South College graduate shares front lines experience in New York during COVID-19

South College graduate Rachel West returned to campus to share her firsthand experience with the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City, where she learned that teamwork and critical thinking are as important as classroom instruction. “The experience taught me that healthcare takes a team,” West said. “Physicians, residents, interns, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dietitians and nurses all … Read More

The Trust Company of Tennessee donates $30,000 to nonprofits amid COVID-19

The Trust Company of Tennessee announced today that it is donating $30,000 to two East Tennessee nonprofits to provide additional support and counter the effects of COVID-19 on members of the local community. “We are hopeful that these donations will provide assistance to those who need it most right now,” said Sharon Pryse, CEO and founder of The Trust Company … Read More

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation elects board officers

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) elected 2020-21 officers for its Board of Commissioners at its annual meeting May 28. Bob Whetsel, retired City of Knoxville director of redevelopment, will serve as chair. He was appointed to the board in 2016 for a five-year term. Kimberly Henry, a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual, was elected vice chair. She was appointed to … Read More

KSO Concertmaster Series performance to air on East Tennessee PBS

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will broadcast a Merchant & Gould Concertmaster Series performance Friday, June 26, at 9 p.m. on East Tennessee PBS. The performance is available now digitally on the ETPBS streaming service. The concert features KSO Concertmaster William Shaub and Concertmaster Series collaborator and pianist Kevin Class. The program includes Stravinsky’s “Suite Italienne” for violin and piano, Mozart’s … Read More

U.S. Cellular provides $1,000 sponsorship to youth baseball team

Diamond Legends, a youth baseball team in Knoxville, has received a $1,000 sponsorship from U.S. Cellular’s Community Connections program to help pay for team expenses. The Community Connections program provides sponsorship support to youth groups such as Little League Baseball teams, marching bands, youth cheer squads and a variety of other groups. Diamond Legends signed up on U.S. Cellular’s website, … 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 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

Cherokee Distributing Company and Food City donate to Chattanooga tornado relief

Cherokee Distributing Company and Food City have teamed up to provide relief to those affected by the tornadoes that struck the Chattanooga area on Easter Sunday with a joint donation of $10,000 to The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga. “Natural disasters can change people’s lives overnight,” said John Papas, general manager of Cherokee Distributing Company Chattanooga operations. “East Tennessee always … Read More

Hillcrest Healthcare hires Shirley Crum as director of nursing at West Hills

Hillcrest Healthcare has hired Shirley Crum as director of nursing at its West Hills community in Knoxville. Crum will provide oversight of both clinical systems and teams at the 194-bed facility. “Hillcrest Healthcare continuously strives to deliver the best care to our patients and residents,” said Barry Davis, president and CEO of Hillcrest Healthcare Communities. “Shirley’s leadership, operational experience and … Read More

Pilot Flying J reveals new trends in summer travel plans, reimagines the road trip in celebration of National Road Trip Day

New study finds restless, quarantined Americans are planning more trips once travel is deemed safe With several stay-at-home orders still in effect, new research from Pilot Flying J suggests that many Americans are inspired to travel more this summer once they feel safe from COVID-19 exposure – with 65% reporting an increase in the number of trips they plan to … Read More