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VOL. 43 | NO. 49 | Friday, December 6, 2019

UT sets record for Big Orange Give

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The University of Tennessee exceeded its Big Orange Give goal and set a record, raising $2.55 million in just 24 hours.

That amount represents 114% of the initial goal of $2.25 million.

The funds raised will go to support students and programs across campus, including a $1 million challenge gift to help UT students access an education at the state’s flagship land-grant university.

The Knoxville-based Regal Foundation and Richard and Mary Antonucci designated the challenge gift to Tennessee Pledge Scholarships, amplifying the gifts from other donors and helping to reach the overall goal. The challenge gift was triggered when the campaign hit $1.25 million.

Contributors from 48 states and from Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, and U.S. military bases overseas donated amounts both large and small to help reach the overall goal.

UT received contributions from 6,471 individuals, families and organizations.

Lauren Herbstritt, director of advancement for annual giving, said the majority of contributions were under $100.

Matching gifts offered the day of Big Orange Give included: the Volunteer Traditions $10,000 Lunch Rush Challenge by Mason Jones, the $10,000 Fraternity and Sorority Challenge by Ron and Don Frieson, a match from Jim and Natalie Haslam of the first $225 of each gift, a $25,000 match from Clay Jones, a $50,000 match from the UT Knoxville Alumni board of directors, and a $5,000 match from Josh Dobbs.

The Overlook condos to open downtown

The Overlook, a modern, multifamily living concept, will open in Knoxville in summer 2020.

Leading Knoxville-based structural engineering firm Haines Structural Group has teamed up with Architects Wright to develop a multiuse vertical community. The Overlook is already filled to 80% capacity with limited units remaining.

The 10-unit, six-story steel structure provides tenants with a private elevator for each of the individual units. The vertical community eliminates common shared spaces such as hallways and elevators, but offers streetscapes for community members to interact. The Overlook combines the social infrastructure of a traditional neighborhood with the energy of living in downtown Knoxville.

“We have worked with Architects Wright many times over the years and are very excited to make their visions for The Overlook a reality,” says Bobby Haines, owner of Haines Structural Group. “We share a passion for working on projects that elevate the culture and aesthetic of this wonderful city. The Overlook is a modern living concept that will offer something completely unique to Knoxville.”

For the last decade, Haines has become a staple in the region for structural engineering services. They have worked on several notable buildings in Downtown Knoxville including Hyatt Place Hotel, The Oliver Hotel, The Tombras Group headquarters, Regas Square and Balter Beerworks.

ORNL, ZEISS form R&D agreement

Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology LLC, have reached a five-year cooperative research and development agreement.

The pact will help the entities gain a deeper understanding of additive manufacturing processes and materials using ZEISS’ unique 3D ManuFACT solution, a correlative multiscale multimodal workflow utilizing advanced characterization tools.

ZEISS and ORNL will work together to develop and implement a comprehensive powder to part characterization methodology for the progression of additive manufacturing at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL and through support from the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office.

Fast recipe development combined with improved mass production yield and methodology for quality certification of additive manufacturing parts, existing and new materials and processes, will be defined and demonstrated.

UTMC, Axonics partner on new system

The University of Tennessee Medical Center has entered into an agreement with Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc., a medical tech company based in Irvine, California.

The company will supply the Axonics r-SNM System to the medical center.

UTMC has been implanting SNM devices for more than a decade and is among the first hospitals in the United States implanting the Axonics r-SNM System for its patients.

The r-SNM System was recently approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for overactive bladder as well as urinary retention and fecal incontinence. The Axonics long-lived rechargeable implantable device is full-body MRI compatible and provides relief for patients suffering from bladder and bowel function and control issues.

C. Bryce Bowling, M.D., FACOG, FACS, a Urogynecologist at UTMC/UT Urogynecology and Division Director of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, says, “UT Medical Center is committed to assisting women who are suffering from pelvic floor disorders.

