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• Farragut Municipal Planning Commission will hold a workshop meeting at 9 a.m., Wednesday, June 13, to discuss a request to amend the Farragut Zoning Ordinance, to create a mixed use zoning district to allow for commercial, retail, office and residential within the same district. This workshop session will be held in the committee/board room.

• Anthony Wise was named the new vice president of Academic and Student Affairs at Pellissippi State Technical Community College April 20. Wise began his career at Pellissippi State as an instructor in 1998. He was the Liberal Arts department head from January 2004 until January of this year, when he took over as interim vice president of Academic and Student Affairs.

• Amy Shafer recently joined The University of Tennessee Medical Center as exercise specialist of the medical center’s Rehabilitation Services Department. In this role, Shafer will oversee the hospital’s medical and employee fitness programs, where she’ll help create individualized exercise programs for participants to help them meet their specific fitness goals. Shafer comes to the medical center from Associated Therapeutics, where she worked for seven years, most recently as fitness manager, handling multiple aspects of marketing and management. She previously worked as exercise physiologist of the community fitness program at Clinton Physical Therapy Center.

• The East Tennessee Economic Council is now accepting nominations for the 2007 Postma Young Professional Medal and Muddy Boot Award. Nominations are being accepted for those young leaders who have given much to Oak Ridge and who have fostered the same community spirit as Herman and Pat Postma. Nomination materials should include a letter sent to the selection committee containing reasons for nomination and a résumé of the nominee. The award will include a public recognition of achievement in conjunction with the annual Muddy Boot Award presentation. Specific criteria for both awards are posted online at http://www.eteconline.org/mboot_award.html and http://www.eteconline.org/pmedal_award.html. Deadline for nominations is Aug. 31.

• Thompson Cancer Survival Center physicians, along with American College of Surgeons Oncology Group researchers, participated in a randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial for patients with primary gastrointestinal stromal tumor, a rare tumor of the gastrointestinal tract. Dr. K. McCachren, along with Thompson colleagues, Drs. Daniel Ibach, Matthew McCarty and Richard Grapski, were actively involved in this landmark trial by enrolling several local patients into the study. The clinical trial showed that 97 percent of patients who received imatinib mesylate for one year after complete removal of their tumor did not have a recurrence of cancer, compared to 83 percent of patients who received one year of placebo. The clinical trial was sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.

• Maryville College President Dr. Gerald W. Gibson announced that Mark Cate, vice president for advancement and finance, was resigning from the college. Gibson detailed changes to the administrative structure and team at the college. Jason McNeal, former vice president for development, will continue to lead the institution’s fund-raising efforts and direct the $83-million “Our Window of Opportunity” campaign. Ned Willard, former assistant vice president for admissions, will be promoted to vice president for enrollment. Also promoted are Karyn Adams, former director of communications, and Holly Ludlow, former regional advancement director. Adams will become the assistant vice president for marketing and communications and will be responsible for the integrated marketing efforts of the institution, in addition to communications efforts. Ludlow will become the assistant vice president for development, supervising the daily operations of the college’s fund-raising efforts and team. Nancy Pyanoe, assistant vice president for finance, will serve as interim CFO while the college conducts a search for a full-time chief financial officer.

• Knoxville will gain a little more expertise in problem-solving teamwork as more than 8,000 students come to town May 23-26 for the “Destination ImagiNation” Global Finals. A record number of participants and spectators are expected to come through the doors of host venues, the Knoxville Convention Center and The University of Tennessee during this annual international creative problem-solving tournament.

• DoctorsManagement, LLC announced the addition of Laura Twilley as a staff accountant for the business.

• At its Horizon Awards ceremony, First Tennessee recognized Farragut Financial Center regional sales manager Michelle Carr as a top performer during 2006. Carr received the Gold Award for investments as a licensed manager. Carr has been with First Tennessee for 19 years. First Tennessee recognized Kathy Arwood as a top performer during 2006. Arwood, a financial services specialist with the Farragut Financial Center, received the Gold Award for achieving 150 percent of her goals for the calendar year 2006.

• Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership named Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding a finalist in the 2007 Pinnacle Business Awards in the Innovator category. The event took place April 28 at the Knoxville Convention Center. The Pinnacle Awards celebrate business achievement in Knoxville. There are six categories with three finalists per category. The Innovator Award is presented to an East Tennessee business that has developed a new technology, innovative product or service or applied a business system or service in an innovative way.

• Five area organizations have combined to co-sponsor a workshop on running for elected office in Knox and surrounding counties. Entitled “Campaign 101: Seeking Public Office,” the event will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, June 2, in the Hermitage Room at The University Center at The University of Tennessee. Cost is $45, which includes breaks, materials, lunch and $5 for parking in the University Center garage. The workshop is designed to provide information about engaging in the political process and is targeted toward those seeking re-election, entering politics for the first time, or just wanting to become more civically knowledgeable and involved. For more information, call 865-974-0931.

• American Gas Association has recently recognized Knoxville Utilities Board for its significant achievement in accident prevention and workplace safety. The award was presented for accident prevention goals achieved in 2006. More than 55 of the association’s member utilities were recognized for this

achievement.

• DoctorsManagement, LLC, announced the addition of Cason Love as a consultant assistant. Cason is a recent graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance.

• Taylor Hall, a sophomore at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. and a Farragut native who graduated from Webb School, was recently selected by the Young America's Foundation to attend the Youth Leadership Summit at the Ronald Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara, Calif. Eleven students from across the nation were chosen by the foundation for outstanding campus activism and for their dedication to the ideals of Ronald Reagan. Hall was also a recipient of the Phillips Foundation Ronald Regan College Leaders Scholarship for his leadership participation in the community and at Furman Univeristy.

• RISMedia, a source for news and information for real estate's most productive residential agents ,released its annual Power Broker Report & Survey in April’s issue. The report ranks the top 750 brokerages in the United States by transaction sides and sales volume. Realty Executives Associates, which has 11 offices and more than 500 agents, did more than 1.4 billion last year in transaction sides and sales volume and was named the 59th largest firm in the United States.

• 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 recently. 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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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