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• Paul C. Ragone, AWMA, AAMS, a financial advisor with US Planning Group, Inc., has received the Accredited Wealth Management Advisor designation from the College for Financial Planning. The designation is earned by demonstrating advanced knowledge of asset management, allocation and selection; investment performance and strategies; and taxation of investment products. Additionally, the AWMA designation deals specifically with the financial challenges facing high net worth individuals and small businesses. Ragone also holds the Accredited Asset Management Specialist designation.

• Julia Wood, who has directed the Community Relations office at Pellissippi State Technical Community College since 1994, has been named Executive of the Year by the Oak Ridge chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. Wood was cited for her departmental leadership, motivational skills and support of her staff. The Community Relations office is involved in the college’s various marketing, media and public relations activities in Knox and Blount counties. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and a master’s from Memphis State University. Before coming to Pellissippi State, she worked 10 years in the public relations office at Memphis State.

• The Bank Insurance and Securities Association named First Tennessee and its parent company, First Horizon National Corp., as the regional bank winner of the 2005 Wealth Management Program of the Year award. The award recognizes a securities, insurance or combined wealth management program that incorporates the best practices in the industry. In addition to First Tennessee’s regional bank award, the Bank Insurance and Securities Association recognizes financial institutions in the small and large bank categories. The association cited First Tennessee for its ethical practices and integrated team approach and for its industry-leading retention of advisors and wealth management program attributes.

• Consumers who are thinking of buying a home in the Knoxville area can now refer to Saddlebrook Homes new Design Center. The center offers the first and only one-stop shopping for customers. With the Saddlebrook Design Center, new-home buyers get to customize, personalize and beautify their dwellings while making their decisions in one, comfortable, convenient location. The center is a 1,500 square-foot showcase of the latest, best and most desired options of everything for the home such as flooring, lighting, plumbing fixtures, doors, countertops and upgrades. It’s conveniently located in West Knoxville at Turkey Creek on Deerbrook Drive as part of Saddlebrook’s headquarters. For more information about Saddlebrook, visit or call 865-675-7646.

• The next Tennessee Artists Association will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 17, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Northshore Dr. Phil Garrett from Golden Artists Colors will demonstrate acrylics. Guests are welcome. For more information about the meeting and classes offered, call the Tennessee Artists Association hotline at 865-970-5278 or visit the Web site at


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