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• Janice Williams of Farragut has been elected by the Tennessee Beef Industry Council as a new state officer. The TBIC oversees the state’s Beef Checkoff program for cattle producers. The Checkoff program provides funding for statewide BEEF advertising, free educational materials for Tennessee’s teachers, nutrition information for consumers and health professionals and point of purchase materials for retailers and food service operators. The TBIC is managed by a Board of Directors nominated by the state’s leading cattle organizations. The new officers for 2007 include chairman John Butler of Dyersburg, vice-chairman Larry Patterson of Bradford, secretary Janice Williams, treasurer Larry Cunningham of Spring City and past president Dave Fugate of Greenback.

• Developer James Doran Company has initiated pre-selling on ISIS Condominium at the Northshore Town Center, a 155-acre mixed use community.

• Home Federal Bank of Tennessee is the recipient of one of America’s Community Bankers’ 2006 Community Bank Awards. The awards were presented during ACB’s Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif.  Home Federal Bank of Tennessee was presented an award in the category of Habitat for Humanity for its outstanding achievement.

• 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 dates are April 10-14 and April 17-21. The fee for sessions is $2,395. To learn more or register, call Pellissippi State Business and Community Services at


• The National Association of Insurors and Financial Advisors - Knoxville will host its next program at 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. 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 Knox County 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.

• 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


• A nanotechnology-oriented forum bringing together academia, industry and budding entrepreneurs, will be held April 2-4, 2007, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. For more information, see

• Effective fall 2007, Pellissippi State Technical Community College will combine four business-related programs into one. The new business administration program will have four concentrations: computer accounting, management, hospitality and marketing. 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. The program would benefit thise involved.c For more information on the college’s programs, visit


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