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Local cytogeneticist receives Gautrelet Award
Dr. Katy Phelan, PhD, FACMG, a Maryville resident and director of the cytogenetics laboratory at Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network, Inc. (MPLN) was recently presented with the Gautrelet Award by her alma mater, Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama.

Phelan is the first woman to receive this award, which is presented to an individual of high integrity who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement. Since the Gautrelet Award was established in 1972, it has been awarded only 15 times.

In May 1988, Phelan identified the 22q13 Deletion syndrome, a rare genetic anomaly caused by the absence of genes at the tip of the long-arm of chromosome 22. Thereafter, Phelan established a network of families and formed a support group for parents with children presenting the syndrome

The Deletion 22q13 Support Group held its first conference in August 1998, where Phelan collected clinical and laboratory data to publish a review article entitled "22q13 Deletion Syndrome" in the American Journal of Medical Genetics.

Over the years, the support group has grown to more than 300 families worldwide and education about the deletion has increased in the medical community. After the 2002 support group conference, family members renamed the genetic disorder Phelan-McDermid Syndrome in honor of Phelan and Dr. Heather McDermid of the University of Alberta in Canada, who identified the gene now known as SHANK3 that causes the neurological disabilities in children with the syndrome.

In addition to identifying the Phelan-McDermid syndrome and supporting those families, Phelan helped start the cytogenetics laboratory at MPLN in 2004. This specialized laboratory focuses on the study of chromosomes by conventional methods and by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). The lab offers a complete range of cytogenetic services for oncology, prenatal diagnosis and postnatal analysis.

MPLN, a privately held molecular diagnostic laboratory headquartered in Maryville, Tenn., offers a comprehensive selection of tests in molecular oncology, infectious diseases, molecular genetics and cytogenetics to hospitals, medical laboratories, pathology groups, clinics and private physician groups nationwide.

American Fidelity Bank goes Green
American Fidelity Bank, a subsidiary of Greene County Bank in Greeneville, Tenn., is changing its name to GreenBank. The change, which became effective April 2, allows GreenBank to unify each of its locations throughout Tennessee, Virginia and
North Carolina, making it more convenient to identify the bank’s affiliate branches.

"Until now, many of our community banks were operating under a different name, each relative to the area in which it is located," said GreenBank President and CEO Stan Puckett. "Few realized that if you banked at American Fidelity Bank, you could also bank at any one of the Greene County Bank affiliates."

Careful to point out that Greene County Bank is not being bought or merged with another entity, Puckett notes that the name change is solely the result of an effort to create a seamless identity across all branches.

Current American Fidelity Bank customers will still be able to use their existing checks and check cards and will also be able to take advantage of the bank’s new extended weekday hours and seven-day banking in every region.

Joseph Construction named top builder
Joseph Construction Company, Inc., a general contracting company with offices in Knoxville and Sevierville, has been named Builder of the Year for the Southeastern United States by Butler Manufacturing, a BlueScope Steel Company and the world leader in the development and manufacture of metal building systems.

Butler has approximately 1000 builders nationwide - only five builders in the United States received the award. The award recognizes exceptional practices in safety, management, and market share, including the sales of Butler building and roof systems as well as demonstrating superior marketing skills.

Joseph was founded in 1972 and has been a Butler dealer since 1980. They are East Tennessee’s largest Butler builder. Joseph operates throughout East Tennessee from its Knoxville headquarters and branch office in Sevierville, building both pre-engineered and conventionally constructed buildings. Joseph is owned by Blount County resident Joe Zappa.

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