Knoxville Biz Ticker: RegScale acquires GovReady to deliver leading NIST OSCAL-enabled GRC platform

RegScale acquires GovReady to deliver leading NIST OSCAL-enabled GRC platform

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – RegScale, a next-generation Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) software company, today announced that it has acquired GovReady, an open-source Compliance-as-Code platform. GovReady’s vision around a Compliance-as-Code, questionnaire-driven approach to generate System Security Plans (SSPs) coupled with RegScale’s expert-driven API-centric approach positions RegScale as the market-leading NIST OSCAL-enabled, next-generation governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) platform.

"Since inception, RegScale has been dedicated to helping organizations mitigate risk and regain control through our real-time GRC platform,” stated Anil Karmel, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of RegScale. “This acquisition furthers our commitment to bring compliance into the modern era, enabling organizations to move compliance from a point in time to a continuous, near real-time experience. We are thrilled to have Greg and his team join RegScale. His expertise in both compliance and government will be key in accelerating our mission of simplifying and automating regulatory compliance.”

Developed by NIST, OSCAL is a set of formats expressed in XML, JSON, and YAML that provide machine-readable representations of control catalogues, control baselines, system security plans, and assessment plans and results. As early adopters and advocates, both RegScale and GovReady embraced OSCAL as a standards-based foundation for developing its technology. With today’s news, organizations regardless of size can embrace Compliance-as-Code and realize the benefits of OSCAL.

GovReady CEO Elin will join RegScale’s R&D team based in Knoxville, Tenn., as its OSCAL leader and Compliance-as-Code evangelist along with other members of the GovReady team. Elin is a pioneer of the Compliance-as-Code movement as an active contributor to the OpenControl community and the NIST OSCAL community and leader of workshops. Before founding GovReady, Elin was the first Chief Data Officer at the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), where he also briefly served as acting CIO. Before the FCC, he created Sunlight Foundation’s Sunlight Labs as a pioneering technical organization in open government data. He will work alongside RegScale’s Knoxville-based R&D team as its’ Principal OSCAL Engineer.

“In conversations with RegScale, it became increasingly clear that we share a common goal: make compliance easier and available to all organizations,” stated Elin. “After spending the years of my career in government data helping companies remove compliance and Authority to Operate bottlenecks (ATO), I’m excited to join RegScale to continue transforming security compliance into a collaborative, automated practice aligned with modern software development. I look forward to what we can achieve together, bringing Compliance-as-Code to organizations around the world.”

In August 2022, RegScale announced the completion of a $20 million Series A funding round. This funding round was led by SYN Ventures with participation from SineWave Ventures, VIPC’s Virginia Venture Partners, SecureOctane, and several strategic investors. RegScale has also recently announced the appointment of cybersecurity industry veteran and diversity, equity and inclusion thought leader Larry Whiteside, Jr., to Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Eric Erston, a GRC veteran with over two decades of sales and leadership experience to Chief Revenue Officer.

About GovReady

GovReady provides self-service cyber assessments for faster, more agile compliance. Create user-friendly, web-based self-service compliance experiences with reusable, machine-readable “compliance apps” that map system components and organizational processes to security controls. Developed by data experts to accelerate system authorization, our software is open source and integrates with DevOps.

About RegScale

RegScale frees organizations from (digital) paper via its continuous compliance automation software. Our API-centric software platform integrates with your existing security and compliance platforms to dynamically manage the security control state, shifting compliance left to deliver audit-ready documentation on demand in the world’s first real-time Governance, Risk, and Compliance platform. Heavily Regulated Organizations such as the U.S. Navy, Department of Energy, and Fortune 500 Financial Institutions use RegScale to start and stay compliant with their ongoing regulatory obligations. For more information, visit

9th Annual ‘Opportunities in Energy’ features 20+ industry experts showcasing future of energy innovation in Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council (TAEBC) held its 9th annual Opportunities in Energy event today at the Square Room in downtown Knoxville. TAEBC’s end-of-year event, presented by Verizon, assembled over 20 industry, government, and entrepreneurial leaders to showcase the growth of Tennessee’s advanced energy economy over the past year, and preview the future of Tennessee’s energy innovation economy.

The event included four panels with topics on Energy Justice, Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship, Recycling Electric Vehicle (EV) Batteries, and Advancing Tennessee’s Solar Portfolio, as well as a presentation from Volkswagen on its brand-new ID.4 Electric SUV, now produced at the company's Chattanooga plant.

Panelists included advanced energy executives and leaders from Ameresco, the City of Knoxville’s Office of Sustainability, the City of Maryville’s Public Utilities Department, Correlate, DENSO, FC Renew, Florim USA, Middle Tennessee Electric, SEEED, Seven States Power Corporation, Silicon Ranch, SkyNano, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technology Office, and Verizon.

