Regions Foundation gives to Pellissippi State Foundation

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Regions bank check presentation
(L-R) Aneisa Rolan, Pellissippi State Foundation; L. Anthony Wise Jr., president, Pellissippi State; Marilyn Roddy, Pellissippi State Foundation; Chris Parrott, Regions, Rob Stivers, Regions; Bryan Harper, Regions; and Kevin Crateau, Regions, gather for the check presentation from Regions Foundation.

Regions Foundation has given $15,000 to the Pellissippi State Foundation to use in support of science and math education at Pellissippi State Community College. The college is making plans to expand its facilities and offerings in these disciplines.

“Regions is committed to giving back to the communities where we operate, not only monetarily, but with our time and educational resources,” said Kevin Crateau, Regions East Tennessee marketing director. “Hardin Valley is a large growth area in this market where we want to be involved.  This is a great opportunity for us to support Pellissippi State, the surrounding Hardin Valley market and education in the East Tennessee region.”

“We are very appreciative of this gift from Regions Foundation,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State. “Our science and math students will certainly benefit from their generosity, but so will the community as our students become better prepared to enter the workforce.”

Vendors needed for Pellissippi State’s Black Business Expo

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Pellissippi State Community College is looking for vendors to participate in its April 7 Black Business Expo. All black-owned businesses, non-profits and creatives in the Knoxville area are invited to register. The event will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Avenue Ave.

The participation fee is $50 for a for-profit business, $25 for non-profits and $10 for a student-owned business. All proceeds benefit the college’s student Business Success Club. 

Businesses can reserve a spot at The deadline to register is March 16. For more information, contact Jessica Dean at or 865-329-3135.

Pellissippi State holds free jazz concert for community

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Pellissippi State Community College will host the Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra and special guest Joe Murphy for a free community concert Thursday, Feb. 18.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Seats will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  

The Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra is an honors band of East Tennessee high school students under the direction of Knoxville Jazz Orchestra’s lead trombonist, Tom Lundberg.

Joe Murphy is one of the top recording tuba players in the United States. He has played live and recorded with dozens of artists, including Michael Bolton, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, Michael W. Smith and The Fifth Dimension, among others. His music has been heard in the soundtracks of video games like “Call of Duty: Black Ops” and “Star Wars,” in the History Channel series “Texas Rising” and in the film “The Last Witch Hunter.”

The Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra concert is one of the events that makes up Pellissippi State’s arts series, The Arts at Pellissippi State. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures and the fine arts.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400.


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