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• Pellissippi State Technical Community College will offer a contracting licensing exam review from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5, and from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, in room 206 of the Alexander Buildin on the Pellissippi Campus off Hardin Valley Road. Course is 16 hours and will prepare participants for the written Tennessee contractor’s license exam. Fee is $430. Advance registration is required. For more information, call 865-539-7167

• Pellissippi State Technical Community will offer a home inspection training exam preparation course. Course will be presented in two 45-hour sessions. Sessions will be from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, Oct 8-12, and from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, Oct. 15-19. Fee is $2,095. For more information, call 865-539-7167.

• Rather & Kittrell Capital Management announces the appointment of Greg McMurry as its chief operating officer. McMurry will focus on customer service, operations, marketing and compliance.

• Mountain Commerce Bank announces the appointments of Kenneth W. Adams as senior vice-president and chief administrativeofficer, Debra Spade as treasury management specialist and Michael Saporito as treasury management analyst.

• The East Tennessee Purchas-ing Association will hold its “Doing Business With Your Local Governments” conference from 5 until 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Knoxville Convention Center in Ballrooms E, F and G. Admission is free and parking will be free in any city garage. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

• K-25 Federal Credit Union an-nounced that it will change its name Monday, Nov. 5, to Enrichment Federal Credit Union. Wayne Hope, president and CEO, said the name pays tribute to the original K-25 Plant mission for the enrichment of Uranium.

• Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon announces that landscape artist Jennifer Salyer has become a registered landscape artist and hass been certified as a playground safety inspector.

• The National Kidney Foundation of East Tennessee welcomes Carol Clotfelter to its fundraising staff. Carol hopes to build awareness of and funding for an organization that is providing support to many people affected by kidney disease in East Tennessee.

• AmSouth Bank will celebrate the opening of its new Parkside Plaza branch with a block party from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at its location at 1140 Parkside Drive. Party will feature free food, prizes and family activities including pep rally from The University of Tennessee cheerleaders and complimentary demonstrations and gifts from local merchants.

• West Town Mall announces the additions of two specialty-clothing stores. Lucky Brand Jeans and White House/Black Market are slated to open this winter. Lucky Brand Jeans will offer denim, sportswear, outerwear, t-shirts and active wear. White House/Black Market will offer sophisticated women’s fashions.

• Knoxville Opera announces the recent hire of Deborah Sims as marketing and public relations director. Prior to joining the Knoxville Opera Sims was director of marketing for the Knoxville Ice Bears.

• The Family Business Institute of East Tenessee will host the Greater Knoxville Family Business Awards the evening of Tuesday, October 9 at the Knoxville Convention Center. Small business finalists are: Dayton’s Pest Control, Impact Associates and Master Custom Homes & Remodeling. Medium business finalists are: Braden’s Furniture, Coldwell Banker: Wallace and Wallace and Creative Structures/Maple Wood Construction. Large business finalists are: Pilot Travel Centers, Stower’s Machinery and Weigel’s.

• ORNL Federal Credit Union names Kim Kear as its employee of the quarter. Kear was nominated by fellow employees and chosen from those nominated by ORNL’s human resources department.

• The Knoxville Community Development Corporation honors employees who have achieved service milestones during the past year. Three honored employees are from West Knoxville. Billie Spicuzza for 35 years of service, Linda Jeter for 20 years of service amd Kim Mills for 15 years of service.

• The University of Tennessee will open a culinary institute begining Tuesday, Oct. 16. Institute is a 10-month intensive certificate program offered by the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. Students who complete the program will receive a credentialing certificate in culinary arts and the Servsafe Foodservie Sanitation certification, which is valid for five years. Prerequisite is a high school diploma.

• BB&T Corporation declares the 2007 fourh quarter dividend of $0.46 per share, a 9.5 percent increase over the $0.42 paid in the fourth quarter of 2006. Dividend will be paid Nov. 1 to shareholders of record as of Oct. 12.

• BB&T names David Fisher as its director of wealth managment division. Fisher will manage a division of 585 employees divided into 27 regional teams across BB&t’s 11-state territory.

• Verizon Wireless builds $54 million regional headquarters facility in Franklin, Tenn. Company will hire 600 to 700 new employees at headquarters over the next three to five years.

 

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