manage their money both affordably and safely. Regions Bank’s offering of this terrific account brings them into the forefront of national banking access efforts, and we thank them.”

    In addition to Regions Now Checking, other advancements made by Regions in the last year include moving to an enhanced time-order posting process. Through this process, Regions continues to apply each day’s available credits and deposits to accounts first – before debits, payments and withdrawals are processed – giving customers the highest available balance to cover the day’s payments or withdrawals. What’s new is a more real-time approach to processing debits, payments, transfers and withdrawals to better reflect the order in which those transactions were received by the bank.

    Regions has also reduced the number of overdraft and non-sufficient funds fees customers can be charged on other account types each day. Further, the bank changed how checks are processed on personal accounts to show pending transactions sooner, and Regions improved account alerts to make it easier for customers to be aware of transactions and balances. Customers can set customized alerts, such as deposit and withdrawal alerts, to keep up with their transactions and balances.

    Regions also enhanced its online and mobile banking by using simpler language to describe pending transactions and providing expiration dates to indicate when funds on hold from a deposited check will be available. Customers now see a projected available balance as well, which is their estimated available balance after the next nightly posting.

    Advancing financial wellness is a key priority for Regions Bank. In addition to the Regions Next Step program, for many years, Regions has supported a variety of financial education opportunities across the Southeast, the Midwest and Texas. This includes Regions’ growing financial support for Operation HOPE and its free HOPE Inside counseling at various Regions branches and through community-based workshops. Regions also works with schools, colleges, universities and other organizations to connect people with free insights to help them build a secure financial future.

    Customers interested in opening a Regions Now Checking account can learn more on regions.com, by visiting a Regions branch, or by dialing 1-800-REGIONS.

    About Regions Financial Corporation

    Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $156 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, and mortgage products and services. Regions serves customers across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates more than 1,300 banking offices and approximately 2,000 ATMs. Regions Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at www.regions.com.

    Sustainable growth in Knoxville, Regions Bank unveils reimagined, environmentally friendly branch

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Sept. 29, 2021 – Regions Bank on Wednesday celebrated the grand opening of its redesigned Cumberland Avenue branch in Knoxville, highlighting a collaboration with the City of Knoxville to transform the location into a state-of-the art, sustainable facility.

    Regions operated from a temporary space until the modern replacement branch was completed at the corner of Cumberland Avenue and 19th Street. The renovated branch also replaces Regions’ older Gay Street facility.

    Regions Bank on Wednesday celebrated the grand opening of its redesigned Cumberland Avenue branch in Knoxville, highlighting a collaboration with the City of Knoxville to transform the location into a state-of-the art, sustainable facility. September 29, 2021.

    The Cumberland Avenue branch is now one of Regions’ most modern locations anywhere, mixing enhanced technology with more personalized service. The result: a seamless customer experience for people on the go, including busy University of Tennessee students, local medical professionals, business customers and other clients who value the ability to bank at the time and place that works best for them.

    “Our upgraded Cumberland Avenue branch better enables Regions to deliver a truly unique and beneficial customer experience for individual consumers, local business owners, and anyone who wants to speak with our team about ways they can reach their financial goals,” said Rob Stivers, Knoxville market executive for Regions Bank. “Over the past 18 months, Regions has increased our digital offerings to put more banking power in the palms of our customers’ hands. We’ve also drawn upon our digital experience to turn locations like Cumberland Avenue into branches of the future, where updated technology allows our local bankers to better customize services to fit individual needs.”

    That tailored service begins as soon as customers arrive. There is no standing behind a traditional teller line or waiting to fill out deposit slips. Instead, when customers come in, they are immediately welcomed by a local Regions banker who can deliver a full range of services. Along with opening accounts or handling transactions, each banker is equipped to speak in-depth with customers about their unique financial goals while creating a customized plan to achieve them.

    The Cumberland Avenue branch is also a testament to Regions’ commitment to preserving the environment. The bank worked with the City of Knoxville’s Office of Sustainability to install solar panels on the facility’s roof to generate power to reduce energy use, utility costs, and emissions.

    Regions Bank Cumberland Avenue branch members celebrate the grand opening of its redesigned, state-of-the art, sustainable facility. September 29, 2021.

    “Our goal at Cumberland Avenue is not just to make banking easier, but to do so in a way that contributes to the financial and environmental health and vitality of East Tennessee,” said Jamie Stogsdill, consumer banking manager for Regions. “We’ve combined this focus with investments in technologies and services that show how we value our customers’ time and their need for convenience.”

    The branch also expands Regions’ Video Banking ATM service in East Tennessee. At a drive-through Video Banking ATM, Regions customers can choose standard ATM service, or they can connect with a Regions Video Banker via live, two-way video. Video Bankers deliver personal service during expanded hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays. The location also includes one drive-up and one walk-up DepositSmart ATM that can accept deposits of cash or checks any time, day or night.

    While grand opening activities are taking place this week, the branch has already welcomed its first customers – just as the University of Tennessee welcomed back students to Rocky Top for the fall semester.

    “With the students back, our traffic has picked up tremendously. They are all excited about the updated, fresh look and the whole vibe of the branch now,” said Linda Majors, Cumberland Avenue branch manager for Regions. Majors has worked at the location for the better part of 20 years.

    “We now have the space, tools and resources that today’s customers expect,” she added. “Our bankers are ready and able to help students, professionals, business owners, and more, with any solution or recommendation they may need.”

    After a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the renovated branch, Regions Bank honored its ties to the medical hub that surrounds the location. Regions associates safely delivered catered lunches for healthcare workers in the COVID-19 ward at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. In addition, associates delivered stuffed animals for the hospital’s pediatric patients.

    “Banking is about more than opening accounts or handling financial transactions,” Stivers said. “It’s about providing important services to people and supporting a community. As we celebrate this latest milestone in our growth in Knoxville, it’s important for us to give back to a community we’re honored to serve.”

    About Regions Financial Corporation

    Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $156 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, and mortgage products and services. Regions serves customers across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates more than 1,300 banking offices and approximately 2,000 ATMs. Regions Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at www.regions.com.

    Food City continues to grow and expand, hiring 1,500 new associates

    Food City is proud to have celebrated the opening of several new store locations and store expansions this year, along with the continued growth of their GoCart curbside pick-up and in-store food service options, such as to-go meals.  These events have resulted in the creation of a number of new area jobs. 

    We are hosting a company-wide hiring event to include both full-time and part-time positions.  The company is planning to hire 1,500 friendly, smiling faces in key customer and food service positions at store locations throughout their operation area and their Distribution Center.  The positions include, both entry-level positions and experienced, skilled positions, such as meat cutter, cake decorator, and retail management, as well as various warehousing/distribution positions, including truck drivers. 

    Food City is a family owned and operated company that offers a generous benefits package to their associates including competitive salaries, comprehensive training, healthcare coverage with medical and dental plans, 401(k) with a 3% company match, vacation accrual, vision coverage, and company paid life and disability plans, and Employee Stock Ownership Plan. In addition, to these great benefits, Food City also offers advancement opportunities to associates who wish to progress within a growing company.

    Interested candidates, can apply online at FoodCity.com or visit any Food City store to complete an application. Make plans to attend the event at your local Food City to find out how Food City is so much more than a grocery store. The hiring event will be Thursday, September 30, 2021, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at all Food City locations & distribution center.

    Eggs Up Grill announces plans to expand in Knoxville 

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Eggs Up Grill, a breakfast, brunch and lunch brand with 50 restaurants in Georgia, Florida, the Carolinas and Virginia, plans to expand in Knoxville, Tenn. and is seeking multi-unit franchisees. The Brand identified the Knoxville market for expansion after plans were announced earlier this year to expand in Johnson City. Eggs Up Grill recently ranked as the no. 1 breakfast franchise by Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500. After a challenging 18 months for the restaurant industry, Eggs Up Grill is seeing explosive growth – both in synergy bank thibodaux la and openings. 

    "Eggs Up Grill reached milestones in 2021—not only opening our 50th restaurant but also achieving sales records proving out this successful business model for our franchise partners,” said Eggs Up Grill CEO Ricky Richardson. "We look forward to expanding in the growing community of Knoxville, and serving neighbors from sunup through lunch." 

    From August 2020 through July 2021, average unit sales of the top 50 percent of franchised Eggs Up Grill restaurants amounted to $1,088,563. 2021's year-to-date same store sales averaged +10.5% through July (compared to the same period in 2019), with the May through July period averaging +18.8%.

    Eggs Up Grill traces its roots to Pawleys Island, S.C., where it was founded in 1997 with a menu featuring classic, All-American dishes, along with twists on traditional favorites.  The restaurant takes pride in perfectly cooking fresh, hand-cracked eggs 14 different ways. Menu categories include made-to-order omelets and benedicts, pancakes, waffles and breakfast sandwiches, as well as famous home fries, the Founder’s recipe corned beef hash and buttery, grilled blueberry muffins. Lunch choices include juicy burgers, tasty sandwiches, wraps and salads.

    For more information on Eggs Up Grill franchise opportunities, visit https://eggsupgrillfranchise.com/. 

    Muinzer and T2 acquire The Heights of Knoxville

    Los Angeles, CA (September 24, 2021) – Muinzer, a privately held real estate

    investment firm founded by Marc Muinzer, together with T2 Capital Management,

    today announced the acquisition of The Heights of Knoxville near the University of

    Tennessee. The 636 bed student housing community is 100% leased and underpinned by 31 acres of land. The transaction was facilitated by Scott Clifton of JLL.

