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• At its Leadership Circle Awards ceremony recently held in Cancun, Mexico, First Tennessee recognized commercial/ business relationship managers who were top performers during 2006. Todd Bolinger, vice president and relationship manager, received recognition for achievements in the real estate segment. Bolinger graduated from The University of Tennessee in 1985 and joined First Tennessee in 2003. He lives in Farragut.

• The Oak Ridge Chapter, International Association of Administrative Professionals will feature Oak Ridge Associated Universitie Ronald D. Townsend, president, as the speaker for the annual Administrative Professionals Week’s luncheon, which begins noon, April 24, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Oak Ridge. For more information, call Nancy Rasnake at 865-694-6585.

• Knoxville-based ImagePoint recently named Tony Bryant as corporate materials manager. Bryant joined ImagePoint in November 2006 as purchasing manager at the corporate office in Knoxville and quickly made an impact in that role. Bryant will continue the management duties he had in that position, with added responsibilities for scheduling and logistics at ImagePoint facilities nationwide.

• Joe Rector of Knoxville wrote an original short story that has been published in the newly released “Chicken Soup for the New Mom's Soul: Touching Stories about Miracles of Motherhood,” the latest book in the N.Y. Times best selling Chicken Soup for Soul series.

• 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 Tennessee Ambulance Service Association recently named Jeff Gregory, director of aeromedical services for UT LIFESTAR at The University of Tennessee Medical Center, as the 2007 John Bond EMS Administrator of the Year. This prestigious award recognizes Gregory for his leadership and significant contributions to the improvement of the delivery of pre-hospital patient care.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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, European Union, India and 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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