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• Thea W. Cross, M.D., board certified neurologist, has joined the staff of East Tennessee Medical Group at their facility located at 266 Joule St., Alcoa. She is currently on staff at Blount Memorial Hospital. Dr. Cross also practiced medicine at the Neurology Center of Middle Tennessee in Columbia and was a research assistant with Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She received her medical degree from East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine. She completed her neurology residency and internship at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C., where she served a year as chief resident. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and American College of Physicians.

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• ImagePoint recently presented Ted Christensen with its 2005 Sales Achievement Award. ImagePoint is the nation’s leading manufacturer and supplier of on-site image solutions, including sign products and services. Christensen, who celebrates his thirtieth anniversary with ImagePoint this year, was honored for his sales leadership with several significant accounts in the Automotive Strategic Business Units.

• ImagePoint recently named David McClurkin its 2005 Sales Manager of the Year. McClurkin was honored based on his sales leadership with several significant accounts in the Retail/Financial/Food Strategic Business Unit. As Sales Manager of the Year, McClurkin also received the Award of Excellence and is nominated for the company’s Chairman’s Award program in April. McClurkin resides in Farragut.

• The local Tennessee Small Business Development Center, a division of Pellissippi State Technical Community College Business and Community Services, has hired Joe Andrews and Don Wright as senior business specialists. In addition to more than 10 years at Pellissippi State, Andrews has experience developing business plans and methodology for profit improvement for businesses in Washington, D.C. Most recently, he oversaw start-up operations for a local business. Wright served as director of the Small Business Development Center of Northwest Ohio for 15 years before joining Knoxville’s center. Wright also worked as a plant manager and division human resources manager for Guardian Industries for more than 10 years. The Small Business Development Center, a partner of the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, the Blount County Chamber, Roane State Community College and the U.S. Small Business Administration, provides assistance to small-business owners and to people who want to start their own business. For more information on the downtown Knoxville TSBDC and its services, call 865-246-2663 or visit the Web site at

• This April preservationists, planners, economic developers, architects, downtown business groups and interested citizens from across the state will gather in Knoxville as the Tennessee Preservation Trust presents the seventh annual Statewide Preservation Conference and Tennessee Main Street Summit. The conference will be held April 20-22, 2006. Established in 2000, the conference is the premier annual opportunity to learn how to make preservation work for towns and cities across the state of Tennessee.  This is Knoxville’s first time to host the event, which is held in a different community each year. This year’s theme is “Vintage Buildings Make Vibrant Communities.” Kennedy Smith of Washington, D.C., a former director of the National Main Street Program and the League of Historic American Theatres, will serve as the keynote speaker. Other presenters include Heather McIntosh, executive director of Preservation Action, the national lobbying organization for preservationists based in Washington, D.C., Valecia Crisafulli, director of the Statewide and Local Partnerships program for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam. The conference will showcase Knoxville’s historic neighborhoods and downtown. Sessions will be based primarily at the East Tennessee History Center on Gay Street and at other locations in the downtown area. The conference is made possible in large part by the support of the Tennessee Historical Commission, Tennessee Department of Community & Economic Development, Knox Heritage, East Tennessee Historical Society, Middle Tennessee State University Center for Historic Preservation/Tennessee Civil War Heritage Area, Ross Fowler Architects, MTSU Department of Public History, C. Randall De Ford Architecture, Denark Construction, Taylor Made Plans, First Tennessee Bank, and the Nine Counties Preservation Alliance. For registration information, visit the TPT website at or call the office at 615-259-2289.

• Is there a dramatic split in education between arts and humanities and science and mathematics? Associate Professor Edward Francisco, writer in residence at Pellissippi State Technical Community College, will address this and other issues as part of the Oxford Round Table at Harris Manchester College in Oxford, England. Francisco, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in both fiction and poetry is one of 40 scholars from around the world invited to the Round Table starting July 9 to address the rising dispute on a possible split in education occurring on both sides of the Atlantic. He will present a paper entitled “Semiotic Theory and the Limits of Computer Mediated Learning.” During his career, Francisco has written hundreds of essays, short stories and poems that have been published in journals and anthologies and has several ongoing writing projects, including a historical novel about Knoxville in the 20th century. Francisco developed Pellissippi State’s creative writing program and teaches creative writing, screen writing and play writing. He’s also the principal organizer of the school’s Writers Series.

• The Farragut Chapter of Business Network International (BNI), a national business referral organization, meets 7:30 to 9 a.m. every Wednesday at Ruby Tuesday’s on Lovell Road.  For more information, call Aleex Conner at 865-691-6083.

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• East Tennessee Medical Group in Alcoa recently became one of the first nuclear cardiology laboratories in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, to be accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories. The accreditation recognizes ETMG’s nuclear cardiology lab’s commitment to high quality patient care and provision of excellent diagnostic testing. The ICANL provides a peer review mechanism to encourage and recognize provision of quality nuclear cardiology and nuclear medicine diagnostic evaluations by a process of voluntary accreditation. It was established with the support of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, the Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Nuclear Physicians and the Academy of Molecular Imaging.

• Appalachian Wholesale Supply is hosting a cookout for contractors, builders, developers, and installers in celebration of its tenth year in business. The cookout is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 at Appalachian Wholesale on Dutch Valley Road. Contractors, builders, developers, and installers are invited to drop by and enjoy lunch catered by Holy Smokin’ Catering. The event will include contests, door prizes, and a chance to win a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle. Founded by Stan Wilhite, a former contractor himself, Appalachian Wholesale Supply, Inc. opened its’ doors in 1996. Stan saw a need for quality products at affordable prices and sought to provide this service for the contractors in the Knoxville area.

• The Wellington Group LLC has reached an agreement to sell 17 of the company’s 18 assisted-living facilities to Chicago-based Brookdale Senior Living Inc. for $79.5 million, according to David Wood, partner-in-charge of the mergers and acquisitions and business transition division of Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC, which represented Wellington in the transaction. The acquisition by Brookdale is composed of 17 assisted-living facilities, containing 814 units/beds and is located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. The portfolio is divided into 13 owned and four leased properties. Healthcare Realty Trust Inc. will continue to own the four leased facilities. Brookdale is one of the leading owners and operators of senior-living facilities in the United States. Prior to this transaction, it owned 383 independent-, assisted- and dementia-care facilities in 31 states. The 11 Tennessee senior communities include two facilities in Cleveland and one each in Athens, Kingsport, Greeneville, Hixson, Johnson City, Kingston, Maryville, Newport and Sevierville.

• CSC Investments, the Panera Bread franchisee that operates 11 bakery-cafes in Eastern Tennessee including Fort Oglethorpe, GA and Asheville, NC, has chosen Fountain City for its newest location. The new bakery-cafe will open in April at 4893 North Broadway in Fountain City. CSC Investments will soon be opening other Panera Bread locations in Knoxville area.


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