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VOL. 45 | NO. 33 | Friday, August 13, 2021

36 Market Square named SPJ historic site

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The Society of Professional Journalists has named 36 Market Square in Knoxville as an Historic Site in Journalism in honor of Adolph Ochs, founder of The New York Times.

The address marks the site where Ochs began his journalism career.

SPJ’s Historic Sites program honors the people and places that have played important roles in American journalistic history.

At age 11, Ochs became a carrier boy for the Knoxville Chronicle. He worked there and then at The Knoxville Tribune for six years, where he rose from office boy to apprentice to journeyman printer. He left for a newspaper job in Chattanooga at the age of 17, taking control of the Chattanooga Times in 1878.

Two decades later, in 1896 at age 38, he acquired The New York Times and in his inaugural edition made the famous pledge to report the news without “fear or favor.”

Alex Jones, SPJ Foundation Board member and co-author of the definitive biography of Ochs, says, “While Adolph Ochs’s greatest achievement was creating The New York Times, his start was in Knoxville and he never lost his sense of gratitude and kinship with that city. It is fitting that his legendary career should be recognized by SPJ with a National Journalism Historic Marker at the place where it began.”

This is Tennessee’s second SPJ Historic Site in Journalism Award. The other is in Memphis, recognizing the Christian Index, the second oldest Black religious newspaper in the nation.

A bronze plaque will be placed at the Wall Avenue side of 36 Market Square to distinguish it as a National Historic Site in Journalism.

Publication lauds UT’s MFA acting program

The University of Tennessee’s graduate acting program has landed 13th on the Hollywood Reporter’s annual list of worldwide top programs.

This is the fifth consecutive year UT has been among the top graduate schools for acting.

The Hollywood Reporter considers several factors in its rankings, which are made after consultation with academics, influencers and alumni.

“Affordability and creative support seem to be instrumental in our ranking,” says Calvin MacLean, head of the Department of Theatre and producing artistic director for the university’s Clarence Brown Theatre.

Seven or eight actors are accepted into the three-year MFA Acting program every other year. Students receive a full tuition waiver plus an assistantship stipend. They have the opportunity to perform in up to six productions on the Clarence Brown Theatre mainstage and in the Carousel and Lab Theatres.

Along the way, students earn an Actors’ Equity Association membership card.

Notable alumni of UT’s program include Tramell Tillman (’14) of Hunters; Conrad Ricamora (’12) of How to Get Away with Murder; Matthew Bassett (’10), artistic director of the Hub Theatre in Washington, DC; and Cycerli Ash (’10), an actor and director known for her role on Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists.

IACMI expands program to Eastern Florida State

Eastern Florida State College is the newest home to an advanced composites learning center, part of IACMI-The Composites Institute’s Advanced Composites Career Pathways program.

The center at East Florida State is designed to educate and train composites technicians to support Florida’s Space Coast manufacturing region.

Led by IACMI-The Composites Institute based in Knoxville, the national workforce initiative is part of the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Naval Research’s Manufacturing Engineering Education Program. MEEP programs prepare current and next-generation manufacturing workers to produce military systems and components that assure defense technological leadership.

IACMI and collaborators are establishing a national Advanced Composites Career Pathways learning network to develop a skilled advanced composites manufacturing workforce. It is based on the best-in-class program at Davis Technology College in Utah and adapted to the needs of regional ecosystems.

Cirrus offers new pilot training in Knoxville

Cirrus Aircraft has announced several additions to its suite of owners’ services, including personalized, concierge flight training at its training facilities in Knoxville.

The training is in support of new pilots entering aviation or those pursuing their instrument rating.

Supporting owners service and support needs, Cirrus has added a Mobile Service Team for maintenance and AOG services and additional FAA Repair Station authorizations in Knoxville.

These new offerings will add value and versatility for the more than 8,000 owners of SR Series aircraft, which continues to be the bestselling high-performance piston for 19 years in a row, and the more than 265 Vision Jet owners, which continues to be the bestselling jet in general aviation.

Stop-n-Go parking comes downtown

The city of Knoxville will be converting 11 downtown on-street metered parking spaces at six locations from two-hour to free 15-minute parking.