    The purchase, which was acquired at a discount to replacement cost, marks the

    continued nationwide expansion of the Muinzer student-housing platform and is it’s

    first acquisition in the University of Tennessee market.

    “The Heights of Knoxville is exactly the kind of asset we are looking to acquire. It

    maintains a strong sense of community and has opportunities for sustained improvements over time. I am delighted with the near and long-term prospects for

    this asset,” said Marc Muinzer, Founder and CEO, Muinzer.

    Muinzer also announced a $325 million student-housing acquisition initiative. “As one of the fastest growing student housing investment firms in the nation, we are seeking acquisitions near rapidly expanding universities in the Big 10 and SEC,” added Mr. Muinzer. “Our team's 20-year track of executing across various economic cycles has been the backbone of our success. We intend to leverage this experience as we continue to expand our team and our portfolio."

    Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville (HBAGK) 2021 Parade of Homes, October 1-17

    KNOXVILLE, TENN. – September 27, 2021 – The Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville (HBAGK) 2021 Parade of Homes™ will take place each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from October 1 – 17 showcasing nearly 30 new homes across five counties.

    The 2021 HBAGK Parade of Homes™ is co-sponsored by ORNL Federal Credit Union and Tindell’s Building Materials.

    This is the 40th year for the HBAGK Parade of Homes™ and it is one of the longest-running Parade of Homes™ in the nation. Each year, HBAGK and its members contribute tens td bank call center auburn maine address millions of dollars to the local East Tennessee economy through the annual Parade of Homes™ event.

    Attendees will find homes ranging from $266,000 to over $1.8 million in the 2021 HBAGK Parade of Homes™, including a “Foundation House” using a collaboration of (mostly) HBAGK members. Increased attendance is anticipated at the Parade this year due to reduced housing inventory and an extremely hot housing market with new customers arriving from across the country. Minor delays may occur at some homes.

    “The pandemic has not decreased the demand for housing, and the 2021 Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville Parade of Homes™ is the region’s premier showcase of homes,” said Dan Mitchell, HBAGK Parade of Homes™ co-chair.

    “Demand is higher than ever before. The Parade has starter homes, mid-range homes, retirement homes and multi-million-dollar dream homes … and everything in between. Even if you are not in the market for a new home, we spotlight all the latest offerings in kitchens, bathrooms, home entertainment, and living spaces at the HBAGK Parade of Homes. It truly is an event for everyone.”

    The 2021 Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville Parade of Homes™ is free and provides one-on-one access to builders and their representatives at each showcase home, making it a must-see event for those actively building homes now and those thinking about building in coming years.

    “The aftermath of the pandemic created unexpected challenges compared to 2020” said Byron Wood, 2021 Parade of Homes™ co-chair. “Last year everyone was concerned about the virus and health concerns, justifiably so. But this year we have experienced supply chain delays for everything from raw building materials to finishes, and almost everything in between. Appliances, cabinets, and window packages are among some of the most delayed items. Record-high lumber prices and labor shortages in an extremely hot housing market did not help anything either.”

    These are the best, most innovative builders and vendors in the industry, and because they’re all Home Builders Association members, people know they are professional, experienced and trustworthy.”

    This year’s HBAGK Parade of Homes™ includes 27 distinct showcase homes in Knox, Anderson, Blount, Loudon, and Monroe counties. A complete listing of homes is available in the official Parade of Homes magazine and on the HBAGK mobile website at TheParadeOfHomesKnoxville.com. Magazines are available at each Parade house, most ORNL Federal Credit Union branch locations, and select Tindell’s locations. The HBAGK mobile website includes GPS directions to each property.

    The Parade of Homes™ showcases the work and capabilities of East Tennessee’s premier builders, the trusted members of HBAGK, and exposes consumers to the newest home-related products, technologies, and designs. Consumers see first-hand what they can get for their money at a variety of price-points.

    “The Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville represents hundreds of the best builders and suppliers in Knox and 15 other surrounding counties,” Mitchell said. “These are the builders and suppliers anyone even thinking about a new home should be seeking out. You won’t find a more experienced or trustworthy group of professionals in this industry.”

    For more information about the 2021 HBAGK Parade of Homes™, or for information about the Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville (and a complete directory of members listed by their area of expertise), please visit www.HBAKnoxville.com.

    NewsBreak rebrands as Shep Digital Solutions

    (KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE)— NewsBreak Media Networks, a digital shopper marketing platform for the fuel and convenience retail industry that converts fuel-only customers to multi-product purchasers, is now Shep Digital Solutions.

    The new name and branding better represents the company’s full range of customizable digital merchandising services for convenience stores and other retail businesses. While NewsBreak started primarily as a forecourt media company, Shep offers comprehensive digital shopper marketing solutions.

    “In the last couple of years, we have expanded our services to address where the industry is going, and the new brand identity reflects that,” said Bob Bradley, CEO of Shep Digital Solutions. “We’ve been a leader in digital merchandising and shopper marketing, but now we can provide even more value to new and existing clients with a broad range of customizable options.”

    In addition to a new name and logo, Shep is launching a regions bank jobs mobile al website, which highlights Shep’s core services like marketing automation and content procurement and production. Shep automates the forecourt media process and integrates it into the overall shopper marketing strategy with targeted messaging.

    Shep’s content is curated locally and features local news, weather and lifestyle content, making it more engaging and relevant to customers. The consumer experience and merchandising messages are driven by Shep’s proprietary data analytics platform, which uses information like historical sales, loyalty program data, weather, time of day, neighborhood demographics and more to increase conversion rates.

    “Our customizable platform helps convenience stores turn fuel-only customers into in-store, multi-product purchasers,” said Brian Nelson, president of Shep Digital Solutions. “Shep focuses on creating episodic transactions to convert visitors into higher profit margin customers.”

    Newly named Petco Love invests in lifesaving work of PPAW

    Greenback, Tennessee (September 21, 2021) – PPAW announced today a $16,500 grant investment from the newly named Petco Love to support their lifesaving work for animals in East Tennessee.

    Petco Love is a nonprofit leading change for pets nationally by making communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since their founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, they’ve empowered organizations with $300 million invested to date in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. And they’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations nationwide.

    “Today Petco Love invests in PPAW and hundreds of other organizations across the nation working to improve animal health and welfare as part of our commitment to creating a future in which no pet is unnecessarily euthanized,” said Susanne Kogut, President of Petco Love. “Our local investments are only one component. This year, we also launched the first of our national tools, Petco Love Lost, which empowers all animal lovers to drive lifesaving change right alongside us.”

    “While we offer spay/neuter at low-cost, we also focus on spaying and neutering feral cats to reduce overpopulation. Thanks to the support of generous contributors, like Petco Love, we are able to offer services to pets in our community beyond spay/neuter who would not otherwise receive the care they need. Petco Love has been a major supporter of PPAW to help us continue this lifesaving mission,” said Karen Leonard, Outreach Manager of PPAW.

    PPAW is a nonprofit organization located in Greenback, TN within Loudon County. The mission of our organization is to make spays and neuters affordable to everyone, serving East Tennessee and its surrounding areas. Since 1998, PPAW has spayed and neutered over 100,000 companion animals and significantly reduced regions bank jobs mobile al number of feral cat births.

    For more information about PPAW, visit https://www.ppawspayneuterclinic.com/. To learn more about Petco Love, visit petcolove.org.

    Dolly Parton and her Smoky Mountain businesses donate to benefit Middle Tennessee flood damage

    PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021) — Due to the recent flooding that has devastated much of Middle Tennessee, Dolly Parton and her Smoky Mountain businesses are reaching out to help, seeking to return the favor the area received after the 2016 wildfires.

    Parton was moved to help after seeing the damage caused in Humphreys County, the home of her good friend, country music legend Loretta Lynn. Lynn was quick to offer her support to the Smokies in 2016, so Parton was inspired to reciprocate the gesture.

    Parton through Dollywood and her Pigeon Forge dinner show properties—Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, and Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud—will each donate a portion of ticket sales from Oct. 2-3 to benefit the United Way of Humphreys County, the charity selected by Lynn.

    “After the Sevier County wildfires in 2016, Loretta was one of the first who reached out to offer anything she could,” Parton said. “It meant so much to me that Loretta—and so many folks—were ready to give in any way they could. This was just one small way I could help Loretta’s people for all they did to help my people.”  

    Several counties were affected, but Humphreys County received the most damage. More than 20 people lost their lives due to the catastrophic flooding caused by more than 15 inches of rain that fell in a relatively short period of time in late August. Lynn’s ranch in Hurricane Mills was severely damaged by the flooding that occurred. The foreman of Lynn’s ranch was swept away in the floodwaters.

    For anyone interested in donating directly to the United Way of Humphreys County, please visit unitedwayhumphreys.org for more information.

    Engel & Völkers expands into Knoxville

    New York, N.Y. and Knoxville, Tenn.  [Sept. 21, 2021] – Engel & Völkers today announced its expansion into Knoxville, TN. The latest shop opening in the Americas for the global luxury real estate brand is led by Cindy Kraus, an experienced area real estate professional and certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist. The newly established Engel & Völkers Knoxville will service homebuyers and sellers in East Tennessee, specializing in lakefront and luxury properties in Knoxville and surrounding areas.

    “Tennessee ranks among the top five states for inbound moves in the U.S., and Knoxville is a premier market that we’re thrilled to now be part of,” said Anthony Hitt, president and CEO, Engel & Völkers Americas. “With an influx of new residents driving this evolving market, Cindy is the ideal real estate professional to lead our brand presence in Knoxville. Her local, industry and leadership experience along with recognition for providing exceptional service and a luxury experience for all of her clients, are principles that align completely with those of Engel & Völkers.”

