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• The East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association will have the monthly membership luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Double Tree Hotel in Oak Ridge. Speaker is Ted Sherry, manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Y-12 office. Lunch cost for members is $14, non-members pay $15. For more information and to RSVP, call Vicki Dyer at 865-483-9332.

• An eight-week course begins Nov. 6 at Pellissippi State Technical Community College to prepare welding professionals for the certified welding inspector exam given by the American Welding Society. The CWI designation is an internationally recognized professional credential for inspectors. Pellissippi State is offering the CWI exam Jan. 20, 2007. The course covers principles of visual welding inspection, welding processes, nondestructive evaluation, codes, basic metallurgy, terms, definitions and related topics. Its focus is on professionals who have at least five years of experience in welding, inspection, testing, metallurgy, engineering or a related field. For information or to register, call Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services at 865-539-7166.

• U.S. Cellular has named Dana Dorcas as senior director of sales for the east region. In this position, his responsibilities include the development and implementation of sales strategies to increase U.S. Cellular’s growth in the eastern United States. Dorcas brings more than 30 years of marketing and operations experience to his new role. He joined U.S. Cellular in 1990 and has held various leadership positions within the organization.

• East Tennessee Technology Access Center is hosting an all-day training seminar from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 9, with Jan Shook of Assistive Technology, Inc. to acquaint participants with three communication devices used by people who cannot speak.  Participants will learn about the Mercury II and MiniMerc devices with Viking Communicator 3 software. The workshop is free, but registration is required by calling 865-219-0130 by Nov. 3.

• YWCA Knoxville said Marigail Mullin took the helm of the 106-year old nonprofit organization Oct. 20. Mullin, 58, has served as executive director of Crittenton Center in Sioux City, Iowa since 1999, and has more than 25 years of nonprofit experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology/social work from the University of South Dakota and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa. As executive director of Crittenton Center, Mullin oversaw multiple sites with nearly 100 employees and an annual budget of approximately $3.6 million. YWCA Knoxville has been providing services since its inception in 1899 through residential transitional housing, advocacy for survivors of domestic violence, summer day camps, after school programming for at-risk youth, Y-Teens leadership activities, and seniors programming.

• Jodi Welch recently joined Realty Executives Associates of Turkey Creek.  Welch currently resides with her family in Farragut.  Prior to her real estate career, Jodi owned and operated a hair salon for 12 years.

in Atlanta, Ga. 

• State regulations for earning a home inspector’s license have changed, and Pellissippi State Technical Community College is offering a two-session course to prepare you for the licensing examination. The course will be presented in two 45-hour sessions. The first begins 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday thru Saturday, Nov. 14-18, and the second is Tuesday-Saturday, Dec. 5-9. Both sessions will be offered again.

in the spring. The dates are April 10-14 and April 17-21. The fee for sessions is $2,395. Participants may choose instead to take one session in 2006 and the other in April 2007, for a total fee of $2,440. The course will be taught at the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road. The fee includes all materials, and the instructor is Tony J. Brueneman of the Home Inspection Institute. To learn more or register, call Pellissippi State Business and Community Services at 865-539-7167.

• 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.

• Sherri McCloud and Heather Emert have joined Realty Mortgage Corporation’s Knoxville office as mortgage consultants. Sherri McCloud has been a mortgage consultant for more than 11 years. Heather began her career in the financial industry as a real estate appraiser. She then moved into the mortgage business where she has spent the last 12 years.

• Computer Graphics Special Interest Group of the Association for Computing Machinery

will host a meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 in Claxton 206 on the UT campus. The general public is invited. Admission is free, and there will be door prizes. For more information, call Kyle McDaniel at 865- 984-7357.

• A nanotechnology-oriented forum bringing together academia, industry and budding entrepreneurs, will be held April 2-4, 2007, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Nano Nexus 2007 is designed to foster innovation and increase collaboration between universities, government, industry and the investment community — all critical players for commercializing new nanotechnology. It will also serve as a component of the Innovation Valley Nano Initiative, an effort to cultivate nanotechnology business in the region. For more information see

• Louis S. “Lou” Moran III, of Inter-Agency Insurance in Knoxville was named Insuror of the Year at the Insurors of Tennessee 113th Annual Convention in Nashville. The Insuror of the Year is the highest honor the association bestows upon its members. Moran’s years of service and his role in overseeing an update of the association’s website and information management capabilities, and executing a membership campaign led to his receipt of the award.

• Rodney R. Ferguson, M.D., a family practice physician at East Tennessee Medical Group, recently passed his board certification in family practice from the American Board of Family Practice. He is also certified in Emergency Medical Training from Hillsborough Community College in Florida. He received his medical degree and bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.

• Anyone who works as an engineer and wants to improve his or her ability to solve recurring problems may be interested in an upcoming workshop offered by Business and Community Services at Pellissippi State TechnicalCommunity College. The two-day, results-focused course, Root Cause Analysis, will be conducted Nov. 6-7 at the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road. Participants will gain a better understanding of work skills needed to fully use root-cause analysis as a value-added tool. Those skills include how to use quality control tools such as flowcharts, cause-and-effect diagrams, pareto charts, check sheets, run charts, histograms and scatter diagrams. The workshop, offered in cooperation with Design Management Alliance and taught by facilitator Duke Oaks, is designed to enhance problem-solving effectiveness, clarify the difference between analytical and creative thinking and expand the range of tools available for analyzing problem situations. The class has limited seating, and advanced registration is required by Nov. 1. The cost is $545, which includes the workbook and lunch. To learn more or to register, contact LouAnn Vahcic in Business and Community Services at 865-539-7167.

• BB&T Corporation said it would begin offering health savings accounts to qualified clients. HSAs offer clients a convenient, tax-advantaged way to help pay for current and future qualified medical expenses. Eligible individuals can make tax-deductible contributions to their HSA, and funds can be withdrawn tax-free when used for qualified medical expenses. Unlike flexible spending accounts, participants don’t lose unspent money at the end of the year. It grows tax-free for the life of the account.

• 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.

• 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. The wines will be paired with each of the five courses. The 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. 

• 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

• 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.


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