City Live, From the Newsroom, Let's Party!, Nashville is a Mess


[via press release from CMT]

NASHVILLE – June 22, 2011 – Bachelors from big cities and small towns are vying for the affections of Devin Grissom, a beautiful southern girl from Alabama, in the new CMT series, SWEET HOME ALABAMA premiering Thursday, July 14 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT. In order to win her heart, the guys from across the country compete in challenges to win time with this modern day southern belle. In each one-hour episode set in the charming city of Fairhope, Ala., Devin says goodbye to more of her suitors in the hopes of finding her true love and someone her family approves.

Devin Grissom is a student at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Raised in Cordova, Tenn., Devin considers herself a southern belle who values and respects the traditions of the south. A huge sports fan, Devin spends her Saturdays in the fall watching SEC football games and hopes to pursue a public relations career in professional sports. Devin’s parents were high school sweethearts, still married for 34 years, and she aspires to have a relationship like theirs and settle down at a young age.

The bachelors of SWEET HOME ALABAMA are below:

Adam Moyer – Horse trainer from Franklin, Tenn. 
Beau McKinney – U.S. Marine veteran from Birmingham, Ala. 
Brian Wilson – Music manager from Los Angeles, Calif. 
Britton McPherson – Vintage home restoration carpenter from Mobile, Ala. 
Cody Harris – Rodeo professional from Robertsdale, Ala. 
Cody Lynn Johnson – Tobacco farmer from Kingsport, Tenn. 
Collin Varallo – Landscape company owner from Birmingham, Ala. 
David Weeks – Student and coach from Long Island, New York 
Jason Maxim – Brand manager, entrepreneur and stuntman from Hollywood, Calif. 
Jeff Miranda – Singer/musician and DJ from Newark, New Jersey 
Joey Huskins – Licensed broker from Phoenix, Ariz. 
Kash Keifer – Football player/punter from Bridgeport, West Virginia 
Mark Marchant – Financial advisor from Hollywood, Calif. 
Matt Crofton – EMT from San Diego, Calif. 
Michael Chadwick – Real estate agent from New York, New York 
Michael Dean – Personal trainer from Las Vegas, Nevada 
Mike Short Jr. – Singer/songwriter from Murfreesboro, Tenn. 
Pete Westwood – Music label talent manager from Brooklyn, New York 
Tribble Reese – Bartender from Birmingham, Alabama 
Tripp Davis – CPA from Jackson, Miss.

The eight episode series, SWEET HOME ALABAMA, is produced by Glassman Media (“Three Wishes”) with executive producers Andrew Glassman, Grant Julian and Carrie Franklin. Claire McCabe and Jayson Dinsmore are executive producers for CMT.

CMT, a unit of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S. CMT and its website,, offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and is the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world’s leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company’s portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 400 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., TeenNick, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, SPIKE, TV Land, Atom, GameTrailers and Xfire.

Read more:Breaking News – CMT Heads to “Sweet Home Alabama” for New Series Debuting Thursday, June 14 | TheFutonCritic.com

City Live, From the Newsroom, Knoxville is changing!!

Knoxville’s Inskip Pool closed for repairs

 The City of Knoxville’s Inskip Pool at 4204 Bruhin Road will be closed until at least the middle of this week to repair a damaged pump.

In addition to repairing the pump the city’s Parks and Recreation Department has asked KUB to examine the wiring associated with the pump, which was damaged during an apparent electrical surge late Saturday afternoon.

The city hopes to reopen the Inskip Pool on Wednesday or Thursday.

Swimmers can still use the Ed Cothren Pool located at 1747 Reynolds Street. It is open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday.

More information about city pools is available at

Citizen Journalism, From the Newsroom, It's a University thing!

ACT Scholars Program Fellowships

In collaboration with ACT, the University of Iowa Graduate College is pleased to accept nominations for the ACT Scholars program. This program provides both academic and professional development opportunities for qualified students pursuing graduate degrees at the University. 

ACT, an international not-for-profit organization with headquarters in Iowa City, is dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success.  ACT provides a broad array of assessment, research, information, and program management solutions, serving millions of people in middle and high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies each year.  ACT employs approximately 1,000 people in Iowa City, from a wide range of disciplines and professions, including educators, psychometricians, statisticians, psychologists, counselors, computer scientists, industrial engineers, industrial/organizational psychologists, lawyers, and accountants.  ACT employees are highly educated: 
– More than 64% have bachelor’s degrees or higher
– Nearly 30 % have master’s degrees
– More than 10% have earned doctorates.

ACT strives to be a leader in diversity and inclusion.  Nearly 14% of its regular workforce come from underrepresented racial/ethic groups. This diversity creates enthusiasm, commitment, and collaboration that have supported ACT’s mission to help people achieve education and workplace success.  To further promote diversity and inclusion, the ACT Scholars program gives priority to students from historically underrepresented populations, including African-Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans.