    The Engel & Völkers Knoxville shop is located at the Pinnacle at Turkey Creek in West Knoxville and will service homebuyers and sellers drawn to the area for its magnificent lakefront and mountain properties, beautiful terrain, low property taxes, proximity to the Smoky Mountain National Park and accessibility to Nashville, Atlanta, Asheville and Gatlinburg. Knoxville is also home to the University of Tennessee and attracts a high level of professionals and engineers. The city also boasts a vibrant micro brewery and restaurant scene, and a full four-season year. Residents have their pick of housing inventory, ranging from rustic cabins to lakefront mansions, urban condos to historic homes, and starter and median priced homes to multi-family hunting properties. 

    “Affiliating with Engel & Völkers has elevated our business to the next level,” said Kraus. “Our advisors have the tools they need to provide the highest quality of custom client service, along with the marketing exposure and reach that comes with being part of an established and respected global network. The Engel & Völkers brand is uniquely memorable, regions bank jobs mobile al a distinct view of luxury as deeply personal and attainable to every individual, across all price points. It is the concierge approach to real estate that will set us apart in the Knoxville real estate market, for buyers, sellers and real estate professionals alike.”

    For more information, visit knoxville.evrealestate.com.

    About Engel & Völkers

    Engel & Völkers first source federal credit union careers a global luxury real estate brand. Founded in Hamburg, Germany in 1977, Engel & Völkers draws on its rich European history to deliver a fresh approach to luxury real estate in the Americas with a focus on creating a personalized client experience at every stage of the home buying or selling process for today’s savvy homeowner. Engel & Völkers currently operates approximately 225 shop locations with 4,500 real estate advisors in the Americas, contributing to the brand’s global network of over 13,500 real estate professionals in more than 34 countries, offering both private and institutional clients a professionally tailored range of luxury services, including real estate and yachting. Committed to exceptional service, Engel & Völkers supports its advisors with an array of premium quality business services; marketing programs and platforms; as well as access to its global network of real estate professionals, property listings and market data. Each brokerage is independently owned and operated. For more information, visit www.evrealestate.com.

    Southeastern H.O.G. Rally returns to Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson

    MARYVILLE, Tennessee. – September 20th, 2021 –The rally begins September 28th and runs through October 2nd.  The Great Smoky Mountain H.O.G. Rally will be hosted at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, located in Maryville TN, the peaceful side of the Smoky Mountains. The purpose of this Rally for us, is to take people to places beyond their normal excursions. There are an endless variety of places to visit from the seat of a motorcycle.

    The Great Smoky Mountains has some of the country’s most spectacular sites. These folks can check out the newly opened “Missing Link” section of the Foothills parkway. Explore the beautiful Cherohala Skyway and the experience the world-renowned Dragon on US HWY 129 with its 11-mile section of 318 consecutive switchback curves, just to name a few.

    There will be live music at The Shed Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Thursday evening the city of Maryville and Downtown Association are allowing us to host a downtown block party. Open to the public, come check out some motorcycle games and Police riding skills.

    Please help us in welcoming H.O.G. members from around the country next week, for a fantastic week of riding and fun.

    Event web listing - https://www.smh-d.com/hog-rally-2021--hog-rally

    Dollywood's Harvest Festival celebrates the beauty of the Smokies

    PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, September 20, 2021) — Dollywood, one of America’s favorite fall family destinations, celebrates the splendor of autumn in the majestic rolling foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains during the Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 24- Oct. 30). The annual guest-favorite event includes the family-friendly Great Pumpkin LumiNights presented by Covenant Health, which has quickly become a cherished experience for parkgoers.

    A longstanding family tradition for so many, the Harvest Festival greets guests with the surrounding mountainsides draped in vibrant colors. Dollywood’s landscaping and fresh décor accent the autumn atmosphere and bring the beauty right into the park, making it ripe for families to create their picture-perfect pumpkin photo ops to share with friends!

    Great Pumpkin LumiNights, one of the nation’s premier family-friendly harvesttime events, provides bushels of memories for guests, thanks to thousands of glowing and carved pumpkins throughout Dollywood. For those with small children—or anyone looking for a fun, not scary experience—this event is certainly the cream of the crop. Families can bask in the glow as they wander through displays in Dollywood’s Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass and upper Craftsman’s Valley areas. Beyond the impressive displays, guests can find a number of exciting activities to create thrilling memories together.

    “Fall is a special time of year in the Smoky Mountains, because God’s handiwork is on full display for everyone to enjoy when they come to visit,” Dolly Parton, Dollywood’s Dreamer-in-Chief said. “It’s also the time when the heat of the summer fades and the crisp, cool evenings make it just right to enjoy the fresh mountain air. Some of my most treasured family memories took place during the fall, and I want our guests to make their own wonderful memories while they are here.

    “Our team works so hard to bring the mountains right into the middle of the park with all those great decorations and experiences. You really are surrounded by the colors of fall the whole time you are here. It’s no wonder we won this year’s Golden Ticket award for Most Beautiful Theme Park in the whole world; no other park in the world is built right in the middle of the Smokies!”

    Last season, reinvigorated decorations and visually-impactful landscaping techniques were implemented throughout the park to immerse visitors in a fresh, new look. One of the “biggest” additions to last season’s festival returns this year, as guests can peruse more than a dozen colossal pumpkins. Last year’s prize pumpkins ranged from 800 to 1500 lbs. each. The massive displays come from growers across the East Coast who look forward to sharing these gargantuan gourds with guests.  

    No festival at Dollywood is complete without award-winning entertainment, and the Harvest Festival certainly delivers. With artists representing genres from Southern gospel and bluegrass to classic country and Americana, there is something to satisfy every musical taste. Performances take place on indoor and outdoor stages throughout the park, allowing the engaging sounds to echo through the surrounding hillsides and create a highly-engaging entertainment offering. Even more artists can be found roaming the park, literally taking the music to the streets!

    Among the festival headliners are CeCe Winans (Oct. 9), Pam Tillis (Sept. 29), Jimmy Fortune (Oct. 2), Shenandoah (Oct. 20-21), Karen Peck and New River (Oct. 3), Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (Oct. 4), Taylor Red (Sept. 24), Rhonda Vincent and the Rage (Oct. 14-15), Janelle Arthur (Sept. 26) and the Lee University Singers (Oct. 17). A complete schedule can be found on Dollywood.com. Additionally, the new Night Time at the Back Porch offers some of the best up-and-coming performers from the Southeast an opportunity to share their talents during the park’s evening hours.

    “Dollywood is one of our all-time favorite places to play and has been for years,” Gospel Hall of Fame member Karen Peck said. “We love how nice everyone is at the theaters and the awesome family-friendly feeling we get when we perform at Dollywood.  Sometimes, it’s like church breaks out at our concerts!”

    Dollywood’s culinary team has created a smorgasbord of creations to take advantage of the bountiful supply of crops provided by the Smoky Mountain harvest. The smells of smoked bratwursts, turkey legs, or chicken and andouille sausage gumbo pair nicely with the fresh tastes of sweet potato poutine, spiced pumpkin bisque and BUSH’S three bean pumpkin chili. For sweet treats, the ever-popular pumpkin spice is in full supply with items ranging from pumpkin spice churros with pumpkin fluff to pumpkin spice salted caramel mocha iced coffee. Items like the maple pecan and bacon funnel cake, hot apple cider and the apple pie milkshake are perfect to carry and enjoy while admiring the beauty of Dollywood in the fall. 

    Visiting artisans and makers display their handmade wares at locations throughout Dollywood. Many even demonstrate the talented skills and techniques they use as they create their one-of-a-kind treasures.

    With so many opportunities for creating vibrant new family traditions, Dollywood’s Harvest Festival is a must-see experience this season.

    Dollywood is open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. each day of operation (Sept. 24- Oct. 30) during the Harvest Festival. The park is closed on Tuesdays throughout the festival. For more information and a park operating calendar, visit Dollywood.com or download the Dollywood app.

    CVS Health to hire 25,000 across the U.S. during one-day virtual career event 

    WOONSOCKET, R.I., SEPT. 20, 2021 – CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced that it is recruiting qualified candidates to fill 25,000 clinical and retail jobs during a one-day national career event on Friday, September 24. These new and existing positions will help the company continue to respond to the needs of communities across the country during the fall and winter months when the regions bank jobs mobile al of flu is expected to increase and as COVID-19 vaccination and testing remain in high demand.

    Most of the available positions are for full-time, part-time, and temporary licensed pharmacists, trained pharmacy technicians and nurses at CVS Pharmacy store locations and will be filled as soon as possible, helping increase support for patients and fellow pharmacy professionals. Additional roles that are part of the company’s recruiting efforts include retail store associates who provide attentive service, assist with purchases, and manage store inventory to ensure availability of desired health, wellness, and convenience products for customers.

    In addition to flu vaccinations, the accelerated hiring campaign will aid the company in administering COVID-19 booster shots, pending regulatory approval, while continuing to offer shots to those who have yet to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and patients seeking testing at CVS Pharmacy locations across the country. CVS Health has administered more than 34 million COVID-19 vaccines and more than 32 million tests, with seamless online scheduling available at CVS.com.