During the final panel, leaders from TN-based solar company, Silicon Ranch, and global automotive components manufacturer DENSO, along with representatives from the City of Maryville and TVA, discussed their recent agreement to build four solar power farms that will provide electricity for DENSO’s Maryville manufacturing hub. DENSO officials expect that the solar farms, coupled with additional energy conservation initiatives, will enable the company to provide all electrical needs for the Maryville facility from renewable energy.

The event also included the presentation of the 2022 Thomas B. Ballard Advanced Energy Leadership Award, awarded to Tom Rogers, President & CEO of the University of Tennessee Research Park (UTRP), and Executive Director of the Spark Innovation Center.

“Tom Rogers is a champion for Tennessee’s advanced energy entrepreneurs and startups,” said Cortney Piper, Executive Director of TAEBC. “Throughout his entire career, much of which was spent at ‘the big three’ – TVA, ORNL and UT – he has been instrumental in growing the East Tennessee and Knoxville region into the burgeoning cleantech and innovation hub that it is today. Rogers exemplifies the tireless work of Tom Ballard, an unparalleled leader, educator, mentor, and advocate of Tennessee’s advanced energy economy.”

Rogers started his career at the Tennessee Valley Authority, eventually moving to the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, as its President and Chief Operating Officer. In 1995, he founded the venture development organization, Technology 2020 (Tech 2020), and served as the Executive Director of the Tennessee Technology Development Corporation (now Launch Tennessee). Prior to joining UTRP, he spent over a decade at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, serving as the Director of Industrial Partnerships and Economic Development and founding the Innovation Crossroads program.

At the UT Research Park, Rogers oversees the Spark Innovation Center and its programs, including the new Spark Cleantech Accelerator and Spark Incubator Program. The Center helps promising energy technology companies grow, offering access to top quality lab space, expert mentoring, and coordinating support services from partner organizations in the region. Applications to participate in the 2023 Spark Cleantech Accelerator open in January.

Closing out the 2022 Opportunities in Energy program, representatives from Cohort Two of Spark Incubator Program showcased their early-stage cleantech companies. Presenting companies included:

  • Qubit Engineering Inc., a quantum computing company that has developed new optimization methods for micro-siting for wind turbines;

  • American Nanotechnologies Inc., which leverages low-cost, high-purity semiconducting carbon nanotubes to make state of the art chemical sensors;

  • FC Renew, LLC, which has developed a novel low-cost process to restore degraded hydrogen fuel cells; and

  • Holocene Climate Corporation, which is harnessing organic chemistry to remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

Photos from the event are available upon request. To learn more about TAEBC’s annual events, click here.

About the Thomas B. Ballard Advanced Energy Leadership Award

The annual award named for Tom Ballard, now Chief Alliance Officer at PYA and Editor of, celebrates leadership, education, mentoring and advocacy in Tennessee’s advanced energy economy. Ballard was TAEBC’s first president upon its launch in 2014 and served on the board of directors until 2019.

In 2019, TAEBC bestowed the first-ever Thomas B. Ballard Advanced Energy Leadership Award to Ballard himself, during TAEBC’s annual meeting at Schneider Electric’s Nashville Hub. In 2020, TAEBC awarded Dan Hurst, CEO and Founder of Knoxville-based Strata-G, with the award. And in 2021, then-Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe received the 2021 Thomas B. Ballard Advanced Energy Leadership Award for the instrumental role he played in bringing advanced energy jobs to the state, particularly in electric vehicle supply chain and manufacturing.

About Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council

TAEBC champions advanced energy as an economic development and job creation strategy. Advanced energy is technology neutral and includes electricity and transportation. Anything that makes energy cleaner, safer, more secure or more efficient is in the tent. No other entity in the state concentrates specifically on this robust sector. We educate public officials and business leaders about Tennessee’s advanced energy economy, establish strategic partnerships to connect assets with opportunities, and inform policy that expands and strengthens the industry. TAEBC hosts the Energizing Tennessee podcast, which explores the latest news and insights about the advanced energy sector. For more information, visit:

Regions Bank introduces tuition-free education benefits to all associates through Guild

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Nov. 16, 2022 – Regions Bank associates can now earn a degree, tuition-free, through Guild. The education benefits are available to all full-time and part-time associates on their first day of employment, enabling associates to further their education while building their career.

“Already, Regions Bank is an employer of choice; now, given our work with Guild, we’re empowering associates with even more opportunities to define their future while working for a company that actively invests in their success,” said Seanna McGough, head of Learning and Development for Regions Bank. “Through the new Guild program, associates can now pursue a degree or other educational opportunities tuition free while building their career at the same time. By removing barriers and expanding access to education, we are continuing our commitment to Build the Best Team.”

The new education benefits include:

Tuition-Free Education

Regions associates may complete associates and undergraduate degrees as well as college prep courses tuition free:

  • Associates can attend classes at more than 15 schools, colleges and universities, choosing from over 70+ degree programs in high-growth areas like business administration, business management, business leadership, data analytics, software engineering, and more.

