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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.

• Gander Mountain, an outdoor retailer based in Saint Paul, Minn., will enter the Knoxville market with the grand-opening of a 66,000-square-foot store Sept. 29. The Gander Mountain store will deliver outdoor sporting equipment. The Gander Mountain store will be located at 11501 Parkside Drive in Knoxville.  The store will employ a sales staff of 85 people to provide service to area outdoor enthusiasts.  Customers will find services including a full-service gunsmith shop and a full-service archery pro shop, with a 20-yard archery lane available for archery leagues as well as for testing archery equipment. The store will sell ATVs and have a full-service shop for small-engine repair. Live bait and professional fishing line winding will be available for fishing enthusiasts. 

• Robin B. Hoskins was recently appointed manager of the First Tennessee-Middlebrook Financial Center. Hoskins has responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the center. She joined First Tennessee in October, 2005. Hoskins has lived in Knoxville for 10 years, is active in the community and volunteers for Safe Place.

• Knoxville-based RM Technolo-gies has received a regional technology industry-related award from Technology2020 in Oak Ridge. RM Technologies received the Community Service award for its work with non-profits throughout the East Tennessee region. Techno-logy2020 is a consortium of IT-related companies, providing services in information technology, data communications and nanotechnologies.

• Effective fall 2007, Pellissippi State Technical Community College will combine four business-related programs into one as a way to increase job opportunities for graduates, benefit employers and make more efficient use of resources within the college. The new business administration program will have four concentrations: computer accounting, management, hospitality and marketing. All four are currently individual academic programs. Students in business administration will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree. The individual A.A.S. degree programs are accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs and the combined program will continue to be accredited. For more information on the college’s programs, visit

• FTN Financial, a division of First Horizon National Corpora-tion, has recently promoted Alpha R. Patrick to senior vice president in its correspondent services department. Located at First Tennessee Plaza in Knoxville, Patrick delivers services to financial institutions doing business with FTN Financial. Patrick joined First Tennessee in 1975. She is active in the community and serves on Second Harvest Food Bank’s Community Board and on the board of the East Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation. In addition, Patrick volunteers with the Stephen Ministry at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.

• Peter E. Vonderau, M.D., has joined the medical practice of Hovis Orthopaedic Clinic. Vonderau is a physiatrist. He completed his undergraduate training at Virginia Tech and his medical degree at Wright State University School of Medicine. He has been trained in interventional medicine and specializes in the non-surgical treatment of neck and back pain, and joint, muscle and nerve injuries. Vonderau has a background in sports medicine, having served as a team physician for high school football, hockey and wrestling. He is accepting new patients at Hovis Orthopaedic Clinic.

• Allergy Specialists of Knoxville has opened an office at Baptist Hospital West. Their clinic will be open for appointments and shots every Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jane R. Conley, MD, has been practicing allergy, asthma and immunology for six years in East Tennessee and is board- certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and American Board of Allergy and Immunology. Sangeetha Kodoth, MD, has been practicing allergy, asthma and immunology in East Tennessee for four years and is also board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and American Board of Allergy and Immunology. She completed her residency at Westchester.

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and fellowship at Northshore University Hospital in New York. Please call 588-2753 for more information.

• Hampton, the national brand of more than 1,350 mid-priced Hampton Inn and Hampton Inn & Suites hotels, has opened 11 properties in August 2006 representing 1,176 new rooms. The new openings include five Hampton Inn hotels and six Hampton Inn & Suites properties, one of which is located off Cedar Bluff Road. All openings are franchised, newly constructed hotels.


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