    “Every flu season we need additional team members,” said Neela Montgomery, Executive Vice President, CVS Health and President, CVS Pharmacy, “but this year we’re looking for even more. With the continued presence of COVID-19 in our communities, we’re estimating a much greater need for pharmacists, trained pharmacy technicians, nurses, and retail store associates. These jobs offer a rewarding opportunity to really make an impact on public health in our country.”

    Qualified candidates can apply for these open positions using the company’s mobile apply feature by Texting “CVS” to 25000 or by visiting the CVS Health Career Website to learn about jobs in their local area and enter a streamlined digital screening process that facilitates an online application, virtual job tryout and immediate hiring. There will be no on-site applications or interviews as the entire hiring process is virtual.

    “By leveraging CVS Health’s innovation and technology, we’re making it easier for qualified and caring candidates to join our team and contribute to the company’s ongoing efforts to help solve the country’s health care challenges,” said Jeffrey Lackey, Vice President of Talent Acquisition, CVS Health.

    Opportunities for full-time employees include competitive pay, paid training, and a generous benefits package, including vacation, 7 paid holidays and one floating holiday, health/dental/vision insurance, employee discounted stock purchase program, 401K with company match, tuition reimbursement, career advancement opportunities, and a 20-30% employee discount at CVS retail stores.

    CVS Health employees who refer full-time pharmacists or pharmacy technicians that are hired into the company will be eligible for a cash bonus. 

    The nationwide hiring event represents the latest investment in the company’s employees, who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic and have been rewarded with bonuses and benefit enhancements. In August, CVS Health raised the corporate-wide minimum wage to $15 an hour, effective July 2022, with incremental increases to the company’s competitive hourly rates starting immediately.

    CVS Health is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. The company does not discriminate in recruiting, hiring or promotion based on race, ethnicity, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability or protected veteran status or on any other basis or characteristic prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law.

    PYA Expands East Tennessee Area Business Coverage With Teknovation Weekend

    PYA, a leading healthcare consulting and certified public accounting firm, is expanding its business coverage through its partner site, Teknovation.biz. After nearly 10 years of covering entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology in the East Tennessee region, PYA will add a weekend edition, Teknovation Weekend, that will include stories on local business owners, economic trends, and more.

    Similar to the original Teknovation newsletter, which subscribers received once each weekday, subscribers of Teknovation Weekend will receive an email once each weekend with content written by PYA Chief Alliance Officer Tom Ballard and Marketing Content Writer and Editor Kailyn Lamb.

    “Over the history of Teknovation, some articles tended to be more aligned with the interests of established business owners,” Ballard said. “Teknovation Weekend will allow us to spotlight topics of interest to those owners and the business executives themselves.”

    Teknovation was launched to celebrate the progress achieved by entrepreneurs and business leaders through innovation, to engage with the local economic development community, and to play a leadership role in helping grow high-value jobs in the East Tennessee region. Expanding the range of coverage on the Teknovation site allows PYA to keep investing in that mission by spotlighting a growing network of businesses and talented professionals in our area.

    “As our region continues to grow, PYA wants to keep investing in our community businesses by sharing their stories of success through Teknovation.biz,” said President and CEO Marty Brown. “Teknovation has always kept its readers up-to-date on the start-up community here. Teknovation Weekend will help provide more visibility to our local businesses and help educate readers on economic development in East Tennessee.”

    Ballard and Brown discuss Teknovation Weekend during this special video announcement. Teknovation Weekend will launch September 18, 2021. Visit Teknovation.biz to subscribe.

    About PYA

    For more than 35 years, PYA, a national professional services firm providing management consulting and accounting, has helped its clients navigate and derive value amid complex challenges related to regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, governance, business valuations and fair market value assessments, multi-unit business and clinical integrations, best practices, tax and assurance, business analysis, and operations optimization. 

    PYA’s steadfast commitment to an unwavering client-centric culture has served the firm’s clients well. PYA consistently is ranked among the Top 20 healthcare consulting firms in the U.S. by Modern Healthcare. PYA is also ranked by INSIDE Public Accounting as one of the Top 100 largest accounting firms in the U.S. Additionally, PYA has been consistently voted a “Top Workplace.” PYA’s affiliated companies offer clients world-class data analytics; professional real estate development and advisory resources for healthcare providers; and wealth management and retirement plan administration.

    PYA is an independently owned consulting and accounting firm and is a member of HLB, the global advisory and accounting network.

    PYA assists clients in all 50 states from offices in Atlanta, Kansas City, Knoxville, Nashville, and Tampa. For more information, please visit pyapc.com.

    Black Diamond Pest Control opens new branch in Knoxville 

    KNOXVILLE, TN – Black Diamond Pest Control’s newest branch in Knoxville, TN is now open and offering exceptional Pest Control Services to residential and commercial clients in Campbell, Anderson, Union, Grainger, Roane, Loudon, Blount, Sevier, Jefferson, Hamblen and Knox Counties!

    Leading this expansion as the Branch Manager is highly skilled pest control specialist, Brian Thornton. After years of working with other companies in the field, Thornton says his time with Black Diamond has been the best he has experienced. “I came to Black Dimond Pest Control because, here, customers and teammates come first. The common thread throughout the entire company is customer service and team work.”

    The task of finding the perfect Manager for Black Diamond’s newest branch fell to Director of Business Expansion Travis Donaldson, who is very pleased with his find in Thornton. “When we're looking to expand into an area to offer services, it's imperative that we choose the right individuals who reflect our core values as a company - The highest priority being customer service. I'm confident that Brian reflects these values. He understands the impact of delivering on the promise of a customer service experience that's second to none. With him at the helm, I’m excited to see where he takes Black Diamond in the Knoxville TN area!”

    Black Diamond Pest Control Knoxville has a team of Office Agents standing by at 877-DEAD-BUG to take customer calls. Those interested in hiring a pest control company backed by 80 years of experience should contact Black Diamond today!

    Black Diamond Pest Control is a full-service pest control company serving the Louisville, KY, and Southern Indiana market since 1940. The company has multiple branches and franchises throughout the United States offering outstanding customer service as well as one-time and ongoing control services specially created to meet the needs of its customers. Learn more at bdpest.com.

    200 Plus volunteers expected for the East Knoxville Community Cleanup

    This Saturday, September 18, Keep Knoxville Beautiful will be hosting its first East Knoxville Community Cleanup from 9am-12pm. The cleanup will kick off from the Eternal Life Harvest Center East, 2410 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.

    Over 200 volunteers will be pitching in to remove litter from Martin Luther King Jr Avenue and the surrounding neighborhoods and parks.

    About Keep Knoxville Beautiful

    Founded in 1978 to help “clean up” prior to the 1982 World’s Fair, Keep Knoxville Beautiful is a local non-profit with a mission to promote a cleaner, greener, and more beautiful community.

    Young-Williams Animal Center to ‘Clear the Shelters’ by discounting adoptions on Sept. 18

    Young-Williams Animal Center will seek to “Clear the Shelters” on Sept. 18 by accepting financial donations in lieu of adoption fees for pets 6 months and older.

    The annual event is sponsored by WBIR Channel 10 as part of the “Clear the Shelters” campaign nationwide. Since 2015, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear the Shelter campaign has helped more than 410,000 pets find new homes. Young-Williams Animal Center would like at least 50 animals to find their forever homes on the big day. 

    “Campaigns like ‘Clear the Shelters’ are usually our most successful adoption events,” says Janet Testerman, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “We are hoping for our greatest turnout yet, so we can clear our shelter and see so many pets go to the loving family they deserve. We are grateful to partner with WBIR on this national initiative to find a home for every pet.”

    Adopters will be able to donate any monetary amount and take home an animal 6 months or older the same day. Pets younger than 6 months are excluded from the promotion.

    Adoption staff will help potential adopters find the right pet for their lifestyle and needs and assist with completion of the adoption application. Every animal adopted during Clear the Shelters will receive the same services covered by the regular adoption fees, which include a veterinary exam, spay/neuter surgery, some standard vaccinations, a microchip with registration and more.

    “This campaign is a great opportunity to help many pets find their forever homes and open up much needed space in the shelter,” Testerman says. “We encourage the community to take advantage of this day and set up an appointment to adopt. Stop by either of our adoption locations to find your new family member.”

    About Young-Williams Animal Center

    The vision of Young-Williams Animal Center is “a home for every pet.” It is the municipal shelter of the City of Knoxville and Knox County, and each year takes in more than 9,000 animals.

    As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Young-Williams Animal Center serves the needs of lost, unwanted, abandoned and neglected animals. The center’s mission is to lead the community to end pet homelessness, promote animal welfare and enhance the human-animal bond through the shelter and placement of animals, spay/neuter initiatives and public education of companion animal issues. Young-Williams Animal Center reminds pet owners to spay and neuter their pets.

    Young-Williams Animal Center’s main facility is located off Sutherland Avenue at 3201 Division Street. For more information about Young-Williams Animal Center, including hours of operation, call 865-215-6599 or visit https://www.young-williams.org/.

    About Clear The Shelters

    Clear The Shelters™ / Desocupar Los Albergues® is an annual, nationwide pet adoption campaign that is spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal. Every year, NBCUniversal’s TV stations (NBC and Telemundo owned stations), plus affiliated stations partner with local animal shelters and rescues in their communities to host Clear The Shelters events. NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear The Shelters regions bank jobs mobile al was inspired by a 2014 North Texas pet adoption event hosted by NBC 5 / KXAS and Telemundo 39 / KXTX and dozens of area shelters that resulted in the most adopted pets in one day for North Texas. Since 2015, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign has resulted in more than 410,000 pets finding new homes. Visit ClearTheShelters.com, DesocuparLosAlbergues.com for more information. 

