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VOL. 44 | NO. 1 | Friday, January 3, 2020

Radio Systems to buy Clark Distributors

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Invisible Fence has announced its parent company, Radio Systems Corp. of Knoxville, has acquired Virginia-based Clark Distributors, Inc. effective Dec. 31.

Clark Distributors, Inc. is an exclusive distributor for Invisible Fence with a territory that includes Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, Delaware, Texas and New Mexico.

Invisible Fence pioneered the pet containment industry in 1973. The Radio Systems Corporation owned company predominantly sells pet containment, avoidance and access solutions across the U.S. and Canada.

Teams from Radio Systems and Clark Distributors, Inc. will continue to work together during the change.

Haslam College 27th in undergrad business

Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee has been ranked 27th among public universities’ national undergraduate programs by Poets&Quants.

The college also rose in the national rankings to 63rd among all institutions.

“Our students’ ability to successfully step into professional business roles immediately upon graduation is the real measure of our educational efforts,” says Lane Morris, associate dean of undergraduate studies and student affairs and the Ergen Professor in Business.

“This ranking is an outgrowth of our continued commitment to equipping our students to embody all that is possible in the business world.

The 2020 list marks the fourth time Poets&Quants has ranked undergraduate business programs in the United States. It is based on a survey of business school alumni regarding their college’s admission standards, their academic experiences and their employment outcomes, as well as data surveys completed by members of the academic institutions.

Pellissippi State wins global marketing award

Pellissippi State Community College has won an International Award for Excellence in Marketing from the Learning Resources Network, the largest association in lifelong learning in the world.

The staff of Pellissippi State Business and Community Services won the award for its e-newsletter that launched fall class registration in August. The email newsletter achieved a 42% open rate and a 30% click-through rate, 10% higher than regular monthly email results. The e-newsletter also generated 25 enrollments before the print class catalog even hit mailboxes.

“The workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities that we provide support both individuals and local employers,” says Teri Brahams, director of Economic and Workforce Development for Pellissippi State. “Being able to effectively communicate and market what we offer is integral to the success of our programs. We are honored to be the recipient of the Excellence in Marketing award at the international level.”

The award was one of only 20 given at LERN’s annual conference in San Diego. Marketing specialist Danielle Dreeszen of Pellissippi State Business and Community Services accepted the award, the first Pellissippi State has received from LERN.

AC’s Big Ears, Bonnaroo make Best Festival list

Three events produced by Knoxville’s AC Entertainment have been named to Paste Magazine’s Best Music Festivals of 2019.

Paste, a leading digital chronicle of the music and entertainment business, selected the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Bonnaroo in Manchester, and the High Water Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.

The honors come as Big Ears gears up for its 11th anniversary March 26-29, 2020.

About Big Ears, Paste said: “Attending Big Ears, one has to put themselves in the mindset to have their preconceptions about music repeatedly shattered with each performance. There’s no limitations at Big Ears, and the culmination of musical minds aware of this freedom has resulted in something singularly spectacular.”

The Bonnaroo is billed by organizers and fans as “the most positive place on this planet, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” Its 2019 season saw a return to its jam-band roots and a combination of renowned pop artists, indie acts and country music all stars.

Paste said of Bonnaroo: “The festival sold out for the first time since 2013, and in doing so maintained its free-spirited, communal vibes. The farm is still one of the best (or at least, most iconic) places to hear music in the country.”

UT nursing group partners with Union University

The Precious Prints Project has named its first academic partner, Union University of Hendersonville.

Precious Prints offers free fingerprint charms to families who have lost a child. It was launched at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in January 2012. The charms are now available at all major hospitals in Knox County.

Precious Prints is an initiative of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Student Nurses Association. Union University of Hendersonville nursing students will implement the project in the Nashville area through collaboration with nursing students from UT.

To date, more than 950 Knoxville-area families have received a sterling silver charm bearing the fingerprint of their child, made by Knoxville-based company Precious Metal Prints. The charms provide a lasting memory for parents. Fundraising and project management are handled by UT’s Student Nurses Association. The students collect donations through events like the Sprint for the Prints 5K, which had more than 300 participants in its seventh annual race in September.

