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Wes Morris a new member of Million Dollar Round Table

Staff Report • Mar 30, 2007 at 8:21 AM

KINGSPORT - Wes Morris, an agent for New York Life Insurance Co., has earned membership in the Million Dollar Round Table for 2006. Only those whose membership represents the top life insurance and financial service professionals worldwide can join the round table, an independent association of 36,000 life insurance and financial services professionals from 76 national and territories.

KINGSPORT - Toyota of Kingsport has earned Toyota's special award in recognition of 30 years as a Toyota dealer. J. Don Hill, dealer principal of Toyota of Kingsport, received the award and special recognition from George Christoff, vice president and general manager of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.'s Cincinnati Region, during a recent Toyota mid-winter dealer meeting in Covington, Ky. "We are extremely proud of Toyota of Kingsport reaching this milestone," Christoff said.

KINGSPORT - Stacy Cunningham, chairman of the board of the Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union, recently announced the retirement of Carl Snapp from the ACFCU board of directors after 40 years of volunteer service. Cunningham expressed deep regret at Snapp's decision not to seek reelection to the board during the credit union's recent annual meeting. He gave credit to Snapp for the growth the credit union has experienced during the past quarter century. ACFCU gained its charter as The Mead Kingsport Credit Union in 1932.

In addition to his involvement on the local level, Snapp served as an officer of the Northeast Tennessee Chapter of the Tennessee Credit Union League for three years and was president of the chapter in 1981. Also during the 1980s, he, for five years, served on the Tennessee Credit Union League Board. Snapp served as chairman of the supervisory (audit) committee of the Tennessee Credit Union League for two of those years. "The credit union movement has been a major part of my life and I have enjoyed every minute of the experience," Snapp said.

Gene Hensley, president and CEO of ACFCU said, "Carl has been the exemplification of the credit union motto, ‘People Helping People,' over the years and he will be missed by all his friends at ACFCU."

BLOUNTVILLE - Jeanette Scalf, director of research and communications for NETWORKS - Sullivan Partnership, recently attended the Basic Economic Development Course held at Georgia Tech's Global Learning and Conference Center in Atlanta, one component to becoming a certified economic developer.

Accredited by the International Economic Development Council, the course is especially designed for new professionals with public and private agencies, chambers of commerce staff, public utilities personnel, local elected officials and volunteers supporting economic development. NETWORKS is a joint economic development partnership of Sullivan County and its municipal sectors of Kingsport, Bristol and Bluff City.

KINGSPORT - Absolute Communications Inc., recently added a new member to its creative team. Harry C. "Buddy" Arnold was selected to fill a recently created position within the organization that will support Absolute Communications' emphasis on superior customer service for its clients.

"Buddy is a talented writer and communicator. His experience and creativity will be an asset for both our customers and our firm," said Carolyn Pierson Cook, president of Absolute Communications Inc. Arnold is a 2006 graduate of East Tennessee State University with a master's degree in professional communication. While attending ETSU, he concentrated his studies in the areas of public relations, television production and business administration.

Absolute Communications is a full-service advertising, marketing and public relations firm in Kingsport. Cook started the firm in 1993, and the company has designed and coordinated numerous award-winning projects through the years. It has clients throughout the United States and Canada in business sectors including health care, home improvement products, banking, human resource services and manufacturing.

KINGSPORT - Averitt Express recently honored Mike Hoover of Jonesborough for 20 years of service.

Averitt's Tri-Cities facility is located at 535 Eastern Star Road in Kingsport. Established in 1971, Averitt Express is a provider of freight transportation and supply chain management with international reach to more than 100 countries.

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Police Sgt. David Kirkpatrick, a 25-year veteran of the Bristol, Tenn., department, has graduated from the leadership command training sponsored by the Police Staff and Command School of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety in Evanston, Ill.

The 10-week course is one of the most noted continuing education programs in the nation for law enforcement personnel. Designed for upper-level police managers and supervisors, command training is considered a prerequisite for advancing to the rank of captain or higher. Police Chief Blaine Wade said Kirkpatrick is only the third member of the police department to have graduated from the Northwestern University training.

"We usually have one officer each year who gets to attend one of the command leadership schools," Wade said, noting that similar programs are sponsored by the FBI National Academy at the United States Marine Corps Base at Quantico, Va., and Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky.

"Taking the course was an invaluable experience," Kirkpatrick said. "I made lifelong friends and now have a good working knowledge of how law enforcement works in other agencies throughout the country. It was really eye-opening."

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