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VOL. 42 | NO. 32 | Friday, August 10, 2018

Maddie’s Fund donates $2.8 million to UT

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The University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work Program for Pet Health Equity has received a $2.8 million grant from Maddie’s Fund.

The funding will support research and development of AlignCare, a health care system designed to improve access to veterinary care for underserved families.

Maddie’s Fund is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who endowed the foundation with more than $300 million. The Duffields named Maddie’s Fund after their miniature schnauzer, Maddie, died at 10 years old.

AlignCare grew out of concern for the millions of pets in the United States that lack access to veterinary care, primarily because of their family’s limited financial resources. When these pets experience an illness or injury, they may face prolonged pain or premature death. Some are relinquished to overburdened animal shelters. Having millions of pets with inadequate health care also presents risks to public health.

The three-year AlignCare study is an extension of work done by the Access to Veterinary Care Coalition, which commissioned a national study of barriers to veterinary care, performed by the College of Social Work’s Center for Applied Research and Evaluation and also funded by Maddie’s Fund. The results of that study will be available by the end of the year.

Ripley PR launches Orange Orchard

Knoxville-based Ripley PR, a public relations agency, has launched a new division, Orange Orchard, dedicated to helping environmentally conscious and animal-friendly organizations effect change.

“Our philosophy at Ripley PR is that we want to live in a healthier, cleaner and kinder world,” says Heather Ripley, CEO.

“Working with businesses that are trying to make a difference in those areas fits with our own culture, and we can use our experience and knowledge to help organizations that share the same philosophy through our new Orange Orchard division.”

“Our goal is to help those businesses reach the growing eco-conscious audience with the right messaging.’’

Orange Orchard’s tagline is “From Word to World Change,” signifying its commitment to taking clients’ messages and initiatives not only to the forefront of the natural, clean, green movement, but also to the mainstream consumer. While the division will focus on eco-friendly, environmentally conscious, vegan businesses or animal-welfare organizations, other businesses working toward these goals culturally, or with a corporate social responsibility plan, can also benefit from working with Orange Orchard.

UT’s Haslam introduces ‘One MBA, Seven Ways’

The University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business has a new marketing campaign with the slogan, “One MBA, Seven Ways.’’

The college wants the public to know there is more than one format for MBA program delivery.

The marketing drive is targeting digital and social media, as well as leveraging a long-standing relationship with IMG, the Vol Network.

This fall, UT football fans can expect to see Haslam’s “One MBA, Seven Ways” ads blended with live video feeds during home games at Neyland Stadium. They also will find ads displayed on the UT Sports website.

The campaign comes as a complement to two recently published top 25 rankings by highly regarded publications. The Executive MBA program is now ranked seventh among public universities nationwide by the 2018 Economist WhichMBA ranking. Additionally, the Haslam MBA program is now ranked 22nd among public universities nationwide by U.S. News & World Report.

The One MBA, Seven Ways campaign webpage displays the seven different MBAs offered by the Haslam College of Business side-by-side to assist potential students in their decision-making process.

Harriman welcomes Pirate Fest 2018

The third annual Tennessee Pirate Fest is set for two weekends in October at the Tennessee Medieval Faire site in Harriman.

The event will be held Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21 as participants get the chance to visit the fictional pirate town of Port Royale in the Tortugas, circa 1700-1800s.

There will be a patron costume contest with prizes awarded based on audience applause. Also, returning will be the pirate gong show, where patrons will be invited to share their talents to join a pirate crew. There will also be a pirate school where landlubbers will learn to walk and talk like a pirate.

Entertainment will include interactive comedy shows, live music, costumed British and pirate street characters, Kombat Kroquet, beach games, photo ops, pirate displays and original crafts. Food and drink will be for sale.

Work of Knoxville artist digitally collected

The drawings of Knoxvillian Anna Catherine Wiley have been gathered in a digital collection by the University of Tennessee Libraries.

