Owner sees how watches tickConcord Watch, Clock & Jewelry Center opened in November 2012, but owner J.D. Miller has worked on watches for more than 50 years.
Miller, the watch and pocket watch specialist at the store, estimates he started working on watches in his teens.
“I started out just as a kid, tearing watches apart,” he said. “And at first, I didn’t succeed, but I kept doing it. And then finally I could put them together, and it was kind of a, really a hobby.”
Miller, originally from North Carolina, was self-taught, he said.
“You just take tweezers, screwdrivers,” he said. “You take the watch apart, and you put it back together. If it runs, you’re successful.”
The store, located at 11130 Kingston Pike, suite 1, offers clocks, watches, jewelry and repair.
Miller stressed the longevity of a good watch.
“People today want to buy something,” he said. “When it tears up, throw it away, and go buy a new one. It doesn’t work that way with a good watch. It’ll last you your lifetime and your children’s lifetime with a good watch, but that doesn’t seem to be the attitude of the younger generation.” read more
Luncheon held to honor EMS personnelTo celebrate National EMS Week, which happens May 19 through May 25, an EMS appreciation luncheon took place at Turkey Creek Medical Center on Thursday, May 16.
Constance Vucelich, emergency room director at Turkey Creek Medical Center, called EMS “our livelihood.”
“They’re absolutely vital,” Vucelich said. “When you think of somebody with a life-threatening problem, such as a heart attack or a stroke, they are vital, what they do in the field, and we communicate well with them. Once the patient hits the door, we keep that continuum of care to get the patient the service they need as quickly as possible.”
EMS personnel received T-shirts at the event that read, “EMS. One mission. One team. 2013.”
“These are the guys that stabilize a patient, and you cannot underestimate what they do to get someone out of their home or wherever that person is, to get them stable and still breathing to the door of our ER,” she said. “It cannot be underestimated how important they are and what their contribution is to that patient’s outcome.” read more
business briefs• Cendy Dodd is the new chief financial officer at Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc. Dodd served as a division controller for North American Automotive Cable Division in the past.
• William R. “Trey” Coleman will serve as senior vice president, Knoxville region, for Jefferson Federal Bank. He graduated from The University of Tennessee and Georgia Southern University and has more than 20 years of experience in commercial lending and real estate.
• National College of Business & Technology has appointed Roger Jones director of the Knoxville campus. He has more than 26 years of experience in education.
• A press release states, “The Radiation Therapy Center at Turkey Creek Medical Center is now offering inpatient and outpatient services. Drs. Srinivas Boppana and Nilesh Patel, both radiation oncologists, treat all cancer types using sophisticated radiation equipment and advanced imaging techniques.” read more
biz beat• A Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce Networking event will take place, starting at 8 a.m., Thursday, May 23, at Broadway Carpets, located at 9918 Kingston Pike.
• A groundbreaking for SouthEast Bank at Renaissance | Farragut will take place, starting at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 23.
• A Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce Networking event will take place, starting at 8 a.m., Thursday, May 30, at U.S. Cellular, located at 11125 Parkside Drive.
• A Community Forum will take place at 11:30 a.m., Monday, June 3. Tennessee State Rep. Ryan Haynes and state Sen. Becky Massey will give a state legislative update and thoughts on issues. Location and cost are to be announced. read more