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• Kelly Services announces the appointment of Bryan Long as district manager. Long is responsible for overseeing all branch and sales operations for Kelly’s Knoxville, Morristown and Oak Ridge locations. Prior to his current position, Long served as city group manager for Kelly Services. Before joining Kelly, he was a major accounts manager with National Linen and Uniform Service for six years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee.

• BB&T Corporation said it has been named to the elite 2006 Dividend Achievers list by Mergent Inc., a New York City-based provider of global financial information. The annual roster of Dividend Achievers is made up of publicly traded companies that have increased their cash dividends every year for at least the past 10 years. They typically have “strong cash reserves, solid balance sheets and a proven record of consistent earnings growth,” according to Mergent. The 2006 Dividend Achievers list consists of only 318 firms out of more than 10,000 North American-listed, dividend-paying, publicly traded companies tracked by Mergent. BB&T has increased its quarterly cash dividend payments for 34 consecutive years, which puts it in the top 15 percent on the Dividend Achievers list for consecutive yearly increases. BB&T also has one of the nation’s longest records of continuous dividend payments and the longest among banks. It has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1903.

• The Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold its next free bimonthly new business workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., May 17, at the department’s Knoxville regional office, 531 Henley St. 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.

• Parkwest Medical Center is one of only 22 hospitals in the nation to receive an award recognizing the provision of excellent care to surgical patients. Parkwest was recognized by VHA Inc., a national health care alliance. The 2006 VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence honors organizations that have distinguished themselves from other VHA members by achieving national performance standards in specific clinical activities. Hospital representatives will receive the award May 21 at the VHA Leadership conference in St. Louis, Mo. These steps toward quality include administering antibiotic within one hour prior to surgical incision, selecting appropriate antibiotic for surgery patients and discontinuing antibiotic administration within 24-hours after surgery. Hospitals expect to realize a financial benefit from their focus on quality-based performance.  Clinicians are encouraged to enhance productivity and reduce costs associated with delivering care, which in turn enables hospitals to reinvest resources into patient care services. The hospital achieved at least a 90 percent compliance with all rate-based indicators to qualify for the award. Indicators are measured based on the following procedure groups: coronary artery bypass grafting, cardiac surgery, hip arthroplasty, knee arthroplasty, colon surgery, hysterectomy and vascular surgery.

• Knoxville was named to the CNNMoney.com list of the seven most affordable vacation destinations in the United States and abroad. CNNMoney.com noted Knoxville was “full of cultural and family attractions, from the Knoxville Symphony and the Knoxville Zoo to the Knoxville Opera,” as well as mentioning the city was abundant in affordable hotels and motels. Other tourism destinations recognized by the Internet site for their great travel values were Portland, Maine, the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, the popular Canadian destination of Banff, Richmond, Va., Denver, Colo. and Greenville, S.C.

• 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.

• Attorneys Kenneth A. Miller and Donna M. Lefebvre are the first two Tennessee attorneys certified by the Tennessee Commission on CLE and Specialization as Specialists in Social Security Disability Law. They are among five attorneys nationwide who have been certified as specialists. Lawyers certified as specialists must have extensive experience at all levels of the Social Security administrative process including effectively representing clients in hearings before administrative law judges, at the Appeals Council and in Federal Court. To be certified, Tennessee attorneys must pass a national examination and receive positive recommendations from other lawyers, judges and their clients.

Kenneth Miller received his law degree from the University of Tennessee and was licensed to practice law in 1977. He has dedicated his practice to representing disabled individuals in Social Security Disability claims since establishing his law practice in Knoxville in 1978. Donna Lefebvre graduated from the University of Tennessee law school and received her law license in 1985. She joined Miller in the practice in July 1992. Prior to that time, she had a general civil practice including Social Security cases with Rural Legal Services of Tennessee in Oak Ridge. Since joining Miller, she has concentrated her practice on Social Security Disability law with a special emphasis on disabled children.

• The U. S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office has recognized contractor URS Corporation for outstanding safe work performance.

in the management of wastewater treatment at the Central Neutralization Facility located at East Tennessee Technology Park. ORO Chief Operating Officer Robert Brown recognized employees for this accomplishment at a plaque presentation ceremony held on April 13. URS has operated CNF since 2001, providing wastewater treatment to radiological contaminated and/or hazardous waste streams, routine operations, maintenance, and required sample analysis for permit compliance, secondary waste disposition, and facility management. The URS Corporation is the fifth recipient in a new initiative by ORO to highlight safe work performance on the Oak Ridge Reservation by contractors.  The company is a subcontractor to Bechtel Jacobs Company.

• 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.  For the first time ever, 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, please contact Suzanne at 865-523-7543 or sc@knoxalliance.com.

• 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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