business briefs

• Thomas Mann recently joined The Christman Company as superintendent in the construction management and real estate development firm’s Knoxville office.

His on-site project responsibilities include creating a positive safety environment.

• Hongwei Xin, UT Knoxville Institute of Agriculture’s dean ofAg-Research, recently was awarded the Kishida International Award by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

The award recognizes outstanding contributions to food and fiber production, improved living and education of people outside the United States.

•East Tennessee Children’s Hospital recently was recognized as a Forbes Best-in-State Employer for 2022. Children’s Hospital placed first in Tennessee among Healthcare Providers and fourth overall on the list of 80 ranked employers in the state.

• The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters in Tennessee of the Monday, Sept. 19, deadline to apply for physical damage disaster loans.

Anyone in the declared counties with physical property damage caused by wind, severe weather and wildfires from March 30 through April 6, 2022, should apply for the low-interest disaster loan program before the deadline.