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THE 411 Know Knoxville is a publication of the Knoxville Chamber


Knoxville Chamber 17 Market Square, #201 Knoxville, TN 37902 (865) 637-4550 Michael Edwards


Executive Vice President Rhonda Rice

Senior Vice President Mark Field



Vice President/ CFO Larry Johnson

Vice President, Marketing & Events Lori Fuller

Vice President, Membership Development Michelle Kiely



Vice President, Economic Development Doug Lawyer

Vice President, Member Services Melissa Spangler

Managing Editor/ Contributing Writer Lori Fuller



Editor/ Contributing Writer Jenny Woodbery

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WELCOME On behalf of the Knoxville Chamber’s board of directors and 2,200 member businesses, welcome to Knoxville! Whether you are moving to the area for an employment opportunity, or you were captivated by the picturesque beauty and decided to retire or purchase a second home here, we are happy you have decided to make our community your home. This publication will provide you with valuable insight to make your transition to the area easier. You will find everything from important phone numbers and demographical statistics to articles about all the amenities our area offers. We also encourage you to visit our websites,, and to find additional information. Each website delivers relative and unique content that will help you make an informed move to our community. The Chamber’s interactive business directory is www. It will help you find everything from real estate agents to personal service providers, to restaurants and hospitals, all with the peace of mind that the businesses listed are associated with the oldest and most trusted business organization in Knoxville—the chamber of commerce. Additionally, the community calendar on the website will help you find activities and events that the whole family can enjoy, and the job board on the site will provide you with employment opportunities if you are looking for a job. To learn more about the region’s business environment, we invite you to visit the Chamber’s website, This site will provide you with information relative to business development, public policy, workforce, education, and Chamber membership. It will also give you insight into the cutting-edge business resources we provide the local business community. We are a progressive organization that is striving to make Knoxville America’s Best Business Address®. Finally, if you are interested in additional information on the advantages to locating or expanding your business in this region, we recommend you visit This website is produced by Innovation Valley, the regional economic development initiative led by the Knoxville Chamber and seven additional partner agencies. Once again, welcome to Knoxville! If we can assist you any further, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Michael Edwards President/CEO Knoxville Chamber 17 Market Square, #201 Knoxville, TN 37902 (865) 637-4550 6 | KNOXVILLE CHAMBER



APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FROM DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE TO... (Source: Google Maps) Lexington, KY Nashville, TN Atlanta, GA Charlotte, NC Cincinnati, OH Louisville, KY Birmingham, AL Charleston, SC Memphis, TN Destin, FL

170 miles 180 miles 215 miles 230 miles 250 miles 250 miles 260 miles 370 miles 370 miles 500 miles


(Sources: National Weather Service & Average High


Average Low


Average First Freeze

Nov. 3

Average Last Freeze

April 6

Warmest Month July (88˚F avg high) Coldest Month

January (47˚F avg high)

Average Snowfall/year

6.5 inches

Rainiest Month

March (5 inches)

Average Precipitation/ year

48 inches


The state of Tennessee does not have a personal income tax. The state sales tax rate is 7 percent and the Knox County sales tax rate is 2.25 percent (9.25 percent total). Property taxes vary based on location.


LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES Counties listed are part of the Innovation Valley footprint. Cities listed are the top three metros within the same area.

Knox County

Monroe County

Mayor Tim Burchett 400 Main Street Knoxville, TN 37902 (865) 215-2005

Mayor Tim Yates 105 College Street Madisonville, TN 37354 (423) 442-3981

City of Knoxville

Roane County

Mayor Madeline Rogero 400 Main Street Knoxville, TN 37902 (865) 215-2000 Dial 3-1-1 for info on city services

Ron Woody, County Executive 200 E. Race Street Kingston, TN 37763 (865) 376-5578

City of Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch 200 South Tulane Avenue Oak Ridge, TN 37830 (865) 425-3554

Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell 341 Court Street Maryville, TN 37804 (865) 273-5700

City of Maryville Mayor Tom Taylor 404 West Broadway Avenue Maryville, TN 37801 (865) 273-3900

Loudon County Mayor Buddy Bradshaw 100 River Road Loudon, TN 37774 (865) 458-4664

Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank 100 North Main Street Clinton, TN 37716-3617 (865) 457-6200

Jefferson County Mayor Alan Palmieri 214 West Main Street Dandridge, TN 37725 (865) 397-3800


State of Tennessee Vehicle Registration The state of Tennessee requires that vehicles must be registered within 30 days of relocating to the state (this does not include students enrolled at colleges and universities within the state). Visit vehicle or visit your county clerk office for more information. Fees differ by county.

Voter Registration Residents can register to vote by visiting any of the following agencies throughout the state: County Clerk’s Offices County Election Commission Office Department of Health Department of Human Services

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Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation Department of Safety (motor vehicles division) Department of Veteran’s Affairs Public Libraries Register of Deeds Offices There is also a form online at that can be filled out and filed directly with the county election commission.


