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Ridings, a Kingsport native, is a member of the Litigation Practice Group and the Employment/Labor Practice Group. She practices in the areas of commercial and civil litigation and workers compensation law. Ridings graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in business administration from East Tennessee State University. She received a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Kingsport and a board member for the Greater Kingsport YMCA. She is married to Rick Ridings and has two children.

Steel, also a native of Kingsport, is a member of the Labor/Employment Practice Group representing clients in many facets of employment law and labor issues. She also represents higher education institutions in compliance matters and agency investigations. Steel received a law degree from the University of Tennessee. She is active in the Kingsport community, including co-hosting the local television show, "Kingsport ChamberZone." She is married to Chris Woods.

Owens has joined the law firm's Labor/Employment Practice Group and Litigation Practice Group. He received a law degree from the University of North Dakota and an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. Owens serves on the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Tenneva Area, Inc. and is currently president of the Bristol Concert Ballet Company. He maintains an active practice in both Tennessee and Virginia. He and his wife, Suzie, live in Bristol, Tenn.

ETSU students win awards

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JOHNSON CITY - Students in the East Tennessee State University digital media program competed in the Tri-Cities Metro Advertising Federation's student competition category, recently winning 10 gold and 5 silver awards, plus Best of Show.

Top recognition went to Eric Kennedy of Elizabethton, who garnered Best of Show and two gold awards. "Thorough in organization and executed in a very friendly, engaging interface. Clever. Fun. Top-notch work," judges describing his Web site for an event bringing computer game enthusiasts together. Kennedy won gold awards in the category of interactive media. His work, and that of other gold level winners, will proceed to regional judging.

Other ETSU student winners were Chuck Anderson of Dandridge, who won a silver award for direct marketing; Thomas Beck of Louisville, Ky., who won a gold award for photography/compositing; Brandon Bovik of Knoxville, who won an interactive media gold award; Katherine Boyd of Johnson City, who won two gold awards for interactive media; Matt Cantrell of Roanoke, who won a silver award for direct marketing; Jodi Crabtree of Bland, Va., who won a silver award for photography/compositing; Justin Dickenson of Johnson City, who won a gold award for illustration and a silver in the poster category; Jason Hendrickson of Cumberland, Ky., who won a gold award for photography/compositing and a silver-winning poster; Anthony Kralik of Johnson City, who won a gold award for interactive media; and Jonathan Parsons of Keokee, Va., who won an interactive media gold award.

O'Neill elected to bank board

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ELIZABETHTON - The shareholders of Citizens Bank have elected Michael "Mike" O'Neill to Citizens Bank's Board of Directors.

O'Neill is a graduate of Georgia Tech and is retired from Eastman Chemical Co., where he was vice president, communications and public affairs. He also served as president of the Wellmont Foundation from 1998 to 2001.

O'Neill has actively supported the Kingsport community through his service in various organizations. He chaired the United Way campaign in Kingsport, served on the executive committee of Fun Fest and was treasurer of the Tennessee Nature Conservancy. He also served as vice chairman of the Kingsport Economic Development Board, vice president of Contact Concern, and was a member of the Kingsport Board of Mayor & Aldermen. He has led numerous area organizations, including the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, Tri-Cities Chamber Coalition, Kingsport Family YMCA, Alcohol and Drug Council, and Kingsport Area Georgia Tech Alumni Association.

O'Neill is a recipient of the Man and Boy Award of the Kingsport Boys and Girls Club and is a Rotary Club Paul Harris fellow. He received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Association for Community Leadership and in 2004 was named a lifetime member of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.

O'Neill and his wife, Betty, have two children and five grandchildren.

Marsh joins HBDC incubator

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KINGSPORT - Hawkins County native Debbie Christian Marsh recently joined the Holston Business Development Center as administrative assistant to the incubator director.

Previously, Marsh was an employee of the Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency, where she worked in the Accounting Department and later transferred to the Energy Assistance Department. She has served on the Hawkins County F.E.M.A. Board and is a member of "Project Help" in Hawkins County.

Marsh is active in the community and serves as president of the Surgoinsville Middle School Athletic Boosters Club. She lives in Church Hill with her husband, Darryl, and their two children, Amanda and Joe.

Taylor, Morgan to manage Bachman used car center

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KINGSPORT - Phil Bachman Honda has appointed Junior Taylor and Mike Morgan to manage its new Used Car Super Center on John B. Dennis Highway across from Damon's.

Taylor has been with the Bachman organization since 1998 and lives in Fall Branch with his two children. He graduated from Abingdon High School and attended Washington County Vocational School. He has been in sales for many years and is an ASE Master technician.

Morton was recruited by the Bachman organization in 2006. He has been in sales for 32 years and lives in Bristol with his wife of 35 years. Morton attended Tennessee High School and graduated from Carson Newman College in 1972 where he was captain of the basketball team. Morton has two grown children.

