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• Dr. Edward Kim, a urologist at The University of Tennessee Medical Center, recently earned the distinction of being named as one of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.’s “America’s Top Doctors 2007,” which landed him a spot on the list of “America’s Top Doctors for Men” in Men’s Health Magazine. Only physicians considered the very best in their specialty are considered for these honors. After a rigorous selection process, Kim, also a professor with the UT Graduate School of Medicine at UT Medical Center, emerged as one of just 160 doctors chosen in search for the nation’s top doctors in eight different specialties. In concert with the Castle Connolly list, Men’s Health Magazine published this year its first of what is expected to be an annual list of standout physicians in the nation. The list appeared in the April edition of the publication.

• The Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce Nominating Committee has prepared a slate to replace open positions on the Board of Directors. The committee presents Jim DeTar, The LeBlanc Group for a second three year term; Vivian Akins, NHC Place Assisted Living, a three year term; Rick Disharoon, Capital Financial Group, a three year term and Lance Hunsinger, Cariten Healthcare, a three year term. To fill open unexpired terms on the Board is Keith Meese, The Prestige Group, a two year term and Mike Such, Junk Bee Gone, a two year term. If no petition of additional persons is presented, these individuals will be approved for Board positions.

• Debbie H. Jones, president/CEO of UT Federal Credit Union has been appointed to the Southeast Corporate Supervisory Committee. She is a Tennessee-licensed CPA and has attained the designation of CUES Certified Senior Executive. She is also a member of the Knoxville March of Dimes Board of Directors.

• Michele G. Branton has been named deputy assistant manager for science for the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office. In this position, Branton is responsible for assisting with administration of contracts for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, in addition to providing operational oversight, managing scientific and technical programs, and evaluating contractor


• Tennessee National Golf Community general manager Scott Pasolli announced Adam Foegen has been promoted to director of golf operations. With more than 18 years of private club experience, Foegen held the title of Head Golf Professional at Tennessee National since August 2006. As Tennessee National’s Director of Golf, Foegen will be responsible for the overall management of the Greg Norman Signature Golf Club. His responsibilities will include employee recruitment, designing training programs, overseeing the food and beverage operations to ensure consistent quality, coordinating outings and tournaments and assuring that all club amenities and facilities are


• 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 and 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 various organizations.

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.


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