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• Lisa McNeal has been promoted to the community relations coordinator position for the Helen Ross McNabb Center in Knoxville. She was the media relations manager for The University of Tennessee Medical Center.

• The Knoxville Chapter of the American Marketing Association recognized the region’s top marketing professionals and students at a gala at Gettysvue Polo, Golf & Country Club March 31. KAMA recognized Mike Connor, president and CEO of Connor Concepts, as Outstanding Marketing Professional. Other professionals honored included Mike Croyle of Rota-Cyl Corporation, who earned the Locander Award for Outstanding Chapter Service, and Billy Rivet, of BlueGill Creative, who won the Volunteer of the Year award. The marketing association recognized Whitney B. Baxter as the Pellissippi State Technical Community College Outstanding Marketing Student. The University of Tennessee Outstanding Marketing Student awards went to Brian Douglas Rosh and Katie Marguerite Mustard.

• Asen Strategic Advertising & Marketing, a Knoxville-based full-service creative agency, announced the appointment of Kevin Chorlins as senior account executive. Chorlins came to Asen from Johnson & Murphy Advertising, Los Angeles, Calif., where he was account director. He served on the top management team, overseeing strategic planning, creative and design efforts and account services for the California agency’s top accounts including 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Disney and other Fortune 500 companies.

• The Computer Graphics Special Interest Group will host Judson Rosebush of Rosebush Visions Corporation in New York City 7 p.m., Thursday, April 19, in Room 206 of the Claxton building on The University of Tennessee campus. He was a pioneer in computer graphics. For more information, call Kyle McDaniel at 865-984-7357.

• The Friends of ORNL will hold its monthly luncheon lecture meeting April 18. For more information, call Bob Hightower at 865-482-3348.

• Vicki Clark was recently promoted to the position of director of risk assessment at Y-12 Federal Credit Union in Oak Ridge. Clark previously held the position of manager of risk assessment. She is a graduate of The University of Tennessee with 13 years experience with Y-12 FCU.

• American Fidelity Bank, a subsidiary of Greene County Bank in Greeneville has changed its name to GreenBank. The change 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.

• Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February 2007 was released 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, recently released, show that 28 counties increased, 56 counties decreased and 11 remain unchanged. 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.

• 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.

• 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 or contact the


• Ned Sauthoff, an Oak Ridge physicist leading the U.S. role in a global fusion energy project, has been named a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Sauthoff, honored for his work in plasma physics and fusion energy, heads the U.S. portion of ITER, a joint effort by China, the European Union, India, Japan, South Korea, the Russian Federation and the United States to demonstrate the feasibility of fusion energy. Sauthoff conducted research on plasmas, a super-hot, gas-like substance confined by magnetic field.

generators, or tokamaks, inside a fusion reactor.


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