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• The East Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects recently announced its new officers for 2007. Brian Ewers, principal of Dollar & Ewers Architecture, Inc., will serve as president for the year. Ewers graduated from the School of Architecture and Design at The University of Tennessee in 1990 and helped to establish Dollar & Ewers Architecture, Inc. in 2001. Ewers will accomplish these goals with the help of the AIA membership and its officers. Newly elected officers for AIA East Tennessee include Jacene England, president-elect; Brian McDonald, secretary; and Stacy Cox and David Collins, members-at-large.

• Justin Goodbread, a financial advisor and co-founder of The LeBlanc Group, Knoxville, was named Top New Advisor of the Year by Securian Financial Network, a nationwide system of more than 1,500 financial advisors that distributes products manufactured by Securian Financial Group.

• Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that JOSEPH Construction Co., Inc., in Knoxville was chosen to receive the Governor’s Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety.

• The University of Tennessee’s Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature will host Nikki Giovanni for a special appearance at the Tennessee Theatre at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27. The writer/poet will be joined on stage by UT’s Love United Gospel Choir. The event is free and open to the public. Carpe Librum Booksellers will provide books for signing.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College is offering an examination review course Feb. 23-24 on Tennessee business laws that apply to contractors, current federal safety and health regulations and the basics of building codes. The 16-hour course is designed to prepare participants for the written exam required for a Tennessee contractor’s, residential, commercial/industrial/residential or business and law license. For details, call 865-539-7167.

• JOSEPH Construction Company Inc. has hired Ryan Mefford and Nick Nickles as project managers in their Reconstruction Division. Mefford is a Knoxville native and graduated from Karns High School. He previously was a project manager and superintendent for construction in Tellico Village. Nick is a Grainger County native and attended Walters State Community College and ETSU.

• The Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold its next free bimonthly new business workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., March 14, at the department's Knoxville regional office, located at 531 Henley St.

• Jerry Cronley of Farragut recently won second place in the 2007 Sign Design Competition. The annual contest is sponsored by the International Sign Association and was open to designers from around the world. Cronley is an art department manager at ImagePoint in downtown Knoxville.

• Junk Bee Gone LLC has received the Better Business Bureau’s Customer Service Award for having a complaint free year in 2006! The Better Business Bureau serving Greater East Tennessee processed 4,742 complaints in 2006. Out of all those complaints, Junk Bee Gone received none. Junk Bee Gone is a full service removal company that was established in Farragut two years ago.

• 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 over 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.

• 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, 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, wass 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 will offer an Occupational Safety and Healthy Administration training course from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 1-2. Benefits of this 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 865-539-7167.

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


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