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VOL. 45 | NO. 38 | Friday, September 17, 2021

DOD extends UT’s research grant

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The U.S. Department of Defense has extended a University of Tennessee-led research award.

The extension of the grant signifies the importance of the research and how well the team is executing it, even with COVID-19 challenges.

One of the premier research projects that the DOD grants to universities is through its Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative program, which brings together institutions from around the world to focus on a scientific topic that is important to the military, and a professor from Tickle College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering is at the forefront of one such project.

UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Advanced Manufacturing Suresh Babu leads the project for the U.S. Navy – one of only 24 selected out of 436 proposals in 2018 – which is related to additive manufacturing of metals and alloys, also referred to as 3D printing.

Trust Company finalist for Dream Big Awards

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced The Trust Company of Tennessee as one of the finalists for its annual Dream Big Awards.

The awards celebrate the achievements of small businesses and honor their contributions to U.S. economic growth.

Founded in 1987 and with offices in Knoxville, Chattanooga and the Tri-Cities, The Trust Company of Tennessee currently has more than $4 billion under management. The firm helps individuals, families, business owners and nonprofits make better financial decisions through wealth management, personal investment strategy, corporate retirement plans, estate planning and personal trust services.

This year’s 27 Dream Big Award finalists were chosen from a record-setting more than 1,000 applications submitted from small businesses across the country.

The awards are presented by Spectrum Reach with support from MetLife and Staples Connect. Winners will be announced at the virtual Dream Big Awards program Oct. 21.

Help sought for storm-displaced pets

Young-Williams Animal Center needs new emergency foster families for rescue animals that will arrive via transport because of Hurricane Ida and animals currently in the shelter.

Millions of Gulf Coast residents and businesses have been left without power after Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi. Animal shelters and rescue groups in those areas need to safely transport adoptable pets to other shelters because of the lingering effects of the hurricane, including loss of power and utilities, and to make room for the influx of lost and stray animals.

Anyone interested in fostering can visit to apply at the top of the homepage. All necessary pet supplies will be provided, and there is no financial cost to foster families, just a time commitment.

In addition, Young-Williams Animal Center needs supplies for the evacuated animals. The list includes fleece blankets; collapsible wire dog crates; cat litter; reusable grocery totes and gallon Ziploc bags; and cat and dog toys.

Publication honors Maryville College

Maryville College ranked No. 12 in Washington Monthly’s annual College Guide and Rankings’ list of 2021 Bachelor’s Colleges.

The college also was listed among the top 50 colleges in the South for “Best Bang for the Buck,’’ list.

The guide is included in the September/October 2021 issue of Washington Monthly, a bimonthly nonprofit magazine that covers United States politics and government.

In its list of bachelor’s colleges, the publication ranks baccalaureate colleges – four-year institutions that award almost exclusively bachelor’s degrees – based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research and promoting public service.

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, topped the list of 244 schools. In the category of “service rank,” Maryville College is ranked first out of the 244 bachelor’s colleges on the list.

Movies at the Midway returns in October

The City of Knoxville and the Knox County Public Library and partner Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union have announced another season of outdoor movies at Chilhowee Park beginning Oct. 1.

Since 2004, Knox County Public Library and the City of Knoxville have screened movies that are free and open to the public. The Library and the City will announce the final line up Sept. 17.

Drive-In at the Midway will be presented on four Friday nights (Oct. 1, 8, 22 and 29). Information

Boys & Girls Clubs earn digital education grant

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Knoxville will receive a grant from Charter Communications, Inc.

The 2021 Spectrum Digital Education grants will award a total of $1 million to 49 nonprofits in 16 states and Washington, D.C. as part of the company’s five-year, $7 million commitment to support digital literacy in communities across its 41-state footprint.

Recipients will use the funds for broadband technology programs and training, particularly in financially underserved rural and urban communities within Charter’s service area.

Charter launched Spectrum Digital Education in 2017, recognizing that education and digital literacy are as important as affordability relative to a household’s lack of broadband service. people in 20 states and Washington, D.C.

Newforma selects Maryville’s Ripley PR

Newforma, the pioneer in construction and design project information management, has selected Maryville’s Ripley PR to streamline its workflows, facilitate real-time collaboration and empower teams to improve project delivery.

As the company’s public relations agency of record, Ripley PR will leverage Newforma’s position as a key partner of more than 122,000 architecture, engineering and construction professionals and elevate the company’s presence in the construction and design industry.

“Ripley PR has the proven record of success with B2B tech companies that we were looking for as we expand our communications efforts,” says Slater Latour, chief marketing and product officer at Newforma. “The Ripley team has demonstrated their expertise with the consistent results they generate for other clients in our sector.

That makes them an ideal partner for Newforma and our technology solution, which allows users to focus on the needs of their clients instead of time-consuming paperwork and data entry that eat into their revenues.”

DBE firms connected with stadium project

The Knoxville Area Urban League recently held a networking session for disadvantaged, minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses to explore construction opportunities connected to the proposed multi-use stadium development near downtown.

The “matchmaking” event, held in partnership with GEM Community Development Group, was open to pre-registered people who own or work for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises.

Contractors, subcontractors and related businesses learned about the project and discussed bid opportunities.

The proposed $80.5 million, publicly funded stadium, situated on the edge of the Old City, will be surrounded by more than $100 million in private development led by GEM Community Development Group.

Chemonics, EPRI partner for clean energy

Chemonics International and the Electric Power Research Institute, with operations and laboratories in Knoxville, have entered a formal agreement bringing together decades of international development expertise and technical know-how to advance technology solutions underpinning the clean energy transition.

Under this agreement, the organizations will begin work immediately on the recently awarded USAID Sri Lanka Energy Program.

This program will support transforming Sri Lanka’s power sector into a market-based, secure, reliable and sustainable system by mobilizing investment to deploy advanced technologies, increase flexibility and enhance competitiveness.

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