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CBBC announces expansion to board of directors

Joe Bruce, president and CEO of CBBC, announced the addition of three members to its board of directors on Aug. 14. Gaynell Lawson, senior executive VP, Robert L. Carroll, senior executive VP, and Al Grubb, executive VP join current board members Joe Bruce, Ben Robertson, chairman, J.W. Clabough, Joe W. Downey, John G. Proffitt, Leon Shields, and James M. Warren. “The appointment of these long-time devoted CBBC senior employees will add to the board’s strong leadership and knowledge of community and sound banking practices,” said Bruce.

Gaynell H. Lawson has been with CBBC since it began in 1973. She graduated from Friendsville High School and Maryville College then went on to graduate from the Tennessee School of Banking and the School for Bank Administration at the University of Wisconsin.

She has been active in civic and community activities through the years, working in Maryville College, United Way and American Red Cross community drives. She served on the board of directors of the American Red Cross and Blount County Chamber of Commerce, serving as vice chairman in the past. Active in Blount County United Way, she served as chair of the General Campaign for 2001 and is currently on the board of directors and chair of the Community Impact Committee. Mrs. Lawson is also a graduate of Leadership Blount.

Lawson and her husband, Daniel J., are the parents of three daughters, Jennifer Moore, Julia Lawson and Mindy Stooksbury and one grandson, Ian Murphy. The Lawsons are active hikers and supporters of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as volunteers.

Robert L. “Bob” Carroll joined CBBC in July of 1978, bringing 16 years of previous banking experience with him. He is a graduate of Everett High School and The University of Tennessee. Carroll also graduated from the Tennessee School of Banking, and the School of Banking of the South at LSU, and is a past chairman of the Tennessee Banker’s Associate Credit Conference.

Carroll is active in community activities working with the Maryville Lion’s Club, Blount County Chamber of Commerce VIP and United Way of Blount County. He is a Blount County election commissioner, and the treasurer of both the East Tennessee Eye Bank board and the Maryville Methodist Board of Missions.

Carroll and his wife, Pat, attend St. John United Methodist Church. They have one daughter, Lisa Hipps, and a granddaughter, Kaylee Hipps.

Al Grubb joined CBBC in 1975. He is a graduate of Turlock High School in Turlock, Calif. and Carson-Newman College. Grubb graduated from the Tennessee Young Bankers School at Vanderbilt University and the School of Banking of the South at LSU.

Grubb has also been an active community member, with involvement in Leadership Blount, member and past president of Kiwanis Club of Alcoa, United Way of Blount County past president, former director and treasurer of the Blount County Education Foundation, Blount County Chamber of Commerce VIP, and has been active with community fund raising campaigns for the Boy Scouts and Maryville College.

Grubb attends Madison Avenue Baptist Church, where he serves as a deacon and Bible study leader. He and his wife, Darlene have two children, Bethany Riddle and Chris Grubb. They are the grandparents of four grandchildren, Brentley and Ansley Riddle and Foster and Katie Grubb.

Chamber Job Fair features 20-plus employers

The Blount County Chamber of Commerce Job Fair is set for Tuesday, Oct. 16, noon to 5 p.m. at Foothills Mall. Representatives from area companies will be available to talk with job seekers.

According to Chamber Chair Carl Van Hoozier, “This is an excellent opportunity for job seekers to hand-out resumes, pick-up company literature, talk one-on-one with human resource personnel and submit employment applications.”

To date, the following companies will be represented at the job fair:

Alcoa, Inc.; American Patriot Bank; Belk; Blackberry Farm; Blount County Literacy Council; Blount Memorial Hospital; Clayton Homes; Colonial Hills Nursing Center; DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc.; Express Personnel Services, Inc.; Foothills Mall; Housecall Home Health Care; IBEW Local 760; Independent Cookie Lee Consultants; Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union; Manpower Inc.; Northwestern Mutual Financial Network; ORNL Federal Credit Union; Randstad; StaffingSolutions; Tennessee Career Center of Blount County; Tennessee Army National Guard; TRC Staffing; and Y-12 Federal Credit Union.

Booth space is still available for businesses looking for employees. Cost is $150 for Chamber members and $250 for non-members. Cost includes eight foot skirted table, chairs, signage and refreshments. To reserve booth space, contact Vicky Jones or Kathy Delozier at 865-983-2241.

There is no admission charge to attend this event. For more information, call the Blount Chamber at 983-2231.

Sponsors of this event are Blount Memorial Hospital, Clayton Homes, Inc., DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc., ORNL Federal Credit Union, Tennessee Technology Center at Knoxville, The Daily Times and Blount County Voice.

CAP inspection results in high praises, no deficiencies for MPLN

Molecular Pathology Laboratory, Inc. (MPLN) received high praises and no deficiencies during an on-site reaccreditation inspection by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Laboratory Accreditation Program.

The CAP inspection program is internationally recognized and the only one of its kind that utilizes teams of practicing laboratory professionals as inspectors. Going well beyond regulatory compliance, the program helps laboratories achieve the highest standards of excellence to positively impact patient care.

