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• A cash dividend of $2.10 per share from CBBC’s parent company Twin Cities Financial Services, has recently been declared by the bank’s Board of Directors to shareholders of record as of Nov. 12. The announcement was made by Joe Bruce, President and CEO. Having grown to 11 full-service locations in Maryville, Alcoa, Townsend, Knoxville and Vonore, CBBC has recently completed substantial enhancements to its Foothills, Fairpark, and Midland Branch buildings. Additional renovations are in the works in 2005 for their Townsend, Farragut, and finally the main office in downtown Maryville. These improvements are designed to improve customer convenience and to provide a unified appearance in each of the communities CBBC serves.

• The Knoxville chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors was named “Chapter of the Year” for 2003 at the recent national Women’s Council of Realtors conference held in conjunction with the National Association of Realtors conference in Washington, D.C. The local WCR chapter also received the Gold Level Chapter Excellence Award for the large club category for 2003. The Chapter Excellence Awards Program recognizes chapters for overall excellence in chapter operations and member value. Divided into categories by size, every chapter performing within a predetermined point range is recognized. The highest scoring chapters within each size category are named Chapter of the Year. Points are earned in areas such as membership recruiting and retention, communication of the WCR brand, programs, leadership development and chapter effectiveness. The Knoxville WCR chapter has approximately 100 members and is a community of real estate professionals creating business opportunities, developing skills for the future and achieving individual potential for success. The Knoxville WCR chapter is affiliated with the Women’s Council of Realtors, a national professional development organization with 14,000 members.

• After 30 years in the new car business, Jack Nelson thought he would be leaving the automotive industry when he sold his dealership in Lenoir City. He is currently announcing his employment with National Fleet Marketing, formerly a division of ABS National Auto Services, Inc. The main thrust of NFR has traditionally been locating, transporting and licensing new vehicles for the major fleet and leasing companies in all fifty states. He was hired to increase fleet sales, but also to grow the NFR retail buying services. This means he can serve the pre-owned car, truck and SUV needs of customers. NFR's retail location is in Lenoir City and Nelson is located on Executive Park Drive in the Cedar Bluff area. Nelson can help customers decide which vehicle suits their transportation needs, find the vehicle with the options needed, negotiate the best price, advise on all aspects of purchase or lease, provide accurate paperwork and save time and money. E-mail Jack Nelson at

• CIGNA and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee announced the formation of a joint venture to pursue new Medicare contracting opportunities with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Each company will hold 50 percent interest in the joint venture called Capstone Government Solutions. Medicare business consists of two primary components, part A, which includes services provided within a hospital setting and part B, which includes services provided by physicians. Under changes stemming from the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, Medicare contractors must be able to offer the full suite of part A and part B Medicare contract services.

• Knoxville-based Direct Integra-tion Specialists combined their two Knoxville locations into a new multi-function sales and service center in West Knoxville. The new offices combine all Knoxville-based sales, service, technical support and administrative personnel. The center is located at 129 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite D. The company will continue to provide warranty, out-of-warranty, network consulting, I.T. asset management and many other I.T.-related services.

• Tennessee continues to position itself as a competitive state when it comes to businesses looking to relocate or expand their operations, according to an annual survey conducted by “Plants Sites and Parks” magazine, a national trade publication aimed at corporate executives. Results from the magazine’s annual survey show that Tennessee remains in the top five states when corporate executives are looking at new business locations.

• Tastefully Simple is one of America’s entrepreneurial growth leaders by Inc. magazine for the fourth year in a row. The company was ranked no. 44 out of 500 companies, or in the top 10 percent. Tastefully Simple originally began in Alexandria, Minn., in 1995. They are the original home taste-testing party. For more information, call Pam Lambert at 671-3083.


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