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• Teri T. Brahams, director of the Knoxville area office of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, has been named executive director of Business and Community Services at Pellissippi State Technical Community College. Brahams will continue to oversee TSBDC operations, but now she also will administer the college’s non-credit course offerings and customized business and industrial training programs. Larry R. Rossini has been named senior director of the center. The changes are effective Jan. 1. The Tennessee Small Business Development Center is operated in the Knoxville area by Pellissippi State in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Brahams, an Alcoa resident, was director of TSBDC for 10 years after an extensive career in banking. She serves on the boards of the Fairview Technology Center, Leadership Blount, the Areawide Development Corp. and the Blount County Chamber of Commerce. An honors graduate of the University of Tennessee’s Master of Business Administration program, she is a founding member of the Small Business Committee of the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership. Rossini, a Powell resident, has been with Pellissippi State since 1992 and most recently served as senior business specialist at TSBDC. He previously worked for Walters State Community College. Rossini earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Arkansas University. The Small Business Development Center, a partner of the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, the Blount County Chamber and Roane State Community College, provides assistance to small-business owners and to people who want to start their own business. For existing businesses the assistance is provided through one-on-one counseling or consulting, while start-up assistance is given in seminars. Counseling services are available at no charge, and some seminars and training have a small fee. Other assistance includes access to resources helpful to business owners. In 2004, TSBDC assisted more than 600 clients, who created at least 177 new jobs and made capital investments in the area in excess of $12 million. For more information on TSBDC and its services, call (865) 246-2663 or visit the Web site at

• Tennesse’s unemployment rate for November was 5.8 percent, an increase of .02 of a percentage point from the adjusted October rate of 5.6 percent, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Figures from October to November show retail trade jobs grew by 5,000. Government jobs increased by1,800 while food and beverage employment increased by 1,400. Arts and entertainment jobs decreased by 1,600 positions, while construction jobs dropped by 1,000 positions.

• Board certified vascular/interventional radiologist Keith Woodward, M.D., of Vista Radiology, has completed a neuro-interventional radiology fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He is one of only 300 physicians trained in neuro-interventional radiology in the United States. Dr. Woodward brings new innovative technologies and procedures to Knoxville area patients suffering from brain aneurysms, vascular malformations and strokes.

• The Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold its next free bimonthly new business workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006, at the department’s Knoxville regional office, located at 531 Henley St. The workshop will be held on the seventh floor in conference room B. This free workshop is designed to assist those encountering business-related taxes for the first time. Tax specialists from various local and state agencies will provide the basic information needed to comply with registration and tax requirements. During the session, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to these tax specialists, ask questions and receive materials explaining tax responsibilities and providing contact information. Areas of discussion will include business tax, sales and use tax, unemployment tax and tax enforcement procedures. Interested individuals may call 865-594-6100 to register for the program.

• The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association has awarded the Region 5 Volunteer of the Year Award to Robin Bowen at Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding in Loudon. NARHA offers regional awards and a national award in recognition of volunteers who demonstrate outstanding and exemplary service to equine assisted activities. The award, sponsored by the American Quarter Horse Association, was presented Nov. 12 at the NARHA Awards Banquet in Houston, Texas. In order to better serve members and participants, NARHA has divided territory in the United States and Canada into 11 different regions. Each region has its own governing committee that encourages and supports equine assisted activities in its local area. Region 5 consists of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.

• Pulmonologist James Edward Shamiyeh, MD, has joined the staff at the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Heart Lung Vascular Institute. Shamiyeh earned his undergraduate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, his medical degree from the UT College of Medicine and a Master of Science degree in public health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He completed his internship, residency and fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. A member of the Knoxville Pulmonary Group, Dr. Shamiyeh is board certified in both internal and pulmonary medicine.


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