Electric & Gas First Utility District of Knox County.............................(865) 966-9741 Hallsdale Powell Utility District ........................... (865) 922-7547 Knox Chapman Utility District............................(865) 577-4497 Knoxville Utilities Board.................................(865) 524-2911 Lenoir City Utilities Board............................... (865) 986-6591 Northeast Knox Utility District............................(865) 687-5345 West Knox Utility District............................ (865) 690-2521

Telephone/Internet/Digital & Cable TV (Residential) AT&T.................................. (800) 331-0500 Charter..............................(877) 286-5390 Comcast........................... (800) 266-2278 Frontier.............................. (865) 947-8211 WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone.......................... (865) 357-1000 TDS Telecom..................(865) 966-4700 Windstream....................(866) 445-5880

Waste Management/Recycling Waste Connections of Tennessee, Inc............. (865) 522-0078 Waste Management, Inc. of Tennessee..................(888) 964-9721


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By Jessica Karsten


Nestled in the heart of the Tennessee Valley, Knoxville is a vibrant city that has something for everyone. With a solid real estate market, unique residential neighborhoods, access to quality healthcare, and an emphasis on sustainability and energy conservation, anyone can benefit from calling Knoxville their home.

Living Comfortably

Living in the Knoxville area offers a variety of benefits depending on one’s housing and recreational tastes. With varied residential neighborhoods, numerous public parks, several lakes, and the Smoky Mountains just a short distance away, Knoxville is a relaxing, naturally beautiful location to settle down. The median sales price for homes in Knox County is approximately $169,900, with an average list price at nearly $266,810. Compared to other locations local property taxes are considerably low, with Knox County taxes at $2.32 per $100 assessed value, and interest rates are low compared to other areas. Johnnie Creel of the Creel Group of Keller Williams Realty believes these factors make Knoxville a great place for relocation. “It’s a great time to be buying in Knoxville because of the low interest

rates and because it is still a buyer’s market,” says Creel. “We have older, nice neighborhoods with luxury, upscale homes, as well as more affordable neighborhoods.” In the heart of Knoxville lies downtown’s industrial-chic and contemporary lofts and condos, many fully restored with original elegance yet offering modern amenities. Conveniently located near shops, restaurants, bars, and theaters, downtown residents experience unique activities on a daily basis. Urban living, minimal home maintenance, and new adventures await those wishing to settle down in the downtown area. Old North Knoxville features the Fourth & Gill Neighborhood and Happy Holler, an entertainment and shopping destination with historical charm dating back to its popularity during prohibition. Its commercial district is one of four East Tennessee locations added to the National Register of Historic Places, and the area is currently experiencing newly found public interest and growth. On the south bank of the Tennessee River lies the South Knoxville area and Island Home, an inviting and quaint neighborhood featuring primarily bungalow-style homes. The

neighborhood includes nearly 100 historical homes along the unique central boulevard that was once a streetcar line. This area also features Ijams Nature Center, a sanctuary for visitors of all ages to interact with and experience nature. West Knoxville is home to the largest population concentration. Neighborhoods range from the historical, stately residences in Sequoyah Hills to bungalows in Bearden, as well as ranch-style living in West Hills. For those who prefer newer construction, Gettysvue Polo, Golf and Country Club and large subdivisions like Whittington Creek can be found a bit further west. The town of Farragut is located in the far southwest corner of Knox County and is a popular suburb, offering assorted housing options, lots of shopping, and several parks.

Living Well

Nationally renowned healthcare facilities dominate the region, providing residents access to a variety of care options and medical technological advances. From treating heart conditions to providing new methods of radiation therapy, local healthcare facilities consistently provide topnotch care for anyone requiring


medical treatment. With nine acute care hospitals in the region, Covenant Health is a leading healthcare provider dedicated to quality treatment. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report named three Covenant Health hospitals on its list of the Top 10 Best Hospitals in Tennessee. Employing about 10,000 people and working with nearly 1,500 affiliated physicians, these healthcare professionals provide care to thousands of people in East Tennessee. As the region’s only academic medical center and Level I Trauma Center, the University of Tennessee Medical Center has a long history of providing patient-centered care and acting as a leading resource for research and updated treatments. Ranked the best hospital in East Tennessee by U.S. News & World Report, it has been nationally ranked in pulmonology and recognized for high performance in 10 adult specialties. It is also the region’s first Magnet hospital, with national recognition for its quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovation in its nursing practices. Tennova Healthcare prides itself on being a faith-based healthcare system with a mission of improving the health and well-being of the region through its seven hospitals and numerous healthcare service facilities. The system boasts the region’s first accredited chest pain center, a robotic surgery center, and advanced sleep centers. Tennova is not only dedicated to improving the health of the region, but also the local economy. In the past five years alone, Tennova has invested $211.6 million in the community for facility and service improvements East Tennessee Children’s Hospital serves infants, children, and teens as a non-profit pediatric medical center, and is the only state certified Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Medical Center in East Tennessee. The hospital offers a variety of pediatric services including neonatal and pediatric transport programs, and is a Center of Excellence for cystic fibrosis. The Children’s Hospital was recently named one of the top children’s hospitals in the country by the Leapfrog Group. The hospital is currently working on a 245,000-squarefoot expansion what will feature 12 | KNOXVILLE CHAMBER

