Pellissippi State confirms presidential visit to college, Techmer PM in Clinton

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama


Pellissippi State Community College has confirmed that President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Biden’s wife Jill will stop at Pellissippi State Community College during their visit to East Tennessee on Friday.

The college confirmed the visit in an announcement posted on its website. The president, vice president, and the vice president’s wife will stop at Pellissippi State in west Knox County to discuss new initiatives that Obama will propose to help Americans go to college and get the skills they need to succeed, the college said.

Afterward, the three will travel to Techmer PM in Clinton to highlight the administration’s efforts to act to create new, well-paying manufacturing jobs, the announcement said. [Read more…]

President Obama, VP Biden, wife coming to ET on Friday

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

Information from WYSH Radio

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and the vice president’s wife, Jill Biden, are coming to East Tennessee on Friday to announce a new higher education initiative.

The White House announced the Tennessee visit on Saturday as part of a week-long, cross-country tour to promote presidential policies on housing, economic development, and education.

Knoxville media reported that Obama and Biden will visit Pellissippi State Community College and then stop by Techmer PM, a Clinton company that makes additive and colorant systems for industries. [Read more…]

Tennessee again named economic development ‘State of the Year’

Governor Bill Haslam

Bill Haslam

Tennessee first state to win award in back-to-back years

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced Monday that Business Facilities, a leading national publication focused on site selection and economic development, has named Tennessee its 2014 State of the Year for a second consecutive year.

Tennessee becomes the first state in the award’s history to win back-to-back honors for economic development efforts and the first state to win the designation three times, winning in 2014, 2013, and 2009, a press release said.

“It is an honor to be the first state to receive this recognition two years in a row,” Haslam said. “We have a great story to tell in Tennessee. Businesses continue to make the decision to locate, expand and grow here, and we are grateful for those strong partnerships. We will continue doing all we can to make sure we offer an attractive business climate and skilled workforce to be the number one location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.” [Read more…]

Oak Ridge city, schools kick off Biggest Loser Competition

The City of Oak Ridge Wellness Committee and Oak Ridge Coordinated School Health will kick off their 2015 Biggest Loser competition at 12:30 p.m. today (Monday, January 5) in the Oak Ridge Civic Center Social Room.

Employees with the City of Oak Ridge and Oak Ridge Schools will compete against one another during a three-month weight loss challenge. A winner from each organization will be awarded, as well as overall male and female Biggest Loser. The competition will run from January 5 through April 6, a press release said.

Today’s first official weigh-in of the challenge will feature Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch and members of Oak Ridge City Council, Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson, Oak Ridge Schools Superintendent Bruce Borchers, Oak Ridge Schools Director of Pupil Services Larrissa Henderson, and municipal and school employees.

Alexander, Corker announce committee assignments

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Bob Corker

Bob Corker

U.S. senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker have announced their committee assignments for the new Congress.

Alexander will serve on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Appropriations; Energy and Natural Resources; and Rules and Administration.

Corker will serve on Foreign Relations; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; Budget; and Special Committee on Aging.

Alexander and Corker are both Tennessee Republicans. [Read more…]

Try Zumba Gold class free at Oak Ridge Senior Center

Been eating way too many sweet treats over the holiday season? Then begin the New Year right by getting some much-needed exercise at the Oak Ridge Senior Center.

The Center is offering a Zumba Gold class beginning on January 13. [Read more…]

DOE Oak Ridge environmental management employees retire

Eddie Holden

Eddie Holden

Two U. S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) employees retired last month after a combined 34 years of federal service.

Eddie Holden, a traffic management specialist for the Facilities Operations Division at OREM, retired on December 31 with 10 years of federal service.

Holden oversaw transportation activities for the agency, leading the effort to maintain compliance and keep hazardous materials off public roads and was responsible for the Haul Road Transportation Program, a press release said. He played a critical role in the development of DOE’s Radio Frequency Identification Transportation System, used for paperless shipments and electronic tracking of vehicles, which cuts costs and improves security. [Read more…]

Kristy Neckowicz appointed president of InVizion LLC, a Pro2Serve subsidiary

Kristy Neckowicz

Kristy Neckowicz

Professional Project Services Inc., or Pro2Serve, has appointed Kristy Tan Neckowicz as president of its software subsidiary, InVizion LLC.

Neckowicz has served as the senior vice president of InVizion since March 2014.

“InVizion develops and markets project portfolio management (PPM) applications that allow executives and managers to rapidly address the impact of changing resource constraints, objectively develop and optimize revised execution strategies, and clearly communicate resulting critical decisions to stakeholders,” a press release said. [Read more…]

Daughters of American Revolution chapter meets Saturday

The Clinch Bend Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will start the new year with a 1 p.m. meeting on January 10 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Oak Ridge.

The guest speaker will be Joan L. Markel, the Civil War curator at the University of Tennessee’s Frank L. McClung Museum. She will be speaking on the Civil War in East Tennessee, a press release said.

“Please plan to attend this intriguing program,” the release said. For more information, go to or call (865) 945-5605.

Knox commissioner, SNS manager to speak at MLK Breakfast in Atomic City

Sam McKenzie

Sam McKenzie

Knox County Commissioner Sam McKenzie will be the featured speaker at the 27th annual Martin Luther King Fellowship Breakfast.

The breakfast has been organized by the Atomic City Sportsmen. Everyone is welcome to attend. It’s scheduled to start at 8 a.m. Monday, January 19, at the Oak Valley Baptist Church at 194 Hampton Road in Oak Ridge. The breakfast was previously held at the East Tennessee Family Services Building. [Read more…]

Pet of the Day: Lexi

Pet of the Day: Lexi


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From the Urban Dictionary: Lexi is a girl everyone loves. She’s super talented and succeeds in everything she does.

Lexi is the girl everyone looks up to. She has a very bubbly personality, and is always smiling. Many people, mostly girls, envy Lexi and hope to be just like her. Lexi is a great friend, girlfriend, and sister! [Read more…]

Sponsored: Taoist Tai Chi Society has open houses Saturday, Monday

Taoist Tai Chi Exercise for LifeThe Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA has open houses in Oak Ridge on Saturday, January 3, and Monday, January 5.

Tai chi can be used to improve health and reduce stress. New beginner classes are starting soon.

Saturday’s workshop is free and open to the public. It’s scheduled from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at 362 East Tennessee Avenue in Oak Ridge. You can watch demonstrations and learn the first few moves. [Read more…]