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• Mitchell D. Steenrod has been promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer of Pilot Travel Centers LLC., Jimmy Haslam, Pilot’s chief executive officer, announced this week. Since 2004, Steenrod has been a vice president and the CFO of Pilot Travel Centers. He joined the firm in 2001 when it was formed through a merger of Pilot Corporation and Marathon Ashland Petroleum. Before that, he had a 13-year career with Marathon Oil Corporation, which he joined as a staff accountant in 1988.

• Long-time Knoxville banking veterans Kimberly Bozich, Kim Ciukowski, Pat Crumley, Carla Ownbey and Tonia Turner have signed on as part of the team for Pinnacle’s recently announced Knoxville expansion. They will join Nathan Hunter, Pinnacle’s Knoxville president, and Mike DiStefano, who serves as EVP and manager of the client advisory group for Knox County. Pinnacle has secured approximately 8,000 square feet of office space at the Landmark Center at 1111 Northshore Drive in West Knoxville for its main Knoxville office. A full-service office will be on the building’s main level of the south tower. Pinnacle will occupy additional office space on an upper floor.

• HOK Sport Venue Event announced that Charlie Smith and David Forkner have joined the firm. Smith and Forkner each have more than 30 years of experience in the planning and design of fairgrounds and exhibition centers. They join HOK Sport Venue Event from Bullock Smith & Partners, where Smith was chairman and Forkner served as director of planning.

• The 2007 Technology Confe-rence 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.

• Prestige Cleaners has hired Johnnie Rodgers to be the Manager of the Farragut store. Prior to joining Prestige, she was with another local dry cleaning company. Rodgers attended Knoxville Business College.

• 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.

• 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.

• More than 3,400 street rods are expected to make a pit stop in Knoxville as the 33rd annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals South comes to town May 4-6 at Chilhowee Park. A street rod is defined as a modernized vintage automobile that must have been manufactured prior to 1949. The street rods in attendance are expected to range in value from $8,000 to $100,000 with an average value of $28,000 per vehicle. Many include modern chassis features like four-wheel disc brakes, air conditioning, cruise control, tilt steering and exotic stereo systems. More than $100,000 in “Super Prize” giveaways will be presented to participants throughout the weekend as the NSRA Super Prize program returns this year. Additionally, a brand new 2007 Chevrolet “HHR” will be given away, compliments of NSRA.

• 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 percent, respectively, compared to prior year returns of 1.60 percent and 15.72 percent, 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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