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• Tom King, a former Scripps Howard newspaper editor and a media professional for 34 years, has opened King Media Relations, offering a variety of media-related services. King develops communications and media strategies, as well as doing news releases, and developing, writing and editing company-related publications such as newsletters and company reports. King’s professional background allows him to build media relationships for clients and to do consulting work in developing strategic communications plans, managing media crises and setting up media training.

• Knoxville law enforcement leaders have released a report on the crime-prevention benefits of Head Start. The program is up for renewal and Congress will start considering legislation next month. The report shows more than half of the state’s other pre-kindergarten programs do not meet Head Start’s quality standards. Research found poor quality programs lead to more behavorial problems risking future criminal activity. The law enforcement officials will call on Tennessee’s congressional delegation to maintain Head Start’s national high standards that research shows reduce crime and help all Tennessee children get off to the right start in life.

• Philip Dickey was recently tapped by DoctorsManagement for the growing position of chief operations officer. Dickey has served as the firm’s Human Resources director and HR management consultant for its clients for the past 10 years. Prior to that he was instrumental in human resources and operations management in a number of healthcare organizations. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, holds a Masters Degree in health planning and administration from the University of Tennessee and is certified as a professional in human resources by the Society for Human Resources management.

• Residents will soon be able to recycle at Lowes located at 210 N. Peters Road (near Staples) when the containers are moved from the former site at Market Place Shopping Center. The recycling center and Goodwill trailer was permanently closed April 8 because of shopping center renovations. Items that can be recycled are, cardboard, glass, aluminum, plastic drink bottles, mixed paper and newspaper. The containers will be located at the front left of the Lowes store.

• Realty Executives recently announced the addition of Steve Bieritz, broker, to their team of professionals. After spending the past year selling cabins and investment property in the Wears Valley area of the Smoky Mountains, Bieritz has decided to return to Realty Executives to work closer to home and his natural market. Over the past 15 years he had created and built an independent insurance agency and real estate firm in upstate New York, but moved to Knoxville in 2002 to be near family.

•Northrop Grumman Corporation has added a new product to its suite of security and traffic management solutions; the Under Vehicle Inspection System. The system provides high-resolution color images, dynamic database search functions and user-friendly software for a safer and more thorough method of inspecting vehicle undercarriages. Northrop Grumman’s Information Technology sector designed UVIS as a tool to view the underside of a vehicle and scan for hidden contraband or explosives. UVIS is a scalable network architecture that can be used as a stand-alone system or integrated with other security and access control devices such as additional cameras, automatic gates and barriers, radio frequency identification tag readers and Northrop Grumman IT’s license plate reader, which captures license plate data.

• The Farragut/West Knox Chamber of Commerce Nominating Committee has announced the confirmation of Wendy Schopp of Edward Jones, Farragut, Christa Early of Staffing Solutions and Mitchell Adams of First Tennessee Bank who have agreed to return to a second three-year term on the Board of Directors. The committee has presented Emily Cox of Aspinwall Station and Stacey Handel of Garde Bien Spa and Salon to serve three-year terms and Knick Myers of Myers Bros. Holdings is presented to serve a one-year term to fill an open unexpired term on the Board. If no petition of additional persons is presented, these individuals will be approved for board positions. If a petition is filed, according to the Chamber by-laws, a petition requires 10 signitures of active members in good standing. All petitions must be mailed or delivered and received to the Chamber office by Monday, April 18. For further questions, call Bettye Sisco, president of the Farragut/West Knox Chamber of Commerce, at 865- 675-7057.


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