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• Local nonprofit groups recently received checks totaling $16,500 through a grant program that rewards public service by First Tennessee employees. The First Tennessee Leadership Grants program recognizes employees who have served at least 36 hours working on a nonprofit organization’s board during the year. The organization cannot be one to which First Tennessee remits dues. Employees who serve as board members are eligible for a $500 annual Leadership Grant from First Tennessee Foundation. If the employee serves as an officer or committee chair, the grant can be up to $1,000. The employee is given the privilege

of presenting the check to the

organization. Knoxville organizations receiving $1,000 contributions and their corresponding board members included: Big Brothers and Big Sisters of East Tennessee and Boy Scouts of America, Great Smoky Mountain Council – Jim Atchley; Knoxville Kiwanis Youth Foundation Inc. – Bruce Bryant; National Kidney Foundation of East Tennessee and Jubilee Community Arts – Rebecca Dockery; Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership-Partnership Initiatives – Pamela Fansler; Sertoma Center – Michelle Hardin; YWCA Knoxville – Jennifer Holder; Trout Unlimited - Rick Murphree; The Wellness Community of East Tennessee Inc. – David Rector; Knoxville Area Urban League – Bryan Stubblefield; and American Red Cross of Greater Knoxville – Thor Victorson. The Fort Sanders Foundation and East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association of Knoxville received $500.

• Kevin Proffitt, CFP, has been appointed managing director of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Knoxville.

• The 2008 Knoxville Chapter of the American Marketing Association spring gala, A Platinum Evening, is at 7 p.m., Friday, April 11, at the Crowne Plaza hotel, 401 West Summit Hill Drive. The annual awards gala and benefit auction, open to members and non-members, raises money for the Eagle Endowment for Marketing Education. KAMA will recognize two outstanding University of Tennessee marketing students and award them with scholarships at the event. KAMA will raise scholarship money for college students, recognize Knoxville’s top marketing professionals and celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary.

• The University of Tennessee Medical Center recently promoted Becky Thompson to the role of vice president of marketing and planning. Thompson will oversee all aspects of marketing, communications and customer service and will play an integral role in the planning for the medical center as well as various services and products within it.

• Dr. Gretchen Laws, DVM, of Knoxville has opened a large animal ambulatory practice serving the East Tennessee region. In March 2008 she began offering veterinary services to equine and cattle owners in Knox, Blount, Loudon, Roane, Morgan, Anderson, and Union counties and the Cumberland Plateau. Her practice provides preventative health care, dental care, minor surgery, lameness, medicine, reproductive and emergency services for horses, cattle, sheep and goats. Dr. Laws has special interests in ruminant heard health and equine dentistry. Dr. Laws served in 2007-2008 as Clinical Instructor on the Large Animal Field Service faculty at The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.  She earned her DVM at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 and later served as Field Services intern at UT. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Laws can be reached at: Riverview Veterinary Service, 865-356-2905.

• Working moms in the Knoxville area and across the country have until April 30 to apply for a Project Working Mom ( full-ride scholarship.  The scholarships are part of a campaign launched by, to grant at least $2 million in full-ride scholarships to working moms.  The first round of scholarships will be granted around Mother’s Day with additional scholarships awarded around the back-to-school season.

• 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.

• 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 Blvd. 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 markets.

• 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, 865-966-0476.

• ETS Tan has become a national distributor of the ShineWhite teeth whitening system.

• 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.

• 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.

• Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC has added Rhonda E. Chancey and Jacob E. Hutchison to its Knoxville office.


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