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VOL. 45 | NO. 43 | Friday, October 22, 2021

Ardurra Group acquires FMA

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Knoxville-based Fulghum, MacIndoe & Associates, Inc., a water/civil engineering and construction management firm, has been acquired by and merged with Ardurra Group, Inc.

Ardurra Group is an Engineering News-Record Top 500 firm providing consulting and engineering services to public and private entities throughout the U.S. With the addition of FMA, Ardurra further expands its presence in the Southeast by adding Tennessee to its locations.

FMA will operate as FMA, an Ardurra Group Company, from its office in Knoxville.

Jante Wheel acquired by All Star Auto Lights

Jante Wheel, headquartered in Rockford, has been acquired by All Star Auto Lights, a specialty distributor of alternative automotive lighting parts and a portfolio company of Atlantic Street Capital.

All Star Auto says it is expanding into the remanufactured and aftermarket wheel category with the acquisitions of Jante Wheel and another company, Perfection Wheel.

Founded in 2016 by Mitch Nunes, Jante Wheel distributes replica alternative OEM wheels nationally to parts distributors, as well as direct-to-consumers. Perfection Wheel remanufactures OEM wheels to parts distributors and auto repair centers. Legacy Parks announces multiple new projects

New access to waterways, new partnerships and new parks were announced recently at the Legacy Parks Foundation’s Legacy Luncheon for the Parks.

Carol Evans, executive director of Legacy Parks Foundation, also announced a new partnership with UT Research Park at Cherokee Farm among several other Foundation updates.

“To date, Legacy Parks has raised more than $11 million for parks and trails, added over 600 acres of parkland in Knox County, and created over 50 miles of trails within Knoxville’s city limits,’’ Evans says.

Evans announced the opening of Collier Preserve in Powell – a 12-acre park that will be donated to Knox County next month. Legacy Parks also has built a playground at Sharp’s Ridge in north Knoxville, through a grant from the Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee. “And we added trails around that playground to open up the woods to neighbors who have not had that experience,” Evans says. “We designed those trails as the first adaptive trails in the region and the first adaptive mountain bike trails.”

Evans also shared plans to build an adaptive trail for Dogwood Elementary School in south Knoxville. Furthering Legacy Parks’ mission to create more adaptive access to outdoor recreation, Evans also announced that Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs and Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon have pledged to work with Legacy Parks to create accessible trails in every quadrant of the city and county.

Evans also announced a $5 million Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthy Place grant that was awarded to Legacy Parks late last year to create a multi-generational, multi-ability play space at Morningside Park.

Loudon’s Windy Hill and Preserve to expand

Windy Hill Farm and Preserve, a boutique resort and hunting lodge, as well as working farm and wildlife habitat, has announced a $10 million investment to expand lodging and guest amenities on the East Tennessee property.

Located in Loudon, Windy Hill Farm and Preserve will feature 18 total accommodations, including nine private cabins, an eight-room guesthouse and a spacious farmhouse for groups and large families. The private cabins recently were constructed, in addition to the farmhouse and the eight-room guesthouse will be completed by spring 2022.

Windy Hill Farm and Preserve comprises more than 650 acres, encircled by 2 miles of Tennessee River shoreline, and nearly 75% of the land is dedicated to the development of native wildlife habitat.

Also coming next spring is an on-site 46-seat restaurant, Wilder at Windy Hill, focused on hyperlocal, sustainable cuisine. Led by chef Ben Warwick, the restaurant will feature garden-to-table ingredients, transformed by an appreciation for international cuisine, to offer a fun and unique approach to well-loved Southern staples. On-property guests will enjoy three meals daily, and a limited number of outside dining reservations will be offered nightly.

Activities on the property include hiking and wildlife viewing; farm tours and boat tours; archery; biking; kayaking and paddle boarding; yard games; gardening, beekeeping and cooking classes; whiskey and wine tastings; wellness events; musical concerts; and more.

Upland and migratory bird hunting is available in season from September-March on courses of warm season grasslands, food plots and forest, with additional acres being developed for future use.

Windy Hill Farm and Preserve will open for lodging and dining in spring 2022, and reservations can be made through the website at windyhillfarmtn.com. Hunting packages are available currently.

UT’s Haslam adds accountancy masters

The University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business is currently accepting applications for fall 2022 enrollment in its Master of Accountancy program.

