KSO RECEIVES MAJOR GIFT FROM ASLAN FOUNDATION

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra announces a $1 million gift from the Aslan Foundation to support three initiatives over the next five years. The gift will support the Chamber Classics Series, allow for subsidized ticket pricing to classical concerts and progress five part-time KSO woodwind musicians to full-time, making the Woodwind Quintet part of our core orchestra. These initiatives will take effect immediately.

MARK WARRINER JOINS LDA ENGINEERING AS CHIEF OPERATIONS MANAGER

Lamar Dunn and Associates, Inc. (LDA Engineering) today announced that Mark Warriner has joined the company as chief operations manager and senior vice president. Warriner will be charged with managing the flow of the day-to-day work processes at LDA Engineering from project initiation to completion and ensure the quality of completed work to clients.

KINGSPORT AQUATIC CENTER ANNOUNCES ‘BACK-TO-SCHOOL’ HOURS

As area kids go back to school, the Kingsport Aquatic Center is changing its hours of operation beginning Monday, Aug. 12, to offer students additional evening hours to enjoy its outdoor amenities. The Kingsport Aquatic Center is now the area’s only public outdoor water park open during the week.

SMARTPHONES SERVE AS BACK TO SCHOOL COMMAND CENTER

East Tennessee students are heading back to school. This busy season can be a hectic time for parents, students and teachers alike, but the latest wireless technology tools can help make the school year run smoother. Turn your smartphone or tablet into a “Back-to-School Command Center” with everything you need to plan, prep and navigate your child’s school year.

RURAL/METRO REACHES AGREEMENT-IN-PRINCIPLE WITH LENDERS AND BONDHOLDERS TO REDUCE DEBT BY APPROXIMATELY 50 PERCENT

Rural/Metro Corporation, a national provider of private ambulances and fire protection services in 21 states and nearly 700 communities, today announced that it has reached an agreement-in-principle on a comprehensive financial restructuring plan that will strengthen the Company’s balance sheet by reducing its funded indebtedness by approximately 50 percent via a conversion of certain debt to equity and cutting its interest expense in half.