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Weekend edition October 29, 2021 | Kailyn Lamb

DOE awards environmental clean-up contract at Oak Ridge and other Knoxville business news

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a roundup of business news from throughout the Knoxville region. If you have some business news that you would like to be included in Teknovation Weekend, please email us at

Jobs News

  • Maryland-based United Cleanup Oak Ridge LLC was awarded the Oak Ridge Reservation Cleanup Contract (ORRCC) by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) earlier this week. United Cleanup is made up of several members. The Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract from the DOE has an estimated ceiling of $8.3 million over a 10-year period. The ORRCC contract is expected to bring in around 2,023 jobs. United Cleanup will be responsible for environmental clean-up at the Oak Ridge Reservation, which includes the Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the East Tennessee Technology Park. Learn more here.
  • The Knoxville Chamber is hiring a Director of Site Operations. The role will oversee the acquisition, construction, maintenance operations, and sales of all county-affiliated business, industrial parks, and facilities. Read more here on the responsibilities and experience required for the role.

New Businesses

  • Inside of Knoxville recently reported that Koyo, an upscale Japanese restaurant, recently opened downtown. The menu will be rotated seasonally. Read more here. The local blog also reported Olde Virden’s Artisanal Food Market’s opening, also located near the downtown area. The business is a new venture for Allyson and Chris Virden, whose pepper products can sometimes be seen at the Market Square Farmer’s Market. Read more
  • The Lincoln Building at 7121 Regal Lane recently reopened after a renovation. The building features two floors of more than 7,000 square feet each. The owners are currently looking for businesses to lease the space.

Other News

  • The Knoxville Chamber also recently announced the new members of its Ambassadors program. Knoxville Chamber Ambassadors are volunteers that are dedicated to the Chamber’s mission of driving regional economic prosperity. There are 22 members for 2021-2022. Learn more here.
  • Twenty-five nonprofit entities have been awarded grants totaling $150,000 from UT-Battelle LLC (UT-B), management contractor for Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The support for community-focused programs in East Tennessee is a twice-a-year (January and July) program managed by the lab’s Community Engagement Office. More information on the latest awards can be found here.

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