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Local free community college plans may be template for US


An economic engine. A jumpstart for lower-income students. A partnership with businesses to groom a workforce. The idea of free community college has been touted as all these, by President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidates, and some Republicans. (continue)

Spezia to leave Covenant CEO role


Anthony "Tony" Spezia announced that he'll step out of the role of Covenant president and CEO March 31, and into a new role as CEO emeritus. (continue)

Lifetime Products Inc. opening plant in Knoxville and will create 500 new jobs


Lifetime Products Inc. will invest $115 million (continue)

Record funding expected for DOE missions in Oak Ridge, senator says


The city’s U.S. Department of Energy facilities are expected to receive a record level of federal funding in the new fiscal year. (continue)

Travel Channel moving HQ to Knoxville


As many as 100 employees from Travel Channel could be moving to Knoxville as the network relocates its headquarters here from Maryland by the middle of 2016. (continue)

Brushy Mountain project is good for rural community


Brushy Mountain closed in 2009, but a development group wants to make the imposing edifice Morgan County’s newest tourist attraction... (continue)

Oak Ridge celebrates its entry into new Manhattan Project National Historical Park


Oak Ridge, along with Hanford, Wash., and Los Alamos, N.M., became parts of the new park in a memorandum of agreement inked in Washington D.C., between the U.S. Departments of Interior and Energy. (continue)

Brushy Mountain prison distillery plans push ahead


It has been more than two years since voters in Morgan County approved a referendum to allow the historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary to become a moonshine distillery. (continue)

Communities need to be ready when new businesses call, consultant says


Communities that want to recruit new businesses had better be ready to put their best foot forward when the phone rings, according to Mike Mullis. (continue)

Well-Connected Tennessee Innovating to Distribute Success


Tennessee ranks highly for its certified sites program as well as its transportation infrastructure, and the state is employing innovative strategies to address educational and other challenges. (continue)

Log home manufacturer adding 38 jobs in Cocke County expansion


Custom log and timber home manufacturer Hearthstone Inc. will invest $3.9 million to add a new facility in Newport, adding 38 jobs. (continue)

Hiring surges: Employers add 271,000 jobs in Oct.; jobless rate falls to 5%


The labor market bounced back strongly in October as employers added 271,000 jobs. (continue)

VW affirms commitment to Chattanooga plant despite scandal


Volkswagen says it's sticking with planned investments at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee - including production of a new SUV there. (continue)

Local Motors announces first vehicle for Knoxville factory production


Vehicle manufacturer Local Motors, which utilizes 3-D printing, says it will produce its newest car, the LM3D Swim, at a Knoxville factory slated to open next year. (continue)

Creation of jobs boosts economy of East Tennessee


Recent announcements of jobs coming to East Tennessee are great news for state (continue)

ORNL seeks expansion of Spallation Neutron Source


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is pushing hard for an expansion of the Spallation Neutron Source, which would double the research capabilities... (continue)

Local leaders ‘sell’ Tennessee in Israel


Gov. Bill Haslam, ECD Commissioner Randy Boyd and 18 business leaders from Tennessee recently returned from a trip to Israel to “sell” Tennessee as a site for new business. (continue)

Dura-Line to open new manufacturing facility and R&D Center in Clinton, TN


Energy and Infrastructure Products Manufacturer to Invest Over $25 Million, Create 70 New Jobs (continue)

Regal to move HQ to South Waterfront in Knoxville, create 75 jobs


'This is a game changer' for city, governor says (continue)

US chamber ranks Tennessee No. 7 in trade and transportation


Tennessee ranked No. 7 among the 50 states for the quality of its transportation and trade and stood out for high-tech job growth (continue)

Delivery van maker sets up shop in Loudon, bringing up to 500 jobs


Governor Bill Haslam along with local officials joined executives and customers of delivery van maker Morgan Olson LLC to celebrate the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Loudon. (continue)

Comcast filling nearly 250 jobs at redesigned Knoxville call center


Comcast announced it will fill nearly 250 customer care jobs at its Knoxville facility over the next two years. (continue)

Advanced Munitions International (AMI) to Build New Global Headquarters in Alcoa


AMI will create more than 600 jobs and $553M Investment (continue)

Vanquish Worldwide to be premier sponsor for Smoky Mountain Air Show


When the Smoky Mountain Air Show returns to East Tennessee in 2016, a veteran-owned company based in Blount County will help make it happen. (continue)