This development comes after College of Nursing Dean Victoria Niederhauser and Lynne Miller, clinical instructor and director of the Precious Prints Project, created a plan to expand the project to nursing schools and health care facilities across the nation.

Nursing faculty and student representatives from Union University recently visited UT to learn implementation strategies, best practices and how to conduct staff education and training.

City nears end of North Central Street makeover

The $6.35 million North Central Street Project is nearing completion.

The project covers 13 blocks and includes 43,000 square feet of new green space in addition to major infrastructure improvements with water mains, fire hydrants and increased multimodal function, making it friendly to pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, as well as drivers.

Deteriorating stormwater lines were replaced and damaged sidewalks were repaired and replaced. Other additions included installing new bulb-outs to define on-street parking and provide areas for landscaping, better-marked bike lanes, resurfacing the street and creating a linear park near Baxter Avenue.

The upgraded area runs from Depot Avenue on the south end of the project through the intersection at Broadway and north to Woodland Avenue, approximately 1.1 miles.

Before the construction, Knoxville Utilities Board replaced more than 8,000 linear feet of water main and 26 fire hydrants.

Joyson workers may apply for TAA benefits

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is accepting applications for Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits for Key Safety Systems, doing business as Joyson Safety, a subsidiary of Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp.

The TAA encompasses all workers of Key Safety Systems, including on-site leased workers from Randstad US and Express Employment Professionals located in Knoxville.

Affected workers include those who were identified by the Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance as having been affected by foreign competition. Workers may be entitled to benefits, retraining and reemployment services.

The U.S. Department of Labor has approved TAA petition TAW# 9582, for benefits with an impact date of Oct. 11, 2018, a certification date of Oct. 22, 2019, and an expiration date of Nov. 22, 2021.

ORNL leads heating, air efficiency collaboration

Oak Ridge National Laboratory and five leading building equipment industries will collaborate to improve the energy performance of heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems and investigate climate-friendly alternative refrigerants.

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s only designated national user facility for buildings research – the Building Technologies Research and Integration Center at ORNL – will conduct research and development with the National Automatic Merchandising Association, Taylor Commercial Foodservice, Emerson Climate Technologies, Enginuity Power Systems and Baltimore Aircoil Company.

Improving the energy efficiency of buildings and equipment is a priority for DOE’s Building Technologies Office because the 127 million buildings in the United States consume nearly 40% of the nation’s total energy at a cost of $415 billion annually, accounting for 36% of carbon emissions. BTO’s goal is to create marketable technologies and design approaches that address energy consumption in existing and new buildings to reduce the average energy use in all U.S. buildings by 30% by 2030.

Oak Ridge unveils new junk vehicle ordinances

Oak Ridge has updated its junked vehicle ordinances for in 2020.

January and February will be used as a grace period to inform the community of the changes. Written warnings will be provided during this grace period, before official notices of violations, until March. After this time, written warnings will no longer be given before the violation notice.

The changes define what constitutes an unlawful vehicle. Additionally, the changes will help reduce blighted conditions, improve quality of life in the neighborhoods, and enhance effective enforcement by city departments.

Under the updated ordinance, vehicles declared as junked, abandoned, inoperable or public nuisance will be removed from public or private property if not addressed by the owner in an allotted amount of time. Removal by the city, if necessary, will be at the owner’s expense.

Questions about these updates can be directed to the City of Oak Ridge Codes Enforcement Office at (865) 425-3532 or the Oak Ridge Police Department at (865) 425-3512 during regular business hours.

Barton’s donation aids Young-Williams project

Young-Williams Animal Center has received a $45,000 donation from Eric Barton’s Angels Over America Foundation. The funds are designated to replace the shelter’s aging spay shuttle.

Young-Williams Animal Center officials announced it raised an additional $45,000 to match the donation by Barton and issued a challenge to the community to raise another $45,000 by year’s end.

The new shuttle, which will cost $367,000, will enable the shelter to perform more low-cost and convenient spay/neuter surgeries in the community and help prevent the birth of unwanted animals – up to 30,000 homeless pets in Knoxville every year.

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