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VOL. 44 | NO. 3 | Friday, January 17, 2020

UT on-campus projects making progress

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On-campus construction projects at the University of Tennessee are “moving forward very quickly this spring,’’ says Dave Irvin, associate vice chancellor for facilities services.

“You can really see the difference on campus.”

Crews are continuing work on the new engineering complex, west campus dining facility, Morrill Hall demolition and additional projects. The Joe Johnson-John Ward Pedestrian Walkway extension will begin soon.

The engineering complex on the east end of campus will be completed in fall 2021. “Soon you will see the structure top out and exterior walls start to go up,” Irvin says. The facility will provide 228,000 square feet of classrooms, offices and state-of-the-art research space for the Tickle College of Engineering.

Utilities are in place, and structures are rising on the site of the new west campus dining facility on Andy Holt Avenue. When it opens in fall 2021, the facility will include a full-service Chick-fil-A and a fresh-food concept similar to the one now in place at the Stokely Residence Hall.

Demolition of the old Morrill Hall is almost complete. Once the debris is removed, the space initially will be used as a staging area for construction materials for building the dining facility. When that project is complete, the site will be converted into a landscaped green space. A section of Andy Holt Avenue in front of the Morrill Hall demolition site is closed as workers replace water mains beneath the street.

Construction will begin soon on extending the Joe Johnson–John Ward Pedestrian Walkway from the Clarence Brown Theatre westward along Andy Holt Avenue to Frances Street.

Once the work starts, the section of Andy Holt Avenue between Melrose Place and Pat Head Summitt Street will permanently close.

The project also will affect Frances Street, located between Presidential Court and Fred Brown Hall, and the section of Melrose Avenue from Presidential Court to the Frieson Black Cultural Center. Frances Street will be closed, although the Office of Equity and Diversity and a service road along the north side of Fred Brown Hall will remain accessible. The section of Melrose will be a two-way street rather than a one-way street.

The Pedestrian Walkway project is set to finish by the end of this year.

The second phase of the Pride of the Southland Band field project gets underway this spring with the construction of a new pavilion next to the band tower.

When completed this summer, the pavilion will give the band a sheltered location to conduct their practices. The space also will be available for special events and other activities for students, faculty and staff.

Construction continues on the Surge Building on the agricultural campus. Once completed this fall, the 19,000-square-foot building will be the temporary home for agriculture faculty and staff as the Ellington Plant Sciences Building is demolished and rebuilt.

TeamHealth purchases Florida practice

Knoxville-based TeamHealth, a physician practice, has acquired the anesthesiology practice of Jon A. Harmon, M.D., P.A., for services provided at Brandon Surgery Center.

Based in Brandon, Florida, Brandon Surgery Center is an outpatient surgery center that provides care for approximately 9,800 patients each year. Three anesthesiologists and affiliated CRNAs provide patient care at the facility.

KPD raises $14,215 for various charities

Knoxville Police Department officers donated $14,215 to be divided among four different charitable organizations during its three-month beard and lapel fundraiser.

That exceeds the nearly $11,000 contribution the KPD made in 2018.

Oct. 1-Dec. 31, officers were given the option to grow beards for a contribution of $25 per month. Officers could also show their support for the various causes by wearing authorized lapel pins for a $10 donation per pin.

October was devoted to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (pink pin), while November was committed to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (burgundy pin) and the Prostate Cancer Foundation (light blue pin). December was set aside exclusively for the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

A total of $4,465 went to the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, while KPD officers also delivered gifts directly to children at the hospital. The KPD also provided $4,465 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, while $2,642.50 went to both the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

HUD grant adds 38 Knox housing vouchers

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation has been awarded 38 additional Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers to help local residents 18-61 with disabilities secure affordable housing.

The vouchers were made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program, assisting very low-income families and the disabled to afford decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market.

“These vouchers will fill an identified need in our community,” KCDC Executive Director and CEO Ben Bentley says. “We help the recipients navigate the process, and now 38 additional families will have access to affordable housing in areas across Knox County.”

The organization applied for the additional vouchers in August and received notification from HUD on Dec. 18 that an additional allocation of $211,589 had been approved for the Mainstream program.

In 2018, KCDC was awarded 50 Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers for the program, part of HUD’s $98.5 million initiative in new funds to assist housing authorities nationwide to subsidize rent for 12,000 non-elderly persons with disabilities. Through that competitive process, KCDC received $236,568 in 2018 to help 50 local residents subsidize their rent or mortgage payments, enabling them to live independently.

