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• American Fidelity Bank, a subsidiary of Greene County Bank in Greeneville, Tenn., has changed its name to GreenBank. The change, effective April 2, allows GreenBank to unify each of its locations throughout Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina, making it more convenient to identify the bank’s affiliate branches. The name change is solely the result of an effort to create a seamless identity across all branches.

• Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February 2007 was released last week at 4.9 percent, 0.1 percent higher than the January rate of 4.8 percent. The United States unemployment rate for the month of February was 4.5 percent. County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for February 2007, released today, show that 28 counties increased, 56 counties decreased and 11 remain unchanged. Williamson County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 3.4 percent, unchanged from 3.4 percent in January. Pickett County was the states highest at 12.0 percent, up from 11.4 in January, followed by Jackson County at 9.3 percent, up from 8.6 in January. Knox County has the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 3.9 percent, which remained unchanged from 3.9 percent in January.

• A major renovation of the UT Graduate School of Medicine’s General Dentistry Division at UT Medical Center brings new technology to the exam rooms. The renovations at the general dentistry practice bring a new digital X-ray system to each exam room. A patient’s X-rays will instantly pop up on the computer monitor in that room for the doctor to review. Other renovations in the 4,600-square-foot dentistry practice include new exam chairs, delivery systems, lighting, flooring, wall covering and paint.

• LBMC Technologies, LLC, has added Joe Marchesoni as sales and marketing manager. He served previously as national director of sales for a technology-based organization in Nashville. He brings more than 20 years experience to his new role at LBMC Technologies.

• Mixing style and substance in the workplace is the theme of this year’s annual education forum sponsored by Tennessee Division and the Oak Ridge Chapter, International Association of Administrative Professionals at 1 p.m., Friday, June 1, at Pollard Auditorium, 130 Badger Road, in Oak Ridge. The program is presented by Ronda Rich, author. For more information or to make reservations, call 865-694-6403.

• Don Lawson, career and technical education director for Knox County Schools, has been selected for the CTE Director of the Year Pioneer Award for the state of Tennessee. The Pioneer Award category is for CTE directors with less than five years of experience in that position. After receiving the regional award, Lawson advanced to the state level where he competed with CTE directors from Middle and West Tennessee. Lawson was selected from 128 CTE directors by a team of his peers representing the Tennessee Career Technical Education Directors Association.

• East Tennessee Development District and East Tennessee Human Resource Agency will conduct its annual business meeting and luncheon starting at noon, Tuesday, April 10. For more information, call

865-273-6003.

• 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.

• 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. For more information on the college’s programs, visit www.pstcc.edu or contact the

college.

• Turtleheads Tea and Coffee Company, is expanding its services with two business solutions.

They now offer discounts to area businesses with their new Corporate Gift Giving Program

 

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