Harmony Family Center Hosts Pickleball Tournament

Harmony Family Center’s hosted its inaugural “Volley for Change” Pickleball Tournament sponsored by PYA Waltman Capital Sept. 20–22, which included singles, men’s and women’s skill and age-group competitions, as well as mixed doubles skill competition.

Approximately 135 participants had a wonderful time playing in the USAPA-sanctioned event at the Knoxville Racquet Club. Pro player and gold medalist Stephanie Lane helped plan the event and played in the tournament.

“Volley for Change” was a great opportunity for Harmony to expand its event programming while raising money for the children it serves. 

Hillcrest Healthcare Employees Earn Regional Grace Healthcare Awards

Four Hillcrest Healthcare employees have won 2019 Grace Healthcare Awards for excellent and compassionate care.

The four employees include:
+ Ruth Giacometti, Business Office Manager of the Year
+ Jerry Hensley, Employee of the Year
+ Abdoulie Jallow, Employee of the Year
+Susette Williamson, Administrator of the Year

Hillcrest Healthcare operates three skilled nursing, rehabilitation and long-term care facilities in Knoxville with 560 beds and more than 500 employees in the north, south and west communities.

“All four of these employees exemplify what it means to serve with excellence and make the well-being of their coworkers and our patients the top priority every day,” says Barry Davis, CEO of Hillcrest Healthcare. “Ruth’s attitude and approach set the tone in our business office, Jerry went from an entry-level employee to a valued leader at Hillcrest, Abdoulie’s work ethic is unmatched, and Susette’s accomplishments are unparalleled. We appreciate and celebrate these employees, and the Grace Healthcare Awards recognition is very well-deserved.”

Christman Company Earns Award for UT Student Union

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Greater Tennessee has honored The Christman Company with an Excellence in Construction Award for the University of Tennessee Student Union. It was in the category of mega-projects over $150 million at the 24th annual Excellence in Construction Awards on Sept. 26 in Nashville.

“This is our company’s 37th project for the University of Tennessee, and it is really special,” says Marty Gibbs, vice president and general manager for The Christman Company’s Knoxville operations. “Our team took tremendous pride in constructing an efficient and beautiful gathering space for students, alumni, visitors and the community.”

Markman’s Makes Donation to Boys & Girls Club

On Oct. 1, Steve Markman presented a check for $2,750 to Rick Giecek, chief development officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, following the September Open the Vault Event Fundraiser, where Markman’s offered jewelry from its vault to customers at 20–70% off. A portion of the proceeds was then donated.

“Markman’s has had a long tradition of giving back to the community, and we wanted our Open the Vault Event to be a continuation of that spirit of charity,” Steve says.”