  • Academic institutions include two HBCUs – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Paul Quinn College – along with Louisiana State University, Ohio University, Purdue University Global, Southern New Hampshire University, University of Maryland Global Campus, University of Massachusetts Global, and more.

  • Additionally, the benefit will expand to include short-form certificates in business, software development, and data analytics early next year.

Educational Supplies and Fees

Regions will reimburse associates for required out-of-pocket education expenses, such as required textbooks and course fees, for programs within the Guild learning marketplace.

Coaching and Learning Resources

As part of the program, Guild’s trained education and career coaches are available to associates by phone or chat to provide support choosing a program, completing an application, and staying successful in school.

To learn more about the program, visit

“We’re proud to work alongside Regions Bank, an organization committed to helping their people build their careers and unlock opportunities within financial services,” said Natalie McCullough, President and Chief Commercial Officer at Guild. “Together, we’re making education, skilling, and career pathways accessible to thousands of Regions associates so they can get the skills and support they need to pursue their career goals.”

The introduction of the Guild program reflects Regions’ commitment to support the career development, engagement and wellbeing of associates as an employer of choice:

Bring Your Whole Self to Work

We have a passion for creating an inclusive environment that promotes and values diversity of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sex, pregnancy, and many other primary and secondary dimensions that make each of us unique as individuals and provide valuable perspective that makes us a better company and employer. More importantly, we recognize that creating a workplace where everyone, regardless of background, can do their best work is the right thing to do

About Guild

Guild’s Career Opportunity Platform enables forward-thinking employers to invest in their employees, unlocking life-changing opportunities for personal and professional growth through education and learning programs, career development and one-on-one coaching. Guild partners with the nation’s largest employers — including Walmart, Chipotle, Discover, Hilton, Macy’s, Target, and The Walt Disney Company — to create cultures of opportunity that will help them attract and retain top talent, and build the workforce of the future. Using Guild’s Career Opportunity Platform full of real-world education and learning programs, employees at those companies can gain the skills, knowledge and guidance they need to build a brighter future for themselves and their families — all without paying for tuition or career services on their own. For more information, visit

About Regions Financial Corporation

Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $158 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, and mortgage products and services. Regions serves customers across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,300 banking offices and more than 2,000 ATMs. Regions Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at

Pilot Company and Volvo Group partner to build charging network for medium- and heavy-duty electric trucks

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) November 15, 2022 - Pilot Company and Volvo Group have signed a letter of intent to develop a high-performance charging network open to all battery-electric Class 8 truck brands to support fleet customers in their electrification and decarbonization journeys. This strategic partnership and collaboration between two industry leaders will provide fleets with a reliable electromobility solution that further enables widespread adoption of medium- and heavy-duty electric trucks.

“Pilot Company is eager to help our customers attain their sustainability goals by partnering with the Volvo Group to develop the infrastructure and systems needed to move towards a more decarbonized future,” said Shameek Konar, CEO of Pilot Company. “Volvo Group’s proven expertise in electric trucks combined with our nationwide travel center network and robust energy platform leverages our respective knowledge and resources to advance the nation’s charging infrastructure. We look forward to working together to develop a holistic solution for electrified fleets, further enabling the transportation industry’s energy transition.”

This unique collaboration between Pilot Company and the Volvo Group aligns with bipartisan goals to increase BEV charging capabilities and reduce the carbon footprint of the transportation industry. Through this strategic partnership, both companies are committed to overcoming infrastructure roadblocks in support of medium- and heavy-duty truck electrification, creating an ideal opportunity for public funds from federal, state, and local agencies to accelerate the development of a high-performance charging network.

“As we work to build a more sustainable, decarbonized transport system, our team firmly believes that partnership is the new leadership. We look forward to working side by side with Pilot Company, and combining our unique industry insights, expertise, and resources to develop a comprehensive, nationwide charging network,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president, Volvo Trucks North America. “Our VNR Electric customers, as well as other fleets looking to adopt battery-electric trucks, will have peace of mind that they can access a reliable and robust, publicly accessible charging network strategically located along major transportation corridors, enabling them to extend their operating radius and decarbonize even more of their routes.”

Chargers will be located at select Pilot and Flying J travel centers, which are ideally positioned along transportation corridors and are well-equipped to serve professional drivers. Pilot Company recently embarked on a $1 billion ‘New Horizons’ initiative to upgrade and prepare its locations for the future of travel, further enabling the development of charging networks for both passenger vehicles and Class 8 trucks. Chargers will be installed at mutually identified travel center locations based on customer needs, current and anticipated battery-electric truck density, and the availability of public funding to support infrastructure costs.

