TVA Credit Union, T-Creek, opens

Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union celebrated the opening of its Turkey Creek branch with a ribbon cutting Friday, March 7. Attending, from left, are Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett; Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill and his wife, Marianne McGill; credit union staff members Rachel Mathis, Karen Barrett, Emilee Suter, Rebekah Bean; branch manager Brandon Poore; assistant manager Elizabeth Hooks; staff members Kathy Arwood, Savannah Clevinger, Tafonda Smith, Julie Tate; and Kami Darakshani; Mikah McCarter and Becky Lawson. One way in which the new Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, 11490 Parkside Drive, stands out from other branch locations is its hours.

Most of the other branches open at 8:30 a.m. Most of the branches close at 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 6 p.m. Fridays, said Jayne Walshaw, marketing director with this credit union.

In addition, some branches close at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, she said, adding that hours vary by location.

But the new Parkside Drive branch, which opened Tuesday, Feb. 18, opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, Walshaw said.

“For the retail businesses and for the retail employees in that area, we wanted to be available to them on their schedule and not just on a typical bank schedule,” she said.

The Parkside Drive branch has only drive-thru service from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Walshaw said.

An additional reason for chosing Turkey Creek is the Credit Union does business accounts.
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Big Kahuna Wings to fill Ott’s Barbecue building

A new restaurant, Big Kahuna Wings Bar & Grill, is coming to the former Ott’s Barbecue building, 12828 Kingston Pike. Helping to advertise the business are co-owners Matt Beeler and his sister, Allison Gohn. A new restaurant, Big Kahuna Wings Bar & Grill, is coming to the former Ott’s Barbecue building, 12828 Kingston Pike.

Matt Beeler co-owns the restaurant with his sister, Allison Gohn. The projected opening date of the restaurant is in May, Beeler said.

For six-and-a-half years, Beeler has owned BKW Seasonings, based out of Knoxville. “I am the founder of the annual Big Kahuna Wing Festival that goes on downtown,” he said.

The BKW in the name came from Big Kahuna Wings, a restaurant Beeler founded “just off The Strip” in the middle to late 1990s, he said.

The restaurant was open for around three years and closed due to personal reasons, Beeler added.

Will this new restaurant be similar to the restaurant from the ‘90s? “Yes and no,” he said. “The wings obviously, which was our staple, will definitely be our staple as well. The focus of this restaurant that we’re opening is all the gourmet blends of seasoning that we have and showcasing those. ... It’s going to be a place where everything is made from scratch. ... In our minds, we’ve perfected the wings, and now we’re going to showcase those as well as all else we can do.”
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business briefs

• Charles Smith, a 22-year veteran of General Shale, has officially assumed the role of CEO for the Johnson City-based company. Smith succeeds longtime CEO Richard L. “Dick” Green, who retired April 1. Smith previously served as General Shale’s president and COO, and has worked in a number of supervisory and management positions for the company.

• The Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce’s annual Silent & Live Auction, with the theme of “Once Upon a Time,” will take place starting at 6 p.m., Friday, April 11, at Rothchild Catering & Conference Center.

• Planet Beach, 11657 Parkside Drive, will host a Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting event starting at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 15.
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