Knoxville team to study transportation issues

Friday, January 7, 2022, Vol. 46, No. 1

A new National Science Foundation-backed initiative led by the University of Tennessee, the Knoxville Community Development Corporation and the United Way of Greater Knoxville is taking on transportation, including location, services offered and economic disparities.

In broad terms, the team hopes to look at data related to transportation and information technology accessibility in Knoxville, and then look beyond those numbers to offer solutions to the problems they find, some of which were exacerbated by the pandemic.

These solutions explore the convergence of transportation and information infrastructure, meaning that movement of data can leverage the vehicles that move people and goods throughout the city.

“Knoxville is a good test bed for this research, being a mid-size city with some forms of public transportation, but one that, in many ways, almost requires a personal vehicle to navigate,” says Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science associate professor Micah Beck, principal investigator on the project. “There is a big divide in racial and ethnic income inequality, which is often tied to specific geographic areas around the city, and these factors also play into a person’s ability to move between locations.”

Along with Beck, other team members at UT are UT Institute of Agriculture assistant professor Sreedhar Upendram, College of Social Work associate professor Courtney Cronley, Tickle College of Engineering Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs Ozlem Kilic, and Center for Transportation Research Interim Director Jerry Everett.

Drop-in meetings set for KPD chief search

The city of Knoxville is holding five community listening sessions to gather input to help guide the search for the next Knoxville Police Department chief.

Residents are invited to stop by one of five drop-in style meetings to ask questions and submit their concerns. If someone is unable to make one of these sessions, comments can be sent to

The open house style meetings will be held on the following dates and locations:

• Friday, Jan. 7

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Larry Cox Senior Center, 3109 Ocoee Trail

• 3-5 p.m., City County Building, Small Assembly Room

Monday, Jan. 10

• 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Family Justice Center, 400 Harriet Tubman Street

• 5-7 p.m., City of Knoxville Public Works Service Center, 3131 Morris Avenue

Tuesday, Jan. 11

• 11 a.m.-1 p.m., South Knoxville Community Center, 522 Maryville Pike

Gatlinburg buildings, signs honored by EDRB

The city of Gatlinburg has announced its Environmental Design Review Awards for 2021.

“The city offers its congratulations to the EDRB Award winners for this year,” Gatlinburg City Manager Cindy Cameron Ogle says. “The city appreciates the work and effort by all of these winners to keep Gatlinburg aesthetically pleasing.”

• Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort and Spa was honored as the Sign Design Excellence Award Winner. Its sign was made by Westgate Resorts and C. Laney & Sons Construction.

Two certificates of recognition also were presented in this category to Rocky Top Adventure Rentals and Elkmont Winery. Rocky Top’s sign was designed by Sycamore Sign Service, LLC, and Elkmont’s sign was designed by Snyder Signs.

• Elkmont Winery also was named as the Building Addition/Renovation Excellence Award Winner. The project architect was R2R Studio, LLC and the contractor was GBW Construction, LLC. Tennessee State Bank was presented a certificate of recognition in the category. The project architect was R2R Studio, LLC and the contractor was Citadel Construction Management, LLC.

• Mountain Brook Apartments was named as the New Building Design Excellence Award Winner. Mountain Brook’s project architect was Randolph Architecture and the contractor was D&S Builders, LLC.

Rocky Top Adventure was presented a certificate of recognition in the category. The project architect was Dollar & Ewers Architecture, Inc. and the contractor was Whitson Construction Co., Inc.

• Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort and Spa also was named as the Landscaping Design Excellence Award Winner. The designers and contractor for the project was Westgate Resorts, LTD. Mountain Brook Apartments was presented a certificate of recognition in the category. The project designer was Atlantic Land Company, along with Rex Howard Landscaping & Excavating, LLC., which also served as the contractor.

Tennova opens cardiac rehabilitation center

Tennova Healthcare-North Knoxville Medical Center announced has opened a new cardiac rehabilitation program, located in the physician plaza at North Knoxville Medical Center.

Patients are now being accepted.

