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• Pimento Café and Market is providing 400 tickets at $5 each for a drink and an entree of choice for lunch or dinner Tuesday, Dec. 12. Lunch times are 11 a.m., noon, or 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and dinner times are 5 – 6 p.m. or 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Farragut High School front office or at the FSG Bank located on Lovell Road, next to Ruby Tuesday and IHOP restaurants. All proceeds will go to the Farragut High PTSO, which will ultimately benefit the school. For more information, call


• 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-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.

• The East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association will have its monthly membership luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Double Tree Hotel in Oak Ridge  For more information, call Vicki Dyer at


• Genesis Jones was selected as the recipient of a $600 scholarship from the Smoky Mountain Paralegal Association. Jones is a student in Paralegal Studies at Pellissippi State Technical Community College.

• UT Medical Center’s Brain and Spine Institute and Heart Lung Vascular Institute will open the Neuro Unit and the Vascular Transplant Unit. Both units are expected to open in February 2007. As a result of the introduction of the new units, UT Medical Center now has several available nursing


• The town of Farragut is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee this holiday season by collecting canned and non-perishable food items at Farragut Town Hall. Second Harvest experiences its most urgent need for food donations during the holidays, and the town of Farragut joins with the organization each year to collect canned goods for the hungry in Knoxville and all over East Tennessee. Collection bins will be available at the front and back entrances of the town hall through the month of December.

• 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 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

• 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 Pro Bowl 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


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