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Oak Ridge serves as test site for engine prototype


Research center will examine new lubricants for global marine industry (continue)

TVA celebrates new reactor


Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear reactor began its first day of commercial operation at 8 a.m. Wednesday. (continue)

Governor’s Rural Task Force focuses on health, entrepreneurship, education


To improve Tennessee’s rural communities, the Governor’s Rural Task Force is recommending new resources for entrepreneurs, incentives for rural teachers, healthy eating initiatives and employment resources for former inmates. (continue)

IACMI receives millions


Lockheed Martin, Ford among those committing $5 million to institute (continue)

Lemond Composites to Locate New Manufacturing Operations in Oak Ridge


Carbon fiber manufacturer to invest $125 million, create 242 new jobs (continue)

Casual Pint expands to Sevierville


The Casual Pint is expected to open a location in Sevierville, the Knoxville-based craft beer franchise announced. (continue)

AT&T to launch 1 gigabit service


AT&T plans to make to make 1 gigabit internet service available in the Knoxville area within about a year. (continue)

Manufacturing week in Tennessee


Friday is officially Manufacturing Day, but Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd said that Tennessee really wants to make a point of manufacturing, so they are on a tour of plants and schools around the state. (continue)



NOAH’S will begin hosting weddings, meetings and social events in 2017 (continue)

Michael Brady Inc. acquires TWH Architects


Michael Brady Inc., a Knoxville based architectural firm, has acquired TWH Architects in Chattanooga to create one of East Tennessee’s biggest architect and design companies. (continue)

Avison Young buys Tombras spot


Avison Young, a Knoxville- based commercial real estate services firm, has bought the Concord Street headquarters of the Tombras Group. (continue)

Ruby Tuesday to sell Maryville headquarters, lay off 19


Ruby Tuesday has announced that it is selling its Maryville headquarters for $2.8 million and is laying off 19 workers from its support center, although the company plans to remain based in the Blount County city. (continue)

Altar'd State Moves Headquarters to Maryville, TN


New Location Accommodates Brand's Long-Term Plans for Expansion (continue)

Knoxville named as one of the most fun cities in the country


An online financial website ranked Knoxville as one of the most fun cities in the country. Knoxville was ranked No. 17 on WalletHub’s list. (continue)

ORNL unveils printed excavator


When the group of excited engineers first proposed the trailblazing project to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, they dreamed of construction equipment that could build the first human colony on Mars. (continue)

Energy field changes for TVA


For most of its 83-year history, the Tennessee Valley Authority has been growing the economy of its seven-state region by harnessing the power of the Tennessee River, Appalachian coal and nuclear energy developed in Oak Ridge to generate and sell more electricity every year. (continue)

Dollywood earns Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards


Dollywood again earned several of Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards, this year picking up four “best of” awards and placing in the top five in five additional categories during the magazine’s 2016 awards ceremony at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. (continue)

Education secretary visits, lauds Tennessee Promise


U.S. Education Secretary John King lauded Tennessee’s free community college program during a visit to Knoxville, where he also touted a new federal “playbook” aimed at helping other states and cities launch similar initiatives. (continue)

Possible return of pro baseball to Knoxville exciting


The prospect of the Tennessee Smokies possibly returning to Knoxville has the city’s baseball fans fired up, but if the team does move from Sevierville, the first pitch would be years away. (continue)

UT Ranked 46th in 2017 U.S. News and World Report Rankings


UT gained ground among all public universities in the 2017 U.S. News and World Report undergraduate rankings. (continue)

Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant will host an on-site career fair


Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant will host an on-site career fair on Friday 2-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. as the factory prepares to bring 1,100 employees on board between now and mid-April. (continue)

MasterCraft reports increase in ’16 sales


MasterCraft released its fiscal 2016 fourth-quarter and year-end financial results Thursday, reporting a 2.7 percent drop in sales in the fourth quarter that cut into the company’s annual sales that were up 3.4 percent. (continue)

Tennessee near top in terms of job growth


Tennessee is beating the national average in terms of job growth and is one of the top 10 states in the nation as far as economic momentum, a pair of University of Tennessee economic experts told business leaders, educators and others at a luncheon. (continue)

Eastman joins cutting-edge tech R&D group


Eastman Chemical Co. has announced it is one of the founding members of an innovative public-private cooperative in Silicon Valley that recently unveiled an advanced manufacturing facility where Eastman and other members will collaborate on the development of wearable electronic devices and other next-generation technology. (continue)

MPC approves Midway park plan


Knox County gained approval for subdivision and development plan requests for its proposed Midway Business Park — but not without one more battle with area homeowners. (continue)

Roane State Community College will be hosting an open house this month to recruit students for next spring’s mechatronics classes.


