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VOL. 42 | NO. 28 | Friday, July 13, 2018

Haslam College plans online master’s degree

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The University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business will launch its inaugural online master’s degree in supply chain management, in mid-2019.

Course development for the program will begin this summer in collaboration with online education provider Noodle Partners.

“We expect that this will be the first of many online programs as we continue to adapt to the changing needs of business students across the country,” says Bruce Behn, the college’s associate dean for graduate and executive education, Deloitte LLP Professor, and Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research Faculty Fellow.

“We are excited to announce the online master’s in supply chain management and happy to be taking on this endeavor with the assistance of Noodle Partners.”

The online program builds on the existing master of science degree in global supply chain management, which provides the opportunity for students to study in the world’s three largest economies: China, Germany and the United States.

The online program will provide graduates with the same high-quality global perspective along with a broad business network and the tailored skills they need to succeed in the field. It also will benefit from UT’s Global Supply Chain Institute, which was established in 2012.

Lewis Group finishes Bank of Tennessee build

Lewis Group Architects recently completed a new Bank of Tennessee in Knoxville.

“This project was a very high-profile facility for the bank, and we wanted to make sure everything was perfect,’’ says David R. Haynes, market president. “Lewis Group Architects were the perfect choice to make this facility everything it needed to be in regard to functionality and beauty.

“Our open lobby provides a friendly environment for customers to feel welcome and engaged with our staff.”

The new facility, located in the Brookview Center, is a 5,100-square-foot facility housing a market president’s office, other offices, customer service tellers, bistro with seating for customers, conference room, and an ITM/ATM services (Interactive Teller Machine that combines ATM functions with access to a live teller located in main bank location in Kingsport, no pneumatic tube system).

Knoxville-based Jenkins & Stiles was the general contractor.

Center receives architectural award

Knoxville’s Beardsley Community Farm Education Center was named a Merit Award recipient of the AIA Gulf States Region by the American Institute of Architects National Convention.

The project was one of just 14 recipients out of 136 submissions across the six-state region.

The Center was a collaborative project between Knoxville, the Knoxville Community Action Committee, CAC Beardsley Community Farm, the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design, Elizabeth Eason Architecture, Merit Construction, and the Public Building Authority.

The new facility houses office space, an indoor and outdoor classroom, restrooms, a washing area for the foods produced on the farm, and storage space for gardening supplies.

On the state level, Knoxville’s Greenways Corridor and Feasibility Study received a Merit Award from the Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

The study was led by Ross/Fowler P.C.

ORNL to test myeloid leukemia treatment

A new device to be tested at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been shown to be effective in treating and curing myeloid leukemia.

Devised by assistant professor Eric Lukosi and fabricated by master’s student William Gerding, the device is currently in production. It will allow doctors to dispense accurate dosages of a drug made with actinium-225, an isotope.

“We’re slowly moving toward the demonstration of the device. It’s been fabricated; now we just need to package it and make sure it works,” Lukosi says. “This could help save lives.”

Lukosi’s device would act as a critical quality assurance measure, guaranteeing that patients receive treatments exactly as recommended by their physicians.

Myeloid leukemia can spread quickly and affect lymph nodes, organs and the central nervous system.

Acute myeloid leukemia is found most often in adults older than 45 and is frequently fatal for patients in the 60-and-older age group.

Actinium-225 is an isotope extracted from thorium-229, a waste byproduct of the fuel that was used for ORNL’s molten salt reactor experiment in the 1960s. In 1994, ORNL began purifying thorium-229 in order to extract actinium-225.

Since then, ORNL has sent approximately 900 shipments of actinium-225 to hospitals, clinics and research institutions.

New cathedral installs Gallaher system

Gallaher, a safety and asset protection solutions provider, has added the fire alarm, access control, video surveillance and burglar alarm infrastructure for Knoxville’s Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The cathedral, which had been under construction for three years, boasts a state-of-art access control and camera surveillance systems.

Parishioners are allowed access to the nave and transept for prayer, worship and confession from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“This new system for our cathedral helps us control which areas people can visit after normal church hours without feeling like they are being excluded,” Father David A. Boettner says.