Leisure Pools may hire 1,000


About 100 people are now at work building swimming pools at the new Leisure Pools factory in Forks of the River Industrial Park, and the company anticipates about 1,000 jobs will be created at the facility within the next decade. (continue)

ORNL reactor's past tied to nation's energy future


An innovative reactor concept that Weinberg thought was important in the 1960s is now coming back into vogue... (continue)

Tennessee creates $8M fund to promote rural development


The state Economic and Community Development Department is creating an $8 million program aimed at promoting projects in rural Tennessee. (continue)

Knoxville in the top 10 Best Cities for Millennial Entrepreneurs


Thumbtack’s annual Small Business Friendliness Survey has ranked Knoxville, Tennessee 7th overall and 5th for friendliness. (continue)

Eagle Bend Manufacturing to Expand in Anderson County


Eagle Bend Manufacturing will expand its current operations in Clinton. The automotive parts manufacturer will invest $54.9 million and create 127 new jobs in Anderson County. (continue)

Jewelry Television to hire 400 for the holidays


Knoxville-based Jewelry Television announced it plans to hire 400 extra sales employees for the holiday season. (continue)

Local Motors' Knoxville facility taking shape


Local Motors, which is capitalizing on local resources in 3-D printing to create vehicles through open-source designs, is nearing completion on its 40,000-square-foot “micro-factory” overlooking Pellissippi Parkway between Knoxville and Oak Ridge. (continue)

AT&T touts McMinn County fiber networks


AT&T designated three McMinn County industrial parks as “fiber ready” (continue)

Delivery van maker to bring 400-plus jobs to Loudon


A Michigan-based company that builds delivery trucks for FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service, among others, plans to open a factory in Loudon that would initially employ 400 workers. (continue)

Knoxville ranked No. 4, Chattanooga No. 1 for startups


Knoxville has claimed the No. 4 spot in a ranking by financial technology company SmartAsset of U.S. cities with the lowest business-startup costs. (continue)

Pellissippi State is largest community college in state for first time


For the first time, Pellissippi State Community College has the largest community college enrollment — 10,325 students — in the state. (continue)

Rural areas to get more broadband


AT&T plans to extend high-speed Internet access to more than 81,000 homes and businesses in rural areas across Tennessee over the next six years... (continue)

Smoky Mountains summer visitation keeps pace with last year


More than 3.9 million people visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park this summer... (continue)

Nissan offers bigger battery, longer range for 2016 Leaf


The nation's first mass-produced electric car, the Tennessee-built Nissan Leaf, gets a bigger battery and a much-needed boost in range for 2016 (continue)

Jewelry Television to build $42M expansion of headquarters


Jewelry Television has acquired property it formerly leased on Parkside Drive in an $8.9 million deal, and tens of millions in additional investment will follow over the next year as the company expands its Knoxville headquarters. (continue)

Dynamic Delivery Methods


Technology is changing how companies bring their products to market, and the ripple effects will be felt in the real estate community. (continue)

Attendance up 6% at state’s community colleges


Enrollment is up at many of the state’s 13 community colleges, and almost all of them have seen sharp gains in the number of students enrolled with a full course load, a requirement of the full-tuition scholarship program. (continue)

Time has come for East Knox Business Park


Officials are revisiting plans to develop a business park adjacent to Interstate 40 in rural East Knox County... (continue)

UT moves up 3 spots in US News rankings


In the 2016 U.S. News & World Report college rankings, UT ranked 103rd overall and 47th for public universities. That’s up three spots in each list compared to last year. (continue)

Small businesses a big part of DOE contracting


The U.S. Department of Energy makes a big deal out of its small-business contracting... (continue)

Ober Gatlinburg opens new mountain coaster


Ober Gatlinburg unveiled a new adventure attraction guaranteed to give a twisty ride through the mountains. (continue)

Real estate firm joins Avison Young


Cushman & Wakefield | Cornerstone, one of Knoxville’s top commercial real estate firms, has agreed to affiliate with Toronto based Avison Young... (continue)

State of Tennessee request seeks new jobs


Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration is looking to market Tennessee internationally as a place “with a low-cost labor force” and “very low unionization rates.” (continue)

Bryan Daniels Named Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executive of the Year


The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE) named Bryan Daniels, Blount Partnership president/CEO, as its Chamber Executive of the Year... (continue)

DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc. to Expand Maryville Operations


The auto supplier will invest $400 million, create 500 new jobs (continue)

China-based company to locate headquarters in Knoxville


China-based injection molding company is investing nearly $5 million to locate its first U.S. headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee. (continue)

Governor Haslam to help kick off 2-year college free-tuition program


Gov. Bill Haslam is visiting several community colleges this week to help kick off his Tennessee Promise program. (continue)

University of Tennessee nuclear engineering student group named top in US


The American Nuclear Society chose UT’s student chapter to receive the prestigious Samuel Glasstone Award for the best student chapter, a first for the university. (continue)

Tennessee tourism on the rise with record-breaking year


For the first time ever, more than 100 million people visited Tennessee in a single year. (continue)

Aircraft shop will open in Chattanooga


West Star Aviation plans to spend $22.5 million to create an aircraft maintenance facility at Chattanooga’s Lovell Field metropolitan airport... (continue)

Colleges ready for Tennessee Promise students’ start


The first cohort of Tennessee Promise recipients start classes in the next few weeks... (continue)

Automobile parts manufacturer to host job fair Thursday


OTICS USA, Inc. will host a job fair on Thursday from 1-8 p.m. at Smokies Stadium. (continue)

Dollywood to add world's fastest wood coaster


Dolly Parton joined Dollywood executives to announce plans to build a $22 million record-breaking roller coaster called Lightning Rod. (continue)

Pellissippi State awarded $50,000 by DENSO for automated manufacturing


Automation is at the technological cutting edge of manufacturing — and Pellissippi State Community College is working with partners like DENSO Manufacturing to ensure that the college’s Automated Industrial Systems graduates are well prepared to enter the workforce. (continue)

Tennessee Promise students meet deadline


Director: 70 percent finish service on time (continue)

State must build on successes in manufacturing


According to Forbes magazine, industrial employment has expanded by 7. 5 percent, with about 855,000 jobs created in the past five years. (continue)

Tennessee ranked #1 in Auto Manufacturing


In its annual ranking of U.S. states, Business Facilities ranked Tennessee No. 1 in automotive strength for the fifth time in the past six years. (continue)

Dollywood's DreamMore Resort Opens


Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort welcomed its first overnight guests at the expansive Smoky Mountain hotel complex. (continue)

Tennessee one of the fastest growing states for clean energy jobs


Gains in Tennessee’s robust manufacturing sector accounted for nearly half of new clean-energy jobs over the past year. (continue)

Pollution guidelines seen as threat to jobs


Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank has written the White House, expressing opposition to what she calls “significantly stricter” limits on ground level ozone that the EPA is now considering. (continue)

Visits to Smokies up 8 percent


Visitation to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for 2015 is on track to set a record. (continue)

UT Medical Center ranked No. 2 among state's hospitals


U.S. News and World Report has named the University of Tennessee Medical Center the No. 2 hospital in the state. (continue)

Better air quality good for region’s economy, health


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared last week that Knox and Blount counties and a portion of Anderson County are in long-term compliance with federal standards for ground-level ozone. (continue)

New pilot helps small businesses tap ORNL expertise


Small manufacturing, transition and building businesses now have an opportunity to partner with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (continue)

EPA: Knox, Blount, Anderson in compliance with pollution standard


The federal agency granted Tennessee's request to redesignate the three counties as being in attainment with federal standards for ground-level ozone... (continue)

Tennessee auto exports growing


Motor vehicle exports from Tennessee have more than doubled since 2000 with the automotive industry emerging as perhaps the state's largest export sector. (continue)

CVMR Corp relocation delayed by Canada


Within a week after powdered-metal maker CVMR Corp. announced in March it was leaving Canada and moving to Oak Ridge, the high-powered lobbying began. (continue)

Report puts Tennessee in top 10 for fiscal health


Tennessee is one of the most fiscally healthy states in the nation, according to a new report by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. (continue)

Provectus partners with big pharma for its PV-10 drug


Knoxville’s Provectus Biopharmaceutical is partnering with a global pharmaceutical company... (continue)

Global company expands Knoxville headquarters


Dura-Line, a global manufacturer and distributor of high-density polyethylene pipes and conduits for the energy and telecom sectors, is expanding its Knoxville headquarters. (continue)

Gov. Haslam appoints Jim Henry as new chief of staff


Governor Bill Haslam announced that Jim Henry has been appointed as his new chief of staff. (continue)

