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VOL. 43 | NO. 37 | Friday, September 13, 2019

UT expects more than 23,000 on campus

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More than 6,700 new students are expected at the University of Tennessee’s Knoxville campus this year, including freshmen, transfer and Volunteer Bridge students.

The university also predicts undergraduate enrollment is likely to top 23,000, including more than 5,250 freshmen and 1,380 transfer students, and graduate and professional student enrollment is expected to top 6,000.

Official enrollment numbers are not final until the 14th day of the fall semester.

Nearly 90% of all first-time freshmen from Tennessee are offered some pathway to UT, including Volunteer Bridge, a joint program with Pellissippi State Community College.

Highlights from the Class of 2023 include:

• Members of this year’s freshman class are from 88 of Tennessee’s 95 counties. The top five counties are Knox, Williamson, Shelby, Davidson, and Hamilton.

• Freshmen come from 46 states and 26 countries. Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, Illinois, and Maryland are the top five sources of out-of-state freshmen. Top countries outside the U.S. are China, India, Canada, and Saudi Arabia.

• Underrepresented minority students make up 20% of the freshman class.

• Students in the middle 50% of the class have ACT scores between 24 and 31, with a high school GPA average between 3.0 and 4.0.

• Nearly 200 freshmen are participating in Volunteer Bridge.

• Nearly 22% of freshmen are first-generation college students.

• More than 95% of in-state freshmen qualify for the HOPE Scholarship.

DENSO grant to train Pellissippi students

The DENSO North American Foundation has given Pellissippi State Community College a $48,125 grant for student training.

The IndustryReady 2.0 grant will provide the college with the necessary supplies and modules to build three instrumentation and process control training systems for Pellissippi State’s Electrical Engineering Technology students.

“Blount County is one of the fastest growing counties in Tennessee in terms of job growth per capita, and employers in the county are adding hundreds of jobs each year, increasing the demand for highly skilled, college-educated employees,” says Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr.

“Pellissippi State is working to fill that need, and support from partners like DENSO helps us to provide the high-tech equipment necessary for talented students to complete their education and fill these jobs.”

The DENSO funding and this new equipment is expected to:

• Enhance the development of essential skills necessary for Blount and Knox county workers to succeed in today’s workforce;

• Enhance the college’s capacity to offer training that is closely aligned with industry standards; and

• Address the high-demand for engineering technology, industrial maintenance and automated industrial systems workers in the region.

“Investing in tomorrow’s workforce is critical to ensuring we have individuals who are equipped to help DENSO fulfill its vision of creating software and products that enhance safety and reduce environmental impact,” says Jack Helmboldt, president of the DENSO North American Foundation. “Through these grants, we hope to create a generation of innovators who inspire new value for the future of mobility.”

ETSU unveils new Culp dining facility

East Tennessee State University has opened a newly renovated dining hall at D.P. Culp University Center.

The facility has nearly doubled its serving capacity to 3,300, and offers an “anytime dining” experience, with operating hours from 7 a.m.-midnight seven days a week.

It features 12 food stations, including all-day breakfast, made-to-order stir fry, food prepared free of most common food allergens, a grill, a bakery, a station serving gelato made in-house, a “daily dish” station with “comfort foods,” a soup and salad bar, a pasta station and more. The dining hall also features a new brick pizza oven.

“Everything is new,” says Kelvin Tarukwasha, general manager of Sodexo Dining Services at ETSU. “We have a brand new kitchen, brand new dishwashing room. Every station has new and upgraded equipment.’’

AMS to join forces with Rolls nuclear

Analysis and Measurement Services Corporation, a nuclear technology consulting firm headquartered in Knoxville, has announced a partnership with Rolls-Royce’s nuclear division.

The partnership will provide advanced nuclear instrumentation and control system testing services to the global nuclear energy market.

Rolls-Royce designs, manufactures, and ensures the long-term support of safety I&C solutions for civil nuclear reactors worldwide.

As part of the “PULSE” offer developed by Rolls-Royce, a comprehensive range of services will be provided by the two companies dedicated to monitoring the performance and health of safety I&C components (neutron detectors, pressure transmitters, temperature probes, cables, and connections).