    FirstBank breaks ground on new Knoxville-area financial center

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 13, 2021) –FirstBank has begun development on its newest full-service financial center in the Greater Knoxville area. The branch will be located in the new Emory View development at 233 E. Emory Road in Powell and is set to open in fall 2022.

    The 3,120-square-foot Emory Road financial center will make FirstBank’s full suite of services more available to customers in the community. These services include personal and business banking, mortgage lending, and investment services. Financial Center Manager Nicholas Blair will lead the team, which will include members of the existing Clinton Highway location.

    FirstBank is also financing the Emory Road development, which began construction in August.

    “FirstBank has been growing quickly in the Knoxville area, including the opening of the new Knoxville headquarters last year,” said FirstBank Knoxville Market President Brent Ball. “Our priority is helping our customers meet their financial goals, and the Emory Road team is well equipped to provide the highest level of customer service. This expansion is a great next step in bringing our community-focused style of banking to the Greater Knoxville area. We’re looking forward to opening this new location in the Powell community.”

    SmartBank continues Alabama expansion, announces plans for Montgomery, Dothan and Birmingham 

    KNOXVILLE, TN – September 10, 2021 – SmartBank, a subsidiary of SmartFinancial, Inc. ("SmartFinancial” or the "Company"; NASDAQ: SMBK), announces the hiring of several banker teams in the state of Alabama, continuing to capitalize on unique opportunities to expand into key MSAs.  Following the recent announcement of its expansion into Auburn and Mobile (Gulf Coast), SmartBank has hired several long-tenured, experienced bankers to lead expansion efforts in Montgomery, Dothan and Birmingham, Alabama.  

    Donna Cooper, former BBVA Government Relationship Manager, will lead SmartBank Montgomery as Market President.  Cooper has 40 years’ experience in the Montgomery market and will lead a team of seven associates, consisting of commercial and private bankers along with their support teams. 

    Montgomery, the state capital, is Alabama’s hub for government related banking and is strategically located at the intersection of I-65 and I-85 making it a rapidly expanding economic region. In 2020, 26 new and expanding industrial projects announced capital investment and job growth in Montgomery. This pro-business approach has led to the Montgomery Chamber being named a top 20 economic development organization for the second year in a row. 

    Jeff Williams, former BBVA Dothan Market President, will lead SmartBank Dothan, as the bank’s Regional President for Southern Alabama.  Williams has 29 years’ experience in the Southern Alabama region and will initially be joined by a senior commercial banker, a private banker and their support team. 

    Dothan, ranked in the Milken Institute’s report on top-performing cities in 2021, serves as a regional hub for retail and medical services and continues to see major investment by a diverse spectrum of manufacturers.  Dothan is also located on “South Alabama’s Aviation Business Corridor” close to Fort Rucker, which has a $1.97 billion economic impact on the Wiregrass region.  

    “We are extremely excited to enter both Montgomery, the state’s capital, as well as Dothan, one of Alabama’s strongest MSAs,” said Billy Carroll, SmartBank’s President & CEO. “This, coupled with our existing Alabama markets and recent announcements in Auburn and Mobile, provides us the density needed to now bank the state.” 

    In addition, SmartBank also plans to expand into Birmingham with the hiring of long-time Alabama banker Lee Smith.  Smith, former BBVA Executive Vice President and East Region CEO, joins SmartBank as Alabama Chairman, where he will lead the future expansion into Birmingham and provide SmartBank an outstanding catalyst throughout the entire state with long-tenured, experienced bankers to accelerate growth throughout the Alabama market. 

    “Lee is one of the most respected bankers in the state of Alabama.  Adding him to our team will not only assist in Alabama expansions but bring tremendous experience to our bank as we look to grow our market share in the Southeast,” said Carroll. “SmartBank’s strategy is to recruit great bankers in great markets.  As consolidation continues to change the banking landscape, the bank’s ability to attract experienced bankers has been one of our keys to successful growth.  The ability to add this level of talent in such a short period of time is a once in a decade opportunity.” 

    About SmartFinancial, Inc. 

    SmartFinancial, Inc., based in Knoxville, Tennessee, is the bank holding company for SmartBank.  Founded in 2007, SmartBank is a full-service commercial bank, with branches across Tennessee, Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, and Virginia. Recruiting the best people, delivering exceptional client service, strategic branching and acquisitions, and a disciplined approach to lending have contributed to SmartBank’s success. More information about SmartFinancial can be found on its website: www.smartfinancialinc.com. 

    Forward-Looking Statements  

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    Realty Trust Group advises Cone Health in strategic hospital disposition

    (September 2021) On August 31st, 2021 Cone Health closed on a transaction to acquire approximately 7-acres of land in Green Valley Office Park, Greensboro’s premier general and medical office corridor, and dispose of the facility operated by Cone Health and previously known as Women’s Hospital. Realty Trust Group (“RTG”) served as Cone Health’s exclusive real estate advisor in the transactions.

    The project initially began in early 2019 as an evaluation regions bank jobs mobile al opportunities available to Cone Health for the facility once services were relocated to the Moses Cone Hospital campus in 2020, culminating with a strategy to buy a 140,000 square foot general office building and additional land for future development in exchange for the vacant hospital.  The first phase of the transaction, an $18.5M building acquisition, closed in October 2020.  The remaining property swap was deferred due to the COVID-19 Pandemic as Cone Health converted the former Women’s Hospital to a COVID treatment facility.  Following treatment of over 4,700 COVID-19 patients, testing and other COVID-related services have been relocated to other Cone Health facilities in the area.

    Adam Luttrell, Vice President with RTG, led the strategic analysis and multi-phase transaction through completion.  Cone Health’s executive team recognized Luttrell and the RTG team noting their “…expertise to guide us through these transactions including managing negotiations and planning while we navigated a pandemic and merger exploration”.

    For regions bank jobs mobile al information on RTG’s advisory services, please visit our website here.

    For more information on RTG’s transaction services, please visit our website here.

    About Realty Trust Group

    Realty Trust Group, LLC (“RTG”) is a real estate advisory and services firm offering a full spectrum of real estate  services including advisory, development, transactions, operations and compliance.

    Since 1998, RTG has helped hospitals, physician groups, and property owners navigate the rapidly changing  industry with growth strategies that gain market leadership as well as enhance patient and physician  experiences for better delivery of care. Our philosophy is to provide innovative solutions to the complex and  challenging issues found in today’s healthcare real estate market. These solutions include strategic campus  and facility planning, portfolio optimization, portfolio monetization, project development, leasing, acquisition  and disposition services, portfolio management, regulatory compliance and many other ideas and services. For  more information about RTG and our innovative healthcare real estate services, visit www.realtytrustgroup.com, Facebook, LinkedIn, or call 865-521-0630.

    Cheezus is coming to Knoxville September 17-18th

    Knoxville, TN - Cheeselovers rejoice. Cheezus is coming to Knoxville September 17 and 18th to the TAPestry, the event center located at the Barrelhouse by Gypsy Circus at 621 Lamar Street in North Knoxville.

    Come to Cheezus, Knoxville’s first cheese festival, promises to be a unique and educational event, says event organizer Stephanie Carson.

    “Artisan cheeses can expand your ability to enjoy your meal, beer, wine and cider. This event will give people the information they need to go to their local cheese purveyor or grocery store and choose cheeses to match their tastes,” she said.

    More than 25 local, national and international cheeses will be represented, including locally produced Cooks on the Curb Pimento and Sequachie Cove Creamery. Farragut’s Euphoric Cheese Shop will also be on hand to introduce people to their wide variety of cheeses. The cheeses will be expertly paired by World Cheese Judge and Dean of the Institute of Fromage Michael Landis.

    “On Saturday, attendees will have their pick of the cheeses and receive a recommendation of which craft cider or beer to pair them with. They’ll then take their sampling ticket to the bar to redeem it for the recommended pour,” explains Carson.

    Sampling is from 12:00 to 5:00pm Saturday, Sept. 18th and tickets include 5 or 7 sampling tickets for beer or cider. Early entry tickets are $60 and General Admission tickets are $45.

    If people need more cheese, they can attend the Cheese Dinner Friday night for $40 per

    person, or $75 per couple. That will include pairings of five ciders or beers and cheeses curated and explained by Landis. Cooks on the Curb will also sample their pimento cheese and The Bohemian Restaurant has a “cheese forward” menu planned with smoked chicken and truffle ravioli and an apple cheddar dessert.

    Tickets can be purchased at https://barrelhouse.simpletix.com/ or at the Barrelhouse by Gypsy Circus Taproom.

    More information can be found by emailing [email protected]

    Service Line Protection available for Hallsdale-Powell Utility District homeowners

    Knoxville, TN – September 9, 2021 – Hallsdale-Powell Utility District has partnered with Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA) to make available a new program that provides protection for the water and sewer service lines that connect customer homes to the District’s systems. This new Service Line Program builds upon the District’s Leak Protection Program, launched in March 2021, that protects customers from high water bills due to leaks on the customer side of the meter. The new SLWA Program takes this a step further by providing service plans to assist customers with the cost and management of repairs needed on leaking water lines and blocked or collapsed sewer lines. The Program is entirely voluntary and available at affordable monthly prices.

