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Weekend edition October 20, 2023 | Shannon Smith

News Roundup | Urgent care, homecoming, and a resource fair

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

Covenant Health opens new South Knoxville urgent care clinic

Covenant Health and Urgent Care Group (UCG) just opened the first Covenant Health Urgent Care in South Knoxville. This strategic partnership supports both organizations’ commitment to providing fast, friendly, and affordable healthcare in East Tennessee with plans to further expand care in the area.

Covenant Health Urgent Care now offers on-demand, convenient care from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days per week. This location is fully equipped with onsite X-ray imaging, lab services, occupational health, COVID-19 testing, and illness and injury care.

Covenant Health Urgent Care is located in Covenant Health South, a newly constructed, free-standing medical facility in South Knoxville, located at the corner of Chapman Highway and Mountain Grove Drive at 7625 Chapman Highway, Suite 107, Knoxville, TN 37920. In addition to urgent care, the Covenant Health South campus includes primary care, cardiology, women’s health, imaging, rehabilitation, and other specialties. The facility totals 47,346 square feet with the potential for future expansion.

Learn about the Knoxville Chamber over breakfast

Join the Knoxville Chamber on Tuesday, October 31, from 9 – 10 a.m. for an introductory program to learn how the organization delivers resources and advocates for the growth of all businesses in the Knoxville area. Topics covered include economic development, regional enhancement, and talent retention and attraction efforts.

This program is for recent investors in the Chamber, new team members of invested companies, anyone needing a refresher on the ‘Path to Prosperity’ mission and recent Chamber activities, and those not already involved in the Chamber but would like to learn more

Registration is required for the free event as seats are limited. Breakfast will be provided. Register here.

Be part of UTK’s homecoming parade

Just because you’re out of school doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate homecoming. You’re invited to join the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, for its 2023 Homecoming Parade! Faculty, staff, students, and community partners are invited to register to participate in the parade by riding, walking, or even building a float.

This is a great way to promote your business to the community. Lineup times will be communicated closer to the parade, which will be held on Friday, November 3. Please register by October 19. For additional questions, please contact Brad Ward ( of the Center for Student Engagement.

UTK’s MBA program nabs new national rankings

The Executive MBA program (EMBA) in UTK’s Haslam College of Business, ranks No. 14 among U.S. public universities, No. 31 nationally, and No. 92 globally in the London-based Financial Times’ latest executive MBA rankings.

This marks the fourth year Haslam’s EMBA has earned a spot in the ranking. Haslam’s overall ranking is based on combined data from three EMBA tracks: global supply chain, healthcare leadership, and strategic leadership, as well as college-wide faculty and research data.

One of the world’s most well-regarded and rigorous rankings, the Financial Times’ top EMBA compilation scores programs based on several factors. These include alumni salaries, salary increases, career progress and pre-EMBA work experience, faculty research productivity, diversity of faculty and students, and corporate social responsibility, among others.

The average salary of Haslam EMBA alumni three years after graduation is $243,981, a 31 percent increase post-graduation, and the Financial Times ranked Haslam No. 35 overall for alumni years of pre-EMBA work experience.


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