TSBDC names Blue Slip Winery as its 2017 ‘Rising Star’

Tennessee Small Business Development Center Knoxville Director Bruce Hayes, left, with Blue Slip Winery owner Linn Slocum, center, and Pellissippi State Community College President L. Anthony Wise Jr.

The Knoxville office of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center has named Blue Slip Winery as its 2017 Rising Star winner.

The Rising Star award is the highest honor TSBDC has to recognize growing small businesses in the Knoxville area. The award honors business owners who have achieved sustainability and success and who contribute to the growth and development of Tennessee’s economy.

“The Blue Slip Winery has come so far from its beginnings as a hobby for Linn Slocum,” said Bruce Hayes, director of Knoxville TSBDC. “Originally housed in only a small basement in the Old City, Blue Slip Winery expanded to become Knoxville’s first urban winery in 2014.”

“The restoration of an iconic landmark in the Southern Railway Station, mixed with Blue Slip Winery’s advancements in the wine industry has created a commodity for historic downtown Knoxville that locals and visitors can enjoy and watch grow,” Hayes said. “In recognition of her achievements and of the passion that allowed her to pursue her dreams, we’re honored to name Linn and the Blue Slip Winery as winner of the Rising Star Award.”

Pellissippi State’s Small Business Development Center serves Blount, Claiborne, Cocke, Jefferson, Knox, Sevier and Union counties. In 2016, it served 454 clients for a total of 1673 counseling hours. The TSBDC helped 28 new businesses start up, create 107 new jobs and retain 183 jobs. The firms TSBDC aided went on to create more than $11 million in new capital investment into the local economy.

The Small Business Development Center is affiliated with Pellissippi State and partners with the College on training opportunities and workforce development. TSBDC is a network of professional business consultants with 13 centers throughout Tennessee. For more information, visit www.tsbdc.org.

For more information about Pellissippi State, call 865-694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State invites community to hear poet Marilyn Kallet

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Marilyn Kallet

Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to celebrate National Poetry Month at a reading and book signing by author Marilyn Kallet.

Kallet will speak from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, in room 2540 at the Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike. She will sell and sign books and take questions following the reading.

She will read from two of her works: “The Love That Moves Me” and “Packing Light: New and Selected Poems.”

Kallet is the author of 17 books, including “The Love That Moves Me.” She has translated Paul Eluard’s “Last Love Poems,” Péret’s “The Big Game,” and co-translated Chantal Bizzini’s “Disenchanted City.” She also is the Nancy Moore Goslee Professor of English at the University of Tennessee.

The reading and book signing is sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Creative Writing Club.

For more information about the event, contact the Strawberry Plains Campus at 865-225-2300. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State Announcements: Students invited to adult, home school open houses

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Pellissippi State Community College invites area home-schooled students to an open house from 5:30-7:30 p.m., April 6 at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Learn more about transfer degree programs and dual enrollment, which allows students to earn high school and college-level credit at the same time. Students who attend the open house can enter to win a $250 scholarship provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation. Although the open house is free, please RSVP at www.pstcc.edu/admissions/hsrsvp/. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State Community College invites adults considering college to an open house from 9:30 a.m.-noon, April 1 at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Learn more about accelerated, online and evening programs; financial aid and even how to earn college credit for career and life experience. Although the open house is free, please RSVP at www.pstcc.edu/adult. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State speech showcase to feature Zenobia Dobson

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Pellissippi State Community College will host its fourth annual Student Speech Showcase March 21, featuring Zenobia Dobson as the keynote speaker.

Dobson is the mother of Zaevion Dobson, who was shot to death in 2015 as he shielded others from gunfire. Zenobia Dobson has since created the Zaevion Dobson Memorial Foundation in memory of her son to raise awareness of gun violence.

The Student Speech Showcase begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in the Goins Building Auditorium, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free and the community is invited.

In addition to a keynote address by Zenobia Dobson, Pellissippi State speech students Stephen Lumsdaine, Caelan Paul, Savanah Pope, Isaac Scott and Isabel Vazquez will present informative or persuasive speeches.

Zenobia Dobson is the 2017 advocacy award recipient from Knoxville’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission. She’s active in the Knoxville groups Moms On a Mission and Moms Demand Action and is a member of Martin Chapel United Methodist Church.

The Student Speech Showcase is sponsored by the Liberal Arts Speech Communication academic program.

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

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