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KUB to Host Community Job Fair in East Knoxville in January

Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Utilities Board will host a job fair to help connect community members with career opportunities at the public utility. The event will be held at Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus on Thursday, Jan. 13 and Friday, Jan. 14.

KUB staff will be on-hand to help job seekers learn more about available careers and provide information about the benefits of working at KUB. The utility offers a wide variety of jobs, including finance, IT, customer service, construction, maintenance, business support, and engineering.

Recently, the utility added a Fiber Division to help improve electric system performance and deliver broadband services throughout the region. KUB plans to add 200 new jobs over the next several years to support the fiber deployment and new fiber internet services.

People interested in attending the job fair are encouraged to register for the event by visiting and completing the registration form. Those interested in working at KUB but unable to attend the job fair can learn more about KUB careers by using the same URL. You may also email to set up an alternate time to talk to a recruiter. 

The dates and times for the job fair are:

Thursday, Jan. 13: 6-8 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 14: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Staff from KUB’s future Fiber division, Customer Service, Construction, and several other departments will be available to assist attendees in applying for open positions during the times listed above.

Knoxville’s first boutique dedicated to sustainable and eco-friendly goods, Minimal Optimist, now open

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – December 6, 2022 – Minimal Optimist, specializing in sustainable, eco-friendly, and nature-inspired goods and unique gifts, is now open for business. The business, located at 9230 Kingston Pike in the Cedar Springs Shopping Center between The Soup Kitchen and Hound Dogs, is the area’s first and only local store to specialize in sustainable goods and focusing on certified Benefit Corporations (B Corps). The store will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 13, 2021, at 1:00pm ET time with the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce and local dignitaries.

Founder and owner, Tabitha Palmer, is a wife and mom of a 3rd grader who loves this community and is inspired every day to bring a mindful shopping experience to that has a positive impact on people, this community, and the earth.

In Palmer’s personal journey, the owner found that she could only find the products that she was looking for online. Palmer took the initiative to build an online shop and over the last year, executed many pop-up shops with other local businesses including Hey Bear Cafe, Jack’s of Knoxville, and Knoxville Women’s Expo. She had a vision to create a space where shoppers could have a mindful shopping experience ensuring the products purchased were safe, natural, and minimized the impact to the earth.  Minimal Optimist’s mission is to inspire confidence in a better future for you and our planet.

As the online shop grew, Palmer decided to bring the experience to West Knoxville. “I was looking for a way to purchase products for our home that were better for us and for the planet. I started Minimal Optimist to provide a solution for our local community and offer sustainable solutions. I’ve been switching to more eco-friendly and ethically produced products for almost 10 years, and I have made it my mission to share that love of sustainability and knowledge with others,” said Palmer.

This woman-owned, small business incorporates several Benefit Corporations (B Corps).  Certified B Corporations are businesses that balances purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. This is a community of leaders, driving a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Examples of B Corps Minimal Optimist carries are Rumpl blankets, Stasher Bags, ChicoBag, and Bee’s Wraps. 

In addition to carrying many B Corp brands, the boutique also carries many smaller brands that are sustainably made in the US, fair trade, or are locally made right here in Knoxville. Top selling products at Minimal Optimist are Rumpl blankets, Stasher bags, Bee’s Wraps, Resuable Market Bags, and Food Huggers.

Minimal Optimist is currently open Monday – Saturday from 10am-5pm and closed on Sundays. Online shoppers may purchase online at

Milestone purchase marks first-of-its-kind acquisition for NNSA

WASHINGTON – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) completed its acquisition of the LeMond Carbon Facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, near the Y-12 National Security Complex on December 15. The acquisition marks NNSA’s successful conclusion of a first-ever Option to Purchase Agreement, which gives NNSA the opportunity to obtain flexible production development space.

NNSA’s use of an Option to Purchase Agreement provides infrastructure modernization without the need for new construction. With this novel approach, NNSA is accelerating delivery of modern facilities while providing the time necessary to complete federally mandated due diligence by securing the rights to purchase the facility.

After addressing required environmental, title review, and other requirements, NNSA purchased the existing facility to house Y-12’s Development activities that are currently conducted in facilities built in the 1940s. Providing new space for the essential work of tackling production modernization will allow the development of new technologies to meet future requirements and support the global security mission. The purchase of the LeMond facility is an important step in safely and efficiently housing the necessary research equipment and instrumentation, providing modern laboratory facilities to attract and retain top scientists and engineers, and adapting to a changing mission.

