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• Fleenor Security Systems announced it has been awarded the prestigious “Five Diamond Certification” from the national Central Station Alarm Association. The company received the award because all of the employees in Fleenor’s Central Monitoring Station have achieved proficiency and certification by passing either the CSAA Central Station Operator Training Course Level I or the equivalent SIA/APCO course. There are approximately 2,700 central stations in the United States that communicate and interact with law enforcement, fire and emergency services agencies. Of this group, fewer than one hundred stations have achieved the “Five Diamond Certified” status.

• 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.

• Angie’s List, where thousands of consumers share their ratings and reviews on local contractors and service companies, has opened in Knoxville and the surrounding area. Companies can’t pay to be on the list, nor can they put themselves on the list. Only Angie’s List members can submit reviews and ratings after they’ve hired a company or contractor. Angie’s List ratings and reviews are available in more than 250 different categories, from home improvement and maintenance, to services for lawn, garden, auto and pets. During this opening time period, consumers can join Angie’s List for free. Regular membership is $4.95 a month. For more information, visit

• The board of directors of BB&T Corporation declared the 2006 fourth quarter dividend of $0.42 per share, a 10.5 percent increase over the $0.38 paid in the fourth quarter of 2005. The dividend will be paid Nov. 1 to shareholders of record as of Oct. 13. The five-year compound growth rate for BB&T’s quarterly dividend payment is 10.1 percent. BB&T has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1903. The corporation has increased its quarterly cash dividend payments for 35 consecutive years.

• E.W. Stephenson Jr., Tennessee Banking Group head for the new Regions Bank, has announced the leadership team that will manage the bank’s key lines of business in East Tennessee following the merger of AmSouth and Regions Bank. The merger is anticipated to close in fourth quarter of 2006. The new managers will report to Mike McNamee, East Tennessee area executive for the new Regions Bank.  McNamee will have responsibility for all banking operations in the Knoxville, Tri-Cities, Cumberland cities and Chattanooga markets. McNamee has served as AmSouth’s executive vice president, overseeing banking operations for the East Tennessee area since 2004. New Regions managers include Jenks Bostic, consumer banking sales manager; Sam Henderson, commercial middle market sales manager; Rusty Campbell, commercial real estate sales manager; Clyde Tisdale, business banking area sales manager; and Sam Albritton, private banking sales manager. The merger of AmSouth Bancorpo-ration and Regions Financial Corp. creates one of the top 10 bank holding companies in the United States. The New Regions will have nearly $140 billion in assets, close to $100 billion in deposits, and 2,000 branches in 16 states across the South, Midwest and Texas.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College has hired Paul McKinney as its new director of Financial Aid. McKinney comes to the job with 10 years of helping college students find the necessary funds to attend school. His career includes serving as chief financial aid director at Herzing College’s campus in Birmingham, Ala. and as vice president/financial aid director.

at Herzing’s main campus in Atlanta.

• An upgrade to the Cray XT3 supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has increased the system’s computing power to 54 teraflops, or 54 trillion mathematical calculations per second, making the Cray among the most powerful open scientific systems in the world. The computer, dubbed Jaguar, is the largest in the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and is the major computing resource for DOE’s Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment, or INCITE, program. The system is available to all scientific researchers and research organizations, including industry, through an annual call for proposals. Three of the four companies — Boeing, DreamWorks Animation and General Atomics — awarded INCITE grants for 2006 are doing their work at ORNL. 



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