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Gov. Haslam appoints Jim Henry as new chief of staff

07/01/2015

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

06/29/2015

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

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

06/25/2015

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

06/22/2015

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

Composite manufacturing initiative launched

06/18/2015

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

06/18/2015

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

06/18/2015

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

06/16/2015

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

06/12/2015

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

06/11/2015

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

06/09/2015

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

06/04/2015

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

Clinton Utilities Board Earns National Safety Award

06/04/2015

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

06/04/2015

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

06/03/2015

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

06/01/2015

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

05/27/2015

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

05/27/2015

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

05/22/2015

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

05/18/2015

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

05/18/2015

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

05/14/2015

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

05/12/2015

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.

05/08/2015

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

05/08/2015

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

Cirrus Aircraft to land at Knoxville's McGhee Tyson airport

05/06/2015

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

05/04/2015

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

04/30/2015

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

04/29/2015

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

04/20/2015

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

Auto-related jobs boosting pay of East Tennessee workers

04/20/2015

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

04/17/2015

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

04/16/2015

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

04/14/2015

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

Knoxville TV production firms make global list

04/14/2015

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.

04/10/2015

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

MPC approves Cherokee Farm plan

04/10/2015

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.

04/10/2015

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

04/07/2015

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

UT: educated workforce most important in $1.6B impact

04/07/2015

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

Knoxville automotive plant expanding, creating 202 jobs

04/01/2015

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

04/01/2015

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

03/30/2015

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

03/26/2015

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

03/26/2015

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

03/25/2015

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

Whole Foods shines spotlight on East Tennessee-made goods

03/24/2015

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'

03/20/2015

The quality workforce here made the difference. (continue)

Knoxville ranked second most affordable city in America by Forbes

03/19/2015

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

Allan Benton to be honored by James Beard Foundation

03/18/2015

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

03/18/2015

1,000 new jobs to be created (continue)

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

03/16/2015

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

03/12/2015

Panel chief Alexander praises work (continue)

Paula Deen's new Pigeon Forge restaurant hiring 200 people

03/10/2015

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

03/09/2015

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

03/06/2015

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)

RMX Technologies to commercialize carbon fiber technology

03/06/2015

A Knoxville startup is positioning itself to be a key player in reducing the cost of manufacturing carbon fiber, a lightweight material that automakers have targeted to improve fuel economy. (continue)

Tennessee exports high record $33 billion

03/02/2015

Exports from Tennessee companies hit a record $33 billion last year, the White House said as it announced steps to open more foreign markets to American goods. (continue)

Meredith named new Anderson County Chamber president

03/02/2015

A current Anderson County commissioner and former Register of Deeds has been hired as the new president of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce. (continue)

A Strong Dollar: Good and Bad

02/25/2015

The U.S. dollar has been strengthening recently, hitting a 10-year high when measured against currencies of many trading partners. (continue)

$60K jobs, No 4-year degree required

02/25/2015

More and more students are graduating college $40,000 in debt with a job that pays half that. (continue)

TCATs prepare for influx of adult students

02/25/2015

Working adults who could be helped by Tennessee Reconnect, a program launched in January by Gov. Bill Haslam... (continue)

Astec to close GEFCO plant in Loudon County

02/25/2015

A Loudon County plant that produces portable drilling rig equipment has apparently fallen victim to decreased oil prices and will be closed, eliminating 75 jobs. (continue)

Manufacturing exhibit illustrates Tennessee milestones

02/25/2015

Manufacturing in Tennessee has progressed from spinning flax into yarn for garments in the 1700s to using computers that layer plastics together to form a 3-D printed car fender today. (continue)

VisualTour relocates to Knoxville

02/13/2015

VisualTour, is a provider of Internet marketing solutions for the real estate industry. (continue)

Dollywood's DreamMore Resort is expected to bring 2,000+ jobs to Sevier Co

02/12/2015

Dollywood's DreamMore Resort is just months away from opening (continue)

Robots to replace workers at faster pace

02/11/2015

Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world’s factories at a faster pace over the next decade (continue)

How the Tennessee Valley snagged $35 billion in business in just five years

02/11/2015

TVA takes credit for extra investments that helped add 300,000 jobs (continue)

US gains strong 257K jobs; jobless rate 5.7 percent

02/06/2015

U.S. employers added a vigorous 257,000 jobs in January, and wages jumped by the most in six years — evidence that the U.S. job market is accelerating closer to full health. (continue)

Alexander: Uranium Processing Facility funding has ‘strong' bipartisan support

02/06/2015

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander said there is strong bipartisan support in Congress for funding the proposed multibillion-dollar Uranium Processing Facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex. (continue)

East Tennessee manufacturers in expansion mode

02/06/2015

Tennessee's manufacturing sector has been riding a wave of good news recently. (continue)

Economists Say Millennials Should Consider Careers In Trades

02/04/2015

As the economy continues to recover, economists are seeing stark differences between people with high school and college degrees. The unemployment rate is nearly twice as high for Americans with a high school diploma as for those with a four-year college degree or more. (continue)

