Knoxville Area Tennessee Small Business Development Center receives Eagle Award

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The Tennessee Small Business District Knoxville Office received an Eagle Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Tennessee District Thursday, March 20. Pictured, from left to right, are Jane Shelton, Bruce Hayes and Laura Overstreet of the TSBDC, Walter Perry, district director of the SBA Tennessee District Office; Larry Rossini, executive director of the TSBDC; L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State Community College; Maria Lloyd of the SBA; and Teri Brahams, executive director of Economic and Workforce Development at Pellissippi State.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Tennessee District has presented the Knoxville Area Tennessee Small Business Development Center, which is administered by Pellissippi State Community College, with the first Eagle Award.

The honor, given during an awards ceremony March 20, recognized the TSBDC office with the highest dollar volume of SBA loans for clients during 2013. TSBDC is a statewide network of centers that provide resources to assist small-business and potential small-business owners. The Small Business Administration is a federal agency.

Last year, Pellissippi State’s TSBDC directly assisted eight clients who obtained a cumulative total of more than $9.3 million in SBA loans.

“Pellissippi State’s Small Business Development Center has always been committed to helping businesses in our community to find the resources they need in order to be successful,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State. “This recognition by the Small Business Administration is an affirmation of that good work.”

“Pellissippi State’s diligence in working with small-business owners and East Tennessee lenders demonstrates that dollars are available to start or expand a small business,” said Walter Perry, district director of SBA’s Tennessee District Office.

“The Eagle Award represents superior dedication of the Pellissippi State staff collaborating with area banks and credit unions to identify working capital for their clients.”

The SBA guarantees small-business loans and, through a cooperative agreement with Pellissippi State, provides counseling and training to small-business owners. A key component of that assistance is helping small-business owners acquire capital through SBA-guaranteed loans made by area lenders.

A wide variety of small businesses in the area were provided funding in 2013—among them, a veterinary practice, winery, restaurant, retail store, transportation services firm, research and development firm, and temporary services agency. East Tennessee lenders that assisted Pellissippi State clients included United Community Bank, Jefferson Federal Bank, UT Federal Credit Union, Fifth Third Bank and Areawide Development Corporation.

A total of 21 jobs were created and 42 jobs retained as a result of the SBA loans, according to the small businesses that were funded.

The area Small Business Development Center serves the counties of Blount, Claiborne, Cocke, Jefferson, Knox, Sevier and Union. In 2013, the center provided more than 1,695 hours of small-business counseling and trained 1,263 people in small-business-related subjects.

Pellissippi State’s 2014 Student Juried Art Show kicks off March 31

Artwork by Tony Sobota
Artwork by Tony Sobota

Pellissippi State Community College launches its annual Student Juried Art Show March 31, and the exhibit will run until April 18.

The event is free and the community is invited. The Art Show takes place in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

“The exhibit will include student works from a variety of media: drawing, painting, two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, ceramics, even blacksmithing,” said Jennifer Brickey, a Fine Arts assistant professor. “We really want to showcase the students that take studio art classes at Pellissippi State. It’s a really great show.”

The opening reception and awards ceremony are 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 2. Awards will be announced at 4 p.m.

Artwork by Steven Kempster
Artwork by Steven Kempster

The exhibit is juried by Pellissippi State’s art faculty.

The grand prize for the show is the “purchase award,” in which Pellissippi State buys a student’s artwork for the college’s permanent collection. The award is worth up to $500. Other awards include $25 gift cards to Jerry’s Artarama, given to four runners-up.

The annual Student Juried Art Show is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or

Pellissippi State hosting adjunct faculty recruiting fairs

Pellissippi State Community College has scheduled adjunct faculty recruiting fairs at two of its site campuses: the Blount County Campus on March 27 and the Strawberry Plains Campus on April 22.

“Pellissippi State relies heavily on a professional, experienced, well-trained body of part-time instructors,” said Ted Lewis, vice president of Academic Affairs.

Interested individuals are invited to each recruiting fair, where they can expect information sessions, meetings with department representatives and an overview of the application process. Both events are 6:30-8 p.m.

Pellissippi State adjunct faculty in most subject areas are required to have a master’s degree and at least 18 hours of graduate hours in the subject they wish to teach. Positions are open in Accounting, Chemistry, Computer Science and Information Technology, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Microbiology, Spanish and Theatre, among others.

Candidates for adjunct faculty positions in three areas—Video Production Technology, Photography and Communication Graphics Technology—require a bachelor’s degree and three years’ work experience. To be considered for an adjunct position in Clinical Nursing requires an RN with MSN and three years’ clinical experience.

Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., and the Strawberry Plains Campus is at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike.

For more information about employment at Pellissippi State and for a full list of open adjunct faculty positions, visit or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or

Pellissippi State hosts annual Faculty Senate Book Sale

Pellissippi State Community College will stage its annual Faculty Senate Book Sale in late March and early April, and the community is invited to take part.

The Book Sale kicks off at the Blount County Campus, running 8 a.m.-6 p.m. March 24-25 and 8-noon March 26 in the upstairs lobby.

The sale then moves to the Hardin Valley Campus, where it’s scheduled 9 a.m.-6 p.m. March 31-April 1 and 9-noon April 2 in the College Center of the Goins Building. The sale wraps up at the Magnolia Avenue Campus lobby, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 7-8.

The Faculty Senate Book Sale raises funds that go to the Pellissippi State Foundation for student scholarships.

“This is really a community event,” said Ashley Boone, a book sale planner and associate professor of Mathematics. “A lot of students and community members look forward to the sale, because the prices are so good for these books, music, and movies.”

All type of books will be available—fiction to nonfiction, craft to cook books—as well as collectible magazines like National Geographic. Other items likely to be offered: movies and CDs.

Donations have been made by Pellissippi State faculty, staff, and students and community members.

The Blount County Campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Hardin Valley at 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Magnolia Avenue at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or

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