“MPLN is a high-class laboratory,” said CAP inspector Stephen Peiper, MD, as he addressed MPLN employees during the inspection summation. “You do a very nice job maintaining very demanding technologies ranging from cytogenetics, FISH, flow and IHC.”

The CAP program is based on rigorous accreditation standards translated into a detailed and focused checklist that provides a quality practice blueprint for laboratories to follow. The inspection team used the checklist as a guide to assess the overall quality, management and operation of MPLN.

“We strive to get better with every inspection, and always learn something valuable to enhance our level of services,” said Roger Hubbard, Ph.D., MPLN founder, president and CEO. “Receiving no deficiencies validates what we do, which is delivering high-quality laboratory services.”

Quigley Named VP of research and development

Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network, Inc. (MPLN) named Neil Quigley, Ph.D., vice president of research and development and clinical research services for MPLN. Quigley joined MPLN five years ago as senior staff scientist when MPLN first started its research and development program.

“Neil has demonstrated exceptional hard work, attention to detail, innovation and willingness to assist with any task that I have asked of him. He has been instrumental in the ground-up build of our clinical research services division,” said Roger Hubbard, Ph.D., founder, president and chief executive officer of MPLN.

Quigley has more than 20 years of molecular genetics research experience and is a member of the American Society for Microbiology and the Association for Molecular Pathology.

Prior to joining MPLN, Quigley was a research assistant professor of microbiology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and director of the UT Molecular Biology Resource Facility. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Auckland in New Zealand and completed post-doctoral training in Australia and at Washington State University.

For more information about services, call MPLN at 865-380-9746 or 800-932-2943.

James W. McBrearty is re-elected treasurer

James W. McBrearty, president of McBrearty Capital Management, Inc., Knoxville, was re-elected treasurer of Areawide Development Corporation at its annual meeting.

McBrearty’s firm manages approximately $115 million for individuals on a fee-only basis. McBrearty has a B.A. in business from Oakland University, a M.S. in mathematical economics from Southern Illinois University and did doctoral work at the University of Tennessee.

Miltenberger named director of quality systems

Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network, Inc. (MPLN) named Rosalynn Miltenberger, Ph.D., the director of quality systems.

“Dr. Miltenberger has a proven track record of developing, maintaining and implementing high-quality processes and checklists. She recently led MPLN in a very successful CAP inspection,” said Roger Hubbard, Ph.D., founder, president and chief executive officer of MPLN.

Miltenberger joined MPLN four years ago as director of human identity testing and currently maintains that position. As the new director of quality systems, she is responsible for laboratory compliance, quality assurance, quality control and continual improvement processes for MPLN.

With more than 20 years biomedical research experience, Miltenberger has broad training in genetics and cellular, molecular and cancer biology. She received her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research and was an Alexander Hollander Distinguished Fellow at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Maryville Municipal Center construction named best of the best

Merit Construction was honored by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and Associated General Contractors (AGC) during the 2007 Excellence in Construction Awards in August.

Merit’s construction of the Maryville Municipal Center was named the best of the best among commercial projects valued at more than $4 million.

“We’re proud to have been honored with this award and proud to have had a hand in making history for the City of Maryville with the construction of this significant project,” said Bruce Bosse, Merit Construction president.

The Maryville Municipal Center houses approximately 130 employees and is home to the city’s police and fire departments, the city manager’s office, human resources, finance and information, customer service, engineering and planning and codes.

The 2007 Excellence in Construction Awards program highlighted the achievements of East Tennessee general contractors. Members entered their finest work completed in the last 36 months and a panel of judges from a cross section of the industry reviewed the scope of work and many photos of each project entry and ranked them on various criteria including uniqueness of the project entry.

Vulcan-APAC Park plans soccer field expansion

Blount United Soccer Club’s home facility in Maryville, Vulcan-APAC Park, is expanding again. The second phase of field construction recently began and involves enlarging Field 2 to full size, which is 80 x 120 yards, and adding two new small-sided fields along Court Street.

The project was conceived and planned by club President Artie Yarlett, Vulcan Materials’ Carl Van Hoozier, and Harrison Construction Company’s grade superintendent Frank Simerly and operations manager Landon Lawson.

Much work has already been done. Bulldozer operators separated the top-soil, leveled out piles of dirt, cut into the berm, created an irrigation ditch along Field 2, and replaced and leveled the top soil.

The club plans to have Field 2 in its new size and the new small-sided fields in use by spring 2008.

David Verble re-elected president of Areawide

David C. Verble was re-elected president of Areawide Development Corporation at its annual meeting in September at Egwani Farms Golf Club in Rockford.

Areawide Development Corporation markets and processes U.S. Small Business Administration Section 504 loans to small businesses in partnership with banks to help finance capital projects. Board members set ADC policy and approve loan applications.

Verble has served as president of Areawide Development since 2003 in addition to serving on the board and loan review committee for several years.

Verble is president and CEO of Citizens National Bank, headquartered in Sevierville. He has served on the Board of Citizens National Bank and CNB Bancshares, Inc., its holding company, since 1983. He is also chairman of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee for Fort Sanders Sevier’s new hospital.

Verble received a degree in finance from the University of Tennessee in 1976 and is a 1983 graduate of Louisiana State University School of Banking.

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