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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.

• Bullock, Smith and Partners announced the hiring of intern architect Alena Adler. A recent graduate of The University of Tennessee, she is currently working on the Sevierville Events Center.

• Buddy Heins was recently promoted to the position of vice president for Merit Construction, Inc.  Heins is a shareholder in the firm and has been with Merit since 1998. He is responsible for the firm’s marketing, sales and business development efforts. Heins holds a civil engineering degree from The University of Tennessee. He serves in a leadership capacity for numerous organizations including the Knoxville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Executive Board of the Great Smoky Mountains Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Campaign Cabinet for the United Way Campaign, the Board of Governors for The University of Tennessee National Alumni Association, the Board of Commissioners of Farragut Baseball, Inc. and vice chairman of the Bearden High School Foundation.

• Belk department stores are offering local schools a chance to raise money as part of a companywide “school benefit sale” event held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 15 -17.  Schools, booster clubs, athletic clubs, PTAs, school bands, cheerleading squads and other school-related groups are invited and encouraged by their local Belk store to register for the event. Participating school organizations can sell Belk School Benefit Sale shopping coupon books for $5 each in advance of the sale and retain all funds collected. In addition, coupon books will be sold in all Belk stores in advance of the sale from Friday, Sept. 8 through Thursday, Sept. 14, with all funds collected donated to the local school organizations that register and participate in the event. Each $5 coupon book contains discount coupons for purchases made in Belk stores during the School Benefit Sale, Sept. 15-17.  Normal exclusions, including Red Dot sale merchandise, will apply. Customers can also register to win a Toshiba laptop computer given away during the sale event.

• Matthew E. Lewis recently joined First Tennessee Home Loans as a relationship manager. Lewis previously worked as a branch manager at both Home Federal Bank and ORNL Federal Credit Union. A 1989 East Tennessee State University graduate, Lewis received his bachelor’s degree in communications with a major in public relations.

• 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. 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. 

• The Tennessee Association of Realtors announced a recent graduate of the Realtor Institute program: Mary Parsons of Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace with the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors. By successful completion of this program, Mary Parsons has earned the Graduate Realtor Institute designation, signifying mastery of a specific and intensive program of classroom instruction.





 

 

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