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VOL. 42 | NO. 43 | Friday, October 26, 2018

Creekside Behavioral opens in Kingsport

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Creekside Behavioral Health, a 72-bed inpatient hospital serving children, adolescents, adults and seniors facing mental health and substance abuse challenges, has opened in Kingsport.

“Creekside Behavioral Health will be an asset to residents in Kingsport and throughout the entire region, providing quality care to patients and families dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues,’’ says Jim Shaheen, founder and president of Strategic Behavioral Health.

“SBH is pleased to play a role in making this new hospital a reality, and we appreciate the support we’ve received from elected officials and local leaders.”

Brandon Wardell, Creekside CEO, adds, “Our team of highly-trained doctors, nurses and staff will provide exceptional services to citizens who need help overcoming addiction or mental health problems. It’s an honor to join the Kingsport community, and we look forward to providing the critical care necessary to improve wellness in the region.”

Report: UT architecture grads sought for jobs

The University of Tennessee received high marks for architecture education in the 2018-19 DesignIntelligence “Most Hired From” rankings.

All three schools in the College of Architecture and Design have been ranked nationally. The School of Architecture is No. 5, the School of Interior Architecture is 11th and the School of Landscape Architecture is 18th in their respective size categories.

In the Southeastern Conference, more graduates of the UT School of Architecture and School of Interior Architecture have been hired during the past five years than from any other comparably sized school. The School of Landscape Architecture is fifth in the SEC.

The new rankings convey hiring practices over the past five years as reported by more than 6,000 hiring professionals from design firms across the country.

Renovation of Urban League HQ complete

The Knoxville Area Urban League has reopened its headquarters after a $2.6 million renovation.

Located at 1514 E. Fifth Ave., the project included new construction and upgrades to the current structure, maximizing the use of space and making the facility high-tech, energy-efficient and accessible. The atrium lobby includes spaces for homage to founders and donors who have made a lasting impact on the Knoxville Area Urban League.

“Our updated home is beautiful and functional,” says Phyllis Y. Nichols, president and CEO of the Knoxville Area Urban League. “However, our goal of impacting the community through equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion is our true purpose, and this facility will elevate our outreach and impact. We appreciate all of our partners who helped to make this a reality.”

The organization expects to expand its core services – education, workforce development, housing and entrepreneurship – as well as host community events in new common areas.

The Tennessean earns spot on Condé Nast list

Knoxville’s The Tennessean Hotel was recently ranked 25th among hotels in the South by Condé Nast Traveler in its annual Readers’ Choice awards.

“To be named one of the top hotels in the South is truly an honor,” says Nicholas G. Cazana, innkeeper of the hotel. “We strive to combine Southern hospitality with personal luxury, and this reader recognition affirms our ability to bring those qualities to life.”

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.”

The Tennessean Hotel has created a contest as a way of celebrating the achievement. The “Night of Luxury” contest will allow the winner a free one-night stay in the hotel’s premier Governor’s Suite. The 1,600-square-foot suite features a baby grand piano; nearly 360-degree scenic views of Knoxville; plush, Tennessee-inspired furnishings and extravagant amenities including butler service. Submissions will be accepted online from Oct. 10 through midnight on Nov. 10 at

Donor helps museum grow Hispanic program

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture is expanding its program for Hispanic students at Norwood Elementary School.

The expansion of¡Vamos al Museo! (Let’s Go to the Museum!) is thanks to a gift from an anonymous donor.

The program, which began in fall 2017 and is led by Curator of Education Leslie Chang Jantz, offers shared learning experiences for native Spanish speakers and promotes the museum as an accessible and welcoming space.

Through sponsorship by the Cornerstone Foundation, the McClung Museum was able to subsidize the cost of transportation, educational materials and part-time education staff to make the events free for participating families. With the funding from Cornerstone, McClung staff were able stretch the budget to host eight events, doubling their original estimate.

“We have made such an impact in the Lonsdale community,” says Chang Jantz. “And now, thanks to a generous donor, we will be able to spread that impact to Norwood Elementary’s Hispanic student population.”

