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• Pellissippi State Community College will offer “Social Media Marketing” Aug. 3-24, from either 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. or from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Class is on the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, in the Alexander Building, Room 129. Fee is $175. A total of 0.8 continuing education units are available. Instructor is Mark Schaefer. For more information or to register, call 865-539-7167 or visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs

• KUB will host a “Money-Saving Tips” workshop to learn how to conserve energy and water from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, July 22, at the L.T. Ross Building, 2247 Western Ave. Customers can stop by anytime during the workshop hours to speak one-on-one with utility experts and receive helpful tips to save money on their utility bills. Community groups, homeowners associations, and other organizations can request a speaker; call 865-524-2911.


• YMCA has changed its name to “The Y,” but is not altering its missions. Changes will include a new logo in different color combinations, a new look to all marketing materials and most importantly a new language for all communications. The YMCA of East Tennessee has signed on to be an early implementer of the national plan, and will complete the transition by the end of 2010. Staff and volunteer training has already started.

• East Tennessee Technology Access Center, a regional nonprofit technology resource center for people with disabilities, announces it has received a grant from Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities to establish “Next Chapter Book Clubs” in several counties in East Tennessee. The purpose of the Next Chapter Book Clubs is to promote socialization and inclusion of people with disabilities in community settings through reading of books. 

• Doug Hamburger, district manager for Walgreens Knoxville, along with area store managers, presented a check for $68,485.15 to Dr. Steve Ross, senior vice president of strategic development at UT Cancer Institute at The University of Tennessee Medical Center. The check represented money raised from the sale of OUTLIVE T-shirts sold in area Walgreens store and from in-store donations.

• Mercy Health Partners CEO David Jimenez announced that MHP’s parent company, Catholic Healthcare Partners, has been named as one of the nation’s Top 10 Health Systems for clinical quality and efficiency by Thomson Reuters for the second year in a row. Jimenez said that data concerning the quality and efficiency of MHP’s seven hospitals in East Tennessee are included in the information studied by Thomson Reuters.  Mercy has three hospitals in Knoxville and one in LaFollette, Oneida, Jefferson City and Newport.

• Roxana Saberi, an Iranian-American journalist who was accused of espionage and imprisoned for 100 days in Iran, will speak on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Clayton Center for the Arts on the Maryville College campus. Her lecture, titled “On the Streets of Tehran,” will focus on the six years she lived in Iran as a journalist and witnessed the developments leading up to the 2009 disputed Iranian election. Free and open to the public, the event is part of the Fall 2010 Community Conversations series and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Clayton Center’s Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre. A book signing for her memoir, “Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran,” will follow the lecture.

• Beginning Sunday, July 18, the Tennessee Department of Transportation will begin a resurfacing project in Farragut on Kingston Pike from the entrance drive to Wendy’s and BB&T Bank to the far east entrance of Kohl’s Shopping Center. This project is scheduled to be complete within 35 calendar days after work begins, and all work will be done at night. For more information, call Town Hall at 865-966-7057.

• Steve Bostic, PE, vice president of Lamar Dunn & Associates, Inc., has been elected president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee for 2010-2011. In addition, David Harrell, PE, regional vice president of the Tennessee operations of Vaughn & Melton Consulting Engineers, Inc., was elected second vice president of the organization that represents more than 100 engineering firms in Tennessee. 

• Dianna Glandon, owner of Above the Rest Balloon & Event Designs in Knoxville, and Rachel Glandon, Designer, recently earned Certified Balloon Artist status while attending the World Balloon Convention in Texas. The Glandons successfully completed a series of tests, including oral and practical examinations. The CBA certification is the highest designation in the balloon industry.

• Kevin J. Le Blanc, chairman of Le Blanc Financial Group, has been recognized by GAMA International with a Platinum Level International Management Award.

• United Community Bank announces that Gregory L. Byrd, senior vice president of commercial lending in the bank’s Farragut office, has graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. Byrd is one of 194 bankers from throughout the south who completed the three-year program, which covers all aspects of banking, economics and related subjects.

• Jeff Loos has joined Coulter & Justus Financial Services, LLC as a personal wealth consultant. Loos, a UTK graduate, has more than 20 years experience in providing wealth management services to a diverse group of professionals and business owners.

• Y-12 National Security Complex will help veteran-owned companies learn how to do business with federal, state and local governments, agencies and other companies, from small businesses to prime federal contractors. The 4th Annual East Tennessee Veterans Business Conference will be held Aug. 3 at Y-12’s New Hope Center in Oak Ridge. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.; conference ends at 4 p.m. Registration is free but required. Interested businesses are encouraged to sign up early — space is limited. For more informraiton, visit www.y12.doe.gov/vetcon2010/

• BB&T presented Farragut High School teacher Angela Breeding with the 2010 Teacher of the Year award. Breeding is credited with creating the Renaissance Academy for Historical Research, being named to represent the state of Tennessee at the Presidential Academy for American History and Civics and being recognized as the Tennessee Teacher of the Year by Daughters of the American Revolution.

• Parkwest Medical Center recently awarded Doris King, who works in environmental services, with its third annual 10-Foot Award for consistently being upbeat, positive and helpful to everyone she encounters. The 10-Foot Award is supported by The Wayne Heatherly Excellence in Patient Care Endowment, established by family, friends, colleagues, medical staff and employees in recognition of the more than two decades Heatherly led Parkwest.

• Metropolitan Drug Commission announces its two newest staff members, Heather Sutton and Sarah Harder. Sutton has been working as an intern for the Metropolitan Drug Commission since January. She recently was promoted to media relations and project director. Harder, former public health educator for Knox County Health Department, joins the Metropolitan Drug Commission as its project director.

• Kendra Teffeteller has joined Coulter & Justus, P.C. as a staff accountant in the Audit Department. She is a graduate of The University of Tennessee Chattanooga and has about two years experience in audit. While in Chattanooga, she was with Ernst & Young LLP. 

• Green job training, campus recycling initiatives and sustainable building practices at the new Blount County Campus have garnered Pellissippi State Community College a 2010 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award. Pellissippi State won the Green Schools – Higher Education category.

• Thomas Brown has joined the Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace office in Oak Ridge. Brown is a native of Anderson and Roane counties and received his real estate affiliate broker license in April after a brief retirement.

• Mike Brummerstedt, certified long term care specialist of the Mid-South Office of Genworth Financial, is a recipient of the 2010 “Nation’s Top-100” Long-Term Care Sales Achievement Award and is ranked sixth in the state of Tennessee for individual premium.

• The Tennessee Road Builders Association has elected a new board of directors for 2010-11, among them Wes Stowers, associate division director of Stowers Machinery Corporation and Stan Bass, aggregate division director of Vulcan Materials, both from Knoxville.

• Nathan A. Brown, PE, and David Korda, PE have joined Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc., as manager of electrical services and manager of structural design services, respectively.

 

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