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• The Tennessee Association of Parliamentarians is offering a workshop for the general public on basic parliamentary procedure. The workshop will be at 9:15 a.m., Saturday, April 28, at the Holiday Inn Select off Cedar Bluff Road. The workshop will focus on meeting issues facing community groups and homeowner associations. Workshop fee is $10. Pre-registration is recommended but registrations at the door will be accepted. For further information or to register, call

865-694-1103.

• The 2007 Technology Conference hosted by LBMC Technologies, LLC will be held Tuesday, May 15, at the Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin and again on Wednesday, May 16 at the Knoxville Convention Center. With more than 30 concurrent breakout sessions, this event is designed to highlight the latest computer technology business systems, recent Microsoft software announcements and many IT-focused services.

• Craig Lewis, formerly of Farragut, will be working at The Lewis Group Architects as the new marketing/public relations coordinator. He is a recent graduate of East Tennessee State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in advertising and marketing.

• LBMC Strategic Staffing, LLC, a member of the LBMC Family of Companies, has added Brooke Thurman as an executive recruiter to its Knoxville office. Thurman has worked in the Brentwood office of LBMC Strategic Staffing since 2004 and recently relocated to Knoxville. In her role, she will be working with both candidates and employers on human resources and executive administrative positions. She is a member of the Tennessee Valley Human Resource Association as well as the Knoxville Chamber Ambassador program.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 award recognizes Gregory for his leadership and significant contributions to the improvement of the delivery of pre-hospital patient care.

• 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.

• Meeting planners and organizational representatives will have the opportunity to experience Knoxville when the Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation hosts its “Find Yourself in Knoxville” Spring Familiarization. The FAM, which runs Thursday, April 26 through Sunday, April 29, provides meeting planners the chance to see Knoxville as an attractive and competitive convention and meeting destination. The event itinerary is designed to highlight Knoxville-based accommodations, facilities, attractions and services. The event kicks off at 5:45 p.m., Thursday, April 26, with an opening reception at One Vision Plaza followed by a trip to downtown’s Market Square

• 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.

• BB&T Corporation reported a net income for the first quarter of 2007 totaling $421 million, or $.77 per diluted share, compared with $431 million, or $.79 per diluted share, earned during the first quarter of 2006. These results reflect decreases of 2.3% and 2.5%, respectively, compared to the first quarter last year. BB&T’s first quarter net income produced annualized returns on average assets and average shareholders’ equity of 1.41 percent.

and 14.81%, respectively, compared to prior year returns of 1.60% and 15.72%, respectively.



Operating earnings for the first quarter of 2007 totaled $425 million, or $.78 per diluted share, excluding $4 million in net after-tax merger-related and restructuring charges. Operating earnings for the first quarter of 2006 totaled $411 million, excluding an $18 million after-tax gain from the sale of duplicate facilities and $2 million in net after-tax merger-related credits. These results reflect increases of 3.4% and 2.6%, respectively, compared to the same period last year.

 

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