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Weekend edition November 10, 2023 | Katelyn Keenehan

Veterans Day, Ground Breakings, and Brews, Oh My!

Be sure to thank a Veteran for their service this weekend.

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Saturday, November 11 is Veteran’s Day.

“The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment.” Judd Gregg

“Never was so much owed by so many to so few.” – Winston Churchill

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” G.K. Chesterton


Covenant Health Fort Loudoun Breaking Ground

Covenant Health Fort Loudoun has initiated the construction of its new Brethen Foundation Advanced Care Wing, a 50-bed expansion funded in part by a generous donation from the Brethen Foundation. The project, celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony on November 3, 2023, will add 26 new patient rooms for intensive and intermediate care.

Courtesy: Covenant Health Fort Loudoun

The construction, managed by The Christman Company, is expected to be completed by late spring 2025, expanding the medical center’s square footage from 89,245 to 108,245 and allowing for the expansion of the emergency department. The hospital is actively hiring for various roles and recruiting volunteers to support this expansion, reflecting its commitment to providing excellent and compassionate care to the community.

Read the press release here.


Malibu Boats, LLC invest $75 Million

Malibu Boats, a subsidiary of Malibu Boats, Inc., is investing $75 million to expand its manufacturing operations in East Tennessee, creating 770 new jobs in Roane County over the next five years. The expansion involves locating some of its Cobalt boat brand production in an existing facility at the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park in Lenoir City. This new plant will boost the company’s production capabilities to meet growing global demand.

Since 2019, the Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) has supported over 50 economic development projects in East Tennessee, resulting in around 7,200 job commitments and $2 billion in capital investment. Production and hiring for the new Cobalt boats facility are expected to commence in the first quarter of 2024.

“Tennessee’s skilled workforce is the ideal match for these 770 new jobs in Roane County. I thank Malibu Boats for its commitment to creating greater opportunity for families across East Tennessee and look forward to seeing the success of this expansion.” – Gov. Bill Lee

Read more from the press release.

Knoxville-Based Company Wins National Award

Johnson Architecture received national recognition from Spaces4Learning for their outstanding designs of Lakeway Christian Academy and the University of Tennessee’s Rocky Top Dining Hall. Notably, the Lakeway Christian Academy design in White Pine, Tennessee, was honored with the grand prize for K-12 new construction in the Education Design Showcase. The Rocky Top Dining Hall received the Project of Distinction Award for higher education new construction.

Lakeway Christian Academy boasts a 202,740-square-foot complex catering to K-12 students’ needs, combining modern classrooms, a performing arts center, and sports facilities, seamlessly integrated into the landscape.

The Rocky Top Dining Hall, a centerpiece of the University of Tennessee’s West Campus Redevelopment project, stands as a state-of-the-art facility designed with stability, durability, and aesthetics in mind to harmonize with the campus’s Gothic architectural style, marking Johnson Architecture’s expertise in creating innovative, enduring, and functional spaces.


Gay Street Testing Vehicle Free Weekend

The City of Knoxville is opening up Gay Street to pedestrians as part of a pilot project. For four weekends, the 400 block of Gay Street from Wall Avenue to Union Avenue will be opened up to create a new vibrant public space that is free of vehicles. The hope is that it will benefit downtown businesses with more foot traffic, and help make downtown more accessible for pedestrians.

“This is not a new idea. Cities across the world like Paris, New York, Nashville, and New Orleans are taking back their streets and turning them into safe spaces for pedestrians.  We are excited to see how residents and visitors utilize this space during these pilot weekends,” Mayor Indya Kincannon said in a press release.

The trial weekends for the vehicle free streets are:

• November 10 & 11
• November 17 & 18
• December 8 & 9
• December 15 & 16


New Brews Near You

Orange Hat Brewing Company will have a half-grand opening this weekend of their EAST by Orange Hat location. The new brewery is in the Parkridge neighborhood of East Knoxville. According to the Orange Hat Facebook Page,  the tasting room will have great beers, kombucha, an arcade area, outdoor patio, and partnership with the best NY Style Pizza by the slice.
The address for the new location is 701 N Cherry St, Knoxville TN 37914.

Looking Ahead

The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council will host the Opportunities in Energy event on November 15. It is a full day event discussing the developments in the advanced energy realm in the state of Tennessee. Find out more information here.

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