Wiley, a notable American Impressionist painter of the early 20th century (1879-1958), was born in Coal Creek and moved to Knoxville as a child. Her brother Edwin M. Wiley was the first salaried librarian at UT, serving in that position from 1891 to 1899.

The collection comprises more than 150 of Wiley’s early works, illustrating her development as an artist.

The pieces include figure drawings, pencil sketches and bookplate designs, as well as her pen-and-ink illustrations for The Volunteer, the university’s yearbook.

Wiley enrolled at UT in 1895, only a few years after women were first admitted. She also trained at the Art Students League and the New York School of Art. During her career, her work was exhibited in major galleries across the country and won numerous awards at regional exhibitions.

Wiley returned to Knoxville to teach freehand drawing at UT from 1905 to 1918. She quickly became a leader in the area’s art community. During her tenure as an art instructor, she drew many illustrations for The Volunteer.

Motorcycle event raises $22,000 for charity

The 4th annual Smoky Mountain Crawl, a motorcycle ride through Townsend, has contributed $22,000 to seven local community organizations.

More than 1,000 riders participated, a record number, organizers say.

The event was hosted by MNNTHBX (Man in the Box), a dealer of small-bore parts located in Seymour. Greg Hatcher, owner, organized the rally.

The recipients were the Boys and Girls Club of Seymour ($5,000), the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department ($2,500), the Blount County SPCA ($1,000), the Townsend Cades Cove Gateway Alliance ($5,000), the Townsend Area Volunteer Fire Department ($2,500), Knoxville BMX ($1,000) and Seymour High School Athletics ($5,000).

AtWork lauded as top franchise for women

AtWork Group, a Knoxville-based national staffing franchise, was recently named a top franchise by Franchise Business Review in its 2018 Top Franchises for Women report.

AtWork was among 240 franchise brands, representing nearly 6,000 female franchise owners, that participated in Franchise Business Review’s research on the Top Franchises for Women.

AtWork’s franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems, including leadership, training and support, financial opportunity and work/life balance.

Oak Ridge to delay Blankenship makeover

Renovations on Oak Ridge High’s Blankenship Field will be delayed until after the football season.

The city based the decision on the contractor’s estimate that the project could not be completed without impacting the first three home football games.

Mark Watson, city manager, explained the rationale behind the decision. “Rescheduling three home football games would have significant impacts on the Oak Ridge Schools, the football team, students, band members, cheerleaders, parents and other fans.

“While disappointing, the parties agreed that postponing construction until after the football season ends is the best approach under the circumstances in order to give the construction team the necessary time to complete the renovations.”

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has approved a $496,000 Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant award to the city for the purpose of renovating the field. The grant will receive an equal match from the Blankenship Field Revitalization Foundation.

The funds, totaling about $1 million, will be used to make a number of upgrades to the facility, including, but not limited to: installation of synthetic turf, concrete walkways, synthetic track, new fencing, signage for the Cedar Hill Greenway trail head and additional restrooms.

Marathon to end at Sunsphere not Neyland

Registration is now open for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon events, March 30-31, featuring a new finish line.

For the upcoming 15th annual race event, participants will end the race in World’s Fair Park.

Due to scheduled renovations at Neyland Stadium, the finish line will be moved for both the 2019 and 2020 race weekends.

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is organized by the Knoxville Track Club, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement of physical well-being through running and walking.

Race officials currently are planning additional post-race festivities for finishers, family and fans to enjoy at World’s Fair Park.

Participants are encouraged to register online at

TVA asks for comments on coal residuals

Public input is requested by the Tennessee Valley Authority on a proposed environmental investigation plan for coal combustion residuals at its former John Sevier Fossil Plant near Rogersville.

TVA is developing the plan and seeking public comment through Sept. 7 following direction from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation regarding coal ash and other coal combustion residuals stored at TVA’s coal plants in Tennessee.

The John Sevier Fossil Plant EIP provides details on how TVA plans to investigation and assess the risks to soil, surface water and groundwater from CCR stored at John Sevier.

The EIP can be viewed online via the website link provided below:

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