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• Lenoir City resident Kylie Hall with Farragut LongHorn Steakhouse is headed to the final competition of LongHorn Steakhouse’s Steak Master Series. She is one of the seven finalists from across the country who will compete for a $15,000 grand prize and the title of Steak Master Series Champion Thursday, May 25 during a one-day grill-off in Orlando.

The Steak Master Series recognizes LongHorn Steakhouse’s commitment to quality while also celebrating the expertise of grill cooks across the brand’s restaurants nationwide.

• Knoxville natives Alice Letran and Austin Jerrolds were among the winners of this year’s Research and Creative Inquiry Day at Tennessee Tech University.

Letran conducted research on the effects of COVID-19 on general chemistry exam scores while Jerrolds focused on a viable machine learning data-set for academic dishonesty detection in computer-based testing.

The event, now in its 18th year, provided a platform for students from various academic backgrounds to showcase their innovative research and creative projects to a broad audience.

More than 200 students submitted abstracts on a wide range of topics from 24 fields of study, representing six colleges on campus, through engaging posters and paper presentations.

• Mike Charland, area sales leader at Ingersoll Rand, recently was selected to be a member of a senior executive peer advisory board in Knoxville by Vistage Worldwide Inc.

He joins almost 400 senior executives, business owners and CEOs across the state who are Vistage members. A graduate of Murray State University with an Masters Degree in business administration from Notre Dame, Charland has more than 30 years of experience in sales and field service management with a track record of building and leading successful teams.

• Tennessee Department of Human Services recently announced the first round of 40 grant recipients of the Families First Community Grant Program, and The Salvation Army, Knoxville Area Command is one of the 40.