“Spark Innovation Center” holds its virtual ribbon cutting

The University of Tennessee (UT) Research Park hosted a virtual ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon for its new “Spark Innovation Center.” More than 80 people tuned-in for the event, delivered via Lunchpool, that featured brief descriptions by the six inaugural participants along with welcoming remarks from UT President Randy Boyd, UT Knoxville Chancellor Donde Plowman, Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon, and, by a pre-recorded video, Thomas Zacharia, Director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Texas A&M System and the University of Tennessee Join Forces in Bid for Contract at Pantex, Y-12

Top leaders of The Texas A&M University System and the University of Tennessee System announced a strategic alliance Thursday for purposes of joining a team to compete for the management-and-operations contract of the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee and the Pantex Plant in Texas.

Roane State receives “Tennessee Community CARES” grant to help students, businesses impacted by COVID-19

The Roane State Foundation recently received a $75,000 “Tennessee Community CARES” grant to assist Roane State students impacted by COVID-19 and provide training for local small businesses, entrepreneurs and contractors to help them build their businesses and be more responsive during the pandemic.

tnAchieves Celebrates 100,000th College Student Enrolled

This fall, tnAchieves directly supported its 100,000th student into college. Launched in 2008 as a college success program in Knox County, tnAchieves sent 267 students to an eligible institution its first year.  Currently the program supports nearly 65,000 new high school seniors annually with over 18,000 students choosing a TN Promise community, technical or four-year college option each year

A Community Leader’s Life

Joe Lenhard never shied away from being a leader.  He did that in his work with the Atomic Energy Commission, now the U.S. Department of Energy. He did that in his retirement working with business groups, the Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary, the list goes on. When you needed someone to go, to be there  … Joe was always willing to be there and to use his energy and enthusiasm for this community to do good.