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VOL. 45 | NO. 14 | Friday, April 2, 2021

UT makes list of best graduate schools

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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has multiple graduate programs highly ranked in the 2022 U.S. News and World Report graduate school rankings report released today—enough to earn a U.S. News Best Graduate Schools designation.

The Haslam College of Business climbed six spots and is now ranked 17th among public universities. This is the college’s highest ranking in U.S. News Best Graduate Business Schools and places the college among the top 20 public universities. The college’s Supply Chain Management MBA ranked fifth among public universities, its sixth consecutive year in the top 10.

The Tickle College of Engineering ranked 32nd among public institutions. The ranking is the same as last year’s, helping maintain the college’s standing as a strong engineering program. Nine of the college’s disciplines now rank in the top 40 among public institutions in their respective fields. Additional engineering field rankings among public universities include the following:

• Aerospace engineering rose one spot to 27th

• Biomedical engineering rose four spots to 58th

• Biosystems engineering, which is run through the Herbert College of Agriculture, ranked 23rd

• Chemical engineering ranked 48th

• Civil engineering tied for 39th

• Computer engineering tied for 33rd

• Electrical engineering rose one spot to 29th

• Industrial and systems engineering saw the biggest climb, moving up nine spots to 32nd

• Materials science and engineering moved up three spots to 28th

• Mechanical engineering tied for 38th

• Nuclear engineering ranked sixth

Other colleges ranked in the top 50 among public institutions: the College of Law is ranked 31st (rising from 36th last year), and the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences rose two spots from 47th last year to 45th this year.

Amazon gives Haslam College $750,000

Amazon has committed $750,000 for an endowed distinguished professorship in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business.

The gift will receive a one-to-one match from the Haslam family for an endowment totaling $1.5 million.

The distinguished professorship will support faculty efforts in the area of business analytics and data science. The college offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business analytics and other business disciplines, preparing students to work in high-demand fields for large-scale operations such as Amazon’s fulfillment center in Middle Tennessee.

Amazon Nashville reached a milestone of 1,000 new jobs in 2020. This places the company’s East Coast business hub ahead of schedule in achieving its goal of bringing 5,000 jobs to Davidson County.

In addition to its corporate presence in Nashville, Amazon has seven fulfillment and sortation centers in Tennessee as well as an additional fulfillment center just announced in Blount County.

The relationship between Amazon and the university is spearheaded by two UT alumni, Dave Clark, senior vice president of worldwide operations & customer service & CEO Worldwide Consumer, and Holly Sullivan, vice president of worldwide economic development.

UT-Battelle hands out $200,000 in grants

UT-Battelle, which manages and operates Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy, is supporting high-impact, community-focused programs, managed by 28 local nonprofits, with grants totaling more than $200,000.

The grant will fund multiple outreach efforts from take-home STEM education kits for students to growing STEM Scouts to outfitting a mobile robotics shop.

For example, one of the grants will go toward purchasing 1,000 Center of Science and Industry Connects Kits, which are science-themed boxes that contain a week’s worth of at-home STEM activities, to be delivered to students at Campbell County’s Elk Valley Elementary School, Roane County’s Midway Elementary School, Midway High School and Oliver Springs High.

The organizations receiving funding include:

• African American Affinity Resource Council

• American Museum of Science and Energy

• Anderson County Chamber of Commerce

• Center of Science and Industry

• East Tennessee FIRST LEGO League

• FIRST Robotics Team 4462

• Flagship Robotics 3140 Foundation

• Halls High School Robotics

• Hardin Valley Academy Foundation

• Hardin Valley Robotics shop

• Junior Achievement of East Tennessee

• Knoxville Chamber

• Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra

• L&N STEMpunks Robotics

• leukemia and Lymphoma Society

• Muse Knoxville

• Museum of Appalachia

• Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club and the Altrusa of Oak Ridge

• Oak Ridge Chamber

• Oak Ridge Playhouse

• Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation

• Roane Alliance

• Roane State Community College Foundation

• South Doyle Robotics

• STEM Scouts – Great Smoky Mountain Council BSA

• Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry

• Tennessee Historical Commission

• Webb Robotics

Maryville College sets in-person graduations

Maryville College will hold in-person graduation ceremonies May 8-9 for the classes of 2020 and 2021.

