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Tennessee tourism officials launch vacation planning website


The state Department of Tourist Development announced the revamped tourism website. (continue)

Self-driving trolley coming to Knoxville


A self-driving electric trolley, dubbed “Olli,” will be tested this fall and may be on Knoxville streets in 2018. (continue)

Gunmaker gets incentives for Maryville move


SCCY set for $1.7M grant; other perks not disclosed (continue)

4M tackles demand with plasma use


4M Industrial Oxidation, a Knoxville company that is commercializing a new method of carbon fiber production, has announced a reverse merger with Woodland Holdings Corporation. (continue)

House approves Haslam’s tuition-free college plan


Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to offer Tennessee adults tuition free community college moved closer to a reality when state House members approved the measure. (continue)

Scott County hospital is hiring, hopes to reopen soon


Rennova Health closed on the sale of the Scott County Community Hospital in January. At the time they said they hoped to open the hospital in the second quarter of 2017. (continue)

SCCY Industries to establish a production facility and headquarters in Blount County


SCCY is investing $22.5 million to build a new facility in Blount County that will create more than 350 new jobs. (continue)

TNECD Announces Four New Select Tennessee Certified Sites


48 sites have now been certified through the program (continue)

New scholarships for older students coming


Pellissippi State Community College wants to help adults afford tuition (continue)

WGU Tennessee offers Tennessee Promise scholarship


The state’s online university is rolling out a scholarship to court Tennessee Promise students as they graduate from community college (continue)

Soak, snap and win in Roane County


Roane County wants to reward visitors for showing others why they, too, should visit Roane County. (continue)

Haslam’s $45 million program for broadband grants clears Senate


The grant program would provide $45 million over three years for incentives to expand broadband to areas that Haslam says are in dire need of access. (continue)

Wet wipe plant bringing 250 jobs to Morristown


A Wisconsin maker of coffee filters and wet wipes will open a factory in Morristown, about 40 miles northeast of Knoxville, bringing 250 new jobs. (continue)

Tennessee businessman Bill Hagerty chosen to be ambassador


Tennessee businessman Bill Hagerty is officially President Donald Trump’s choice to be the U.S. ambassador to Japan. (continue)

Business tax breaks need more monitoring


Politicians like nothing more than to hold a press conference announcing that a new business is coming to town, creating jobs and investment in the future. (continue)

TN Promise students offered scholarship for transfer to UT


The University of Tennessee Knoxville is offering a new scholarship for transfer students in an effort to attract graduates of the Tennessee Promise program. (continue)

Caterpillar digs Oak Ridge’s 3D printing work


Techniques developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are going to appear in excavators built by Illinois-based Caterpillar Inc. (continue)

Festival Puts Knoxville on Map


Arts, music give the world different view of Knoxville (continue)

Grad school improvements make for a robust UT


According to annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report, UT graduate programs in business, law, engineering, information sciences, nursing and education are among the best in the country. (continue)

Legislators push for transparency with tax credits


Report shows some tax breaks had mixed success (continue)

Tennessee incentives are 4th in US


Tennessee provides more than $2.5 billion worth of incentives annually... (continue)

Tennessee's GDP Growth Leads Southeast


#1 state in the Southeast for real GDP growth rate (continue)

Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing Supports Nearly 17,600 Jobs in the Knoxville Metro Area


The King Institute for Regional Economic Studies (KIRES) has released a new study. (continue)

Oak Ridge firm to present findings in Asia


Scientists and executives from Oak Ridge firm Nanomechanics Inc. will present their latest findings to researchers in China, seeking to expand their already substantial markets there. (continue)

Tennessee leads the nation in outlook for job growth


The Paychex/IHS Small Business Jobs Index said small businesses in Tennessee are the most optimistic for hiring activity of any state. (continue)

Amended broadband bill adds video


Tennessee’s rural electric cooperatives will be allowed to offer video to customers as well as broadband services under an amended version of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Broadband Accessibility Act. (continue)

IMPROVE Act better for state


As the Tennessee Legislature debates how best to replenish funding for infrastructure, it would be instructive, if not enlightening, for lawmakers to study a recent University of Tennessee report on their options. (continue)

Home-grown Scripps Networks Interactive makes its mark


Today, HGTV is part of Scripps Networks Interactive, a Knoxville-based producer of lifestyle content for television and other platforms (continue)

Randy Boyd announces 2018 run for governor


Knoxville businessman and baseball team owner Randy Boyd has officially announced his 2018 candidacy for governor. (continue)

Tennessee Business Retention and Expansion Course


The Tennessee Business Retention and Expansion Course, March 21-22 in Jackson, TN (continue)

US manufacturing surges to a 3-year high in February


US manufacturing expanded more than expected in February, according to the Institute of Supply Management. (continue)

Tate & Lyle Opens $60M Plant In Loudon


Tate & Lyle hosted a ribbon cutting for the formal opening of its new co-generation plant at its facility in Loudon. (continue)