program and support space for patients with chronic conditions. Provision Center for Proton Therapy provides an advanced form of radiation therapy, the first of its kind in Tennessee. Proton therapy uses a beam of high-energy protons to treat various forms of cancer, including brain and breast cancers. It treats tumors by directing radiation to the site and killing cancerous cells. Patients at this facility will receive advanced treatment options, while settling comfortably in treatment units. Composed of 215 physicians who encounter nearly 1 million patients annually, Summit Medical Group is one of East Tennessee’s largest primary care organizations. Its physicians were ranked top 10 in the nation in all categories for the National Committee for Quality Assurance recognition. Summit services include four afterhours care centers, express clinics, and laboratory services.

Living Green

Sustainability and energy conservation have become important in areas with steady economic development and growth, including the City of Knoxville. Knoxville was recognized in November 2014 as the No. 2 place for Green Jobs by Change the Equation. Knoxville made the list because of its many jobs in clean energy, land management, and environmental stewardship.

The City of Knoxville, through organizations like the Tennessee Valley Authority, has created a variety of sustainability initiatives to reduce energy consumption and enhance the competitiveness of the region. These initiatives focus on reusing existing infrastructure, minimizing waste, and creating a transportation network supporting walking, biking, and public transit. The TVA Valley Sustainable Communities Program provides assistance in developing and implementing these sustainability efforts and offers three levels of qualification based on a points system. Communities can earn points in numerous categories by implementing sustainability policies and can receive a Platinum, Gold, or Silver qualification. Knoxville was first large city in the state of Tennessee to receive a Platinum level qualification; Oak Ridge and Roane County received a Platinum and Silver level qualification, respectively. “Sustainability is another word for business-friendly,” said Andrew Lawson, TVA regional development consultant. “That’s why Knoxville’s commitment to green, sustainable assets and its achievement of Platinum in TVA’s Valley Sustainable Community economic development program gives Knoxville a competitive advantage to attract new jobs and business investment.” Educating communities and

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providing resources are primary methods of promoting sustainable activities and programs. The city of Knoxville Office of Sustainability developed an energy and sustainability work plan, which outlines the city’s goals for sustainable growth, including the development of various school-based programs, community outreach efforts, business incentives, and workforce education. This dedication to energy conservation and sustainability has yielded substantial results including a 6 percent reduction in natural gas consumption and an 8 percent reduction in water consumption. Also, the city has recently added nearly eight miles of

greenways and bike lanes, as well as improving bike parking facilities. As Knoxville progresses its sustainability efforts, it will continue to fulfill the local community’s desire for sustainable living, and make East Tennessee recognized as a region of prominence and opportunity because of the high quality of life, scenic beauty, cultural heritage, and booming economy. n

REGIONAL HOSPITALS* East Tennessee Children’s Hospital 2018 Clinch Avenue Knoxville, TN 37916 (865) 541-8000

LeConte Medical Center 709 Middle Creek Road Sevierville, TN 37862 (865) 429-6100

Physicians Regional Medical Center 900 East Oak Hill Avenue Knoxville, TN 37917-4556 (865) 545-8000

Fort Loudoun Medical Center

Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge

Roane Medical Center

550 Fort Loudoun Medical Center Drive Loudon, TN 37772-5673 (865) 271-6000

990 Oak Ridge Turnpike Oak Ridge, TN 37830 (865) 835-1000

412 Devonia Street Harriman, TN 37748 (865) 882-1323

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center

Newport Medical Center

Turkey Creek Medical Center

1901 Clinch Avenue Knoxville, TN 37916 (865) 541-1111

435 Second Street Newport, TN 37821 (423) 625-2200

Jefferson Memorial Hospital

North Knoxville Medical Center

110 Hospital Drive Jefferson City, TN 37760 (865) 471-2500

7565 Dannaher Drive Powell, TN 37849 (865) 859-8000

LaFollette Medical Center

Parkwest Medical Center

923 East Central Avenue LaFollette, TN 37766 (423) 907-1200

9352 Park West Boulevard Knoxville, TN 37923 (865) 373-1200


10820 Parkside Drive Knoxville, TN 37934 (865) 218-7092

University of Tennessee Medical Center 2121 Medical Center Way Knoxville, TN 37920 (865) 305-9896 *List only includes hospitals that are members of the Knoxville Chamber


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noxville is more than a great place to live – it is an easy place to love. A moderate climate, breathtaking scenery, and vibrant downtown enhance the many activities the region has to offer. Whether you are the active outdoorsy-type, a sports nut, or a lover of arts and culture you will find plenty to do in Knoxville. “The quality of life our region offers residents is one of our biggest assets,” says Michael Edwards, president and CEO of the Knoxville Chamber. “Knoxville offers smaller market conveniences, like a lower cost of living and shorter commute times, while also providing an impressive list of amenities.”

