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VOL. 44 | NO. 2 | Friday, January 10, 2020

Patti Smith among performers at Big Ears

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Knoxville’s Big Ears festival, a weekend of world-class performances to be held March 26-29 at several venues, has added new acts to the line-up.

Patti Smith is bringing her acclaimed “Words and Music” program to the festival. In addition to playing with her legendary band, Smith will present an intimate performance that includes poetry and readings from her acclaimed memoirs “Just Kids,’’ “M Train,’’ and “Year of the Monkey,’’ with acoustic performances spanning her career.

Also added to the festival are a second world premiere from Meredith Monk with John Hollenbeck; ECM recording artists Anja Lechner and Sokratis Sinapoulos join the line up; Marc Ribot and Ches Smith bring more of the spirit of Haiti to the festival; and very special solo sets will come from John Paul Jones, Anssi Karttunen, Jason Moran, Kim Myhr, Zeena Parkins, Caroline Shaw and Ingar Zach.

Big Ears celebrates Knoxville’s historic theaters, nightclubs, churches, museums and outdoor spaces with concerts, discussions, interactive workshops, installations, film screenings, surprise collaborations and unexpected artistic collisions. It celebrates the never-ending adventure of artistic creation and exploration.

There will be more than 100 concerts at a dozen or so venues in downtown Knoxville, and the Big Ears Festival also offers an extensive program of films, literary events, talks and discussions, workshops, exhibitions, interactive experiences and more throughout the weekend.

Premier and Sonic Explorer VIP Weekend passes have sold out. GA Weekend passes do still remain but are on target for an early sell out for the first time ever.

Boyd Center projects TN population numbers

The Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business has released its 2018-2070 Populations Projections report.

By 2040, the state’s population is estimated to grow by more than 1 million people, and one in five of those Tennesseans will be 65 or older. About half of that growth will be in Middle Tennessee.

Boyd Center associate professor Matthew Harris, author of the projections, predicts Tennessee’s population will climb 0.70% annually from its current estimate of 6.77 million in 2018 to 7.84 million in 2040. By 2070, the number is expected to reach 9.35 million with a slightly lower projected annual growth rate of 0.45%

“We expect population to grow more slowly over the coming decades than it has recently,” Harris says. “Falling birth rates and the fact that a very large cohort – the baby boomers – are aging both contribute to the decrease in population growth.”

Tim Kuhn, director of the Tennessee State Data Center, analyzed the data and found more than half of the growth by 2040 will be in Middle Tennessee with Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties forecast to gain 550,208 residents.

Across the state, 66 counties will see population increases and 27 rural counties will experience decreases. Carter and Sullivan counties in northeast Tennessee are the only urban counties expected to see slight decreases of -0.46% and -0.01%, respectively, by 2040.

The number of people aged 65 and older is likely to increase by 1.9% annually, or 2.67 times faster than the state’s growth rate. The senior population will rise 46.7% by 2040, making one in five Tennesseans at least 65 years old. Factors such as declining death rates and more retirement-aged people moving to Tennessee are driving the aging population.

An aging population also means a decrease in the percentage of working-age adults ages 20 to 64, which is expected to fall from 58.9% in 2018 to 54.9% by 2040.

Other highlights from the report:

Rutherford County is projected to surpass Hamilton County for fourth largest in 2026 and Knox County for third largest by 2050.

The state’s white non-Hispanic population will likely decrease from 73.7% in 2018 to 66.6% by 2040 and 55.1% in 2070. This decline is expected to occur in all Tennessee counties.

The Hispanic population is projected to almost double from 5.6% to 10.2% by 2040, bringing it to roughly 800,000.

With 1.32 million residents, the black non-Hispanic population will remain the second largest race group in 2040. However, the state’s Hispanic population is projected to become the second largest race group by 2063 with 1.47 million residents.

KOSBDE honors 2019 award winners

The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship has announced the winners of its annual awards. 2019 awards and categories are:

• Manufacturing Business Excellence – GSM Filtration

• Marketing Business Excellence – Beyond Engagement

• Veteran-Owned Business Excellence — Rowan Tree Care

• New Business Excellence – The Salt Oasis Kingsport

• Retail Business Excellence – Duke & Fox

• Woman-Owned Business Excellence – Flight Athletic Academy

• Service Business Excellence – Appalachian Maid Services

• Construction Business Excellence – Patterson Homes

• Innovation Business Excellence – ActionVFX

• Food Business Excellence – The Main Street Pizza Company

• Pillar of Excellence – Hunter, Smith & Davis

• Young Entrepreneur Business Excellence – ARO Creative

• Gazelle Business Excellence – Mycroft Signs.

