Stories of Technology, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship in the Southeast

Knoxville Business News Tennessee Mountain Scenery Background
Teknovation News and Notes
November 13, 2023 | Tom Ballard

News & Notes | Two upcoming events in Knoxville

Other items include a donation to Roane State from MCLinc and groundbreaking for a new development in Maryville.

From Knoxville:

  • The Knoxville Technology Council and the Knoxville Chamber will release the results of their “Technology Skills Gap Survey” during an event on Tuesday morning at the Chamber offices, 17 Market Square. The event begins with breakfast and networking at 10 a.m. EST, with the program starting at 10:30 a.m. Assistant Editor Katelyn Keenehan will have the details in an article in tomorrow’s edition of
  • The next “Let Her Invest | Women Building Wealth” monthly meetup is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. November 28 at the Aught Downtown Offices. Organized by Let Her Speak to empower, educate, and create a safe space for women to take ownership of their personal finances, the event is free to attend. This month’s topic is “Building Your Financial Wellness Roadmap,” and the facilitators for the discussion are Erin Hall, Emily Jenkins, and Marie Lovett. To register, click here.

From Oak Ridge:

  • Materials and Chemistry Laboratory Inc. (MCLinc) has donated $100,000 to support Roane State’s new Knox Regional Health Science Education Center currently under construction in West Knoxville. The 130,000-square-foot center will be located at 9575 Sherrill Boulevard. Once complete, the facility will replace Roane State’s existing Knox County Center for Health Sciences on Hayfield Road. The Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Knoxville will also move its health science programs into the new facility. The new center is expected to educate more than 8,000 students each year in a variety of healthcare roles.
  • Twenty-four East Tennessee nonprofits received a total of $180,000 from the Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) Community Investment Fund at a ceremony last week. The focus this year was on three areas: (1) support services for adolescents, young adults, people with disabilities, and military veterans; (2) elder care; and (3) outdoor recreation and environmental conservation. Click here for a list of the recipients.

From Maryville:

Seven months after we spotlighted his plans for three different developments and a few months later than he hoped, James Tomiczek of VISION Property Services LLC has broken ground on his Greenway Village project in Maryville. The Daily Times reports that the developer announced that businesses that will be located in the three-acre area include Fighting Scots Public House, DSB Provisions, Great American Cookie, Marble Slab Creamery, a vintage toy store, a golf simulator, and a specialty wine and beer “experience.”

Tomiczek is part of a group of developers who want to help attract and retain young people with housing and businesses that will cause them to want to live in the city rather than elsewhere.

From Chattanooga:

Ben Cairns has been promoted to Membership Vice President for the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce. He has been an employee of the organization since 2018 when he started as a Senior Account Executive, then was promoted to Director of Member and Investor Relations. Previously, Cairns served as Executive Director of Alexian Village Ascension Senior Living, promoted there within two years of being hired as a Member Relations sales consultant. His background includes consulting, professional coaching as well as overseas work, writing, and lecturing.

From Johnson City:

FoundersForge is recruiting applicants for three positions. One is full-time; the other two are part-time. The former is a Program Manager for multiple activities and initiatives. The part-time roles are a Program Manager for the Substance Use Recovery Entrepreneurship (SURE) initiative and a Grant Manager.

From Memphis:

The University of Memphis and Massachusetts-based synthetic biology company TheraSyn Bio Inc. are partnering to advance synthetic biology research within the University’s biomedical, bioscience and computer science departments.

The collaborative partnership will focus on developing innovative research solutions for various industries, including precision healthcare solutions, agri-science, and environmental sustainability. TheraSyn Bio is a U.S. Federal Government certified contractor.

Synthetic biology is a multidisciplinary area of research that seeks to create new biological parts, devices and systems or redesign systems already found in nature. It is a branch of science encompassing various methodologies from several disciplines such as biotechnology, genetic engineering, molecular biology, molecular engineering, systems biology, membrane science, biophysics, chemical and biological engineering, electrical and computer engineering, control engineering and evolutionary biology.


Don’t Miss Out on the Southeast’s Latest Entrepreneurial, Business, & Tech News!

Sign-up to get the Teknovation Newsletter in your inbox each morning!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

No, thanks!