Knoxville leads Tennessee in advanced jobs

02/03/2015

Knoxville is tops in the state in terms of claiming its share of advanced manufacturing jobs, according to a study released today by the Brookings Institution. (continue)

TeamHealth Expands Billing Operations in Blount County will Invest over $16 Million, Create 450 Jobs

01/29/2015

TeamHealth, one of the largest providers of outsourced physician staffing solutions for hospitals in the United States, announced plans to expand its operations (continue)

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Boyd Announce DENSO Manufacturing Athens Tennessee to Expand Operations

01/28/2015

Leading Global Automotive Supplier to Invest More Than $85 Million, Create 400 Jobs (continue)

Cherokee Farm taking shape as UT seeks anchor tenant

01/26/2015

University of Tennessee officials are hoping a research building that's taking shape off Alcoa Highway will help build momentum for Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus. (continue)

Covenant Health, BlueCross Blue Shield enter partnership agreement

01/23/2015

Covenant Health and BlueCross and BlueShield of Tennessee have signed a multiyear partnership agreement to collaborate on new health care initiatives. (continue)

Campbell County businesses closing, hundreds of jobs lost

01/22/2015

Three businesses are closing in Campbell County, resulting in the loss of hundreds of jobs. (continue)

Insure TN will add $1.14B to state

01/21/2015

Approval of the governor’s alternative Medicaid expansion plan would channel about $1.03 billion in new annual federal funding into the state, create about 15,000 new full-time jobs. (continue)

Event shares biofuel research, technologies

01/21/2015

Called crop technology field day, the event was hosted by Genera Energy of Vonore in connection with the Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems. (continue)

Local Motors Plans Two New 3D-Printing Micro-Factories

01/16/2015

In recent years, the technology behind 3D printing has accelerated at warp speed, allowing engineers to print larger and ever more complex creations. (continue)

VW, Ford take top awards at auto show

01/13/2015

Ford’s big move to aluminum for the body of its flagship F-150 truck has helped it garner some additional material: The hardware that comes with the North American Truck of the Year Award. (continue)

Carbon collaboration

01/13/2015

The science is complicated when it comes to making tiny strands of lightweight, high-strength carbon fiber, but the impact of a presidential visit on a local carbon-fiber initiative is anything but complicated. (continue)

Investment in institute to take Tennessee to new level

01/13/2015

The Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Advanced Composites announced by President Obama promises to vault East Tennessee into the nation's top tier of manufacturing regions. (continue)

Over 10 million visit Smokies in 2014

01/12/2015

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park attracted over 10 million visitors in 2014 — the highest visitation total since 2000. (continue)

Obama brings welcome plans with visit to East Tennessee

01/09/2015

President Barack Obama has chosen East Tennessee as the place where he will announce a major education initiative today. The announcement is a recognition of Tennessee’s innovative approach to improving access to education and training. (continue)

Obama to announce manufacturing innovation hub in East Tennessee

01/08/2015

President Barack Obama plans to announce a new "manufacturing innovation hub" in East Tennessee during his visit to Knox and Anderson counties on Friday. (continue)

Blue Angels coming to Blount County

01/05/2015

Smoky Mountain Air Show to be held in 2016. (continue)

Tennessee Named Economic Development “State Of The Year” For Second Consecutive Year

01/05/2015

Tennessee first state to win award in back-to-back years (continue)

ORNL offers tech assistance to manufacturers

12/31/2014

Access to a world-class government research facility can give a company a nice edge on the competition. (continue)

Wave of technology disruptions just beginning

12/30/2014

Changes in technology are happening at a scale that was unimaginable before and will cause disruption in industry after industry. (continue)

Boyd's skills to serve him well in role with state

12/30/2014

Boyd brings a unique set of skills to the job, which entails recruiting new investments to the state, helping Tennessee companies expand and promoting economic growth. (continue)

Haslam Announces Randy Boyd as TNECD Commissioner

12/18/2014

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Randy Boyd as the new commissioner of Economic and Community Development. (continue)

ORNL contractor gets high marks, $10.5M for FY2014

12/18/2014

UT-Battelle received high marks on its FY2014 report card... (continue)

Oak Ridge celebrates Manhattan Project Park

12/16/2014

The U.S. Senate last week passed legislation that would establish a Manhattan Project National Historical Park. (continue)

Yamaha Jet Boat to add 150 jobs in Vonore

12/12/2014

Yamaha Jet Boat Manufacturing USA is expanding its operations in Vonore, and will add 150 jobs. (continue)

Knoxville’s Cellular Sales headquarters boosts operational maturity

12/09/2014

Cellular Sales, which had been growing by about 100 stores per year, slowed down and focused on consolidating its five Knoxville-area campuses into a state-of the-art corporate headquarters. (continue)

Haslam: 'Tennessee Promise' working

12/09/2014

Gov. Bill Haslam told an audience of university presidents and other educators that his new scholarship program to provide two years of free community college for all high school graduates in Tennessee already is working. (continue)

3M to open plant in Clinton, create 100 jobs

12/09/2014

The 3M Company is buying the former Food Lion distribution center in Eagle Bend Industrial Park where it will invest $135 million and create 100 new jobs at a new manufacturing facility. (continue)