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• Knoxville West Town Mall and Center Mall have extended their hours. Mall hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College will host a symposium from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 8, on how to stay competitive in a global market. The symposium is designed for business owners, decision makers, plant managers and others who want to learn about the many resources available to compete in the global economy, maintain jobs and expand business. March 1 is the deadline to register. To learn more or to register, contact Alicia Hall at 865-539-7282.

• The board of directors of BB&T Corporation declared the 2007 second quarter dividend of $0.42 per share, a 10.5 percent increase over the $0.38 paid in the second quarter of 2006. The dividend will be paid May 1 to shareholders of record as of April 13. The five-year compound growth rate for BB&T’s quarterly dividend payment is 10.1 percent. BB&T has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1903. The corporation has increased its quarterly cash dividend payments for 35 consecutive years.

• 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.

• The East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association will have the monthly membership luncheon 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 7, at the Double Tree Hotel in Oak Ridge. For more information or to make reservations, call Vicki Dyer at 865-483-9332.

• 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; 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., 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.

• 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.

• 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 during the past five years, a new study shows.

• 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 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. All four are currently individual academic programs. Students in business administration will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree. 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 865-539-7167.

• Johnson & Galyon Inc. of Knoxville recently received awards for two projects named Best of 2006 by South Central Construction Magazine. The company 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.


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