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• Bill Johns of Farragut and Bluewater Consulting was recently nominated for the 2006 Postma Young Professional Medal.  The Postma Young Professional Medal was created to honor the accomplishments of young professionals who have made an impact and fostered a community culture in our region. Johns was nominated for his extensive public service efforts in economic development, education, technology and community leadership. 

• The Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold its next free bimonthly new business workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at the department’s Knoxville regional office, located at 531 Henley St. The workshop will be held on the seventh floor in conference room B.

• Gables & Gates, Realtors recently announced its monthly Charity Award to the Friends of Literacy, Inc. on behalf of Deborah Wellborn as October Agent of the Month. In honor of Gables & Gates top agent, a check has been presented by Susie Lash to Friends of Literacy Executive Director John Goins. These funds will be used to promote adult literacy and find new ways to create awareness.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College’s cafeteria has just been named Dining Center of the Year by Compass Group, a leading food service company. The award was presented during a banquet in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 22. Nearly 100 employees of Compass Group were presented with various awards during the ceremony.

• 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 865-539-7167.

• 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.

• 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. 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 7:30 to 9 a.m. every Wednesday at Ruby Tuesday’s off 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

• 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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