The McClung Museum will wrap up ¡Vamos al Museo! with the Lonsdale community in March 2019. Events with Norwood Elementary will begin in the fall of 2019.

Time to turn attention to leaf collection

Knoxville’s Public Service Department is in the process of shifting from brush collection to leaf collection.

The last day of brush collection is Oct. 26.

Crews use a machine specifically designed to collect leaves, essentially a giant vacuum truck with a pipe or “snorkel” off the side. Because it is designed specifically for leaves, residents are asked to follow these tips:

Place leaves in windrows (long rows) or piles parallel to the street. The pipe only reaches about 5-7 feet off the edge of the pavement – leaves further away will not be collected until moved closer to the street. One continuous pile allows for more efficient pickup up than several small piles along the street.

Do not mix brush or garbage with the leaves. Material other than leaves (even small branches) can clog the leaf pipe and slow or even halt collection.

Keep leaves loose. Leaves in bags will not be collected as part of the yard waste collection program – bags can clog equipment at multiple steps along the way. Bagged leaves will not be collected under the garbage collection program unless they are placed inside the trash cart.

Watch out for “fixed objects” in your yard. Do not place leaves over utility covers, landscaping fabric, or other materials you do not want affected; the vacuum is strong and can move or even remove these items.

Leaves are collected on a “week-of” schedule. This means your street is scheduled for a specific week and truck will run your street once that week, but it could be first thing Monday morning or as late as Friday afternoon.?

Rogero showcases city’s Metro Drug Coalition

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero recently participated in a discussion, “Cities and the Opioid Crisis: A Mayor’s Perspective,” hosted by the National League of Cities in Washington, D.C.

She was joined by Mayor Steve Williams of Huntington, West Virginia, and Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Indiana, for a Congressional briefing,

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia how policy makers have shifted away from only focusing on arrests and criminalization to understanding that addiction is a disease.

Rogero pointed out Knoxville’s collaborative approach in the opioid crisis, highlighting the work of the Metro Drug Coalition and the upcoming meeting of community leaders planned with key stakeholders and Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs.

Rogero also met with other senators, including Lamar Alexander, who has had a key role in opioid legislation. He explained the complicated and bipartisan efforts to pull together various agendas and ideas into one comprehensive package known as the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act.

In addition, Congress has authorized $8.5 billion over two years towards programs ranging from prevention to treatment.

The Mayors emphasized cities and local communities are on the front line and encouraged senators and staff to consider input from the local level when making programmatic and funding decisions.

AtWork Group launches Pipeline Talent

AtWork Group, a national staffing franchise based in Knoxville, has announced the launch of its sister company, Pipeline Talent Solutions.

A managed service provider of contingent workforce services, Pipeline offers comprehensive solutions for workforce management.

Pipeline will focus on middle-market clients across the United States and will be led by staffing industry veterans Bryan Long and Jennifer Andrews, who will serve as vice president of operations and vice president of sales, respectively.

“With the development and introduction of Pipeline Talent Solutions, AtWork is poised to make an even greater impact in the staffing industry with the ability to support our client partners’ complex demands for talent through holistic contingent workforce strategies,” says Jason Leverant, AtWork Group president and COO.

Knoxville restaurant named ‘Nicest Place’

Yassin’s Falafel House, a Middle Eastern restaurant in Knoxville, has been named to the 2nd annual “Nicest Places in America,’’ list by Reader’s Digest.

The nationally crowd-source contest is designed to highlight places where people treat one another with respect.

Founded by Yassin Terou, a Syrian refugee who came to the U.S. in 2011, the restaurant has become a pillar of the Knoxville community and a place where people of all faiths, preferences and political persuasions come together to share meals.

“In just a few years, Yassin’s has become a hub of welcoming and charity that bridges all potential divides, and Yassin Terou is an inspiration to us all,” says Bruce Kelley, Reader’s Digest editor-in-chief.

“Who would have thought a falafel restaurant would be the rallying point for kindness in not just Knoxville but the nation? But it is. When Yassin arrived as a dislocated refugee and built something that represented how much he has to give to his new community, Knoxville returned his investment with respect, trust and love.”

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