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• Pimento Cafe and Market is providing 400 tickets at $5 each for a drink and an entreé 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


• West Town Mall and the Simon Kidgits Club invite local children to come out and play at the grand-opening of its children’s play area. On Dec. 9 at noon, the mall’s new play area will be covered in festive holiday wrapping paper, which the children will be invited to unwrap. The soft play area features a Durasoft Floor System, integrated interactive panels and a library area. Other main recreational attractions include colorful critters and contraptions for children to climb on, over and around, including an inchworm tunnel and climber, “Penelope Pig” climber, rocket climber and the “Kidgits Klubhouse.” The soft play area is free and open to Simon Kidgits Club members and


• DoctorsManagement, LLC announced the addition of Walter Cook as a sales representative in the PowerBuying Program, a service directed at cost savings of supplies, equipment and RX once available only to hospitals and large healthcare networks.

• State regulations for earning a home inspector’s license have changed, and Pellissippi State Technical Community College is offering a course to prepare you for the licensing examination. The course will be presented in two 45-hour sessions. The first runs from 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. The course will be taught at the Pellissippi Campus along Hardin Valley Road. To learn more or register, call Pellissippi State Business and Community Services at


• The East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association will have its monthly membership luncheon on  11:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Double Tree Hotel in Oak Ridge.  For more information, call Vicki Dyer at 865-483-9332.

• The National Association of Insurors and Financial Advisors - Knoxville will host its next program 11:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 19, at The Foundry. One hour of Tennessee Insurance CE will be offered. There is no charge for members; non-members are $20, which includes the CE session, lunch, and keynote lunch speaker.

• Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance announced more than 242,906 Tennessee professionals who are licensed by the Tennessee Real Estate Commission, the Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners, the Board of Accountancy, the Auctioneer Commission, the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers, the Burial Services and Cemetery programs, the Motor Vehicle Commission, the Board of Pharmacy and the Insurance Agent Licensing Division can now enjoy the convenience of renewing their licenses online. Applicants will enjoy instant confirmation when renewing their licenses. The online application provides immediate feedback when required information is omitted and automatically calculates the proper fees for the applicant. The online renewal application for the above mentioned programs can be accessed at

• The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, Board of Pharmacy announced the statewide launch of the controlled substance database, a tool that will identify prescribing patterns of health care professionals, dispensing patterns of board of pharmacy licensees and usage patterns of Tennessee patients.

• The town of Farragut is partnering with the 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 Town Hall through the month of December.

• The Farragut Chapter of Business Network International, a national business referral organization, meets from 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. 

• • Jim Decker has been named executive director of MEDIC Regional Blood Center. He has more than 30 years of hospital administration experience and prior to joining MEDIC he was senior vice president of Baptist Health System of East Tennessee. Decker holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in microbiology from Louisiana State University, a master’s in hospital and health administration from University of Alabama at Birmingham, and his master’s in business administration from The University of Tennessee.

• 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 and 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 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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