All ACT scholars participate in professional activities (typically 15 to 20 hours per week, but variable according to the scholar’s on-campus responsibilities) with a pertinent ACT business unit.   Activities are designed to support professional development and learning and typically include research, participation in corporate seminars and meetings, etc.   Specific activities are developed with an ACT mentor, in concert with each scholar’s individual academic program and interests.  The ACT mentor and UI faculty advisor are in regular communication to ensure that the scholar’s research and professional development activities complement each other.  Numerous ACT staff members serve in adjunct faculty positions at The University.  In some instances, the ACT mentor may also serve on the student’s graduate committee.

Students pursuing graduate degrees in the following general areas are eligible.  Students in related areas of graduate research will also be considered, on a case by case basis.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:

Statistical research
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Computer Science

    College of Business:

    Management and Organizations

      College of Engineering:

      Electrical and Computer Engineering
      Industrial Engineering

        College of Education:

        Curriculum and Instruction
        Educational Measurement

          College of Law:

          Business Law

            • ACT Scholars will receive an annual (nine month) stipend equivalent to a 50% research assistantship ($20,000), benefits, and a full resident-rate tuition scholarship.
            • During the term of the award, scholars will not be eligible for other graduate support (assistantships or fellowships), regardless of source, and may not be otherwise employed during the nine-month academic year.
            • Priority will be given to students from historically underrepresented populations, including African-Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans. Students must have been accepted for graduate study at the University of Iowa.
            • It is anticipated that ACT Scholars will receive support for up to four years (maximum), pending successful academic and research progress.
            • Each Scholar’s work will be reviewed annually by the ACT and UI co-directors to ensure adequate progress. An award may be terminated if the co-directors agree that the scholar is making insufficient progress.
            • Each participating College may nominate up to three individuals per year.

            From the Newsroom


            NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced today Maury, Roane and Warren counties have met the criteria to join Retire Tennessee, the state’s retiree recruitment program, bringing the state’s total number of active Retire Tennessee programs to 13.


            “The addition of Maury, Roane and Warren counties to our Retire Tennessee Program reflects a commitment from each community to promote Tennessee as a great place for retirees to call home,” said Commissioner Hagerty.  “I applaud those communities that have made retiree recruitment a part of their economic development strategies and who see the benefits retirees can bring to the communities in which they choose to live.”


            “Our Retire Tennessee communities continue to attract active adults from all over the country to relocate to Tennessee,” said Ramay Winchester, Retire Tennessee Program director. “Their enthusiasm and passion for their communities inspires potential retirees to take a serious look at Tennessee, and we are continually looking for new ways to promote our state as a ‘destination retirement’ state.”


            Communities participating in the Retire Tennessee Program have established a Retiree Relocation Committee, conducted a community assessment, started marketing efforts to attract and relocate the retiree market and participate in trade shows geared toward attracting retirees.


            The other Retire Tennessee programs are Cumberland, Hamilton, Hardin, Henry, Jefferson, Lincoln, Loudon, Putnam, Robertson and Sullivan counties.


            For more information on the Retire Tennessee program, please contact Ramay Winchester at (731) 423-5771 or via email at


            From the Newsroom

            Carter Community Has Lab Confirmation of WNV in Mosquitoes

            In response to positive lab results for West Nile Virus, Knox County Health Department (KCHD) will be spraying to reduce the mosquito population in the Carter area on Thursday, June 30 from 9 p.m. to midnight. Signs will be erected in the affected areas to alert residents, who are asked to stay inside and bring pets inside during spraying.


            Mosquito spray trucks will be on these roads Thursday night

            Carter Community

            • All of Carter Mill Subdivision
            • Knox County’s Carter Park
            • Strawberry Plains Pike from Asheville Highway to Carter School Road
            • Carter School Road from Strawberry Plains Pike to Asheville Highway
            • Asheville Highway from Carter School Road to Strawberry Plains Pike


             “This year looks like it will have unusually high mosquito activity because of the rain and high temperatures.” said Ronnie Nease, KCHD director of Environmental Health. “And, as always, I want to remind everyone to wear light-colored, protective clothing such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts and socks, and use a mosquito repellant containing DEET if you go outside when mosquitoes are prevalent.” (NOTE: See more mosquito control tips below.)


            Follow up spraying will be done on Thursday, July 14 in the same areas.


            To address the public health concerns caused by mosquitoes, KCHD conducts a mosquito control program during the summer months. As the weather begins to warm each spring, public health professionals begin trapping mosquitoes around the county, testing batches weekly for West Nile Virus, a mosquito-borne disease which can infect humans, horses and birds. WNV affected areas are sprayed according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols with an approved mist when needed to reduce the mosquito population. Application is recommended between the hours of 9 p.m. to midnight when mosquitoes are most active. From March until the first frost, larvicides also are used in areas with standing water to prevent mosquito proliferation.



            Eliminating breeding areas is an important factor in controlling the mosquito population. KCHD urges the public to reduce breeding sites around their homes by following these tips:


            ·       Dispose of, regularly empty, or turn over any water holding containers on your property such as tires, cans, flowerpots, or trashcans.

            ·         Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors.

            ·        Make sure roof gutters drain properly and water doesn’t stand in them.

            ·         Change the water in birdbaths at least once a week.

            ·       Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.

