Belleza presents ‘Teacher Appreciation Day’


Belleza presents ‘Teacher Appreciation Day’

Knoxville, Tennessee – Belleza Salon and Spa in Bearden and Belleza Salon, Spa & Men in Turkey Creek are both hosting a “Teacher Appreciation” event on Sunday, September 20, 2020 from 11am-5pm.

Knox County Teachers do so much for the Knoxville Community, now it’s time for Belleza to give back. From 11am-5pm, Knox County teachers are invited to receive a complimentary hair cut or facial waxing services.

The services will be first come, first serve.  Valid Knox County School ID must be shown to receive services.

Belleza Salon & Spa is located at 6209 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919

Belleza Salon, Spa & Men is located at 11467 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN 37934

Pinnacle named one of People Magazine’s ’50 Companies That Care’

NASHVILLE, TN, Sept. 2, 2020 –Pinnacle Financial Partners has again earned a spot on PEOPLE magazine’s “50 Companies That Care” list, jointly chosen by the publication and Great Place to Work®. The firm joins much larger national brands like Publix , CISCO and Hilton on the list, all chosen for the generosity of their company benefits and charitable work, as well as personal accounts of the impact these organizations have made on the lives of their employees. The fourth annual list will be featured in the Sept. 14 issue of PEOPLE, which hits newsstands nationwide on Sept. 4.

“I think it goes without saying that it’s been a tough year in our country, with the pandemic and economic uncertainty,” Pinnacle’s President and CEO Terry Turner said. “Banking may seem like an odd fit for companies that seek to be difference makers in the world. Our approach and our culture are built to give kindness, compassion and respect freely. We protect that as one of our most valuable assets because it’s the right thing to do and a wise business decision. Those two can go hand in hand to make a difference for clients, associates and the communities we serve.”

Pinnacle’s response in the pandemic perfectly illustrates this philosophy. The firm put the safety of associates and clients ahead of all else and was one of the first banks in the region to close its lobbies for in-person banking. At the same time, associates went to great lengths to meet more clients’ needs through the drive thru. To ensure they can maintain balance in meeting the needs of their families, their own personal safety and the company, associates have been allowed great amounts of flexibility in work hours and liberal time off allowances. Despite all the added pressures of managing life during COVID, those same associates freely dedicated countless hours to get $2.4 billion in Paycheck Protection Program loans to their clients in a very short amount of time. They knew that money would help many businesses survive pandemic shutdowns.

In 2019, Pinnacle released its first Corporate Social Responsibility Report to quantify the impact it makes and track its progress toward improvement. According to the report, in 2019 Pinnacle:

  • invested $322 million in community development organizations
  • financed 6,801 affordable housing units
  • invested $3.84 million in community causes and nonprofits

Pinnacle associates, meanwhile, dedicated 21,435 volunteer hours to 2,538 organizations. More information on how the firm makes a difference for its associates, clients, shareholders and communities can be found at

The 50 Companies That Care list is based on more than 4.7 million surveys from individuals employed by U.S. businesses across a range of industries. Pinnacle first appeared on the list in 2017. In 2018 and 2019, the firm was named to the Honor Roll from the nonprofit Center for Companies That Care, which is not related to the list in PEOPLE magazine.

Pinnacle Financial Partners provides a full range of banking, investment, trust, mortgage and insurance products and services designed for businesses and their owners and individuals interested in a comprehensive relationship with their financial institution. The firm is the No. 1 bank in the Nashville-Murfreesboro-Franklin MSA, according to 2019 deposit data from the FDIC. Pinnacle earned a spot on 2020 list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For® in the U.S., its fourth consecutive appearance. American Banker recognized Pinnacle as one of America’s Best Banks to Work For seven years in a row.

Pinnacle owns a 49 percent interest in Bankers Healthcare Group (BHG), which provides innovative, hassle-free financial solutions to healthcare practitioners and other licensed professionals. Great Place to Work and FORTUNE ranked BHG No. 1 on its 2020 list of Best Workplaces in New York State in the small/medium business category.

The firm began operations in a single location in downtown Nashville, TN in October 2000 and has since grown to approximately $33.3 billion in assets as of June 30, 2020. As the second-largest bank holding company headquartered in Tennessee, Pinnacle operates in 12 primarily urban markets in Tennessee, the Carolinas, Virginia and Atlanta.

