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VOL. 42 | NO. 41 | Friday, October 12, 2018

Construction begins on engineering complex

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The University of Tennessee has broken ground on its new engineering facility. Among those attending the ceremony was John D. Tickle, for whom the school is named.

“This new complex will make a great impact on the University of Tennessee,” says interim Chancellor Wayne T. Davis, who served as dean of the college during the building’s planning. “It will strengthen our reputation and our rankings, provide hands-on learning opportunities for our students, provide new learning spaces for our faculty to share their expertise, and it will be a place for research and innovation.”

One of the biggest improvements for nuclear engineering will be the ability for research to continue unimpeded during football games thanks to the unique design of the building.

US Department of Homeland Security requirements say that any facility within a certain distance of a stadium be secured during games. The new building has been designed so the portion within the security footprint can be locked up while the side where most of nuclear engineering’s work will take place can stay open.

The $129 million, 228,000-square-foot building will be home to the Jerry E. Stoneking engage program, the Joseph C. and Judith E. Cook Grand Challenge Honors Program, the Min H. and Yu-Fan Kao Innovation and Collaboration Studio, the Department of Nuclear Engineering and laboratories for advanced engineering research.

Knoxville project receives planning award

Knoxville’s Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project has won a state award from the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association.

The $25-million project sought to improve safety for all users, increase economic investments, and provide vibrancy along Cumberland Avenue from Alcoa Highway to 16th Street.

Medians, designated turning lanes, wider sidewalks, a furnishing zone and stamped asphalt crosswalks were used to improve vehicle and pedestrian safety.

Knoxville Police Department records show that the project’s improvements to Cumberland Avenue have yielded an estimated 40 percent reduction in vehicle collisions along the half-mile corridor.

Prior to the project, vehicular and pedestrian/bicycle accidents averaged six to seven accidents annually; the most crashes per mile of any corridor in Knoxville. Since the project’s completion, there have been no reported vehicular accidents with pedestrians/bicycles.

Finished on time and under budget, the project has led to approximately $190 million private investment in six private developments, which also brought approximately 1,400 new residents to the corridor.

Stream clean-up grants benefit East Tennessee

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced awards for 2019 aquatic stream clean-up projects, including ones in East Tennessee.

The program is designed to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups, with stream clean-up projects.

l East Tennessee areas or agencies receiving grants are:

-- Blount County Soil Conservation for Centenary Creek, Blount County

-- Keep Cocke County Beautiful for Pigeon River, Hartford, Cock County,

-- Town of Farragut for Turkey Creek, Knox County

-- Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservoir for the Tellico Lake watershed, Loudon County

-- Woodland Community Land Trust for Laurel Fork on Roses Creek, Campbell County

-- Keep Bristol Beautiful for South Holston Lake and River, Sullivan and Washington counties

Clayton Homes, ecobee unveil exclusive deal

Maryville-based Clayton Homes, one of the nation’s largest home builders, is partnering exclusively with ecobee, the company behind the world’s first Wi-Fi smart thermostat.

All new prefabricated Clayton Built homes will now include an ecobee3 lite smart thermostat offering a new way to save on energy bills.

Clayton home building facilities are rolling out the ENERGY STAR certified ecobee3 lite in all Clayton Built homes ordered nationwide. The ecobee4 will also be available as an upgrade in select Clayton Built homes across the U.S.

Cumberland Avenue sidewalk closed

A temporary closure of one block of sidewalk between 1830 and 1836 Cumberland Ave. will be in effect through Oct. 18.

While the University of Tennessee football team is playing a stretch of away games, the Collegiate Development Group will be making adjustments to the section of sidewalk.

The sidewalk will be closed between 18th and 19th streets on the south side of Cumberland Avenue (next to the eastbound traffic lane).

Signs will direct pedestrians around the construction area. Temporary lane closures may occur during this time due to construction needs.

Endoscopy centers receive reaccreditation

The Endoscopy Center, The Endoscopy Center North and The Endoscopy Center West have each achieved reaccreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, according to Gastrointestinal Associates.