Google plans to build $600M data facility at TVA Widows Creek Fossil Plant


$600 million plan by Google to build a data processing center... (continue)

Advanced Composites Expert Named Newest UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair


The position of UT’s College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory as leaders in the manufacturing revolution has taken another bold step forward with the hiring of Uday Vaidya as the Governor’s Chair in Advanced Composites Manufacturing. (continue)

City of Alcoa Named Best Place to Start a Business in Tennessee


The city of Alcoa ranked first in Tennessee among places to start a business according to a blog post written by's Jonathan Todd, entitled "Best Places to Start a Business in Tennessee." (continue)

Composite manufacturing initiative launched


A signing ceremony marked the formal launch of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation... (continue)

Tennessee could be a major player in $200B advanced energy economy


Tennessee is poised to take a significant chunk of the nation's $200 billion advanced energy sector... (continue)

UT ranks in top 100 for universities with U.S. patents


The University of Tennessee is one of the top 100 universities receiving utility patents for the second year in a row... (continue)

Dolly Parton acquires Lumberjack Feud Dinner Show


Country music superstar Dolly Parton has expanded her entertainment portfolio with the acquisition of Lumberjack Feud Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge. (continue)

Thousands apply for Tennessee Reconnect


Announced by Gov. Bill Haslam earlier this year, Tennessee Reconnect allows adult students to attend one of the 27 TCAT campuses tuition-free starting this fall. (continue)

Focus on leisure travelers boosts tourism in Knoxville


Knoxville is taking its place alongside Chattanooga and Asheville, N.C., as destination cities in the Southern Appalachians. (continue)

Investment in VW plant boon to entire state


The expansion of Volkswagen’s automobile assembly plant in Chattanooga also will pump up Tennessee’s economy. (continue)

Tennessee awarded 2015 Gold Shovel Award by Area Development


2015 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Recognizing Excellence in State Job Creation and Economic Development Efforts (continue)

Clinton Utilities Board Earns National Safety Award


Clinton Utilities Board (CUB) earned second place in the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2014. (continue)

ORNL hails progress in biofuel efforts


Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced that development of a new strain of yeast may dramatically add to the efficiency of making biofuels from nonfood plant matter. (continue)

Volkswagen sales up 8 percent in May


Volkswagen posted a surprise U.S. sales gain of 8 percent in May over the same month last year, the first increase for the German automaker in more than a year. (continue)

ProNova ready to supply proton therapy systems to the world


The new LEED-certified buildings at the Pellissippi Place technology research and development park represent the first phase of a more than $50 million capital investment by ProNova... (continue)

Trucking shortage nearing 40,000 nationwide


The country right now is smack in the middle of a major driver shortage nearing 40,000 empty seats... (continue)

UT study says VW plant expansion could create 10K jobs


A new study projects Volkswagen's expansion in Chattanooga could lead to the creation of nearly 10,000 jobs (continue)

Tennessee sees record number of new business filings


Led by a record number of new business filings, economic indicators are “showing that 2015 will continue to be a very good year,” says Bill Fox... (continue)

ORNL faces the future with 3-D tool


Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are pushing the boundaries of facial analysis, using 3-D face scans to provide a broadly accurate tool for determining such things as a person’s age, race and gender. (continue)

Over 10,700 apply for Tennessee’s tuition-free technical college


More than 10,700 adults have applied to take advantage of a state grant that would send them to technical college tuition-free, exceeding initial estimates by more than 2,000. (continue)

The Barn at Blackberry Farm Wins the James Beard Award for Outstanding Service


The Barn at Blackberry Farm, a Relais & Chateaux property and restaurant, receives its third James Beard Foundation Award in the last three years with the acceptance of the 2015 James Beard Award for Outstanding Service. (continue)

ORNL heads effort to produce plutonium for space-bound power sources


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is heading the government’s effort to re-establish a domestic supply of plutonium-238 for the U.S. space program over the next decade... (continue)

Tennessee ranked 4th in Best States for Business 2015 by Chief Executive.


The results of the Chief Executive’s 11th annual survey clearly show that CEOs favor states that foster growth through progressive business development programs, low taxes and a quality living environment. (continue)

US employers add solid 223K jobs; rate 5.4 pct., 7-year low


U.S. employers added 223,000 jobs in April... (continue)