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• The East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Manage-ment Association will have its monthly membership luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 6, at the Double Tree Hotel in Oak Ridge. Speaker is Jamie Elliott Keith, Supply Chain Dept Manager, TVA Contract Management of TVA’s River Operations and TVA’s Office of Environment and Research. Lunch is $14 for members and $15 for non-members. RSVP to Vicki Dyer, 865-439-9332.

• Town of Farragut will hold a Bicycle Safety Clinic from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 17 at Mayor Bob Leonard Park. Registration begins on-site at 1 p.m. This free event, open to participants age seven and older, will offer opportunities to learn basic bicycle safety skills from staff from the Bike Zoo, Cedar Bluff Cycles, Fountain City Peddlars and Mountain View Bicycles, as well as Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

• In a survey done by Department of Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management students in a customer service course, The University of Tennessee students honored five local businesses for quality customer service. Winners included J. Crew for specialty clothing, Sephora for health and beauty products, Blue Ridge Outdoor for sporting goods, JCPenney for overall fashion products and Apple for consumer electronics.

• Sharon-Kaye Miller, HR Specialist with Coulter & Justus, recently earned certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. The certification, awarded by the HR Certification Institute, signifies that Miller possesses the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resources management that demonstrates a mastery of the body of knowledge in the field. 

• Knoxville-area Tennessee Small Business Development Center will sponsor a free small business start-up seminar from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, May 4, and an IRS tax workshop from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 6. Tax workshop fee is $20 per person. Both programs will be held at Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, 17 Market Square. For more information, visit www.tsbdc.org or call 865-246-2663.

• Food City president and CEO Steven C. Smith has been named 2009 Grocer of the Year by Nashville-based Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association at its annual convention, held in Knoxville April 16-18.

• Weichert, Realtors — Advantage Plus has announced the agency’s top producing agents for March 2009. Congratula-tions went to Top Listing Agent Terry Patton, Top Selling Agent Lilly Rayson and Company-wide Agent of the Month Christie Sox.

• Aleen “Ali” Swofford has qualified for the “Top of the Table” of the Million Dollar Round Table – The Premier Association of Financial Professionals. The status recognizes Swofford for demonstrating professional knowledge, client service and ethical conduct.

• Three West Knoxville area brokers and one local agency were recognized by Cariten Healthcare, a Humana affiliate, as being top 2008 producers. Benjamin Kelly was awarded the New and Overall Membership and New and Renewal Employer Groups award. Rocky Goode earned the Renewal Membership award. Douglas Mooney received the Best Overall Medical Loss Ratio award. Trinity Benefit Advisors won Agency of the Year honors.

• Ron Cain, chairman and CEO of TMSi Logistics, will be discussing LEGACY, a values-driven corporate program, at the Knoxville Chamber’s Market House Ballroom, 17 Market Square, Suite 201, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 5. To register, call 865-246-2622 or visit www.knoxvillechamber.com 

• Austen Sanders, a Realtor and associate Broker and Farragut resident, has joined Weichert, Realtors — Advantage Plus. Specializing in residential sales, she serves the Greater Knoxville area as a member of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors.

• Zane Hagy, president and founder of Oak Ridge-based z11 communications, announced the addition of Stephany Beane as the firm’s new project manager. Founded in January 2008, z11 communications is a firm that is focused on providing both non-traditional and traditional public relations and advertising services. During the first year of operations, z11 communications has worked with more than 50 regional companies and announced they have reached their three-year growth goals within the first year.

• Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 16, Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will be offering free rides on the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train to any current or former military person, including National Guard, Reserve and veterans.  Any form of proof of service will be accepted to get a ticket (discharge papers, military I.D. card, American Legion or VFW membership cards or an item of uniform). Trains will run at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. from East Tennessee Technology Park off Highway 58, about 10 miles west of downtown Oak Ridge. Normal ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 through 12. Reservations are suggested and riders are asked to be at the boarding site a half-hour before train time. Information and reservations are available at 865-241-2140.

• BB&T Corporation reported net income for the first quarter of 2009 totaling $318 million and net income available to common shareholders totaling $271 million, or $.48 per diluted common share, compared with $428 million, or $.78 per diluted common share, earned during the first quarter of 2008.

• StaffMe.net, LLC, a Knoxville-based staff augmentation company, is one of three finalists selected for the Minority Business Excellence Award at the Knoxville Chamber 2009 Pinnacle Business Awards.

• Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold its next free bimonthly new business workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 13, at the department’s Knoxville regional office, 531 Henley St., suite 606. Workshop is designed to assist those encountering business-related taxes for the first time. Register online at http://www.TN.gov/revenue/bustaxworkshops/newbusworkshops.htm or call 865-594-6100.

• Interventional cardiologist Dr. Tjuan L. Overly recently joined The University of Tennessee Medical Center. Dr. Overly practices with University Cardiology at the medical center and serves at clinical assistant professor with the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Graduate School of Medicine.

• The Tennessee Association of Realtors has added a new member to its team: Chris Sexton, the new director of government affairs. Sexton has more than 10 years of experience in governmental and political affairs, having aided more than 100 local, state and national campaigns and having served as executive director of one of the nation’s top county political parties in Grand Rapids, Mich.

• SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. welcomes Senior Mortgage Loan Consultant Debbie Windisch to the SunTrust Farragut Branch, 11441 Kingston Pike.

• Tim Harris, president and owner of Knoxville Wholesale Furniture, has won Southern Home Furnishing Association’s highest honor, the Willis Award of Merit, an honor for a retailer who “contributes most unselfishly to the industry, the community and to God.”

• Food City opened its 43,600 square-foot Hardin Valley location Wednesday, April 15, the newest of the chain’s 18 Knoxville locations. New store has a bakery/deli, hot food bar, sit-down café and floral boutique, in addition to various food departments, pharmacy and a video store.

 

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