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MCG Media Advisory: Community Design Center Celebrates Jackson Avenue at 12th Annual Event

MORRIS CREATIVE GROUP LLC
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Chuck Morris
Morris Creative Group LLC
cjmorris@morriscreative.com
(865) 637-9869

Mary Linda Schwarzbart
East Tennessee Community Design Center
marylinda@comcast.net
(865) 384-8878

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2014

ETCDC webgraphic  MCG Media Advisory: Community Design Center Celebrates Jackson Avenue at 12th Annual Event

Community Design Center Celebrates Jackson Avenue at 12th Annual Event

Knoxville, TN – East Tennessee Community Design Center will hold its annual June Fundraiser and Tour on Thursday, June 12, 2014. In its twelfth year, the event has become a Knoxville tradition, an eagerly anticipated party for a great cause in the heart of downtown.

“This is our largest fundraiser of the year,” said Jason Woodle, Board President of ETCDC. “Downtown Knoxville has a renewed sense of energy, and now, that energy has extended to Jackson Avenue. A “creative corridor” is developing, with residences, businesses, restaurants, shops and a plan for redevelopment of the McClung warehouse site. We wanted to celebrate that this year.”

Event Chairperson, Mary Holbrook, continued, “ETCDC is all about community, and this annual block party gives all of us a reason to celebrate Knoxville.”

The event begins at 5:00 p.m. at The Standard, with drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. At 6:30 p.m., there will be exclusive tours of residences and businesses on Jackson Avenue, including Southeastern Glass Building – Morris Creative Group LLC, Sanders/Pace Architecture, Dollar&Ewers/Shelton Group, Firestreet Lofts, Knox Fixture, JFG Lofts, The Armature, Jackson Atelier, and Three Feathers. Tickets are $60 and may be purchased online at communitydc.org or by calling 865-525-9945.

WHO: East Tennessee Community Design Center – http://www.communitydc.org

WHAT: ”Jackson Avenue 2014” – An ETCDC Annual Fundraiser

WHEN: Thursday, June 12, 2014. Silent Auction 5:00-6:30pm / Tours 6:30-8:30pm

WHERE: The Standard, 416 W. Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902

WHY:  Founded in 1970, ETCDC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to make East Tennessee a better place to live and work by bringing professional design and planning assistance to communities and organizations lacking resources. The Community Design Center offers its services through the pro bono contributions of area architects, landscape architects, planners and other professionals. ETCDC has assisted in a diverse range of projects, from traffic calming in neighborhoods to planning for Knoxville’s new urban wilderness. The sixteen Tennessee counties served by the Community Design Center are: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union. For more information, please visit http://www.communitydc.org.

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Holbrook Elected to Board of Regents of American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

holbrook Holbrook Elected to Board of Regents of American College of Trust and Estate CounselKNOXVILLE, Tenn., April 30, 2014 — Dan W. Holbrook, founding partner of Holbrook Peterson Smith, PLLC, of Knoxville, Tennessee, has been elected to the Board of Regents of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), the premier legal association of trust and estate lawyers in the United States. Holbrook was elected as a Fellow of the College in 1989 and served as Tennessee State Chair from 2005 to 2010.

Upon his election, Holbrook said, “I look forward to serving the profession and the public by serving on the ACTEC governing board.”

The College is composed of the best of the trust and estate bar. Fellowship in ACTEC is extended by invitation only, after careful screening, to those experienced lawyers who have not only mastered the substantive law and practice but who have also made substantial contributions to the profession itself, through writing and speaking on topics of interest to the most experienced practitioners, or by guiding legislation relevant to the profession.

The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trust and estate practice, by providing resources to the bar and the public generally and through committees that monitor and adapt to ever-changing laws and practice.

ACTEC Fellows are often asked to provide testimony in Congressional hearings and work with the Internal Revenue Service to improve the administration of our tax system. ACTEC also has a separate Foundation to accomplish charitable ends, and Holbrook served on that Board of Directors for six years.