Additional information concerning Pinnacle, which is included in the Nasdaq Financial-100 Index, can be accessed at

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. They help organizations quantify their culture and produce better business results by creating a high-trust work experience for all employees. Emprising®, their culture management platform, empowers leaders with the surveys, real-time reporting and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. They recognize Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies and the Best Workplaces™ in the US and more than 60 countries, including the 100 Best Companies to Work For® list published annually in Fortune. Learn more at and join the community on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

U.S. Cellular hiring for customer care positions in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 1, 2020 – U.S. Cellular is looking to fill 200 open positions across its five Customer Care Centers, including the one located in Knoxville. Full and part-time customer service positions for all shifts are available in a high-energy, professional environment, and interested applicants can apply online at Hiring will continue for the next several months, and all interviews will be conducted virtually to protect the health and safety of all parties due to the ongoing pandemic.

“At U.S. Cellular, we strive to provide an excellent wireless experience for our customers, so we need a diverse, motivated and collaborative associate base to help us deliver on that goal,” said Sharon Stewart, director of U.S. Cellular’s Customer Care Center in Knoxville. “We look forward to hiring new associates into the exciting and fast-paced world of technology so we can develop their skills and turn their job into a career.”

The open positions offer a competitive starting wage and benefits, along with incentives including performance-based quarterly bonuses and discounted service. U.S. Cellular looks for empowered professionals with relevant experience, excellent communication skills and an enthusiastic commitment to customers. The company offers ongoing training and career development, and many Customer Care Center leaders began their careers in these customer service roles.  

Other U.S. Cellular Customer Care Centers are located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Madison, Wis., Tulsa, Okla., and Waukesha, Wis. In 2020, the company was named a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion and recognized by the Corporate Equality Index and Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index. For more information on careers at U.S. Cellular, including in its Knoxville area retail store locations, please go to  

U.S. Cellular is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier is building a stronger network with the latest 5G technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. It is ranked #1 in the North Central Region in the J.D. Power 2020 Wireless Network Quality Performance Study – Volume 2. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on, and

Cherokee Distributing Company partners with E-Z Stop and KenJo Markets to donate $7,500 to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley

Cherokee Distributing Company teamed up with E-Z Stop and KenJo Markets to make a total donation of $7,500 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley to assist the nonprofit’s efforts during COVID-19.

The Knoxville-headquartered distributing company, a leading beer wholesaler in the state, used a special in-store promotion during the months of May and June to raise donation funds with $3,750 each coming from E-Z Stop and KenJo Markets. The checks were presented to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley on Aug. 20.

“We’re grateful to partner with such an impactful organization in our community,” said Jeff Knight, general manager for Cherokee Distributing Company. “The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley had assisted families during the COVID-19 pandemic with extra services and expanded hours, so children had a safe place to be while their parents worked this summer. We wanted to help the Boys & Girls Clubs continue the great work they’re doing with young people in our community.”

The organization will continue to provide a safe place for children after school to complete their coursework with internet access, snacks and meals, supervision from staff and other activities, including sports, dance and art.

“We were eager to team up with Cherokee Distributing Company to provide support for such a worthy organization,” said Trenton Langston, vice president for E-Z Stop. “Like Cherokee Distributing Company, we are headquartered in East Tennessee and we are grateful for organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley who provide children in our community with the resources they need to continue learning and growing even in uncertain times.”

“We’re very thankful for the critical services the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley continue to provide,” said Wes Carruthers, president of KenJo. “We’re hopeful that this donation will provide some much-needed support as the organization continues to adapt offerings to best serve Knoxville-area children and families.”

Bridget Jones, director of development and corporate events for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, said the funds will help the organization continue to offer vital services at clubs in Knox, Blount, Loudon and North Anderson counties.

“We are very grateful for partners like Cherokee Distributing Company, E-Z Stop and KenJo Markets for their support with our ongoing efforts,” Jones said. “This gift will directly help serve our young club members as we continue to navigate the challenges associated with COVID-19.”

To learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley, visit For more information about Cherokee Distributing Company, E-Z Stop and KenJo Markets, visit, and 

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