The Great Outdoors

Knoxville’s landscape provides the perfect backdrop for many outdoor activities. While the Smoky Mountains are only a 45 minute drive from downtown, many outdoors enthusiasts are pleasantly surprised by the many activities much closer to the heart of the city. Located just three miles from downtown, the Legacy Parks Foundation’s Urban Wilderness contains 1,000 forested acres along the south water-

front. It includes over 40 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and trail running as well as 10 parks, four Civil War sites, incredible views, and unparalleled natural features. “The Urban Wilderness is the perfect playground for adventure seekers,” says Carol Evans, executive director of the Legacy Parks Foundation. “We are very fortunate to have so many natural resources in such close proximity to downtown. There are not many cities that you can walk out of an office tower and be on a secluded mountain bike trail in less than 10 minutes.” For those who prefer water activities, the region boasts nine Tennessee Valley Authority reservoir lakes, including Fort Loudoun Lake, which borders downtown. Popular water sports including fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, water skiing, and sailing can all be enjoyed on the local waterways. Runners, walkers, and cyclists have access to more than 65 miles of trails, loops, and greenways in the county alone. There are 22 paved greenways and tracks in Knox County that offer various distances and topographies. The running trails provide the perfect training ground for any of the area’s many races and runs. The Knoxville Track Club is one of the largest

running clubs of its kind in the country with more than 2,100 members. One of the most popular local races is the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon held each March, which offers distances of 26.2, 13.1, and 5K, as well as four-person and two-person marathon relay teams.

Spectate or Participate

Regardless of whether you prefer watching or playing sports, Knoxville provides many opportunities to satiate those with a competitive spirit. Knoxville is affectionately known as Big Orange Country and for good reason. Home to the state’s flagship university – the University of Tennessee – the school’s colors of orange and white are prominently worn, especially on seven Saturday’s in the fall. Boasting one of the most storied NCAA Division I football programs in the country, UT’s home football games are the epicenter of social interaction and community pride each fall. Neyland Stadium seats more than 100,000 spectators, which makes it the seventh largest population center in the state on football Saturdays. In addition to football, UT offers 19 other competitive sports programs including the renowned Lady Vols basketball team, who have won eight


national championships. ThompsonBoling Arena is home to the Lady Vols, the UT men’s basketball team, as well as the university’s volleyball team, and provides a great venue for watching high-caliber college athletics. For those who favor professional sports, the region has both minorleague hockey and baseball teams. The Knoxville Ice Bears play in the Southern Professional Hockey League and call the Knoxville Civic Coliseum home. The Tennessee Smokies baseball club plays in Kodak, 20 miles east of downtown Knoxville, and touts the 24th best minor league park in the country, according to Stadium Journey. Both teams provide affordable, familycentric atmospheres for fans. The area also offers many opportunities to participate in sports. Knoxville has several youth organizations including Knoxville Youth Sports. KYS participants range from 4-14 years of age and the organization offers baseball, softball, lacrosse, basketball, and flag football leagues throughout the year. Adults looking for opportunities can find them abound as well. The Knoxville Sport and Social Club offers eight leagues ranging from softball to cornhole. If tennis is your sport, the Greater Knoxville Tennis Association provides USTA and local league play at


public and private facilities throughout the area. There are five private clubs that offer indoor and outdoor courts, and a multitude of outdoor public courts throughout Knox County. Additionally, there is a large private facility in west Knoxville that offers adult hockey, soccer, and flag football leagues.

Creative Diversions

For arts and culture enthusiasts, Knoxville has a surprisingly extensive list of offerings for a market its size. Galleries, museums, theaters, and music venues offer diverse experiences throughout the year. The Historic Tennessee Theatre is home to the Knoxville Symphony, Knoxville Opera, and the Broadway at the Tennessee series, in addition to hosting touring musicians, bands, and nationally acclaimed shows. The ornate theater originally opened in 1928 and went through a $25.5 million renovation and restoration project that was completed in 2005. Two blocks down the street is the Bijou Theater, which has a long history that dates back to 1817. Today it plays host to film festivals, musical acts, and special events. Other local performing arts venues include the Clarence Brown Theater on the UT campus, which offers a full

slate of theatrical productions while training the next generation of artists; and The Clayton Center for Performing Arts, which is located in Maryville and includes a main theater, a recital hall, a flexible theater, an art gallery, and special event space. The Knoxville Museum of Art completed a $6 million renovation in the spring of 2014. The museum has the world’s largest glass installation, a piece of art by local artist Richard Jolley, entitled “Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity.” The 53,200-square-foot museum hosts 60,000 visitors a year and is open six days a week (closed Mondays). Downtown Knoxville’s monthly celebration of First Friday includes gallery walks at places like the Emporium Center and Art Market Gallery, both located on Gay Street. The Emporium Center houses two galleries featuring local artists, as well as studios and rehearsal spaces. “Our residents are very supportive of the arts community and we are fortunate to have so many vibrant and diverse offerings,” says Liza Zenni, executive director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance. “It starts with First Friday and carries on throughout the month, every month.” n

