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VOL. 42 | NO. 29 | Friday, July 20, 2018

ORNL, Vanderbilt to study biology problems

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt researchers are teaming up to study complex cellular processes to tackle some of the most pressing problems in biology.

Participants are combining their expertise in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computation to explore transformative, interdisciplinary ways to study complex cellular processes.

“ORNL and Vanderbilt researchers have complementary strengths,” says Padma Raghavan, vice provost for research at Vanderbilt. “By creating opportunities like this for our teams to tackle critical problems in biological sciences together, we can enable breakthroughs that could not happen otherwise.”

Faculty from Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine, School of Engineering and College of Arts and Science have met with ORNL directors and team leaders to present collaborative project ideas on topics ranging from intracellular protein structure and function to single-cell kinetics and cell-population dynamics.

Vanderbilt Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and ORNL liaison Carlos F. Lopez, and Moody Altamimi, director of research excellence at the national laboratory, organized the meeting where the scientists discussed opportunities to combine ORNL’s scientific, analytical and computational capabilities with Vanderbilt’s cell biology expertise to explore uncharted areas. Scientists are now designing experiments and planning next steps.

TeamHealth acquires Premier Medical

Knoxville-based TeamHealth, a leading clinician services organization, has announced the acquisition of the clinical operations of Premier Medical P.C. Based in Birmingham.

Premier Medical provides emergency care to more than 54,000 patients each year at St. Vincent’s East.

“As a leading healthcare provider in the Birmingham area, Premier Medical takes pride in providing excellent patient care and building strong relationships with patients, families and clinicians of the communities we serve,” says Dennis Jones, MD, co-owner and medical director of Premier Medical.

“When searching for a strong physician services partner, TeamHealth was the ideal choice to provide the support and vast resources to complement our physician-led group.”

“Premier Medical and TeamHealth share an unwavering commitment to quality care and patient safety, and through this new partnership, the clinicians and leaders of both groups will continue to position TeamHealth as the leading clinician practice in the country,” says Leif Murphy, president and CEO of TeamHealth.

“We are pleased to welcome the talented clinicians of Premier Medical to TeamHealth and look forward to serving the Birmingham area.”

Clayton Properties buys Indianapolis builder

Maryville’s Clayton Properties Group has acquired Arbor Homes, Indianapolis’ largest home builder.

Arbor Homes is the seventh home builder acquisition for Clayton Properties Group, and the second this year

“Joining Clayton gives us the platform to continue this journey on an even greater scale,” says Curtis Rector, founder and president. “We are excited about this partnership and the future of Arbor and Silverthorne Homes.”

Arbor Homes is ranked 55 on the 2018 Builder Magazine’s Builder 100 list and is projected to close on approximately 1,200 homes in 2018.

In 2017, Arbor closed on 998 homes, nearly a 15 percent increase from the previous year.

“For 24 years, we have been committed to providing quality homes at great value, as well as providing growth opportunities for our team members,” Rector says. “Upon meeting the Clayton team, it was immediately apparent they shared similar values.”

“Curtis and the Arbor team’s culture, business model and dedication to provide an exceptional team member and customer experience, make a great addition to our distinguished family of builders,” says Keith Holdbrooks, Clayton Home Building Group president.

“We immediately recognized their level of expertise and commitment to building high-quality, affordable housing. With a current average home sales price of $199,000, Arbor Homes fits a niche price point between our off-site and on-site builders. We’re excited about the potential opportunities to shape the future of affordable housing.”

Dancing Bean Coffee opens in Townsend

Dancing Bean Coffee House & Bakery is opening in Townsend at the Apple Valley shopping area on US 321.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro will provide the baked goods. Dancing Bear Lodge will also open a new guest check-in center adjacent to the coffee house.

Mark and Sharon Oldham, owners of both the Apple Valley and Dancing Bear brands, have also announced the “Apple Valley Stores & Café,” is being renamed “Apple Valley Mountain Village.”

The coffee house will offer locally roasted coffees, espresso and cappuccino. Additionally, regionally-produced Kambucha will be on tap, along with Nitro Coffee.

Fresh fruit smoothies, custom sodas, bottled juices and imported and local bottled beers will be featured. The cafe will be open for breakfast and lunch with counter service and indoor and outdoor deck seating.