Thom Mason talks about decision to leave ORNL


Takes post with Battelle as senior VP for lab ops (continue)

Haslam touts Tennessee Reconnect


Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam gave a mini-version of his State of the State address... (continue)

Putting focus on transfer students


Tennessee leaders in higher education will meet next week to discuss how best to ensure the success of a growing population of college transfer students. (continue)

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Announces Bob Rolfe as ECD Commissioner


Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced Nashville business executive Bob Rolfe as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). (continue)

Tennessee Promise enrollment up


Sixty-three percent of students who enrolled in college for the first time in the fall of 2015 through the Tennessee Promise program re-enrolled in fall of 2016, according to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. (continue)

Gov. Haslam names Bob Rolfe head of ECD


Gov. Bill Haslam announced Nashville business executive Bob Rolfe as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. (continue)

Pigeon Forge tourism sees rise


The impact of visitors increased faster in Sevier County than anywhere else in the state. (continue)

Automation can revitalize the U.S. workforce


Most human capital leaders see a much brighter future, one where automation helps revitalize U.S. manufacturing and increases the demand for skilled workers. (continue)

Oak Ridge-based Protomet growing


The Oak Ridge-based design and manufacturing firm is celebrating its 20th anniversary with new products and continuing plans for expansion of both its physical plant and payroll. (continue)

College plans put spotlight on Tennessee


Three years after Haslam introduced the landmark scholarship program, it’s conversations in statehouses around the country that are changing, placing the Volunteer State at the center of a national movement. (continue)

Colleges shift on Haslam’s new plan


Free tuition for adults an ‘immense’ chance (continue)

Broadband plan would help rural counties


More than one-third of Tennessee’s rural residents — totaling more people than live in the city of Memphis — do not have access to broadband internet services. (continue)

Study: Tax credit costs $1.2M a job


Tennessee taxpayers forgo $1.2 million each year to subsidize a single job through the state’s largest business tax break program. (continue)

Tennessee leads nation in small business job growth


Tennessee is leading the country in job growth among small businesses, according to employment data... (continue)

KaTom to add 100 new jobs during Sevier County expansion


More jobs are coming to Sevier County, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Friday. (continue)

ORNL sets communications speed mark


Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have set a world record in superdense coding, a technique by which electrical particles are communicated, that could have far-reaching implications for internet users and cybersecurity. (continue)

Anakeesta Project Breaks Ground


Work begins on ‘chondola’ station in Gatlinburg. (continue)

Haslam outlines expanded tuition-free college proposal


Tennessee Promise would grow to include adults (continue)

TDECD, tourist development events pegged for Gatlinburg


Tennessee Department Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd and Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett announced Friday that the departments’ annual governor’s conferences will be held in Gatlinburg in October. (continue)

Scientists recognized in Haslam visit to ORNL


Gov. Bill Haslam visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory to recognize a team of scientists who discovered a new set of super-heavy elements in 2010. (continue)

State earns good marks for economy


State economic and development commissioner says report shows ‘it is a great time to be a Tennessean’ (continue)

Haslam broadband plan offers $45M in grants


Governor wants more in rural areas to have service (continue)

Sevier County utility damage brings big bill


Utilities in Sevier County took about $5.75 million in damage from November’s wildfire (continue)

Clayton Homes is launching its own transport operation


Transport operation could bring hundreds of jobs (continue)

Tax Incentive Funding (TIF) Used to Stimulate New Industrial Building Growth


A TIF program uses increased, future real estate tax revenues to fund new improvements designed to attract additional industrial investment and job creation. (continue)

Tenn. jobless rate rises, remains above U.S. average


Unemployment in Tennessee edged up at the end of 2016 despite the addition of 62,100 jobs across the state over the past year. (continue)

Scott County Hospital seeks to reopen by late April


Hospital leaders hope to get Scott County's only hospital back open in the next few months now that a new owner prepares to take over. (continue)

Cirrus Celebrates New Vision Center


Cirrus Aircraft was so excited about opening its new Knoxville Vision Center Campus, it threw a party for about 500 people. (continue)

SUV, crossover focus saves Tennessee jobs


Major investments in crossover and SUV production have largely insulated Tennessee auto assembly plants from recent rounds of layoffs as the industry reacts to declining car sales. (continue)

Federal aid nearing $5.9M for fire victims


Nearly $5.9 million in federal disaster assistance has been approved for victims of the wildfires in Sevier County. (continue)

Fed tax breaks lead to 85K state jobs


Tennessee employers took advantage of federal tax credits last year to hire 85,448 workers who were long-term unemployed, first time workers or military veterans out of work. (continue)

Smokies reports record number of park visitors in 2016


The Great Smoky Mountains National Park set a visitation record with more than 11 million visitors in 2016. (continue)

Cleaner Knox air benefits everyone


The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to drop Knox County’s designation as being in “nonattainment” for fine particulates such as soot. (continue)

