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• CarMax presented $10,000 to Knoxville Zoological Gardens, Inc. for the ZooFund for Kids program, Tuesday, Nov. 25.

• East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management As-sociation will host its monthly membership luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Double Tree Hotel in Oak Ridge. Speaker is William J. Wilcox Jr., an Oak Ridge historian and retired technical director for Y-12 and K-25. Topic is the role of Oak Ridge in the Manhattan Project. Cost is $14 for members, $15 for non-members. RSVP to Vicki Dyer, 865-483-9332.

• RecruitWise, an information technology staffing and recruiting firm in Oak Ridge, has hired Kath-erine Stohler to join its team as an account executive.  Stohler brings five years of professional experience to RecruitWise. Most recently, she was employed by Rarity Communities, where she brokered residential land. 

• National Nuclear Security Administration has named David A. Young of the NNSA’s Y-12 Site Office as the recipient of the inaugural Security Professional of the Year Award.  This award recognizes one federal and one contractor employee whose contributions to the security programs within the NNSA complex exemplify excellence and commitment.

• Stephanie & Santiago Ramirez, owners of Copa Creative Communications, a multicultural public relations and marketing firm, recently were awarded the Minority in Entrepreneurship Award by Knoxville Overground.  The Minority in Entrepreneurship Award is chosen by peers in the business community to recognize a successful minority startup.

• Dale Christenson has been named Federal Project Director for the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex. Christenson replaces Scott Cannon, who is now serving as the Director of the Pit Disassembly and Conversion Facility Office, located at the Department of Energy Savannah River Site, S.C.

• Twenty-two county and municipal government leaders have successfully completed the 16th annual Local Government Leadership Program at The University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service. UT faculty and private consultants led the three-day, invitation-only program that concluded Nov. 14.

• Two agencies within The University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service have been recognized by the University Economic Development Association, a nationwide organization, for two economic development projects. UT Municipal Technical Advisory Service received top honors for Excellence in Community Development for its comprehensive management report for the Gallatin Economic Development Agency. In the Excellence in Public Policy category, UT County Technical Assistance Service was honored for a project about the regional importance of Reelfoot Lake that was done in collaboration with the UT Knoxville Center for Transportation Research, U.S. Rep. John Tanner and state Rep. Phillip Pinion.

• Grandbridge Real Estate Capital LLC said it has arranged, closed and sold to Fannie Mae a credit facility worth up to $350 million for one of the largest real estate investment trusts in North America. Grandbridge is a subsidiary of BB&T Corporation principal subsidiary Branch Banking and Trust Company.

• Kroger’s Can Hunger food drive introduces an environmentally friendly solution for Can Hunger supporters. Under the theme Reach Out, Reuse, and Reduce Hunger, customers who donate $10 – which provides more than 10 meals – will receive a reusable shopping bag for future visits to Kroger. Kroger customers also can purchase $5 or $1 icons, which represent food, to give to the Can Hunger campaign, which runs Nov. 16 to Dec. 31.


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