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• Parkwest Medical Center has been recognized by the Tennessee Hospital Association for its long-term growth plan for an employee base of nurses and allied health professionals. The five major elements of the plan are: structuring for effectiveness; targeting specific compensation strategies; hardwiring leadership standards; expanding employee skills; and growing the external talent pipeline. 

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College pumped an average of $117 million each year into the local economy during the past five years, a new study shows.

• 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 healthcare professionals, dispensing patterns of board of pharmacy licensees and usage patterns of Tennessee patients.

• National  Coal  Corp. announced its wholly-owned subsidiary, National Coal Corporation, has terminated discussions with the seller of a surface mining operation in West Virginia. The company entered into a non-binding letter of intent to acquire the facility from an undisclosed seller in November 2006. The proposed purchase was valued at approximately $60 million and the assumption of certain


• 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. For more information on the college’s programs, visit

• Jimmy Rodefer, chief executive officer of Rodefer Moss & Co, PLLC, is profiled in the December issue of Business Tennessee magazine as one of Tennessee’s top executives. The firm has offices in Knoxville, Nashville, Greeneville and Kingsport. In the past 10 years, Rodefer Moss and its affiliated companies have sustained an average growth rate of 38 percent per year, growing from $700,000 in revenues to more than $12 million. Rodefer is a 1988 graduate of The University of Tennessee.

• Pellissippi StateTechnical Community College offers an Occupational Safety and Healthy Administration training course from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 1-2. Benefits of this Occupational Safety and Healthy Administration training course can include reduced accidents, worker compensation and premium costs and fines from OSHA. The workshop will be facilitated by David Drinnon. The two-day workshop is $295, and those interested should register by Feb. 26. To learn more or to register, contact LouAnn Vahcic at 865-539-7167.

• Knoxville swim instructor Ed Pemberton was a key speaker at a seminar for swim instructors in Portland, Ore. Seminars were held, with lectures provided by key speakers, including Pemberton, on subjects pertaining to rationale and technique for advancing a child’s skill level in the water and maximizing their performance.

• Johnson & Galyon Inc. of Knoxville recently received awards for two projects named Best of 2006 by South Central Construction Magazine. Johnson & Galyon was awarded Best Sports and Recreation Project for the renovation of Neyland Stadium at The University of Tennessee. The $20 million project included new luxury club seating and the addition of new concession and restroom areas. The firm also received an Award of Merit in the Public Building category for the W.L. Mills Auditorium project in Gatlinburg.

• First Tennessee’s parent company, First Horizon National Corp., has continued its decade-long tradition of earning a spot on Fortune magazine’s list of the nation’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. First Horizon is only one of 18 companies to make the list every year since its inception 10 years ago. This year 446 companies vied for a slot on the list, up from 161 in 1998.

• Southeast Home Mortgage, an affiliate of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, has named Barb Delmonico as sales manager of its West Knoxville location. Southeast Home Mortgage is a joint venture partnership between Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Realty Executives Associates.

• K-25 Federal Credit Union recently honored Suzie Warren, senior branch manager of the North Knoxville office, as Employee of the Year as voted by her co-workers. Warren joined K-25 Credit Union in 1980 and has served in many areas from teller to loan officer to her current position.

• Managers, supervisors, team leaders and others wanting to learn about leadership development should plan to attend a workshop at Pellissippi State Technical Com-munity College from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 9. Facilitating the class is David Drinnon, founder and managing partner of Design Management and Associates in East Tennessee. To learn more or to register, contact controller LouAnn Vahcic at



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