New businesses and events make up this week’s business news roundup

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Former UTK Lecturer, Student Engagement Coordinator, and Faculty Advisor joins PYA as Tax Chief Operating Officer

Alycia M. King, CPA has joined PYA’s Knoxville office as Tax Chief Operating Officer and Individual Planning Solutions Director. Prior to joining the power behind, she served as a Lecturer, Student Engagement Coordinator, and Faculty Advisor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Earlier in her career, King held the position of Chief Financial Officer for WDW Management Company and previously worked as a Federal Tax Staff for Crowe Horwath, LLP.

Big Brothers Big Sisters 2022 College & Career Fair announced for later this month

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee announced its annual College & Career Fair will be held on October 27 at the Tennessee Amphitheater at World’s Fair Park. The event will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The fair will feature both two-year and four-year colleges and universities, as well as local companies and businesses. Those interested in attending or having a table at the event can learn more here.

BarberMcMurry Architects launches Day of Service

BarberMcMurry will start its inaugural hands-on Day of Service on October 3. Staff will donate their time to nonprofit organizations in the East Tennessee region. According to a post from, the firm will work with one nonprofit organization per year on design assistance in the realm of architecture, interior design, space planning, site planning, budgeting, zoning, furniture selection, signage, marketing and fundraising graphics, and everything in between.

“Generosity is a guiding value at BarberMcMurry—and by that, we mean generosity of our time, our efforts, and our money,” said Ryan Dobbs, AIA, NCARB, a Senior Vice President at BarberMcMurry. “Giving back and paying forward is something we spend a lot of time on, including pro bono design for local and regional non-profits. In the past five years, we’ve completed more than 15 projects with non-profits, most of which were entirely or partially done pro bono.”

New Businesses

Ebony & Ivory Brewing announced on Facebook that it was open and would be operating under normal business hours earlier this week. The new brewery is the first Black-owned brewery in Knoxville and only the second Black-owned one in the state. Ebony & Ivory opened in Happy Holler on North Central Street. Co-Owners Chico Dupas and Mitchell Russell raised more than $70,000 through Honeycomb Credit. You can learn more in this WBIR article by’s now Assistant Editor Shannon Smith.

Harvest restaurant is now open in the former Wicked Chicken spot on Gay Street. Harvest and Wicked Chicken are both owned by the same restaurant group, Nama Hospitality. It is the second location for Harvest. first wrote about the change in an April roundup, which you can read here.

After fundraising for the new space, Metro Drug Coalition (MDC) has opened The Gateway Community Recover Center on Fifth Avenue downtown. The nonprofit hosted a grand opening with speakers including, Knoxville Mayor Kincannon and Knox County Mayor Glen Jacobs, Matt Yancey representing the State Commissioner of Mental Health, and Webster Bailey, Executive Director of Cornerstone of Recovery, in addition to Karen Pershing, Executive Director of the MDC. The Coalition’s President of the Board, Maha Krishnamurthy, gave a welcoming speech and introduced speakers. Learn more in this Inside of Knoxville article.

KAAR hosting Education Summit after two-year hiatus

The Knoxville Area Association of Realtors is bringing back its annual Education Summit after a two-year break. The event brings in speakers from around the country to learn about real estate issues. Attendees have the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Credits. The summit will be held November 1 at the Knoxville Convention Center. Learn more here.

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