Surplus could help rural counties get high-speed web


Tennessee lawmakers looking for ways to spend $1 billion in one-time surplus funds should consider investing in high-speed internet service for the state’s most economically challenged rural counties. (continue)

Education group eyes more funds for college program


The Tennessee Higher Education Commission is asking the state to pump more money into a $20 million grant program that partners employers with colleges to develop academic programs tailored to the needs of local job markets. (continue)

Tennessee Chamber boosts manufacturing job training


The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry is partnering to build a robust pipeline of talent for the state’s manufacturing industry. (continue)

Grants help close TN’s digital divide


Demand for improved broadband access in rural parts of Tennessee has grown in recent years (continue)

Haslam Announces ECD Commissioner Randy Boyd to Return to Private Sector


ECD Commissioner Helped Create Drive to 55, Tennessee Promise and Reconnect programs (continue)

Nashville businessman picked for ambassador to Japan


Businessman Bill Hagerty of Nashville is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to be the U.S. ambassador to Japan. (continue)

Knox County Air Quality Improves


Area hopes to soon lose ‘nonattainment’ designation (continue)

Longer runway aims for longer reach


$108M project may create room for additional routes to cities, more flights (continue)

Three storylines to watch for in 2017


New year to kick start projects, see to challenges (continue)

Chemical firm plans East TN plant expansion


Wacker will invest $150M to build next-door factory (continue)

Work starts on Gatlinburg Margaritaville


The $35 million project, with 174 rooms that can hold 500 guests altogether, will match The Island’s Caribbean-casual theme. (continue)

Anakeesta, $47 million Gatlinburg project, moves forward


Anakeesta, a 72-acre, outdoor-adventure project that was targeted to open in spring 2017 (continue)

Chattanooga trucking company prepares to make electric move


Chattanooga’s biggest trucking carrier is going electric, at least with some of its fleet, in the next three to five years (continue)

Damage tally from wildfire complete


The damage, which officials have finally finished evaluating, has been extensive. (continue)

Advanced energy heats up


Tennessee business leaders want the state to get a bigger piece of the $1.3 billion “advanced energy” market. (continue)

ProNova gets FDA approval


The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has cleared the SC360 proton therapy system, made in Maryville by ProNova Solutions, the company announced. (continue)

Gatlinburg businesses prepare to reopen Friday


Gatlinburg prepares to open its doors to anyone and everyone Friday, and everyone is getting ready. (continue)

Guests flock to Dollywood on Friday after the Gatlinburg fires


Dollywood reopened Friday and guests came out to support Dolly Parton's Pigeon Forge theme park. (continue)

Sevier County Mayor faces test with blaze


Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters has moderated news conferences on the fires in Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park all week with seemingly finesse. (continue)

Rural high-speed internet lags cities


Rural folks need broadband just like folks in the metro areas do. (continue)

Dolly Parton organizes Nashville telethon for Sevier County fire victims


Dolly Parton is organizing a telethon to help the victims of the deadly wildfires in East Tennessee. (continue)

Sevier County tourism will rise again, say officials


The county, with a population of about 100,000, sees 11 million visitors annually, according to the East Tennessee Economic Development Agency. But Tuesday some of the hotels which host those visitors were reported on fire, and the attractions along U.S. 441 in Gatlinburg stood empty as the city had been evacuated. (continue)

TVA eyes deal to possibly buy Okla. wind-generated power


The Tennessee Valley Authority is studying whether to contract this year to buy into what would be one of the biggest wind energy projects in the country. (continue)

VW maps out blueprint for comeback in US


Volkswagen Group mapped out a plan to re-emerge as a major player in the lucrative U.S. automotive market. (continue)

VW Cuts to have ‘no effect’ in Chattanooga


A plant spokesman says Volkswagen’s plan to cut 30,000 jobs will have “no effect” on the company’s Chattanooga facility. (continue)

GrowthX sees many Knoxville resources


Knoxville needs to let potential investors know about its wealth of resources, talent and quality of life... (continue)

Allegiant Air offers cheap airfare on New York route


Allegiant Air began nonstop service between Knoxville and New York on Thursday. (continue)

UT’s engineering college on the upswing


The college has been on the upswing for about a decade now. (continue)

Tennessee sites seek skilled workers


The manufacturing sector has started to rebound, so companies are scrambling (continue)

ExpressJet to close its facility in Shreveport and relocate to Knoxville


ExpressJet, which operates a jet maintenance facility at Shreveport Regional Airport, plans to close it next year and shift those operations to its facility in Knoxville, Tennessee. (continue)

Tennessee Promise sees record enrollment


Free community college program attracts 60,000 (continue)

ORNL technology will soon help protect several Samsung devices


Thanks to cutting-edge technology developed by scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, look for smartphones and other electronic devices with enhanced glass display capabilities and self-cleaning properties in the near future. (continue)

McGhee Tyson Airport lands $27.9M grant


Money will be used to complete multiyear runway expansion (continue)