“This new Cardiac Rehabilitation program is an example of our ongoing commitment to better serve you,” says Colin Mcrae, CEO for Tennova Healthcare-North Knoxville Medical Center. “Patients will no longer need to transfer to other facilities for cardiac rehab. We can now take care of them right here at home.”

This facility is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Information: 865 859-7940,

Hillcrest Healthcare seeks at-home caregivers

Hillcrest Healthcare is hiring at-home caregivers as part of the new Hillcrest at Home program, which provides nonmedical, personal care services for seniors in Knoxville and surrounding counties.

Applicants do not need medical training or a college degree.

Hillcrest at Home is a personal support service agency that offers assistance for a minimum of four hours or up to 24 hours a day, including companionship, grocery shopping, transportation and more.

“We are seeing high demand for seniors who need assistance with daily living activities,” says Brian Tuggle, director of Hillcrest at Home. “We’re looking for team members that are interested in giving back to the seniors in our community by providing compassionate, patient-centered care.”

Hillcrest Healthcare also offers employee development programs to encourage and support training and career growth, including tuition reimbursement, free in-house cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certifications and re-certifications, IV certifications for licensed practical nurse (LPN), specialized training in programs of distinction, learning partnerships with local health systems, certified nursing assistant (CNA) program, free certifications and continuing education.

Hillcrest Healthcare offers three distinct communities in West, North and South Knoxville, and are expanding their services to the home environment where associates can thrive. Information

South graduates first PA Master class

South College’s first Master of Health Science in Physician Assistant Studies class has graduated.

The college, a multi-campus institution founded in Knoxville, offers 80-plus programs and concentrations taught at seven physical campuses and online.

“We are so proud of these 29 graduates who have completed a rigorous program and are equipped to take the next steps in their health care journey,” says South College Nashville Campus president Nick South. “South College offers programs in relevant fields to help students and communities thrive, and this cohort will serve in Tennessee and beyond in various fields such as surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, private practice, internal medicine and psychiatry. We wish them the best and are glad to be a part of their career story.”

Johnson Architecture offers first scholarship

A new scholarship established by Johnson Architecture is benefiting its first student at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design.

Dexter Gladney Jr., of Nashville, has been awarded $5,000 to fund travel abroad experiences and other educational expenses.

The Johnson Architecture Scholarship was established this year to increase diversity in the profession and encourage students to expand their horizons through studying abroad. Gladney plans to study in Italy because he admires classical design and enjoys working with materials used in traditional Italian buildings.

Johnson, AIA, NCARB, is a 1984 graduate of the UT College of Architecture and Design, as are partners Eric Bowen, AIA (1992); Rick Friel, AIA (1992); and Jeff Williamson, AIA (2001); and an additional 13 members of the firm’s staff of architects and interior designers.

Lirio completes SOC 2 Type II audit

Lirio, with offices in Knoxville and Nashville, has completed the System and Organization Controls (SOC) 2 Type II Audit examination of its information systems, both internal and cloud-based software.

Earlier this year, Lirio achieved HITRUST CSF Certification, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to the highest levels of information security.

Lirio’s Precision Nudging solution promotes health through AI-powered behavior change.

For the SOC 2 compliance audit, Lirio engaged a leading independent third-party auditing firm.

The thorough audit and examination of Lirio’s IT infrastructure and cloud-based software platform was conducted in accordance with standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, conducted over a period of 180 days and found that control processes support reasonable assurance of achievement of applicable Trust Services Criteria and the controls to meet the criteria.

Healing Hands, Bristol clinic extend partnership

Health’s Family Medicine Bristol clinic with East Tennessee State University is providing more health care to low-income and uninsured individuals through a partnership with Healing Hands Health Center.

Healing Hands, located at 245 Midway Medical Park in Bristol, is a charitable medical and dental clinic that provides care to adults in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

ETSU has partnered with the clinic for 17 years during Free Medical Health Fairs and for nearly two decades through dental hygiene clinic rotations.

ETSU Health’s Family Medicine Bristol clinic expanded the partnership, sending providers to Healing Hands each Wednesday.

Healing Hands Executive Director Helen Scott says the partnership allows them to serve more individuals in need.