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• Todd Proffitt, President and CEO of Tennessee State Bank, recently announced the addition of two new members of the Board of Directors, Ken Maples and Andy Proffitt.

Maples, a native of Sevier County, is an owner/partner of Whispering Pines, Bear Crossing, Cedar Lodge and Vista Condominiums, as well as Resort Properties Management, Comfort Inn and Suites Pigeon Forge and KJ Development – Real Estate Development and Sales. Proffitt, a native of Sevier County, has been with Tennessee State Bank since 2001.

• Knoxville Area Tennessee Small Business Development Center will conduct a Business Plan Writing workshop from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, March 31, at their 17 Market Square office. Cost of the workshop is $20 per person and includes a book. Registration may be made by phone: 865-246-2663 or e-mail:

• Linda Hendricks has been named Vice President of Human Resources for The University of Tennessee. Hendricks, who has more than 30 years’ experience in higher education, including as former assistant vice president and director of human resource programs at Duke University and Vanderbilt University, began her career in human resources at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She will join UT May 19.

• On behalf of the millions of patients who receive injections for anesthesia, pain management, and other health reasons each year, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists applauds the efforts of the Centers for Disease Control Nevada State Department of Health, lawmakers, and the media to finally expose and correct the frightening infection control problem caused by contaminated syringes, needles and medication vials that was brought into the light by the recent hepatitis C outbreak in Nevada. AANA looks forward to working closely with these organizations and other healthcare associations and societies to ensure patient safety across the nation. It is important for the public to know that most healthcare professionals have their patients’ best interests (rather than the bottom line) at heart, and to that end adhere to accepted infection control standards and guidelines

when injecting anesthetic drugs or


Unfortunately, and for reasons yet to be determined, there are still some healthcare professionals, including nurse anesthetists and physician anesthesiologists, who put their patients in harm’s way through poor infection control practices when applying this most basic of medical/nursing skills. Simply stated, reusing needles and syringes and using medication vials in an unsafe and inappropriate manner, is inexcusable and cannot be tolerated. If there are any gray areas with regard to proper usage of needles, syringes and medication vials, then those gray areas must be identified and made black and white. The AANA is committed to working with the CDC and other groups to put an end to such needless, tragic situations as those in Nevada, New York and Indiana. Patients should never have to fear that the injection they received for the purpose of supporting their health or promoting their healing might actually make them sicker due to a dirty needle/syringe or tainted vial of medication. The AANA will work tirelessly with the CDC and other interested organizations to achieve this outcome.

• Teresa Waggoner graduated from the Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training course March 6. The Nurse Assistant Training program is a five-week course that preparees students for a career in the medical field. The course combines classroom lessons with field experience for the best training available in the nursing assistant field. Successful graduates may take the state-certifying exam, allowing them to work in hospitals, nursing homes and many other health-care facilities. For more information on the Nurse’s Assistant Training program, call the Red Cross in

Knoxville at 865-584-2999 or visit

• Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center has opened a new screening center at 1450 Dowell Springs Boulevard on the first floor of the Cornerstone Building in Dowell Springs Industrial Park off Middlebrook Pike. The KCBC screening center opened March 3 and offers the most advanced digital mammography. Women will be able to schedule a mammogram in less time and also get their results in less than 48 hours.

• Jean LaForest, coordinator of Maryville College’s Public School English as a Second Language program, was named Educator of the Year by the Tennessee Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages organization. The announcement was made March 8 at a luncheon concluding the TNTESOL conference held at the Marriott Hotel Downtown in Memphis.

• First Tennessee has named Mike Scheidt manager of the commercial real estate and residential construction lending departments in Knoxville. Following a 20-year banking career in Nebraska, Scheidt joined First Tennessee in July 2007 as a senior credit officer serving the East

and Northeast Tennessee real estate


• The Tennessee Valley Ensemble is a 20-plus-piece concert band, which performs locally. Music consists of marches, Broadway show tunes, themes from movies and light popular works. Rehearsals are at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in room 120 of the Lamar Alexander Building at Pellissippi State Community College. Woodwind and brass players of all skill levels are welcome with a special need for low brass and percussion players. Members are youngsters, mid-lifers and retirees. Several retirees have dug their instruments out of the attic and started over. For more

information, contact Lee Hoke,


• Morris Creative Group LLC announced today that Ashley Hairston has been hired as a designer and illustrator. In addition, Kellie Crye, a University of Tennessee student in graphic design, has been hired as a designer after completing a design internship with the firm.

• Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC has added Rhonda E. Chancey and Jacob E. Hutchison to its Knoxville office. Chancey will be a manager in the state and local tax division of LBMC. Hutchison will be a staff accountant in the tax division of LBMC.

• With a proposed fiscal year 2009 budget of $20 million, the effort by the Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and partners to develop grid-appropriate reactors is gaining steam. Grid-appropriate reactors are typically between 250 and 500 megawatts, making them more affordable and practical than a typical 1,300 megawatt commercial light-water reactor. They also can be built in half the time required to build larger reactors.

• Knox County Public Library Board of Advisors will meet in regular session at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 20, at Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave.

• Home Federal Bank’s financial soundness ranks among the top 10 percent of the nation’s banks. For 64 consecutive quarters, Home Federal Bank has been named a Five Star Superior — rated bank by Bauer Financial, Inc.

• U.S. Department of Energy seeks volunteers to fill current and future vacancies on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board. Board is a federally-chartered citizens’ panel that provides recommendations to the DOE’s Oak Ridge Environmental Management Program, responsible for cleanup of Oak Ridge Reservation. For more information, call 865-241-4583 or visit

• Dave Gorden, resident of Pigeon Forge, wrote an original short story that was published in the newly released “Chicken Soup for the Adopted Soul, the latest in the “Chicken Soup for Soul” series.


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