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• 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 next one begins 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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. 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. Participants also will have an opportunity to interact with graduates of the Home Inspection Institute, make several on-site home inspections and take a mock state examination to help them prepare for the actual test. 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.

• Wrox Press recently announced the publication of local programmer Wallace “Wally” McClure’s second book, “Professional ADO.NET 2: Programming with SQL Server 2005, Oracle, and MySQL.” A Farragut resident, McClure is co-founder of Knoxville-based software development company, Scalable Development, Inc. This publication marks the second professional programming handbook from McClure. He co-authored with six other high level .NET developers, authors and Microsoft MVP’s (Most Valuable Professionals). “Professional ADO.NET 2: Programming with SQL Server 2005, Oracle, and MySQL” focuses on practical database applications for using ADO.NET, and serves as a technical handbook with plenty of code examples. It is one of an ongoing series of programming books published by Wrox Press.

• 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 Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville recently recognized Saddlebrook Homes, LLC and Integrus, LLC for their Parade of Homes entries located in the new Tennessee National golf community.  Parade of Homes judges awarded Saddlebrook a perfect score for its Golfside Villa model home, while Integrus received a silver medal for its entry in the $1 million-plus, builder showcase home category. The “Yellow Jasmine” model home in the Tennessee National Golfside Villas, built by Saddlebrook Homes LLC, was one of only two entries to achieve a perfect score in its category.  The model home includes a main level master suite with tray ceilings, a spacious great room, an open-air kitchen and a formal dining room.  Other features include a study, a two story open foyer and a home theater room.  The home backs up directly to the Greg Norman Signature Golf Course.

• A public TV show sponsored by Covenant Health has been honored by the Tennessee Hospital Association for promoting health awareness. In a Nashville ceremony, WETP-TV was named the recipient of a THA 2006 Television Community Health Award for “Fit and Fun with Missy Kane, Teenage Fit and Fun, and Kid Fit and Fun.” The award was accepted by Covenant Health Fitness expert Kane at THA’s annual meeting Oct. 27th

• 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

• The James Doran Company, a real estate investment and development company based in Charleston, S.C., recently added four new staff members. Jesse Long has joined as finance investment coordinator, while Robin Crider serves as construction site manager. Stan Marcinkowski has been hired as a new project manager, and Stephanie Zahnen is marketing and sales associate for the Northshore Town Center in Knoxville.

• South College has named Dr. Karen Goss, former director of The University of Tennessee Behavior Laboratory of the Tennessee Mouse Genome Consortium, to chair its newly created Department of Science. Goss came to South College in June 2004, as director of anatomy and physiology courses.

• First Tennessee has hired Tiffany Elkins Gardner as the new vice president of corporate lending, where she specializes in loans to businesses. The move allows Gardner to return to her hometown of Knoxville. She is a graduate of Karns High School and a 1992 graduate of The University of Tennessee. Prior to joining First Tennessee, Gardner worked for six years at RBC Centura Bank in Hickory, N.C. as vice president of commercial lending.

• The anticipation of six new 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.

• 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 programs into one as a way to increase job opportunities for graduates.

and 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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