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Upcoming Friday Programs

All meetings occur from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the UT Outreach Center unless otherwise noted.
August 16 - Ken Rueter, UCOR

August 23 - Board of Directors

August 30 - No ETEC, Labor Day Holiday

September 6 - Jonaaron Jones, Volunteer Aerospace


Aug 15 - TSBDC: Business Planning
Aug 15 - KTech Launch Event (Knoxville Technology Council)
Aug 22 - Innov865 Investor Series
Aug 23 - TSBDC: Small Business Start-Up Seminar
Aug 27 - ETEC’s Nuclear Supplier’s Workshop

Sep 5 - Future of Manufacturing Workshop: Big Data Analytics & Adv. Manu.
Sep 5 - Endeavor Young Professionals Summit
Sep 8 - Knoxville Maker City Summit
Sep 10 - TS117: TedxOakRidge
Sep 10 - TSBDC: Negotiating Subcontract Agreements
Sep 11 - House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus
Sep 11 - TSBDC: Gov't Contracting- 101-102 What’s Next?
Sep 12 - TSBDC: Social Media Marketing
Sep 19 - GEM Technologies, Inc. Celebrating 25 YEARS
Sep 20 - TSBDC: Small Business Start-Up Seminar
Sep 24 - Innov865: Start-Up Day 2019

Nuclear Suppliers Workshop

Only 2 Weeks Away!

The 2019 Nuclear Suppliers Workshop is focused on supply opportunities for advanced nuclear reactors, nuclear fuels, additive manufacturing for nuclear, and nuclear medicine.


  • The 2019 event begins with an opening reception on the evening of Monday, August 26.
  • Attendees will have opportunities to attend breakout session(s) for a more informal dialogue with industry representatives.
  • Opportunity to tour ORNL’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility to see advances in additive manufacturing and how those are being applied to future nuclear applications.
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Future of Manufacturing Workshop

Manufacturers and small businesses who are interested in or currently using big data analytics in their processes are invited to attend an event where we will discuss and explore advancing manufacturing through big data analytics. For more information and to register, click the link below.

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ETEC Awards: Call for Nominations

ETEC is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Muddy Boot Award and Postma Young Professional Medal. Submissions should include a letter to the selection committee containing specific reasons for the nomination along with the nominee’s resume and bio. Detailed criteria can be found on the ETEC website. Nominations may be submitted online, by email, or through the mail. The deadline for nominations is this Friday, August 16.

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USA vs Russia – The Next Generation Nuclear Race

The US has not upgraded its nuclear facilities in over 20 years and currently does not have a modern fast neutron-spectrum testing facility. The next generation reactors are needed in order to regain global leadership and to counter Russia’s technology. Russia is currently building a next generation, world’s most powerful, MBIR sodium cooled fast reactor with the involvement of the N.A. Dollezhal Scientific Research and Design Institute of Electrical Power Engineering Technology in Dimitrovgrad.
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Payer CMS Finalizes Plan to Boost Wage Index for Rural Hospitals

The Trump administration released a final rule that boosts Medicare payments to rural hospitals in a bid to address major inequalities. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released final rules for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment system for fiscal year 2020. The rules included an increase to the wage index for certain low-wage hospitals such as those in rural areas.
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DOE Celebrates GA Power’s 1st ‘Smart Neighborhood’

Georgia’s fledgling energy storage market took another step forward with the ceremonial switch-on of Georgia Power’s ‘Smart Neighborhood’ in Atlanta. Each home in the new community ‘Altus at The Quarter’ has solar panels, batteries and energy efficiency components such as heat pump water heaters. All are connected to a neighborhood microgrid, which is managed and optimized using a novel, grid-interactive control system, developed by Oak Ridge National Lab, supported by the National Buildings Technology Office.
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Closer to Vision 2020 - Crews Kick Off Another Demolition

Another building will soon be torn down at the East Tennessee Technology Park, — the K-1423 Toll Enrichment Facility. The 30,817-square-foot building was used to transfer liquefied uranium hexafluoride, from the former gaseous diffusion plant’s uranium enrichment process, into cylinders. Those operations took place from 1969 to 1986. The building was later used for a variety of other purposes, including addressing radiologically contaminated drums, washing chemically contaminated drums, and storing waste.
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TVA Completes Nearly $500M Upgrade at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant

The Tennessee Valley Authority says it’s completed a $475 million upgrade at its oldest nuclear power plant in a move that helped boost the amount of electricity it produces without carbon emissions. The Times Free Press reports modifications to reactors at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Athens, Alabama, added power and expanded service to almost 300,000 more homes. The upgrades, coupled with the increased use of solar power, will help TVA reduce carbon emissions by 70% of 2005 levels by 2030.
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C&J Named Top 100 Firm to Work for by Accounting Today

Accounting Today and Best Companies Group have announced the members of the 2019 Best Accounting Firms to Work For list. ETEC member Coulter & Justus made the list of the top 100 firms. The annual survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in the accounting profession. The list is made up of 100 firms. Almost 300 firms from across the United States entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Accounting Firms to Work For.
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Meeting Sponsor

Thank you to TS117 Modern Coworking for sponsoring
the Friday morning meetings in August.

New Member

ETEC would like to welcome Pitts & Lake, P.C. as a new member.

Pitts & Lake are patent lawyers and trademark attorneys who provide quality legal services in a complex area of law at reasonable rates. All the patent attorneys and lawyers have science or engineering backgrounds and experience in all phases of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property matters, to ensure the best results for clients both inside and outside the courtroom.
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