Five years of ‘Thunder’ celebrated at Jazz and Bluegrass Concert

Pellissippi State Community College will recognize the fifth anniversary of Hardin Valley Thunder, the college’s bluegrass group, at the Jazz and Bluegrass Concert.

The concert is Thursday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The community is invited.

The event is free; however, donations will be accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation, with proceeds benefiting the Music Scholarship Fund.

“We are expecting 10 to 15 former Hardin Valley Thunder members to participate in a special alumni performance,” said Larry Vincent, an assistant professor of Liberal Arts and the ensemble’s leader.

“The alumni will play on two selections that each Hardin Valley Thunder group has played in the past: ‘Foggy Mountain Breakdown’ and ‘Sitting on Top of the World.’”

The alumni also will join the current 10 members of Hardin Valley Thunder to perform “I’ll Fly Away,” “Mountain Dew,” “Song Bird” and a bluegrass version of “Crazy Train.”

In addition to Hardin Valley Thunder, the concert, a perennial favorite in the community, features the Pellissippi State Jazz Band.

The Jazz and Bluegrass Concert is the latest performance in the college’s ongoing Music Concert Series. The series 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. All piano performances and accompaniments are performed on Steinways, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All-Steinway School.

For additional information about the Music Concert Series or 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: Blount County Campus hosts Faculty Senate Book Sale March 24-26

Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus hosts its annual Faculty Senate Book Sale in late March, and the community is invited to take part.

The sale runs 8 a.m.-6 p.m., March 24-25, and 8-noon, March 26. It takes place in the upstairs lobby of the Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.

The event 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 types of publications will be available—from fiction and nonfiction to craft books and cookbooks to collectible magazines such as National Geographic. Other items likely to be offered: movies and CDs. Donations have been made by Pellissippi State faculty, staff and students, as well as community members.

Used books, movies and CDs in good condition will be collected until March 21. Bring donated items to the Blount County Campus.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State plans open houses at site campuses

Pellissippi State Community College will host open houses at each of its site campuses this month and next.

The events are free and open to all prospective students and their families.

“These open houses allow students to meet with Admissions and Financial Aid representatives,” said Leigh Anne Touzeau, assistant vice president of Enrollment Services, “as well as with other support services like Advising, Counseling Services, Student Life and Recreation, and some faculty.”

Open house locations and dates:

  • Division Street Campus: 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26
  • Magnolia Avenue Campus: 4-7 p.m. Thursday, March 27
  • Blount County Campus: 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, April 3
  • Strawberry Plains Campus: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8

Each open house is a drop-in event. Anyone who is interested may attend to learn more about Pellissippi State’s academic options, how to apply for financial aid and to the college, and the many resources available to students.

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 and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or

Pellissippi State supporting partner of Michigan-based manufacturing initiative

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Pellissippi State Community College is a supporting partner in a $140 million U.S. Department of Defense-backed manufacturing institute in Michigan.

Pellissippi State is one of 60 members of a consortium for the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation (LM3I) Institute in Wayne County, Michigan. The consortium brings together aluminum, titanium and high-strength steel manufacturers with universities and laboratories that are pioneering new technology development and research.

As a supporting partner of the LM3I Institute, Pellissippi State committed to an in-kind/cost-share donation for staff and faculty time and lab equipment to assist in the project.

“To be part of this national effort is an honor for Pellissippi State,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., the college’s president. “Through this project, Pellissippi State’s emphasis on advanced manufacturing training has found a national platform.

“We well know the importance of advanced manufacturing in the fields of research and development, and we’ll see that as this project seeks to build safer, more fuel-efficient vehicles and aircraft.”

Other local members include Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Alcoa and the University of Tennessee.

On Feb. 25, President Barack Obama announced that the LM3I Institute would receive $70 million in federal funding, matched by another $70 million in non-federal funding.

In addition to the research and development aspect of the project, the institute also will provide education, technical skills training, and workforce development. That aspect will address a growing disconnect between manufacturing technology and the training of workers.

“We look forward to working with LM3I on projects that will create a pipeline of talent capable of adopting the technologies developed by UT, ORNL and others,” said Teri Brahams, executive director of economic and workforce development at Pellissippi State.

LM3I is one of three institutes that will receive a combined $200 million in federal funding. The other two are the Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute in North Carolina and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, also based in Michigan.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

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