Hurricane Grill and Wings to open

Hurricane Grill & Wings prepares to open a new location at 318 Lovell Road and holds a groundbreaking, hosted by Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce, Friday, Oct. 31, at its new site. On hand, from left, were Julie Gunter, farragutpress; John Tiernan, ServPro; Arlene Weinstein, Arlene’s Fun Travels; Laura Sayers, farragutpress; Brenda Beaty, BrendaCooks4U; Marianne Morse, Mary Kay; Justin Barnhill, Hurricane Grill & Wings general manager; Dawn Harvey, Candlewood Suites; Kristina Killebrew, Star 102.1; Michael Sawyer, FISH Window Cleaning, and Marc Davis, TradeBank. Farragut area residents can get tastes from the beach this winter, when Hurricane Grill and Wings opens a new site at 319 Lovell Road.

As it works on major changes to its new home, formerly Ruby Tuesday’s, Hurricane Grill & Wings held a groundbreaking, hosted by Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce, Friday, Oct. 31, at the new site. General manager Justin Barnhill said the owners are planning to open the restaurant Monday, Dec. 8.

“We wanted to bring the beach to East Tennessee,” Barnhill said. “We are part of the Turkey Creek development.

“We want to welcome everyone,” he added. “We are looking to have a fun, beach-themed atmosphere.”

The restaurant will have the area’s first indoor/outdoor bar and a cantilevered patio, Barnhill said.

The restaurant, as a whole, can seat about 270, which includes the patio, and a surf shack will be able to seat small parties up to 25, he said. The restaurant also will have a lounge area.
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Plauché retires, Hemphill new at State Farm

State Farm welcomes new agent Josh Hemphill, taking the reins at 11420 Kingston Pike in Farragut.

“It’s exciting,” Hemphill, a Knoxville area native, said. “It’s a dream come true.”

The agency’s predecessor, Jack Plauché, retired after 26 years. “... There were other things to do,” he said.

Plauché said he and his wife, Susan, who worked with Plauché at the agency, discussed Hemphill’s coming to the agency. “I think he’s probably the most capable agent I’ve encountered,” Plauché said of Hemphill. “He’s very well-trained and knowledgeable.”

Hemphill opened the agency’s doors as Josh Hemphill State Farm Saturday, Nov. 1. He brings almost 11 years of insurance and financial experience to the agency.

He added he wants to take what Plauché had t the agency and grow it.

Hemphill has been in the insurance business since 2003, when he started as an independent life insurance agent then joined State Farm nine years ago.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in business management from Bryan College while with State Farm, he worked his way up through the company’s Agent Aspirant program to having his own agency.
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business briefs

• Gregory Glover, M.D., and Sudha Nair, M.D., obstetricians and gynecologists at Turkey Creek Medical Center, have been inducted into American Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery’s 300 Club.

• Cindy Kraus, sales associate with Century 21 Select Properties, LLC, in Knoxville, has completed e-PRO certification, which certifies real estate agents and brokers as Internet professionals.
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