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Yates named manager for Chattanooga Puckett's

Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant in downtown Chattanooga has named Chattanooga native and industry veteran Foster Yates as its new general manager.

Yates, who previously served as a manager at the restaurant, began his role as general manager at the start of 2018. The announcement follows the transition of the restaurant's previous general manager, Max Stephenson, to a new role as director of information technology for the restaurant's parent company, A. Marshall Hospitality.

"Foster has been with our Chattanooga team for more than a year now, and we have been consistently impressed with his drive, creativity and compassion," said Claire Crowell, the chief operating officer of A. Marshall Hospitality. "We are ready to see how he tackles this new opportunity, and we know that he'll do great things in Chattanooga. "

Yates has more than 18 years of experience in the restaurant industry.

"Taking on this role of general manager in my hometown is truly special for me. It allows me to be close to my family and have their support, as well as the support of the community as a whole," Yates said.

As a kidney transplant recipient, Yates is a dedicated supporter of The Kidney Foundation of the Greater Chattanooga, along with other local organizations like the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Camp Big Fish.

Pickett joins board for Southern Heritage

Roger Pickett, president and CEO of MurMaid Mattress Inc., has joined the East Region Advisory Board for Southern Heritage Bank.

Pickett has been involved in home furnishings' retail sales and management since graduating from the University of Tennessee. Since joining the family business in 1989, Roger and his wife, Cindy, have guided MurMaid from a single location factory and showroom on Lee Highway to a 13 store local chain of factory direct mattress stores.

Pickett is immediate past chairman of the board of the Cleveland-Bradley Chamber of Commerce. He is a former winner of the Mel Bedwell Small Business Person of the Year award from the chamber. He currently serves on the advisory council for United Way's Center for Social Impact and is on Cleveland Associated Industries Executive Committee.

"We are very excited to have Roger join our advisory board," said Lee Stewart, East Region president for Southern Heritage Bank. "With his extensive business knowledge, he will be a real asset."

BlueCross names Woods to head Memphis operations

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has named Kevin Woods as Memphis market president.

In this newly created role, Woods will build and support key relationships with west Tennessee businesses and serve as the face of BlueCross leadership in the Memphis community.

Before joining BlueCross, Woods served as executive director of Memphis' Workforce Investment Network, which assists city and county organizations with improving employment opportunities for area residents. He also serves on the Shelby County School Board and is a member of the Bridges Board of Trustees, REACH Memphis and the tnAchieves Advisory Council.

"Kevin's background in workforce development and community service will inform our efforts to support Memphis businesses," said Henry Smith, BlueCross chief marketing officer. "He's a trusted leader in the local community who will help us serve the evolving needs of our west Tennessee neighbors."

Woods earned a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering and a Master of Science in business administration from the University of Memphis. He is a New Memphis Fellow, a member of the Leadership Memphis Executive Class of 2014 and the 2017 class of Leadership Tennessee.

Knight Pacesetter for Morgan Stanley

Laura E. Faucette Knight, a financial advisor and certified financial planner at the Morgan Stanley Wealth Management office in Chattanooga, has been named to the Firm's Pacesetter's Club. The club recognizes those who within their first five years, demonstrate the highest professional standards and first class client service.

Knight is a native of Chattanooga and a graduate of King University.

Wheeler joins law firm of Patrick, Beard, Schulman

Robert Wheeler has joined the Chattanooga law firm of Patrick, Beard, Schulman & Jacoway, P. C. as an associate attorney.

A native of Chattanooga, Wheeler graduated from Notre Dame High School, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the University of Tennessee law school, where he served as a research editor for the Tennessee Law Review and as the class graduation speaker.

Wheeler has a general litigation practice with a focus on employment law, where he handles discrimination cases based on age, race, religion, gender, and disability. He serves as a committee member on the Chattanooga Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and is active in the Chattanooga Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Justices Ray L. Brock, Jr. – Robert E. Cooper American Inns of Court.

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