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• Learn what it takes to be effective and comfortable when talking to any size group. University of Tennessee Professional and Personal Development is sponsoring a course that will provide the skills needed to conduct presentations that are credible and professional. The 3-hour class will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 29, at the UT Conference Center, 600 Henley St. The course fee is $89. Parking will be validated for those who park at the Locust Street/UT Garage. For registration or more information, call UT Professional and Personal Development at 865-974-0150 or register on the Web at

• Curves celebrated its grand opening in May. Curves is a 30-minute fitness program designed for women and also provides a weight management program. Curves is located at 9307 S. Northshore Drive. For more information on weight loss, call 769-0126.

• General manager of Edison Park Steak House, Michael “Mickey” Koryzbski, recieved a first ever “Pauly Award” presented by Knoxville Tourism Alliance at the annual Tourism Awards and Scholarship Luncheon Thursday, May 12, at the Radisson Summit Hill. These awards, for deserving individuals and businesses in the tourism industry, were given in conjunction with other National Tourism Week (May 7-15) events.

• Tennessee Valley Authority donated $5,000 to the Pellissippi State Foundation, the fundraising “arm” of Pellissippi State Technical Community College. The school plans to use the donation to support a preparation class for students taking the Edison Electric Institute exam. Successful completion of the exam is required for admittance to TVA’s Operation and Maintenance training programs.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College awarded seven individual faculty and staff members and one instructional team the Pellissippi State Foundation's 2005 Employee Awards. Individual winners include: Excellence in Teaching Award - Lisa Bogaty, associate professor of e-commerce/marketing; Innovations Award - Margaret Hicks, associate professor and program coordinator of biology; outstanding faculty member- Carol O'Farrell, associate professor of English; outstanding administrator - Sheryl Burnette; outstanding support professional - Annette ElDridge, technical clerk in the office of Community Relations; outstanding technical-service-maintenance staff member - Travis Watson. The college's Media Technologies team earned the Gene Joyce Visionary Award. Team members include: Ron Bellamy, Gay Bryant, David Gilbert, KD Lawson, William Farrell, Martha Merrill, Linda Randolph and Margaret Ann Jeffries.

• A new female-owned business moves into the Farragut/West Knox area. Choices Salon, West Knoxville’s newest full service hair salon announced its grand opening. The owners, Kelly Schlitz and Leslie McGuinn, both have roots in East Tennessee. Choices Salon is located at 10710 Kingston Pike. For more information on services, call 865-556-1995.


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