3 Oak Ridge schools earn STEM grants

Three Oak Ridge schools have received grants for future projects in science, technology, engineering and math.

The STEM awards went to Glenwood Elementary, Jefferson Middle and Robertsville Middle schools.

Glenwood received a grant for $5,000 to fund a project titled, “Engineering a Brighter Future,” a hands-on initiative to engage students in STEM-based learning focused on careers of the future.

This competitive grant came from a program sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority providing teachers an opportunity to apply for funding up to $5,000. Preference was given to grant applications that explored Tennessee Valley Authority’s primary areas of focus: environment, energy, economic and career development, and community problem-solving.

Jefferson and Robertsville each received grants of $10,000 to fund hands-on STEM project supplies and professional development for Career and Technical Education teachers of courses that will, for the first time this year, count for high school credit.

These middle school classes align to high school programs of study that allow students early access to college credit and recognized industry certifications. Governor Bill Lee and the Tennessee Department of Education awarded these grants to fund middle school CTE and STEM education; and the expansion of equitable access and participation in early postsecondary opportunities.

Elite Suites coming to West Town Mall

Knoxville’s West Town Mall has announced Elite Suites will open at the shopping center early in 2020.

Beauty professionals will have a premier salon leasing opportunity, comprised of 27 luxury suites for independent stylists and aestheticians.

Simon, a leader in shopping, dining, entertainment as a mixed-use destination, is the mall developer.

“West Town Mall is proud to welcome this concept for independent stylists and their clients,” says Kippy Price, director of marketing and business development for the center. “Elite Suites will surely provide top notch beauty services for the Knoxville community in a relaxing and professional salon environment.”

Elite Suites are comprised of a wide variety of service providers that are highly trained experts in their respective fields. Set to open this winter in a 5,300 square foot space located outside the main mall entrance near JC Penney, hair salons designed for women, men and children account for the largest portion of Elite Suites’ small business community.

Aestheticians offering facials, microdermabrasion and microneedling can be found alongside licensed medical cosmetic injectors who provide services such as Botox, Juvederm, hair restoration with PRP. Massage therapy, permanent cosmetics, dental alignment and a clothing boutique round out the selection of services available.

Knoxville parade, tribute service to honor MLK

The Martin Luther Memorial Parade in Knoxville will held be Monday, Jan. 20, to honor the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Groups, organizations and individuals are welcome to participate with line-up at 8:30 a.m. and step-off at 10 a.m. The parade will begin at Midway Chilhowee Park, 3300 E. Magnolia Avenue. The Midway Chilhowee Park entrance is directly off North Beaman Street, parallel to Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue.

The MLK Parade route will end at Harriet Tubman Street, where the Memorial Tribute Service will take place at Overcoming Believers Church, 211 Harriet Tubman Street. The tribute will be held at 11:45 a.m.


TWRA calls for TN nature photography

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is now accepting entries for its 2020-21 photo contest for publication in Tennessee Wildlife’s annual calendar issue.

Tennessee Wildlife is the official magazine for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

All interested photographers are invited to submit up to 10 of their best photos on fishing, hunting, boating, and wildlife species native to Tennessee.

The photos will be reviewed for publication in the annual calendar edition of Tennessee Wildlife, which is the summer issue. If a photo is selected for the calendar edition, the photographer will receive a cash stipend of $60.

Photographers must submit their entries by March 21. Photos must be horizontal (landscape), in JPEG format and submitted on a CD. They must be sized to print no smaller that 8-1/2x11 and resolution should be at least 300 pixels/inch.

If photographers wish to submit online, use

If submitting a physical copy, photographers must be sure to provide their name, address, phone number and email address with their disk. Disks cannot be returned.

Entries may be mailed to:

Tennessee Wildlife Calendar Issue

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

5107 Edmondson Pike

Nashville, TN 37211

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