The three centers are ambulatory surgical centers located adjacent to Gastrointestinal Associates clinics.

During the accreditation process, the centers earned excellent reviews in every category of AAAHC’s independent, external evaluation of the quality of patient care.

U.S. Cellular to aid East TN youth agencies

Youth organizations in East Tennessee can earn up to $1,000 through U.S. Cellular’s Community Connections program.

Now in its fourth year, Community Connections provides sponsorship support to help youth groups pay for uniforms, equipment, travel and other group expenses. Since the program launched in 2015, U.S. Cellular has awarded $1.3 million to more than 2,800 groups, including sports teams, STEM programs, marching bands and dance squads.

Academic and athletic groups representing kids and teens up to 12th grade can sign up now at to become eligible to receive sponsorship funds.

Pellissippi teams with Jewelry Television

Pellissippi State Community College is offering a noncredit class this October to explore diamonds, pearls and colored gemstones.

Gemology with Jewelry Television is a 12-hour class – three hours over four days – that Pellissippi State is offering in partnership with Jewelry Television in Knoxville.

The class will teach you how these raw materials are formed, mined, identified, graded and priced.

Hobbyists, artists, jewelry lovers and anyone looking to understand gemology are invited to participate. The class is scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 15-18 at Jewelry Television’s Jewel School Institute, 140 Hayfield Road, Knoxville.

“This class is an opportunity to learn extremely technical gem information in an easy-to-understand and enjoyable environment,” says instructor Hillary Spector. “Participants get to touch and feel product and use high-tech lab equipment to identify gems.”

Spector, a graduate gemologist and former Gemological Institute of America instructor, has more than 25 years of experience in the gemological industry and now serves as the instructional specialist for Jewelry Television.

Cost for the four-day session is $229 and includes all labs. To register, visit, click on “Find a class” and search for Gemology.

Stars raise funds for Summitt Foundation

Governor Bill Haslam, First Lady Crissy Haslam and Peyton Manning recently held events to raise awareness and funds for The Pat Summitt Foundation, financing research, treatment and support for those facing Alzheimer’s disease.

More than $550,000 was raised to benefit the fund established by the late head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer basketball team, Pat Summitt.

The evening’s fundraiser featured a Haslam-moderated chat with the Manning and his father, Archie, a live auction and a performance from country artist Luke Bryan.

The Brett Boyer Foundation, a cause close to Bryan’s heart, also benefitted from the affair.

Manning presented a $10,000 check to the Brett Boyer Foundation as a surprise.

ORAU wins green purchasing honor

Oak Ridge Associated Universities was named a winner of the Green Electronics Council’s 2018 EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) Sustainable Purchaser award for the fourth year in a row.

The award recognizes excellence in the procurement of green electronics, or those electronics that have been manufactured to conserve energy, eliminate environmentally sensitive materials and increase recyclability.

ORAU was among 10 organizations to receive a four-star rating, the highest possible, for its commitment to purchasing EPEAT-registered products in four categories: computers and displays, imaging equipment, mobile phones and televisions.

Bar Foundations announces grants

The Knoxville Bar Association Foundation has awarded grants of $25,000.

Recipients are:

-- CASA of East Tennessee for recruiting and training volunteers

-- Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, Inc. in support of its Office of Immigrant Services

-- Dogwood Elementary School Ambassadors Schoolhouse to Courtroom Program

-- Knoxville Bar Association Archives Committee for video inter- views of senior members of the bar

-- Knox County Juvenile Court in support of the ASSIST program for status offenders

-- Knoxville and Knox County Community Action Committee Office on Aging in support of its Grandparents as Parents Program

-- Legal Aid of East Tennessee to continue funding the Knoxville Bar Foundation Fellowship for hiring a law student for the Pro Bono Project

-- SEEED, Inc. in support of its job readiness program

-- U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Tennessee and Federal Bar Association Justice for All program for underserved high schools in Knox County

-- YWCA of Knoxville to support the Victim Advocacy Program

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