business briefs

• RCN Technologies, a telecommunications company in Renaissance | farragut has received one of Cradlepoint Emerging Partners in 2016 during a Cradlepoint Partner Summit. This is the third year the company, which as grown from the basement of its president, Geoff Yearack, to an office of 15 employees.

• Janet Brewer has been named senior vice president and chief communications and marketing officer for Tennessee Valley Authority. She has served as vice president of communications since joining TVA in 2012. She will be responsible for brand reputation and marketing, internal and external strategic communications, media relations, digital and social media platforms and for assuring all of TVA’s communications reflect its mission of service.

• Nathan Lynn, Bearden High School athletic director and administrative assistant, has been named one of the Leadership Academy 7th Cohort of Fellows. The Leadership Academy is a collaborative venture between The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Knox County Schools and prepares talented individuals to become outstanding school principals. The full-time 15-month fellowship program is part of the Center for Educational Leadership and is housed in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in UT College of Education, Health and Human Services.

• Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. Community Fund recently made a $2,500 donation to East Tennessee Kidney Foundation. This contribution directly aids daily operations of the Dialysis Transportation Program.

• Karen Tindal has been hired as Knoxville Track Club race director for the Farragut 13.1, 5K and Kids Mile, which is set for Oct. 29. Tindal, a Farragut native, is a group exercise instructor and personal trainer with local fitness facilities. She previously was director for Girls on the Run of Greater Knoxville and serves on a variety of local board of directors and committees.

• Scott Schmidt has been hired as head coach for Knoxville Track Club RunKNOX program, which hosts sessions year round. Schmidt is a senior training specialist with NSPS in Oak Ridge. His background is in health and fitness, which he will use in his new duties of writing programming for runners and walkers of all fitness levels.

• FirstBank Mortgage has announced 52 winners of its 2015 Next Generation Scholarship, giving $52,000 to customers within the communities it serves from a random drawing for a $1,000 scholarship for a child. Twenty six of the scholarships went to Tennessee customers.

• Wynne Caffey-Knight, a law partner with Elmore, Stone & Caffey, has been named to Susan G. Komen Knoxville board of directors and will provide a legal perspective on the board. Knight has participated in the race for many years and hosted many teams. Her mother, sister and aunt are breast cancer survivors. She is a past president of Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women and past-president of East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women.

• BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has selected Tennova Center for Advanced Orthopedics at Physiciains Regional Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better outcomes.