            ·         Keep swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs clean and properly chlorinated;

            ·        Remove standing water from pool covers.

            From the Newsroom


            NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam and Commissioner Bill Hagerty of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development today announced the formation of Startup Tennessee, a public-private partnership designed to connect and align entrepreneurial efforts across Tennessee. In addition, ECD posted a request-for-information to gather suggestions about the regional business accelerators the state is planning to support in each of the state’s nine economic development regions.  Both Startup Tennessee and these regional business accelerators are part of the Governor’s INCITE Initiative, a key component of the Governor’s Jobs4TN plan.


            “Business startups are an important generator of new jobs in our state,” said Governor Haslam.  “There are many Tennesseans today who have innovative ideas for creating a successful business, and Startup Tennessee is one of the steps we’re taking to put the infrastructure in place to help these entrepreneurs find the support, mentoring and capital they need to make their business a reality.”


            “Our research tells us that a significant number of jobs in Tennessee come from people starting new companies,” said Commissioner Hagerty. “If we can create a system which helps entrepreneurs develop a sustainable business model and grow their company, we can make a significant impact on job growth in our state.”


            Governor Haslam announced he has asked Michael Burcham, CEO of The Entrepreneur Center in Nashville, to lead Startup Tennessee. The plan for Startup Tennessee includes the creation of a website to connect entrepreneurs with training opportunities, mentors, and investors across the state who could potentially provide capital to early-stage companies.  Startup Tennessee will regularly convene business accelerators from across the state to share best practices and will provide entrepreneurs with access to free or low-cost resources from companies such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and  These latter benefits are possible through Startup Tennessee’s partnership with Startup America, a national public-private partnership focused on growing entrepreneurs across the nation.


            “I’ve been incredibly impressed by the remarkable entrepreneurial leadership here in Tennessee,” said Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership. “We look forward to working with Tennessee to take its startup ecosystem to the next level and creating the jobs of the future.”


            “I’m very excited about the opportunity to work with entrepreneurs across the state as well as those organizations with a passion for supporting entrepreneurial activity,” said Michael Burcham. “Startup Tennessee is a great opportunity to move our state ahead of the curve in building the right climate for new businesses.”


            Commissioner Hagerty also announced today that ECD has posted a request-for-information (RFI) on the agency’s website to gather feedback on the regional business accelerators the state is planning to support in each of the state’s nine economic development regions.  Respondents are being asked to provide feedback on a number of questions including best practices in recruiting and training entrepreneurs, strategies for measuring the success of business accelerators, and strategies for helping business accelerators become financially self-sustaining over time.  Responses are due to the state by July 15, 2011. The RFI can be found at

            From the Newsroom

            Former Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist joins BioPet Vet Lab Board of Directors

            Knoxville, TN – BioPet Vet Lab, a biotechnology company specializing in canine genetic testing, is pleased to announce that former Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist has joined its Board of Directors. 

            BioPet, a Knoxville, TN, based company, has recently launched their franchise program for PooPrints™, a product designed to promote responsible pet ownership and address one of the world’s growing environmental problems.  Governor Sundquist’s experience in dealing with the government will be a great plus to BioPet Vet Lab as they move forward with the PooPrints™ franchise program.

            Governor Sundquist served as governor of Tennessee from 1995 to 2003.  He also served as US representative from 1982 to 1994.  Presently he is a Partner at Sundquist Anthony LLC, Director at Howard Baker Center for Public Policy – University of Tennessee, Advisory Board Member at ICCF (International Conservation Caucus Foundation), and Governors Board of Director, among several other board appointments.  In addition, he remains active in his consulting firm in Washington, DC.

            Over the past 30 years, the canine population in the United States has doubled to over 78 million pets.  Records show that up to 40% of dog owners do not pick up the droppings, creating an increasingly negative environmental impact.  Consumer Reports survey in 2010 has shown that the nuisance from this is now ranked no.6 on their list of “America’s Top Gripes,” right below unreliable internet service.  The greater impact, however, occurs when the droppings wash into lakes, rivers, and streams, bringing a host of bacteria with them.  Because of this, the EPA now ranks the pollution problem in the same health category as toxic chemicals and oil entering the water supply. 

            Eric Mayer, Director of Franchise Development at BioPet, states that the EPA lists pet waste management at the top of their guidelines for Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations, and that there have been several reports recently of lakes and rivers closing from ground seepage.  He further states the general public does not understand the very real health and environmental risks that dog waste poses.  As an example, each dog dropping carries approximately 3 billion fecal coliform bacteria including Salmonella and E.coli.  Exposure to these microbes not only causes fish kills, but can also transfer from dog-to-dog, and dog-to-human.

            BioPet views PooPrints™ as the responsible answer to solving these environmental and health problems.  Government regulation related to pet waste management will soon be implemented on a large scale, as many cities and towns currently have these ordinances on the books.


            About BioPet Vet Lab:  BioPet Vet Lab is an animal DNA testing laboratory located in Knoxville, Tennessee. BioPet’s research and development group explores genetic science in order to offer new tests that can be used to improve the healthcare and quality of life for our beloved pets. For additional information about BioPet Vet Lab, visit their website at