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Weekend edition July 28, 2023 | Shannon Smith

News Roundup | Work at Dollywood

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

Dollywood holding hiring event for new Heartsong Lodge & Resort

As Dollywood’s HeartSong Lodge & Resort nears its opening this fall, resort officials are preparing for the first big day by hiring more than 250 full-time and part-time positions at the majestic new property.

The first HeartSong Lodge & Resort hiring event takes place Thursday, August 3 at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa from noon – 4 p.m. Additional hiring events are held at the same time weekly through August 24 at DreamMore Resort (August 10, 17, 24). Two hiring events are slated for the Sevierville Civic Center, the first on August 29 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) and the second on August 30 (3 p.m. – 7 p.m.). Applicants are encouraged to attend the earliest hiring event possible for the largest selection of available opportunities.

Interested applicants may view opportunities, as well as job descriptions and basic requirements for each position, at Applicants can signify their interest in a position by following the online instructions to complete the application process. Technical support will be available at the hiring events to assist applicants on-site.

Groundbreaking Tuesday for new Knox Regional Health Science Education Center

Roane State Community College and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Knoxville will host a groundbreaking celebration for the new Knox Regional Health Science Education Center on Tuesday, August 1, 2023.

The new facility will replace Roane State’s current Knox County Center for Health Sciences on Hayfield Road. Construction is set to begin later this summer.

Current Roane State programs to be housed in the new 130,000-square-foot center will include nursing, EMS, polysomnography, and respiratory therapy, with the college planning to add new programs such as cardiovascular technology, healthcare administration, and public health. TCAT Knoxville’s health science programs will also be offered under the same roof, including dental assisting, phlebotomy, and surgical technology.

The project’s preliminary timeline has the Knox Regional Health Science Education Center set to open for students in the fall of 2025.

Covenant Health names new Executive Vice President and CFO

Joe Dolan will serve as Covenant Health’s new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective July 31.

Dolan will be responsible for overseeing the financial operations and strategic financial planning for the health system. With more than 17 years of experience in healthcare and finance, he joins Covenant Health from Atrium Health (newly named Advocate Health) in Charlotte, N.C., where he served as Senior Vice President and Enterprise Controller of one of the nation’s largest health systems.

“I am honored to join the incredible team at Covenant Health and grateful for the opportunity to serve as the next CFO,” said Dolan. “Covenant Health has a tremendous track record of an unwavering commitment to patients, families, and the people of our region. I’m excited to work with the organization’s many dedicated and talented healthcare professionals.”

NFL player Joshua Dobbs elected UTK New Alumni Board of Directors President

NFL quarterback and University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) alumnus Joshua Dobbs has been elected to serve as president of the university’s Alumni Board of Directors for the 2023-24 year.

“As a UT alumnus I’m always excited to give back to this great institution, and that’s why I’m honored to serve as president of the Alumni Board of Directors,” Dobbs said. “From academics to athletics, UT truly is an everything school, and I’m looking forward to a productive year of building on the foundation created by [immediate past president] Gary Beard and making a positive impact on the future for all Vols.”

Dobbs’ priorities for his term will be to provide a matching gift in support of Big Orange Give, UT’s annual day of giving, engage Vols for Life through alumni programs and events, and support first-generation students through the UT LEAD Vols Pay-It-Forward Alumni Speaker Series.

UTK among best universities in the U.S. for affordability, quality

Speaking of UTK, it is ranked among the best colleges in America by Money Magazine. The university received a four-star rating out of five in Money’s 2023 Best Colleges rankings. It is the only public university in Tennessee to make the list.

Money ranked qualifying colleges on 26 factors in three categories: quality of education, affordability, and student outcomes, which include earnings after graduation and return on investment.

As Money highlighted, UTK outcomes are positive for students following graduation. Six months after commencement, 90 percent of UTK’s 2022 graduates had found employment or decided to continue their education. Money also recognized the university for its affordability. UTK paid more than $86 million in aid to fall 2022 first-year students.

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