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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 about the meeting, 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. Already, Angie’s List members have put nearly 600 local companies on the list. Angie’s List also serves consumers in Memphis, Nashville and Atlanta. 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 www.angieslist.com.

• 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. 

• LBMC Technologies will host a 2006 User Conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St. For more information, call Josh Watson at 615-259-4000.

• DoctorsManagement recently completed another educational session of its School for Medical Practice Managers Certificate Program at Fox Den Country Club Aug. 17-18 with 12 students in attendance from six different states. For more information on classes regarding the Doctors-Management School of Medical Practice Manager’s Certificate Program, call 865-531-0176.

• Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar has announced that it will host a series of five fund-raising dinners to benefit a variety of Knoxville-based not-for-profit organizations. Beginning the first week in September, the Fleming’s Friday Nights of Giving provides local organizations an opportunity to raise funds while offering their patrons an exceptional four-course dinner in one of Knoxville’s newest restaurants.  Each event will take place in the private dining room of this award-winning restaurant. Tickets are available for $55 per person, and all proceeds will go directly to each of the five organizations. For more information, visit www.flemingssteakhouse.com.

• 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.

 

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