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• The Tennessee Credit Union League recently announced the election of John McKittrick, president of ORNL Federal Credit Union, as chairman of the league. McKittrick has served on the board of the Tennessee Credit Union League since 2003 and served as vice chairman in 2006.

• Kimberly K. McFall, Caroline Strader and Vickie Harvey recently joined the Knoxville branch of Mountain Commerce Bank, 249 N. Peters Road. McFall, vice president and branch manager of the Knoxville location, was employed by SunTrust for eight years. Strader, treasury management specialist at the Knoxville location, has 28 years of experience. Harvey brings 20 years in financial expertise as branch service specialist from First Century Bank.

• Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May, 2007, was released recently at 4.7 percent, 0.3 percentage point higher than the April rate of 4.4 percent. The United States rate was 4.5 percent for May, unchanged from April. County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for May 2007 show that 50 counties increased, 25 counties decreased, and 20 remained unchanged. Knox County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 3.1 percent, up from 3.0 percent in April. Knoxville had the state's lowest major metropolitan statistical area rate at 3.3 percent, which increased from 3.2 percent in April. The Nashville-Murfreesboro MSA was 3.6 percent, up from 3.4 in April; the Chattanooga MSA was 3.7 percent, up from 3.6 percent; and the Memphis MSA was 4.7 percent, up from 4.6 percent.

• Parkwest Medical Center was the only hospital in Tennessee to be recognized by VHA Inc., a national health care alliance, for excellence in implementing Rapid Response Teams. These specialized teams are organized to spring into action when it seems as if hospitalized patients in medical-surgical units are slowly spiraling toward a crisis.

• Sage Software announced recently that Keith Meese with The Prestige Group of Knoxville has been named as one of its leading Premier ACT! Training resources in North America.

• Through a better understanding of photoreceptors that influence the shape and growth of poplar trees researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory hope to improve crop yields for ethanol production. A recently announced three-year $1.04 million ORNL project is part of an $8.3 million Department of Energy and Department of Agriculture jointprogram aimed at accelerating the development of alternative fuel resources. As one of the 11 projects, ORNL and partners Oregon State University and West Virginia University seek to determine the genetic basis and molecular controls of the shade-avoidance syndrome in hybrid poplar.

• The East Tennessee Develo-pment District presented Senator Jamie Woodson an award during a Board of Directors meeting Friday, June 15, for her service on the ETDD Executive Committee.

• Medallist Developments, award winning global developer of superior residential golf communities, including Tennessee National in Loudon County, announced two senior management appointments. Assuming the position of Chief Operations Officer for Medallist Developments is Michael (Mick) V. O’Brien. Nelson McDonald joins Medallist Developments as national director of marketing and sales and assumes responsibility for marketing and sales of all Medallist Developments’ properties in the United States.

• 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 and 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.


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