Housing units eligible for the program must meet established standards of health and safety, and a housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by KCDC on behalf of voucher recipients. The recipient then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.

More than 400 non-elderly applicants are on a waiting list to receive a voucher, and the 38 vouchers are a net increase in the Knoxville affordable housing supply.

Orchid Awards nominees announced

Keep Knoxville Beautiful will hosts its annual Orchid Awards on Feb. 25

The awards honor the city’s most attractive properties, public spaces and public art. Awards will be presented to winners in seven different categories: environmental stewardship, new architecture, outdoor space, community space, public art, redesign/reuse, and restaurant/café/bar/brewery.

“The nominees for the 38th annual Orchids Awards represent the ever-growing development of Knoxville,” says KBB Knoxville’s Alanna McKissack, executive director.

The nominees for environmental stewardship are the Shelton Group and the new KUB Engineering Building.

The new architecture nominees are the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart Jesus, Hardin Valley Middle School, KCDC’s Five Point Phase 3, Regions Bank- Northshore, Summit Corporate Headquarters Office Building, Tate’s School Multipurpose Building – “The Barn,” The Crozier Condominiums, The University of Tennessee Golf Facility, The University of Tennessee Student Union, and the Volunteer Boulevard Parking Garage.

Outdoor space nominees are Augusta Quarry at Fort Dickerson Park, Jackson Avenue – Old City Redevelopment, Jewelry Television Entry Plaza, Randy Tyree Performance Lawn at World’s Fair Park, Suttree Landing Pavilion and Kayak Launch, UT Volunteer Boulevard Streetscape and Waterfront Drive.

The nominees for community space are the All Saints Catholic Church Community Garden, Birdhouse-Porch Restoration, New Hopewell Community School, Marble City Community Garden, and Saint John’s Prayer Garden.

Public art nominees are Cassiopeia-Market Square Garage Mural, KNOX Letters at the Knoxville Convention Center, and the Karns Senior Center – 1 Karns Mosaic Mural.

The nominees for redesign/reuse are 822 Sevier Avenue, Chesapeake’s West, Commerce Building- Downtown Knoxville MIG, Cowan Cottage, Elst Brewing + Taproom, Embassy Suites, First Presbyterian Church, Full Service BBQ, Knoxville High Independent Senior Living, KYBRA Athletics, The Press Room, Maple Hall and The Parlor, Market Square Public Restrooms, Park City Improvement Company, SmartBank, The Daniel, The Orangery Village, The Mill and Mine, and The Swift.

The restaurant/café/bar/brewery are Bluhen Botanicals Wellness Center, Central Filling Station, Full Service BBQ, Chesapeake’s West, Maple Hall and The Parlor, The Oak Room by Abridged, Elst Brewing + Taproom, and Fin Two.

Additionally, The Mary Lou Horner Beautification Award will honor The Miller Building. This award is given to an Orchids winner from 10 or more years ago that has maintained their orchid-worthy status.

Tombras lands RE/MAX account

Knoxville-based Tombras has been named media agency of record for RE/MAX, leading franchisors of real estate brokerage services.

Tombras, a full-service advertising agency, was awarded the business following a national consultant-led review managed by Media Sherpas.

Work is set to begin in 2020. RE/MAX will continue its partnership with San Francisco-based advertising agency Camp + King for the 2020 advertising campaign which will roll out at the beginning of the year.

RE/MAX launched a review of the U.S. media account in 2019 to ensure the real estate giant, which comprises over 125,000 agents in more than 110 countries and territories, continues to partner with agencies that will deliver maximum results for its network.

Deadline approaches for UT Alumni Awards

The University of Tennessee is seeking nominations for its 2020 Alumni Awards in four categories.

The nomination deadline is Jan. 31. Information

The Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award is the single highest alumni award given. Past winners include Jim and Natalie Haslam, Dave Ramsey, Senator Bob Corker and Sharon Price John.

Posthumous awards have been given to Clarence Brown, John Fisher and Robert Kirkland.

Other honors are the the Alumni Professional Achievement award, The Alumni Service award and the Alumni Promise award for alums no older than 40 who have demonstrated distinctive achievement in a career, civic involvement or both.

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