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• Knoxville Chamber released the report detailing the ideas and strategies gathered during the Workforce Development and Education Summit, which was held March 24.Community input will be an ongoing process. Citizens may submit additional ideas by e-mail: A copy of the report is available online at

• South College announced Dr. Edward Michaud has joined the faculty of the School of Physician Assistant Studies as director of genetic sciences.

• Junk Bee Gone, LLC has been selected as a finalist for the Knoxville Chamber’s 2008 Pinnacle Business Awards in the Small Business Excellence Category. This award is presented to a business with 50 or fewer employees that has consistently grown its workforce and revenue and overcome obstacles including access to capital, operational efficiency, control of expenses, customer loyalty and distribution.

• Todd Proffitt, President and CEO of Tennessee State Bank, announced that John McClellan and Fred Dean have joined Tennessee State Bank serving the Jefferson City and corporate branches.

• Knoxville Chamber named finalists for the 2008 Pinnacle Business Awards presented by Regions Bank. The Pinnacle Business Awards event will be April 25 at Knoxville Convention Center and will begin with a reception and silent auction at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and awards presentation will begin at 8 p.m.

• Climate change can worsen allergies. Recent scientific studies have found that rising temperatures and higher carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are lengthening the allergy season and changing how plants produce allergens. Meanwhile, other studies have determined that rising temperatures combined with vehicle pollution can trigger more ground-level ozone -- a pollutant that causes respiratory problems -- especially in urban areas that already suffer from poor air quality.

• Windsor Medicare Extra announced plans to host a behavioral health symposium in Knoxville April 24. A diverse panel of participants will meet to discuss emerging trends in treating those with mental health conditions in Tennessee. The symposium is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Baptist

Eye Institute's Bailey Conference

Center and is free to participants.

For more information, contact

Amanda Woodhead at awoodhead- or call


• Tennessee Mental Health Consumers’ Association is hosting a free consumer/survivor training course for all people recovering in their mental illness. The topic is “Resources for Recovery: Getting What We Need.” The program is from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., April 18, at Cherokee Health Systems, 2018 Western Ave. No lunch will be served. A certificate of attendance will be provided. For more information, contact Karen Brasher at 423-7755-3206 or by e-mail at

• Supermarket News, a grocery industry trade publication, recently named Food City as the recipient of their 2008 Community Service Award. The award pays tribute to companies embodying the true spirit of community service.

• The Knoxville Convention Center’s reputation for exceptional banquet services got even stronger with the announcement of new executive chef Chris Moore, whose culinary résumé includes stops in San Francisco, Charleston and at Stokely Hospitality.

• Credit analyst, Derrick Warren, has joined the Knoxville branch of Mountain Commerce Bank, 249 N. Peters Road.

• Knoxville Catholic High School is currently accepting teaching applications for the 2008-09 school year in the following subject areas: chemistry, physics, social studies, spanish, religion and ACT/SAT test preparation. Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to Jane Walker, Academic Dean, 9245 Fox Lonas Road, Knoxville, TN, 37923 or by e-mail at

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 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.

• 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.

• 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


• 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 apartments of their own. Families the mission will help are two single mothers, whose families currently stay at the Rescue Mission. For more information or to purchase tickets through Water Angel Ministries, call 865-524-5194 or email Stephanie Mitchum at

• Farragut Beer Board will meet at 6:55 p.m., Thursday, April 24, at Farragut Town Hall to consider approval of an On/Off-Premise Beer Permit for Taco Del Mar, and to consider approval of an Off-Premise Beer Permit for Dixie Lee Shell.

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

• 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.

• Blount Mansion will feature an Earth Day “lunch and learn” event at noon, Tuesday, April 22. Dr. Bob Morrissey will s peak about “The Wild East: Environmental History in East Tennessee.” Event is free and open to the public. Bring your own lunch. For more information, call 865-525-2375 or visit

• American Association of Nurse Anesthetists applauds the efforts of the CDC, Nevada State Department of Health, lawmakers and the media to expose and correct the infection control problem caused by contaminated syringes, needles and medication vials.


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