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• Clif Tennison, MD, vice president and chief clinical officer at the Helen Ross McNabb Center, has been named an exemplary psychiatrist by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Only 30 doctors from 21 states were selected for the award that recognizes psychiatrists who go the extra mile for individuals, families and communities. Tennison was the only physician from Tennessee to be selected.

• Barry Curry has joined BB&T Commercial Finance as a Commercial Finance specialist serving Birmingham, Ala., East Tennessee and Kentucky.

• Washington-based Center for Education Reform unveils four new online resources to ensure better educational opportunities for children in charter schools: a listing of charter school laws, a state-by-state database of school funding, a study of attitudes toward charter schools and a database to help locate charter schools. Charter schools are independent public schools, designed by educators, parents, community leaders and educational entrepreneurs. For more information, contact Center for Education Reform at 800-520-2118 or visit

• Fleet Feet Sports will offer a training program for the Tri Fall Creek Falls Triathlon on Aug. 17. The program includes: 12 week training schedule, guidance and advice from an USA Triathlon-certified coach, weekly group training, open water swim training sessions and a technical t-shirt and water bottle. Participants will need running or walking shoes, bicycle, helmet and a willing mind and body. Fee is $75. Orientation meeting is at 5:15 p.m., Thursday, May 15. Training continues until August. For more information, call 865-675-FEET.

• Sandy Beeler, of Re/Max Preferred Properties, has earned the EcoBroker Certified designation, having successfully completed a unique and informative training program on the energy and environmental issues that affect real estate transactions.

• An awards ceremony for Tennessee’s most effective school principals was held May 12 at Old Supreme Court Chamber in Nashville.                    

• The Knoxville Small Business Development Center office, an affiliate of Pellissippi State Technical Community College, has been chosen to receive the 2008 Service Excellence and Innovation Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Tennessee district office in Nashville.

• NetGain Corporation is occupying a large portion of the first floor in its new facility at Two Lakeside Centre, 2095 Lakeside Centre Way, Suite 115. The new telephone number is 865-690-5811 and the fax number is 865-690-5767.

• United Community Bank announces that Thomas L. ‘Chip’ Smallwood, III, has been named president of the Tennessee region for United Community Bank.

• Friends of ORNL will hold its monthly luncheon lecture meeting May 21.  The title of this month’s presentation is Climate Change: The Energy-Carbon-Water Nexus, presented by Gary Jacobs, Director, Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The meeting location in Oak Ridge is the UT Resource Center, the white building at 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike at the intersection of the Turnpike and Rutgers Avenue.

• Tennessee Valley Fair announces Beth Whelahan Settle as new Special Events and Marketing Coordinator. Settle brings a strong background in both Sales and Marketing after more than eight years of being an Owner/Operator for Chick-fil-A of Oak Ridge. When Settle became a new operator in 2000, she was the only female Chick-fil-A operator in the state and led the Oak Ridge store from a $1.3 million business to $2 million.

• Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC, one of the Southeast’s largest accounting and business consulting firms, has added Shannon M. Welch in its Knoxville office.

• RM Technologies is now Claris Networks. The company, serving more than 250 clients, is being renamed as a result of the company’s January purchase by members of its senior management team. Claris Networks serves clients throughout East Tennessee, including some of the country’s largest specialty medical practices.

• Three nurses with The University of Tennessee Medical Center have earned Certified Cardio/ Vascular Nurse Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. These nurses are Jada Bates, RN-BC, BSN, of Mascot, Donna Boxell, RN-BC, of North Knoxville and Sherry Welbes, RN-BC, BSN, of Seymour.

• State Senator Jamie Woodson (R-Knoxville) has been named among the five best pro-business legislators in the Tennessee General Assembly by a key business magazine.  The announcement was made in the May publication of Business TN, which each year selects the five best state lawmakers based on their efforts in keeping “taxes low and regulation minimal.” The publication also chose the honorees based on their legislative stances and their ability to have a positive effect on the state’s business climate.

• U.S. Cellular Regional Vice President, Tom Catani, was named Executive of the Year by Volunteer Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Award goes to an executive in East Tennessee who is not a public relations professional, but who has “shown exceptional support of P-R-S-A and the public relations profession.”

•, a Web resource of EducationDynamics, announced its scholarship recipients. Each recipient will have the opportunity to complete an online degree program. also offers a scholarship database containing more than $14 billion in financial aid. For more information, visit or 

• Local American Cancer Society staff members Stacy Hall, Sarah Hooks, Kathleen Steele and Marion Westerling were recognized as top-performing members of the Society’s Mid-South Division.

• BB&T Corporation was named as a 2008 U.S. Small Business Administration Export Lender of the Year.

• Tennessee business laws that apply to contractors, current federal safety and health regulations and the basics of building codes will be taught during a 16-hour examination review course at Pellissippi State Technical Community College June 12-13. Instructor is Tom Dorsey.

• Constuction Plus, Inc. president Sandy Loy earned the designation of Certified Construction Manager awarded by the Construction Management Association of America.


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