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Weekend edition June 16, 2023 | Shannon Smith

News Roundup | Breakfast, tickets, and closings

Here’s your weekly roundup of business news from throughout the Knoxville region.

Covenant Health names new Chief Medical Officer

Mandy Grubb Halford, MD, has been named Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Covenant Health, effective this month.

Dr. Halford has served as the health system’s Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Informatics Officer for eight years. In June 2023, she was named in Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2023 list of “116 Women in Health IT to Know.”

Dr. Halford will retain direct responsibility for leading the consumerism, virtual care, and overall informatics strategies for Covenant Health, and will assume the added responsibility of helping to lead service lines and quality improvement efforts across the system, driving strategic planning and managing resources to ensure the delivery of high-quality services.

OliBea restaurant to close for good after nearly a decade

Restauranteur Jeffrey DeAlejandro is closing the doors of his breakfast restaurant OliBea for good after almost 10 years and two locations in downtown Knoxville.

“It’s hard to believe that I have now been a part of the downtown food scene for over 15 years, but now it’s time for my fresh start,” DeAlejandro wrote in an Instagram post. “If you know me, you know that my family means everything to me. It’s time for me to pour more into my family, so I have decided to close OliBea for now. I am looking so forward to continuing to be a part of our downtown’s growth with the Courtland Group Development and Real Estate. I will still be downtown – just in a new role!”

DeAlejandro also briefly owned HenHoc Butcher Shop in the Old City, which closed in 2022 after about two years in business. OliBea will close June 22.

City of Knoxville to host 14th Annual Business Opportunity Breakfast

Businesses seeking to network and pursue business with the City of Knoxville are invited to the 14th annual Business Opportunities Breakfast on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, from 7:30-11 a.m. at Chilhowee Park in the Jacob Building at 3301 E. Magnolia Ave.

The program will include a welcome from Mayor Indya Kincannon, followed by presentations by City departments, Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC), the Public Building Authority (PBA), Knoxville Area Transit (KAT), and Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB).

Department directors and Purchasing staff will be on-site to discuss specific projects planned for the next 12 to 18 months, the anticipated dates work will be going out for bid, and bidder qualifications.

Attendance is free, but pre-registration is requested. Sign up here.

Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre season tickets on sale Monday

Musical lovers, mark your calendars for this Monday, June 19, when 2023-2024 Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre season subscriptions go on sale at 10 a.m.!

Shows this season include Six, Jagged Little Pill, Wicket, Hadestown, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Beetlejuice. All are musicals except To Kill a Mockingbird, which is a play.

Single-performance tickets will go on sale later this year. Those dates are yet to be announced.

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