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• Knoxville Area Tennessee Small Business Development Center will conduct a business plan writing workshop from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, Aug. 25, at 17 Market Square. Cost is $40 per person and includes a workbook. For more information, call 865-246-2663 or e-mail Register on-line at

• Vein Clinics of America announces that Keith Campbell, M.D., passed the comprehensive Phlebology Board examination, meeting rigorous standards of the knowledge, skills and experience needed to provide quality care to vein disease patients. Campbell is the practicing physician in Vein Clinics of America’s Knoxville office. 

• Valerie Privett holds a referral exchange organization meeting at 7:30 a.m. every Friday morning at Suntrust Financial Center, 9950 Kingston Pike. The REO meeting serves as a business networking group. For more information, contact Privett at 865-680-0331 or via e-mail at

• The Metropolitan Planning Commission will host a Symposium on sustainable development from 4 until 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Knoxville Convention Center, room 301E. Ed McMahon, Urban Land Institute/Charles Fraser Senior Resident Fellow for Sustainable Development, will be guest speaker.

• Federal Computer Week Magazine has selected Travis Howerton, information technology specialist for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Y-12 site office, as a “Rising Star” in the U.S. Government’s information technology community. Howerton will be featured in the Aug. 18 issue of the magazine and will participate in an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. in October.  He is recognized for designing, developing, and implementing the Pegasus Information Management System.

• Diana Canacaris, former planned giving coordinator at Maryville College, was recently promoted to the position of assistant director of stewardship at the school.

• Food City officials have announced the return of Kern’s snack cakes and pies, including Kern’s Fried Pies, Coconut and Pecan Pies, Honey Buns, Apple Fritters, Cinnamon Rolls and more. Food City plans to distribute coupons and implement special pricing to celebrate the new product line.

• Jeanne Wohlford recently joined The University of Tennessee Medical Center as director of cardiovascular and pulmonary services.

• Partners Development recently named Christi W. Branscom, general counsel, as managing broker.

• Le Blanc Financial Group has announced the appointment of Matt Allin as a firm partner. In addition to continuing his client acquisition and fee-based financial planning roles, Allin will now share responsibility in shaping firm policy.

• The Stroke Center at The University of Tennessee Medical Center earned recognition in a recent edition of U.S. News & World Report.

• Dr. David R. Navorska, D.O., has joined the medical staff of Fort Loudoun Medical Center. Navorska received his undergraduate degree in Science of Nutrition from the Ohio State University and a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is now accepting new patients.

• Humana Inc. announced it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase PHP Companies, Inc. (Cariten Healthcare) from Knoxville-based Covenant Health for approximately $245 million in cash.

• A few exhibitors’ booths are still available for the 89th Tennessee Valley Fair, Sept. 5-14. Booth spaces are available for lease in the air conditioned Jacob’s Building for as little as $360 for all 10 days of the Fair. Contact Kim Harbin at 865-215-1478 to reserve a booth.

• New executive committee officers and new members were elected at the Knoxville-Knox County Council on Aging meeting. New officers are E.V. Davidson, chairperson; Don Ham, vice-chairperson; Bonnie Callen, secretary, and Mary Catherine Willard, treasurer. Members-at-large are Jack Lee and Shirley Napier.

• Karen Queener, director of human resources and affirmative action at Pellissippi State Technical Community College, has been appointed to the Southern Region’s College and University Professional Association for human resources board of directors. She began her two-year appointment July 1.


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