The event will be 5-8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26, at Roane State’s Higher Education and Workforce Training Facility, located in a former National Guard Armory off Charles Seivers Boulevard, 214 Nave St., in Clinton. (continue)

5 Reasons To Skip Nashville And Go To Knoxville Instead


Home to the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville boasts good food and a cool arts scene, thanks in part to one of its most significant landmarks, the Tennessee Theatre. (continue)

LeMond Composites to employ 125


LeMond Composites, soon will be manufacturing innovative high-volume, low-cost carbon fiber with global applications in transportation, renewable energy and infrastructure markets. (continue)

State’s economy reason enough to enjoy Labor Day


Tennessee’s unemployment rate for July was a mere 4.3 percent. (continue)

For-profit college ITT shuts down: Tens of thousands of students in the lurch


ITT Educational Services announced on Tuesday that it is shutting down immediately. (continue)

Tennessee tourism spending hits record


Tennessee tourism spending rose to $18.4 billion — the first time it crossed the $18 billion mark — a rise of 3.7 percent. (continue)

Volkswagen to expand Chattanooga test track


Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant is expanding its test track, including the addition of a small figure-eight course, so the carmaker can evaluate its new sport utility vehicle’s all-wheel drive features. (continue)

ORNL, Local Motors in spotlight


Knoxville efforts in promoting manufacturing got some national attention through a visit by an Obama administration economic development official to Oak Ridge National Laboratory facilities and the Local Motors micro-factory in West Knox County. (continue)

Tour de France Champion Greg LeMond Signs Groundbreaking Carbon Fiber Agreement with Oak Ridge National Laboratory


New manufacturing process yields high volume, low cost carbon fiber for transportation, renewable energy, and infrastructure. (continue)

ORNL sets Guinness World Record


Title goes to 3-D printed tool made for Boeing (continue)

Caryville gets up to 63 new jobs


Auto parts supplier takes over A&S site (continue)

New businesses indicate growth


Tennessee’s economy is outpacing prerecession strength, based on the flow of new business filings and a slower pace of closings, according to Secretary of State Tre Hargett. (continue)

VW supplier adding Chattanooga jobs


Chattanooga Seating Systems says an expansion at its facility near Volkswagen’s Tennessee plant will create 190 jobs. (continue)

Olli, self-driving vehicle, to be built in Knoxville


Olli, a self-driving vehicle that Local Motors plans as a form of public transportation on demand, will be produced in Knoxville starting next year, the company said. (continue)

Citizens should be upbeat about Tennessee’s economy


Tennessee’s economy keeps getting stronger and now is growing faster than its pre-recession pace, according to state and University of Tennessee officials. (continue)

ORNL gets $16M for DOE energy projects


Oak Ridge National Laboratory will play a key role in a $16 million U.S. Department of Energy initiative to speed up the design of new materials through the use of supercomputers. (continue)

Knoxville ranks as 5th lowest-cost city for starting a new business


Knoxville has the fifth lowest cost of any city for starting a new business, according to a new study by SmartAsset. (continue)

Tennessee Ranks No. 1 in Nation for Foreign Direct Investment Job Creation in 2015


Second time in three years Tennessee tops IBM Global Location Trends report. (continue)

A Widow Takes the Helm at Blackberry Farm


Blackberry Farm, the 68-room East Tennessee lodge that some consider the best place (and certainly one of the more expensive) to stay in America... (continue)

Go South, young folk: high-tech graduate jobs await you in Dixie


Job growth for graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is rising much faster in metro areas in the Deep South... (continue)

Knoxville’s PetSafe gears pet products to urban environment


PetSafe felt that downtown dwellers face unique challenges and needed a curated selection of solutions. (continue)

Tennessee is Top State in US for Advanced Industry Job Growth


Tennessee’s advanced industry jobs grew 4.6% annually from 2013 to 2015 (continue)

Additive manufacturing can be used for more than making cars


Recent strides in additive manufacturing are hailing the potential for drastic alterations in manufacturing and medicine. (continue)

