It’s Happening All Around Us

It’s Happening All Around Us

With gigabit fiber internet slowly proliferating around the country because of municipal fiber projects, Google Fiber, startup ISPs, and new investment from incumbents spurred by grants and competition, America is quickly dividing into two additional segments, no longer is it those that have internet and those that do not, now we are seeing further divide between those that have fast internet and those who do not. According to Jason Koebler, “Jobs—in any meaningful number, at least—will not continue to exist in towns and rural areas that lack fast, accessible internet access.” (https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ezpk77/chattanooga-gigabit-fi...).

"For smaller towns, building a network becomes a question of economic survival—they're emptying out because kids grow up and there's no jobs for them," said Masha Zager, editor in chief of Broadband Communities magazine. "Sometimes, it's a question of keeping businesses and allowing them to grow, sometimes it's about enabling teleworking, sometimes it's about attracting businesses to come to town."

Look no further than Morristown, for an example of job creation facilitated by next generation fiber optic communications and workforce development thanks to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Morristown (https://tcatmorristown.edu/). The city took advantage of its local electrical utility, Morristown Utility Systems, to provide gigabit speeds, and businesses jumped at the opportunity.

The list is expansive; July 2018, Oshkosh Corp., 300 jobs, May 2018, Petoskey Plastics, Inc. investing $29.6 million/70 jobs; April 2018, Van Hool investing $47 million/600 jobs; Colortech, Inc., Rockline Industries, SkyMart Venture Place, Sykes Enterprises, etc.. In addition, Morristown was just ranked sixth among southern cities for employment growth and 14th in the nation. In a recent study, USA Today reported on the top 25 US cities where incomes are growing the fastest, Morristown made the list at number 5.

Morristown’s success has been enabled by a number of factors in addition to next generation fiber optic communications technology. The U.S. News & World Report’s list of America’s Best High Schools included Morristown-Hamblen High Schools West and East on America’s Best High School List. In 2016, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Morristown, received a second Labor and Education Alignment Program (LEAP) grant in the amount of $983,440 in addition to being the recipient of a $110,020 Rural Business Development grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that same year. The USDA grant was used at the Morristown & Hawkins County campuses to assist with the purchase of state-of-the-art technology equipment to be used in advanced manufacturing programs.

“Receiving a second LEAP grant speaks of the dedication and hard work of our academic partners,” said LEAP project manager Chris Edmonds. Funds were distributed throughout six counties and seven school districts including the three LEAP 1.0 recipients (Hamblen, Hawkins and Grainger) and four additional school systems expanding into Cock, Greene and Sevier counties with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology of Morristown at the lead. According to Edmonds, “The teachers, counselors, CTE directors and school system directors in Grainger, Hamblen, Hawkins. Cocke, Greene and Sevier counties understand the pipeline of skilled workers begins in the middle and high schools”.

This region’s LEAP grant is a part of the $10 million annually budgeted for LEAP allocations by Gov. Bill Haslam in support of his Drive to 55 Initiative. Tennessee’s Drive to 55 Initiative, supported by Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect, which provide cost paid Associate Degrees or training certificates for High School Seniors and Adults, will meet its goal of having 55 percent of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificates by 2023, two years ahead of schedule. For Union County to achieve the Governor’s goal, 412 degrees/certificates need to be awarded to Union County residents per year through 2025.

Approximately 30 miles separate Morristown and Newport, but the two are joining forces to better connect local businesses and residents as entrepreneurs take up residence in the region's newest high-tech work space. (https://muninetworks.org/content/eastern-tennessee-newport-smart-grid-mo...) Morristown was on the forefront of implementing city-wide Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) back in 2006. Today their gigabit network, MUS FiberNET, is fostering innovation in this thriving co-working space and helping neighboring communities bridge their connectivity gaps. Morristown Utility Commission (MUC) is partnering with Newport Utilities (NU) to expand Internet connectivity in the region. Newport recently received a $21 million loan from the USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to expand their smart grid project, which will allow them to bring high-quality connectivity to their entire service area.

“Job opportunities are drying up in towns without broadband. Chattanooga, Tennessee turned around its fortunes by building the fastest internet in the United States”. https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ezpk77/chattanooga-gigabit-fi...) “Chattanooga became one of the first gig cities almost by accident”, said Jason Koebler. The city-owned utility, Electric Power Board, started installing fiber-optic cable in 2009 to create a “smart” electric grid that could address power outages more quickly and better manage energy usage. By the end of 2010, despite fierce opposition from telecommunications companies, EPB began offering 1 gigabit internet service to its electric customers. Entrepreneurs and global companies, including Volkswagen and Amazon, are moving here, drawn in part by the city’s superfast gigabit internet, nicknamed “the Gig” by locals. The city is now one of the most connected places on earth, with one of the fastest internet speeds in the world.

Koebler noted that “At a time when small cities, towns, and rural areas are seeing an exodus of young people to large cities and a precipitous decline in solidly middle class jobs, the Gig has helped Chattanooga thrive and create a new identity for itself.”

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Facebook 101 for Direct Farmers

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 08:00

Taught by UT Extension Marketing Specialist, Megan Bruch Leffew, and Area Information Technology Specialist, David Yates, the workshops will be held:

• November 14 in Kingsport
• November 15 in Knoxville
• November 28 in Jackson
• November 29 in Nashville
• December 5 in McMinnville

Exact location information will be emailed to registered participants the week prior to workshops. Participants can bring their own laptop or tablet or use a tablet provided by the instructors. Because of the hands-on nature of the workshop, space is limited.

Job Fair

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 14:00
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The Union County Job Fair will be held Thursday, Nov 15th from 2-7pm at the Union County Senior Citizens Center (298 Main St, right behind the Maynardville Public Library). This is a free event open to the public. Please bring a resume and be properly dressed. The Union County Job Fair is sponsored by the Union County Chamber of Commerce.

