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VOL. 42 | NO. 26 | Friday, June 29, 2018

International group honors Janus Global

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Lenoir City-based Janus Global has won a 2018 Corporate Achievement award from the International Stability Operations Association.

The honor was for the company’s “strong commitment to stability operations and to ISOA.’’

In addition, Janus was recognized for fostering stability in some of the world’s most complex environments.

The firm is an integrated stability operations company, working in challenging environments to eliminate the threat of landmines, improvised explosive devices and other explosive remnants of war left behind by ISIS and other sources. Janus also protects facilities and individuals and performs other stability operations missions.

Janus Global undertakes these assignments on behalf of the U.S. State Department; other U.S. government agencies; commercial clients; humanitarian organizations; and friendly foreign governments.

“To be acknowledged by ISOA for Janus Global’s work around the world, in the presence of our corporate and governmental peers, is a tribute to every one of our employees,” says Matt Kaye, Janus Global’s president and chief executive officer.

“Our work is a challenge, given the hazards involved and the places we must work, but it’s hugely rewarding, knowing we’re helping people return to normal lives and enable governments and businesses to achieve their goals in safety.”

Carlex, ORNL team for auto glass coating

Carlex Glass America LLC has exclusively licensed optically clear, superhydrophobic coating technology from Oak Ridge National Laboratory aimed initially at advancing glass products for the automotive sector.

ORNL’s development of a water-repellent, transparent coating that carries away dust and dirt, reduces light reflection and resists fingerprints and smudges resulted from more than three years of research on superhydrophobic glass-based coatings.

Carlex, based in Nashville, manufactures automotive glass products including windshields, sideglass and rear glass components for top tier automakers, original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket industries.

Carlex intends to leverage the benefits of ORNL’s thin, highly durable superhydrophobic coating technology to help improve driver visibility and safety, especially during inclement weather, a leading cause of vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities.

“This agreement with ORNL is rooted in our belief that collaboration between industry and scientific research is critical to driving disruptive innovation and developing cutting-edge technologies that will have a positive outcome on society,” says Michael Bard, director of Advanced Product Development at Carlex.

“We’re enhancing products to assure that Carlex remains at the forefront of addressing today’s driver safety challenges, while also developing technologies that will meet the complex needs of a thriving and changing automotive industry,” Bard adds.

Big Ears announces first 2019 artists

Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival, set for March 21-24, has announced its first batch of artists.

More announcements will continue throughout the summer with the full lineup being set in the fall. Festival passes are on sale now.

Artists who are performing are:

-- Berlin-based pianist and composer Nils Frahm

-- Mary Halvorson: Code Girl with powerful young singer Amirtha Kidambi, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and the potent rhythm section of bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara

-- Lonnie Holley and his improvisational creativity of drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, performance and sound, as seen in the mini-documentary The Man Is the Music

-- Kentucky-based pianist and composer Rachel Grimes with her folk opera and film The Way Forth

-- Bassist Joe Lally and drummer Brendan Canty – the rhythm force of Fugazi – have united with jazz and experimental guitarist Anthony Pirog to form an all-star trio called The Messthetics

-- Irreversible Entanglements, a liberation-oriented, free jazz collective formed in early 2015 by saxophonist Keir Neuringer, poet Camae Ayewa (a.k.a. Moor Mother) and bassist Luke Stewart

-- South African guitarist Derek Gripper, whose work explores the dialogue between numerous disparate styles of music from around the globe.

Knoxville groups win Stewardship Award

A Knoxville partnership has won a state award for successful low-income weatherization assistance programs.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation awarded the Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award (outreach and education category) to the Knoxville team.

The partnership includes Knoxville Utilities Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee, city of Knoxville, Alliance to Save Energy and other partners.

Nearly 1,500 low-income households were assisted in the last two years through the Knoxville Extreme Energy Makeover and Round It Up programs.

“These programs have made a tremendous positive impact on our community,” says Barbara Kelly, executive director of CAC. “The retrofits allow families to save money on utility costs so they can better afford other basic necessities, such as food and medicine.”

