Cleveland Chamber awards Hartline with Bedwell honor

Steve Hartline, co-owner of Hartline, LLC which includes Southeast Tennessee Magazines and radio stations WCLE AM 1570, 101.3 The Buzz, Mix 104.1 and Fiesta Radio 99.1,. was recognized last week as the 2020 Mel Bedwell Small Businessperson of the Year by the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce.

Hartline is the 22nd individual to receive the Bedwell Small Businessperson of the Year award since its renaming to honor the contributions of the late Mel Bedwell and 27th to receive the award since this recognition program began. Bedwell was one of the most loyal and supportive members of the Small Business Committee of the Chamber of Commerce.

Hartline has been the morning host on Mix 104.1 since 2003 and bought the radio station in 2008.

"Steve has added a great deal of media diversity and changed the face of radio in this community and this region," said Bridget Forrester, who nominated Hartline for the award.

Hartline began his radio career working for the stations at the age of 15, broadcasting high school baseball. He also broadcast Cleveland State basketball as a junior in high school. A graduate of Cleveland High School in 1996 (where he's a member of the Hall of Fame) and Lee University in 2000 (where he was voted 2015 School of Communications Alumnus of the Year). Hartline also won the 2016 Communicator of the Year Award from the Cleveland Media Association. Hartline, LLC publishes Southeast Tennessee Woman and Southeast Tennessee High School Football and Winter Sports Magazines.


Five Star Food names Chapman as vice president

Five Star food Service has hired industry veteran Michael Chapman as vice president of dining services following the retirement of predecessor Charly Caldwell.

Chapman leads the dining operations team company-wide, overseeing more than 40 corporate dining locations. He is charged with developing and ensuring the successful execution of strategic operating initiatives while ensuring efficiency, sales growth, and customer satisfaction.

"As a native and resident of East Tennessee, I have watched the growth of Five Star into the premier regional service provider that it is today and am very proud to be tasked with leading the company's dining services division," Chapman said.

Chapman comes to Five Star with 32 years of extensive experience in the food-service industry and is a 1997 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and has previously worked as an executive chef and multi-site general manager for Aramark. He recently served as regional operations manager overseeing corporate dining accounts, government contracts, and stadium operations with Southern Foodservice Management.

Greg McCall, Five Star's chief revenue officer, said Chapman's "wealth of knowledge in the food industry will bring fresh ideas and innovation to the dining line of business."

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Jones joins Erlanger in internal medicine

Board-certified internal medicine physician Mark Jones, M.D., has joined Erlanger Medical Group's internal medicine practice.

He comes to Erlanger from CHI Memorial Hospital. He attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine in Memphis and completed an internal medicine residency at University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga.

Dr. Jones is a member of the American Medical Association, the Tennessee Medical Association and the American College of Physicians.

"We continue to improve access to healthcare within our communities," said Meridith O'Keefe, senior vice president of Erlanger Medical Group "Dr. Jones' expertise and his commitment to compassionate care will be a great asset to Erlanger Internal Medicine."

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Dr. Harris named to nursing board

Dr. Martina Harris, assistant dean of nursing and allied health at the Registered Nursing program director at Chattanooga State Community College, was recently appointed to the Tennessee Board of Nursing by Gov. Bill Lee. As one of 11 board members, she will serve a four-year term and represent Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District.

The Board of Nursing was created and signed into law in 1911 with its mission is to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of Tennesseans by the more than 147,000 actively licensed nurses.

Dr. Harris brings more than 27 years of varied nursing experience to the nursing board. She has been at Chattanooga State since 2013. "It is my honor and privilege to be appointed to the Tennessee Board of Nursing (TBON) by Governor Bill Lee," states Dr. Harris.

Board member responsibilities center around three broad functions—licensure, education and practice. The board grants licenses to licensed practical nurses, registered nurses and advanced practice nurses (certificate) who meet the requirements of the statutes and rules.

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Austin Sizemore joins Forward Coaching network

The Austin Sizemore team has been selected for the Forward Coaching Referral Network., a group of elite real estate agents who come together weekly on mastermind calls to share ideas and strategies.

Forward Coaching members receive extensive group training and private coaching regarding how to market more effectively both on and offline.


Chambliss law firm adds new members

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C., has added Josh Crowfoot and Kathleen Siciliano as associate attorneys, and Brenda Binder and Kim Chrisco as paralegals.

Crowfoot is an associate attorney in Chambliss' real estate group and works on a wide variety of transactions for clients in the construction, food and beverage, and hospitality industries. Crowfoot is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and serves as chair of the Young Lawyer's Network, vice chair of the retail leasing committee, vice chair of the purchase and sale committee, and vice chair of senior housing and assisted living. Crowfoot graduated cum laude from Charleston School of Law and received an LL.M. in real property development from the University of Miami. His undergraduate degree is from Dartmouth College.

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Chattanooga native Siciliano joined Chambliss' labor and employment section as an associate attorney. She provides day-to-day counsel to employers of all sizes on a variety of matters, including employment agreements, handbooks and other employment policies, medical leave and disability, and discipline and termination. Siciliano is a graduate of James Madison University and the University of Tennessee College of Law. She serves as a board member for the Girls Preparatory School Alumnae Council.

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In her role as paralegal, Binder assists the Chambliss team with the formation, governance, conversion, and dissolution of both for-profit and nonprofit entities. She works on Regulation D filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and submissions to state securities regulators. She serves as project manager for the closing of transactions, including for the firm's expanding mergers and acquisitions group.

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Chrisco, also a paralegal, brings nearly two decades of experience in real estate, corporate estate planning, probate, and estate and trust administration to Chambliss. She has a wealth of regional knowledge from working with clients in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Arkansas.

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"We are proud to employ a new class of talent that will provide another layer of value and expertise at our firm," said Mark Cunningham, managing shareholder for Chambliss.


Patton joins Office Furniture Warehouse As Logistics Manager

Charlie Patton has joined Office Furniture Warehouse as logistics manager, bringing over three decades of facilities leadership to their operation.

Patton is a graduate in resource management from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and is a Certified Logistics Professional from Georgia Tech. He ha worked as a third-party logistics coordinator, distribution manager and consultative roles at other businesses, and brings the specific disciplines of lean manufacturing and Six Sigma to Office Furniture Warehouse' operational management.

At Office Furniture Warehouse, he will oversee inventory management and installation programs at the company, as well as in establishing the manufacturing of the new bullet proof table to be manufactured by Aegis, LLC at our facility in East Chattanooga."

Office Furniture Warehouse, winner of the 2014 and 2019 Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce's Small Business of the Year Award, provides new and used office furniture as well as office furniture services to organizations and individuals throughout the Southeast.


Arms named mortgage originator at Tennessee Valley credit union

Wendee Arms has been named mortgage originator at the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union (TVFCU).

She has worked in mortgage lending since 1996 and joined TVFCU in April 2019. In her new role, Arms will work with homeowners to meet their home ownership needs in the Cleveland area.

"We are excited to have Wendee join our mortgage originator team to help us meet the growing demand in Bradley County and surrounding areas," said Eric Weekley, vice president of mortgage at TVFCU. "Her deep roots in Cleveland will definitely help members make their home ownership dreams a reality."

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