White House | Black Market announce the grand opening of its new boutique at Broadway Square Mall. The 2,910 square-foot store, at 4601 S. Broadway Ave. will open Aug. 29. Shoppers will be presented an in-store offer for $20 off their full-price purchase of $80 or more through Sept. 29. White House | Black Market offers fashionable and sophisticated clothing and accessory items, from everyday basics, to wear-to-work, to elegant fashion, primarily in black and white and related shades with seasonal color splashes. “Throughout everything, our passion has always been to make women feel beautiful” Donna Noce, White House Black Market’s brand president, said in a prepared statement. “Our clothing remains a symbol of who we are: the honest simplicity of black and white and the remarkable individuality of the different styles built from it.” The boutique will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. It can be reached at 903-730-8182. White House | Black Market operates 423 boutiques and 55 outlets, mails a catalog highlighting its latest fashions and connects with customers at www.whbm.com.

DOCTOR

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Jeana Benwill joined the faculty of UT Health Northeast. Dr. Benwill, an assistant professor of medicine, is board certified in internal medicine and is an expert in infectious diseases of all kinds. Her specialty is in treating infections caused by mycobacteria, microscopic organisms in the soil that sometimes cause serious lung disease.She comes to UT Health after finishing an infectious disease fellowship at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where she also completed a residency in internal medicine. Dr. Benwill served a rotating fellowship at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colo. She studied the causes, distribution, and control of infectious diseases in Peru and worked at a hospital in Kenya. She received the Don W. Powell, MD, Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine Residency at UTMB. She graduated from the Ross University School of Medicine with High Honors.

 

PROMOTION

Gollob Morgan Peddy PC, Certified Public Accountants, announced the promotion of Michael ‘Jason’ Creel, CPA, from a senior accountant to tax supervisor. Creel graduated from The University of Texas at Tyler with a B.A. in Psychology in 1998; and a B.B.A. in accounting from UT Tyler in 2007. He joined Gollob Morgan Peddy in 2008 and received his CPA designation in 2009. His practice focus in Texas Franchise Tax includes industry-specific complexities. He is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and is currently a participant in the Upstream Academy three-year leadership development program for emerging leaders in accounting firms. Gollob Morgan Peddy has provided personal and business tax planning and preparation, audit, business valuations and appraisals, and related consulting services for over 30 years.

 

HONOR

Duane Champagne, general manager of the Olive Garden in Tyler, was presented with Darden Restaurants’ top honor – the Joe R. Lee Diamond Club Award, named after the company’s first chairman and CEO. Now in its 16th year, the award is presented annually to general managers throughout North America who demonstrate outstanding results by delighting guests with a genuine Italian dining experience while also achieving top financial performance in the company’s previous fiscal year. “Duane is a passionate leader who inspires his team to provide an exceptional dining experience for each of our guests,” Dave George, president of Olive Garden, said in a prepared statement. “Duane values his team members’ input and ideas and is committed to serving his local community. Through Duane’s leadership, the Tyler Olive Garden is a superior-performing restaurant, where we treat our guests like family and consistently deliver a delicious Italian meal at a great value.”

This year, Champagne joins 39 general managers selected from the more than 800 Olive Garden restaurants in North America. He was quick to praise his excellent restaurant team as one of the keys to his success. “It’s an honor to receive a Diamond Club Award, and I attribute this success to my team’s dedication to finding ways to exceed guest expectations,” Champagne said. “Together, we maintain a consistent focus on ensuring that Olive Garden is a true celebration destination.”

Olive Garden is at 5520 S. Broadway Ave. 

PARTNER

Waller, a nationally recognized law firm with offices in Austin, announced that health care attorney and Tyler native, Amanda K. Jester, joined its Austin office as partner. Formerly a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, in Miami, Fla., Ms. Jester focuses her practice on advising and representing a vast range of health care clients. Born and raised in Tyler, Ms. Jester specializes in advising private equity funds on the regulatory issues involved in investing in health care companies, as well as managing all aspects of physician practice sales and acquisitions. In 2013, she received national and regional recognition for her work. She was named an ‘up and coming’ healthcare lawyer in the Chambers USA 2013 guide, an annual publication that ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas.  Jester was also recognized as a 2013 Florida Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Ms. Jester served as an associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, in Washington, D.C. She earned her J.D. from University of Chicago Law School and her B.A. in philosophy from Austin College. She is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. Waller has its headquarters in Nashville, with about 200 attorneys in offices in Birmingham, Alabama and Austin. For more, visit www.wallerlaw.com.

 

FARM LOANS

Applications for emergency farm loans for losses caused by drought since July 9 are being accepted at the Farm Service Agency office in Tyler, Joseph Grier said in a prepared statement. Anderson, Cherokee, Henderson, Smith and Van Zandt counties are five of 13 in Texas named by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack as eligible for loans to cover part of actual production and/or physical losses resulting from the drought. Grier said farmers may be eligible for loans of up to 100 percent of their actual losses or the operating loan needed to continue the agricultural business, whichever is less. For farmers unable to obtain credit from private commercial lenders, the interest rate is 2.50 percent. A farmer must have suffered at least a 30 percent loss of crop production or suffered any physical loss to be eligible for an FSA emergency loan under the disaster designation, Grier said. Applications for loans will be accepted until Feb. 26, but farmers should apply as soon as possible because delays in applying could create backlogs in processing, with possible delays into the new farming season. FSA is a credit agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Tyler office is open from 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. For more, visit http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

 

LUNCHEON

The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the luncheon, "Confused About the Affordable Care Act? Why You Still Need to Prepare Now!" on Aug. 12. Ann Dunkelberg, associate director for the Center for Public Policy Priorities and a "budget and health care expert" will be the guest speaker at the event, set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The University of Texas at Tyler Ornelas Activity Center, 3402 Old Omen Road.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by Aug. 9 at acai13. eventbrite.com.

Organizers said 350 will be sold.

The Tyler Chamber is still taking sponsorships for its quarterly East Texas Kick-Off Luncheon, set for Aug. 31 at Harvey Convention Center. Guest speaker will be Brad Sham, "The Voice of the Cowboys" sports broadcaster, while KYTX CBS19 sports commentator Bryan Houston will emcee the event. East Texas area scholar athletes, head football coaches and school superintendents will be special guests at and the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List will be announced.

The event is presented by the Tyler Chamber and SportTyler, and sponsors include Azalea Orthopedics, Texas Spine & Joint Hospital and the city of Tyler. For more, contact Cindy Smoak at 903-592-1661, ext. 237.

COLLECTION

Tyler Independent School District's 2013 Stuff the Bus with School Supplies collection day will be Friday at Brookshire's stores at 2020 Roseland, in Bergfeld Center; 2734 E. Fifth St.; and 100 Rice Road. Brookshire's and TISD are partnering to provide students with the supplies they need to succeed in school. For more information or for alternative drop-off locations, call 903-262-1000. Visit www.tylerisd.org for school supply lists.

TAX FREE

Broadway Square Mall and other area retail businesses invite residents and visitors to enjoy back-to-school shopping deals during tax-free weekend Aug. 9 to 11. During the three-day sales tax break, retailers will not be required to collect state and local sales use tax on most footwear, clothing, backpacks and school supplies priced less than $100. For more, visit www.BroadwaySquare.com.

TAXES

The State Comptroller's Office will conduct a free taxpayer seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Tyler Chamber's Genecov Room, 315 N. Broadway Ave. Taxpayers can learn how to properly fill out tax forms, and file and pay taxes electronically. For more, call the Tyler Field Office at 903-534-0333.

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