Tennessee Promise By the Numbers


Tennessee Promise By the Numbers (continue)

Science leads to cost reduction of carbon fiber


Carbon fiber has the potential to change industries around the world. Lighter cars, compressed gas storage and stiffer, more efficient wind turbines are examples of its many uses. (continue)

Free trade, automation among challenges for manufacturers


Every manufacturer has its own challenges, but there are some that many share. Free trade, automation and cyber security are a few. (continue)

Community colleges can help fill skills gaps


Community colleges like Pellissippi State Community College have a long history of offering tailored technical education and providing a nimble response to fill these skills gaps. (continue)

Tennessee Named 2016 “State of the Year” by Southern Business & Development


Tennessee was named 2016 “State of the Year” by Southern Business & Development magazine. (continue)

US judge OKs $15B VW settlement


Agreement will resolve diesel claims (continue)

Waste cleanup firm buys Oak Ridge Tech 2020 building


A company that does environmental cleanup is keeping its headquarters in Oak Ridge in the Tech 2020 building, which it has purchased. (continue)

Internet lacking for 13% in Tennessee


Access key for businesses to relocate, grow (continue)

Denso begins $400 million expansion


Denso Manufacturing Tennessee Inc. broke ground on a 186,528 square-foot warehouse, marking the first phase of a $400 million expansion, and has begun the hiring process for 500 new jobs. (continue)

State lottery pulls in record profits in year


The state lottery pulled in record profits over the last 12 months, raking in more than $1.6 billion in sales during a fiscal year that saw two winning Powerball tickets sold in Tennessee. (continue)

City council gives OK on Regal deal


Knoxville City Council members gave final approval to a deal moving Regal Entertainment Group to the South Waterfront. (continue)

$356K SDG Grant Awarded to Roane County


$356,072 was presented to the Roane Alliance by Tennessee’s Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd. (continue)

Help for high-tech jobs


Pellissippi State Community College has landed a $3.8 million workforce development grant it plans to use to prepare more women, young adults and others for careers in advanced manufacturing and information technology. (continue)

Dallas robot made in East Tennessee


An Anderson County company produced the robot that police used to end a standoff with a sniper in Dallas... (continue)

Pyro Shows has been a proud Tennessee-based company for almost 50 years


Based out of LaFollette, Pyro Shows puts on around 1,000 pyro shows each year... (continue)

UT Proposes Plan to Offer Automotive Engineering Concentration


University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Engineering announced that it is developing a graduate-level automotive engineering concentration that will begin in fall 2016. (continue)

Knoxville's Old City has been showing signs of growth


The former Patrick Sullivan restaurant, which had sat closed since 2011, opened a few weeks ago as the Lonesome Dove restaurant, and now The Daniel a residential/retail development, is leasing units. (continue)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park wins $250K grant to restore Clingmans Dome tower


Friends of the Smokies announced the Great Smokies National Park has won a $250,000 grand provided by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help restore the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower. (continue)

Allegiant Air will add Knoxville-to-New York nonstop flights


Allegiant Air announced that it will begin nonstop flights from Knoxville's McGhee Tyson Airport to New York City via Newark Liberty International Airport beginning Nov. 17. (continue)

The story of Grainger County tomatoes' past, present, future


Grainger County tomato growers are protective of their brand... (continue)

Dollywood’s Splash Country added to nation’s top water parks list


Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Adventure Park was named as one of the country’s top water parks. (continue)

Once focused on Oak Ridge, CVMR looks farther


The Canadian metals refining firm that sparked jubilation when it announced in March 2015 that it would locate in Oak Ridge is now looking at other possible sites, and an October announcement of a decision is expected. (continue)

UT Engineer Helping NASA Understand Changes in Arctic Ice


While the cause of global climate change continues to be a hot-button political topic in the United States, a researcher in UT’s College of Engineering may have pinpointed the reason for the retreat of sea ice. (continue)

East Tennessee officials puzzling out the pieces of a regional jobs plan


Where to find replacements as retirees leave the workforce, how to find slots for people who don't seem to fit in the job market, and other such questions are the focus of workforce officials trying to craft a regional jobs plan for East Tennessee. (continue)

Tennessee ranked No. 4 best state for retirement


In a new report, Kiplinger, a publishing company that specializes in personal financial advice and business forecasts, rates Tennessee the fourth-best state for retirees. (continue)