Family "Treasure Hunt" - November 17 @ 1-4 p.m.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 13:00

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REVIVAL VISION CHURCH INVITES FAMILIES TO GO ON A TREASURE HUNT!

Maynardville, TN Revival Vision Church of God will host Treasure Hunt Fall Fest on November 17, 2018. Adventure awaits families at Treasure Hunt. During this three-hour interactive program, kids and grown-ups alike will uncover mystery messages, witness volcanic eruptions, and collect treasures along the way. But that’s not all! At each station, they’ll dig deep into a valuable experience that helps them get to know Jesus in a fresh, new way.

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Obituary

Helen Marie Hulsey

Helen Marie Hulsey, 95, of Knoxville, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2018. Born on October 30, 1923 to Giuseppe and Mary Vazzana. Preceded in death by husband of 34 years, John W. Hulsey; daughters, Judy Petree and Brenda Underwood.
Survived by children Deborah Hulsey of Knoxville, James Hulsey, Mary James, and John Hulsey, all of Indianapolis. 16 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandson, and her brother and 2 sisters. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her.

Ruth Jean Campbell

Ruth Jean Campbell-age 79 of Sharps Chapel passed away Monday morning, November 12, 2018 at North Knoxville Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Wayne T. (Kayo) Campbell; parents, Toby and Edith (Wright) Sharp; sisters, Viola and Mona Grace Sharp; brothers, Clio and Sam Sharp.

Survivors: daughter, Donna Campbell of Sharps Chapel; sister, Dot and J. C. Cox of Maynardville; brothers, Larry and Helen Sharp; Jack and Brenda Sharp, all of Sharp Chapel. Several nieces and nephews.

Richard Lewis 'Bud' Richardson

Richard Lewis “Bud” Richardson-age 57 of Maynardville, born October 16, 1961 passed away suddenly Saturday morning, November 10, 2018 at North Knoxville Medical Center. Preceded in death by parents, E. R. and Mary (Anderson) Richardson; brother, Eddie Richardson.

Survivors: children, Jason, David and April; four grandchildren. Sisters, Patsy (Billy) Humphrey, Vickie Shope; brothers, Jeff and Jessie (Jessica) Richardson. Several other family members and a host of friends.

Wanda Lee Eldridge

Wanda Lee Eldridge-age 77 of Luttrell passed away Friday evening, November 9, 2018 at her home. She along with her late husband were the owners of the former Mark’s Market in Luttrell. Preceded in death by husband, Alvin A. “Mountain Man” Eldridge; daughter, Robbin Fortenberry; granddaughter, Misty Leann Childress, parents, Samuel and Nana Lane Seivers; brothers, Robert and Bobby Seivers

Curtis Nathan Case

It is with great sadness that the family of Curtis Nathan Case announces he was received into the arms of the Lord after a brief illness Friday, November 9, 2018 at the age of 53 years. Curtis was preceded in death by his father, James Edward Case, mother, Dorothy Ann Case, brother, Michael Case, father-in-law, Ross Miller Sr., brother-in-law, Ross Miller Jr.

Lucy M. Grigsby

Lucy M. Grigsby – age 93 of Luttrell, went home to be with Jesus on Monday, November 12, 2018. She was a lifelong member of Cedar Ford Baptist Church. Lucy made an impact on the community through her service to Luttrell Elementary School and her church.

Rev. William Darrell Brewer

Rev. William Darrell Brewer-age 77 of Maynardville went to be with the Lord Friday, November 9, 2018 at his home. Preceded in death by parents, William O. Brewer and Imogene Sherritze Brewer; sister, Janice Robins.

Survivors: wife, Jean M. Brewer; daughters, Charlotte (Robert) Jones, Elaine (Tim) Smith, Sandra (Rich) Griffith; step-children, Boyd (Mindy) Peters, Eric (Connie) Peters, Kelly (Donnie) Wiggins, 15 Grandchildren, 20 Great-Grandchildren. Brother, Mike; sisters, Kay, Sue and Kathy. Special friend and caregiver, Rebecca Collins.

Linda Sue Wilkerson

Linda Sue Wilkerson-age 71 of Corryton passed away Thursday morning, November 8, 2018. She was a member of Hoitt Avenue Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Harold G. Wilkerson; daughter, Deborah Atkins.

Survivors: children, Mark, Denise, Lonnie and Gabriel; ten grandchildren, Josh Atkins; Suzanne, Amber, Dexter and Steven Bolden; Jake, Riley, Maddy, Jackson and Delilah Wilkerson; six great-grandchildren, Hayden, Hayley, Haylynn, Hadley, Jasper and Emilee. Special aunt, Hettie Paul; special cousin, Ricky Vance.

Evelyn Grace Helton

Evelyn Grace Helton of Knoxville went to be with Jesus on November 6, 2018. She was the newborn daughter of Cynthia Helton and granddaughter of Jo Ellen Helton and Fred Anderson Helton; niece of Kristen Boisbert. Service will be private. Mynatt Funeral Home of Fountain City is honored to serve the Helton Family. Online condolences may be left at www.mynattfh.com.

DeAnna Alexi

DeAnna Alexi, age 47, of Knoxville TN, daughter of Tony and Margo Alexi, of Knoxville, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, under the care of the amazing staff at UT Medical Center, with her family holding her hands at her bedside. DeAnna had been under the care of UT Hospice at home prior to hospitalization. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Gertrude and Herman Cruze of Knoxville TN and her paternal grandparents Anthony and Betty Oleksy of New York. She was born in Silver Springs, MD on January 30, 1971. Survivors are her husband Christopher L.

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