“Partnerships like this one are important for Mack, our industry, and for society as a whole,” said Martin Weissburg, president of Mack Trucks and chairman of Volvo Group North America. “Mack and the Volvo Group are committed to being leaders in the transition to zero-emission transportation, and accelerating the availability of publicly accessible charging is crucial to achieving the decarbonized, sustainable future we’re dedicated to helping bring about.”

To learn more about Pilot Company’s network of Pilot and Flying J travel centers, visit For more information about Volvo Group, Volvo Trucks North America, and Mack Trucks, visit

About Pilot Company

Pilot Travel Centers LLC (“Pilot Company”) keeps North America’s drivers moving as one of the leading suppliers of fuel and the largest operator of travel centers. Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot Company has grown its network to more than 800 retail and fueling locations and supplies more than 14 billion gallons of fuel per year to the market. Pilot Company has fourth largest tanker fleet with more than 1,600 trucks that supply DEF, bio and renewable fuels, and provides hauling and disposal services to the oil field sector. Pilot Company serves 1.3 million guests daily and provides over 70,000 fleet customers with fuel, credit, factoring, services and rewards solutions. Its Pilot and Flying J travel center network includes over 750 locations in 44 states and six Canadian provinces with more than 790 restaurants, 75,000 truck parking spaces, 5,300 deluxe showers, 6,200 diesel lanes and offers truck maintenance and tire service with Southern Tire Mart at Pilot Flying J. The One9 Fuel Network connects a variety of fueling locations to provide smaller fleets and independent professional drivers with everyday value, convenience, credit and perks. More information on locations and rewards are available in the myRewards PlusTM app.

Pilot Company is currently ranked No. 7 on Forbes' list of America’s Largest Private Companies. For additional information about Pilot Company, its 30,000 team members and commitment to giving back, visit

Oak Ridge, Argonne national laboratories collaborate with Wabtec on hydrogen-powered trains to decarbonize rail industry

As the United States shifts away from fossil-fuel-burning cars and trucks, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge and Argonne national laboratories are exploring options for another form of transportation: trains. The research focuses on zero-carbon hydrogen and other low-carbon fuels as viable alternatives to diesel for the rail industry.

Researchers from the multidisciplinary team kicked off the project and celebrated the installation of rail technology company Wabtec’s single-cylinder dual-fuel locomotive engine in the National Transportation Research Center, a DOE-designated user facility located at ORNL, during a Nov. 9 event.

Both laboratories have entered into cooperative research and development agreements with Wabtec, a leading manufacturer of freight locomotives. The Argonne and Wabtec agreement also includes Convergent Science, Inc., a software developer. The project will run for four years.

Hydrogen as fuel has many advantages, but locomotive engines must be modified to ensure safe, efficient and clean operation. The team will develop hardware and control strategies for the engine, which will run on hydrogen and diesel fuel to demonstrate the viability of using alternative fuels.

“We are excited to be a part of this collaboration because it addresses the need to decarbonize the rail industry by advancing hydrogen engine technology for both current and future locomotives,” said Josh Pihl, an ORNL distinguished researcher and group leader for applied catalysis and emissions research. “It is also a perfect example of how a DOE-funded collaboration between industry and national laboratories can accelerate the development and commercialization of technologies to help reduce carbon emissions from transportation.”

Pihl said the project aligns with the goals of DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office to use low-carbon fuels in hard-to-electrify transportation sectors. While electrifying vehicles is an effective strategy in reducing carbon emissions from some parts of the transportation sector, railways are considered more difficult because of the high cost of building a single coordinated electrified rail system across North America. Each year, the North American rail fleet emits approximately 87.6 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, a major driver of climate change.

Researchers are exploring the potential of hydrogen combustion engine technology in the rail industry, said Muhsin Ameen, Argonne senior research scientist. Hydrogen is an energy carrier that can be produced from clean energy sources such as solar and wind power. Scientists have studied hydrogen-powered vehicles for decades.

“To reduce carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by 2050, we must make dramatic improvements in energy efficiency and emissions in the overall transportation system, including railways,” said Ameen. “Hydrogen has been used in light-duty combustion engines. However, hydrogen is a newer area of research in railway applications.”

The research team is developing combustion technology to power the next generation of trains with up to 100% hydrogen and other low-carbon fuels. The team’s goal is to design train engines that will deliver the same power, range and cost-effectiveness as current diesel technology.

“This collaboration with Argonne and Oak Ridge national laboratories with DOE support will advance the development of hydrogen technology within Wabtec’s existing industry-leading platforms for medium-speed engines. Railroads will be able to greatly reduce carbon emissions while maintaining commonality within their current fleet of trains,” said James Gamble, Vice President of Engine & Power Solutions Technology at Wabtec.

In the project’s first phase, the ORNL team will work on hardware changes for retrofitting locomotives. Their goal is to reduce CO2 emissions from the roughly 25,000 locomotives already in use in North America. Locomotives have a service life of more than 30 years, so replacing the entire fleet would take decades.

