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Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Announce 66 Community Development Block Grants


Grants and investments to assist communities with local infrastructure and safety (continue)

Building the economy of the future


The preliminary findings of the TNECD Property Evaluation Program were announced at the Newport Community Center. (continue)

Smoky Mountains received record number of visitors in 2017


The Great Smoky Mountains National Park received a record number of visitors in 2017. (continue)

Drone Technology


Meet Neon. A brainy little ‘Wall-E’-like robot created by UT students may hold the key to smart, unmanned drones and vehicles (continue)

Haslam Announces Tennessee Ends 2017 with 28,000+ New Jobs


Tennessee’s Unemployment Rate Remains Well Below National Rate (continue)

Knoxville Airport’s passenger count breaks a record


Nearly 2 million passengers came through Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport last year, a record number... (continue)

Congress to push broadband expansion


On the heels of President Donald Trump’s orders to expand broadband access, Congress is preparing to follow suit with an aggressive push to make high-speed internet service more readily available in rural America. (continue)

FIGHTING OPIOIDS CRISIS. Gov. Haslam unveils $30M plan


Governor’s plan to include boosts for prevention and treatment of addictions (continue)

TN official: Megasite needs $80M to be ‘shovel ready’


Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe said the Memphis Regional Megasite will need another $80 million to be “shovel ready”. (continue)

Tennessee's Small Business Job Growth Led Nation in 2017


Tennessee led the nation in the growth of small businesses during 2017, although the growth didn't necessarily translate into bigger wage gains for workers at such businesses. (continue)

What’s in store for Knoxville in 2018?


Growth looks steady (continue)

Location Notebook: Tennessee - A Place to Grow Headquarters Operations


A pro-business environment is helping Tennessee to attract headquarters operations and grow its business and professional services sector, while its quality of life draws workers to the state. (continue)

Allegiant brings NYC flights back to Knoxville


The flights from Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey will resume June 8 and are available for booking now. (continue)

Changing the UT landscape


More than $530M in construction underway at Tennessee (continue)

Toyota, Mazda Choose Alabama for New $1.6 Billion Car Plant


The prized $1.6 billion car factory awarded to Alabama by Toyota Motor and Mazda Motor could be an even bigger win than expected, as the site’s size leaves plenty of room for future expansions. (continue)

Discovery moving HQ to Scripps in Knoxville


Discovery Communications announced that they will move their national operations headquarters to Knoxville. (continue)

World’s smallest fidget spinner made at Oak Ridge lab


Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have created their own version... (continue)

Senate confirms ORNL executive, three others to TVA board


The U.S. Senate confirmed four new members to the nine-seat Tennessee Valley Authority board, including the deputy for operations at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (continue)

Topgolf seeking Knoxville location, to open in 2020


Topgolf sports entertainment company is seeking a Knoxville location with hopes of opening in 2020. (continue)

Avant, LLC to Locate New Operations Center in Blount County


Financial services company to create 200 new jobs in Louisville (continue)

Ruby Tuesday sale final under new CEO


Bang the gavel. Ruby Tuesday is sold, with a new CEO at the helm. An Atlanta equity firm completed its purchase of the Maryville-based restaurant chain. The sale to NRD Capital had been announced in October, and a “large majority” of shareholders approved the transaction at a special meeting in New York. (continue)

Report: Tennessee economic outlook good but opioids a problem


Tennessee's economic outlook is good, but the opioid crisis is taking a toll on the state's labor market, according to a new report by the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee. (continue)

TBR approves ‘warranty’ for technical colleges


The Tennessee Board of Regents approved a new policy that will allow graduates of technical college programs to go back to school if they fail state or national licensing exams within one year of graduating. (continue)

Takahata Precision Tennessee, Inc. to Expand in Helenwood


Plastic injection molding automotive manufacturer to create 81 new jobs (continue)

LMU student uses 3-D printing to make low-cost prosthetic hands for local children


The prosthetic hand, printed on a 3-D printer and assembled by first-year medical students at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate... (continue)

