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• Animal Rescue and Fostering Networks will host a free information and adoption seminar beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the board room of Farragut Town Hall. For more information, call Ann LaGrow at 865-966-7057.

• Farragut Leadership Initiative and the Farragut Education Foundation will host a Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce breakfast networking at 8 a.m., Feb. 17, at Farragut High School. The event will include a short presentation, tours around the high school and door prizes.

• Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold its next free bi-monthly new business workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the department’s Knoxville regional office, 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.

• Erik Hoglund was recently named as the director of community development for Knox County. Hoglund will oversee the county’s Community Development Department, which receives $1.5 million each year from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These funds, along with other state and federal funds, provide support for programs related to housing, economic development, public services and public infrastructure.

• Eric Bellah has been named Maryville College’s new director of annual giving. Bellah, as director of annual giving, is responsible for planning and implementing a variety of fund-raising components, including direct mail, phonathon, community campaigns, the college’s faculty/staff campaign and the annual fund scholarship programs. His office is located in Willard House on the campus. “We are excited to have Eric join our team and believe that he has both the aptitude and attitude to continue to grow the Annual Fund,” said Jason McNeal, vice president for development. “With his past experiences in constituent relations, he brings a service-minded approach that will serve our college well.” The Knoxville native earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1994 and his Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, N.C., in 1999.


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