During the second phase of the project, ORNL and Wabtec will continue to alter the engine hardware to increase the amount of hydrogen that can be used. The team aims to completely replace diesel with hydrogen or low-carbon fuels in new locomotives.

At the same time, Argonne will leverage more than a decade of experience in modeling hydrogen injection and combustion to create a modeling framework to study combustion and emission control technologies used in hydrogen combustion engines. Experts in fuel injection, kinetics and combustion modeling, design optimization, high-performance computing and machine learning will take the project from start to finish.

Scientists are using Argonne’s high-performance computers to develop simulation software. This tool will help predict the behavior of combustion engines as operating conditions change and hardware is modified. Simulations help researchers understand the combustion process, which drives engine efficiency and reduces emissions.

Each diesel-powered locomotive that is converted to a zero- or low-carbon energy source is anticipated to save up to 5.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year.

In addition to Pihl, the ORNL team includes research engineers Dean Edwards and Eric Nafziger and research mechanic Steve Whitted.

Along with Ameen, the Argonne team includes group leader and principal research scientist Riccardo Scarcelli, postdoctoral fellow Samuel Kazmouz and principal engine research scientist Christopher Powell.

The project is funded by the Vehicle Technologies Office under DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Wabtec. In-kind contributions are provided by Wabtec and Convergent Science, Inc. The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration is also funding related research on safe use of hydrogen in locomotive engines.

Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation’s first national laboratory, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne researchers work closely with researchers from hundreds of companies, universities, and federal, state, and municipal agencies to help them solve their specific problems, advance America’s scientific leadership and prepare the nation for a better future. With employees from more than 60 nations, Argonne is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB) is focused on creating transportation solutions that move and improve the world. The company is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions, and value-added services for the freight and transit rail industries, as well as the mining, marine, and industrial markets. Wabtec has been a leader in the rail industry for over 150 years and has a vision to achieve a zero-emission rail system in the U.S. and worldwide. Visit Wabtec’s website at:

UT-Battelle manages ORNL for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States. The Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit

Tremont Institute receives $250,000 from TVA, selects architects to begin second campus work

TOWNSEND, TN. — Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont has been awarded $250,000 from Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)’s Connected Communities Pilot Program to support the development of Tremont’s second campus. With the funds, Tremont will complete a detailed engineering design to retrofit an existing house into a regenerative education center, the first phase of their ambitious second campus project.

Tremont is a nonprofit environmental education center located inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For over 50 years, Tremont has invited youth and adults to their campus for immersive, multi-day experiences designed to connect people and nature. The second campus will expand Tremont’s work, allowing for greater program capacity while demonstrating sustainability and equity efforts.

To build a campus that reflects Tremont’s values, the second campus will meet the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge, a framework of rigorous regenerative building standards that incorporate clean energy goals, sustainable building practices, and a positive impact on the surrounding community.

After a competitive selection process, Tremont leadership has selected McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects as their partner firm for the first phase of the project. The Knoxville-based firm will work closely with Hennebery Eddy, an architecture and planning firm with offices in Oregon and Montana. Hennebery Eddy’s portfolio includes Living Building Challenge projects, as well as environmental education campuses and National Park Service projects.

“Tremont’s new education center is going to be unlike anything that we’ve seen in our region,” said John Thurman, Principal with McCarty Holsaple McCarty. “The net-positive energy systems and place-based, equitable design is going to make this a place where anyone feels invited to connect with nature and imagine a bright and beautiful future.”

TVA’s Connected Communities Pilot Program provides resources and funding for innovative solutions that address challenges and create long-term improvement in expanding equitable access to services through broadband and online platforms, promoting economic empowerment for the Valley workforce, and/or advancing energy and environmental justice in communities throughout the Valley.

“Connecting sustainable buildings to the natural world is a novel approach for addressing the inequities in energy and environment,” said Georgia Caruthers, senior program manager of the TVA Connected Communities initiative. “TVA is proud to help contribute to an education center that includes technology-driven solutions and honored to support experiential learning that will positively impact the economy, workforce development and education.”

Tremont’s education center aims to be the first retrofitted Living Building Challenge building in the TVA region.

“We’re so excited to kick off the first phase of our second campus,” said Catey McClary, President and CEO at Tremont. “This is a step toward a future we want to see for Tremont, for East Tennessee, and for our world.”

To learn more about Tremont’s second campus, visit

Scooter’s Coffee raises a cup to veterans

OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 7, 2022 – To honor veterans this Veterans Day, Scooter’s Coffee is giving back to those who have served the country. On Friday, Nov. 11, veterans can receive a free handcrafted drink of any size at Scooter’s.

Veterans can choose from any of Scooter’s Coffee hot, iced or blended drinks, including holiday favorites such as a Peppermint Mocha, Praline Caramelicious® and Sugar Cookie Latte – all made with rich, fresh espresso. Veterans can visit for a full list of delicious drink offerings.