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Business is booming in Knoxville. The region is a great destination for businesses looking to relocate or expand due to its prime geographic location, excellent infrastructure, world-class resources, and technological assets. A wide variety of businesses, ranging from tech startups to manufacturing behemoths, are choosing to locate here and take advantage of everything the area has to offer.

A Regional Approach

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growth across the region can largely be attributed to the regional approach to economic development through the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley partnership. Innovation Valley is the region’s economic development partnership managed by the Knoxville Chamber, and includes Blount Partnership, The Roane Alliance, Tellico Reservoir Development Agency, Loudon County Economic Development Agency, Anderson County Economic Development Agency, City of Oak Ridge, and Jefferson County Economic Development. “The Innovation Valley partnership

is crucial to the economic development of our region because we can collectively tout our assets, making our community much more appealing to the high-skill and high-wage companies we are recruiting,” says Doug Lawyer, vice president of economic development for the Knoxville Chamber. “The regional approach to economic development is the way to grow our economy.”

Building on Success

During the 2013-14 fiscal year, Innovation Valley saw economic growth of more than 3,270 new jobs and more than $515 million in capital

expenditures. The list of companies flocking to the area is as comprehensive as it is diverse, with close to 110 companies announcing a major expansion or location during the last fiscal year. The types of companies investing in the Knoxville region include automotive suppliers, medical equipment manufacturers, back office operations, and innovative technology companies on the cusp of changing the world. A record-breaking announcement came from Fresenius Medical Care, the world’s largest provider of products and services for kidney dialysis. The company is investing $140 million and creating 665 jobs in Knox County. “In Knoxville, we’ve found a home with an excellent workforce pool, a facility that will work well for our purposes, and a location that will enable us to serve our customers in the eastern half of the U.S. more efficiently,” says Troy McGhee, vice

president of manufacturing for Fresenius Medical Care. “We are additionally drawn to the area’s outstanding business climate, and are looking forward to developing and expanding our presence here in the coming years.” While the reasons for choosing to locate in Innovation Valley are widespread, many companies are drawn to the scientific and technological assets provided by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee. Phoenix-based Local Motors is one of them. The innovative vehicle company partnered with ORNL and its Manufacturing Demonstration

Facility to produce the world’s first 3-D printed car, Strati. The car was printed live at the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, the entire process took just 44 hours. Strati was later featured driving across Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on NBC’s Today show. “There are people here who want to contribute to the science and technology that underpins the vehicle


innovations that we’re making,” says Jay Rogers, CEO of Local Motors. “There are a lot of places in the United States where we might be able to find that combination, but we looked long and hard for the next place to start and there was no question that Innovation Valley was the right mix of those things.”

A Great Place to Start

Knoxville has always had a rich heritage of entrepreneurism. Nationally recognized corporate stalwarts like Pilot Flying J, Clayton Homes, Bandit Lites, Bush Brothers, DeRoyal, Jewelry

Television, and Scripps Networks Interactive all got their start right here in Innovation Valley. Today’s entrepreneurs can take advantage of a wealth of resources and programming offered at the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center. The center’s programs are designed to help startups transition from concept to launch, including access to training, mentors, and investors. Since opening its doors in 2013, KEC has helped many entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground. The center is a public/ private partnership spearheaded by the City of Knoxville.

“There are so many advantages to being an entrepreneur in Knoxville,” says Jonathan Sexton, KEC’s entrepreneur in residence. “Beyond the favorable economic conditions and low cost of living, there is built in infrastructure to support your business at any stage in its development— and access to world class talent in a variety of different sectors from material science to digital media. Most importantly, Knoxville is a community of caring, hardworking, and innovative people that truly believe that the rising tide lifts all boats. They don’t call it Innovation Valley for nothing.” n

BRANDS YOU MIGHT KNOW THAT CALL INNOVATION VALLEY HOME The Competitive Airfare Partnership is a regional partnership that is focused on reducing the cost of airfare in the region. The partnership, which includes the City of Knoxville, Blount County, Knox County, Innovation Valley, Visit Knoxville, and the Knoxville Chamber, is a public/ private initiative with a fundraising goal of $3 million. These funds will not only assist in recruitment efforts of bringing a sustainable low-fare air carrier to McGhee Tyson airport, but also in developing a long term communication strategy to garner support from the business community for low fare service. “The cost of air service in and out of McGhee Tyson Airport is impacting the economic growth of our region, and the CAP efforts are critical to make sure we are ready to respond when an air carrier is considering expanding low-fare service to the Innovation Valley region,” says Mitch Steenrod, chair of the CAP advisory committee and chief financial officer at Pilot Flying J.




