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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.

• Harper Porsche Audi Jaguar dealership will celebrate its grand opening in October. The exterior of Harper Porsche Audi Jaguar now has three completely different facades, creating the look of a mini auto mall. Inside the showroom, the brands are separated by large graphic panels, allowing each company to showcase its vehicles. Construction on the new dealership began in 2005. Harper Porsche Audi Jaguar, located at 9735 Kingston Pike, is part of Harper Auto Square, which also includes Harper Volkswagen, Harper Acura and Harper Infiniti.

• Jennifer Fowler, chief counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge office, has retired after 32 years of federal service. She was named chief counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge office in May 1995, and served as chief legal advisor to ORO with responsibility for all matters of law that arise in connection with the functions and programs administered.  Fowler supervised a total of 17 federal employees. She has also supervised the Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Officer, the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act manager and support staff. 

•Saratoga Technologies announ-ced Dr. Breese Johnson as its new chairman.  Dr. Johnson takes over from Chris Gillespie who has led Saratoga since July 2003. Dr. Johnson currently practices at Abercrombie Radiology in Knoxville and has an undergraduate degree from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  His medical degree is from The University of Tennessee at Memphis, where he also trained as a radiologist.

• 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

• Robyn Nelson has been named new executive director of the Dogwood Arts Festival. Formerly the executive director of Utah Arts Festival in Salt Lake City, she will begin her position Mon-day, Oct. 9. Nelson succeeds Ed Pasley, who resigned in April. Nelson brings more than 18 years of executive-level management experience with Utah’s largest, award-winning arts celebration that showcases fine arts, performance art and art education.

She is a certified festival


• Tennessee business laws that apply to contractors, current federal safety and health regulations and the basics of building codes will be taught during a review course at Pellissippi State Technical Comm-unity College Oct. 6-7. The course is designed to prepare participants for the written examination for a Tennessee contractor’s license, a residential license, a comme-rcial/industrial/residential license, or a business and law license. The instructor is Tom Dorsey, a licensed contractor. The course will be taught 8 a.m. to 6 p.m Friday, Oct. 6, and Saturday, Oct. 7, in Room 206 of the Alexander Building on the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road.The course reviews U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements, contracts and sales agreements, contractors business law, child labor laws, workers compensation and other regulations. A contractor’s paperwork process and construction requirements will be covered, and the course will review fundamentals of mathematics used in the building trades. A hands-on approach to proper use of the 2003 International Residential Code and 2003 International Building Code as they relate to industrial, commercial and residential installations is included in the course. The course reviews license examinations for residential and industrial contractors.

residen-tial/small commercial contractors. and commercial/industrial/residential contractors.

Additional textbooks are required for all three topics and these texts can be used for taking the state examinations. They can be purchased by calling (865) 777-1748 before or when the course begins. The course fee is $430. Advance registration is required by Oct. 5, and the class will be limited to 25 participants. For details, call 865-539-7167.

• Tennessee Bank Performance Report rankings have been released by the Financial Management Consulting Group ranking CBBC second out of 186 banks in the state of Tennessee, up from sixth on March 31.  Rankings are based on June 30 reports in seven categories to include asset quality, efficiency, overhead, non-interest income as well as ROAA and ROAE.

• The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the appointment of Kevin Westervelt of Knoxville to the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board.  ORSSAB is a federally chartered citizen’s panel of 20 members that provides recommendations to the DOE Oak Ridge environmental management program. Westervelt is the civil/structural engineering department manager at Mesa Associates in Knoxville.  He is a member of the Tennessee Structural Engineers Association and has 25 years of experience in civil/structural engineering.  He also has experience related to site environmental compliance and special project experience with The University of Tennessee relating to the remediation of the contaminated Coster Shop Rail Yard facility.


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