“We are grateful to veterans and all military members for their courage, sacrifice and commitment to serve and protect our freedom,” said Joe Thornton, President of Scooter’s Coffee, LLC. “Scooter’s Coffee customers, dedicated franchisees and employees are passionate about helping veterans in the communities we serve, and we are honored to give back to those who exemplify our company Core Values of Integrity, Love, Humility and Courage.”

To receive the free drink offer, veterans just need to present their valid military I.D. at a participating Scooter’s Coffee location. Only one per person, while supplies last. The offer is not available for Order Ahead through the Scooter’s Coffee Mobile App.

In connection with Purple Heart Day last August, customers had the opportunity to add $1 or more to their Scooter’s Coffee order to support an ongoing partnership with Wounded Warriors Family Support (WWFS). WWFS is a nonprofit that helps combat-wounded veterans and families of veterans wounded, injured or killed in action. Through the generosity of customers, Scooter’s Coffee presented $64,546 to WWFS to help veterans heal, recover and connect with valuable services and resources.

In addition to the partnership with WWFS, Scooter’s Coffee is a member of the International Franchise Association (“IFA”) and supports the IFA’s VetFran Program. The program helps honorably discharged veterans who are interested in opening a Scooter’s Coffee franchise location. More information on the IFA program can be found at

About Scooter’s Coffee

Founded in 1998 by Don and Linda Eckles in Bellevue, Nebraska, Scooter’s Coffee roasts only the finest coffee beans in the world at its headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. In more than two decades of business, the key to Scooter’s Coffee’s success is simple: stay committed to the original business principles and company’s four core values, which are Integrity, Love, Humility and Courage. The Scooter’s Coffee Brand Promise, often recited to franchisees, customers and employees, is: “Amazing People, Amazing Drinks… Amazingly Fast!®” It represents the company’s business origins and reflects a steady commitment to providing an unforgettable experience to loyal and new customers.

Scooter’s Coffee is at the dawn of a strategic growth phase nationwide, approaching 600 stores in 28 states. The U.S. coffee market is an estimated $48 billion a year recession-resistant industry, and Scooter’s Coffee is striving to become the #1 drive-thru specialty coffee franchise system in the nation.

For more information, visit,, or, or call 877-494-7004.

MEDIC Regional Blood Center to compete in 35th Orange and Blue Blood Drive

MEDIC's Orange and Blue blood drive runs Nov. 14-18. This is the 35th year for the competition; MEDIC has won 14 times and Kentucky 19. MEDIC won in 2021. This competition is imperative for the regional blood supply through the holiday season.

Blood donors will receive a special edition T-shirt, a $10 e-gift card (valid email address required), Petro’s coupon, Salsarita’s coupon, Texas Roadhouse coupon, Dunkin coupon, Papa John’s coupon, Smoothie King coupon, and a ticket to the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Fantasy of Trees.

MEDIC is the primary blood product provider for 24 hospitals in 22 counties including Blount Memorial, Covenant Health, East TN Children’s Hospital, Tennova Healthcare, and UT Medical Center.

Appointments are preferred to mitigate wait times. Call 865-521-2682 or 865-524-3074 to schedule an appointment. Donors can also visit or use the donor app to search for a drive closest to them and schedule their appointment.

As a reminder, the blood, platelets, and plasma products on the shelves now are what would be used in a trauma event, and it takes at least three days for donated blood to be processed and ready for distribution. Demand remains high while donations have been low this summer.

MEDIC is an independent, nonprofit organization. Products donated through MEDIC truly help East TN and Southeastern Kentucky community members. Products donated through any other collection activity/organization do not stay in East TN or Southeastern Kentucky. Those products are shipped out of the area and nationally.


Ailor Avenue – 1601 Ailor Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37920

Farragut/Kingston Pike – 11000 Kingston Pike, Ste. 4, Farragut, TN 37934

Athens – 213 E. Washington Ave., Ste. 104, Athens, TN 37303

Crossville – 96 Hayes St., Ste. 202, Crossville, TN 38555

Mobile Drives:


