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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.

• The anticipation of six news stores comes to an end as some prepare to open this fall and others have just made their West Town Mall debut.  Froots, Zales, Alumni Hall and Swarovski are finishing up construction, while the Walking Company and Ann Taylor Loft are already boasting their new spaces. Ann Taylor Loft is a specialty apparel retailer offering contemporary American classics for the feminine, polished classic style. The store has just been renovated and encompasses 5,796 square feet. Froots offers great-tasting smoothies, shakes, wraps and salads for those attracted to a healthier lifestyle. Once construction is complete, this West Town eatery will be 603 square feet and near the Food Court, across from Gadzooks. Swarovski is the world’s leading supplier of cut crystal, presenting jewelry, textiles and accessories to the selective customer.  Its new West Town store location is set to open in early November. The 900 square foot space will be located near Belk, next to Abercrombie and Fitch. Alumni Hall makes college sports merchandise available to the masses, selling everything from shirts to hats. The 2400 square foot store will be next to Limited Too in the Dillard’s

concourse.

• Tax professionals are invited to attend a free e-Interaction seminar 1 to 5 p.m., Oct. 26, at the Small Business Development Center, 17 Market Square, Room 201, in Knoxville. Attendees will hear speakers from the IRS, U. S. Treasury Dept., Social Security Administration and Tennessee Department of Revenue. Topics will include e-filing and e-payments, new tax law, referrals to the Taxpayer Advocate Service, criminal referrals to the Treasury Department, online W-2 filing and business services offered by the state of Tennessee.

• Harper Porsche Audi Jaguar dealership in West Knoxville 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.

• Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar will feature wines that have received Wine Spectator’s ranking of 90 and above at a special wine dinner 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14. Wines will be paired with each of the five courses. Cost is $95 per person. Reservations are required.

• State Farm and the NFL announced they are teaming up in an exclusive marketing sponsorship.  This marks the first time that the nation’s largest insurer of homes and automobiles has joined forces with the nation’s most popular sport.  The three-year agreement presents State Farm with numerous marketing and advertising incentives, the opportunity to leverage the NFL brand, as well as the first-ever presenting sponsorship of the NFL Pro Bowl beginning with the 2007 game. 

• Farragut insurance agent Clint McCarty has bought NuCycle Technologies from Sally Stokes, widow of company founder Tom Stokes. NuCycle manufactures and distributes toner and inkjet cartridges for computer printers, photocopiers and fax machines. The Knoxville-based company also services and repairs most brands of office imaging equipment as well as typewriters. Tom Stokes founded the company in 1974 making and selling ribbons for computer printers. McCarty knows the company well. He was a NuCycle employee from 1988 to 1994, where he worked in a variety of positions including production manager, sales consultant and service technician. After working for a large copier dealer in Knoxville, he founded the McCarty Insurance Agency in 1996.

• 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 announced 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 www.pstcc.edu.

• Knox County District 5 A Commissioner Mike Hammond has been appointed to the Transportation Planning Organiz-ation’s executive board. Monroe County Mayor J. Allan Watson, chief of the Executive Committee of the East Tennessee Development District, announced Hammond would be the ETDD representative on the board, serving a two-year term through August 2008. The chair of the TPO is W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III, mayor of Farragut.

• Tennessee business laws that apply to contractors, current federal safety and health regulations and the basics of building codes will be taught during a 16-hour examination review course at Pellissippi State Technical Community 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 commercial/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 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, in Room 206 of the Alexander Building on the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road. Sponsored by the college’s Business and Community Services, 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, as well as such topics as accounting, bonds and lien law; site work; framing and roofing; steel joists and trusses and concrete and carpentry. 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 contractors, residenti-al/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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