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Weekend edition August 04, 2023 | Shannon Smith

News Roundup | Theatre, radio, and fiber

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

Tennessee Theatre airs ‘Pass the Mic’ episodes on East Tennessee PBS

The Tennessee Theatre has released the first two episodes of its “Pass the Mic: Creating a Stage for Change” series which can now be viewed through East Tennessee PBS Passport.

“Pass the Mic: Creating a Stage for Change” launched in 2022 and provides an opportunity for artists from marginalized and underserved communities to share their art with others. Through performances, visual art displays, discussions, and panels focusing on important issues and educational opportunities, artists have the chance to engage with the community and share insight.

“When we started this series, we knew we wanted it to be more than just a concert on our stage,” said Becky Hancock, Executive Director of the Tennessee Theatre. “We wanted to also focus on the important conversations the artists were having before they went on stage. We partnered with Big Slate Media to record and produce these episodes so that anyone, anywhere can connect with these artists in a new and unique way.”

A “Pass the Mic” podcast series also is out now and listeners can access episodes through Apple Music, Spotify, and by visiting The project is supported in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and produced by the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation.

UTK Center for Career Development opens Employer of the Week registration

Employer of the Week is a great way to get your organization’s name in front of a wide variety of University of Tennessee, Knoxville students in a casual setting.

Through this free program, employers set up a booth in the Student Union atrium to share opportunities and showcase their brand. The Student Union is a great spot for employers who are recruiting a wide variety of majors. All Employer of the Week tabling is held on Wednesdays from 12 PM-3 PM.

You can apply here and a staff member will respond to your request within a week. Date choices are on a first-come, first-served basis. For questions, please contact Leslie Walton at

Your organization must be on Handshake in order to participate in Employer of the Week. Create a Handshake account here.

KUB to launch fiber connections in South Knoxville

A community celebration will be held Monday for the connection of South Knoxville homes and businesses to KUB Fiber. Areas east and west of Chapman Highway as far south as Young High Pike can now access KUB Fiber including Vestal, Island Home, Old Sevier, Cherokee Trail, and more.

These South Knoxville neighborhoods just started receiving fiber internet service starting in late July. More than 4,100 homes and businesses are currently eligible for service in South Knoxville.

Monday’s event will be at 10:30 a.m. at 3726 Sevier Heights Road. Leaders from KUB and the City of Knoxville will speak, along with a local business owner.

Jody Hamblett Named WUOT General Manager

Knoxville’s NPR affiliate has a new leader.

Jody Hamblett, a seasoned industry professional with over 20 years of public radio experience, has been named the next general manager of WUOT-91.9 FM effective Aug. 14.

Hamblett brings a wealth of experience in managing public radio stations, including her successful leadership at Blue Ridge Public Radio, a 14-station regional network serving western North Carolina, North Georgia, South Carolina, and East Tennessee.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jody Hamblett to WUOT,” said Joseph Mazer, Dean of UT’s College of Communication and Information. “With her expertise and accomplishments, Jody is well equipped to drive WUOT’s success and further our university’s land-grant mission by delivering exceptional public radio programming to our communities.”

WUOT is a member of NPR and an affiliate of the Public Radio Exchange and American Public Media. It serves listeners throughout East Tennessee and parts of Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia.

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