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Weekend edition February 02, 2024 | Katelyn Keenehan

Weekend roundup: Supporting the arts, medical care, and workforce

The Weekend News Roundup features stories related to local business, technology, entrepreneurship, economy, events, and innovation.

Vote for Knoxville

Last year, USA Today named Knoxville Arts District the #4 Best Arts District in its 10 Best Readers’ Choice awards. Knoxville has been nominated again this year by a panel of industry experts and editors at the publication.

Annually, this list highlights the best destinations for business, travel recommendations, and exploration of the arts.

Don’t forget to vote for Knoxville on the USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice awards!

RAM needs volunteers

Remote Area Medical (RAM) is returning to Tennessee to help people who have various medical needs and may not have access to the hospital, for several reasons.

Since RAM’s Founding in 1985. the organization has had 196,118 volunteers help 910,552 people receive $189.5 Million worth of medical services.

There are two clinics of importance:

  1. RAM needs volunteer medical, dental and vision professionals, alongside general operations volunteers for its March 23-24 clinic. The two-day clinic is to be
    held at Jellico High School, located at 141 High School Lane, Jellico, TN 37762.
  2. RAM needs dental and vision volunteers, as well as general support staff for its April 20-21 clinic. The two-day clinic is to be
    held at the Roane State Community College Main Campus, located at 276 Patton Lane, Harriman, TN 37748.

For more information about how you can help visit

KAUL Annual Luncheon

The Knoxville Area Urban League (KAUL) will host its membership meeting to celebrate the nonprofit’s annual accomplishments and announce upcoming initiatives with a luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Knoxville Convention Center.

KAUL has historically been known as an organization that advocates for urban education, housing, justice, and jobs. Lomax wants to heavily focus on the latter in 2024.

“The theme for this year is ‘redefining the workforce.’ This encapsulates our renewed focus on empowering the entrepreneurial spirit here in East Tennessee, particularly among disadvantaged business enterprises,” Lomax said.

You read our interview with Dr.Lomax about the event on

Register to attend the luncheon here.


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