New science for an old energy resource


Adam Witt, a hydropower systems research engineer, seeks a better understanding of waterways and how they may be used more efficiently and sustainably as a renewable energy source. (continue)

Owner of boatmaker Sea Ray, with Vonore factory and Knoxville office, floats sale


Brunswick Corp. is going to sell boatmaker Sea Ray, which has a major factory in Vonore and a main office in Knoxville. (continue)

Homicide Hunter Produced by Knoxville-based Jupiter Entertainment airs on Investigation Discovery


The show is in its seventh season; its milestone 100th episode airs in January. (continue)

UT professor helps save alpaca, rodeo cow with technology


A young alpaca has a new chance at life thanks to researchers at the University of Tennessee and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. (continue)

More than 70 Applications for Broadband Accessibility Grant Program


TNECD received more than 70 applications totaling a grant request of $66 million (continue)

'Employee labor market' forces hotels to work harder to recruit, retain staff


There are an estimated 94,371 hotel jobs statewide at 1,310 properties, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association. (continue)

Regal in talks for possible merger with Cineworld


Knoxville-based Regal Entertainment Group has confirmed it is in talks about a possible sale to London-based theater chain Cineworld Group plc. (continue)

University of Tennessee student launches new ride share run by students


Welcome to Campus Car, a new ride-share platform that Cunningham started this fall to help meet demand for short-distance travel around the University of Tennessee and downtown Knoxville. (continue)

Aging experts: Y-12 finds creative solutions to replacing skilled retirees


As a chunk of the workforce at Y-12 National Security Complex approaches retirement, the nuclear component manufacturing facility has to ensure specialized personnel on their way out the door are replaceable. (continue)

Toyota-Mazda rejects Memphis Regional Megasite


Toyota-Mazda have eliminated the Memphis Regional Megasite from consideration for its new plant (continue)

Med school to move to Knox post-hurricane


Caribbean staff, students to make temporary move (continue)

Tennessee plans to place a ‘warranty’ on its community and technical college training


If a Tennessee employer doesn’t feel a recent community or technical college graduate’s skills are up to snuff, the state will retrain them for free. (continue)

New workforce housing announced for Sevier Co.


Sevier County announced they are building new workforce housing, designed to help the many people affected by last November’s deadly wildfires, which destroyed than 2,000 structures (continue)

Radio Systems CFO rises to top by lifting team up


Twenty-three years ago Chris Chandler was offered a position at a three-year-old company called Radio Systems Corporation (continue)

King University announces spring 2018 degree programs in Knoxville, surrounding areas


King University announced new degree programs for working adults. The programs are available for residents living in Knoxville, Morristown, Sevierville or surrounding areas. (continue)

Travel Channel’s ‘Food Paradise’ to feature Townsend eatery


An East Tennessee restaurant will appear on an upcoming episode of the Travel Channel show “Food Paradise.” (continue)

Blount County leaders say housing market will be ready for influx of new jobs


Blount County economic leaders expect 1,500 new jobs in the next year to 18 months. (continue)

Oak Ridge is Tennessee’s safest city, report says


Oak Ridge is Tennessee’s safest city, according to a new report based on crime data reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (continue)

TN Tourism helps visitors see fall in full color


Colorblind-less" viewfinders installed by Tennessee Tourism are helping millions affected by colorblindness to see the wonders of the state in a whole new light. (continue)

3-D printing helps small endangered turtle at Zoo Knoxville


A small, endangered reptile named Patches wears a 3-D printed mask made of resin after a face injury. (continue)

How Tennessee tries to draw big business


Economic development experts and officials from across Tennessee convened at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, telling their colleagues how recent big development deals were done and pointing the way to future projects. (continue)

Hospital plans $99M expansion


Three-year project to bring ‘campus-like design,’ more street-level parking (continue)

Gatlinburg placed on ‘Best American Cities for Viewing Autumn Foliage’ list


An East Tennessee city was placed on Trip Advisor’s “15 Best American Cities for Viewing Autumn Foliage” list. (continue)