Educational Promise K By Jenny Woodbery

Photo courtesy of Knox County Schools

noxville is not only a great place to live and work, it’s an excellent place to learn. With an outstanding K-12 system, a top-notch public university, and exceptional technical and community colleges, anyone looking into the area can easily see that education is a top priority for the community.

Solid Foundation

Parents can rest assured that their children will receive an excellent education when attending Knox County Schools. The system has 50 elementary schools, 14 middle schools and 15 high schools – all of which are staffed by talented faculty members. “Knox County Schools has a long history and proud tradition of educational innovation and student success,” Superintendent Jim McIntrye says. “We are fortunate to have great kids, expert teachers, strong leaders, and a supportive community, all of which enables an outstanding public education for our children.” Year after year, Knox County Schools continues to see strides in its state test scores. In 2014, the system received its second consecutive year of straight “A”s on the Tennessee State Report Card for reading/language arts, math, science, and social studies. The achievement grades are based on how well students performed on the TCAP assessments against the curriculum standards. This was also the fourth consecutive year that Knox County Schools’ overall scores were either higher or on par with the state of Tennessee in every achievement category. “Tennessee is at the forefront of education reform in the U.S., and has had the fastest improving National Assessment of Educational Progress exam scores in the country,” says

Michael Edwards, president and CEO of the Knoxville Chamber, who also serves as a member of the Tennessee State Board of Education. “What’s even more exciting is that Knox County Schools has received ‘A’s on its district scorecard. Knox County along with several other districts in the region are performing at the highest level, which means we have a strong workforce pipeline in this area.” Continuing to strive for greater results, Knox County Schools is currently implementing its strategic plan, Knox Schools 2020. The plan emphasizes higher academic expectations with Common Core state standards, individualized learning, strong student support and services, and strong learning foundations. The personalized learning aspect can best be seen in the unique learning opportunities given to Knox County students through various magnet programs. West High School is the only school in the system to offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate Programme, which offers a well-rounded, rigorous curriculum that promotes an intercultural understanding and encourages students to become active global citizens through education.


“The IB Programme at West High School is an academically challenging and balanced program of education, preparing for success at university and life beyond,” says Sarah Bast, West High School IB program coordinator and counselor. “It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical well-being of students.” Bast says the program, has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. In 2014, Knox County Schools took a big step in readying students for the workforce by opening the Career Magnet Academy. Located on Pellissippi State Community College’s Strawberry Plains campus, the new school focuses its instruction on four main “cluster” areas – advanced manufacturing, sustainable living, teacher preparation, and homeland security. When defining the clusters, the school system worked closely with the Knoxville Chamber to identify areas of local industry that have a high demand for skilled workers. “This type of high school will change the face and perception of career and technical education, decrease the skills gap, and economic growth and development,” says CMA Principal John Faulconer. Faulconer says the students’ freshman year will be spent exploring each pathway. Near the end of that year, each student will choose which “cluster” area they want to be the focus of their instruction for the next three years. Students also have the opportunity to earn dual credit/enrollment for the courses they take at the academy. “(Students have) the opportunity to graduate from high school with a regular Tennessee high school diploma, as well as multiple industry certifications and an associate’s degree from Pellissippi State,” Faulconer says. 26 | KNOXVILLE CHAMBER

Choices Abound

In addition to an excellent public school system, the Knoxville area also offers great private school options. There are 47 private schools in the Knoxville area serving more than 7,500 students, and 66 percent of the them have religious affiliations. The Episcopal School of Knoxville is an independent, co-educational school that offers academic excellence and character training for students in grades kindergarten through eighth. With small class sizes, the school seeks to instill a life-long love of learning in its students, and enrich their lives through intellectual, cultural, and spiritual growth. ESK’s newest program is its Junior Kindergarten, which is geared towards preparing 4 and 5 year olds for their first year of kindergarten. For more than 50 years, Webb School of Knoxville has offered comprehensive curriculum for students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. The school boasts an impressive 100 percent college placement rate for its graduates. Webb prides itself on preparing its students to become tomorrow’s leaders through teaching them how to think critically and be socially conscious. Tate’s School of Discovery offers a robust learning experience for elementary and middle school children. The school builds its curriculum around “brain-compatible learning,” which aims to shape students through multiple instructional techniques and strong character development. Tate’s School has several specialty area classes, including art, music, physical education, and Spanish. Located in Maryville, the ClaytonBradley STEM Academy is creating a unique learning experience for its students through partnering with the business community. The school offers STEM-based curriculum for students grades kindergarten through 12th. Co-founded by Clayton Homes, the school has teamed up with area companies and organizations to

provide real-world experiences in the classroom. With the combination of STEM curriculum and practical business applications, the academy aims to prepare its students for tomorrow’s workforce.