    “Many homeowners do not know that repairs to the water or sewer service pipes on their property are their responsibility,” said Darren Cardwell, Hallsdale-Powell Utility District General Manager. “In the event of a service line failure, the homeowner is responsible for scheduling the repair and covering the associated cost. As homes in our territory age along with the infrastructure serving them, these SLWA repair service plans provide our customers with an optional solution so they can be prepared for this type of unexpected repair.”

    The SLWA Service Line Program protects against repairs needed to these service line pipes on homeowners’ property. These are repairs not covered by basic homeowners insurance or by Hallsdale-Powell Utility District. If a customer’s service line needs a repair, a simple call to the SLWA 24-hour hotline will dispatch a local, licensed contractor familiar with local codes to make the covered repairs. There are no service fees or deductibles. This Program is voluntary, provided at no cost to the District and no utility funds are used to promote or administer it.

    “Our service plans not only cover the cost of the repair; they also provide homeowners with reputable, local contractors who will do the best possible job,” said Tom Rusin, CEO of SLWA parent HomeServe USA. “We’re honored to be partnering with Hallsdale-Powell Utility District and look forward to providing local homeowners with the assistance they need when faced with a repair emergency.”

    SLWA, a Hallsdale-Powell community partner supporting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Eastern Tennessee, is part of HomeServe USA Corp (HomeServe), a leading provider of home repair solutions serving over 4.7 million customers across the US and Canada. Founded in 2003, SLWA is the trusted source of utility line protection programs endorsed by the National League of Cities. Together with HomeServe, SLWA is dedicated to supplying best-in-class repair plans and delivering superior customer service to consumers through over 1,000 leading city, municipal and utility partners.

    Hallsdale-Powell Utility District customers with questions about this service, or interested in enrolling, can contact SLWA at 866-922-9006 or visit www.slwofa.com.

    UPS to hire nearly 600 for holiday season in Knoxville area

    [KNOXVILLE, TN] Sept. 9, 2021 – UPS (NYSE: UPS) announced today that it expects to hire nearly 600 seasonal employees in the Knoxville area to support the anticipated annual increase in package volume that will begin in October 2021 and continue through January 2022. Nationally, UPS expects to hire over 100,000 essential seasonal workers.

    “We’re preparing for another safe, record peak holiday season. With COVID-19 continuing to impact Americans, our services are more important than ever,” said Nando Cesarone, President, U.S. Operations. “We plan to hire more than 100,000 people for seasonal jobs, many of whom will have an offer in hand within 30 minutes of applying. Our seasonal hires will help us provide the most reliable service in the industry, just like we did last year.”

    The company is filling full- and part-time seasonal positions – primarily package handlers, drivers, driver helpers and personal vehicle drivers – by offering competitive wages across multiple shifts in hundreds of locations across the country.

    UPS has a track record of turning seasonal jobs into careers. Over the last three years, about one-third of people hired by UPS for seasonal package handler jobs were later hired in a permanent position when the holidays were over, and about 138,000 current UPS employees – nearly a third of the company’s U.S. workforce – started in seasonal positions.

    That opportunity for a permanent job is important to many. Nearly three-quarters (74%) of seasonal hires want their job to turn into a long-term position, according to a recent survey of Americans who hold, held or would consider a seasonal job.

    UPS encourages all candidates applying for a seasonal job to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The company has followed all World Health Organization guidelines for essential workers since the pandemic began.

    Through the company’s Earn and Learn program, eligible seasonal employees who are students can earn up to $1,300 towards college expenses, in addition to their hourly pay, for three months of continuous employment.

    Interested applicants should apply at www.upsjobs.com.

    * TRUE Global Intelligence, the in-house research practice of FleishmanHillard, conducted an online survey of 1,000 past, present and potential American seasonal workers on behalf of UPS.

    About UPS

    UPS (NYSE: UPS) is one of the world’s largest package delivery companies with 2020 revenue of $84.6 billion, and provides a broad range of integrated logistics solutions for customers in more than 220 countries and territories. The company’s more than 540,000 employees embrace a strategy that is simply stated and powerfully executed: Customer First. People Led. Innovation Driven. UPS is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and supporting the communities we serve around the world. UPS also takes a strong and unwavering stance in support of diversity, equality, and inclusion. The company can be found on the Internet at www.ups.com, with more information at www.about.ups.com and www.investors.ups.com.

    Hurricane Ida animal rescues arrive at Young-Williams Animal Center, 100 fosters step up

    Young-Williams Animal Center has accepted 40 animals evacuated from the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. The Humane Society of Louisiana and South Central region staff of Best Friends worked together to transport the animals to East Tennessee, where they arrived Tuesday evening and underwent health evaluations. Shelter staff members are working to place the pets in local emergency foster homes.

    Young-Williams Animal Center asked for help and received more than 100 applications from new fosters thanks to a public appeal with the help of media and community advocates. Many of these new fosters already have been matched with an animal from the hurricane evacuation or from Young-Williams Animal Center to help open space at the shelter.

    Millions of Gulf Coast residents and businesses have been affected after Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi on Aug. 29. Animal shelters and rescue groups have been transporting adoptable pets to other shelters because of the effects of the hurricane – including flooding, major property damage and loss of power and utilities – and to create space for the influx of lost and stray animals in the region.

    “The animals, which include 20 dogs and 20 cats and kittens, made it safely to our shelter,” says Janet Testerman, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “Thanks to emergency fosters who applied to take in the rescues, all of these animals will be staying with people in our community. We are so grateful to them for stepping up and opening their hearts in a tough situation. Every pet who can be placed with a foster family frees up space so we can care for the animals that we take in daily as the official shelter for the City of Knoxville and Knox County.”

    Many of the rescued pets also will be available for adoption soon at young-williams.org.

    Young-Williams Animal Center regions bank jobs mobile al all supplies, including food, to pet fosters free of charge. The shelter is accepting donated supplies for the evacuated animals, including canned kitten food; fleece blankets; collapsible wire dog crates; cat litter; reusable grocery totes and gallon Ziploc bags; and cat and dog toys.

    All donations can be dropped off at Young-Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division St., Knoxville, TN 37919. Monetary donations of any amount also can be made at young-williams.org/donations.

    KCDC breaks ground on future Head Start facility at Western Heights

    Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC), along with business and community leaders and members of the Western Heights community, officially broke ground Sept. 8 on a Head Start facility that will provide comprehensive preschool programs for neighborhood children.

    The new $5.4 million facility, located at the intersection of West Oldham Avenue and Reed Street, will provide Head Start and Early Head Start programming by the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) and will serve children from infant to age 5.

    The groundbreaking also marks the start of significant revitalization planned for Western Heights and the broader Beaumont neighborhood. Construction of the Head Start facility is expected to be completed in late 2022.

    “Head Start changes the lives of children and their families living in the community, because it provides an early start to education,” KCDC Executive Director and CEO Ben Bentley said. “We want to provide neighborhoods where families can thrive, and today’s groundbreaking is made possible because of the combined efforts of our business and community partners. We especially appreciate the commitment of Western Heights residents to help lead the renewal of their neighborhood.”

    Bentley was joined at the ground-breaking celebration by Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon; Knoxville Vice Mayor Gwen McKenzie; Bob Whetsel, KCDC board chair; Barbara Kelly, executive director of CAC; and representatives of Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) and design, construction and financing partners.

    “The City supports investment in revitalization and recognizes the hard work and passion that already has gone into re-energizing this neighborhood in support of its families,” Mayor Kincannon said. “Investing in children means a better tomorrow for the whole community.”

    The Head Start facility, which will serve more than 130 children, will include four classrooms for infants and toddlers and six preschool classrooms inside 22,000 square feet of space. The site also features two playgrounds with covered and uncovered portions, a large multipurpose room and an expanded parking lot.

    “Head Start programs are proven to help get young children ready for school and also promote social, emotional and physical growth and development,” Kelly said. “We appreciate the efforts of KCDC, all stakeholders and members of the community who have worked together to bring us to this ground-breaking celebration.”

    The building will be leased by KCDC to CAC, which will operate the center and provide early childhood education; family services; health screenings; assistance with mental health and disabilities; free and nutritious meals; transportation to and from the Head Start; and dual-language learning programs.

    The addition of a Head Start center is part of KCDC’s upcoming transformation of the Western Heights site and Beaumont neighborhood through the Transforming Western initiative, a 15-month planning process for the future of Western Heights housing, neighborhood and people. The process will culminate with KCDC applying in November for a $30 million HUD Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant to fund neighborhood transformation.

    Construction costs will be partially funded through Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC), which allows KCDC to raise private equity for the Head Start facility. Home Federal Bank of Tennessee is the mortgage lender, and the Knoxville Housing Development Corporation, a wholly owned instrumentality of KCDC, will be the borrower.

    McCarty Holsaple McCarty designed the Western Heights Head Start facility, and the construction contractor is Jenkins & Stiles. KCDC’s owner’s representative on the project is Blackburn Development Group.

    The larger Transforming Western initiative is more than just replacement affordable housing. While the plan will include rebuilding or significantly renovating the affordable housing already available at Western Heights – which was originally constructed in the 1930s – it includes more affordable housing units than currently on-site; additional units for people of varied income levels; and revitalization of the surrounding Beaumont neighborhood. The planning process began last February and also includes months of input from Western Heights residents and Beaumont neighborhood stakeholders.

    About Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation

    Since 1936, KCDC has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Knoxville and Knox County. KCDC’s mission is to improve and transform neighborhoods and communities by providing quality affordable housing, advancing development initiatives and fostering self-sufficiency. For more information, call 865-403-1100 or visit http://www.kcdc.org.

