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• Local author Cyndi Dodson recently released her latest book, “Finding the Me in MomMe.” This book includes tips for not only finding yourself as a mom, but also advice on organization, time and money management. Dodson is a University of Tennessee graduate with degrees in both psychology and sociology. She lives in Powell with her husband of 13 years, Chris, and their three daughters. A book signing will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 3, at Cedar Springs Christian Book Store off Clinton Highway and from 5 to 6 p.m. at the location off North Peters Road. For more information, or to schedule a speaking engagement, call Dodson at 865-406-0808 or e-mail her at You can also visit her Web site,

• The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International has awarded the Helen Ross McNabb Center another three year accreditation, the fourth consecutive CARF accreditation that the Center has received.

• BB&T Corporation reported a net income for the first quarter of 2008 totaling $428 million, or $.78 per diluted share, compared with $421 million, or $.77 per diluted share, earned during the first quarter of 2007. These results reflect increases of 1.7 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively, compared to the first quarter last year.

• The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists has hired John Preston, CRNA, DNSc to serve as the association’s first senior director

of education and professional


• Bobby Todd Antiques has recently completed an extensive expansion and renovation and will re-open in downtown Sweetwater, Friday, April 25. Bobby Todd is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at 305 North Main. For more information, call 423-337-3837.

• 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, Calif. Charleston, S.C. 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.

• ETS Tan is a distributor of the ShineWhite teeth whitening system.


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