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• NHC HealthCare in Farragut received the Five Star Excellence Certification given by National HealthCare Corporation at the annual management conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. Five Star Excellence Certification recognizes the outstanding performances that the center’s staff obtained and publicly recognizes the center and staff as one of NHC’s best. To obtain the Five Star Excellence Certification, the center must attain high scores in NHC’s own survey process, which includes a customer satisfaction index, consumer view rating and several patient care components. In addition, the Five Star Excellence winners must receive high scores on their unannounced state survey and surprise inspections performed by NHC corporate office personnel.

• The National Animal Control Association has named Knox County Animal Control the 2006 Outstanding Animal Control Agency. The announcement came as part of National Animal Control Appreciation Week, held April 9 through 15. Headquartered at Young-Williams Animal Center, Knox County Animal Control competed against 200 other agencies from across the United States to meet the highest standards for an animal control agency. The Outstanding Animal Control Agency Award honors agencies that provide effective training programs for personnel, outstanding and innovative public education programs, active community involvement and average officer response time to calls for assistance. The Young-Williams Animal Center, located at 3201 Division St. in Knoxville, is a nonprofit organization that turns no animal away. For more information about adoptable pets, call the Young-Williams Animal Center at 865-215-6599 or visit online at

• 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 30th 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 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.

• The Arts & Culture Alliance announces the fourth edition of its Publicity Guide 2006, a comprehensive source listing print, radio, television and online media resources in the Greater Knoxville area.  This up-to-date and easy-to-use Guide also includes print resources for the Chattanooga, Nashville, Ashville and Tri-cities areas. The Publicity Guide 2006 is available on CD and includes ready-to-print mailing labels for user convenience.  Each CD costs $5.  To order a copy of the Guide, contact Suzanne at 865-523-7543 or

• John Crooks, a 1994 graduate of Farragut High School, recently joined Moxley Carmichael public relations firm as an account executive. Before joining Moxley Carmichael, Crooks worked for more than 13 years in a variety of on and off-air positions at Citadel Broadcasting Knoxville, gaining experience in the news/talk, country and sports program formats. Crooks was program director of NewsTalk100.


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