North Hamilton Marketplace Update Feb. 23

North Hamilton Marketplace Update Feb. 23

February 24th, 2011 in Community Hixson

Medi Home Private Care hosting ribbon-cutting

Medi Home Private Care will celebrate its opening in Hixson with a ribbon-cutting ceremony coordinated by the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, March 1 at 10 a.m.

A subsidiary of Medical Services of America, Medi Home Private Care provides comprehensive home care services to patients who are suffering from declining health or recovering from an illness or injury. With an emphasis on patient comfort, Medi Home Private Care's staff of qualified professionals works to alleviate the stress of full-time caregiving.

Services are offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include non-medical home care, personal care, bathing, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, meal preparation, errand-running, respite care, sitter services, medication pick-up and letter-writing.

The company is located at 5211 Highway 153, Suite J. For more information contact Heather Haley at (866) 749-1530 or

Cherry named Medical Society president

Collin Cherry, M.D., has been named 2011 president of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society.

Cherry succeeds Nita Shumaker, M.D. John McCarley, M.D., was named president-elect.

Cherry, who will serve as president through January 2010, is an internist at Ridgeside Internal Medicine and chief executive officer of Beacon Health in Chattanooga. He attended the University of Tennessee School of Medicine.

McCarley, a nephrologist with Nephrology Associates, will become president of the Medical Society in 2012. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.

Shumaker, a pediatrician with Galen North Pediatrics, will continue to serve on the board as immediate past president. Colleen Schmitt, M.D., a gastroenterologist, is secretary-treasurer.

Joining the 2011 Medical Society board for first terms are David Armstrong, M.D., and Andrew Fowler, M.D. Other members on the board of directors are Kirk Brody, M.D.; Jonathan Cohen, M.D.; Tareck Kadrie, M.D.; Chris LeSar, M.D.; Emily Reeves-Douglas, M.D.; B.W. Ruffner, M.D.; David Seaberg, M.D.; Wayne Scott, M.D.; and Christopher Young, M.D.

Buhrman honored by Bar Association

Attorney Richard W. Buhrman, a principal with Buhrman & Associates P.C., received the 2010 Ralph H. Kelley Humanitarian Award from the Chattanooga Bar Association for exemplary service to the community of Chattanooga.

The award was established in 1993 to recognize a member of the legal profession who has displayed exemplary service to the community by civic, professional and other activities directed toward improvement and preservation of the lives, property and dignity of its citizens.

Buhrman recently received the designation of Accredited Estate Planner from the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils. He is past chairman of the Duke University Estate Planning Council and a member of the Chattanooga Estate Planning Council.

Buhrman began practicing law in 1970 and has owned his own law firm since 1974. He graduated from Duke Law School in 1966. He holds a master's of law in taxation from George Washington University and earned a bachelor's in 1963 from the University of Chattanooga. He served in the U. S. Army for three years as a captain.

Buhrman has been active in the University of Chattanooga and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga alumni associations and also at St. Jude Catholic Church, where he has served as chairman of the Parish Council. He is a Lector and a Eucharistic minister. He is the former Scoutmaster of Boy Scouts of America Troop 172 and past president of the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.

Buhrman & Associates, which includes son John R. Buhrman, focuses on tax and estate planning, trusts, probate and estate administration, elder law and business formation and related commercial matters.

Offices are at 419 N. Market St. For more information call 266-5691 or visit

Rooks joins Rooks CPA and Wealth Management

Bradley C. Rooks recently joined Rooks CPA and Wealth Management PLLC as an investment advisor representative.

Rooks specializes in retirement and investment planning, portfolio management and risk management strategies.

Rooks is a graduate of Baylor School and earned his Bachelor of Science from Auburn University.

Rooks is currently working toward earning the accredited Certified Financial Planner designation.

Rooks' office is located at 1025 Executive Drive, Suite 104, and can be reached at 855-1040.

Northwest Georgia Bank promotes Shannon

Phil Shannon was recently promoted to assistant vice president-branch manager of the Northwest Georgia Bank Hixson branch.

Shannon joined Northwest in 2005 as a financial services representative, and in 2007 entered the bank's lender training program. In 2008, he became an associate commercial lender at the main office in Ringgold, later ascending to associate commercial lender/assistant branch manager at the Fort Oglethorpe branch and then the Battlefield Financial Centre.

A 1999 Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School graduate, Shannon received a bachelor's degree in business management in 2003 from the University of Georgia, where he was named a Presidential Scholar. He graduated from the Georgia School of Banking in May and has earned three diplomas from the American Institute of Banking including Banking and Finance, Bank Operations and General Banking.

Stewart, Barnes now Edward Jones partners

James Stewart and Darlene Barnes of Edward Jones in North Chattanooga have accepted invitations to become limited partners or increase their limited-partner holdings in the Jones Financial Cos., the holding company for the St. Louis-based financial services firm.

Stewart, a native of New Castle, Penn., joined Edward Jones in 2003 and has served investors in Chattanooga, Ooltewah, Jasper and Dunlap for the past seven years. He is active in several local groups, including Optimist Club and the Dunlap Chamber of Commerce.

Barnes, a native of Marion County, joined Edward Jones in 2003.

"I am very thrilled to receive this invitation," she said. "I've always enjoyed my job - it's both challenging and rewarding - but being an owner in the company is really exciting."

Edward Jones currently employs more than 30,000 associates in all 50 states and through its affiliate in Canada. Under the current partnership offering, 16,000 associates received initial limited-partnership offerings or were invited to increase their existing ownership in the firm.

"Edward Jones is employee-owned," said Jim Weddle, the firm's managing partner. "We believe one of the best ways to reward outstanding associates is to offer them an opportunity to share in the ownership of the firm they help build."

Edward Jones is at 121 Forest Ave. and can be reached at 267-8433. Find out more at

BodyElite's FitCORE Boot Camp Program in North Chattanooga

Chattanooga resident David Duford, owner of BodyElite Personal Training in North Chattanooga, is officially launching his new FitCORE Fitness Boot Camp program to help residents lose weight and get in shape.

"Studies show that a lack of accountability and convenience are the biggest reasons why folks quit exercising," said Duford. "To solve this problem, I created my FitCORE Group Exercise Program to inject accountability and fun into exercise as a way to help people stick with their fitness and weight-loss goals."

Duford said participants do a wide range of exercises to maximize their results.

"A typical session starts with a light warm-up with stretches," he said. "Then we mix in fun cardiovascular exercises, bodyweight exercises and weight-training exercises for the stomach, arms and legs. This allows participants to burn up to 500 calories in just 45 minutes."

FitCORE classes take place in the BodyElite Gym in the Small Business Development Center. Classes meet Monday-Saturday and participants typically do two to three sessions each week, with class times offered in the early morning, at lunchtime and in the evening.

For more information call 432-8917.