Denso, Pellissippi State team up to educate current, future employees


Denso has partnered with Pellissippi State Community College and it has been a win-win situation for both. (continue)

Scott County’s only hospital to close on June 26


Scott County's only hospital is closing its doors once again. (continue)

ORNL researchers invent tougher plastic with 50 percent renewable content


Now, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have made a better thermoplastic by replacing styrene with lignin, a brittle, rigid polymer that, with cellulose, forms the woody cell walls of plants. (continue)

Tennessee ranked one of the Best States for Small Business Friendliness


Texas, Utah and Tennessee ranked highest for small business friendliness in a survey of more than 12,000 skilled professionals and entrepreneurs in Thumbtack’s “Small Business Friendliness Survey" (continue)

Astronaut Scott Kelly to Speak at UT during Life of the Mind Celebration


Scott Kelly, the US astronaut who recently returned from a record-breaking year in space, will help launch the 2016-17 academic year at UT by speaking at the annual Welcome Week Life of the Mind celebration (continue)

Tennessee Gets a Place at the Table with Newest Element: Tennessine


One of the newest members of the periodic table will likely have a familiar sound to it, even if the spelling might be a bit off: Tennessine. (continue)

Global technology leaders gather at UT for innovation research workshop


The Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee is hosting its Innovations in Data-Rich Environments Research Workshop from Wednesday to Friday. (continue)

Tennessee Named Recipient of Area Development’s Gold Shovel Award for Second Consecutive Year


Award recognizes achievements in economic impact and job creation (continue)

Teamwork, education driving state’s economic development


Nearly 26,000 committed jobs and $5.5 billion in fresh capital investments were brought to the state last year, and Tennessee is quickly finding itself a national leader for economic and industry growth. (continue)

3M plant’s products a mystery


It’s one of Anderson County’s biggest buildings, and its conversion into a manufacturing facility by one of America’s best-known companies remains a mysterious. (continue)

Tennessee’s credit rating climbs to top level


Tennessee’s credit rating with Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services climbed to the highest level... (continue)

Allegiant Air adds Non-stops from Knoxville to Destin, FL


Allegiant Air launched its new nonstop, low-fare flights to Destin, Fla., from Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport. (continue)

Downtown Knoxville hotel proposed


An Atlanta-based developer has submitted a proposal for a $43 million, 232-room Residence Inn and Courtyard Marriott Hotel... (continue)

Thousands line up to audition for new Knoxville movie


A new film co-starring Burt Reynolds and Modern Family's Ariel Winter will be filming in Knoxville starting in June. (continue)

Civil & Environmental Consultants to locate in Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus


The first private tenant has agreed to locate its operations in a research-and-development park that’s unique in the Southeast. (continue)

Knox company, Axle Logistics expanding adding 40 employees


Knoxville-based shipping broker Axle Logistics plans to expand its downtown headquarters... (continue)

Haslam helps promote building trade with “Go Build Tennessee” program


Gov. Haslam launching a marketing campaign called “Go Build Tennessee” to encourage high school students to consider careers in the building trades. (continue)

Knoxville interior design firm wins top award for creative use of technology


Destination Designs, a boutique interior-design firm in Knoxville, has won its second key award in a row from the annual HI Connect conference. (continue)

Travel survey ranks Knoxville No. 8 best US city


Seems America is quite fond of Knoxville. (continue)

Report: State’s economy continues to grow


Tennessee's economy continues to grow with no signs of stopping any time soon, according to the Tennessee Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators report released. (continue)

Tennessee is a 'Top 5' State for Business, According to CEOs


Business Leaders Rank Tennessee No. 4 in Chief Executive Magazine's 2016 "Best & Worst States for Business" (continue)

TeamHealth to Expand Headquarters in Knox County


Healthcare solutions company to invest $6.7 million, create approximately 250 new jobs (continue)

DOE move may help Oak Ridge firm’s expansion


The U.S. Department of Energy has declared as excess property 19.5 acres off Bethel Valley Road, and that's the key first step in a proposal to make the land available to a nearby, landlocked company in an expansion mode. (continue)

Oak Ridge Mayor announces Main Street tenants


Four stores intending to locate in the city's long-awaited renaissance Oak Ridge Mall area were announced... (continue)

Local Motors, Siemens do 3-D printed design


Local Motors has formed a partnership with Siemens to make use of their Product Lifecycle Management software platform. (continue)