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• Warren Oliver, PhD., Nanomechanics Inc. founder and president, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineer-ing, one of the highest professional distinctions in the engineering industry. He was elected “for contributions to the development and commercialization of nanomechanical testing technology. He is one of 80 new members and 22 foreign members elected this year.

• Town of Farragut has registration forms available online at for the Town’s 29th annual In-dependence Day Parade. The forms are available at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive now. The parade is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Monday, July 4, and the deadline to register is Friday, June 17. Applications will be accepted until the Town receives 95 entries or lineup area is full, whichever comes first.

• John T. Winemiller, a partner with Merchant & Gold, was inducted as a fellow to American Bar Foundation. He is based in the Knox-ville office of the intellectual property law firm.

• Visit Knoxville and its board of directors announce the forming of Visit Knoxville Sports Commission and hired Chad Culver as the Sports Commission’s senior director. Culver is a Chattanooga native with a bachelor’s degree in sports management from The University of Tennessee. He has more than 15 years of experience in the sports industry.