In only 10 months of study, the Haslam MAcc prepares students for top-tier careers in assurance, taxation, advisory services and more. Alumni work in a wide range of business environments, including major accounting firms, government entities, nonprofit organizations, health care companies, financial services, and the sports and entertainment industry.

The brief but rigorous program has held a national reputation for decades. In 2019, the Public Accounting Report ranked the Haslam MAcc No. 21 among U.S. public universities and No. 26 nationwide overall. The caliber of the program makes its students attractive job candidates who are ready to move directly into professional roles upon graduation.

Applications for the Haslam MAcc program are accepted for fall semester only.

Revitalist seeks to buy Virginia ketamine clinic

Revitalist Lifestyle and Wellness Ltd., headquartered in Knoxville, has entered into a non-binding letter of intent to acquire a ketamine clinic located in Richmond, Virginia

The clinic was founded in 2019 and is an established practice managed by Dr. Randy Frederick, a board-certified emergency medicine physician and U.S. Navy Veteran.

The clinic provides ketamine infusion treatments for many mood disorders, including depression, post-partum depression, bipolar depression, PTSD, OCD and anxiety. They also treat chronic pain syndromes like chronic migraines, CRPS (formerly called RSD), fibromyalgia, phantom limb syndrome, trigeminal neuralgia and post-herpetic neuralgia. Since inception, the Clinic has provided over 1,500 infusions.

Under the contemplated acquisition, Frederick will continue to manage the clinic and utilize his medical license to open future clinics for the company.

The clinic would be supported alongside the company’s existing network of clinics, raising the profile of Revitalist’s brand and approach to patient care in the United States.

TVA, utilities extend COVID hardship aid

The Tennessee Valley Authority and local power companies are continuing their partnership in addressing hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic by extending the Community Care Fund program in 2022.

TVA will begin matching funds to selected organizations Nov. 1.

Since the program began in April 2020, the Community Care Fund has helped 637 local charitable organizations across the Tennessee Valley region provide assistance to those most impacted by the ongoing pandemic.

TVA will be providing $5 million in matching funds through FY22. Since the program began in April 2020, TVA and local power companies have contributed nearly $9 million in funds.

EPRI joins R&D projects with DOE

The Electric Power Research Institute, with laboratories in Knoxville, is collaborating on two research and development projects selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to receive more than $2 million in funding as part of the H2@Scale effort.

The work supports DOE’s Hydrogen Shot goal to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen by 80% in the next 10 years.

In one project, EPRI will collaborate with DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop and conduct performance testing to enable better understanding of proton exchange membrane electrolyzer system capabilities.

For the second project, $1 million has been awarded to EPRI, NREL, DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, Gas Technology Institute and Paulsson, Inc. to explore emerging technologies for detecting hydrogen leaks.

The extremely small size of the hydrogen molecule can lead to adverse effects in many materials. Hydrogen leak detection is a key area of research for enabling technologies that can support wide-scale hydrogen deployment.

JTV, CMAF, Opry Trust to raise funds together

JTV, the national jewelry retailer and broadcast network based in Knoxville, has announced a joint initiative with the CMA Foundation and the Opry Trust Fund, Inc.

This six-week fundraising effort aims to raise money for both CMAF and the Opry Trust. CMAF proceeds will support music education programs in schools and organizations, and Opry Trust proceeds will help families in the country music community that have been impacted by COVID-19 through assistance with utilities, living expenses and medical bills.

The Back the Beat campaign will run through Nov. 15 and center around a commemorative keychain sold exclusively by JTV. Additionally, JTV will be auctioning off autographed memorabilia from some of country music’s biggest stars, including Luke Combs, Lady A, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins and many more.

Bush’s Bean offers organic product line

Knoxville-based Bush’s Beans has announced a new line of organic plant-based bowl toppers and soups developed in partnership with Blue Zones LLC.

Blue Zones is an organization dedicated to helping people live healthier, longer through the identification and research of the world’s longest-lived cultures, and is offering a limited direct-to-consumer run of the new product ahead of the nationwide retail launch in 2022.

The blue zones, discovered by National Geographic Fellow Dan Buettner, are the five areas in the world where people live the longest, with more residents living to be 100 years old than anywhere else on Earth.

They are Sardinia, Italy; Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; Nicoya, Costa Rica; and Loma Linda, California.

While these places vary geographically, the people who live there share similar lifestyle habits like moving naturally, putting family first and eating a mostly plant-based diet – including a lot of beans (at least 1/2 cup a day).

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