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Weekend edition April 07, 2023 | Shannon Smith

News Roundup | State leaders, Leadercast, and refillable soap

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

Knox Fill opens in South Knoxville

Knoxville’s first zero-waste refillery is opening a storefront in South Knoxville.

Michaela Barnett started Knox Fill from her home in February 2021, where customers could come to her to refill products like shampoo, toothpaste, and laundry detergent in reusable bottles.

“The biggest producers of household and personal care items are also some of the biggest polluters on the planet,” Barnett wrote on the company’s website. “I created KnoxFill to offer better alternatives to wasteful products in our community. When I started on my less-waste journey, I didn’t know where to start and wished we had a local shop that sold zero-waste goods. We all need things like soap and toothpaste, but we don’t need the single-use packaging these products usually come in!”

Knox Fill’s grand opening will be Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3211 South Haven Road. “Come for refills, bulk foods, spices and teas, kombucha on tap, a food truck, screen printing, and more!”

Join Leadercast Knoxville for ‘Human Intelligence’ event

Leadercast is the largest one-day leadership event in the world broadcast live this year from Cincinnati, OH to hundreds of locations around the world. This career-changing leadership event brings together globally respected experts on one stage to share knowledge and insights from their leadership journeys. Think of it as 8 Ted Talks for Leadership.

This year, Leadercast Knoxville is a host city focusing on community engagement. The venue this year will be The Change Center in East Knoxville.

Leadercast 2023: Human Intelligence will help leaders embrace that they are ultimately leading people, not simply a company or an organization. In a world that’s gone digital, leaders need human intelligence.

You can purchase tickets for the May 3 event here. Breakfast, snacks, and lunch will be served.

Register now for April Capitol Connection

Learn what’s happening at the Tennessee General Assembly during a discussion with Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally, Senator Richard Briggs, and Senator Becky Duncan Massey.

This event will be Friday, April 14 from 8 – 9 a.m. at the Knoxville Chamber. Reserve your free ticket here.

If you can’t make that event, another Capitol Connection session will be held in May with Congressman Tim Burchett.

The Trust Company of Tennessee promotes business architect

The Trust Company of Tennessee has promoted Libby Gourley to the position of business architect, based in the firm’s Knoxville office.

Since joining The Trust Company of Tennessee in 2011, Gourley has served as operations officer and business analyst, optimizing financial operations to positively impact clients and internal team members.

Gourley utilizes her institutional knowledge and big-picture thinking by serving as a member of the IT Steering and Personal Trust committees. She has served on the board of the Innovest Users Group since 2017, as vice president, president, and now board member at large. She also is a member of the firm’s Diversity and Culture Team, where she works to ensure that all team members are heard, accepted, and celebrated for their differences.

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