Members of the Class of 2020 will graduate May 8 at 3:30 p.m. The Class of 2021 will graduate May 9 at 3:30 p.m.

Both ceremonies will be held on Honaker Field, the College’s football field, and seating will follow the College’s COVID-19 guidelines. All attendees will be required to wear masks.

Dates for the class graduations have been switched since earlier this year, when Commencement information was first announced. The switch is due to Commencement speakers’ availability.

Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, the upcoming commencement ceremonies are not open to the public. Each graduate will be given four tickets to share with family and/or friends who will need to present the tickets at the entrances to the Lloyd L. Thornton Stadium.

Maryville College President Emeritus Dr. William T. “Tom” Bogart will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters, and alumnus and former Maryville Mayor Tom Taylor ’70 will receive an honorary doctor of public service degree.

The commencement speaker for the Class of 2021 will be Cassius Cash, the 16th superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A native of Memphis, he is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and also studied wildlife management at Oregon State University. During the ceremony, Cash will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

Because of COVID-19 guidelines for indoor gatherings, accommodations cannot be made for guests in the event of inclement weather, but the ceremony will be live-streamed on the Maryville College website and through the College’s Facebook page. The decision regarding inclement weather will be announced by 10 a.m. on each day.

Easterly acquires Knoxville FBI property

Easterly Government Properties, Inc. has acquired a portfolio of U.S. Government-leased properties, including the FBI field office building in Knoxville.

The FBI property is a 99,130 leased square foot LEED certified build-to-suit property completed in 2010 and leased until August 2025 for an initial 15-year term.

The FBI field office is one of 56 field offices of the FBI, and its Knoxville reach spans 41 counties and includes oversight of three FBI resident agencies located throughout the state of Tennessee.

The property possesses a number of security features including reinforced fencing, a visitor screening facility and secondary entrance guard booth, vehicle barriers and a secured parking garage, ballistic glass windows and redundant power systems.

New2Knox launches pair of new services

New2Knox, a service that connects Knoxvillians with area businesses, is expanding. New services include:

• A resource to keep up with what’s new designed for locals, newcomers and anyone thinking about moving to the area. A sister company, Move2Knox, was launched in the fall of 2020 to help find real estate options.

• Women & Men’s 5 Week Small Group: Limited to 5 attendees, each small group is curated to give you an inside look into the local businesses of Knoxville while building meaningful friendships along the way.

• Singles Dating Group: Get off the apps and enjoy the magic of in-person connections.

Brush pickup season returns to Knoxville

The City of Knoxville’s biweekly brush pickup is back in operation.

Through October, a Public Service Department crew will pick up leaves, grass clippings and brush that’s set streetside or curbside at least once every other week.

Last year, crews collected 24,587 tons of brush, along with 6,845 tons of leaves over the fall and winter months. That’s a combined total of more than 31,000 tons – or 62.8 million pounds.

Crews don’t actually stop picking up brush in the winter. There’s just less of it, and most homeowners prioritize leaf pickup, so crews in the winter months collect brush as needed, not on a two-week scheduled rotation.

Leaf and brush pickup services use different equipment, due to the different weight of the materials being collected.


TVA campgrounds open for the season

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s seasonal campgrounds are open for visitors. The 2021 camping season runs through Nov. 15.

TVA provides more than 80 public recreation areas, including campgrounds, day-use areas and boat ramps across the Tennessee Valley. Recreation Resource Management LLC, will again be managing the TVA campgrounds on our dam reservations:

• Cherokee Dam — Cherokee Dam Reservation in Jefferson City

• Douglas Dam Headwater — Douglas Dam Reservation near Sevierville

• Douglas Dam Tailwater — Douglas Dam Reservation near Sevierville

• Melton Hill Dam — Melton Hill Dam Reservation near Lenoir City

• Watauga Dam — Watauga Dam Reservation near Elizabethton

• Pickwick Dam – Pickwick Dam Reservation near Savannah

Full details of all camping fees and policies can be found in the camping section of TVA’s website or on RRM’s website

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