Blount Memorial – 10 AM to 6 PM

Books-A-Million/Oak Ridge – 10 AM to 6 PM

Food City/AJ Hwy – 10 AM to 6 PM

UT/Neyland Stadium/Gate 21 – 10 AM to 6 PM

Hey Bear Café/Knoxville – 11 AM to 7 PM


UTRF Business Incubator – 8 AM to 4 PM

Food City/Tazewell – 10 AM to 6 PM

Kingston Gravel Pit Park – 10 AM to 6 PM

UT/Neyland Stadium/Gate 21 – 10 AM to 6 PM

Hammer’s/Halls – 11 AM to 7 PM


Tellico Village Wellness Center – 10 AM to 6 PM

UT/Neyland Stadium/Gate 21 – 10 AM to 6 PM

Walgreens/Oneida – 10 AM to 6 PM

Walmart/East Morristown – 10 AM to 6 PM

UT/Hess Hall – 12 PM to 7 PM


Walmart/Maryville – 10 AM to 7 PM

Big Lots/Jefferson City – 10 AM to 6 PM

Walmart/Clinton – 10 AM to 6 PM

Walmart/Sevierville – 10 AM to 6 PM

UT Student Union – 11 AM to 6 PM


Pellissippi State Community College – 8:30 AM to 4 PM

UT/College of Law – 9 AM to 5 PM

UT/Hodges Library – 10 AM to 6 PM

Walmart/Newport – 10 AM to 6 PM

For information, visit

Christmas tradition begins at Dollywood, featuring 6 million lights

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Tuesday, November 1, 2022) — With several new lighting displays across its 160 acres, Dollywood theme park − the 14-time winner for Best Theme Park Christmas Event −now boasts more than 6 million shining, shimmering lights as part of the popular Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (Nov. 5- Jan 1, 2023).

The event shines brightly thanks to the warmth of gleaming holiday lights, award-winning stage productions, Christmas culinary masterpieces and the warm family traditions so many guests have enjoyed throughout the festival’s 30-plus years.

“I believe each season in the Smokies is a precious gift from above, but I also know there is no better time than Christmas to experience the magic of this special place,” Dolly Parton explained. “Christmas is a time for new memories to be created, cherished family traditions to be celebrated and the love of the holidays to warm us all.”

“It is my wish that our guests celebrate the light of the Christmas season while they are here with us at Dollywood. I also hope they pause long enough to savor the moments spent with one another. It’s those special moments that are sure to become the beautiful memories they will look upon so fondly for so many years.”

New lighting elements throughout the park provide an element of surprise to guests around every corner, even for those aboard the Dollywood Express. Visitors riding the guest-favorite attraction will enjoy a special light show draped across the field located inside the train’s upper turning loop. Another new lighted area is the Village Pass, which features a 130’ light curtain wall that includes programmed movement. This area leads guests from lower Craftsman’s Valley to The Village. Adventures in Imagination shines in pink, platinum and gold decorations − as well as 60 LED butterflies and a new 20-foot Christmas tree − in an area called Dolly’s Christmas.

Guests will find hundreds of additional lighted trees throughout the park this year, as well as more new décor elements and eight light zones to provide each area of Dollywood its own unique look and feel. The new elements add 1 million lights to the park’s total.

Returning this year on Friday and Saturday evenings is the “Merry & Bright!” fireworks display, which provides a sparkling ending to the day. “Merry & Bright!” lights the sky above Dollywood with a display set to the rhythm of upbeat contemporary holiday hits. After Christmas, the music changes to help guests ready to ring in the new year. Additionally, the New Year’s version of the show takes place nightly Dec. 26- Jan. 1.

Old Saint Nick allows visitors a sneak peek into his little cabin in the Smokies. Guests who visit Santa’s cabin can literally see inside as he reviews…the list! Kids discover whether their names are on the naughty or nice list, and they might even have their photo made as they peer through the window during this once-in-a-lifetime chance to catch Santa at work. Santa goes on a well-deserved vacation after Christmas Day, so families wanting to see him in action shouldn’t wait!

Glacier Ridge fills Dollywood’s Timber Canyon, Wildwood Grove, Wilderness Pass and Upper Craftsman’s Valley with an expansive arctic experience sure to inspire and delight guests. Wilderness Pass serves as one of the highlights of Glacier Ridge thanks to the Wonderful Christmas! Plaza Tree Show, which features a 50-ft. tall animated tree sparkling to life to present a fully-synchronized, dazzling light show throughout the evening. Each show is capped by an immersive snow finale!

Dollywood’s family favorite shows light up both indoor and outdoor stages. The festival’s headline show, “Christmas in the Smokies,” has been a must-see for families every Christmas season since it began in 1990. Many other Dollywood Christmas classics return including “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” “O’ Holy Night,” “Christmas with the Kingdom Heirs,” “Heart of the Holidays,” “Candlelight Carolers,” “The Mistletones,” “Appalachian Christmas with the Smoky Mountain String Band,” “Holiday Wild Roots” and more.

And for those looking to celebrate the holidays with the perfect family meal, Dollywood’s team of chefs have a menu full of culinary surprises sure to delight. From herb-roasted turkey breast and citrus-glazed carved ham to chicken pot pie in a bread cone, there are a number of savory items to satisfy every appetite. A number of unique items abound including eggnog cupcakes, gingerbread-dusted funnel cake, holiday limeade and more.

As always, guests can experience Dollywood’s world-class rides amidst the hustle and bustle of the park during the holidays, as most rides are operational during the Christmas season. Nothing compares to racing quickly through the night sky with millions of lights twinkling below.

