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• Pellissippi State Technical Community College will host a seminar on public relations and media buying for business from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Feb. 21, in the Goins Administration Building auditorium on the Pellissippi Campus off Hardin Valley Road. For questions about the event, contact Lisa Bogaty at


• 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. 

• The Knoxville Area Urban League recently hired Dr. Sherman Jones as vice president for administration and development. In this newly created position, Jones will assist the president and the board of trustees in developing its economic development programs. Jones will also help raise funds for capital needs, planned giving, and lead the annual fund-raising campaign.

• 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 19th annual analysis of the economic impact of the college on the Knox and Blount County area revealed the value of business volume, jobs and individual income amounted to about $586 million in the 2001-2006 period, or $117 million each year.

• Ken Barry, P.E., an environmental engineer with S&ME, Inc., has been recognized by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers Board of Trustees as having met the requirements for the Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer credential. This achievement signifies an advanced expertise in water resources engineering, superior experience, strong ethics and a commitment to life-long learning and continuing professional development.  Barry is a senior engineer in the Knoxville branch of S&ME, specializing in hydrology and hydraulics, erosion control, stream restoration, solid waste and mining design.

• Harold L. Knott has joined First Tennessee as a senior vice president and strategic commercial relationship manager where he will work with new commercial businesses by providing loan and deposit services. The move to First Tennessee follows a 41-year career in banking for Knott where he most recently worked for Home Bank of Tennessee. Knott attended The University of Tennessee and is a graduate of the Tennessee School of Banking and Louisiana State University’s Graduate School of Banking of the South.

• 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.

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

• Carolyn Pendergast, an occupational therapist at The University of Tennessee Medical Center, recently achieved the distinguished designation as a Certified Hand Therapist from the Hand Therapy Certification Commission. Pendergast, one of just six local therapists to earn this credential, completed a series of examinations and clinical studies in order to earn certification from HTTC, the only organization that grants hand therapy certification in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

• Pellissippi State Technical 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, founder and managing partner of Design Management and Associates in East Tennessee. The two-day workshop is $295, and those interested should register by Feb. 26. To learn more or to register, contact LouAnn Vahcic at


• Managers, supervisors, team leaders and others wanting to learn about leadership development should plan to attend a workshop at Pellissippi State Technical Community 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 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 children’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.


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