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Fed tax breaks lead to 85K state jobs


Tennessee employers took advantage of federal tax credits last year to hire 85,448 workers who were long-term unemployed, first time workers or military veterans out of work. (continue)

Smokies reports record number of park visitors in 2016


The Great Smoky Mountains National Park set a visitation record with more than 11 million visitors in 2016. (continue)

Cleaner Knox air benefits everyone


The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to drop Knox County’s designation as being in “nonattainment” for fine particulates such as soot. (continue)

Surplus could help rural counties get high-speed web


Tennessee lawmakers looking for ways to spend $1 billion in one-time surplus funds should consider investing in high-speed internet service for the state’s most economically challenged rural counties. (continue)

Education group eyes more funds for college program


The Tennessee Higher Education Commission is asking the state to pump more money into a $20 million grant program that partners employers with colleges to develop academic programs tailored to the needs of local job markets. (continue)

Tennessee Chamber boosts manufacturing job training


The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry is partnering to build a robust pipeline of talent for the state’s manufacturing industry. (continue)

Grants help close TN’s digital divide


Demand for improved broadband access in rural parts of Tennessee has grown in recent years (continue)

Haslam Announces ECD Commissioner Randy Boyd to Return to Private Sector


ECD Commissioner Helped Create Drive to 55, Tennessee Promise and Reconnect programs (continue)

Nashville businessman picked for ambassador to Japan


Businessman Bill Hagerty of Nashville is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to be the U.S. ambassador to Japan. (continue)

Knox County Air Quality Improves


Area hopes to soon lose ‘nonattainment’ designation (continue)

Longer runway aims for longer reach


$108M project may create room for additional routes to cities, more flights (continue)

Three storylines to watch for in 2017


New year to kick start projects, see to challenges (continue)

Chemical firm plans East TN plant expansion


Wacker will invest $150M to build next-door factory (continue)

Work starts on Gatlinburg Margaritaville


The $35 million project, with 174 rooms that can hold 500 guests altogether, will match The Island’s Caribbean-casual theme. (continue)

Anakeesta, $47 million Gatlinburg project, moves forward


Anakeesta, a 72-acre, outdoor-adventure project that was targeted to open in spring 2017 (continue)

Chattanooga trucking company prepares to make electric move


Chattanooga’s biggest trucking carrier is going electric, at least with some of its fleet, in the next three to five years (continue)

Damage tally from wildfire complete


The damage, which officials have finally finished evaluating, has been extensive. (continue)

Advanced energy heats up


Tennessee business leaders want the state to get a bigger piece of the $1.3 billion “advanced energy” market. (continue)

ProNova gets FDA approval


The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has cleared the SC360 proton therapy system, made in Maryville by ProNova Solutions, the company announced. (continue)

Gatlinburg businesses prepare to reopen Friday


Gatlinburg prepares to open its doors to anyone and everyone Friday, and everyone is getting ready. (continue)

Guests flock to Dollywood on Friday after the Gatlinburg fires


Dollywood reopened Friday and guests came out to support Dolly Parton's Pigeon Forge theme park. (continue)

Sevier County Mayor faces test with blaze


Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters has moderated news conferences on the fires in Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park all week with seemingly finesse. (continue)

Rural high-speed internet lags cities


Rural folks need broadband just like folks in the metro areas do. (continue)

Dolly Parton organizes Nashville telethon for Sevier County fire victims


Dolly Parton is organizing a telethon to help the victims of the deadly wildfires in East Tennessee. (continue)

Sevier County tourism will rise again, say officials


The county, with a population of about 100,000, sees 11 million visitors annually, according to the East Tennessee Economic Development Agency. But Tuesday some of the hotels which host those visitors were reported on fire, and the attractions along U.S. 441 in Gatlinburg stood empty as the city had been evacuated. (continue)

TVA eyes deal to possibly buy Okla. wind-generated power


The Tennessee Valley Authority is studying whether to contract this year to buy into what would be one of the biggest wind energy projects in the country. (continue)

VW maps out blueprint for comeback in US


Volkswagen Group mapped out a plan to re-emerge as a major player in the lucrative U.S. automotive market. (continue)

VW Cuts to have ‘no effect’ in Chattanooga


A plant spokesman says Volkswagen’s plan to cut 30,000 jobs will have “no effect” on the company’s Chattanooga facility. (continue)

GrowthX sees many Knoxville resources


Knoxville needs to let potential investors know about its wealth of resources, talent and quality of life... (continue)

Allegiant Air offers cheap airfare on New York route


Allegiant Air began nonstop service between Knoxville and New York on Thursday. (continue)

UT’s engineering college on the upswing


The college has been on the upswing for about a decade now. (continue)

Tennessee sites seek skilled workers


The manufacturing sector has started to rebound, so companies are scrambling (continue)

ExpressJet to close its facility in Shreveport and relocate to Knoxville


ExpressJet, which operates a jet maintenance facility at Shreveport Regional Airport, plans to close it next year and shift those operations to its facility in Knoxville, Tennessee. (continue)

Tennessee Promise sees record enrollment


Free community college program attracts 60,000 (continue)

ORNL technology will soon help protect several Samsung devices


Thanks to cutting-edge technology developed by scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, look for smartphones and other electronic devices with enhanced glass display capabilities and self-cleaning properties in the near future. (continue)

McGhee Tyson Airport lands $27.9M grant


Money will be used to complete multiyear runway expansion (continue)

Ammo plant still on track


AMI: Financial, legal issues have not derailed plans (continue)

VW Reveals New Atlas SUV


Plant official calls SUV 'our new star' in the U.S. (continue)

Comcast to add 1-gigabit service to Knoxville


Comcast announced it will start offering a residential gigabit Internet service to local customers in Knoxville in early 2017. (continue)

Clayton Properties buys largest homebuilder in Kansas City


Clayton Properties, the site-built division of the Clayton home building group, acquired Summit Custom Homes of Kansas City (continue)

Who took those lost US factory jobs? Mostly robots


America has lost more than 7 million factory jobs since manufacturing employment peaked in 1979. (continue)

City viable as test bed for connected vehicles


Expert says Knoxville’s terrain, resources make it good option for testing site (continue)

Haslam, Boyd eye ties with Germany


Haslam and Boyd will travel to Germany in an effort to build and strengthen ties... (continue)

B & T Distributing to Establish Headquarters and Distribution Center in Blount County


B & T Distributing Company to relocate its regional headquarters and distribution center. The new location will bring 80 jobs and represents a $13 million investment. (continue)

Lawsuits raise questions about AMI's move to Alcoa


Court filings are raising concerns for the future of a $553 million investment planned for Blount County. (continue)

Knoxville could become a test city for self-driving cars.


Knoxville offers researchers for self-driving cars a four-season climate, hills and flatland, according to a release from GRIDSMART. (continue)

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)