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• The Radiology Department at the University of Tennessee Medical Center has opened a new outpatient Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Center. The center features a dedicated entrance, registration and parking area. The center also offers three full-time MRI machines, with the latest MRI-MAGNETOM Avanto that was installed earlier this month. The new Siemens MRI, call a Total Imaging Matrix, is a faster and larger machine, which provides benefits for patients and physicians alike. For physicians, TIM opens completely new dimensions in oncology and vascular imaging. Instead of several partial images at a reduced quality, TIM provides the same sharp detail across the entire body. Clinical applications at UT will include neurology, cardiology, oncology, pediatrics, breast imaging and orthopedics.

• Tennessee Midas dealers Bruce, David and Cathy Watcher were the recipients of the retail sales increase award earlier this month. The Watchers, who operate shops in Knoxville, Maryville, Oak Ridge and Lenoir City, were recognized for the largest retail sales percentage increase over the last year for their shop at 720 Highway 321, Lenoir City.

• The Farragut/West Knox Chamber of Commerce will hold its first Speaker Breakfast Series for 2005 at Fox Den Country Club, Tuesday, Feb. 8. Guest Speaker will be Dr. Bill Bass, forensic anthropologist and founder of the Body Farm, or the Anthropology Research Facility at the University of Tennessee. The cost to members is $20 and $25 to non-members. The networking event will begin at 7:30 a.m. and a full breakfast buffet will begin at 8 a.m. Dr. Bass’ career accomplishments include academic publications in journals, writing his own book, reviewing other books, teaching numerous students that have gone into forensic anthropology and receiving awards for his excellence in teaching. He is a public servant, philanthropist, administrator and public speaker. Reservations are required by Feb. 1. Space is limited. Call the Chamber office at 675-7057 or visit on line at to make your reservations. The sponsors for the event are: TDS Telecom, Matlock Tire, R.M Moore Real Estate and Bechtel Jacobs.

• Sandler Systems, Inc., a nationwide training organization dedicated to improving sales and sales management skills for businesses has recognized Steven M. Herzog, owner of Herzog and Associates, a licensee of the Sandler Sales Institute of Knoxville, with the company’s Ruby Award of Excellence for 2004. This award acknowledges Herzog’s performance in the top 15 of 190 locations worldwide and is given to those companies that have reached a high level of success for not only sales performance but commitment in providing significant improvement for their clients. Founded in 1967, SSI now has more than 190 trainers and consultants throughout the world. SSI trains businesses of all sizes with short and long term programs that offer proven selling techniques, continuous coaching, counseling and support for sales professionals and non-sales professionals. For more information, call 865-470-4224.

• Parkwest Medical Center recently gave Knox County and Knoxville City governments, as well as representatives from state and local government a private tour of its renovation, expansion and modernization project and provided a progress report on construction. Scheduled to open in February, the new Parkwest Medical Center will be the newest, largest and most comprehensive medical facility in West Knoxville. The $100 million project officially broke ground in July 2002 and consists of more than 326,000 square feet of new construction and 45,000 square feet of renovation. All patient rooms will be fully equipped with the latest in bedside technology including electronic charting. Outpatient services will be positioned at the front door, giving the effect of a freestanding outpatient facility. A new two-story atrium lobby will house all outpatient service and day surgery. The new Parkwest will include a maternity center with 20 maternity suites, a new 40-bed emergency department, a 38-room ambulatory staging area and a 30-bed critical care unit. For more information, call 374-park or visit


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