Leon Williams Contractors Begins Work on Wings Over Knoxville

Maryville-based commercial construction firm Leon Williams Contractors is building out a storefront near the University of Tennessee campus for the first Tennessee location of the popular fast-casual Wings Over brand of restaurants. At press time, Wings Over Knoxville, 1834 Cumberland Ave., was slated to open in late August. The new restaurant will be part of a mixed-use building developed after the city of Knoxville’s two-year, $25 million upgrade of Cumberland Avenue was completed in 2017. “Wings Over Knoxville is going to be a great fit for Cumberland Avenue, and we’re proud to be collaborating with them and contributing to the area’s revitalization,” said Jimmy Hawkins, president of Leon Williams Contractors. “This is an iconic part of Knoxville and East Tennessee. Memories are made on this stretch of Knoxville, and we are excited to create a new destination for that to happen.”

Utia and Blühen Botanicals to Collaborate on Hemp Production Research

Blühen Botanicals and the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture are pleased to announce an agreement to conduct hemp production research. This collaborative new program is a four-year commitment for graduate-level research focused on agronomic practices for hemp production in Tennessee. The ultimate benefactors are the hemp farmers in Tennessee and the southeastern United States. This innovative partnership, which will benefit both UTIA and Blühen Botanicals, includes a grant from Blühen valued at more than $350,000. The grant will help UTIA fund multiple graduate-level agronomists and other scientists whose studies will strongly support the emerging hemp industry throughout the state and region. Neal Eash, professor of soil science in the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, will serve as the UTIA project leader. UT AgResearch is currently researching hemp production and utilization, including genetics, variety trials, fertility requirements, plant populations, production model evaluations, pest management and plant compounds and materials. The work is occurring on campus and at several of the 10 AgResearch and Education Centers across the state.

Agri-Feed Pet Supply Presents Check to Young-Williams Animal Center

Knoxville retailer Agri Feed Pet Supply presented a $575 check to Young-Williams Animal Center to support the “A Home for Every Pet” mission. The funds were raised by Agri Feed’s customers throughout June through a “round up” campaign. “At Agri Feed Pet Supply, we are part of a tight-knit community of pet owners and enthusiasts. We work closely with rescue organizations and animal shelters. Young-Williams Animal Center’s status as a no-kill shelter is commendable, and our customers support their efforts,” said Britt Sturm, vice president of Agri Feed Pet Supply.  

SunTrust Foundation Awards Grant to YMCA of East Tennessee

The SunTrust Foundation announced a $275,000 grant to the YMCA of East Tennessee to expand its youth development programs that focus on financial wellness, academics, leadership and well-being. “The Y is more than a place to work out; we’re a place of impact in our community,” said Jim Dickson, YMCA of East Tennessee president and CEO. “The support from the SunTrust Foundation will help expand much-needed initiatives around health and wellness to the community we serve and also open the door to teach basic financial wellness principles to YMCA youth and teens.”