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Feb 22, 2007 at 9:03 AM
ETSU faculty, staff win Addy Awards
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JOHNSON CITY - At the Tri-Cities Metro Advertising Federation's annual banquet on Feb. 17, East Tennessee State University faculty and staff earned an array of gold and silver Addy Awards. The ETSU digital media program television spot earned a gold Addy for animation and special effects and a silver award in the local television category. Digital media faculty member Marty Fitzgerald was the compositor and director who supervised artistic aspects of the project, while the program director, Cher Cornett, served as producer. ETSU students participated, with Lucas Hearl acting as assistant compositor and Justin Thomas overseeing music. A silver Addy in the local television category went to the ETSU "Living Out Loud" convocation video. Fitzgerald designed, produced and added music to the video, while ETSU instructor D.J. Jessee was executive producer. The "ETSU Buc Sports" video garnered two silver awards. One, in the local television category, credits Fitzgerald as the writer and producer and for music composition, while Mike White, assistant athletic director for media relations, also handled writing, with Al Gregory doing the voiceover. The second silver, for music and sound design, recognized Fitzgerald and White. ETSU digital media faculty member Primus Tillman won a silver Addy for the "Colored Girls Who Have Considered Committing Suicide" theater production video, recognized for animation and special effects. The award also credited members of the spring 2006 "Motion Tools III" class.
Wellmont CEO a â€˜50 most powerful' finalist
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KINGSPORT - Each year, Modern Physician and Modern Healthcare magazines compile a ranking of the nation's 50 most powerful physician executives. Dr. Richard Salluzzo, Wellmont Health System's president and chief executive officer and a double-board-certified physician, has been named one of 100 finalists for the honor. Since taking the helm of the Wellmont system in 2004, Salluzzo has overseen a $25 million financial turnaround and directed operational improvements that have resulted in improved performance throughout Wellmont's member hospitals. Salluzzo also is leading Wellmont's initiative to become the safest health system in America. The 50 physician executives who will be honored by Modern Physician and Modern Healthcare magazines are selected by a public voting process available at www.modernphysician.com. Voting will continue through March 2.
Christian new director of The Fire Escape
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KINGSPORT - The Fire Escape, 1433 E. Center St., has named Katherine Christian as its new executive director. Christian, who lives in Church Hill, said she is exited about being chosen to revamp the 10-year-old organization and oversee a much-needed facelift. The Fire Escape was established in 1996 as a place for young people to experience live music, drama and other forms of entertainment in a safe, alcohol-free and drug-free environment. Those interested in performing at The Fire Escape or helping with renovations should contact Christian at 723-7283.