R.B. Morris and his band launch inaugural Big Ears Festival streaming series live from the Bijou Theatre

Knoxville’s “songwriter’s songwriter” and first Poet Laureate R. B. Morris with his band will launch the Big Ears Festival’s new series of streaming concerts and events from the stage of the city’s iconic 111-year-old Bijou Theatre on Friday, August 21, 2020. Joined by multi-instrumentalist Greg Horne, bassist Daniel Kimbro, and percussionist Hunter Deacon, R. B. will perform the richly textured, … Read More

Highway Transport opens $12.5 million flagship service center in Geismar

Highway Transport has opened a $12.5 million flagship service center in Geismar, Louisiana, which will serve the needs of its current and growing customers across the Gulf Coast region and lead to the creation of 150 local jobs. The new service center expands the chemical transportation company’s presence in the Gulf Coast, positioning Highway Transport to serve several nearby prominent … Read More

Pilot Company Announces Leadership Changes Beginning January 1, 2021

CEO Jimmy Haslam named chairman; Chief Strategy Officer Shameek Konar named CEO KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (July 21, 2020) – Pilot Company, the leading supplier of fuel and the largest operator of travel centers in North America, announced today that CEO Jimmy Haslam will become chairman of the board on January 1, 2021, and has named Shameek Konar, the company’s chief strategy … Read More

Haslam family gift will support insurance for Chromebooks

A generous gift from the Haslam family will help economically disadvantaged families obtain insurance for new Chromebooks that will be provided to all K-12 students in Knox County Schools. Earlier this year, the Knox County Board of Education and Knox County Commission approved a 1:1 plan that will make a Chromebook computer available to each KCS student in grades K-12, … Read More

Pilot Company kicks off round-up campaign to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Pilot Company, the leading supplier of fuel and the largest operator of travel centers in North America, announced today a new in-store round-up campaign to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The campaign, which runs from today through July 27, will aid the organization’s ongoing efforts to serve kids, families and communities in need, especially now as it adapts … Read More

Statement from Knoxville-area hospitals in support of wearing masks and other measures to curb spread of COVID-19

The statement below is from Knoxville-area healthcare organizations Covenant Health, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Tennova Healthcare and University of Tennessee Medical Center: We support the decision made by the Knox County Board of Health regarding the required wearing of masks in public places where social distancing is difficult. We agree with ongoing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and … Read More

Pilot Company kicks off round-up campaign to support veterans, respond to national coin shortage

In celebration of Independence Day, Pilot Company is raising funds through an in-store round-up campaign for the Call of Duty Endowment, an organization dedicated to helping veterans. Now through July 13, guests visiting Pilot Company stores throughout the U.S., including participating Pilot and Flying J travel centers and One9 Fuel Network stores, can opt to round-up their purchases to the … Read More

Pilot Flying J’s annual Road Warrior contest for professional drivers returns with weekly sweepstakes and $10,000 grand prize

Pilot Flying J today announced the kickoff of its seventh annual Road Warrior contest to recognize professional truck drivers for their dedication to keeping our country going. From June 22 – July 20, 2020, anyone can nominate a professional driver into the Road Warrior contest for the chance to be named the 2020 Road Warrior and receive the grand prize … Read More

Tennessee Theatre blade ornament is back

The Tennessee Theatre has released a new glass-blown ornament, an updated replica of the theatre’s iconic vertical sign. Depicting the “Tennessee” blade, the keepsake ornament is available for purchase at www.tennesseetheatre.com/giftshop and at the May 27 pop-up shop at the theatre. Proceeds from the ornament sale will benefit the Tennessee Theatre during its closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When … Read More

BlueCross waives primary, behavioral care costs for Medicare Advantage members

Tennessee seniors will benefit from change for doctor’s office, telehealth visits with in-network providers BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will waive Medicare Advantage member costs for doctor’s office and virtual visits to in-network primary care and behavioral health care providers from May 19 through September 30, 2020. “Many Tennessee seniors may have been following safety protocols and postponing health care visits … Read More