Holbrook is a founding partner of Holbrook Peterson Smith PLLC, established in 1997, and has been practicing law for 36 years. An alumnus of Rollins College (BA and MBA), Willamette University Law School (JD), and the University of Miami Law School (LL.M.), Holbrook has received the highest rating awarded by Martindale–Hubbell for the last 26 years. He is certified as an estate planning specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization, and has been selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America for Trusts and Estates since 1989, and more recently for Representing Non-Profits. Holbrook was listed among the “top 150 lawyers in Tennessee” from 2004 to 2010 in Business Tennessee magazine, and has been listed regularly in Mid-South Super Lawyers and Tennessee Super Lawyers for both Estate Planning and Non-Profits.

ABOUT HOLBROOK PETERSON SMITH PLLC

Holbrook Peterson Smith PLLC, Counselors at Law, is a full service source of private wealth planning in East Tennessee, helping individuals design and implement carefully crafted estate plans for their loved ones, businesses, and communities.

HPS attorneys focus their practices on estate planning and related matters, including wills, trusts, probate, tax, tax audits, asset protection, fiduciary law, business succession, charitable giving, charitable organizations, and compensation planning.

More information may be found on the firm’s website at www.hpestatelaw.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCG NEWS RELEASE: Mountain Commerce Bank breaks ground on its new Bearden Financial Center in Knoxville

mcb ground break MCG NEWS RELEASE: Mountain Commerce Bank breaks ground on its new Bearden Financial Center in Knoxville

 

JOHNSON CITY, TN – April 24, 2014 – Mountain Commerce Bank (MCB) held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, April 22nd at the site of its new Bearden Financial Center (6115 Kingston Pike) on the corner of Northshore Drive and Kingston Pike in Knoxville. Construction is projected to begin on the two-story, full-service banking facility in May, and MCB anticipates that it will open in the first quarter of 2015.

“The financial center will create a significant presence in Knoxville and will provide a warm and inviting place for our clients to interact with their personal bankers,” said Tim Topham, Executive VP & Area President. The new facility will feature a technology station with a touch-screen computer for account access, as well as traditional teller stations, drive-thru, a drive-up ATM and night depository. The financial center will focus on serving all the financial needs of individuals, professionals, small businesses, and commercial clients, offering a wide range of transactional and deposit products and services, such as mobile deposit from smart phones, remote deposit capture for businesses to deposit checks from their own locations, investment services and interest-earning accounts. In addition, MCB’s team of Knoxville lenders provides private and commercial banking services and all types of loans.

Knoxville Chamber Senior VP Mark Field opened the groundbreaking ceremony with comments. Bruce Bosse, President of Merit Construction, and Thomas Weems, Architect for the project, were in attendance. Chairman Dwight B. Ferguson, Jr., and President & CEO William E. “Bill” Edwards made remarks on behalf of the Bank. Also representing MCB were Director, Sam Widener, Executive VP/CCO/COO Kevin W. Horne, Executive VP & Area President Tim Topham and Tom Jensen, Senior VP & City Executive for Knoxville.

Bill Edwards, President and CEO stated, “I am pleased to begin construction of the new state-of-the-art financial center; it is the next step in MCB’s Knoxville expansion strategy. We have had great success from very modest beginnings, which is evidence that banking is a relationship business.”

Mountain Commerce Bank opened its doors in Knoxville in 2007 in a temporary facility on Peters Road, and in 2009 moved to its current location at 320 N. Cedar Bluff Road. The Knoxville market has approximately $100 million in deposits and $200 million in loans, as of April 2014.

About Mountain Commerce Bank:

Mountain Commerce Bank (MCB) is a state-chartered, FDIC-insured, century-old, privately held financial services institution serving Knoxville, Johnson City, and Unicoi County. Through Hometown Service and Smart Technology, MCB offers big bank products and services, with the personal attention and exceptional service of a hometown community bank.

At the end of March 2014, MCB had $349 million in total assets and $299 million in total deposits. MCB currently employs more than 60 individuals at five branches and one operations office. For more information, visit us at www.mcb.com or check your account any time at 1-866-MCB-1910. MCB is an equal opportunity employer.