Jerrica Shepherd has been named general manager of The Dancing Bean.

Haslam’s Executive MBA ranks highly

The Economist magazine has ranked the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business Executive MBA program as seventh among public universities.

The publication’s third biannual ranking, Which MBA, ranks the program No. 23 in the world and No. 14 among all US programs.

“Seeing the Executive MBA enter the Economist Which MBA ranking at No. 23 is exciting, but we are especially pleased with the No. 1 ranking by students for program relevance,” says Bruce Behn, associate dean for graduate and executive education at the college.

“The faculty and program staff take great pride in delivering a curriculum that is truly transformational for our students, as we want to help them grow professionally and succeed in their careers. This latest ranking is a welcome affirmation of the extraordinary value to students that our programs deliver.”

The Economist collected data for the ranking using two web-based questionnaires. The first was completed by business schools and included details and statistics related to students, alumni, program curriculum, and faculty. A second questionnaire targeted students and recent alumni. Final rankings rely on data from both surveys.

In addition to the overall ranking, the program received Top 10 marks in nine different subcategory measures: No. 1 for student ranking of program relevance; No. 2 for overall quality of students; No. 4 for student rating of faculty and for pre-MBA salary of students; No. 5 for overall level of work experience of students; No. 6 for the quality of the faculty and for professional development and educational experience; and No. 7 for student rating of teaching quality and for post-MBA salary.

AtWork Group offers redesigned website

Knoxville-based AtWork Group, a national staffing franchise, announced today the launch of its newly redesigned website: AtWork officials say the company is empowering job seekers, employers, and franchise owners with a site featuring enhanced tools and a clean, intuitive design that offers quick and easy access to job listings and important information.

The newly redesigned website was carefully planned and thoroughly researched, putting a focus on the company’s mission to be “AtWork for You.’’

“I’m so excited to share AtWork’s updated website,” says Jason Leverant, president and COO of AtWork Group. “We’ve spent a tremendous amount of time and energy building a site to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our talent and client partners.

“With a modern design that’s focused on the user experience, we were able to create an amazingly efficient and functional site that emphasizes our mission of being AtWork For You – our clients, our talent, and our franchise partners – without sacrificing style.”

Summit adds Children’s Faith Pediatrics

Children’s Faith Pediatrics in Knoxville has joined Summit Medical Group, East Tennessee.

Summit is working to expand its pediatric care services across the region.

“Children’s Faith Pediatrics has an outstanding reputation of providing expert, individualized pediatric care,” says Ed Curtis, Summit Medical Group CEO. “We are pleased to have them join Summit in offering East Tennesseans comprehensive primary care options from birth to adulthood and delivering compassionate and effective healthcare services to our community.”

Children’s Faith Pediatrics has served the community for 22 years, providing care for patients from birth to age 18. It includes two providers: Rick Glover, M.D., and L. David Perry, M.D.

“We are proud of the practice that we have built and the hundreds of children and families we have served over the past 22 years,” Glover says.

“Working with Summit Medical Group provides business services and a support system that allow us to maintain and grow our practice, while we will continue to focus on our young patients, their health and wellness and our ability to help them grow and thrive.”

Children’s Faith Pediatrics is located at 1341 Branton Blvd., Suite 102, off Northshore Drive in the Rocky Hill area.

TVA seeking input National Resource Plan

The Tennessee Valley Authority invites the public to comment on updating its 2011 Natural Resource Plan, which guides how TVA manages public lands and waters in its seven-state service area, including participating in a webinar.

The 2011 plan organized TVA’s work into six resource areas, but did not include all of TVA’s natural resource efforts. In the 2020 Natural Resource Plan, TVA proposes 10 focus areas that encompass all the natural Resource functions.

These focus areas include: reservoir lands planning, section 26a and land use agreements, public land protection, land and habitat stewardship, nuisance and invasive species management, cultural resource management, water resource stewardship, recreation, ecotourism and public outreach and information.

There will be a public meeting on July 25 at Pellissippi State Community College in the College Center Room, 10915 Hardin Valley Rd., Knoxville, 5-7:30 p.m. local time.

There will also be a public session 5-7:30 p.m. local time on August 2, at Paris Landing State Park in Conference Room A, 400 Lodge Road, Buchanan, Tennessee, and the webinar will be on Aug. 6.

Register in advance of the webinar at

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