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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)

Cirrus Aircraft to land at Knoxville's McGhee Tyson airport


A Minnesota-based manufacturer of small airplanes — including a new “personal jet” that is about to be introduced — plans to open a facility at Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport... (continue)

It's all a matter of logistics


At one time, there were companies that just hauled things and companies that mainly just stored things in warehouses. But more and more, companies called third-party logistics (3PL) providers are combining those services and others to give other companies an efficiency advantage. (continue)

Paula Deen stops in Pigeon Forge as her Family Kitchen opens


Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen opened Monday, April 27, at the The Island in Pigeon Forge. (continue)

National parks an economic catalyst in East Tennessee


In the Smokies alone, there were 10.1 million visitors during 2014, and they spent a total of $806.7 million in communities within 60 miles of the park. (continue)

Tennessee ranked as innovation leader by CEA


A new report released gave Tennessee high marks for being an innovation-friendly state... (continue)

Auto-related jobs boosting pay of East Tennessee workers


The auto industry is bringing the most — and some of the best — new jobs to Knoxville and East Tennessee... (continue)

UT adds to international, cutting-edge physics research


Geneva is home to the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, and the Large Hadron Collider, the most powerful particle accelerator in the world. (continue)

Local invention aids patients' cancer treatment


A radiation therapist working at Provision Proton Therapy in Knoxville has developed a medical device that makes patients more comfortable during cancer treatment. (continue)

Frontier Airlines offering low-cost trips from Knoxville to Denver


Frontier Airlines is returning to Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport this year, but with fewer routes. (continue)

Knoxville TV production firms make global list


Three Knoxville production companies have been included on a global list of top entertainment industry businesses. (continue)

Carlex Glass Co. plans to expand its manufacturing operation in Vonore, adding 50 jobs.


Carlex Glass Co. plans to expand its manufacturing operation in Vonore, adding 50 jobs. (continue)

MPC approves Cherokee Farm plan


Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus has an OK from the Metropolitan Planning Commission for a master development plan (continue)

Other solar farms to shine in East Tenn.


With investors clamoring for tax benefits and passive income from solar farms, four other such arrays will soon be sprouting up in the East Tennessee region. (continue)

Patents reflect area innovation


New patents have been plentiful for the Knoxville area... (continue)

UT: educated workforce most important in $1.6B impact


UT had a $1.6 billion impact on the state economy... (continue)

Knoxville automotive plant expanding, creating 202 jobs


Automotive parts supplier Hicks Plastics expects to create 202 new local jobs with a $10.4 million expansion of its West Knoxville manufacturing plant. (continue)

Mesa plans $3M expansion, also adding jobs


The need for utility companies to replace outdated infrastructure is helping to drive a major expansion at the Knoxville office of Mesa Associates Inc., an engineering and design firm. (continue)

TECD Commissioner Randy Boyd to ‘double down' on rural aid


Tennessee's commissioner of economic and community development warned that the spector of rural hospitals closing would significantly impact business recruiting in areas that need it most. (continue)

Alcoa plant to receive $259 million in upgrades


Aloca, Inc. announced Thursday plans to upgrade the manufacturing facility in Alcoa, Tenn., which will create 200 full-time jobs. (continue)

TQL to invest $1M in Knoxville office, create 100 jobs


Total Quality Logistics, a Cincinnati-based transportation services company, announced today it will spend $1 million to open a Knoxville sales office... (continue)

Sevier County new development bringing popular stores, hundreds of jobs


A new development in Sevier County is bringing with it hundreds of jobs. (continue)

Whole Foods shines spotlight on East Tennessee-made goods


Whole Foods opens its 30,000-square-foot Knoxville store today. It won't just be a new option for health-conscious shoppers, but also a boon to small businesses that turn out produce, beverages and other edible goodies made in East Tennessee. (continue)

CVMR president: Local workforce ‘superior'


The quality workforce here made the difference. (continue)

Knoxville ranked second most affordable city in America by Forbes


Forbes: America's Most Affordable Cities in 2015 (continue)

Allan Benton to be honored by James Beard Foundation


Allan Benton, owner of Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams in Madisonville, is one of five food industry leaders to be inducted into the The James Beard Foundation... (continue)

Nissan to build supplier park at Smyrna plant


1,000 new jobs to be created (continue)

CVMR Corp. to move to Oak Ridge, create 620 jobs


The company, which makes a wide spectrum of advanced metal products, will invest $313 million and create 620 new jobs (continue)

Uranium Processing Facility on target to cost $6.5 billion


Panel chief Alexander praises work (continue)

Paula Deen's new Pigeon Forge restaurant hiring 200 people


One of Pigeon Forge's newest attractions is looking to hire more than 200 employees. (continue)

ORNL’s new 3D printer may be world’s biggest


Oak Ridge National Laboratory has a new supersized 3D printer — perhaps the largest in the world — and plans to shift its research on additive manufacturing over the next few years to emphasize working with metals such as steel and aluminum. (continue)

Program helps adults reconnect with education


Most of the good news about education in Tennessee understandably has centered on Tennessee Promise, the plan to provide last-dollar scholarships beginning in the fall for students attending one of the state’s community colleges. (continue)