Mountain Commerce Bank welcomes Connie French as a Relationship Manager

Connie Holmes headshot 200x300 Mountain Commerce Bank welcomes Connie French as a Relationship Manager JOHNSON CITY, TN – February 24, 2014 – Mountain Commerce Bank (MCB) welcomes Connie French to its Knoxville Responsive Relationship Banking team. French brings over 21 years of experience in areas of commercial and residential mortgage lending, and Private Banking. She left MCB for several years working as Director of the State for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tennessee. French graduated from University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. She is a registered representative with a Series 7, 66, and Life and Health insurance license. Bill Edwards, President and CEO stated, “We are pleased to have Connie back at MCB providing responsive service to her clients. I have long held Connie in high regard. Her level of service, professionalism and service to the community will complement what our clients have come to expect from Mountain Commerce Bank.”

French is devoted to the community where she serves as a Director for the Knoxville Habitat for Humanity (KHFH). She is the Chair of a sub-group of KHFH called Sisters Hammering Out Poverty (SHOP), which utilizes the expertise of strong women in the Knoxville Community to help raise money and awareness for the education of future homeowners. In addition, she sits on the Executive Leadership Team and Circle of Red for the American Heart Association.

Her office is located at 320 N. Cedar Bluff Road, Suite 101 in Knoxville. She can be reached at (865) 694-5708 or by emailing her at connie.french@mcb.com.

About Mountain Commerce Bank:

Mountain Commerce Bank (MCB) is a state-chartered, FDIC-insured, century-old, privately held financial services institution serving Knoxville, Johnson City, and Unicoi County. Through Hometown Service and Smart Technology, MCB offers big bank products and services, with the personal attention and exceptional service of a hometown community bank.

At the end of December 2013, MCB had $324 million in total assets and $280 million in total deposits. MCB currently employs more than 60 individuals at five branches and one operations office. For more information, visit us at www.mcb.com or check your account any time at 1-866-MCB-1910. MCB is an equal opportunity employer.

Meet the new additions to Morris Creative Group

Morris Creative Group is pleased to announce that we have hired one full-time graphic designer along with two interns for the spring semester.

andrew photo 150x150 Meet the new additions to Morris Creative GroupAndrew Hock has been Morris Creative Group’s newest graphic designer for almost three weeks! He was raised in Nashville and received a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Tennessee. Andrew gained professional design experience working for Knoxville Voice,  the Knox County Public Library, and a diverse set of freelance clients. He says, “It’s a privilege to be working with the seasoned creative professionals at Morris Creative Group. I look forward to bringing my unique perspective and imagination to the agency’s projects.”

kyoko photo 150x150 Meet the new additions to Morris Creative GroupKyoko Eng is the Morris Creative Graphic Design Intern for the spring semester. Kyoko is currently studying Graphic Design at the University of Tennessee hoping to graduate with a BFA this May. Kyoko brings real world expertise; she was awarded a Typographer’s Award from UT in 2013 and also had her work selected for the Insta Media Festival and the Handheld Media Festival. Kyoko, originally from Memphis, TN, or the “home of rock and blues,” as she calls it, is adept at the French horn and was a Drumcorp semifinalist from 2009-11. She is excited to finally be working at Morris Creative Group, hoping to add her flavor to projects and remain a part of the MCG legacy for years to come. About Knoxville, Kyoko says, “I love how welcoming and quirky this city is. It is a wonderful place to grow as a designer, and UT has offered me a great educational experience. Go Vols!”

casey photo 150x150 Meet the new additions to Morris Creative GroupCasey Lawrence has been working as Morris Creative Group’s Marketing Intern for three weeks now. Casey learned about research, copywriting, advertising, and strategy while majoring in Advertising at the University of Tennessee and working as an advertising sales representative for UT’s editorially independent newspaper, The Daily Beacon. Casey was honored with the award of “Best Campaign” during the summer of 2013 while working with the Great Smokies Flea Market. Born, raised and educated on Rocky Top, he hopes to continue working in the area. Says Casey, “I am settling into the fast-paced, project-oriented style here at MCG and am loving it. I want to soak in everything I can from my co-workers.” Considering Knoxville his home, Casey states, “Knoxville is a great place to grow up! With our unique history, great sports traditions, and affinities for music, food, and the outdoors, it’s hard not to like it here.”