For several years, the city of Knoxville worked to bring dozens of local partners together to help low-income households struggling with utility costs due to inefficient homes.

The collaboration led to implementation of KUB’s Round It Up program and KEEM; funded by $15 million from TVA.

TDEC Commissioner Shari Meghreblian will formally recognize the partners at an awards ceremony in July.

Check into Cash giving away $25,000

Cleveland-based Check into Cash has launched a new program, an anniversary giveaway to celebrate its 25 years in business.

The company will be giving away a total of $25,000, in $1,000 increments, to 25 winners. The giveaway will run through December 1.

The program celebrates the company’s accomplishments and its milestones with customers.

“We are so proud to be able to say that we’ve been serving the community for this long,” says Steve Scoggins, Check into Cash president Steve Scoggins. “We can’t believe it’s been 25 years since Check into Cash began, but we’re ready for 25 more.”

Eastman Tritan expansion completed

The Eastman Tritan copolyester expansion at the company’s Kingsport manufacturing site has now been completed.

The plant is now fully operational and is supplying product to customers. Eastman is a specialty plastics provider.

“We are excited to announce the completion of our Tritan expansion and are pleased with the performance we’re seeing from this new investment,” says Burt Capel, vice president and general manager of Eastman’s Specialty Plastics business.

“The Tritan platform of products continues to see strong global adoption, with a growing footprint of applications that leverage the robust performance of our polymer.”

Eastman is marking the 10th anniversary of Tritan, a clear, tough, chemical-resistant polymer found in products made by companies such as Newell, Nalgene, CamelBak and NuGlass. Tritan offers high performance properties such as clarity, colorability, durability, ease of processing and heat and chemical resistance.

Eastman recently announced an additional planned expansion of copolyester production at its Kingsport site.

The newly announced expansion is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2018 and will increase PETG and PCTG capacities by approximately 25 percent of the Kingsport specialty copolyester total capacity.

This investment supports the continued growth of Eastman’s specialty copolyester products globally and provides flexibility across the company’s polymer asset base.

Kingsport recognized for water project

Cartegraph, a leader in high-performance government software and services, has announced its High-Performance Government Awards, including an honor for the city of Kingsport.

The awards recognize local government organizations leveraging modern operations management technology to solve problems, work smarter and improve their communities.

Kingsport’s prize was for documentation in facilitating water compliance.

Tickle College dean search postponed

John Zomchick, University of Tennessee’s interim provost, has announced that the search for the next dean of the Tickle College of Engineering has been suspended.

The search will resume in the fall under the direction of incoming provost David Manderscheid.

Lynne Parker, who has been named interim dean, will continue to lead the college.

“This is an important time as we lay the groundwork for the next era at the University of Tennessee and the Tickle College of Engineering and, after much consideration, we have decided it is best to wait for our new provost,” Zomchick says.

“I have great confidence in Lynne to continue to lead the college in the immediate future and in David to bring his vision to this campus and to the search.”

Pedestrian bridge gets approach trail

Construction has begun on an approach trail to the new, pedestrian bridge that spans over Western Avenue (State Route 62) from Ball Camp Pike to Third Creek Road in Northwest Knoxville.

Tennessee Department of Transportation crews are concluding work on the pedestrian bridge, putting finishing touches on the surface of the approximately 500-foot-long, $3 million bridge.

The bridge is part of TDOT’s $31.4 million project that widens Western Avenue between Schaad Road and Copper Kettle Road and adds five-foot-wide sidewalks to both sides of the state highway.

The approach trail is an initial step from the city of Knoxville as it works to create a major greenway connection linking Victor Ashe Park to the new pedestrian bridge and, in the future, to the City’s Third Creek Greenway.

Tim Hester, coordinator of the city of Knoxville Parks and Greenways, explains the city is in the design phase for the 0.8-mile Northwest Greenway Connector.

Knoxville Parks and Recreation already has capital funding budgeted for this project, which is expected to cost nearly $2.5 million. If all goes as expected, construction could start as early as 2019.

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