The “Downtown Stop-n-Go” designated areas are located at South Gay Street and Wall Avenue; South Gay and Union Avenue; the 700 block of South Gay; South Central Street and Willow Avenue; Union and Market Street; Clinch Avenue west of Market Street; and West Church Avenue and Walnut Street.

Motorists using the 15-minute spaces should activate their vehicle flashers when parking there. Public Building Authority parking enforcement officers will write citations if motorists violate the 15-minute maximum time that a vehicle may occupy one of the designated spaces or if the flashers are not activated.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, City traffic engineers had bagged about 50 parking meters and installed temporary signs that designated spaces for pickups and deliveries close to the entrances of specific restaurants.

That temporary practice is ending, now that COVID-19 vaccinations are being administered, restaurants have resumed inside seating and more diners say they feel safe enjoying a traditional sit-down indoors meal.

The new 15-minute parking spaces are shared and not specifically designated to serve any individual businesses.

Emmett noted that there are more than 10,500 public parking spaces in the downtown area. Visitors going to dinner and a movie or attending a concert, for example, may want to consider parking in one of the City’s six garages, which offer $1-an-hour daytime rates and free parking on nights and weekends.

Neyland Greenway area closed through October

The section of the Neyland Greenway between Lake Loudoun Boulevard and Third Creek will be closed through October.

The Knoxville Utilities Board and its contractor are working to provide safe conditions as work is performed at the Kuwahee Wastewater Treatment Plant on the north bank of the Tennessee River.

A detour route around the closed section of the Neyland Greenway will be open along the shoulder area on the north side of Neyland Drive between Lake Loudoun Boulevard and Joan Cronan Way to the Kuwahee Greenway. Portable barriers will be set up to avoid conflicts with vehicle traffic on Neyland Drive.

To familiarize greenway users with the upcoming changes, signage will be placed at key locations along the detour route, and on the Third Creek and Neyland Greenways.

The impacted section of greenway will be closed continuously throughout the duration of the work. KUB asks greenway users to please respect the signage and barricades in place and to avoid this section of greenway due to ongoing excavation, as well as the presence of construction equipment, materials, vehicles, and workers.

New Crime Stoppers brings in results

The East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers program reports success in its first 10 weeks.

May 5, the city of Knoxville and the Knoxville Police Department officially unveiled the East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers program.

Since that time, 10 arrests and numerous warrants have been issued as a result of the more than 500 tips that have been submitted.

“We have been pleased with both the quality and quantity of the tips that have been submitted to Crime Stoppers, which have resulted in the successful resolution of numerous cases,” says East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers Interim Coordinator Stacey Payne. “It is apparent that residents want to safely and securely play an active role in the maintenance of public safety, and Crime Stoppers allows them to do that.”

Crime Stoppers enables citizens to work with law enforcement to make their communities safer by anonymously sharing information about crimes, criminal activity and the location of wanted fugitives.

There are several ways people can submit a tip and if that tip leads to an arrest it could result in a cash reward of up to $1,000.

• Call – 1 800-222-TIPS (8477)

• Email –

• App – on the “P3 Tips” mobile app

Quick Care Ortho celebrates third clinic

Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics will celebrate the opening of their third Quick Care Ortho Clinic on Bearden Hill Aug. 13.

Although the location officially opened last year, guidelines at the time did not permit a formal celebration. This belated ceremony follows the opening of Quick Care Ortho Sevierville in May 2019 and Quick Care Ortho Parkwest in 2014.

Quick Care Ortho is an exclusive service provided by TOC to offer fast access to orthopedic specialists, saving the patient both time and money by avoiding the emergency room. Patients can simply walk in or designate a time online with the priority access feature.

“In a time of increasingly large deductibles and overcrowded ER facilities, we have found this to be a welcome service for our current and new patients,” says Dr. Edward Kahn, chief medical director for Quick Care Ortho.

“Patients save money since they are charged a clinic visit rather than an ER visit and our team specializes in only orthopedic injuries and conditions, which enables us to quickly pinpoint the issue and set a targeted treatment plan for the patient.”

Two of the current locations, Bearden and Parkwest, also offer on-site physical therapy. This allows the patient to begin therapy immediately if needed. Whether it is compression and cold therapy or assistance learning how to use an unexpected pair of crutches, TOC is committed to getting patients back on their way.

The Bearden location offers clinic hours from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays. No appointment is necessary.

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