Author: Knoxville Chamber


CANDIDATE BIO:  Andrew is a Knoxville native and small business owner as a partner with The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee in 1999 and received his Juris Doctorate from the UT College of Law in 2002. Andrew serves the Knoxville community in a number of ways. Most recently, Andrew served as a Knox County Election Commissioner. In this role, he worked to encourage voter registration and participation by visiting numerous neighborhood organizations and civic groups. Passionate about community, Andrew serves as chairman of The Salvation Army’s advisory board. In...

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City Council Candidate Profile: Stephanie Welch (District 1)

Candidate Bio:  Throughout the 22 years she’s lived in Knoxville, Stephanie has been actively engaged in making our community a great place to live, work, play and learn. She’s had great opportunities to work with neighborhoods, businesses, government leaders and other community stakeholders, serving as an appointed member of the Knoxville-Knox County Food Policy Council and Knoxville’s Better Building Board. Stephanie currently serves on boards for Ijams Nature Center, Leadership Knoxville, the YMCA, and on the ReCode Knoxville stakeholder advisory committee. She has worked professionally in public health and currently works for the Great Schools Partnership, a non-profit that supports...

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Anatomy of a Deal: Lifetime Products, Inc.

Officials opened the doors to Lifetime Products’ East Coast manufacturing and distribution facility on Aug. 10, 2017. Credit: Photo courtesy of Gov. Bill Haslam’s office BY: LYNSEY WILSON Approximately 200 guests sat amidst colorful kayaks and children’s playsets to celebrate the Aug. 10 opening of Knox County’s largest industrial facility. The newly-expanded, 720,000 square-foot facility now serves as headquarters for the East Coast operations of Lifetime Products, the world’s leading manufacturer of blow-molded plastic products. The Utah-based company plans to produce its watersports line, including kayaks and paddleboards, along with outdoor children’s play-sets at the Eastbridge Business Park facility. The new...

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Congress Urged to Delay the Health Insurance Tax

Local business leaders met recently at the Knoxville Chamber to discuss how the health insurance tax, or HIT, will impact Tennessee small businesses in 2018 if it is not delayed immediately by Congress. Business leaders called on the state’s senators and representatives in Congress to lower premiums and provide financial relief to the state by ensuring that the HIT does not go into effect in 2018. “Time is of the essence to delay this tax again,” said Terry Turner, chairman of the Knoxville Chamber and the owner of All Occasions Party Rental. “We are all making insurance decisions in...

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