    New sidewalks to be built in Lonsdale

    City Council last night (Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021) authorized Mayor Indya Kincannon to proceed with a nearly $1 million project to build 1,300 linear feet of sidewalk, curb, a retaining wall and drainage infrastructure along the east side of Texas Avenue between Is white cabbage good for you Avenue and Gerald Drive.

    The new sidewalk will connect two existing sidewalks and provide a safe pedestrian walkway in the heart of Lonsdale. The work is being done by Morgan Contracting, selected as the most responsive bidder of the five companies that submitted contract proposals.

    The City-funded new sidewalk is a part of the more than $30 million being invested in public-private collaborations in Lonsdale designed to create new youth- and family-serving amenities and opportunities.

    Those investments include a new Lonsdale Elementary School now under construction, a newly-designed City park and the Emerald Youth Foundation Haslam-Sansom Ministry Complex at 1740 Texas Ave.

    As part of a swap of properties and shared funding commitments, Knox County assumed ownership of the City’s Lonsdale Park and Recreation Center on Stonewall Street. Knox County Schools used the property to build a new larger Lonsdale Elementary School, approximately a $20 million investment.

    The new school will include dedicated space for a new City recreation center with access to a full-sized gymnasium.

    As part of the strategic planned investment, the Sam E. Hill property on Delaware Street will be transferred to the City by Knox County. Once the new Lonsdale Elementary School is built and Sam E. Hill is vacated, the City will create a new park and a community meeting space there. The City is working with the Lonsdale community on the design of this new park space.

    The Haslam-Sansom Ministry Complex, opened in December 2019, represents a $10 million private investment to create new opportunities for the families of Lonsdale.

    The complex includes two multipurpose synthetic turf fields and a 36,000-plus-square-foot multipurpose facility with a learning center, two full-size gymnasiums with basketball courts and a fitness area, as well as a community health center operated in partnership with Cherokee Health Systems.

    As new school year starts, Downtown Knoxville businesses announce job opportunities

    More than 50 businesses in downtown Knoxville are hiring as college students start the new school year. The Downtown Knoxville Alliance has compiled a list of opportunities on its website for those seeking the flexibility and convenience of working in the city center.

    “Just like the university, Downtown Knoxville is open for business,” said Michele Hummel, executive director of the Downtown Knoxville Alliance. “There are multiple ways to work in this nearby district, including retail, hospitality and restaurant positions. The ample job openings at established and new businesses show the strength of the downtown business recovery as more people are exploring and visiting.

    “We want to give a boost to all of the great businesses that are hiring and invite job seekers, especially those returning to Knoxville for the school year, to apply.”

    Downtown businesses are within walking distance, a free trolley ride or a short drive from the University of Tennessee campus. Student workers will be in the heart of Downtown Knoxville happenings, and many positions offer flexible schedules.

    Downtown Knoxville’s website provides a compilation of businesses with open positions as well as links with additional information to make it easier for those seeking employment.

    Part- and full-time positions for bartenders, cooks, hosts, housekeeping, massage therapists, sales, servers and more are available.

    Applicants should visit downtownknoxville.org/hiring for the full list, which currently includes:

    • Anaba Japanese Cuisine
    • ASM Knoxville
    • Babalu
    • Balter Beerworks
    • Bernadette’s Crystal Gardens
    • Bijou Theatre
    • Bistro at the Bijou
    • Blackhorse Pub & Brewery
    • Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes
    • Boyd’s Jig & Reel
    • Brass Pearl
    • Brother Wolf
    • Calhoun’s on the River
    • Chesapeake’s Seafood House
    • Chivo Taqueria
    • Corks Wine & Spirits
    • Crowne Plaza Knoxville
    • Dazzo’s Pizzeria
    • Downtown Grill & Brewery
    • Downtown Marriott
    • Emilia
    • Five Thirty Lounge
    • Fizz
    • French Market Creperie
    • Good Golly Tamale
    • Hyatt Place
    • J.C. Holdway
    • Knox Mason
    • Knoxville Area Transit
    • Lost Tavern
    • Maple Hall Bowling Lanes
    • Meadowsweet Massage
    • Nail Room
    • Nama Sushi Bar
    • Old City Sports Bar
    • Osteria Stella
    • Phoenix Pharmacy & Fountain
    • Preservation Pub
    • Ruby Sunshine
    • Scruffy City Hall
    • Southbound Nightclub
    • Starbucks on Gay Street
    • Stock & Barrel
    • Sweet P’s Downtown Dive
    • Tennessean Hotel
    • Tennessee Theatre
    • Tomato Head
    • Tommy Trent’s
    • Urban Outfitters
    • Wake Foot Sanctuary
    • Wicked Chicken
    • Yassin’s Falafel House

    About the Downtown Knoxville Alliance

    Ensuring a vibrant, flourishing downtown is the primary mission of the Downtown Knoxville Alliance (DKA). Formed in 1993 as a Central Business Improvement District (CBID), the district encompasses a 0.67-square-mile area and is supported by a special assessment to property owners that is used to make improvements, enhance services and promote downtown. The DKA continually focuses on attracting and retaining a thriving community of residents, businesses and visitors in Downtown Knoxville. For more information, visit https://www.downtownknoxville.org.

    After more than three decades, Cornerstone of Recovery changes hands

    Louisville, Tennessee (September 1, 2021) — Cornerstone of Recovery, East Tennessee’s largest drug and alcohol treatment provider located in Blount County, has been acquired by Birmingham, Alabama-based Bradford Health Services, the Southeast's largest provider of addiction treatment programs, representatives from both companies announced today.

    Founded in 1989 by the late Bill Hood, Cornerstone has grown from an 18-bed facility in a strip mall just outside of Knoxville to one of the largest residential addiction and alcoholism treatment providers in the state, operating out of a four-facility, 24-acre campus on Alcoa Highway. Despite its impressive growth, however, the facility has stayed true to Hood’s vision of offering a full spectrum of 12-Step and clinical treatment options for people recovering from addiction.

    The new partnership with Bradford will allow Cornerstone to make an even greater impact in East Tennessee and beyond, says John Hood, the Executive Vice President of Cornerstone and the late founder’s son.

    “When we look at Bradford’s strengths and Cornerstone’s strengths, they dovetail together nicely, and our philosophies are very similar,” Hood said. “They have the same ideas about what recovery is and what treatment should be that we do, and with the guidance and oversight of Bradford, Cornerstone is going to be able to accomplish even more than what we have in the past. They know the patients we treat, they know the industry, and this will be beneficial to both our patients and staff.”

    The acquisition strengthens both Cornerstone’s and Bradford's positions in the addiction treatment industry, expanding in-network access to care and providing unparalleled treatment opportunities for patients, families, and referring providers across a full continuum of care. The combined company will offer programming and support services through over 25 facilities across Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

    "We are proud to add an organization as well respected as Cornerstone of Recovery to the Bradford portfolio," said Mike Rickman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bradford Health Services. "This partnership brings together two teams that share a passion for supporting recovery. We are excited to combine our collective knowledge and experience to provide even greater access to the best care in the industry."

    The acquisition also includes Stepping Stone to Recovery, Cornerstone’s full-spectrum treatment program that’s in network with all three managed care organizations under the TennCare umbrella, the State of Tennessee’s Medicaid program.

    "Whether we're serving East Tennessee or patients from all across the country, our mission has always been the same: to save lives, families, and jobs by providing hope, healing, and recovery for those impacted by the disease of addiction," said Cornerstone of Recovery Chief Executive Officer Steve McGrew. "With this new partnership, we look forward to furthering this mission, drawing on new resources and opportunities under the Bradford umbrella to continue to provide comprehensive, affordable, and effective treatment for those in need."

    For more information, visit bradfordhealth.com or cornerstoneofrecovery.com.

    About Bradford Health Services

    Bradford Health Services has been successfully treating alcohol and drug addiction for more than 40 years. With locations across the Southeast, Bradford offers affordable, clinically proven programs at all levels of care, including residential, inpatient, extended care, and outpatient services. Drawing from best-in-class medical and clinical research, Bradford's experienced staff tailors every treatment plan to the individual patient, resulting in patient outcomes that significantly exceed national averages. Bradford's 24-hour p320 owb holster center is available by calling 1-888-SOBER-40 (888-762-3740). For more information, visit bradfordhealth.com.

    About Cornerstone of Recovery

    From humble beginnings, Cornerstone of Recovery has grown into one of the largest residential drug and alcohol treatment centers in the state of Tennessee. With services ranging from safe, medically supervised detox, inpatient treatment for a broad cross-section of clients to outpatient programs and sober living support, Cornerstone combines both traditional methods and evidence-based psychotherapeutic tools to fulfill our primary mission: to save lives, families, and jobs by providing hope, healing, and recovery for those impacted by the disease of addiction. For more information, call 1-866-631-5209 or visit cornerstoneofrecovery.com.

    Shop Farragut in partnership with the Town of Farragut is invites the community to join the Farragut Harvestfest

    Shop Farragut in partnership with the Town of Farragut is inviting the community to join in the new autumn tradition - the Farragut Harvestfest.

    On Sunday October 3, between the hours of 3 and 7pm, Shop Farragut will assemble vendors regions bank jobs mobile al all across the Farragut Business Community.  The Festival will feature 4 dozen retail and promotional booths including food and beverage vendors and 4 hours of “live” entertainment.  Merchants will showcase their products and services in the Village Green Shopping Center, 11505 Kingston Pike, in Farragut for the first Farragut Harvestfest.

