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• Randall White, platinum financial advisor, recently attended the Ameriprise Platinum Financial ServicesSM Conference in San Francisco. White, with an office in Knoxville, is one of about 15 percent of the more than 10,000 Ameriprise financial advisors to achieve the qualifications necessary to become an Ameriprise Platinum Financial Services advisor.

• Two commercial sales account executives with Cariten Healthcare have earned top honors from the National Association of Health Underwriters. Jana Davison was awarded the Triple Crown Award from NAHU. The Triple Crown Award is presented to sales executives whose individual contributions to NAHU help advance the association’s mission. In addition to the Triple Crown Award, Davison also earned the Golden Eagle Award from the Leading Producers Roundtable sponsored by NAHU. The Golden Eagle Award is the highest recognition bestowed upon an individual who has demonstrated professional excellence in the sale of health insurance. Penny Collins also earned a prestigious award from the Leading Producers Roundtable. Collins received the Eagle Award from NAHU for demonstrating professional excellence in the sale of health insurance.

• The Friends of ORNL will hold its monthly luncheon lecture meeting on Wednesday, July 18 at The University of Tennessee Resource Center, 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike. The title of this month’s presentation is “Biomass to Bioethanol: Promises and Challen-ges,” presented by Brian H. Davison, chief scientist for Systems Biology and Biotechnology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

• C. Todd Justice, P.E. has joined S&ME, Inc. in the Knoxville branch. His experience includes performing geotechnical engineering analyses bearing capacity, slope stability, and settlement derived from subsurface exploration data and local experience. Justice’s field experience includes inspection of foundations during construction, field data and sample collection during geotechnical drilling and sampling operations, monitoring well installation, cone penetrometer testing micropile installation, and interpretation of air rotary drilling for deep foundation exploration.

• Knoxville-based ImagePoint recently hired Gary Patterson of Farragut as a senior team manager in the Automotive Strategic Business Unit. Patterson will be responsible for the Chrysler account as well as maintenance and architectural programs for other automotive

customers.

• Wayne Hope, president/CEO of K-25 Federal Credit Union, was recently elected to the Board of WesCorp. Established in 1969 and headquartered in San Dimas, Calif., WesCorp is Western Corporate Federal Credit Union — America’s largest corporate credit union.

• The board of directors of BB&T Corporation recently declared the 2007 third quarter dividend of $0.46 per share, a 9.5 percent increase over the $0.42 paid in the third quarter of 2006. The dividend will be paid Aug. 1 to shareholders of record as of July 13. The five-year compound growth rate for BB&T’s quarterly dividend payment is 9.7 percent.

• 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.

• The East Tennessee Develo-pment District presented Tennessee Sen. 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.

• 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.

 

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