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• For the sixth consecutive year, the National Shooting Sports Foundation has announced grants to states for projects designed to enlist new hunters, and retain existing ones. This year’s grant recipients include: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; Idaho Department of Fish and Game; Indiana Department of Natural Resources; Maryland Department of Natural Resources; Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; Nevada Department of Wildlife; New Hampshire Fish and Game Department; South Carolina Department of Natural Resources; Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

• The Student Design Showcase at Pellissippi State Technical Community College is set for April 24 at the Pellissippi campus off Hardin Valley Road. The computer-designed artwork will be on display in the gallery and first-floor hallways of Bagwell Center for Media and Art. Sponsored by Communication Graphics Technology, the event will feature the portfolios of 18 CGT students. This year’s theme is “It’s in the Bag.” For more information about the CGT program or the Student Design Showcase, contact Gilbert at 865-694-6750 or

• The American Cancer Society’s Mid-South Division has appointed Michael Holtz as its new Media Advocacy Director. Holtz began his career with the American Cancer Society in 2002, when he joined the organization as a communications and marketing specialist. He also has served as state communications and marketing director in Tennessee and as media advocacy specialist for the Division.

• 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.

• 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. Her practice provides preventative health care, dental care, minor surgery, lameness, medicine, reproductive and emergency services for horses, cattle, sheep and goats.

• 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.

• 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. 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.

• Atlanta Bread Company in Turkey Creek closed its doors April 1.

• Farm Fresh Market opened at the corner of Middlebrook Pike and Bob Kirby Road. The Market will offer fruits and vegetables, plants and herbs, seeds and garden accessories. The Market is a sister company of Farm Fresh Produce off Sutherland Avenue.

• Water Angel Ministries has been chosen as one of 10 ministries to receive the proceeds of the Knoxville Open ticket sales this year. The Knoxville Open will be June 16-22 at Fox Den Country Club. Ticket sales are $25. One hundred percent of that money will be given to Water Angel Ministries if you purchase your ticket through them. Money will be used to help homeless families get an apartment of their own. The families the mission will help are two single mothers, whose families currently stay at the Rescue Mission. If anyone would like to purchase tickets from Water Angels, call 865-524-5194 or e-mail Stephanie Mitchum at

• Farragut Beer Board will meet at 6:55 p.m., Thursday, April 24, at Farragut Town Hall to consider the following: Consider approval of an On/Off-Premise beer permit for Taco Del Mar, 713 N Campbell Station Road No. 103 (Thomas Sweeden, applicant) and to consider approval of an Off-Premise beer permit for Dixie Lee Shell, 16289 Hwy 70E (Aziz Kherani, Applicant).

• Emmy Award-winning marketing executive Lori Asbury, senior vice president of marketing and creative services at HGTV, was the featured speaker at a luncheon and program hosted by Knoxville Chapter of the American Marketing Association April 9.

• Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce plans its annual dinner and auction June 9 at Rothchild’s Catering. Silent auction begins at 6:30 p.m.; dinner and live auction at 8 p.m. Cost for members is $50. For non-members, cost is $65. For more information, call 865-675-7057.


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