It is unfortunate that this population is suffering and for the most part, unaware there are numerous treatments available to help alleviate symptoms and correct anatomic and neurologic related conditions.’’

Fort Dickerson entrance makeover complete

The Augusta Avenue entrance to Fort Dickerson Park and Augusta Quarry is open, upgraded and enhanced by a $1.77 million design and landscaping project by the city.

The Aslan Foundation funded the Augusta Avenue entrance’s expansive design and contributed $330,000 toward construction.

“Augusta Quarry provides an opportunity for our community to get outside, walk, bike and just enjoy the area,” says Sheryl Ely, parks and recreation director. “The project provides great infrastructure with the beautiful backdrop of the quarry and trails. It is another connection to the urban and wild of the Urban Wilderness.”

The Augusta Avenue entrance provides easy access to Augusta Quarry, where swimming is permitted.

Improvements include a gateway with stone walls, a paved parking lot and infrastructure to support future phases that improve the quarry lake. Construction crews also planted native trees, shrubs and perennials that complement the existing forestry.

The 91-acre Fort Dickerson Park, a landmark feature of the Battlefield Loop portion of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, features a historic Civil War fort at its highest point and a 350-foot-deep quarry at its lowest.

The high vantage point provides full vistas of the downtown skyline as well as high peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Alcoa wins financial reporting award

Alcoa has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the report.

Park’s Performance Lawn honors Tyree

The Performance Lawn at World’s Fair Park now officially honors former Mayor Randy Tyree.

A new, four-sided, internally illuminated sign placed at the lawn’s newly redesigned entrance and a bronze plaque explain Tyree’s history with city.

The new sign mimics the design of the 14-foot gateway markers posted at the entrance of the park at Clinch Avenue and 11th Street.

Tyree was elected Knoxville mayor in 1975 and served two terms through 1983. He led the city in planning for the 1982 World’s Fair that welcomed more than 11 million visitors.

Some units now open at The Cottages at Clifton

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation has opened its first units at The Cottages at Clifton, an affordable housing development for seniors in northwest Knoxville.

Located along Clifton Road near the intersection of Western Avenue and Interstate 640, the development will provide 53 single-level housing units in 25 duplexes and three single-family homes.

Eligible residents at the new development are ages 62 or older and will pay 30% of their total income for rent and utilities.

Four units currently are complete. Additional units will be completed in December, with the balance anticipated to be completed in January.

Residents for the units will come from KCDC’s current waiting list of 43 elderly people and from more than 400 preliminary applications.

The development will be owned by Knoxville’s Housing Development Corporation, a wholly owned instrumentality of KCDC. The 7-acre site previously was owned by Knoxville, which donated the vacant property to make the project financially feasible.

The $5.9 million project also includes a $900,000 grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency’s National Housing Trust Fund; $940,000 from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati’s Affordable Housing Program, sponsored by Home Federal Bank of Tennessee; $1.2 million from the City of Knoxville’s Affordable Rental Development Fund; and a low-rate loan from Home Federal Bank of Tennessee.

East Knoxville facility to house artist, makers

A new space for artists, small-scale manufacturing, makers and craftsmen is headed to East Knoxville as the city continues to brand itself a “Maker City.’’

A 6,033-square-foot vacant building on McCalla Avenue will be transformed to include approximately 19 studio and coworking spaces.

The plan was authorized by Knoxville City Council, allowing out-going mayor Madeline Rogero to execute documents to sell the city-owned property at 1200 McCalla Avenue for redevelopment for small-scale manufacturing and artist-maker spaces.

The Office of Redevelopment and the Community Development Department partnered to initiate the project.

According to the agreement, Dewhirst Properties will purchase the property for $100,000 and renovate the building.

The building will also include a gallery, lounge area, kitchen and restrooms. Per the agreement, Dewhirst must continue the use of the property as maker space for 10 years.

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