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• The National Association of Insurors and Financial Advisors-Knoxville will host a meeting 10:15 a.m., Friday, Nov. 17, at The Foundry. Lance Cooper will be speaking on “Coaching People from Good to Great.” The cost to attend the program is $20. To make reservations, call 865-577-5959.

• Doug White of Toyota of Knoxville in Knoxville has been certified as a Toyota Truck Champion after completing four days of specialized training on the 2007 Toyota Tundra at the Toyota truck manufacturing plant. The Truck Champion initiative is the latest in a series of efforts to make trucks and truck selling a focal point of Toyota dealership operations nationwide.

• East Tennessee Technology Access Center is hosting an all-day training seminar 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 afternoon session will be a demonstration of Language and Environmental control and its software.  Creating communication boards in addition to language intervention activities will be presented.  The workshop is free, but registration is required by calling 865-219-0130 by Nov. 3.

• 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. 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. Course highlights will include tools, techniques, systems and fundamentals for roofs, exteriors and foundations, structural problems, case studies, liability management, report writing, communications and business startup. 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.

• A nanotechnology-oriented forum bringing together academia, industry and budding entrepreneurs, will be held April 2-4, 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

• 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. 


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