Phil Bachman Honda has been serving Kingsport as a Honda dealer since 1978.

Hurst earns seniors specialist designation

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KINGSPORT - Jim Hurst, a real estate agent with Town & Country Realty, recently was awarded the Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation by the Senior Advantage Real Estate Council.

Real estate agents who carry this designation are specially trained to help seniors make wise decisions about selling the family home, buying rental property, managing the capital gains and estate tax implications of owning real estate, obtaining a reverse mortgage, moving to a senior community, and other issues. By earning the SRES designation, Hurst has demonstrated that he has the requisite knowledge, experience and expertise to be a Seniors Real Estate Specialist.

The Senior Advantage Real Estate Council tracks the special issues and needs of senior property owners and provides education to real estate agents who make seniors an important focus of their business. The SRES designation was introduced in 1997 and is nationally recognized.

Lubrano joins Oak Hill Memorial

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KINGSPORT - Gregory R. Lubrano, a licensed funeral director and embalmer for more than 30 years, recently joined Oak Hill Memorial Park Funerals and Cremations.

Licensed in Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York, Lubrano moved to Kingsport in 2002, and served in a funeral firm for the past five years in the Kingsport community before joining Oak Hill.

He has worked continuously in funeral service since obtaining his license in August 1976. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Farmingdale.

He is active in the community and is a member of the Kingsport Lions Club.

Lubrano is married to Joann D'Aprile-Lubrano, a family physician with ETSU Family Physicians of Kingsport.

Marshall joins TCI Group

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KINGSPORT - Angie Marshall has joined the commercial-industrial real estate brokerage firm TCI Group-Jerry Petzoldt Agency, LLC.

An affiliate broker with the firm since October 2006, Marshall has experience in commercial banking, business management and commercial property acquisition, construction, divestiture and management.

Marshall is president of Franklin Marshall, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in construction finance and business start-ups. She holds a master of business administration degree in real estate, banking and finance from the CM Gatton School of Business, University of Kentucky, and is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Construction Financial Management Association. Marshall is also a candidate member for Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute.

She serves on the board of trustees of the Mountain States Foundation, a healthcare philanthropic organization, and is the co-chair of the Mountain States Foundation Gold Classic. She is a member of the Johnson City Rotary Club, a legacy partner with Doe River Gorge, and an active supporter of Hope House in Kingsport. She has also volunteered her time and construction expertise in managing three Habitat for Humanity projects in the area.

Warden named technical services scheduler

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JOHNSON CITY - Tammy Warden has joined Bailey Computing Technologies Inc. as technical services scheduler.

Warden graduated from East Tennessee State University with a bachelor's degree in computer science. She has extensive background with troubleshooting communications technology and as a technical support representative and supervisor. Her responsibilities include handling all technical services in-coming customer calls and first-line troubleshooting, assigning and managing technical schedules, and administering the service database.

BCTI is a locally owned computer network and training solutions company with 25 years of industry experience.

Wisecarver joins AccuForce team

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KINGSPORT - AccuForce Staffing Services recently announced the hiring of Rick Wisecarver to the position of vice president of Operations.

In this position, Wisecarver is responsible for overseeing the operations of AccuForce Staffing Services existing offices in Greeneville and Morristown and two new AccuForce Staffing Services offices in Bulls Gap and Newport. He is also a member of the AccuForce Staffing Services executive management team.

"The creation of this new position and opening of these new offices is in response to our customers' needs," said Larry Nunley, CEO, AccuForce Staffing Support Services.

"We are bringing our management and services closer to our customers' locations in order to provide better customer service and real-time action to employment solutions."

Wisecarver has extensive manufacturing and retail experience. Prior to joining AccuForce, he served as plant manager for Petoskey Plastics Inc. in Morristown. He additionally worked for Intercontinental Polymers Inc. and BASF Corp. in management positions.

After graduating from East Tennessee State University with a degree in marketing, he worked for a major department store. For several years, he owned and operated his own retail establishment in Mosheim.

"Rick's background enables him to understand the manufacturing environment," Nunley said.

AccuForce Staffing Services operates offices in Kingsport, Gray, Greeneville, Morristown, Rogersville, Bulls Gap and Newport, Tenn.; in Marion, Morganton, Lenoir and Hickory, N.C.; and in Bristol, Va.

Overbay joins Bailey Computing Technologies

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JOHNSON CITY - Bailey Computing Technologies, Inc. has announced the addition of Jeremy Overbay to its staff as systems engineer.

Overbay most recently was network administrator for Intellithought in Kingsport. His experience includes Cisco routers and switches, Unix and Linux administration, Microsoft Windows, and Internet gateways and Web services. He holds several certifications, including Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator and Cisco Certified Design Associate.

Overbay will assist with network and systems design, implementation, and support for BCTI customers.

BCTI is a locally owned computer network and training solutions company with 25 years of industry experience.

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