Nation’s Next Supercomputer Moves Forward


Completion expected to be next summer (continue)

VW sees electricity in its future


Volkswagen AG, a pillar of Tennessee’s automotive economy, is trying to push past the dieselgate scandal and polish its brand in America around a fresh set of high-tech autos. (continue)

New Flights to Orlando International Airport


Frontier Airlines started nonstop, low-fare service to Orlando International Airport (MCO), which is a new destination for TYS. (continue)

Knoxville’s Market Square named one of 15 Great Places in America


The American Planning Association has named Market Square as one of 15 locations for its 2017 Great Places in America. (continue)

More than 200 seasonal jobs open at Jewelry Television


Nearly 250 jobs are available for the holiday season at Jewelry Television in Knoxville, and some of those could turn into permanent positions. (continue)

DENSO Announces Expansion in Maryville, $1B Investment & 1,000 new jobs


Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and officials from global automotive supplier DENSO announced today that the company will expand its operations in Maryville (continue)

Warren Buffett’s firm to become majority stakeholder of Pilot Flying J in 2023


Warren Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. made a significant minority investment into the Knoxville-based Pilot Travel Centers. (continue)

TN Promise students more likely to succeed


Program that pays for tuition for community college started in 2015. (continue)

Gatlinburg’s Alamo Steakhouse to reopen Oct. 2 after being destroyed in wildfire


301 days after burning to the ground in the November wildfires, the Alamo Steakhouse in Gatlinburg has risen from the ashes. (continue)

Grad rates hit record high


Tennessee schools have seen steady improvement (continue)

Is Ikea coming to Tennessee a good thing?


Some are criticizing the tax break granted to the Memphis store as a corporate handout which hurt small businesses (continue)

Tennessee Records Third Straight Month of Record-Low Unemployment Rate


3.3 Percent Marks a New Seasonally Adjusted Record for Statewide Rate (continue)

Belk starts its $40M makeover in Oak Ridge


Retailer plans to open 3, spiff up at least 12 stores (continue)

ORNL technologies help hurricane responders


Lab tool monitors electrical grid and reports outages (continue)

Are used tires and bacon grease the fuel of the future?


Soon, they may help power diesel engines too, thanks to a team of researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (continue)

TNECD now accepting broadband accessibility grant applications


Program to award $10 million to projects that expand broadband to unserved areas (continue)

Alcoa redevelops former aluminum plant site


Commercial, civic center is planned to enhance community (continue)

Knox area meets EPA air quality standards


Knox and the surrounding counties have been designated as meeting attainment for the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards concerning particulate matter 2.5. (continue)

Tourists spent more than $19 billion in Tennessee last year


State officials say tourists spent more than $19 billion in Tennessee in 2016, an increase of 5 percent compared with the previous year. (continue)

Blackberry Farm: New Blackberry Mountain resort to be built in Walland


Blackberry Farm, a Relais & Chateau property located in Walland, announced that in late 2018 it will open a new resort called Blackberry Mountain. (continue)

Keasling to cede Home Federal CEO job to Reynolds


Dale Keasling will step down as Home Federal Bank CEO on Dec. 31 as part of a planned succession, but will remain as board chairman. (continue)

The race to snag a 4,000-job auto plant


Tennessee, other states compete for $1.6B factory (continue)

Jobless rate in Tennessee falls to an all-time low


Unemployment in Tennessee dropped last month to the lowest level on record after employers across the state added 49,100 jobs over the past year. (continue)

UT Medical Center earns recognition


For the sixth consecutive year, The University of Tennessee Medical Center has earned recognition in the Best Hospitals edition of U.S. News & World Report (continue)

British Airways Announces Nonstop Direct Flight From Nashville to London


Gov. Bill Haslam and Nashville Mayor Megan Barry joined British Airways officials to announce a new nonstop direct flight between Nashville and London (continue)

East Tenn. public facilities to receive $1.9M in funding


Energy grants to help with improvements (continue)

