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• The Farragut Chapter of Business Network International, 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.

• If you need to learn how to manage projects of all types and sizes, a three day course at Pellissippi State Technical Community College can help. Entitled “Essential Skills for Managing Projects,” the course is presented by the school’s Business and Community Services Division. It will be held June 14-16 at the College’s Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road. The school has partnered with the East Tennessee chapter of the Project Management Institute to present the course. The cost is $860. For more information about the course, call 865-539-7167.

• The Fresh Market Farragut store will celebrate its re-grand opening June 28. The Farragut Fresh Market’s re-grand opening festivities will include a complimentary coffee brick to the first 1,000 shoppers, sampling stations throughout the store, expert produce, seafood and food connoisseurs from around the country to answer customer food and cooking questions, complimentary barbecue ribs prepared on an oversized outdoor grill and a live jazz band.

• Doug Haaland, former vice president of operations for John Deere Health Plan, has joined Knoxville-based Cariten as senior vice president and chief operating officer. In addition to overall administrative responsibilities as a key member of Cariten’s executive leadership team, Haaland will also oversee the specific areas of provider relations and contracting, sales, marketing, and government programs.

• Laura Braden Dlugacz recently transferred from Washington, D.C. to Sacrament to become the deputy communications director for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration.  In June, she will move to the governor’s re-election campaign as deputy communications director to operations.  Laura, a 1999 graduate of Farragut High School, is the daughter of Jim and Catherine Braden. 

• First Tennessee announces winners of its awards for top performers in 2005. The Private Client Financial Services’ President’s Award went to Michelle Hardin. This is the third consecutive year Hardin received it.

the honor. The President’s Award recognizes Hardin as the top performer for private client services during 2005. A West Knoxville resident, Hardin is a 17-year employee of First Tennessee.

• Regions Bank is partnering with the U.S. Army on a program that provides jobs to men and women once they complete service to their country. The program is called PaYS (Partnership for Youth Success) and is unique in that it pairs men and women as they enter the service to be trained for certain jobs by the time they complete their service. The program works by using the Web site to recruit Army men and women transitioning back to civilian life. The Army works to pair recruits with a job specialty in a partner company such as Regions Financial Corp. so that when they are ready to leave the Army they have job possibilities waiting. Around 160 companies are participating in this program, which now is serving an estimated 40,000 soldiers, said Robert Qualls, program manager of PaYS at the U.S. Army Recruiting Command in Fort Knox, Ky.


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