Traditionally, federal agencies in need of new or upgraded facilities will either design and build them or choose to lease existing facilities. Buying an existing facility can be a lengthy process to accomplish given the necessary due diligence tasks, a problem in the fast-moving commercial real estate industry. With an option-to-purchase for the Lemond Facility, NNSA was able to secure the needed development space early and then perform required due diligence during the option period.

“This acquisition is not just a milestone accomplishment for NNSA, but a solution to a known challenge for Y-12 that makes our overall Nuclear Security Enterprise mission safer, more secure, and ultimately more effective,” said Jim McConnell, Associate Administrator of Safety, Infrastructure, and Operations. “NNSA was reviewing various options with Y-12 for upgrading capabilities that currently exist in the aging Development facility. This is one of the oldest facilities at Y-12 and represented a risk to our national security missions because of significant degradation of the facility needed to perform activities in the facility.”

Almost 60 percent of NNSA’s facilities are more than 40 years old, with many dating to the Manhattan Project and early Cold War era. NNSA is pursuing innovative strategies that address its aging infrastructure to improve the reliability, efficiency, and capabilities to meet core mission requirements critical national security demands.

Learn more about NNSA’s Office of Safety, Infrastructure, and Operations.

David’s Nursery grows business with U-Haul 

SEYMOUR, Tenn. (Dec. 15, 2021) — U-Haul Company of Tennessee is pleased to announce that David’s Nursery signed on as a U-Haul® neighborhood dealer to serve the Seymour community.

David’s Nursery at 964 Post Oak Drive will offer essential services like U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment and moving supplies.

Normal business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling (865) 577-6038 or visiting today.

David’s Nursery owner David McFalls is proud to team with the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage to better meet the demands of Sevier County.

U-Haul has teamed with independent dealers to offer rental equipment to do-it-yourself movers since 1945. During these challenging times for small businesses, more than 21,000 dealers across the U.S. and Canada are generating supplemental income through their U-Haul affiliation. When customers rent from a U-Haul dealer, they are directly supporting an independent small business in their community.

Because no financial investment is required to be a dealer, these local affiliates are not U-Haul franchises. They are simply small businesses that have committed a portion of their lot space for U-Haul equipment, and a portion of their time to help meet the mobility needs of their neighbors. Learn more about the dealer program and how to join by visiting

As an essential service provider, U-Haul stores and dealers continue to serve the public during the pandemic recovery. U-Haul products are utilized by First Responders; delivery companies bringing needed supplies to people’s homes; small businesses trying to remain afloat; college students; and countless other dependent groups – in addition to the household mover.

In addition to implementing enhanced cleaning protocols, U-Haul is pleased to offer programs that inherently promote social distancing with minimal or no contact with others. U-Haul Truck Share 24/7® allows customers to create an online account and pick up their truck at any hour using only their smartphone with photo feature and GPS. Trained Live Verify agents support customers online, enabling them to skip the lines and go straight to their truck.

About U-HAUL 

Since 1945, U-Haul has been the No. 1 choice of do-it-yourself movers, with a network of more than 23,000 locations across all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 offers secure access to U-Haul trucks every hour of every day through the customer dispatch option on their smartphones and our proprietary Live Verify technology. Our customers’ patronage has enabled the U-Haul fleet to grow to approximately 176,000 trucks, 126,000 trailers and 46,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers nearly 825,000 rentable storage units and 71.6 million square feet of self-storage space at owned and managed facilities throughout North America. U-Haul is the largest retailer of propane in the U.S., and continues to be the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry. U-Haul has been recognized repeatedly as a leading “Best for Vets” employer and was recently named one of the 15 Healthiest Workplaces in America. 

Nokian Tyres grows workforce, production at Dayton factory in 2021

DAYTON, Tenn. – Nokian Tyres grew the workforce at its Dayton, Tennessee factory by nearly double in 2021, increasing production and serving the community in a year of growth at the facility, where it plans to make as many as four million tires per year at full capacity.

The team at the Dayton Factory grew from 175 team members to approximately 325 employees in 2021 thanks to an aggressive hiring campaign in the first half of the year, and Nokian Tyres continues to accept applications to fill its growing number of positions.

“The Dayton Factory is an important part of our company’s growth plan, and our employees are the most important part of our factory,” said Dayton Factory Operations

Director David Korda. “We were thrilled to be able to grow our team this year while deepening our partnerships in the community.”

Community activities included educational support, scholarships for Rhea County students, the second year sponsoring the Nokian Tyres Summer Nights downtown concert series, platinum sponsorship of the Tennessee Strawberry Festival and tens of thousands of dollars in donations to Rhea County-based nonprofits.

Nokian Tyres also worked with several educational institutions, inc

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