Making Education Accessible

Students looking to continue their education after high school can now do so easier than ever. The new Tennessee Promise scholarship program provides every high school graduate in the state with two years of community college or technical school. The program was created to address Gov. Bill Haslam’s “Drive to 55” mission, which aims to increase the percentage of Tennesseans with postsecondary certifications or degrees from 32 percent to 55 percent by 2025. In order to reach this goal, the state needs an additional 494,000 degrees or certifications, particularly in programs provided at TCAT and community colleges. “Providing postsecondary education access to every student in Tennessee will improve the state’s future by creating a more educated and developed workforce,” Edwards says. Tennessee Promise students are required to maintain 2.0 GPA and

COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES & TECHNICAL SCHOOLS In the Greater Knoxville Area The best and brightest in East Tennessee attend one of the many colleges and universities that are Knoxville Chamber members.

Bethel University

Maryville College

325 Cherry Ave McKenzie, TN 38201 (731) 352-4000

502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway Maryville, TN 37804-5907 (865) 981-8000

Bryan College

National College of Business & Technology

170 North Seven Oaks Drive Knoxville, TN 37922 (877) 256-7008

Carson-Newman College 2130 Branner Ave Jefferson City, TN 37760 (865) 471-3587

Crown College 2307 W Beaver Creek Drive Powell, TN 37849 (865) 938-8186

Fountainhead College of Technology 3203 Tazewell Pike Knoxville, TN 37918 (865) 688-9422

ITT Technical Institute 9123 Executive Park Drive Knoxville, TN 37923 (865) 342-2300

8415 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919 865-539-2011

Pellissippi State Community College

Tennessee College of Applied Technology 1100 Liberty Street Knoxville, TN 37919 (865) 546-5567

Tennessee Wesleyan College 9827 Cogdill Road, # 2 Knoxville, TN 37932 (800) 742-5892

Tusculum College

10915 Hardin Valley Road Knoxville, TN 37932 (865) 694-6400

1305 Centerpoint Boulevard Knoxville, TN 37932 (865) 693-1177

South College

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

3904 Lonas Drive Knoxville, TN 37909-3323 (865) 251-1800

Strayer University 10118 Parkside Drive Suite 200 Knoxville, TN 37922 (865) 288-6000

Visitor’s Center Knoxville, TN 37996-0180 (865) 974-2184

Virginia College School of Business and Health 5003 North Broadway Street Knoxville, TN 37918 (865) 745-4500

Johnson University 7900 Johnson Drive Knoxville, TN 37998 (865) 573-4517

King University 10950 Spring Bluff Way Knoxville, TN 37923 (865) 690-5803

Lincoln Memorial University 6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway Harrogate, TN 37752 (423) 869-3611

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complete community service hours to remain eligible for the scholarship. Postsecondary access and success program tnAchieves is helping Tennessee Promise students meet that benchmark. The program provides them with mentors that will coach them through the college application process and their first year or more of school.

Postsecondary Opportunities

Whether you’re looking to pursue a four-year degree, an associate’s degree, or a technical certificate, Knoxville has no shortage of postsecondary options to choose from. Knoxville is home to the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee. With 11 colleges, the university offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 300 programs. The university is dedicated to improving its academic programs and to becoming a Top 25 research university. The hard work is paying off, as UT was recently recognized in by the Association of Public and Landgrant Universities with the “Most Visible Progress” Trailblazer award for improving retention and graduation rates. The university’s colleges are also receiving top accolades. The Haslam College of Business was ranked on the Princeton Review’s 2015 Best 296 Business Schools list. The college’s supply chain management program was also recently ranked third among public research universities and fourth in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The College of Law ranked 38th among America’s public universities in the “Best Law Schools 2015” list, and its specialty in clinical training is 10th among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Pellissippi State Community College offers a variety of associate degree and certificate programs at five campus locations in the region. Ted Lewis, vice president of academic affairs for Pellissippi State, says the affordability of the community college’s programs and its high job 28 | KNOXVILLE CHAMBER

placement rate make it a very attractive postsecondary education option. Some of the most popular programs that Pellissippi offers include engineering technology, administrative professional technology, computer science, and early childhood education. Pellissippi also offers one of the most advanced media technologies programs in the region, which is housed in the state-of-the-art Bagwell Center for Media and Arts. The center has been fully equip with latest technology and gives media students a space to learn and create. The Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Knoxville, formerly known as Tennessee Technology Center, has been producing top-notch technically skilled students since 1966. With its programs at capacity and its phenomenal post-graduation placement rate, TCATs are hoping to make an impact on the deficit of technically skilled laborers.