The Christmas fun makes its way to Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa with even more ways to help families make memories this holiday season. To create a truly immersive Smoky Mountain Christmas experience, the resort is celebrating the holidays with a variety of festival-inspired activities, crafts, entertainment, décor and culinary options.

The resort’s halls are decked in beautiful décor inspired by warm, rich memories of Christmas in the Smoky Mountains. The centerpiece is an awe-inspiring, two-story Christmas tree that can be seen from both levels of the lobby. DreamMore Resort’s culinary team prepares delicious holiday meals in Song & Hearth: A Southern Eatery. Guests can gather together to give thanks and enjoy a flavorful meal throughout the season, or experience one of four holiday dining experiences—Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day brunch, or New Year’s Eve dinner.

Finally, for anyone searching for the perfect Christmas gift of family fun and memories, a Dollywood season pass is the solution! Diamond or gold season passes purchased during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas provides admission to this year’s Christmas festival along with admission for Dollywood’s “BIG” 2023 operating season. Guests can purchase their 2023 season pass online now or upgrade their paid one-day admission ticket on the day of their visit. Ticket purchasers receive credit for the value of a regular one-day ticket toward the purchase of a 2023 season pass. The 2023 season features “big” fun, including the opening of Dollywood’s longest roller coaster, Big Bear Mountain, as well as 15 additional operating days and the new I Will Always Love You Celebration, honoring the 50th anniversary of Dolly’s iconic song.

For more information and a park operating calendar, please visit or download the Dollywood app.

Main Event launches new in-center restaurant "Family Kitchen" in Knoxville

COPPELL, Texas (November 1, 2022) – Main Event, one of the fastest growing family entertainment brands in the country, unveils its new, in-center restaurant, “Family Kitchen”, that includes nearly 50 new and unique menu items. The new restaurant builds on Main Event’s unmatched entertainment experience by providing a best-in-class dining destination, offering a variety of quality dishes that make the meal as memorable as the fun.The new restaurant features hand-crafted, flavorful, and high-quality dishes that rival the best local restaurants, making it the next top destination for meal-time traditions. Most notably are the playful culinary creations that you won’t find anywhere else such as:

  • The Triple Lava Burger made from three hand-smashed patties topped with American cheese, then smothered in cheese sauce and finished with caramelized onions

  • The PBB&J Burger, an unexpectedly delicious combination of peanut butter, blueberry jam, American cheese & crispy bacon on two hand-smashed burger patties

  • The Crispy Chicken Sandwich, a hand-breaded, 24-hour buttermilk brined sandwich that creates an explosive flavor with a perfect crispy texture

  • The MEga Pan Pepperoni Pizza, a game-changer with five-cheese blend topped with giant pepperoni, tomato sauce, garlic butter with crispy pan crust made from house-made dough

  • The Mini Mason Jar Cheesecakes, which come in 3 decadent flavors like OREO, Caramel Apple and Chocolate Hazelnut, that are the perfect sized sweet ending to every meal

“Family Kitchen was developed with extra care, attention to detail and a focus on premium quality ingredients,” said Chef Wiley Bates III, Director of Culinary Innovation at Main Event Entertainment. “We’re excited for our guests to experience our new menu offerings, which have been seasoned with salt, pepper and love, and added playfulness that customers experience throughout the rest of the Main Event center.”

Highlighting the core value of bringing people together to share memorable experiences, Main Event is also launching Family Feasts, with shareable selections for up to five people. Options like “The Classic” or the “Crowd Pleaser” offer a mix-and-match spread of classic homestyle dishes in a bundle. Additionally, there are options for everyone in the family, from choosy to health-conscious eaters, including plant-based patties to the flavorful BLT salad and the No-Bun Burger Bowl, for those who may want a burger without the complements.

“The Family Kitchen was largely inspired by Main Event’s brand promise to be a place for families to bond,” said Ashley Zickefoose, Chief Marketing Officer at Main Event. “From shareable favorites with our Family Feasts to offering something tasty and memorable for everyone in the family, our new restaurant further showcases that Main Event is not only the premiere place to have fun, but also a top-notch place to dine with families and friends.”

For images of the new menu items, please click here.

All Main Event locations can be found here:

About Main Event Entertainment, Inc.Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Coppell, Texas, Main Event Entertainment, Inc. operates 52 centers in 17 states across the country, and offers state-of-the-art bowling, laser tag, hundreds of arcade games and virtual reality, making it the perfect place for families to connect and make memories. Main Event is owned and operated by Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc., which offers premier entertainment and dining experiences to guests now through two distinct brands: Dave & Buster’s and Main Event. Dave & Buster’s has 148 stores in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada and offers guests the opportunity to "Eat Drink Play and Watch," all in one location. Each store offers a full menu of entrées and appetizers, a complete selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and an extensive assortment of entertainment attractions centered around playing games and watching live sports and other televised events. For more information about each brand, visit and

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