Rural TN community makes bid to improve lives


Hancock County pins its hopes on the revitalization prospects of a call center bringing dozens of jobs to the area in conjunction with a new focus on education and health. (continue)

Lifetime Products opens, brings jobs


Lifetime Products, maker of blow-molded plastics including kayaks, paddleboards and outdoor play equipment. (continue)

Housing crunch cuts into Sevier workforce


Sevier County has plenty of jobs, but not enough apartments. That deficiency is keeping jobs open even as tourism has revived after the November 2016 wildfire. (continue)

ORNL Manufacturing Demonstration Facility works toward industry efficiency


The Department of Energy's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory saw approximately 6,200 people representing 700 companies come through its doors in 2016... (continue)

Discovery buying Scripps Networks in $14.6B deal


Discovery Communications is buying Knoxville-based Scripps Networks Interactive (continue)

Business service company LBMC buys W Squared


Merger could translate into jobs (continue)

More days for Dollywood and Splash Country


Dollywood, aiming for a second year of record attendance, is adding two days to its Smoky Mountain Christmas festival and four days to its Splash Country schedule. (continue)

June had lowest unemployment in history


Tennessee had a preliminary seasonally adjusted rate of 3.6 percent (continue)

1,000 new jobs marks milestone for Pikeville


A textile company will bring 1,000 jobs to a rural site north of Chattanooga, making history for the small community. (continue)

Newport Utilities to offer Internet, TV and phone service


The Newport City Council meeting in special session voted unanimously to endorse a plan by Newport Utilities (NU) to offer broadband services. (continue)

Project 95 - Innovating to Bring New Prosperity to Rural Tennessee


By utilizing a multifaceted approach that includes an available facility, workforce training and support, incentives, and other assistance, Tennessee’s economic development team plans to bolster the economy of one distressed county at a time. (continue)

Dollywood ranked 16th best theme park in the world


TripAdvisor announced its annual list of the 25 Top Theme Parks of the World, and Dollywood came in at No. 16. (continue)

Tennessee leads in access to college


Our state has intentionally pursued new pathways for student success at our colleges and universities, and when necessary, been willing to embrace bold policy innovations. (continue)

ORNL director talks new role, lab priorities, Trump administration


New Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thomas Zacharia hasn't lost his sense of gratitude in the 30 years he's worked at the lab. (continue)

Online university WGU sees state’s Reconnect scholarship as an opening for future growth


Tennessee’s state-backed online university is looking to capitalize on a new scholarship program that is expected to pump thousands of adults into higher education in the coming years. (continue)

Protomet to bring 200 jobs to Loudon Co.


The Oak Ridge-based company will bring 200 jobs back to the Maremont muffler plant in Loudon County. (continue)

Virtual Reality helps lure Finland's biggest tire maker to Dayton, TN


The virtual reality (VR) headsets allow users to see and walk through buildings and properties in the virtual world created by the new 3-D design equipment. (continue)

Diversification of state creates challenges, opportunities


While our diversification — like any change — may bring some challenges, it presents even greater opportunities. (continue)

Expose rural students to value of education


To encourage a college-going culture in rural areas demands we expose our children early and often to the value of education. (continue)

ORNL project on track to receive $250K from DOE Fuel Cell Office


A team of four scientists from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory has partnered with a small business, 525 Solutions, to develop a strong, low-cost carbon fiber precursor. (continue)

Volkswagen names new head of US auto plant


The automaker announced that Christian Koch, the plant’s president and CEO, will be succeeded by Antonio Pinto on Aug. 1. (continue)

Tennessee Unemployment Rate Plummets Nearly an Entire Point to 4.0%


Tennessee Falls Below the National Average in May 2017 (continue)

Knoxville-based boatmaker Sea Ray grows, adds jobs


The company expanded its Tellico facility, adding a new ramp and dock – plus 80 more full-time employees so far. (continue)

VW really is trying to change, monitor says


The independent monitor overseeing Volkswagen’s efforts to prevent a repeat of its diesel emissions scandal said that his “initial impression” is that the company is making a serious effort to change its ways. (continue)