    Participating businesses include a wide variety of retailers, foodies and personal services.  Patrons can get food and drink from The Admiral Pub, Water Into Wine, The Farragut Table, Kiki's Hawaiian Shave Ice, Mucho Gusto, Lulu’s Liquor Cakes, Cruisin Cuisine, and Toney’s Italian Ice.  Patrons will also be able to get information, discounts, or merchandise from these Farragut area businesses:

    • SouthEast Bank
    • TDS Telecomm
    • Angie Cody Real Estate Team
    • Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union
    • EPA: Ella Pinchok Art
    • SeaStar Jewelry
    • 865LIFE
    • Edward Jones
    • Saintly Stitches
    • Kimmie's Kitchen
    • Tutor Doctor
    • Root Journey & Crunchy Mama
    • James Farmer Books
    • Snooty Patootie
    • Nineteen Eighty-Four Boutique
    • Melalenca, Inc.
    • Knoxville Academy of Music
    • The Snug Suit
    • Hudson & Harper Designs
    • SeaStar Jewelry
    • Premier Martial Arts
    • Teleri Athletics
    • Medi Spa at Choto
    • Scentsy
    • Steel Threads Boutique
    • Guys with Scents
    • Art House, Inc.
    • Pursuit School of Dance
    • Bird & Baby Candle Co.
    • Edward Jones
    • Mary Kay
    • Sir Goony's
    • Quintessential Biosciences
    • Spoiled Dog Pupcakery
    • Pursuit School of Dance
    • Top Dog Bracing
    • Raven Originals
    • KL Designs & Canvases

    This new outdoor event is free to the public.  “The Festival is a new Fall tradition for our community that basically fills a calendar gap in Shop Farragut’s favorite annual activities,” states Farragut Business Alliance, Executive Director, Steve Krempasky.  “This will be a celebration of Farragut community life here in East Tennessee.”

    Shop Farragut will supply a large Festival Tent providing seating for patrons to enjoy their food and drinks.  The stage will feature continuous live entertainment.  The musical entertainment includes:

    • 3pm, Common Interest
    • 4:15pm, Solstice
    • 5:30pm, Mighty Blue

    All of this is possible through the generous support of our sponsors including presenting sponsor SouthEast Bank.  You can visit booths by Gold sponsors TDS Telecom and The Angie Cody Group, plus Silver sponsor MLILLY Mattress.  Our Community sponsors include Knoxville TVA Employee Credit Union, and Junk Bee Gone.  Media sponsors include B97.5 fm, The Farragut Press and WFIV 105.3fm.

    Источник: https://www.knoxnews.com/story/money/2021/09/07/shop-farragut-partnership-town-farragut-invites-community-join-farragut-harvestfest/5757334001/

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    Community Support Professional (Blount and Jefferson County)

    Community Support Professional- Degreed (Blount and Jefferson County)

    Direct Support Professional (Blount and Jefferson County)

    Group Home Manager (Blount and Jefferson County)

    Human Resources Information Specialist

    Maintenance Technician

    LPN

    QDDP

    RecyclABILITY Driver

    Registered Nurse

     

    Источник: https://www.arcofcentralalabama.org/about/careers/

    With the financing, Haynes bought an AS350 medical helicopter. The company hired four pilots, a mechanic, and 10 additional medical personnel.

    Haynes Life Flight took to the air in June 2014. Since then, Barrett has seen first-hand the impact that air ambulance service is having on Central Alabama. And that, he says, is the greatest benefit of a company like his having the financing to grow and serve more people.

    “We’ve been able to touch hundreds of lives because of this service,” Barrett said. “We fly an average of more than 40 patients a month. Many of those patients wouldn’t have a chance without a service like this available.”

    ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

    Haynes exemplifies the hundreds of companies that have received financing from the Alabama Economic Development Loan Pool provided by Regions Bank. While most of those companies are not in the business of saving lives, they are all, in one way or another, in the business of creating or sustaining jobs, providing needed services, or supporting the quality of life in their communities.

    It is for those reasons that Regions is renewing its commitment to the Alabama Economic Development Loan Pool for 2015. Before year’s end, Regions is dedicated to providing another $1.5 billion to support businesses and entities that are growing, modernizing, expanding, and more, throughout Alabama.

    “Regions Bank is committed to serving as the economic development bank of Alabama,” said Bill Horton, South Region president for Regions Bank. “When we launched the Alabama Economic Development Loan Pool in 2013, we knew we had an opportunity to help more companies access capital, grow their business, and create more jobs. Since then, we have seen so many opportunities come to fruition. From major employers to startups to companies in between, the loan pool is available to drive business expansion throughout our home state. And we are honored to renew our commitment for 2015.”

    Regions works closely with the business community and the Alabama Department of Commerce to identify potential candidates for loan pool financing.

    “Over the past two years, this Regions Bank initiative has achieved an impressive track record of helping Alabama businesses upgrade their facilities or expand their operations,” Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield said. “Regions’ renewed commitment to this loan program will sustain that momentum, creating countless additional jobs across the state.”

    Companies interested in learning more about Regions’ Alabama Economic Development Loan Pool can contact a Regions banker or visit a local branch for a referral.

    ‘SHARED VALUE’

    As Barrett was describing the expansion his company has seen, one of his teams was airlifting a stroke patient from Alexander City to Birmingham. The week before, a team helped save a 2-year-old who nearly drowned – but was able to make it to Children’s of Alabama in time to receive critical care.

    “We’re able to provide a higher level of care,” Barrett said. “We have a critical care paramedic and a critical care nurse on board with the pilot. They have advanced skills that they can go above what we do on the ground. And they can be there in just a fraction of the time.

    “The volume is here; there is a definite need,” he added. “And we’re grateful that a source of financing like this was available to help.”

    That source will remain in place as Regions seeks to work with current and prospective employers on more projects in the future.

    “The Alabama Economic Development Loan Pool is a great example of a concept that we call ‘shared value,’” Horton said. “Our customers benefit through access to capital, the company benefits by developing stronger relationships with the people we serve, and our communities benefit as more jobs and more economic opportunities are made available.”

    Источник: https://www.madeinalabama.com/2015/04/regions-bank-renews-1-5-billion-commitment/

    Grayson Hall’s time as Regions Financial Corp.'s executive chairman officially ends today, closing out a 38-year career in banking that began with company predecessor AmSouth and saw momentous changes wrought by government regulation, technology and the economy.

    “I’d like to think I’ve left Regions in a better place,” Hall, 60, said. “I have a lot of confidence in the company. I love the company. I love the team that’s taking over. They’re a great group of people, and they have an extremely bright future.”

    John Turner, 56, was named back in July to succeed Hall as Chairman and CEO. Hall stayed on as executive chairman through the end of the year as part of the transition. He said he still expects to talk regularly with Turner and considers himself part of the Regions team, though his position is more in “cheering” for its success. He says he’s looking forward to spending more time with his three children and four grandchildren, with one more grandchild on the way.

    “You reach a point where it’s the right decision at the right time,” Hall said. “I’m placing a lot more priority on family and I’m looking forward to that.”

    Even so, Hall remains on the boards of Alabama Power, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Birmingham Business Alliance, among other boards.

    His career started back in 1980 with AmSouth as a participant in the management trainee program. He worked his way through operations, technology, consumer and commercial banking, and wealth management. By October 2009, he was named president and chief operating officer. By May 2013 he filled the roles of chairman, president and chief executive officer. Hall holds degrees from the University of the South, an MBA from the University of Alabama and attended Stonier Graduate School of Banking and executive development programs at Harvard Business School.

    He ascended to the highest ranks of the company in the midst of the recession, and Turner said the company reflects Hall’s “strength of character” because of his leadership during that time and beyond.

    “He led us through a really challenging time in the industry’s history and the company’s history,” Turner said.

    Birmingham’s financial landscape was very different a little more than decade ago. Regions and AmSouth merged about the time that national housing prices began to fall and foreclosure rates rose.

    For his part, Hall said his proudest achievement in eight years as CEO was “refocusing the culture of the Regions on a foundation of trust and integrity.” In a 2016 profile of Hall for Birmingham Magazine, he said he tried to read every customer complaint that reached his desk, while inculcating in the company a “shared value” culture. Initiatives were conceived in a way that looked at how they would benefit the customer, while creating value for the company and community.

    “I think culturally, we are a different company than we were,” he said. “We’ve tried to structure our business in a way that we have a sustainable business that can endure for an extended period of time. We have endured some challenging economic times. We’ve tried to build our bank in a way that we can sustain our business through the economic cycles that are inevitable in our economy. It’s been a long recovery, but it’s a been a slow recovery. Many of the metrics we follow remain positive.”

    Hall said the biggest changes he’s seen in his time deal with regulation and technology. There are less banks nationally now than there were when he began his career, but Regions' footprint extends into 15 states and around 1,500 branches. In 1980, a customer did most business in checks and regularly visited branches to get cash. A monthly statement arrived in the mail along with the month’s written checks.

    Today, fewer customers use cash, many never visit a branch, and check volume is about 40 percent of what it once was. Many customers regularly wield a debit card when making purchases. Now Regions, like other banks, employs a strategy of serving customers across many platforms - branches, online, mobile, and through ATMs and telephone. At the end of the day, though, some customers still want to receive information and advice from a human face.

    “All of our customers, even millennials, want to come in and talk to a real Regions banker,” he said. “While how we do business has changed, what hasn’t changed it still the financial advice, guidance, education and assistance we give customers.”

    Источник: https://www.al.com/business/2018/12/grayson-hall-reflects-on-career-with-regions.html

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