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Weekend edition October 13, 2023 | Shannon Smith

News Roundup | Job fair, young professional events, and endless wine

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

Knox Area Urban League hosting job fair

The Knoxville Area Urban League (KAUL) will host its Fall Hiring Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 2-4 p.m. at its headquarters, 1514 E. 5th Ave. Registration is free and people of all backgrounds and experience levels are welcome.

Employers in health care, banking, facility services, manufacturing, energy, education, and more will be reviewing resumes and offering interviews onsite. Participants are encouraged to prepare for the event by attending KAUL’s “How to work a career/job fair” lunch and learn on Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Urban League.

South Knoxville riverfront land purchased for construction of pedestrian bridge

In partnership with the City of Knoxville and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) has acquired 2323 W. Blount Ave., the primary parcel needed to construct a proposed pedestrian bridge and continue the City’s progress toward implementing the community-inspired South Waterfront Vision Plan.

Through adherence to the South Waterfront Form-Based Code, the acquisition enables the creation of additional public open space and increased housing opportunities at a variety of price points. The project planning will include expanded access and connectivity through the design of safe pedestrian networks.

With the State of Tennessee’s recent contribution of $20 million toward the planning, design, and construction of the pedestrian bridge, momentum for the project continues to build. Beginning in early 2024, public engagement and stakeholder input will guide the development of a master plan for the bridge landing points that align with the South Waterfront Vision Plan.

Learn about the future of housing in Knoxville

Young professionals working and living in Knox County are invited to a free event to learn more about local efforts to create more housing and how they can weigh in on the plans.

The City of Knoxville and Knox County have initiatives underway to increase housing. The city is seeking to make it easier to build duplexes, triplexes, and the like in neighborhoods, while the county is creating a new land-use plan for the first time in 20 years. Both face bumpy regulatory roads to approval. The young professional community’s engagement will be vital in chartering the community’s future.

Lunch will be provided at the event on Tuesday, October 24 from 12 – 1 p.m., featuring speakers from the East Tennessee Realtors and Knoxville Chamber.

Register now for the Endeavor Young Professionals Summit

Knoxville’s annual Endeavor Young Professional (YP) Summit motivates the area’s emerging leaders to engage in their community and take ownership of their professional growth. The last day to register is Tuesday, October 17.

This year’s compelling keynote speaker is University of Tennessee Head Baseball Coach Tony Vitello. Dynamic discussions empower attendees to grow personally and professionally and invest in regional economic prosperity.

The day-long summit will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on October 19, 2023, at Bridgewater Place. It’ll be a full day of programming tailored around the topics that the YP community designated as most relevant for their careers and their life in Knoxville. You can purchase tickets here.

Paint your businesses’ windows for UT Homecoming competition

Knoxville area businesses and community partners are invited to join in celebrating homecoming at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) in a window painting competition. Students will serve as judges and will be visiting participating locations starting at 6 p.m. on October 31st.

Your participation is welcomed and encouraged as homecoming week is celebrated at UTK! For more information, please contact Ashleigh Moyer ( or Brad Ward ( of the Center for Student Engagement.

Tickets on sale for Downtown Maryville’s ‘Uncorked’ event

UnCorked, the Maryville Downtown Association’s (MDA) annual fundraising event boasting ‘an evening of endless wine, local delicacies, and live music,’ is set for 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 2 at locations in the downtown area off Broadway Avenue.

V.I.P ($125), General admittance ($75), and designated driver ($40) tickets are still available for purchase at this link. The event features what the MDA describes as “an evening of endless wine, local delicacies, and live music.”

Those who purchase V.I.P. tickets begin their celebration at 4:30 p.m. with an exclusive event at The SkyView at Broadway Social, 101 East Broadway. At 6 p.m., the doors at The Capitol Theater and White Star Station open to general admission ticket buyers.

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