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• 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. To learn more or to register, contact Alicia Hall at 865-539-7282.

• 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 who distribute products manufactured by Securian Financial Group.

• Residential builders and remodelers can earn a limited residential contractor’s license by completing an intensive weekend course at Pellissippi State Tech-nical Community College March 16-18 without undergoing the testing normally required by the state. The course fee is $325, and the class is limited to the first 60 who register. The fee includes continental breakfasts, lunches and snacks, as well as the 2003 International Residential Code book and all other course materials. For information, contact Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services at 865-539-7167.

• 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.

• LBMC Technologies, LLC, has added Joseph Marchesoni to its staff as sales and marketing manager. MArchesoni was previously national director of sales for 1 Point Solutions. He earned his bachelor’s degree in information systems from Middle Tennessee State University. He is a member of the Nashville Association of Sales Professionals, as well as the Nashville Technology Council.

• David McClurkin of Farragut was honored as sales manager of the year for 2006 at ImagePoint, an international sign and imaging company based in downtown Knoxville. McClurkin manages several major accounts for the company in the retail, financial and food service units. Among his accomplishments, McClurkin brought in cash collections for the company equaling $30 million during the year.

• 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.

• Computer Graphics Special Interest Group of East Tennessee will visit the Visualization Team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory Thursday, March 22, to see the Everest Visualization Lab. Sean Ahern, task leader, will speak about the visualization efforts in the Everest lab. The general public is invited. For more information, call Kyle at 865-984-7357.

• 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.

• Moe's Soutwestern Grill in the Turkey Creek shoping center will host a grand-opening ceremony 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 20. The public is invited to attend.

• 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 on the meeting or to make reservations, 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

• 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.

• Covenant Health has named Farragut resident Traci McCullough to the position of vice president – corporate risk, with responsibilities for combining clinical and non-clinical risk management, insurance and risk finance, claims management and worker’s compensation into a coordinated business unit supporting patients and the overall Covenant Health system. She will also coordinate risk management functions among Covenant’s member organizations. In addition to her new responsibilities, McCullough will continue to serve in her current roles as chief financial officer for Covenant Medical Management, Inc. and Thompson Cancer Survival Center and all their entities.


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