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• Cariten Healthcare recently honored several area brokers for their performance in 2006. Paul and Steve Roussel and Chris Harnett shared Broker of the Year honors. Broker of the Year is determined by the most membership sold with the lowest medical loss ratio. Other awards included: Mike Crawford, most new membership; Rocky Goode, most overall membership and most renewal membership; John Milam, most new self-funded membership; Jack Caroway, most new employer groups and best large group broker of the year; Ben Kelly, best large group producer; Neil Cubberley and Vic King, best small group new group producers and Charles Hurt, best small group new membership.

• SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. anno-unced that Colleen Quinn has joined the Farragut office as a mortgage loan consultant. Quinn and her team have more than 11 years of experience in the mortgage industry. She specializes in all types of residential mortgage lending, including construction to perm loans, purchase loans, jumbo loans, refinance programs and cash out/debt consolidation. Her office is located at 11441 Kingston Pike.

• Knoxville’s Big Talker WNOX FM-100 won four of the top awards from the Tennessee Associated Press during its annual banquet held June 2nd in Nashville. WNOX-FM won Best Spot News for coverage on the ambush that killed a Roane County police officer while WNOX-FM was also awarded for Best Enterprise for Christine Jessel’s feature on Garbage Bears. The Associated Press also awarded WNOX’s Catherine Howell for Best Radio Newscaster and Christine Jessel for Best in Show. WNOX received Honorable Mentions in the categories of Best Hard News and Best Overall.

• Gov. Phil Bredesen announced recently that an Aeronautics Grant of $43,650 has been awarded to McGhee Tyson Airport in Blount County. The grant funds will be used for security improvements to the concourse exit plaza. Total estimated cost of the improvements is $48,500. Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely said the grants are made available through the department’s Aeronautics Division.

• The University of Tennessee Medical Center promoted Ryan Childress to clinic manager of the medical center’s new physical therapy and sports medicine location at Hardin Valley. Prior to his promotion, Childress worked for a year focusing on acute care as an inpatient physical therapist with UT Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Services Department. Childress’ previous experience includes five years as clinic director of CORA Rehabilitation and Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation Services clinics in Tampa, Fla.

• First Tennessee recently named Kim Endsley manager of the Kingston Pike West Financial Center. Endsley has been with First Tennessee for 13 years.

• Knoxville-based Rodefer Moss & Co, PLLC, moved June 4 into new West Knoxville offices built exclusively for the firm. The Offices at Water’s Edge, which border Kirby Lake, is a complex of three buildings totaling approximately 65,000 square feet being constructed by Rodefer Moss on an eight-acre site.

• Dayton Hylton of Dayton’s Pest Control Services, Inc. has earned the 2007 Rising Star Award from the Tennessee Small Business Development Center.

• Knoxville engineers Steve Bostic, vice president of Lamar Dunn & Associates, Inc., and Harold Cannon, president of Cannon & Cannon, Inc., were recently elected and installed as officers of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee for 2007-2008. Bostic will serve as secretary and Cannon will serve as director-at-large of the organization that represents more than 100 engineering firms in Tennessee.

• K-25 Federal Credit Union announced the West Knoxville branch, 9210 Kingston Pike, now has a full-time mortgage loan officer, Angela Prater, to offer members convenient access to a full line of mortgage loans and services.

• 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.

• 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 performance.

• 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. • 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.

• 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.

• 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. 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.

• 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 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 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 welcomes more than 16,000 motorcycle enthusiasts to town June 20-23 for the 14th annual Honda Hoot. one of the largest organized multi-brand motorcycle rallies in the nation. Honda Hoot creates a wonderful reunion-like atmosphere for attendees on vacation from across the country, the variety of activities and events – from vendor exhibits to demo rides, from organized self-guided tours to street parties – offer lots of fun for area residents too. In fact, Thursday, June 21 is “Tennessee Day.”

Guests presenting a valid Tennessee driver’s license can purchase a daily pass for just $7, more than half off the regular price.


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