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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)

Some K-25 land, five buildings in Oak Ridge marked for redevelopment


The U.S. Department of Energy is on the verge of turning over 200 acres and five large buildings to the nonprofit that seeks to find new tax-generating uses for DOE facilities and land. (continue)

GM making investment in Tennessee


General Motors announced that it is spending $790 million to build a new high-efficiency engine at its plant in Tennessee, creating nearly 800 jobs. (continue)

Some see potential in TVA Towers sale


Towers sale could boost Market Square (continue)

ORNL prepares for new giant


A new IBM supercomputer that’s under development with NVIDIA and other partners will be delivered to Oak Ridge beginning next year. (continue)

Calhoun’s Restaurant on Melton Hill Lake to open mid-June


It’s unquestionably Oak Ridge’s most scenic venue for an eatery, and this restaurant on the shore of Melton Hill Lake will reopen as a Calhoun’s. (continue)

Wacker opens $2.5B Bradley plant


Company already plans to expand (continue)

Auto industry moving up in Anderson taxpayer ranks


Auto parts makers in the Clinton area are having an increasing impact on Anderson County's property tax stream. (continue)

Tile maker adding 40 jobs in Loudon


Del Conca USA to expand its porcelain-tile manufacturing operation in Loudon, adding 40 jobs. (continue)

More workers seeking best fit, not best job


With unemployment in Knoxville at 4.5 percent, some employers are finding it more difficult to fill open jobs. (continue)

Knox growth rate outpaces overall pace of Tennessee


Knox County’s growth rate is outpacing the overall growth rate of Tennessee, and some nearby counties are growing even faster than Knox, according to new statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. (continue)

Counties seek funds to offset coal job losses


Counties are hoping to tap into a reservoir of federal funding... (continue)

Haslam Announces 81 Percent Retention Rate for TN Promise Students


Retention numbers indicate early success for first class of Tennessee Promise students (continue)

WGU Tennessee helps adults finish college education


WGU Tennessee, the nonprofit online university launched in 2013 as part of the Drive to 55, serves community college students... (continue)

University of Tennessee Board OKs naming of centers, dorm


The University of Tennessee board of trustees approved the renaming of two existing centers and the name of a new residence hall. (continue)

US auto sales headed toward best month in 10 years


Most major automakers reported big U.S. sales gains in March as the auto industry appeared to be headed for its best month in more than a decade. (continue)

Tech 2020 to sell building, pass money over to OR Chamber


The Technology 2020 building in Commerce Park, with a $1.56 million valuation, is being put on the market, and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will get the lion's share of sale proceeds. (continue)

Biggest drop in joblessness is in Tennessee


Payrolls rose in 36 states in February and the unemployment rate dropped in 22, a sign labor market slack is gradually diminishing in the U.S. economy. (continue)

Tennessee College of Applied Technology school in works for Anderson County


Vacant store will be home to satellite campus (continue)

Tazewell’s DTR to expand facilities


The company will invest $9 million to expand its Tazewell manufacturing facility. (continue)

Study: Knoxville has least-congested drive time in US


Knoxvillians have the least-congested drive time in the United States, according to a new study being released... (continue)

ORNL achieves milestone reducing carbon-fiber costs; seeks commercial partners


Oak Ridge National Laboratory has achieved a milestone in manufacturing research, significantly lowering the cost of producing industrial-grade carbon fiber... (continue)

Tenn. study: Half of all jobs could be replaced by automation


A gloomy report on the future job market in Tennessee, released this past week by the state, suggests that up 1.4 million people, or half of all current workers, are susceptible to losing their jobs to automation. (continue)

Low wages, high rent hard on Sevier


As tourism heats up, so will the job market, with locals manning most posts and migrants filling many slots. (continue)

No job cuts set at Chattanooga VW plant


Site on pace to make SUV by year’s end (continue)

Popcorn Sutton Distillery debuts ‘brown’ spirits


Newport’s Popcorn Sutton Distilling has gone brown for the first time with its newest retail product, a barrel-aged version of the original Sutton moonshine recipe. (continue)

Loudon County EDA Director retiring


Patrick Phillips will retire after more than three decades of recruiting industry to Loudon County as executive director of its Economic Development Agency. (continue)

Fines may mean VW job cuts in state


Volkswagen might have to make extensive job cuts at its Chattanooga factory, as well as others in Mexico and elsewhere, if it has to pay huge fines to the U.S. government over its diesel emissions scandal... (continue)

Allegiant adds new Knoxville route as part of major expansion


Allegiant Air is unveiling three new cities and 22 new routes Tuesday in what the company is calling one of its biggest single expansion announcements ever. (continue)

Knoxville developers prove virtual reality is more than a game


Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) represent the next level for producers and consumers of video content... (continue)

Food-stamps-to-jobs plan unveiled


Tennessee has been selected as one of 10 states to take part in a program to help connect some food stamp recipients with the training and assistance they need to get jobs. (continue)

Y-12 contractor to hire hundreds


Consolidated Nuclear Security, the government’s managing contractor at the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants, is hiring hundreds of workers to meet “mission needs” at the two facilities in Tennessee and Texas. (continue)

Roane State celebrates LEAP grant on ‘Leap Day’


A community college chose Monday’s “Leap Day” to celebrate its LEAP Grant. (continue)

Sitel hiring 500 for call centers


Sitel, a global customer service contractor, said that it would expand its call centers in Knoxville and Oak Ridge, hiring 500 new “customer care professionals”. (continue)

Smoky Mountain Air Show announces lineup of aerial acts


Organizers of the Smoky Mountain Air Show, featuring the Navy's Blue Angels, announced the rest of the lineup for the April 16-17 show. (continue)

Knoxville ranked 15th in nation among top cities for women-owned businesses


Knoxville ranks 15th best on a new list of 2016's 100 Best and Worst U.S. Cities for Women-Owned Businesses. (continue)

Tennessee College of Applied Technology Knoxville fanfare welcomes students


“We’ve got our first two students coming in,” Patrick Wade called out to the group gathered at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Knoxville. (continue)

Smokies remains most visited national park in 2015


Last year the Great Smoky Mountains National Park retained its title as the most visited national park in the U.S. (continue)