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• Cariten Healthcare, the Knoxville-based health insurance company, announced it has been awarded an Accreditation status of Excellent from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, an independent, non-profit organization that assesses and reports on the quality of the nation’s managed care plans. The accreditation status is for three years. Cariten’s accreditation status – the highest possible level – is based on a voluntary review of how a health plan ensures that its members are receiving high quality care. The Excellent Accreditation status includes Cariten’s HMO/POS and Medicare products.

• BB&T has promoted Ginny McLain-Tate to senior vice president. McLain-Tate, who joined the bank in 1996, is a group private banking manager based at 900 S. Gay St. The Memphis native received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

• Three Knoxville engineering firms and an Oak Ridge firm have entered projects in the statewide 2007 Engineering Excellence Awards competition sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee. These entries are among 29 projects entered. The 2007 Engineering Excellence Awards winners will be announced on the evening of Tuesday, March 6, during an awards banquet in Nashville. Knoxville-based engineering firm Wilbur Smith Associates has submitted two entries. The Knoxville office of Gresham, Smith and Partners, headquartered in Nashville, and Knoxville-based firm CH2M Hill submitted a joint entry. The Oak Ridge office of Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc., Nashville, will compete with its work on the project completed for the city of Gatlinburg.

• Sandi Daniels, CPA, has been named a partner with Rodefer Moss & Co., company officials announced. Daniels, 37, a Knoxville native and Farragut resident, graduated in 1994 from The University of Tennessee with a degree in business administration and accounting. Before joining Rodefer Moss, Daniels was a tax manager with another regional firm also located in Knoxville.

• 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, please contact Lisa Bogaty at 865-694-6482.

• 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, the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce and The University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service are hosting a community forum on building the next Southern workforce from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28. The forum will be at the Pellissippi Campus off Hardin Valley Road in the Cafeteria Annex in the Goins Building.

• 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 liabilities.

• 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. 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

• 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 two-day workshop is $295, and those interested should register by Feb. 26. To learn more or to register, contact LouAnn Vahcic at


• 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.

• 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.

• Farragut will host a public meeting 7 p.m., Feb. 27 to determine the future of the leisure services



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