This Week’s Business Buzz: 1/18/19

January 18, 2019

Good news for all you National Park fans—in honor of MLK day weekend the Friends of the Smokies will temporarily fund the reopening of the Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, TN and Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, N.C. In other news. The Van Winkle Law Firm’s attorney Anderson T. Ellis has been recognized as one of Business North Carolina’s 2019 Legal Elite. And Champion Credit Union is excited to announce a new location in Mills River, opening February 4th.


  • The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today that attorney Anderson T. Ellis has been recognized as one of Business North Carolina magazine’s 2019 Legal Elite. Ellis was honored in both the “Young Guns” and “Business” categories. Ellis is a member of The Van Winkle Law Firm’s business practice, where he works with small and mid-size businesses on all phases of corporate life, including entity choice, formation, operations, sale/purchase and reorganizations. With a background in litigation, Anderson is adept at handling a variety of issues that may arise for all types of businesses.
  • Pardee UNC Health Care physicians Chris Parsons, M.D., and James M. Radford, M.D., have been named among the Best Doctors in America® for 2017-2018. The prestigious recognition marks the second and eighth times, respectively, that Drs. Parsons and Radford have earned this honor.


  • Roost Home Watch has earned accreditation from the National Home Watch Association. The NHWA was formed in 2009 in order to establish and maintain the highest industry standards for Home Watch and absentee homeowner services throughout the United States and Canada ( Home Watch is a service that “keeps an eye on things” at your vacation or primary home while you are not in residence.
  • Champion Credit Union is excited to announce the Grand Opening of their Mills River location on February 4th.


  • Tukit Tour Co. is looking for drivers/tour guides with flexible schedules to not only drive an all electric Tuk Tuk, but to also serve as a tour guide as needed.  The Tuk Tuk has 6 passenger seating and is used for brewery / city tours. They will also be doing events and weddings renting by the hour, so they need drivers who have familiarity of Asheville, can create/tailor tours per a customers request, and who are excited to have fun and make money on this new adventure.  Must have a valid NC drivers license and a good driving record. Please call their office at 828-712-1800 or email your question or resume to
  • Friday Staffing is looking for a Machine Maintenance Apprentice, General Laborer, and Painter. For more information, call Angela Paskus at 828-684-8700 or go to
  • Ramsey Higgins of Acupuncture Integrative Medicine is offering $75 off new patients until 1/31/19. Call 828-773-2435 to subscribe.


  • Friends of the Smokies announced Thursday that it will temporarily fund the reopening of Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Oconaluftee Visitor Center near C herokee, N.C., from Friday through Monday, Jan. 18-21. Visitation to the park is expected to increase during these dates due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. Both visitor centers will be open Friday from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Following the closure Monday evening, the two visitor centers will again close until federal funding is restored and the park fully reopens.
  • YWCA Asheville is joining the 2019 Women’s March in Downtown Asheville, NC taking place on January 20, and YWCAs across the country will be participating in local marches across the country, with support from the national office, YWCA USA. YWCA has partnered with the Women’s March since its original activities in January of 2017, and the organization believes the mission, unity principles, and values of the Women’s March strongly align with YWCA’s work to eliminate racism and empower women, particularly women of color, and the many issues that have defined YWCA’s mission for 160 years.
  • Mission Health held the 2019 Spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Thursday at the Mission Health A-B Tech Conference Center. These awards are given to celebrate diversity and inclusion in healthcare and honored the nominees and recipients. The 2019 winners were Tracey Harper for Workplace Excellence and Lori Wagner, MD, for Community Impact. Harper is a Guest Services Specialist at Mission Hospital and Dr. Wagner is an Endocrinologist at Mission Children’s Hospital


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