“We didn’t want the access control system to be too restrictive, but at the same time, we encourage people to stay within certain areas when staff aren’t present. Gallaher was instrumental in helping us with a solution that has a softer touch than traditional access control systems.”

Trade show lauds Gypsy Circus Cider

Kingsport’s Gypsy Circus Cider placed second in the 2018 Pick Tennessee Products Tradeshow.

Nashville’s Smokin’ Joe’s Food Products won the top prize and Winfrey Food’s Royal Relish Chow Chow, also of Nashville, placed third.

Gypsy Circus Cider Company uses locally-sourced apples when possible to produce their range of ciders.

Tennessee food and farm product entrepreneurs competed for recognition and promoted their products to retail buyers as part of the Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association Convention.

All competitors are members of Pick Tennessee, a service of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to connect consumers to Tennessee foods and artisan products.

Smokin Joe’s is a Nashville fish batter and sauce company, with products already on the shelves at Kroger stores and other retail outlets. Smokin’ Joe’s took first place with Smokin’ Joe’s Original Tartar Sauce.

Royal Relish Chow Chow is available at Publix and other stores. Tennessee companies Olive and Sinclair Chocolate and salsa, sauce, and marinade maker EV Originals won honorable mentions.

Recode Knoxville input meetings set

The Knoxville Area Urban League asks the public to become involved with Recode Knoxville, a zoning project that that will impact the changes allowed on urban property in the city over the next 50 years.

Community residents, property owners and neighborhood organizations are encouraged to attend the zoning enhancement meetings to learn more about the project and to discuss desired improvements.

The three meetings are scheduled for:

• Burlington: Thursday, Aug. 9, 6 p.m., Burlington Branch Library, 4614 Asheville Highway

• Vestal: Monday, Sept. 10, 6 p.m., South Knoxville Community Center, 522 Maryville Pike

• Five Points: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 8:30 a.m., CAC East Neighborhood Center, Holston Shopping Plaza, 4200 Asheville Highway

Recode Knoxville is a comprehensive update of Knoxville’s zoning ordinance – and the first major review in 50 years.

The project allows residents to give feedback to the city and the Metropolitan Planning Commission about the layout and functionality of their communities.

During the meetings, attendees will learn about planned zoning changes and discuss improvements that are important for daily life, such as walkability and commercial development.

For more information on the recoding project, visit

City takes ownership of WWI Doughboy statue

Knoxville has taken ownership of the WWI Doughboy Memorial Statue.

The sculpture, erected in 1921 by the 117th Infantry to memorialize the local soldiers who died in World War I, is on Fifth Avenue at the site of Knoxville High School.

Knox County sold the school to Dover Development to renovate as a senior independent living facility in 2014, raising the question of what should happen to the sizable Doughboy statue.

This week, Knoxville signed an easement that would make the statue part of the surrounding city-owned property, like the sidewalk and the rights of way.

“The city of Knoxville is proud to take ownership of this Doughboy memorial statue and agree to maintain it in perpetuity,” Mayor Rogero says.

Rogero also notes the ongoing infrastructure work that continues in the neighborhood.

State helps Cleveland with water project

Cleveland has been approved to receive approximately $1.3 million in low-interest loans for wastewater infrastructure improvements.

“This is great news for the people of Cleveland and Bradley County,” says Gov. Bill Haslam. “This critical infrastructure support will lead to increased water quality for years to come.”

The city will receive $1 million for a collection system expansion project. The project is funded with a 20-year, $900,000 loan with an interest rate of 1.56 percent and $100,000 in principal forgiveness that will not have to be repaid.

Cleveland will also receive $350,500 for the project, funded by a 20-year loan with an interest rate of 1.56 percent.

“Clean water is one of our most valuable resources and this investment helps ensure Bradley County’s most populated city will have the access it needs,” says Dr. Shari Meghreblian, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation commissioner. “TDEC is pleased to help make this public infrastructure project a reality for Cleveland.”

The project will consist of the installation of approximately 7,750 linear feet of sewer lines to replace septic tanks to serve customers in an annexed area between South Lee Highway and I-75 Exit 20.

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