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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)

Car sales dip alerts auto parts plants


Sales of new cars and trucks slipped 4.5 percent nationwide last month... (continue)

Tennessee leads nation in small-business job growth


Tennessee continues as the No. 1 state for job growth among small businesses. (continue)

How a technological 'tsunami' is shaking up the supply chain industry


Technological advances are hitting the industry like a giant wave... (continue)

ORNL 3D-printed magnets attract ‘Momentum’


Magnets are much more than a nifty ornament used to display artwork on the refrigerator. (continue)

UT supply chain program combines education, industry experience


The UT supply chain program was ranked No. 3 on Gartner's top 25 supply chain undergraduate programs and No. 2 on Gartner's graduate program list in 2016. (continue)

Thomas Zacharia named as next ORNL director


Veteran computer science researcher Thomas Zacharia has been named as the next director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (continue)

New Data Puts Spotlight on Popular Tennessee Occupations


Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD), in cooperation with the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, released occupational employment and wage information for 2016. (continue)

Synchronous firefly viewing in the Smokies starts


Every year in late May and early June, hundreds of people pack into the Elkmont Campground to see the natural phenomenon. (continue)

6 months after wildfire, Sevier businesses look for brighter future


From the start, spokespeople for Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville said the best way to help is to come back and patronize local businesses. (continue)

Covenant Health on Forbes Best Employers list


Forbes magazine named Covenant Health as one of the best employers in the country in its annual “America’s Best Employers” list that included 500 companies from across America. (continue)

Oak Ridge National Lab shows 3D printing tech to Secretary of Energy Rick Perry


Secretary of Energy Rick Perry visited the Oak Ridge National Lab with Sen. Lamar Alexander. (continue)

Tennessee businessman Hagerty breezes through hearing for ambassador to Japan


Nashville businessman Bill Hagerty diplomatically deflected a few potentially dangerous questions as he breezed through his confirmation hearing... (continue)

UT doctoral program all about data


A new doctoral program at the University of Tennessee Knoxville will look at data, the way it’s collected and how it can be used to make advancements in other disciplines. (continue)

Haslam signs broadband bill in Brownsville


Gov. Bill Haslam signed the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act into law, a bill that will help rural communities in the state get better access to broadband Internet. (continue)

Tennessee makes community college free for all adults


Tennessee is about to become the first state in the nation to make community college free for all adults. (continue)

Tenn.’s economic growth outpaces nation’s


The number of Tennessee business filings increased in the first quarter of 2017, signaling economic strength in the year ahead. (continue)

Self-driving shuttle to debut this fall in Knoxville


Knoxville's first self-driving trolley will be rolling around downtown later this year. (continue)

Made in Tennessee: VW rolls out 7-seat Atlas SUV


VW dealers soon will stock the Tennessee-made Atlas, a sport-utility vehicle Volkswagen needs to return shoppers to showrooms and make full use of the $1 billion Chattanooga assembly line. (continue)

ORNL research could revolutionize clothes drying industry


Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are troubleshooting a project that could one day save you energy, time and money on a task we're all familiar with: clothes drying. (continue)

Bill Hagerty confirmation hearing set for May 18


A Senate committee has scheduled a confirmation hearing for May 18 to consider Nashville businessman Bill Hagerty’s nomination to become ambassador to Japan. (continue)

Governor Applauds Passage of IMPROVE Act


Gov. Haslam praised passage of the IMPROVE Act, a key piece of his NextTennessee legislative plan, giving the largest tax cut in Tennessee history and making the state more competitive in recruiting manufacturing jobs while delivering a safe, reliable and debt-free transportation network for the next generation of Tennesseans. (continue)

Clayton builds $14M training lodge, donates old structures for safe houses


Homebuilder has made several site improvements (continue)

Tennessee’s prudent use of business incentives promotes investment, jobs


By Bob Rolfe, the commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (continue)

Credit bill passes in state legislature


Bringing more transparency to the state’s business subsidies, lawmakers passed a bill that would require an annual report on tax credits. (continue)

Manager of former K-25 site to get remaining land


The Tennessee General Assembly has approved legislation establishing the management of an Oak Ridge industrial park. (continue)

Safe Landing for Drones


‘Dronopod’ created from a 3D printer envisions the future (continue)

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)

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