Eric Blanc, President of Rolls-Royce’s Civil Nuclear division in France, says: “For more than 50 years, Rolls-Royce has been at the forefront of safeguarding more than half of the world’s nuclear powerplants through the I&C solutions and technologies delivered to our customers. Supporting them in the long-term with high added-value services has always been the priority of Rolls-Royce. The establishment of this partnership with AMS will allow us to bring complementary predictive maintenance solutions to our customers, and thus improve the performance and reliability of their nuclear facilities.”

AMS President Dr. H.M. Hashemian adds: “We are truly honored to partner with Rolls-Royce to bring our respective expertise, experience, and capabilities in the I&C field to support nuclear power plants operating worldwide. AMS’ partnership with Rolls-Royce will add a significant new dimension to AMS’ worldwide footprint.”

KAT suggests route changes for January

Knoxville Area Transit is proposing route and schedule changes to several routes which, if approved, would take effect in January 2020.

KAT will host a public open house Sept. 16, 4:30-7 p.m. at Bearden Middle School library, 1000 Frances Road.

In addition, detailed information will be on display at Knoxville Station for review and comment during the month of September.

The Knoxville Transportation Authority will host a public hearing on Thursday, Sept. 26, 3:00 p.m. in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building, 400 Main Street.

If approved at a vote at the October meeting, the changes would take effect Jan. 6, 2020.

The proposed changes are listed below.

Route 12 – Western Avenue: Would improve on-time performance and connections. The proposal is to make the current detour routing through the area of Western Heights a permanent change, using Virginia to Murphy. Due to the recent street realignment of Western Avenue, portions of Virginia and Tennessee would no longer be served.

Route 13 – Beaumont: Would adjust the service area of the route to cover additional areas along Middlebrook Pike, including Big Oak Apartments and Helen Ross McNabb’s Veterans’ Service Center, while terminating the route at Central Street and Dameron near the Knox County Health Department. Additional new bus stops would be added along Middlebrook Pike. Transfers to Route 20 – Central provide direct service to Knoxville Station would include almost immediate transferring. Direct service would be provided to Public Works Building outbound leg only, with inbound service along Middlebrook Pike.

Additional evening trip on weekdays would include:

Route 20 – Central Street: Would remove the service extension to Melstone and McClain, keeping the route consistent throughout the day.

Route 34 – Burlington: Would remove a three-block portion at Catalpa, Kirk and Lilac streets, keeping the bus straight on Fern to improve route performance.

Route 42 – UT/Ft. Sanders Hospitals: Would improve headways to 30 minutes on weekdays; Would continue service through 11:15 p.m. trips in the evening, weekdays and Saturdays; Would add new Sunday service.

Route 90 – Crosstown: Would change routing to serve Walbrook Superstop (at WalMart west), rather than West Town Mall by following Middlebrook to Gallaher View. Would eliminate service through West Hills along Vanosdale and at West Town Mall. Would add new bus stops along Middlebrook Pike. This would eliminate a double-transfer to Route 16 – Cedar Bluff while still providing connections to West Town Mall via Route 11 – Kingston Pike. Saturday schedule would be adjusted to create consistency with weekday service.

New routing through I-640 Plaza would improve efficiency, along with service along Third Creek rather than Ed Shouse Drive to Middlebrook.

Applications available for advisory council

Knoxville residents who would like to be considered for appointment to the Neighborhood Advisory Council for the 2020-22 term should now apply.

The City of Knoxville’s Office of Neighborhoods is accepting applications for the NAC. The council members meet monthly and serve in an advisory and partnership capacity to:

• Give advice and feedback on Office of Neighborhoods programs and policies;

• Bring neighborhood issues and concerns to the attention of the Mayor and Knoxville administration;

• responses and solutions to address these concerns; and

• Serve as a sounding board for Knoxville initiatives and proposals affecting neighborhoods.

NAC’s 15 members serve three-year terms, with the option to reapply and serve two consecutive terms. NAC comprises two members from each of the six City Council districts and three at-large representatives.

Except for the citywide seats, all applicants must live in the district they are applying for.

Five NAC seats expire in December, and Mayor Madeline Rogero will appoint the new members before she leaves office. The expiring seats, districts and current members are: Seat 1-A (Fort Sanders and South Knoxville) – Danny Gray; Seat 2-A (West Knoxville) – Donnie Ernst; Seat 3-B (Northwest Knoxville) – Anna Compton; Seat 6-B (Downtown and East Knoxville) –Terrell Patrick; At Large Seat B (citywide) –Travetta Johnson.

Terms for the five oncoming members will run January 2020 through December 2022.

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