“There’s a demand for technology out there and we’ve been meeting with the major industries in this region, and every one of them is begging for highly technically skilled employees,” says TCAT at Knoxville Director Dwight Murphy. “We’ve got to get the labor force versed in technology.” The placement rates for students graduating from TCAT are incredibly high. In 2013, more than 80 percent of graduates were placed in their fields of study, which speaks to the high demand for technically skilled workers in areas like diesel repair, machine tool, and surgical assisting. “Statistics tell you that 75 percent of parents want their child to go to college and 25 percent want their child to go to technical school,” Murphy says. “The reality is that the economy wants 75 percent to go to technical schools and 25 percent to go to four-year universities.” n


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PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS LOCATED WITHIN INNOVATION VALLEY Alcoa City Schools 524 Faraday Street Alcoa, TN 37701 (865) 984-0531

Anderson County Schools 101 South Main Street, Suite 500 Clinton, TN 37716 (865) 463-2800 ex. 2800

Blount County Schools 831 Grandview Drive Maryville, TN 37803 (865) 984-1212

Roane County

Oak Ridge Schools

105 Bluff Road Kingston, TN 37763 (865) 376-5592

304 New York Avenue P.O. Box 6588 Oak Ridge, TN 37830 (865) 425-9001

PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN INNOVATION VALLEY (List only includes members of the Knoxville Chamber)

Clayton-Bradley STEM Academy 425 Alcoa Trail Road Maryville, TN 37804 (865) 498-5898

Episcopal School of Knoxville 950 Episcopal School Way Knoxville, TN 37932 (865) 777-9032

Tate’s School of Discovery 9215 Bob Gray Road Knoxville, TN 37923 (865) 693-3021

Webb School of Knoxville 9800 Webb School Drive Knoxville, TN 37923 (865) 693-0011

For a full list of Knoxville area private schools visit

Jefferson County Schools 1221 Gay Street, P.O. Box 190 Dandridge, TN 37725 (865) 397-3194

Knox County Schools 912 South Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37901-2188 (865) 594-1800

Lenoir City Schools 2145 Harrison Avenue Lenoir City, TN 37771 (865) 986-8058

Loudon County School District 100 River Road Loudon, TN 37774 (865) 458-5411

Maryville City Schools 833 Lawrence Avenue Maryville, TN 37803 (865) 982-7121 www.maryvillecityschools.k12.


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Alumni Hall 54 Arts & Culture Alliance 7 Best Western Cedar Bluff 43 Big Love Bus 77 Bistro by the Tracks 71 Blue Coast Grill & Bar 68 Blue Slip Winery 76 BlueTique 39 Boyd’s Jig & Reel 74 Brazeiros 66 Brown Bag 70 Bush’s Beans Visitor Center 15 Buttermilk Sky Pie 72

Casual Pint 74 Citifid-o 55 Calhoun’s 60 Chesapeake’s 60 Chilhowee Park 24 Copper Cellar 60 Crowne Plaza 42 Cru Bistro 63 Days Inn 47 Dead End BBQ 71 Dollywood 78 East TN History Center 38 Einstein Bros Bagels 14 El Chico Café 64 Executive Inn 43 Fairfield Inn & Suites West 44 Five Bar 77 French Market Creperie 65 Hilton Knoxville 43 Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park 45 Holly’s Eventful Dining 65 Innovation Valley 2 Knox Area Transit 56 Knoxville Chocolate Factory 17 Knox Coliseum/Auditorium 24 Knoxville Convention Center 40 Knoxville Food Tours 25 Knoxville Museum of Art 16 Knoxville Visitors Center 14 Knoxville Zoo 16 Lenny’s Sub Shop 72 Luttrell’s Eyewear 53 M. Gibson Hotels 3 Marriott Knoxville 46 Mast General Store 39 McGhee Tyson Airport 11 McKay’s Books 49 Nama Sushi Bar 67 NavCal River Rides 14 Not Watson’s Kitchen + Bar 73

Nothing Too Fancy 52 Ober Gatlinburg 17 Pete’s Coffee Shop 72 Pretentious Beer Glass Co. 70 Puleo’s Grille 69 Rick Terry Jewelry Designs 53 Ripley’s Aquarium 80 Rita’s Italian Ice 68 River Sports Outfitters 5 Shoney’s 62 Shuck Raw Bar 63 Sleep Inn North 47 Smoke Pit 25 Smoky Mountain Brewery 60 Soccer Taco 73 Sunspot 71 Tennessee Theatre 10 The Lost Sea 79 The Muse Knoxville 16 The Oliver Hotel 48 The Orangery 72 Tennessee Riverboat 17 Town of Farragut 14 Town Magic 46 Tree & Vine 39 Trio Café 63 UT Press 55 Volunteer Princess 15 WDVX Studios 70 West Town Mall/Simon Malls 50 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame 33

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